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It’s still early in the year, so if you’re like most people, you’ve probably just about given up on that exercise and diet plan you resolved to on Jan. 1!  It happens to SO many of us every year, but why?  We have the best of intentions – we can actually see our new physique, and we love it!  We knew it would be work, but the payoff would be worth it.

Plus, we all know the basics: cut the fat, cut the sugars, pick up the weights. But as everyday people, what would make us think we really KNOW how to diet and exercise to maximum performance for our bodies?  Maybe you do know how to work out and eat well, but you just can’t seem to find the right combination of what foods to eat, and what exercises to do, to give you the results you want.  

More likely than any of these reasons for abandoning your well-intended health plan is that it’s difficult and much easier to NOT get up and get to the gym. And there’s nobody there with you to hold you accountable, so missing today turns into this week, turns into next week. . . turns into you’re done.  See you again next January.


That’s why there’s an entire industry of fitness professionals called personal trainers to help us with this dilemma.  These fitness coaches teach people what programs would be best for reaching particular goals. Then a good personal trainer shows how to perform and implement these exercises so they’re done properly, with good form, and to maximum performance. 

Lastly, these people actually SHOW UP at the gym – on time, excited, ready to work their clients out. They hold them accountable in the very way the clients themselves never seem to be able to do. The result? People learn about their options, set goals, learn what it takes and how to perform the essential tasks – and stay on course! 

This is how a healthy body is made and maintained. For the few who can do it themselves, great. But for the rest of us, these fitness coaches are the difference between healthy and unhealthy.

This is exactly what a business coach does for the health of a small business owner’s company. 

A great business coach helps the small business owner set the goals that make sense for his or her business, and shows them what actions it takes to reach and exceed these goals. The business coach then teaches the small business owner the all-important “how to” for whatever essential tasks must be undertaken. Remember, form is important to results! 

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, a good business coach is there with small business owners to hold them accountable for getting their work done! Just like a personal trainer, the business coach attends to the health of small business owners by empowering them with options, knowledge and a gentle push. And like our bodies, we can then have a business that operates consistently, and be business owners who can take command of what our business does, rather than just reacting to what it faces.

This lesson is a good one for other areas of expertise that your business might require. Want great advertising? Hire a marketing coach. Want your pro formas to be powerful? Hire a strong CPA. Be the business owner who is not afraid to reach out for help, but who’s afraid to wake up and find your business is unhealthy!  

Options, learning and accountability – these are the values that business coaching can bring to any small business owner who wants a healthy, strong, flexible business.

Bill Keeler is a certified professional business coach, as well as a certified professional behavioral analyst and radio marketing master. He’s been helping small business owners improve their operations since 1994. Contact him at (804) 332-6486 or at http://www.richmondcoach.com or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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Virginia raises a toast to George Washington’s whiskey


George Washington is recognized as the father of our country, but with a bill signed into law by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Washington also will be recognized under another title – distiller of Virginia’s official liquor.

SB 1261, sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin of Alexandria, adds a “state spirit” to the list of the commonwealth’s official emblems and designations and crowns George Washington’s rye whiskey with the title.

The bill, which McAuliffe signed last week, highlights George Washington’s contributions to the culture of Virginia as “a native son of Virginia born on February 22, 1732, in Pope’s Creek”; “the first American president, commander of the Continental Army, and president of the Constitutional Convention”; and “a model statesman ... universally acknowledged as the father of our nation.” > Read more.

McAuliffe vetoes 6 more bills; GOP calls him ‘disengaged’


Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday vetoed six bills, including three Republicans said would help prevent voter fraud but the Democratic governor said would create barriers to voting.

McAuliffe has now vetoed 37 bills from the General Assembly’s 2017 session – and 108 during his four-year term as governor, surpassing any of his predecessors.

Republican legislative leaders say McAuliffe has broken his promise to be bipartisan, calling his office “the most disengaged administration we have ever worked with.” > Read more.

HSWCD to give away tree seedlings Thursday and Friday


Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its annual tree seedling giveaway March 30 at Dorey Park Shelter 1 from 2:30 to 6 p.m., and March 31 at Hermitage High School from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Studies show that mature trees increase property value, decrease summertime cooling costs by providing shade, slow erosion and reduce flooding. They also provide homes for birds, food for countless creatures, and playgrounds for children. > Read more.

Dog rescued, no one injured in Northside townhouse fire


MAR. 27, 11 A.M. – No one was injured by a townhouse fire that occurred early Monday morning in the 200 block of Knightsmanor Court, near the intersection of Azalea Avenue and Richmond-Henrico Turnpike.

The first Henrico Fire officials were on scene in less than four minutes and found heavy smoke and flames coming from the two-story townhouse. Firefighters from the first-arriving fire engine and ladder truck made their way to the townhome involved in fire and searched for victims through high heat and reduced visibility. > Read more.

Walk, ceremony to observe Crime Victims’ Rights Week

In observance of National Crime Victims' Rights Week (April 2-8), and to honor victims of crime in Henrico County and raise awareness about crime victims' rights and issues, Henrico County Victim/Witness will hold a commemorative ceremony and informative walk April 5. > Read more.
Community

Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
Entertainment

Metro Diner to open second Henrico location


Metro Diner, a comfort food concept, will open its second Henrico location next month. The company is accepting job applications for its Libbie Place location at 5626 West Broad Street. The diner concept, known for its fried chicken and waffles, meatloaf, and shrimp and grits, will bring 100 new jobs to the region as it plans to open its doors in April.

The 3,500-square-foot diner located in the Libbie Place Shopping Center will seat more than 100 and serve classic comfort food staples with a twist, such as fried chicken and waffles topped with strawberry butter and a stuffed challah bread French toast with strawberry and blueberry compote. > Read more.

 

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CharacterWorks, a non-profit after-school youth theater program, will present “An Enchanted Evening” to celebrate its 15th anniversary at 6 p.m. at Richmond Marriott Short Pump. Enjoy dinner, dancing, alumni performances and a silent and live auction benefiting CharacterWorks Theatre. Tickets are $85. Black-tie optional. For details, visit http://www.cworkstheater.org/events. Full text

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