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Want to Lose Weight? Prime Yourself for an AHA! to Achieve Your Weight Loss Goals (Some additional thoughts)

When it comes to weight loss motivation, an AHA! can give you what you need to acieve your weight loss goals

I was inspired by my last post to write a press release about the role that AHA!s can plan in achieving your weight loss goals. Click here if you’re interested in reading When It Comes to Achieving Weight Loss Goals, a New Year’s Resolution and Good Intentions May Not Be Enough.

Happy New Year! Wishing you all the best in 2013!


When It Comes to Achieving Weight Loss Goals, a New Year’s Resolution and Good Intentions May Not Be Enough

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CONTACT: Donna Hartney, 716.655.5094, donnahartney@gmail.com

Buffalo, NY – December 31, 2012 – Researchers have found that losing weight is the number one New Year’s resolution. Working against the achievement of weight loss goals is a study revealing that more than three quarters of resolutions are abandoned before they are reached.

What makes the difference between success and failure when it comes to weight loss goals? Think “pivotal realization.”

Jeanette Keith, a Buffalo, N.Y.-based gastroenterologist, believes in the importance of insights when it comes to weight loss. In a 2011 interview with The Buffalo News, Dr. Keith said, “Every individual who I’ve talked to has had a different ‘aha moment.’ But what is similar is the inner motivation that allows them to stick with their program. Your friends and family may want it for you, but until you own it, the change just won’t happen.”

Theresa Benoit wrote in a recent blog post on the “Fit Approach” website that her weight-loss motivation came when she experienced a flash of clarity while looking at dated photographs of herself. For The Biggest Loser contestant Julie Hadden, the insight arrived when she was about to get tossed off the reality show. It was a pivotal moment that she would later recall in her book.

But aren’t life-changing insights like Benoit’s and Hadden’s something we can’t control – a hit or miss proposition? Aren’t they the product of fate, luck, or chance?

“That’s a common misconception,” says Donna Hartney, Ph.D., author of The AHA! Handbook: How to spark the insights that will transform your life and career. “More than 10 years of research into what triggers pivotal insights has shown me that you can prime yourself for life-changing realizations.”

Hartney’s research has allowed her to isolate the steps that help people generate those “aha” moments that can lead to weight loss resolutions that will be kept. “Be alert and notice how you see the world. Be curious about what you discover and reflect on what you find. Then, relax while you wait for an insight,” she advises.

“An ‘aha’ moment can help you achieve even the most elusive resolutions,” says Hartney.

Her new book, The AHA! Handbook: How to spark the insights that will transform your life and career, is the first research-based self-help book that teaches readers how to spark pivotal realizations.

Hartney is a performance consultant who works with global leaders and professionals at Fortune 500 companies to help them to develop and implement effective strategies that bring out the best in people. She specializes in helping others learn how to prime themselves for pivotal realizations. Learn more at http://www.DonnaHartney.com.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Donna Hartney, 716.655.5094, Donna@donnahartney.com

 



An AHA! Could Give You What You Need to Shed Unwanted Pounds

Fitapproach.com recently posted two blogs that spotlighted AHA!s that lead to weight loss. They’re great stories! Theresa Benoit experienced a flash of clarity when she discovered some dated pictures of herself. Mommyweighless was hit with her AHA! after an annual checkup.

M.D. Jeanette N. Keith, a Buffalo-based gastroenterologist, says that she’s a believer in the importance of insights when it comes to losing weight. In an interview with Jane Kwiatkowski of The Buffalo News, Dr. Keith said,”Every individual who I’ve talked to has had a different ‘”aha” moment.” But what is similar is the inner motivation that allows them to stick with their program. Your friends and family may want it for you, but until you own it, the change just won’t happen.”

What tends to trigger a weight-loss AHA!? The biggest trigger, I have found, is catching a glimpse of yourself, whether it’s by seeing yourself in a photo or mirror or seeing yourself through the eyes of others. (There are four weight loss accounts included in The AHA! Handbook: How to spark the insights that will transform your life and career. Kelly Jens, Julie Hadden, and Nathan Phillips each experienced an AHA! after seeing themselves clearly, while Bil Cornelius was hit with a flash of clarity when he saw himself from the perspective of others.)


