Follow the safe path or listen to your nudges?

Follow the safe path or listen to your nudges?

Let me give you a visual… it’s a thought that came to me a few weeks ago when I was trying for my brain to shut off and go to sleep but instead, this is what transpired:

You’re walking in the forest on a clear path and as you are walking you feel the nudge to go off the beaten path. But you stop yourself in the tracks because you don’t see what lies ahead.

One the clear path you can see where you are going. It feels safe and comfortable. And the path that you are being nudged to take is quite the opposite because it feels a little scary.

Maybe if you listen to your nudge you come across the most beautiful meadow or you come across a wild animal.

Now here is the thing, that wild animal can still meet you along the clear path but you may miss one of the most beautiful views you’ve ever thought possible.

Which will you choose? The safe and clear path or the unknown path?

This is what “taking your idea and running with it” means to me. It’s when an idea comes and I choose to head into the unknown and am rewarded with one of the coolest experiences ever. That doesn’t mean I don’t feel the fear or the doubts that “what if this doesn’t work out”.

It means to follow one thought, one idea and take action on it, even if you don’t know what to expect.

But if I don’t take action I could be missing out on the best thing ever and that perhaps is my bigger fear. The fear that I missed an opportunity to take my life to the next level.

This life is an amazing journey and sometimes you have to take the path less traveled. The one that only you can go on because you are without question being nudged to take it – even if other’s and your ego are sending you the warning signals that it isn’t safe.

What nudges have you been hearing but have not acted on them?

Are you making your goals non-negotiable?

Are you making your goals non-negotiable?

Do you make your goals important enough and a non-negotiable for you?

Sometimes the most challenging commitment is the one you make to and for yourself.

I know this because I enjoy running but haven’t made a big enough commitment to do it consistently. I know it’s good for my health and my mindset. And yes, I too make excuses for why I can’t.

Like it’s too cold.

There are many ways I can find a way to run or at least get my body moving for just a little while.

Being a parent is often hard and demanding, special needs or not! And it can make your goals a little harder to achieve sometimes but I also know is the kind of parent you want to be, requires stamina and dedication.

And more than often, it can feel like you are failing your kids because you are spending 30 minutes on what you want to do.

You spend 30 minutes on your passion and feel guilty you weren’t present for your kids.

You can fulfill your dreams of being a writer, an artist or an entrepreneur without feeling guilty. If you think about the outcome, how much more fulfilled will you feel as a parent and as someone who goes after what they want?

Every day you are doing the best you can.

You can’t do more than your best.

But I really want you to know that you can be the parent you want to be, the artist you want to be and the entrepreneur you want to be.

Because it’s time!

Time to follow through and finish your ideas, projects, and goals.

You can have the career you want when you make the commitment and make it a non-negotiable.
You can have the health you want when you make the commitment and take the actions.
You can be the parent you want to be when you make the commitment to be that parent.

It doesn’t have to be one thing OR the other.

It can be whatever you want it to be if you are willing to stop accepting your life for what it is and make it what you to want it to be.

Prioritize your goals and get things done

Prioritize your goals and get things done

Do you prioritize your goals and the actions that follow?

When prioritizing your day and you are working towards your goals, one of the things that I like to do is make a list.

On the list, I write down the projects and goals that I have going on. I work 90 days sessions because the reality is goals can change.  And setting everything too far ahead can be overwhelming and gets you into Zone of shoulds.

And the zone of shoulds is never good if you’re trying to move forward!

Now that you have your list of goals and activities, it’s time to sit down and figure out what’s important. In my planner, I have my top five important tasks that I need to and I want to get done during the week.

I also have five additional actions that may be not so important but are still activities I want to do or that I don’t do them move to the importance list.

When you know what you’re working towards and what’s important, focus on what would make the most impact because that will help you be more focused.

Let’s say you want to write a blog more regularly, about two to three blog posts a week or even you know just one blog post a week you can do that in a batch session.

Pick a day of the week where you will focus on your blog posts for 2-3 hours and do only that during that time. You can schedule them ahead with WordPress.

And now you have more time and room to work on other activities to help you move towards your goal.

I like to do is batch sessions and squish the same and similar activities into one session for two to three hours on any given day that I want to get them done.

This helps me to get things done, have space for the days where I am not up to par and can still feel productive and don’t let my audience hanging!

Furthermore, I can focus on content for my programs or way of gonna be servicing and client sessions.

