How Successful People Handle Stress

Patti-KomaraThey Appreciate What They Have
Taking time to contemplate what you’re grateful for isn’t merely the “right” thing to do. It also improves your mood, because it reduces the stress hormone cortisol by 23%. Research conducted at the University of California, Davis found that people who worked daily to cultivate an attitude of gratitude experienced improved mood, energy, and physical well-being. It’s likely that lower levels of cortisol played a major role in this.
They Avoid Asking “What If?”
“What if?” statements throw fuel on the fire of stress and worry. Things can go in a million different directions, and the more time you spend worrying about the possibilities, the less time you’ll spend focusing on taking action that will calm you down and keep your stress under control. Calm people know that asking “what if? will only take them to a place they don’t want—or need—to go.
They Stay Positive
Positive thoughts help make stress intermittent by focusing your brain’s attention onto something that is completely stress-free. You have to give your wandering brain a little help by consciously selecting something positive to think about. Any positive thought will do to refocus your attention. When things are going well, and your mood is good, this is relatively easy. When things are going poorly, and your mind is flooded with negative thoughts, this can be a challenge. In these moments, think about your day and identify one positive thing that happened, no matter how small. If you can’t think of something from the current day, reflect on the previous day or even the previous week. Or perhaps you’re looking forward to an exciting event that you can focus your attention on. The point here is that you must have something positive that you’re ready to shift your attention to when your thoughts turn negative.

Patti Komara owns Patti’s All-American Gymnastics in Dyer, Indiana since 1969 and has been named “#1 Best of the Region” for Gymnastics Schools by their local newspaper every year since its inception in 1994. Patti has also been a speaker for USA Gymnastics at national conventions every year since 1981 and has also led hundreds of training workshops.

Patti has produced over 80 instructional DVDs and has written books on yearly lesson plans for the internationally known  Tumblebear Gym Program, School-Age Gymnastics, Dancing GymBears,  YogaBears, CheerBears, Gym-N-Learn Educational Preschool, and Swim. All products can be found at tumblebear.com  Patti currently has over 9,000 subscribers to her “Tumblebear Tips” eblasts. You can sign up for it at tumblebear.com.

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Things to Tell Your Staff

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Patti-KomaraIt’s imperative for them to look their best. This time of year is a busy time for new students and your staff needs to look really good. They represent you, your company, and your brand. Remind staff they need great eye contact, hair done, make-up applied, clean uniform, and a great smile. They need to say hi to everyone… big and small. Treating each customer with a personal touch will go a long way. Mention a mom’s new haircut or a really nice pair of boots. If you see a Dad wearing a college sweatshirt, ask him if he graduated from there and talk about their sports teams. Creating relationships with your customers is the best way to guarantee their return. Have every teacher write at least one postcard every night to a student who has done something great that day. The teacher is also required to write a postcard to a mom from their classes once a week thanking them for the opportunity of working with their kids. When you’re talking to a parent always try to compliment their kids on their manners, maturity, or thoughtfulness. That’s what parents are responsible for. When you compliment the gymnast’s skills, YOU taught them that. It means a lot more if it’s something THEY taught their child… like good manners. Write a quick email about a cute incident in class or something nice one of the students did for another child. You will make the parents’ day and they will associate your gym with good feelings. People only buy for two reasons and two reasons only…to solve a problem or to create good feelings. We need to do both.

Patti Komara owns Patti’s All-American Gymnastics in Dyer, Indiana since 1969 and has been named “#1 Best of the Region” for Gymnastics Schools by their local newspaper every year since its inception in 1994. Patti has also been a speaker for USA Gymnastics at national conventions every year since 1981 and has also led hundreds of training workshops.

Patti has produced over 80 instructional DVDs and has written books on yearly lesson plans for the internationally known  Tumblebear Gym Program, School-Age Gymnastics, Dancing GymBears,  YogaBears, CheerBears, Gym-N-Learn Educational Preschool, and Swim. All products can be found at tumblebear.com  Patti currently has over 9,000 subscribers to her “Tumblebear Tips” eblasts. You can sign up for it at tumblebear.com.

How to Lead Into a Dreaded Conversation

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Patti-KomaraYou know how you’ve been meaning to talk to that staff person who hasn’t been doing what you want? But, you don’t want to offend her, you don’t want to make her feel bad. Or, is it you dread the “cringe moment”? That’s just before you say something you know they aren’t going to like. You need to get it over with. Say the worst thing first. Cringe fast and cringe early. It’s a simple move that few of us make consistently, because it requires emotional courage. At least the first time. After that moment, people will be interested in hearing the rest. Or, they may surprise you with an instant agreement and there may be little more to discuss. Here’s what I’ve come to realize: I almost always overestimate how difficult it is for the other person to hear what I have to say. People are resilient. I’m usually more uncomfortable delivering a difficult message than the other person is receiving it. Next time you have a conversation you’re dreading, lead with the part you’re dreading. Get to the conclusion in the first sentence. The more you do it, the easier and more natural it becomes. Being direct and upfront does not mean being callous or unnecessarily harsh. In fact, it’s the opposite; done with care, being direct is far more considerate and can yield better results including more positive feedback  and improved dialogue in the future.