Tips to Beat the Post-Holiday Blues

Do you have a case of the post-holiday blues? I’ve been there before. For some pointers on how to move beyond the let down, check out these Seven Tips to Beat the Post-Holiday Blues.


Seven Tips to Beat the Post-Holiday Blues

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CONTACT: Donna Hartney, 716.655.5094, donnahartney@gmail.com

Buffalo, NY – December 26, 2012 –  After the presents have been unwrapped and guests have gone home, the silence left after the chaos and chatter disappear is often filled with a bad case of the post-holiday blues.

“This is more common than most people think,” advises Donna Hartney, Ph.D., author of The AHA! Handbook: How to spark the insights that will transform your life and career.  “Many people hit a wall once the holiday stress is behind them, but there are ways around that wall.”

Hartney, a performance consultant, recommends capitalizing on the dreaded post-holiday blues to create new opportunities.

“The letdown that so many people experience after the holidays is the perfect set-up for a life-changing insight—a flash of clarity that could profoundly and forever change your life,” she says.

Hartney offers the following tips for dissolving the post-holiday blues. She notes that each has the potential to make an immediate change in mood while setting the stage to eliminate the post-holiday blues in 2013:

  1. Take care of the basics. The post-holiday blues can be a byproduct of the season’s traditional excesses and stresses. Focus on getting back to the basics: eating right, getting enough sleep, and exercising. Then make a personal pact that will prevent an emotional slide next year.
  2. Notice the feelings that accompany the blues. Not everyone experiences the post-holiday blues in the same way. Isolate the feelings by noticing where in the body they are felt most strongly, when they began, and what seemed to spark them. Then aim for a new approach to the holidays that will evaporate the blues.
  3. Be alert to clues. Any number of underlying assumptions can spark the post-holiday blues. Be on the watch for expectations and Ria locations ways of seeing the world that could be the cause. A change of perspective can dissolve the negative feelings instantly and forever.
  4. Look for holiday role models. Holiday traditions and approaches vary widely. Look for role models—both positive and negative—as points of comparison and contrast.
  5. Be curious.  People are more likely to spark a pivotal realization that can lead to an “Aha!” when they are curious about what they observe about themselves and the world around them. Ask questions about interesting observations.
  6. Be willing to let go. Be open to the possibility of a different after-holiday experience—one that, starting immediately, is satisfying and enjoyable.
  7. Think, but don’t overdo it. Analysis might lead to a conclusion that will dissolve the post-holiday blues, and it might not. When analysis isn’t enough, relax and wait, trusting that the subconscious mind is working on a realization that will make all the difference.

“You never know what will spark a transforming insight, but you can greatly increase your chances of having one if you prepare yourself,” Hartney says.

Donna Hartney, Ph.D., is a performance consultant who works with global leaders and professionals at Fortune 500 companies to help them to develop and implement effective strategies that bring out the best in people. She is also a researcher, author, and speaker who teaches others how to prime themselves for life-changing insights. Her new book, The AHA! Handbook: How to spark the insights that will transform your life and career, is the first research-based self-help book that teaches readers how to spark pivotal realizations. Learn more at www.DonnaHartney.com.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Donna Hartney, 716.655.5094, Donna@donnahartney.com


The AHA! Handbook – Book Launch Celebration South

Last weekend my husband (David) and I traveled to my hometown of Forest City, North Carolina, for a book launch celebration for The AHA! Handbook. We had a lot of fun catching up with family and old friends, and making new friends.

Here are a couple of pictures from the trip.

 

We enjoyed great conversation, stories of AHA!s, and tasty snacks at the book reading.

I enjoyed catching up with everyone at the book launch celebration and signing. Thanks for stopping by!


Last-Minute Gift Ideas

What gifts are women talking about this holiday season?

I’ve been surprised at how many people have bought The AHA! Handbook for gifts this holiday season. That got me wondering what are the other gifts people, women in particular, are talking about this year. So I put my ear to the wall and discovered moneygrampoint.in some really cool last-minute gift ideas ranging from a wine sippy cup to decorative, all-purpose serving platters. Click here to read more…

 

 

 

 

 

 


Six Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Women

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CONTACT: Donna Hartney, 716.655.5094, donnahartney@gmail.com

Buffalo, NY – December 14, 2012 – Finding the perfect holiday gift for a special woman can be difficult, if not impossible. What’s a person to do short of listening in on the conversations that women are having with their gal pals about their secret holiday wish list?

