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From Victoria Secret To Kora Organics: How Miranda Kerr Transformed Herself From A Model To An Entrepreneur

From Victoria Secret To Kora Organics: How Miranda Kerr Transformed Herself From A Model To An Entrepreneur

From a small farm in Australia to the world’s stage as the coveted Angel! Meet Miranda Kerr – Victoria Secret’s first Australian Angel at the age of 22. She was reportedly the second highest paid model at VS a few years ago. Miranda grew up on a farm in Australia completely ignorant of the world of modeling. It was by chance that a friend entered her in a modeling contest at the age of 13 and she won. Kerr has never looked back since then. She started out slowly in the modeling profession, but here she is now rocking the modeling world. From a super model to a mom to a savvy business woman, Miranda seems to have it all and do it all! Not to mention, she is just 32!

How does she do it all, one can’t help but wonder.

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She transitioned from modeling, to opening her own line of organic skincare products as an entrepreneur. Her line called Kora Organics is made from organic ingredients to address a wide range of skin concerns. Her foray into the skin care world arose out of her own need. She was not happy with the chemicals in the skincare products she used on herself. And decided to look into creating her own line without chemicals. She worked on it for four years with her organic pharmacist. Out of the results of the hard labor was born the Kora line, made from certified organic ingredients.

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There are a few valuable lessons to learn from Kerr’s journey.

  • If you are thinking of setting up your own business but struggling to figure out what product or service to offer, do what Kerr did – solve a need or problem that you have personally! You have the best insight into the problem and you will strive to find the best solution as well! Since you are emotionally vested in the problem, you will ensure that your service eliminates the same pain for others. Facebook was started in a similar fashion. Mark Zuckerberg created a social network to connect with fellow students in Harvard. It soon expanded to other colleges and now literally connects the world!
  • During the solutioning phase of your product/service, draw upon your own experiences to identify a possibly unique solution. In Kerr’s case, she was introduced to the potent Noni fruit at the age of 12 by her grandmother. Touted as one of the super foods, Noni has 170 vitamins and minerals! Ever since, Noni juice has been a consistent part of her diet and skincare. Kerr uses Noni in her product line as well. Steve Jobs is a perfect example of this principle. The Apple products that Steve created were designed with his touch and flair. His obsessiveness about clean and simple has led to world-class products like the Mac,iPhone, iPad.
  • Juggling her own company, her work and her family has helped Miranda better her time management skills. She is involved in the day-to-day operations of her company. Know your priorities in every area of your life. Structure your time to meet those priorities. Planning and scheduling even the minutest of things has helped Miranda. She plans and schedules every hour of her day and trusts her phone to remind her to call her mom or grand mom because she has already scheduled it in. Julie Morgenstein, author of Time Management from the Inside Out, recommends planning your schedule 3 days ahead.
  • Kerr is not only passionate about her own product line but is also committed to raising awareness about using organic products and ingredients. She blogs about all things organic and more on her Spread the Light blog. As an entrepreneur, as you build your products and services, it is essential to share your passion with others. Think about how your knowledge and expertise can benefit others and share it.

In the midst of being a supermodel, a mom and a business woman, Miranda has also found time to author 2 self-improvement books – Treasure Yourself and Empower Yourself. Kerr is a strong believer in the saying “Change your thought to change your life.” She advocates embracing forgiveness, saying ‘thank you’ and choosing one’s emotions.  When she is feeling low or down, she jumps up and down and thinks of everything she is grateful for. She would like to start a ‘Jumping for Joy’ movement to help others snap out of their negative emotions.

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A spiritual person by choice, a certified health and wellness coach and advocate, super model and business woman by profession and above all a mom – multifaceted Miranda Kerr is a force to reckon with!

Featured photo credit: Discutivo via flickr.com

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Last Updated on November 9, 2020

10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

Bad habits expose us to suffering that is entirely avoidable. Unfortunately, breaking bad habits is difficult because they are 100% dependent on our mental and emotional state.

Anything we do that can prove harmful to us is a bad habit – drinking, drugs, smoking, procrastination, poor communication are all examples of bad habits. These habits have negative effects on our physical, mental, and emotional health.

Humans are hardwired to respond to stimuli and to expect a consequence of any action. This is how habits are acquired: the brain expects to be rewarded a certain way under certain circumstances. How you initially responded to certain stimuli is how your brain will always remind you to behave when the same stimuli are experienced.

If you visited the bar close to your office with colleagues every Friday, your brain will learn to send you a signal to stop there even when you are alone and eventually not just on Fridays. It will expect the reward of a drink after work every day, which can potentially lead to a drinking problem.

Kicking negative behavior patterns and steering clear of them requires a lot of willpower, and there are many reasons why breaking bad habits is so difficult.

1. Lack of Awareness or Acceptance

Breaking a bad habit is not possible if the person who has it is not aware that it is a bad one.

Many people will not realize that their communication skills are poor or that their procrastination is affecting them negatively, or even that the drink they had as a nightcap has now increased to three.