Patti Komara owns Patti’s All-American Gymnastics in Dyer, Indiana since 1969 and has been named “#1 Best of the Region” for Gymnastics Schools by their local newspaper every year since its inception in 1994. Patti has also been a speaker for USA Gymnastics at national conventions every year since 1981 and has also led hundreds of training workshops.

Patti has produced over 80 instructional DVDs and has written books on yearly lesson plans for the internationally known  Tumblebear Gym Program, School-Age Gymnastics, Dancing GymBears,  YogaBears, CheerBears, Gym-N-Learn Educational Preschool, and Swim. All products can be found at tumblebear.com  Patti currently has over 9,000 subscribers to her “Tumblebear Tips” eblasts. You can sign up for it at tumblebear.com.

What are Your Emergency Plans?

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Patti-KomaraWith all the devastating storms and tornadoes lately I thought I would pass along my own “tornado preparation” sheet I give to my staff. If you don’t have tornadoes, but you have hurricanes or other catastrophic events, this might serve as a template for those. I ask my staff to read it, study it, and keep it handy in their instructor binder at all times. We have a copy in the office, too. We can’t predict the weather or other devastating occurrences such as fire or an intruder, but we can try to be as prepared as possible. With my compliments, please click NOW and go to “Free Sample Lesson Plans, Handouts, and Articles” to print out this form. Then use it to create your own. This sheet is actually part of my #403 Forms and Coloring Pages book.

Patti Komara owns Patti’s All-American Gymnastics in Dyer, Indiana since 1969 and has been named “#1 Best of the Region” for Gymnastics Schools by their local newspaper every year since its inception in 1994. Patti has also been a speaker for USA Gymnastics at national conventions every year since 1981 and has also led hundreds of training workshops.

Patti has produced over 80 instructional DVDs and has written books on yearly lesson plans for the internationally known  Tumblebear Gym Program, School-Age Gymnastics, Dancing GymBears,  YogaBears, CheerBears, Gym-N-Learn Educational Preschool, and Swim. All products can be found at tumblebear.com  Patti currently has over 9,000 subscribers to her “Tumblebear Tips” eblasts. You can sign up for it at tumblebear.com.

 

 

 

Title IX and What it Means for Woman Everywhere

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Much of this below is from an article in USA Today by Christine Brennan, June 22, 2017. In celebration of 45 years since the passing of Title IX, she states and I totally agree…
 
“The benefits will be in what happens after the playing days are over, namely more women in leadership positions in our society,” Big East commissioner and former WNBA president Val Ackerman wrote in an email. “Whether doctors, lawyers, engineers, CEOs, senators, university presidents, tech titans — the pathways for women will keep easing because sports can pave the way.”
It took a decade or two for Title IX to get going, but the floodgates were ready to open, and they did. What happened is what you see in your neighborhood, multiplied by thousands of neighborhoods: Millions of girls and women playing sports, filling the athletic fields you drive by every day, so omnipresent that they barely attract your attention anymore. Had you driven by those fields 45 years ago, the only girls you would have seen are those who had run over to tell their brothers it was time to come home for dinner.
To put it mildly, the law has become wildly successful. America has fallen in love with what it created. The 1999 Women’s World Cup soccer tournament was one of our first big hints. (The only event ever to make the covers of Time, Newsweek, People and Sports Illustrated the same week.) The record success of U.S. women at the Olympic Games, leading the way in the medal count, is another. College scholarships? Are you kidding? Name a father (or a mother) who isn’t as into their daughter’s games as they are their son’s.
“The passage of Title IX 45 years ago changed the trajectory of American women, thus transforming our culture,” Donna de Varona, Olympic gold medalist and Title IX advocate, said in an email. “We found our way into space, onto the Supreme Court and into the high echelons of politics. In the sporting arena, we became visible affirmations of what is possible, offering up strong, confident role models for future generations.”
Title IX is still relatively young, but its impact has been far more dramatic than most of us realize. An Ernst & Young and espnW survey found that among businesswomen now in the C-suite (CEOs, CFOs, etc.), a stunning 94% played sports, and 52% played college sports.
Perhaps most important, these young women are not going to forget what they learned through sports.
Tennis legend and women’s sports icon Billie Jean King thinks they will have a profound effect on the future of this country. “The young women graduating college in the next few years may be the first generation of women to receive equal pay for equal work in their professional lifetime and Title IX is helping secure their future,” she wrote in an email.
We need to publish this on the Facebook pages of all the gyms in America. Have the parents realize that having little Olivia in gymnastics is doing so much more for her than just the development of physical strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, love of a sport, and how much it does for her self-esteem. Gymnastics helps create leaders of tomorrow. Women will be in the house all right and the Senate and the White House. That’s what we do every day—is help young leaders grow. How fun is our job?

