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Rebuild Your Life: 6 Steps for Increased Fulfillment

As we enter Rebuild Your Life month, I invite everyone to use it as an opportunity to take proactive steps toward healthier, more fulfilling lives.

In my book, All the Right Reasons: 12 Timeless Principles for Living a Life in Harmony, I introduce a tapestry of remarkable stories that underscore the power of positive change.

  • One example is that of Easy Eddie’s son, Butch, who, despite his father’s notorious past, became a decorated war hero and had Chicago O’Hare Airport named in his honor.
  • Another stirring narrative follows Immaculee Ilibagiza, who fled soldiers during Rwanda’s uprising and emerged as a beacon of hope and inspiration for countless others.

At USANA, we believe that true well-being starts with a commitment to healthy habits. Rebuild Your Life month can empower people to take control of their health and embark on a transformative journey.

Our actions, no matter how small, can create breakthrough moments, inspiring others to contribute to a better world. Below are six steps I believe can help each of us live a healthier and more fulfilling life.

6 Steps to ‘Rebuild Your Life’

  1. Start with Small Changes. Every great transformation begins with a single small step; start today and watch how each tiny change leads to a healthier, happier you.
  2. Declutter Your Mind and Space. Schedule a “brain dump” session, and write all your worries, anxieties, and to-dos. Then, categorize them and prioritize what needs your attention. Even taking time to declutter a physical space creates a sense of order and frees up mental space.
  3. Reignite Your Passions. Rediscover old loves and dust off a favorite hobby you once enjoyed. You can also take a class, sign up for a weekend workshop, or volunteer for a cause you like.
  4. Reconnect with Loved Ones. Reach out to old friends or family you haven’t connected with in a while. Schedule a call, plan a visit, or simply send a heartfelt message. One thing we learned from the pandemic is the importance of community. Join a local group based on your interests and see a whole new world open.
  5. Practice Gratitude. Whether you write three things you’re grateful for daily or shift your focus to positivity and appreciation, gratitude is a superpower for rebuilding good days and a great life. Even doing random acts of kindness can quickly get you outside of yourself in a meaningful way.
  6. Practice Peaceful Thinking. For instant results, incorporate practices such as meditation or yoga, which can greatly reduce stress and bring a world of mental clarity.

Empowered to Make Positive Changes

Simply put, Rebuild Your Life month is about empowering people to make positive changes that can lead to a healthier, more fulfilling life.

From Steve Jobs to Walt Disney to Martha Stewart to Butch O’Hare, we have plenty of real-life examples of people who have rebuilt their lives and found fulfillment. When you believe in your dreams and follow what makes you happy, you can rebuild your life.

Prioritize Self-Care with These 3 Tips

When I consider customer experience, I think of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Keep the Customer Satisfied.” It’s a great tune with a solid message for success. Taking it one level higher, remember the most important customer you will ever have is you. Just like we strive to provide exceptional service to our clients, it’s key to extend the same level of care and attention to ourselves through self-care.

As I shared on LinkedIn earlier in the year, here are three key ways I’ve found to prioritize self-care:

1. Mindful Breaks

Schedule short breaks during the day. Take a walk, practice deep breathing, or indulge in a quick mindfulness exercise. These activities boost productivity and rejuvenate the mind.

2. Personal Growth

Continually develop your skills and knowledge through workshops, online courses, books, or mentoring programs. Set aside dedicated time each week for learning and growth.

3. Boundaries Matter

Set clear boundaries between work and personal life. Turn off notifications after work hours and create a dedicated space for relaxation. Balance fosters sustained success.

By taking care of ourselves, we enhance our professional performance while also cultivating overall well-being. Let’s make every day a celebration of excellent self-care!

I originally shared these thoughts in a LinkedIn post published on Jan. 15, 2024. All the Right Reasons: 12 Timeless Principles for Living a Life in Harmony, available on Amazon, uncovers 12 principles for living a life in harmony and drawing on the power of values to help find life’s success secrets. All proceeds feed hungry children, with each book purchase providing 40 meals.

7 Creative and Actionable Self-Improvement Ideas for May’s Self-Improvement Month

Hey there, fellow self-improvement enthusiasts! With May’s fresh blooms comes an equally refreshing experience — Self-Improvement Month. It’s the perfect time to sprinkle a bit of extra sparkle on our daily routines and maybe transform our lives in small yet significant ways.

