BeautyLink - Volume 6, Issue 3 - (Page 28)

ARE YOU READY TO THRIVE? TIPS FOR STAYING "IN THE ZONE" BY PAUL DIGRIGOLI I t's a great day to be in the business of beauty and wellness! U.S. News and World Report ranked cosmetology in the top 25 percent of its "200 top careers." Americans spend $46 billion on hair care each year, and $12.5 billion on color alone! Between 2010 and 2020, job demand is expected to increase 16 percent for cosmetologists, 7 percent for barbers, 17 percent for nail technicians and 25 percent for estheticians. Despite these encouraging numbers, many leaders fail to achieve their potential. You don't have to start over, but you have to start fresh. How can school owners, instructors and even students transition from a surviving to a thriving mentality? It's all about being excellent at the basics and staying "in the zone." Following are some tips I shared at the AACS Spring Operations Conference in May. Know your zone: Every individual has a peak performance period when his or her energy is at its highest level of the day. Whether it is 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., or 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., use your zone to do "heavy lifting" tasks, such as hiring, firing and making major decisions. Fuel for the day: Begin your day with protein. Eggs, yogurt and cheese are all good sources of protein. Don't forget to hydrate throughout the day. I recommend drinking half your body weight (in ounces) in water. Finally, don't eat after 8 p.m. Our digestive system robs our energy level. Repetition is the mother of skill, so repeat these tactics that will take your school to a new level. Just 21 days will make it a habit. Shift into the Super Seven for Leadership "Stop chasing things that don't add value. Profit is both the result of doing things right and doing the right thing." Energy creates movement: Put on some music and get your staff on their feet, fists pumping and arms swaying. Not only will their bodies move, the corners of their mouths will start to turn up too! Do some form of stretching for at least 10-15 minutes a day. Put yourself in a state change; your physiology makes up 55 percent of how you move your body. Getting in the zone is how well you align your philosophy. With your energy rising, it's time to dial up the leadership. I call these the "Super Seven of Leadership," and they can help your leadership thrive: 1. Read: Even Eagles Need a Push Before They Fly, by David McNally, is a great recommended read. 2. Write: Keep a journal and consider it a legacy you can pass on. 3. Listen: Invest in motivational CDs and audio books about leadership and personal growth. 4. Exercise: Remember the law of inertia and keep moving. 5. Gratitude: Be thankful for what you have. Whatever you focus on gets stronger. 6. Spiritual reflection: This is not about religion, but cultivating an awareness of a bigger, more powerful force. It's about how you live your life. 7. Clarity of gratefulness: Be mindful of the little things that make all the difference. Helping Your Business Thrive You're eating right, exercising, journaling and learning. Now, get your business ready to thrive. The courses ML133 - Goal Setting, ML150 - Innovation and Creativity, ML151 - Implementing Innovation and OP105 - Developing a Five-year Plan for Your Career School are available on the AACS Online Training Center. Members call AACS at 800-831-1086 for your VIP Discount Code. Visit the following URLs to learn more about these courses:,, and 28 | BE AU T Y L I NK | CEL *E*BR AT E | 2014 Learn More

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BeautyLink - Volume 6, Issue 3

Message From the Aacs President & CEA Chair
The Workings of Washington
The Art of the Consult
A Student’s Perspective
Celebrating Our Graduates
Access and Affordability
And Then There’s Compliance
Are You Ready to Thrive?
Navigating the Acquisition Path
Creating a Marketing Mixture
Multicultural Corner
Culture Trumps Strategy
Beauty Changes Lives
Engaged Learning
Superstar Graduate
20 Ways to Celebrate You
Battle of the Strands
Students Leaving the Beauty School “Nest''
Why Every Educator Needs to Be at CEA This Year
Step by Step
Voices From the Classroom
People & Places
Create a Recipe for the Future
New Products & Services
Associate Member Profiles: Furniture Manufacturers
New School Members
Upcoming 2014-15 Events
Index to Advertisers

BeautyLink - Volume 6, Issue 3