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A.D.S. | Virginia Business Coach by Alayna Stiffler - 3w ago
Then Judah said, “The strength of the laborers is failing and there is so much rubbish that we are not able to build the wall.” Nehemiah 4:10 Don’t read into this post politically, see it in your business as a wonder. How far are you willing to go? Are you willing to work hard, take action, get on the wall, complain, then risk failure? Fortunately Nehemiah was not of the same opinion and and ensued. He jumped over obstacles, removed the boundaries, took the bull by the horns and didn’t let a tidal wave get in his way. God does give and take away. I see A.D.S. Meeting & Training Center as my give and take away and I have no regrets. He allowed me to see and experience the success of it and when it was time to close the doors, He showed me the way. I grew from that experience because He opened the doors for me to lead others, build incredible friendship and multiple business relationships, opened the doors for coaching opportunities and coaching certifications, helped me to co-found a successful networking group and finally led to me closing the doors to what was old and bring in the new opportunities to build other relationships. God doesn’t make mistakes, He helps us to learn new experiences. Be a Nehemiah in and outside of your Israelite community and know that failure is due to disobedience. What is your Israelite community? When God provides are you willing to accept the responsibility of what he has graciously given to you?
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One of the purposes of my business is to help others with not only their business goals, but the healthy side of being in business.  When you are in business or working outside of your home, it can become burdensome to plan healthy meals throughout the week and stay on track with being healthy especially when your co workers are ordering out and bringing in sweet treats that are truly good.  What makes it harder to deny is when you don’t allow yourself to enjoy those treats at home, you want to indulge at work.
Here are some quick tools for helping you to stay healthy for you and it can help you stay focused for clarity on your health and wellness so you can be the most productive in your business.
Look for high protein foods to burn and fuel your body every morning.  Greek Yogurt, eggs, fish, Collagen, cheese.Drink water and start your day with water.  Without water, your body will shrivel up on the inside as it looks for moisture to keep the inside healthy.Snack should be small and simple.  Not equivalent to a full mealEat whole foods.  Foods that are processed can cause brain fog and when you have brain fog, your mind isn’t thinking clearly.Hit the sheets before 11pm and really get a good night of sleep. If you are not a sleeper and a night owl, start with 15 minutes earlier until your body learns how to slow down.  It really isn’t that hard especially when your body is learning the new concept of living.
When you are waking up tired, exhausted, little energy and yawning at 3 pm, your body is telling you it is unhappy and unhealthy.  It takes time to change and help your body adjust to the new you, but this is your only body that you have and if you have to spend time using it for helping others see the best of your brain, feed it right.
A healthy body can save your life and when you have a healthy body and give it the health it needs, it will serve you well.
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A few weeks ago I started to work outside of my home office and headed back to corporate America.  I am still coaching part time, but I had set a financial goal a few months ago because I wanted to do some aggressive consolidating so my husband and I can enjoy or future and live a dream we have been talking about for a few years.  I knew when I owned the title that I was a business coach; I also knew my career choice was not going to meet that goal without draining me or my family emotionally. 
My first step was finding a good fit for where I wanted to work.  I knew in my coaching practice that I could cover three of the four tracks of business growth and my weakest one was the financial track because I never had an interest or a need to worry about the financial track, especially since I was not expected to work outside of my home because my husband is an excellent family provider. 
 But I had never put a goal on where I wanted to work, I just knew my time has come for me to return to an office.  I have loved being a business owner and have 22 years of entrepreneurship. I still consider myself a business owner because I am still coaching, teaching, training and learning every single day.  But even though I have changed my daytime to a corporate paycheck, it does not mean that I am no longer seeking to improve my mind daily.
Here is what I have learned about myself in the past week months.
I still love serving people with something new every day.I have a gift that I have hidden for many years because I was so focused on business, I forgot to stop and really smell some beautiful roses.I enjoy engaging with a generation who is forgotten or hidden because they have reached a certain age.I really want to get to know people and their stories.  More importantly I want to hear their stories with love in my heart to listen because they have some true golden nuggets in what they are sharing.
Coaching will always deep inside me because I truly love helping others to learn how to serve themselves and I don’t think I could ever walk away from what I truly love doing, nor is that the direction that I am heading.  Networking and coaching will always be two of my favorite passions.  I know coaching is not a career I can retire from, but I can retire from a place that brings me joy every single day I am there and I am learning a new trade at the same time which is the fourth track of my business. Financial wellness for entrepreneurs.  
My business partner and I take time every week to learn something new and work on goals we are setting for major league results.  My lesson I learned when I stepped out of my comfort zone and said yes to a 8 to 5 was exactly what I needed and I get to do something I truly love and that is slow down and enjoy the conversations.  Truly, I have reached my desired goal.  To stay home with my children while they were school aged into adulthood.  My youngest was 18 in August and I started my new vision just a few days later after enjoying time with my family and grandchildren.  That beautiful rose is recognizing when you have really worked towards a long term goal and reaping the rewards of it all.
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