I’m here to share some creative and easy self-improvement ideas that are not only fun but are guaranteed to add some zing to your life. No worries, though. I’ve made sure these suggestions are as engaging as binge-watching your favorite series. Ready?

1. Declutter Your Space — and Mind!

There’s something magical about decluttering. It’s like telling the universe, “Hey, I’m ready for all the good stuff now.” Start with your room, then your workspace, and finally, tackle those digital devices. Delete apps you haven’t used in months, organize files into folders, and voila — watch how clarity replaces chaos. Not only will you find things easier (hello, car keys), but a clear space also leads to a clear mind.

Tip: Set a timer for 20 minutes each day for decluttering. You’ll be amazed at how much you can get done without feeling overwhelmed.

2. Take Up a New Hobby

Ever wanted to learn the drums (my first love) or the guitar (my second)? Or maybe pottery? Now’s the moment! Picking up a new hobby challenges your brain in the best possible way, fostering creativity and boosting your mood. Plus, it’s a fabulous conversation starter.

Tip: Start small. Dedicate 30 minutes three times a week to your new hobby. YouTube tutorials are great for beginners and mostly free!

3. Set Personal Challenges

Why wait for New Year’s resolutions when you can set monthly challenges? It could be anything from jogging every morning, reading before bed, or even mastering the art of making the perfect omelet. Challenges keep us motivated and give us a sense of achievement.

Tip: Make your challenges fun and achievable. Share them with a friend for added accountability.

4. Practice Gratitude

It’s easy to get caught up in what we don’t have, right? But shifting focus to what we DO have can significantly improve our mood and outlook on life. Try spending five minutes each morning or evening jotting down things you’re thankful for. Trust me, it’s a game-changer.

Tip: Keep a gratitude journal by your bedside. It’s the last thing you see before sleep and the first thing you see in the morning.

5. Digital Detox

I love this suggestion! In this age of constant connectivity, taking a step back from our screens can help reduce stress and improve interpersonal connections. Try designating “screen-free” hours during your day or dedicate an entire day of the week as a digital detox day.

Tip: Use an old-fashioned alarm clock instead of your phone to avoid screen time right before bed. Your sleep quality will thank you.

6. Learn Something New Every Day

With the world quite literally at our fingertips, learning has never been so accessible. Subscribe to a daily newsletter, listen to podcasts, or join a webinar. (One of my favorites is to listen to books.) Whatever you prefer, expanding your knowledge not only makes you more interesting but also opens up new possibilities.

Tip: Choose diverse sources to broaden your perspective. Sometimes, the most fascinating ideas come from where we least expect them.

7. Volunteer

Giving back is incredibly fulfilling and gives us a sense of purpose. Look for local charities or online platforms where you can volunteer your time or skills. Whether it’s helping at a food bank or teaching skills online, your contribution makes a difference. At USANA Health Sciences, teams of associates and leaders regularly help pack food bags for kids at USANA Kids Eat. The feeling we get each time? An extremely rewarding sense of doing a little good for others.

Tip: Start small. Even a couple of hours a month can have a big impact.

And there you have it. Seven simple yet powerful self-improvement ideas to rock this May (and beyond!). Remember, the goal isn’t to overhaul your life overnight but to make small changes that lead to big results over time.

Here’s to a May filled with growth, laughter, and a whole lot of self-love. Cheers to improving ourselves, one day at a time!

Oh, and don’t forget to share your self-improvement journeys with me. I’d love to cheer you on!


Kindness Counts: Make a Difference Today

Earlier this year, we celebrated Random Acts of Kindness Week. It’s an opportunity to emphasize something that should be a daily priority. Expressing kindness toward others (and toward ourselves) is so important.

Express KindnessIn thinking about this notion, here are three often overlooked, yet profound benefits of spreading kindness.

  1. It fosters community connectedness: When you extend a hand, you’re not just helping someone; you’re building bridges and weaving a tapestry of compassion that spans across ages, backgrounds, and locations.
  2. Experience a ripple effect: It’s happened to me. Someone’s single act can inspire others, creating a cascade of positivity. Imagine, your one gesture could set off a chain reaction of goodwill!
  3. It’s a boon to your well-being: Studies show that performing kind acts releases endorphins, which boost your mood and reduce stress levels.