Here are six must-have gifts that women are talking about this season—perfect gifts for nearly any woman, whether she’s focused on her career, is busy raising a family, or is an empty nester.

Touch-screen gloves: Touch screens don’t work with gloves and hands freeze without them. Touch-screen gloves are the solution; with the variety available today, there’s a pair for everyone—from sporty styles in bright colors ($24.99 at Best Buy) to classic leather with the warmth of a cashmere lining ($89.99 online from Sharper Image).

An inspirational book: Once the presents have been opened and guests have gone home, many will look forward to down time. What would be better than relaxing with a book chock full of inspiring, real-life stories and practical tips for getting the most out of life? The AHA! Handbook: How to spark the insights that will change your life and career could be just what she needs for the coming new year; order at http://amzn.to/SW5s3d  ($14).

A personal chef: What woman doesn’t need more hours in the day? Adding hours to the day isn’t possible, but a personal chef is. In a few hours each week, a personal chef can prepare and store several healthy, tasty meals for a family. Visit the website of the American Personal & Private Chef Association to find one.

Festive serving platters: Cross a charm bracelet with kitchenware and what do you get? Serving platters by Nora Fleming that can be customized with add-on “minis” for any holiday or occasion—from New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day all the way through to Thanksgiving and Christmas. Visit www.norafleming.com to find a retailer.

To-go wine glass: Wine-loving women everywhere have the Vino2Go wine glass on their wish lists this year. A cross between a wine glass and a travel mug, this unique gift is perfect for a walk into town or a stroll along the beach ($16 at www.theproductfarm.com).

DIY gift coupons: What could be better than custom-crafted gift coupons? There are endless possibilities that women will love and appreciate—options ranging from a foot massage or a chick-flick movie night to a dream vacation or home makeover project. Download holiday coupon templates at http://parenting.leehansen.com/Printables/Christmas/christmas-coupons.htm.

If all else fails, ask her for a list. The goal is to get something that’s perfect for her – and there’s nothing wrong with asking for a little help.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Donna Hartney, 716.655.5094, Donna@donnahartney.com

 

 


AHA!s: What makes them so special

Last week several of my friends and I were sitting around chatting at a holiday party. One friend said excitedly that she had just finished reading my book and had loved it. Then she said, “Once a person has an aha, they have to make a decision to do something about it in order for it to have an impact on their lives. It takes a lot of work.”

Hmmm, I thought. The kind of aha that she’s talking about really isn’t an AHA! at all. It’s just a plain vanilla insight. I strung together a few off-the-cuff sentences as I tried to explain the difference. I could tell from the look on her face that what I said didn’t register. At that point I changed the subject. It was a party afterall, not a university lecture.

I’ve been thinking my friend’s comment all week. How could I explain to her, and others, the awesome power of an AHA! to transform a person’s life in a flash of clarity? Let me try… (more…)


AHA! Alert: Alicia Keys Trades Compromise for Cooperation

I love reading AHA! stories. Don’t you? In this month’s issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, Alicia Keys described an AHA! that has had a powerful impact in her life.

Alicia had always relied on the people closest to her for advice, whether she was making simple what-to-wear decisions or long-lasting career decisions. The problem was that she often found herself bending to the wishes of others rather than following her own instincts.

Then the comment of a friend triggered a pivotal insight for Alicia. “Don’t compromise—cooperate!” the friend said. In a sudden flash of clarity Alicia got the message. It wasn’t an either-or situation! She could listen to the advice of the VIPs in her life and remain true to herself. In the days and weeks that followed, she did exactly that. (Alicia’s story is such a great one! Here’s the link if you’d like to read what she wrote in O.)

Before I pass along a story to you, I look for signs that the realization was truly is an AHA! I ask myself three questions, and Alicia’s AHA! story passed the test with flying colors:

You see, not all ahas are created equally. I’m interested in AHA!s not ordinary ahas. AHA!s are those sudden flashes of clarity about the reality of a situation that have a profound, lasting impact on a person’s life. Now that’s powerful!