Author: Jason Hardjakusuma

Women in Business – Turn Disappointment Into Opportunity

I am reminded of a quotation from Charles R. Swindoll, “We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.” He’s right about disappointment becoming a powerful springboard to unseen opportunities. How many great inventions, discoveries or business deals would never have seen the light of day if disappointment turned into discouragement?

Women in Business - Turn Disappointment Into Opportunity

During my coaching sessions I’ve seen women business owners handle disappointment in one of two ways; it either makes them stronger and more determined or, they become discouraged and give up. How do you handle professional disappointment? Does it motivate you to succeed or stop you in your tracks?

Here are a few ways successful women entrepreneurs turn disappointments into positive personal and professional growth opportunities.

1. Learn the lessons. I know, that seems obvious but it isn’t always easy when you’re faced with the negativity of disappointment. It may be wise to step back and take a long hard look at the root cause of the disappointment.

Honestly ask yourself:

  • Did I do my homework and was I prepared?
  • Did I push too hard without knowing all the facts?
  • Is it because it’s the wrong opportunity at the wrong time?
  • Did I ask enough questions and listen carefully to the answers?
  • How can I be better professionally prepared next time?
  • What positive lesson will I take away from this experience?

2. Remember that it’s not personal, it’s business. For many women, disappointment becomes personal. In some instances it may become difficult to emotionally and intellectually separate personal feelings from the professional aspects of the situation. When emotions become involved, it has the potential to turn a small setback into an enormous disappointment.

If you should find yourself becoming emotionally discouraged, it’s time to ask why you’re taking the situation personally. There’s nothing wrong with sorting through your feelings. Understanding the personal feelings involved in professional disappointments is one positive way to look at the bigger picture and discover the opportunities.

3. Develop a support network of like-minded success-oriented women. A strong support network is one that “tells it like it is” and doesn’t sit around commiserating. You’ll want to align yourself with a group of positive women who are willing to learn, grow and succeed together.

Choose your network carefully because you will probably be sharing personal and professional information. A true support network provides a positive boost to your professional self-esteem.

Disappointment is a way of life. It’s how you choose to handle these disappointments that can make the difference between discouragement and greater success. You have the power to create unlimited opportunity out of disappointment – it is your choice!… Read More

Women in the Marketplace

The saying, “if momma isn’t happy no one is” should be standard practice in the business world, because if you do not make the female consumer happy, you could be messing with fire. Once you get that fire going, it can be hard to put out as women often talk and share their experiences. One of the biggest things they share is shopping do’s and don’ts. You do not want to be put on the don’t list!

Women in the Marketplace

Here is another bit of insight on women consumers today. They are not fully marketed to. If you are not tapping into the 80% of the purchasing power you are not reaching your full business potential especially those who market to what is deemed typically a “male” product such as electronics, vehicles, and sports items. Targeting strictly males on these items is not only stereotyping, but also cutting you out of a lot of revenue that can be had from the pockets of women.

It is said, that by 2010 women will control one trillion dollars of the wealth in the United States. If you think about the previous mentioned 80% of the shopping power and add the one trillion to that, you would be just plain crazy not to try to tap into that market. Women already make up over 65% of the online shoppers and you can expect that number to increase as well. So regardless if you are marketing a storefront or an internet based company, women are the larger percentage of the consumers, period.

When targeting your market towards women, it is not much different then targeting men. When doing so, target your market towards professions, interest, and age. Do not just market by age group. At one time, flash may have been enough the spark the interest of a woman, however nowadays, more and more women are highly educated and a flashy advertisement will not gain the same attention as it once may have. Women know what they want and can no longer be stereotyped as the passive woman who is easily persuaded.

Women demand to be acknowledged as a viable part of the economy. They demand to be approached based on their intelligence and not their gender. They demand information on the product or service they are considering purchasing. A woman does not want her time wasted. Their time is just as valuable as a man’s, so keep your sales pitch to the minimum, be precise and concise with your information, but do not belittle a woman by being to simplistic.… Read More

Mindset in Your Healthy Habits Program

The word ‘mindset’ may have quite a number of different connotations for any individual embarking or continuing on a healthy habits journey. The job of the coach is to facilitate the client in accessing his own inner tools, so to speak, for maneuvering the rocky road to new habits. The ‘mindset’ part of the equation will be one of the most important as you start on your journey.

The concept of mindset usually is seen as something you ‘obtain’ by reaching deep inside, pulling it out like a rabbit from a hat, and putting it to good use, say, tomorrow. But I’d challenge this concept based on the experience of working with individuals who approach their life change, as most of us do, with several inner voices, all trying to get our attention.

The way that the brain works, frequently we observe a phenomenon where the outer, conscious mind has an intention and the inner mind, just below the surface, acts as sabotage to this very same intention! The determination of taking a daily jog, for example, may be bombarded by such thoughts as ‘don’t do it, it will be uncomfortable, remember last time’, and on and on.

The mild stress reaction associated with that ‘morning jog’ thought has the power to shut down, in a mild way, the system’s capacity to work at its very best and be happy in the process!

Understanding the mindset’ is part of finding the solution that will keep all the conflicting thoughts at bay, keeping you in charge in the same way that a conductor leads his orchestra. Instead of approaching the new habit with a kind of dismay (ugh, another diet), ask yourself what is the most inspiring thing you can think of about your new future self, what is the most easy and fun change you can make right now, here, today that is a workable idea AND is in the direction of the new goal. It will be something you are looking forward to doing, or something that is not a bother (skipping bread at the dinner table, for example).