Let’s start a kindness revolution! Remember, every act, big or small, has the potential to make a world of difference. And you have the power to create change.

I originally shared these thoughts in a LinkedIn article published on Feb. 14, 2024.

Golden Rule Week: Treat Others with the Respect You Deserve

Imagine a world where everyone treats each other with the same respect and kindness they crave themselves. That’s the power of the Golden Rule!

We celebrate this timeless principle the first week of April. And it’s not just about being polite; it’s about building genuine connections in every aspect of life.

Kevin Guest - Golden Rule Week - April 2024 LinkedIn

Picture this: At work, a supportive colleague offers clear feedback instead of harsh criticism, fostering a culture of learning. In our personal lives, a patient ear and a helping hand go a long way in strengthening bonds with loved ones. In schools, students actively listen to classmates, creating a safe space for diverse perspectives.

The Golden Rule isn’t just about what we say; it’s about empathy. By putting ourselves in another’s shoes, we can truly understand their needs and respond accordingly.

Feeling heard and valued is a cornerstone of strong relationships, and the Golden Rule is the key that unlocks that door. Read more in my book on page 39: “I like to look you in the eye.”

This week, challenge yourself to embrace the Golden Rule. Actively listen, offer support, and treat others with the respect you deserve. You might be surprised at its positive ripple effect on your big and small connections.

I originally shared these thoughts in a LinkedIn post published on April 1, 2024. All the Right Reasons: 12 Timeless Principles for Living a Life in Harmony, available on Amazon, uncovers 12 principles for living a life in harmony and drawing on the power of values to help find life’s success secrets. All proceeds feed hungry children, with each book purchase providing 40 meals.

Listening as Leaders: Realizing 7 Benefits

I believe it’s so important to develop strong interpersonal skills. Becoming a better listener is a priority for me. Listening — truly listening to understand — is a lost art.

March is Listening Awareness Month. Throughout the month, I’ve considered ways leaders can benefit from becoming better listeners. I shared four benefits on LinkedIn, which I’ve listed below, and included three additional benefits.

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Listening as Leaders

  1. Builds trust, respect, and relationships
  2. Uncovers hidden gems
  3. Encourages innovation and creativity
  4. Sharpens your decision-making skills

Additionally, never underestimate how becoming a better listener can have a positive impact on those around us.

  1. Strengthens emotional intelligence and empathy
  2. Promotes inclusivity and diversity of thought
  3. Boosts employee engagement

Great listeners who follow through are positioned to empower teams to work at their highest levels. In my career, I’ve intentionally surrounded myself with those who knew more about a key matter than I did. I listened to their perspective, applied my own knowledge, and implemented the best action. That formula has worked for me.

Previously, I shared thoughts on Interpersonal Tips for Success. Unsurprisingly, working to become a better listener made the list.


7 Key Benefits to Listening as Leaders

Friendship Focus: 3 Benefits of In-Person Contact

February’s International Friendship Month is a time for people everywhere to strengthen personal connections in an age where digital communication dominates.

As I’ve said many times before, there’s nothing more important than relationships. I’ve found that friendship isn’t just about sharing good times, it’s about being there for each other when life gets tough. My friends have been my pillars of strength, helping me navigate through the storms.

When I’m speaking to audiences, a few topics always resonate:

  • How to be successful in business
  • The importance of connecting personally with others
  • The value of truly connecting with people in a hyper-digital world (as I wrote about recently)

Strengthening my network of associates — and friends — has brought success in my professional and personal life.

Building on Friendship: In-Person Contact

Over the years, I’ve found three key benefits of prioritizing in-person contact:

  1. An enhanced emotional connection
  2. Increased trust and rapport
  3. A stronger sense of community

Bringing people together builds relationships more effectively than anything else.

Studies dictate that face-to-face interactions bear fruits of understanding and trust that digital dialogue simply cannot replicate. In-person requests are 34 times more likely to receive a positive response than one by email, according to research reported by The Washington Post.

As a result of one volunteer project, I worked with Bob Hope and began a business relationship with Alan Osmond. The opportunity to work with highly respected politicians, celebrities, and sports figures opened the door for many future corporate events and projects that otherwise wouldn’t have happened.

