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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Book Club Series - Rewrite The Story


Adapted from an exercise found in the book Crucial Conversations by Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, and Switzler.  The idea behind my Book Club Series is that I read a fair amount of books, and sometimes I stumble upon a takeaway that I feel is really powerful and life-changing.  The Book Club Series will be a video series that allows me to share some of those lessons with you.  Enjoy!

Monday, January 12, 2015

30 Day Happy and Fit Challenge

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Who wouldn't like to be more HAPPY and FIT?!

I have been wanting to put together a 30 Day Happy and Fit Challenge for a while now. Why? The science behind being happy fascinates me. I like to believe there is a formula to it or at least something close. 

Because it's a topic I love and feel passionate about, I am super excited to announce that I will be hosting this Happy & Fit Challenge starting MONDAY FEBRUARY 2ND (Right after Super Bowl Sunday)!

So don't worry. You can go to that Super Bowl Party and then join me for 30 Days of healthy eating, fitness, and most importantly a NEW HAPPIER YOU!

This will be EXCLUSIVELY open to my preferred customers. If you are interested in making me your coach, send me an email at Raina.Kropp@yahoo.com or comment below! LAST DAY TO APPLY WILL BE NEXT FRIDAY 1/23!


Read more about My 90 Day Challenge Results here:
How I lost 29 lbs in 90 Days


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

6 Human Needs by Anthony Robbins

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So what are the 6 Human Needs according to Anthony Robbins?  Often, after I read a book or listen to an inspiring talk, where I desperately feel that the information is life-changing, I create a visual for myself to print and post up on the wall for easy reference.  For me, both creating the visual, synthesizing the information down to a one-pager, and having it up on the wall, instead of written down as notes out of sight, helps me not only learn it better but live it better.

I realized some people might have interest in my visuals, especially if you have not had the chance to read these books or listen to these talks.  Even though they just graze the iceberg, they might still inspire and motivate, or even pique your interest enough to make you want to dive deeper on your own and listen to or read the original work.

I was looking at this one last night and felt it was particularly meaningful and relevant for the new year.  I do not know about you but I often think about how I can better my personal relationships with those around me and those I have yet to meet.  I also am always intrigued with the science or studies done around fulfillment and happiness.  As a facts and figures girl, I like to toy with the idea that there is a set formula for happiness.  I believe this one gets close.

According to Anthony Robbins, here are the 6 Human Needs:

  1. Certainty - The need for security, comfort, and consistency
  2. Uncertainty - The need for variety and challenges
  3. Significance - The need to feel important, needed, wanted, and worthy of love
  4. Love and Connection - The need for feeling connected with and loved by other human beings
  5. Growth - The need for constant development emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually
  6. Contribution - Giving beyond ourselves and giving to others
To me it is even more fascinating that two of them are in direct conflict with one another, or can be.  For me, identifying that I have both a need for certainty and uncertainty helps me design my life better.  I hope that makes sense.  It helps me re-frame my life.  For example, if I am feeling lost or out of control, I look for the certainty in my life.  It might be as basic as I know every time I work out and sweat, I feel better afterwards.  I have control over that.  Identify whatever gives you comfort.  Watch how identifying what is certain and consistent in your life makes you feel better or vice versa if you feel like your life is too monotonous.  Pick out the variety.  It might be as small as not ordering the same thing on the menu or wearing a different color underwear.  Lol.  Try it for a second.  How does it make you feel?  Kind of cool, right?

I love these 6 Human Needs, and I love pondering all that they mean.  They have so many applications.  Not only can you consider them as a map for yourself and your fulfillment, but you can use it as a template for leadership and what your employees, your family, your friends, your customers, or even the stranger you have not met yet needs.

For example, ask yourself as a manager, am I providing certainty for my direct reports?  Do they know what is expected of them and is it consistent?  Do they have variety in their work?  Are they being challenged?  For parents, are you making your kids feel important and wanted?  For people in relationships, are you feeling connected or making your significant other feel loved?  Are you contributing to society and making a difference?  Are you growing?  Are you helping others grow and develop?

Great questions for a new year.  For me, they start the conversation for the types of goals I would like to set.  The possibilities are endless.  What are your thoughts?  Do these resonate with you?  Do they make you think about what you could do for others?  I would love to hear your thoughts.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

My Word and Color Theme for 2015 Goals and Dreams

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I came across a blogger who mentioned she chooses a word and color for each year, kind of like a driving theme or north star to guide yourself by.  I thought about this, mulled it over in my mind for about 2 minutes, and instantly fell in love with the idea.  She talked about how to choose your word and color, and before she even got two words out, I instantly knew my word was going to be Brave.  When I closed my eyes, all I could see were oranges and reds like the sunset.  Ironically, as I came to this conclusion, she mentioned her colors were going to be the same exact ones.  I had only skimmed her blog post before and laughed to myself when I went back and read it in more detail.  Her word last year after thoughtful reflection was Brave as well though she never formally picked one.  After reading that, I knew it was just meant to be.

So what then do you do with a word and color?  I take it as a driving theme for myself, a filter and a question through which I will run all my plans and actions.  It does not have to be formal, but I have posted my word above my work space as a fun reminder about the Brave new things I want to do in 2015.  I want to make sure I consciously stretch myself and go out into the world with bold ambition.  If I find myself feeling timid or shy or questioning whether I should take such and such risk, I will remember my word.  Brave.  I will close my eyes, focus my energy on that word.  Repeat it to myself.  Feel the colors, the warmth radiate as I imagine the soft oranges and reds swirling around in my mind's eye.  I will use that energy to inspire and fuel my efforts.

I am so excited to see what 2015 will bring.  What do you think?  Will you be choosing a theme word for your 2015 Goals and Dreams?  Please share below.

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