Awareness brings acceptance. Unless a person realizes on their own that a habit is bad, or someone manages to convince them of the same, there is very little chance of the habit being kicked.

2. No Motivation

Going through a divorce, not being able to cope with academic pressure, and falling into debt are instances that can bring a profound sense of failure with them. A person going through these times can fall into a cycle of negative thinking where the world is against them and nothing they can do will ever help, so they stop trying altogether.

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This give-up attitude is a bad habit that just keeps coming around. Being in debt could make you feel like you are failing at maintaining your home, family, and life in general.

If you are looking to get out of a rut and feel motivated, take a look at this article: Why Is Internal Motivation So Powerful (And How to Find It)

3. Underlying Psychological Conditions

Psychological conditions such as depression and ADD can make it difficult to start breaking bad habits.

A depressed person may find it difficult to summon the energy to cook a healthy meal, resulting in food being ordered in or consumption of packaged foods. This could lead to a habit that adversely affects health and is difficult to overcome.

A person with ADD may start to clean their house but get distracted soon after, leaving the task incomplete, eventually leading to a state where it is acceptable to live in a house that is untidy and dirty.

The fear of missing out (FOMO) is very real to some people. Obsessively checking their social media and news sources, they may believe that not knowing of something as soon as it is published can be catastrophic to their social standing.

4. Bad Habits Make Us Feel Good

One of the reasons it is difficult to break habits is that a lot of them make us feel good.[1]

We’ve all been there – the craving for a tub of ice cream after a breakup or a casual drag on a joint, never to be repeated until we miss how good it made us feel. We succumb to the craving for the pleasure felt while indulging in it, cementing it as a habit even while we are aware it isn’t good for us.

Overeating is a very common bad habit. Just another pack of chips, a couple of candies, a large soda… none of these are necessary for survival. We want them because they give us comfort. They’re familiar, they taste good, and we don’t even notice when we progress from just one extra slice of pizza to four.

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5. Upward Comparisons

Comparisons are a bad habit that many of us have been exposed to since we were children. Parents might have compared us to siblings, teachers may have compared us to classmates, and bosses could compare us to past and present employees.

The people who have developed the bad habit of comparing themselves to others have been given incorrect yardsticks for measurement from the start.

These people will always find it difficult to break out of this bad habit because there will always be someone who has it better than they do: a better house, better car, better job, higher income and so on.

Research shows that in the age of social media, social comparisons are much easier and can ultimately harm self-esteem if scrolling becomes a bad habit[2].

6. No Alternative

This is a real and valid reason why breaking bad habits is difficult. These habits could fulfill a need that may not be met any other way.

Someone who has physical or psychological limitations, such as a disability or social anxiety, may find it hard to quit obsessive content consumption for better habits.

Alternately, a perfectly healthy person may be unable to quit smoking because alternates are just not working out.

Similarly, a person who bites their nails when anxious may be unable to relieve stress in any other socially accepted manner.

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7. Stress

As mentioned above, anything that stresses us out can lead to adopting and cementing an unhealthy habit.

When a person is stressed about something, it is easy for bad habits to form because the mental resources required to fight them are not available[3].

We often see a person who had previously managed to kick a bad habit fall back into the old ways because they felt their stress couldn’t be managed any other way.

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8. Sense of Failure

People looking to kick bad habits may feel a strong sense of failure because it’s just that difficult.

Dropping a bad habit usually means changes in lifestyle that people may be unwilling to make, or these changes might not be easy to make in spite of the will to make them.

Overeaters need to empty their house of unhealthy food, resist the urge to order in, and not pick up their standard grocery items from the store. Those who drink too much need to avoid the bars or even people who drink often.

If such people slip even once with a glass of wine, or a smoke, or a bag of chips, they tend to be excessively harsh on themselves and feel like failures.

9. The Need to Be All-New

People who are looking to break bad habits feel they need to re-create themselves in order to break themselves of their bad habits, while the truth is the complete opposite.

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These people actually need to go back to who they were before they developed the bad habit and try to create good habits from there.

10. Force of Habit

Humans are creatures of habit, and having familiar, comforting outcomes for daily triggers helps us maintain a sense of balance in our lives.

Consider people who are used to lighting up a cigarette every time they talk on the phone or eating junk food when watching TV. They will always associate a phone call with a puff on the cigarette and screen time with eating.

These habits, though bad, are a source of comfort to them, as is meeting with those people they indulge in these bad habits with.

Final Thoughts

These are the main reasons why breaking bad habits is difficult, but the good news is that the task is not impossible. Breaking habits takes time, and you’ll need to put long-term goals in place to replace a bad habit with a good one.

There are many compassionate, positive and self-loving techniques to kick bad habits. The internet is rich in information regarding bad habits, their effects and how to overcome them, while professional help is always available for those who feel they need it.

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Reference

[1] After Skool: Why Do Bad Habits Feel SO GOOD?
[2] Psychology of Popular Media Culture: Social comparison, social media, and self-esteem.
[3] Stanford Medicine: Examining how stress affects good and bad habits

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