Month: April 2016

The Truth Zone: How Slightly Adjusting Can Bring Big Results

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What do Joel Osteen, a Fitness App, Jim Collins, Toggla Parenting Class, and How To Measure Anything all have in common? They all focus on measuring and disseminating truth for change.

Truth sets us free. Truth guides us. Truth helps us understand what is and what could be.

I’m excited for you to begin making some slight adjustments in your life that will lead to huge results. I call it “The Truth Zone.”

The Truth Zone happens when speak out truth, regardless of the context. A problem we face today is a denial of the truth. Let’s look at two examples of The Truth Zone helping:

  • The Truth Zone in Health: It just hit me one day. I was gaining weight. It wasn’t going well. I decided to start entering food intake and exercise into this app. Each day, The Truth Zone has challenged me to eat healthier, exercise and take in more water. I’ve lost 8lbs since I started two weeks ago.
  • The Truth Zone in Time Management: My ego loves bragging about how much time I spend working. The truth is, I often waste time or get distracted. Using this app helps me track what I’m actually doing with my time each week. The Truth Zone about my time helps me set more realistic goals and stay on pace with what I need to be doing.

You can enter The Truth Zone in any situation. “What you measure gets managed” (we’re not sure Who Said It).  You have to be willing to start somewhere, track it, and take risks for improvement. Even 1% improvements yield huge results!

Stop denying the truth in your life. Choose something. Enter The Truth Zone. Stay there until it changes.

How will The Truth Zone help you?


Coffee’s Core (Values)

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We’re (hopefully) turning a new leaf at Aroma Coffee Shop. We are realizing that Aroma’s always had great core values, but we’ve not often communicated them well. As we move forward, we are committed to engaging family and friends through these core values:

  • Valued Vision: an attempt to see and live out a preferred future. We will be narrowly focused on delivering the best.
  • Trustworthy Team: a group of people trusting each other and communicating. We are one body.
  • Excellent Everything: a commitment to bringing our best to every. single. thing.
  • Superb Service: a desire to make our Aroma inviting. We welcome you to join us!
  • Compelled Creativity: a drive to innovate without losing heritage. We will be filled with the ultimate in creativity.
  • Connected Community: a passion to be a blessing. We want to put you and your desires at the forefront.

Shultz, the CEO of Starbucks, says “It’s never been about the coffee.” And it’s true for Aroma, too. Of course, we’re committed to top notch food and beverages. But our passion comes from a deeper source and extends well beyond the reach of a cup of coffee. Rather, through each cup we create the experience of acceptance, belonging and community, the ABC’s of relationship.

4 Secrets and 8 Links to Losing It

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I’m nowhere near the healthiest person I know, but I have been thinking that a few small changes in my sleep, diet, exercise, and time management could do a lot for me, my family, my work and my legacy. Since I started counting a few weeks ago, I’ve lost 5lbs. At 30, I still have double my age and then some before retirement. I’d like to think I could keep going after that. Here are a few things I want to do to make sure I’ll be around then

  • Sleep More: This is no surprise, but sleeping more helps your body, mind and spirit take leaps and bounds in health and productivity. ReWork, a book written by big shots in Silicon Valley, actually has an entire chapter dedicated to sleeping. Rest was built into our lives from the beginning and we do better when we work from rest rather than rest from work.
  • Eat Less (aka Eat Less Sugar): FedUp tells us that Sugar is toxic. So, it’s simple. Just eat less sugar. But, it doesn’t always work out that way. The choice is yours. Additionally, the Leadership Freak blog shares a secret to staying healthy: don’t eat emotionally.
  • Eat More (aka Drink More Coffee): Studies show coffee helps, among other things, in circulation, pain, memory and muscle. Additionally, eating more greens are definitely the way to go. Counting calories, while not actually helpful, motivates me in one way: I say no to emotional eating and yes to healthier choices.
  • Watch Your Time: James Clear has written a brilliant article on improving by 1%. You could do this. Get Toggl and track your time for a week. You’ll be surprised and have some instant ways to move forward.

It’s not about weight. It’s about health. It’s about making steps towards the fulfillment of destiny. You can do this. Today.