The entire brain has the potential to find agreement and harmony in this thought. The positive emotions associated with the idea will boost the activity into realization, followed by pride at your creativity and the results you are looking for in the short term AND the long term.

A journal can help the process by locking the steps into place, where goals become habits and your program begins to gain momentum of its own.

For more information and a sample journal, simply drop a note and we’ll see you next time.… Read More

Fit Pregnancy: The correct Methods of Exercising Throughout Pregnancy

Suitable pregnancy workouts are advantageous to both moms-to-be as well as the fetus. Firstly, it aids to preserve muscle tone and make the progress of labor less difficult; Secondly, it assists to control physique weight inside a healthful range, and helps postpartum mothers recover their physique shape a lot easier also. On the other hand, pregnant ladies really should take into account that you could only exercising for the duration of particular stages of pregnancy, supplying adopting appropriate exercises for diverse stages and individual physical situation. In this write-up, we are going to go over the approaches that are not suitable for moms-to-be.

(1) Fit pregnancy – workout routines that are not suitable for expecting mothers

For anyone who is in pregnancy 3 months to 28 weeks, you need to spend interest for the exercise types you choose. It truly is wise to accomplish some leisure workouts such as swimming, tai chi, walking, yoga as well as other comparatively easy sports. Do prevent robust abdominal workouts, or movements that require lots of jumping or sprinting including badminton, tennis, horseback riding and scuba diving. Among these, diving is the most hazardous as it can effortlessly make pregnant girls in hypoxia state and therefore lead to fetal malformations.

In addition, workout routines that result in fatigue or over-sweating are certainly not appropriate to pregnant ladies. Moreover, you’ll want to drink plenty of water during physical exercise, and it is most effective to add some fruit juice rather than drinking plain water. Cola and sports drinks are surely a large no-no to a healthier pregnancy.

Whenever you expertise vaginal bleeding, fluid flow, uncommon pain or sudden pain, chest discomfort, difficulty in breathing, severe or persistent headache or dizziness and also other difficulties, it’s essential to quit working out quickly and stop by your physician.

(2) Match pregnancy – workouts for distinctive stages of pregnancy

You must be extremely cautious in choosing physical exercise sorts throughout the initial trimester. Strenuous workout routines have to be avoided in the course of this period. In pregnancy for three months to 28 week period, pregnant ladies can do some appropriate exercises. But just after 28 weeks in pregnancy, it’s not advisable to complete sports since the fetus has grown extremely large at this time, and inappropriate body movements may cause allergic contractions, top to premature delivery as well as other issues.

(3) Fit pregnancy – how to exercise through pregnancy

Breathing workout routines are generally the very best for pregnant females since it might help pregnant females unwind, getting present and also support inside the delivery procedure with the contractions.

Shallow breathing: sitting on the floor, crossed legs inside the front, back straight, exhale with mouth breathing.

Deep breathing: sitting on the floor in a comfortable position, crossed legs within the front, preserve your back straight, deep breathing and then gradually exhale, repeat the workout.

Other than breathing workout, pregnant females can also do some muscle tissues workout routines including pelvic muscle and thigh muscle … Read More

Getting A Man To Fall In Love With You: Dating Advice For Single Women

For some, getting a man to fall in love comes naturally. Why does it have to be so difficult for the rest of us? You have found that special someone, but he either doesn’t acknowledge his feelings or doesn’t know that you exist!

You think that it’s all fate. Surely, destiny and love will lead the way. What you don’t know or fail to realize is that there are a few things that you can do, to make the man you are in love with feel emotionally closer. So getting a man to fall in love with you will be a matter of time!

The fact that you are reading this article makes me think that you already have your eyes and heart set on a man. That’s half the battle. You have to make sure that you are appealing to him both emotionally and physically, so that he’ll find you totally irresistible. I know a lot of women try to rush into things when they begin to fall in love with a man. Once upon a time, I also built up so many walls of hope, for a happily ever after life. I guess most of us are guilty on this count!

The problem is you have this awesome man and things are really good between you two. But he doesn’t bring up the topic of being exclusive or the ultimate walk down the aisle.

One day, I was have a chat on this with my guy friends and they had a lot to say on this topic! I was told that some guys evade these topics purposely; just to see how she will manage it. Will she bring it up or will she nag him? Will this become a pressing issue between them?

Irrespective of the feels you have for him, you have to make him feel like he is pursuing you. Don’t be the needy woman chasing the man. I know that’s very difficult if you are in love with him. The thing is when you are in love it’s like you’ve taken a drug! You want to spend every waking hour with that person. You can’t stop thinking about them, and basically your entire world starts revolving around him!

So ladies, getting a man to fall in love with you will be far more difficult if you keep pressuring him into committing. Be patient and see whether he brings it up first. I am sure if he is interested, he will talk of commitment and a life ever after. Also, when he does ask you, don’t be too eager to say yes! Men like women who are not too hung up on commitment and if he thinks that it’s not a big deal for you, it will be a plus point for you!

Have you ever thought about what it would be like to have the man you love, throw himself at your feet, ready to risk practically everything he has, just to be … Read More