October 2020

October 2020

Strategies for Success Newsletter October 2020 Issue 178


Published by Emily Huling Selling Strategies
Copyright 2020 Emily Huling. All rights reserved.


In this October 2020 issue:

  1. Thoughts from the Office
  2. Thoughts from Home
  3. Josmo’s Cafe
  4. Stay Energized
  5. Emily Live


  1. Thoughts from the Office

To improve or not improve? That is the question.

“I don’t want to improve.”

That’s what Bill, our good friend and golfing buddy, told us when we asked him why he won’t take lessons to improve his pitching and chipping. Bill is a terrific golfer. Drives the ball long and accurately and makes amazing putts. His inconsistency close to the green costs him many strokes during a round. So why doesn’t Bill want to improve his short game and his score? Too much pressure he told us. He doesn’t want to set higher expectations for himself that would make a leisure-time activity feel like work.

I see his point. We don’t need to excel in everything we set out to do. It does add pressure. When you’re doing something solo and nothing major is at stake, you can choose not to improve. No harm done. However, as part of a (business) team with responsibility to clients, coworkers, partners, the success of the business that employs you, self-improvement is not optional.

Approach self-improvement on both a macro and micro level. Macro is long-term career advancement initiatives and having a three to five-year plan. Micro improvements are doable daily actions that build personal performance, reputation, knowledge, and relationships.

Resources for both macro and micro self-improvement are countless these days. Create and track your personal plans to assure immediate satisfaction and long-term success.

Did you miss my Thoughts from the Office Zoomed Out in the September 2020 newsletter? Many thanks to the readers who wrote to tell me it was spot on and being shared!


  1. Thoughts from Home


Have you been dropping things, running into things, and just feeling more physically unbalanced since pandemic stay-at-home started? I have been! My mishaps included hitting dishes on the granite counter while loading the dishwasher, running into the edge of the dining room table that has been in the same place for 30 years, and misjudging the distance of the car door from my body when closing it. Bummer, ouch, and ouch. What a relief to read an article in The Atlantic by Amanda Mull called “Everyone I know keeps breaking things” to assure me that I am not alone.

Surprisingly, stress and anxiety are not the main cause of our increased accidents. The primary source is our loss of spatial awareness. Dr. Gerald Voelbel, an occupational-therapy professor at NYU, describes spatial awareness as our “ability to accurately perceive where your body is in relation to the things in the world around it.” By spending more time in a too-familiar environment (our home), we are not as careful as when we are in the outside world when we pay more attention to unfamiliar surroundings.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for what we are experiencing, and it looks like we will continue to be in our home environment a lot for the foreseeable future. Be careful, have bandages, ice packs and aspirin on hand. If you find a good deal on breakable household items, it may be wise to stock up!


  1. Josmo’s Café

October kicks off increased apple and pumpkin baking month at Josmo’s Café!

I created a new super moist Apple Cinnamon Cake recipe, John’s favorite combination, by combining several of our favorite apple cake recipes. Make it a day before serving to enhance flavor and moistness. It’s a great coffee cake or top it off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a terrific dessert.

Josmo’s Café fans, don’t forget about our most requested dessert of the season Frosted Pumpkin Cake Squares. I had to go to three stores before I found canned pumpkin so shop ahead if you plan on making it.

We have 100 recipes on our Josmo’s Café page on the website. Many great dishes and sweets to make and enjoy!


  1. Stay Energized

Our Energizer Minute this month is called Compared to What?

Take a bird break! The summer photography awards issue of Audubon magazine is a keeper! Not only are the photos spectacular, a number of resources to educate and entertain us are provided. A few to check out are: Zooniverse, a research site for everyday people to participate and contribute to bird science; learn to identify bird songs with Birding by Ear lessons; watch the movies Hummingbirds on Amazon Prime and Dancing with the Birds on Netflix.

Follow me on Twitter @EmilyHuling to read my Energizer Moments.


  1. Emily Live – Enjoying our beautiful North Carolina autumn!


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