And it was all in person where I made contacts and friends who promoted my business for years to come.

Technology is ideal for training and project management, but it falls short in terms of building relationships and addressing conflict.

You’ve heard me say before: Everyone is in the people business. It’s the handshake, the eye contact, and the unplanned conversations that often lead to remarkable ideas and lasting collaborations.

This month, I’m issuing a challenge to rekindle the spirit of genuine bonds in person.

I originally shared these thoughts in a news release published on Feb. 1, 2024. All the Right Reasons: 12 Timeless Principles for Living a Life in Harmony, which is available on Amazon, uncovers 12 principles for living a life in harmony and drawing on the power of values to help find life’s success secrets. All proceeds feed hungry children, with each book purchase providing 40 meals.

Make 2024 The Year of Connection

One notion I’ve thought a lot about lately is how we’re living in a super-connected world, yet many of us feel disconnected. That’s why I’m encouraging us to make 2024 The Year of Connection as we strive to make more meaningful connections.

In this increasingly digital era, the paradox of disconnection in a connected world is more real than ever. Despite unprecedented digital connectivity, many find themselves feeling more alone than ever.

The detrimental effects on mental and emotional well-being are alarming, with loneliness, anxiety, and depression topping the list and becoming all too common.

🎥 Make Meaningful Connections in Our Over-Connected World

Make 2024 The Year of Connection

Studies show that 95% of teens are on social media. A third say they are on it “almost constantly.” And nearly 40% of adults in the United States use social media for more than two hours a day.

A CDC study found that between 2013 and 2019, one in five teens reported they had experienced major depression. A 2022 analysis found that social media addiction was associated with a 20% increase in loneliness, with 26% of Americans reporting they feel lonely on a regular basis.

In fact, multiple studies have found a correlation between social media addiction and loneliness.

🤔 Are we using technology as a tool to foster genuine relationships or are we letting it dictate our interactions?

Making Meaningful Connections

As we navigate the digital era, I implore you to connect in person with colleagues, friends, and family.

As we begin 2024, let’s balance our online presence with real-life engagements. Let’s reshape the narrative of our digital lives and prioritize genuine connections. By intentionally deciding the way we engage with technology, we can cultivate authentic relationships amid the digital noise.

Let’s use technology as a bridge to genuine human connection, not as a barrier. Strive to make 2024 The Year of Connection!

Let Our Ugly Sweaters Connect Us

You may have seen this photo on my LinkedIn and other social media. But I wanted to post it here as a reminder that showing off our wonderfully imperfect selves can help us foster a deeper connection with those around us. USANA CEO & President Jim Brown and I had a good laugh seeing each other’s ugly sweaters in celebration of Ugly Sweater Day on Dec. 15.

Kevin Guest and Jim Brown in Ugly Holiday Sweaters | 2024 The Year of Connection

I shared a version of this blog post in a news release published on Jan. 3, 2024. Other material originated on my LinkedIn.

The Power of Culture: Driving Business Forward

In today’s highly competitive business landscape, organizations are constantly seeking ways to gain an edge over rivals. While strategies and technologies play a vital role, one often overlooked aspect can be a true game changer: organizational culture.

The Power of Culture - Kevin GuestCulture, often considered the DNA of a company, shapes its identity, values, and behaviors. It’s the guiding force that empowers employees and drives business excellence.

Over my years as CEO at USANA Health Sciences, I have witnessed firsthand how human capital can become an organization’s most valuable asset. In fact, a strong and vibrant culture can drive success, outperform competitors, and propel businesses to new heights.

Here are insights on how a strong culture can foster employee engagement, innovation, and loyalty.

Use Culture to Attract Top Talent

Culture lies at the heart of every successful organization. It’s the energy and vision that shapes the mindset, values, and behaviors of employees. A robust culture acts as a magnet, attracting top talent and motivating them to go the extra mile.

Moreover, it creates a sense of belonging, fostering collaboration and teamwork. When employees feel connected to a shared purpose, they become more passionate about their work and bring positive results at every level.

Unleash the Power of Culture

By building and protecting an environment that encourages open communication and transparency, I’ve seen a culture of trust grow, where ideas flourish and innovation thrives. But it has to be genuinely practiced by leaders so employees know this is for real. Bringing to life that kind of environment has allowed us to stay ahead of the curve, consistently delivering exceptional results.

