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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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Challenger Day will get students with disabilities onto the field


Students from 22 Henrico County elementary schools will take to the baseball field Oct. 18 and learn how to field, hit and run the bases. The students will take part in Challenger Day, an annual event at the Tuckahoe Park Baseball Complex that introduces students with significant disabilities to the fundamentals of baseball. The students will also enjoy games, an art project, roaming mascots and a picnic lunch. > Read more.

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Eisenman & Associates, Inc. employee Tracie Grady recently was named the 2017 Virginia Business Meeting Planner of the Year. Grady was chosen by a committee of industry leaders among 19 nominees. The award is a partnership between Virginia Business magazine and the Virginia Society of Association Executives. Its goal is to recognize the unsung hero of the association, non-profit, and business world, the professional meeting planner. Grady works with clients in a number of areas, including membership management, publication design, membership directories and convention/tradeshow programs. She has worked in the association industry, primarily focused on meeting planning, for more than 20 years. She is a graduate of VCU. Eisenman & Associates, Inc. is an association management and meetings consulting company. > Read more.

Lakewood to break ground on $64M expansion


A senior community in Henrico's Far West End is planning a massive expansion project.

Lakewood, located on Lauderdale Drive, will break ground on the project Oct. 19 during a celebration that also will commemorate the community's 40th anniversary. > Read more.

Henrico to hold Oct. 19 workshop on Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill Study


The Henrico County Planning Department will hold a workshop Thursday, Oct. 19 for residents and other members of the public to provide additional input for a study of the Route 5 corridor and Marion Hill areas.

The workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at John Rolfe Middle School, 6901 Messer Road. The meeting will include an overview of community input received so far and an explanation of how it is reflected in the study’s draft goals and objectives. > Read more.

Nominations open for REB awards for principals


Nominations are open for the 2017-18 REB Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership, The Community Foundation’s yearly awards that identify, recognize and support leadership excellence in the Richmond area.

Honorees receive an unrestricted $7,500 cash grant, and $7,500 to be used for school initiatives. Nominees can be principals from public schools in Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and the city of Richmond who have served in their current positions for at least three years. > Read more.

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The Latin Ballet of Virginia will perform “NuYoRican” at 12:30 p.m. at Tuckahoe Library and at 4:30 p.m. at Varina Library. The true stories of thousands of Puerto Ricans migrating to the United States after World War II are portrayed through dances like La Plena La Bomba, as well as Mambos, Salsas, Latin Jazz and Reggaeton. For details, visit http://www.henricolibrary.org. Full text

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