Patti Komara owns Patti’s All-American Gymnastics in Dyer, Indiana since 1969 and has been named “#1 Best of the Region” for Gymnastics Schools by their local newspaper every year since its inception in 1994. Patti has also been a speaker for USA Gymnastics at national conventions every year since 1981 and has also led hundreds of training workshops.

Patti has produced over 80 instructional DVDs and has written books on yearly lesson plans for the internationally known  Tumblebear Gym Program, School-Age Gymnastics, Dancing GymBears,  YogaBears, CheerBears, Gym-N-Learn Educational Preschool, and Swim. All products can be found at tumblebear.com  Patti currently has over 9,000 subscribers to her “Tumblebear Tips” eblasts and quarterly newsletter. You can sign up for it at tumblebear.com.

Follow-Up Marketing is Everything

Patti-KomaraFollow-up may be the most under-rated marketing technique in existence. As gym owners, we spend an enormous amount of time and money attracting new students. We build websites, go to networking events, purchase ads, create contests on Facebook, tumble in parades, host great birthday parties, and more. But marketing activities like these are aimed at making contact with new potential students for the first time. Follow-up is missing from the picture. Get one of your ambitious, talkative instructors or coaches who’s looking for more hours on the phone. They could call every child who attended a trial lesson (and didn’t join), attended a birthday party, a KNO, a day camp, an Open Gym, the parent who called in but didn’t join or any way that you’ve captured their contact info. This is critical. You can really improve your conversion rate. Once you have them interested, do not let them go. Follow up with them via a personal phone call or an e-blast at least every three months for a year. If not interested, take them off your list. But– give it a try!

Patti Komara owns Patti’s All-American Gymnastics in Dyer, Indiana since 1969 and has been named “#1 Best of the Region” for Gymnastics Schools by their local newspaper every year since its inception in 1994. Patti has also been a speaker for USA Gymnastics at national conventions every year since 1981 and has also led hundreds of training workshops.

Patti has produced over 80 instructional DVDs and has written books on yearly lesson plans for the internationally known  Tumblebear Gym Program, School-Age Gymnastics, Dancing GymBears,  YogaBears, CheerBears, Gym-N-Learn Educational Preschool, and Swim. All products can be found at tumblebear.com  Patti currently has over 9,000 subscribers to her “Tumblebear Tips” eblasts and quarterly newsletter. You can sign up for it at tumblebear.com.

Praise is More Valuable Than Pay

Patti-KomaraIn a Gallup Organization poll of 2,000 workers, 69% said praise and recognition from their bosses is more motivating than money. Four out of five workers said recognition or praise motivates them to do a better job. Despite this, most workers feel they are not properly recognized or praised. Studies by the U.S. Army show soldiers improve their performance 90% of the time when praised and 30% of the time when criticized. When your staff members aren’t living up to your expectations, have they been praised enough for the things they ARE doing right to make them feel valued and needed? When you give a specific compliment at the perfect time (right after the deed), it makes a huge impact. Look people in the eye and really thank them. Explain why you’re so happy with the results. Tell their parents or spouse how happy you are with them. This alone makes a huge impact. Praise people behind their back. As a leader, know that you can’t say anything about them behind their back that you wouldn’t say while they’re standing next to you. Make them feel valued by asking for their opinions. Especially the younger staff members really feel important when their boss comes to them for advice.

Patti Komara owns Patti’s All-American Gymnastics in Dyer, Indiana since 1969 and has been named “#1 Best of the Region” for Gymnastics Schools by their local newspaper every year since its inception in 1994. Patti has also been a speaker for USA Gymnastics at national conventions every year since 1981 and has also led hundreds of training workshops.

Patti has produced over 80 instructional DVDs and has written books on yearly lesson plans for the internationally known  Tumblebear Gym Program, School-Age Gymnastics, Dancing GymBears,  YogaBears, CheerBears, Gym-N-Learn Educational Preschool, and Swim. All products can be found at tumblebear.com  Patti currently has over 9,000 subscribers to her “Tumblebear Tips” eblasts and quarterly newsletter. You can sign up for it at tumblebear.com.