Create a Thriving Organizational Culture

To build a robust organizational culture, certain key components demand attention. First, the leaders should clearly define and articulate company values. That becomes the compass that guides decision-making and behavior. Also, without hesitation, leaders must champion diversity and inclusion practices so fresh perspectives surface naturally in discussions for solutions.

Investing in employee development and recognition programs is key so employees feel valued and are motivated to contribute their best. Offering attractive perks and benefits helps create a positive work environment that enhances employee well-being. Championing flexible work arrangements and in-office team-building activities makes work productive and enjoyable.

Let’s face it: coming together in person and working as a team creates a dynamic energy and synergy that cannot be replicated remotely. All of that boosts morale and fosters loyalty, which is the secret sauce behind success.

Without a doubt, a thriving organizational culture has the power to revolutionize the work environment and drive top-level performance. When employees feel empowered and supported, they are more likely to speak up, take risks, think creatively, and innovate.

Collaboration flourishes and amazing solutions are born. That’s when work becomes fun. That’s when customer satisfaction soars. And that’s what leads to higher revenue and market share.

To be sure, culture is no longer just a buzzword; it is a vital ingredient that can make or break an organization. As employees return to the office, businesses can differentiate themselves from their rivals and position themselves as true leaders by creating a strong and vibrant culture.

I hope you embrace the power of culture, invest in your teams, and lead your organization on a remarkable journey of growth, innovation, and success.

I originally shared these thoughts in a LinkedIn article published on Oct. 16, 2023. All the Right Reasons: 12 Timeless Principles for Living a Life in Harmony, which is available on Amazon, uncovers 12 principles for living a life in harmony and drawing on the power of values to help find life’s success secrets. All proceeds feed hungry children, with each book purchase providing 40 meals.

The Dorothy Principle: A Lesson to Embrace During the Holidays

I’d like to share with you a paradigm-shifting concept. It’s called the Dorothy Principle, a popular story in “All the Right Reasons: 12 Timeless Principles for Living a Life in Harmony.”

All the Right Reasons | Kevin Guest

The “Dorothy Principle” name may seem peculiar, but its implications have been profound in my life.

The essence of the Dorothy Principle lies in treating others with utmost respect and kindness. It’s about understanding that our greatest successes, our most meaningful victories, are nestled in the heart of our relationships.

In my book, I recount an incident from my college days when a college professor posed a seemingly simple question: “What is the name of the woman who cleans this building?” The class was stumped. The woman’s name was Dorothy. The lesson? In life, nothing is more important than relationships. And paying attention to others, even if you only pass them in the hall (if only several times a week like I did), is a secret to success.

This story resonated with me. I remember my first day at college; my professor wrote on the board: “Nothing is more important than relationships.” As a young college student, I felt this was counterintuitive to my ambitions. But time and experience have shown me the wisdom in those words.

I recall studying for hours for my final exam only to be faced with one question: “What had the professor written on the board on the first day of class?” Even after 35 years, I remember the answer and the lesson it taught me.

The Importance of Relationships

Relationships matter. Whether it’s the mail carrier, your co-worker, or the person who cleans the building, everyone deserves your attention, your respect, and your kindness. A simple smile, a warm hello, or just remembering someone’s name can make a world of difference.

As we approach the holiday season, I urge you all to put relationships first. Cherish your family, your friends, and every person who crosses your path. Remember, people matter more than things. Our success is not actually measured by our wealth or achievements, but by the lives we touch and the relationships we foster.

To experience true inner peace, we must understand what holds real meaning in our lives: relationships, making a difference, and living authentically. This is not just a message of hope; it’s a call to action.

It’s up to us to uphold virtues, to fight for integrity, to love truth, to right the wrongs, and heal the wounds. It’s up to us to repair what’s broken. If not us, then who?

So, I ask you today, will you join me in this quest for character? Will you strive for harmony? Will you live your life for all the right reasons?

It’s time we embraced the Dorothy Principle and put relationships first in everything we do. In the grand scheme, nothing is more important than relationships.

I first shared these thoughts in a LinkedIn post published on Nov. 15, 2023.