Make a list of all the reoccurring activities you know you’ll be doing.

You can

Write your blog post in a batch session
Record your videos and podcasts in a session
Write  a chapter or three in a session
Create art in a session

The key here is to take breaks in between. Say you’re spending a day recording videos then after each video take a small break so you don’t rush through them.

If you want to stay productive and have good content, those breaks help you keep your head in order and your productivity on par.

Go to the bathroom, take a quick walk or just get some fresh air.

They don’t have to be long breaks and can be just five minutes.

So figure out what is important for the week and for the month or the next 90 days.
Rate them on the level of importance to figure out what needs to happen first for higher impact.
Schedule your work and batch sessions where you’re focusing on one activity for 2-3 hours
Create space for other activities too because all work and no play makes for a dull life

Follow these steps or modify them to help you stay more productive and focused on your own goals.

 

How to change your habits with these simple steps

How to change your habits with these simple steps

I am taking a little bit of a different direction with my blog this upcoming year and no better way to kick that off by answering the question of how to change your habits.

The new year always comes with new goals and the changes we want to embrace and in this video, I talk about how you can do that!

I’ve been getting questions in my inbox that I decided to just answer in this space right here and today’s question is how to shed bad habits and overcome them so that you can maintain them successfully!

First of all, you have to be clear on what habits you have that you want to remove or change. Without that clarity, you are not going to get very far!

Start with a list of the habits that you want to change, get rid of or start doing.

And it’s really just a choice! It’s a decision that you make but it starts with that clarity and once you have that you can sit down and brainstorm.

You already know some ways that you want to change them, jot down your ideas to make a list of actions you can take.

I like to encourage is to start small because you’re not going build your success overnight. Sometimes it can take a lifetime!

So you can start with the goal or habit you want to change. And create an action plan that includes only three to five times a week, maybe once or twice a day. If you’re trying to change a habit or achieve a goal and work on it for seven days a week you’re not gonna achieve that.

It just feels so much and so overwhelming and then you take that goal you have in mind, the habit you want to build on or you want to remove on and say to yourself:

Okay, I’m not going to do this for three days out of the week.

Let’s say you want to change the way you eat breakfast.

For three days a week, you’re not going to eat such-and-such food for breakfast and maybe replace it with something else.

There’s always something that’s going to be replaced when you try to build a habit or change a habit. And if you do this with pacing yourself, you will achieve your goal with more ease.

When the 3 days feel good and normal, you can add days to this.

Maybe you want to start working out.

Start with one to two days a week maybe three days a week start with walking for 10 minutes a day and build on that until it becomes a daily thing for you.

Don’t set out with this goal of being overly ambitious and saying yes I’m gonna do this for seven days a week that is a stretch and it’s too much because I guarantee you that you’re not going to want to walk seven days a week.

You’re also going to need a downtime and rest time!

  • Set that goal
  • Make it small action steps
  • Do this for 3/4 days
  • Practice this for 2-3 weeks
  • Then build on that!

Maybe your goal is to finally write that book!

You can write two days a week and you’re writing 2,000 words per session and then build on that so that it becomes normal for you.

You can’t dive in and expect yourself to be successful immediately.

You have to go slow and build on that.

 

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Stop setting resolutions and have your best year

Stop setting resolutions and have your best year

Resolutions are a crap shoot of setting yourself up for failure.

For years and years, I set resolutions about writing that book, or be more healthy and even have better relationships with people.

And it was only a matter of weeks when all of my resolutions flew out of the window and I was in the same spot as the year before.

I started to doubt that I would ever make my ideas a reality because if I couldn’t even stick to my resolutions, how would I ever have the kind of life that I wanted?

I knew something needed to change and I discovered the most important pieces that were missing!

My Why: I needed something that dug deep into the heart of why I wanted to create the change. Without a solid why, however, I lost my momentum.

My why fuels the purpose of the books I have written and the books I am still planning to write.

My why gives me a reason for my mission to be healthier as it addresses the reasons for changing the food I eat and the motivation to exercise.

My why also helped me uncover the kind of relationships I wanted to have and what they would mean to my overall wellbeing and day-to-day life.

Do you know the why behind the changes you want to create? 

If you want to have the best year, then get clear on what you want. Which leads to the next point of my discovery!

My Vision: Without a vision of what I wanted my life to feel like and really visualize what that means, I would continue to get up every morning and exist in the life I had created up to that point.

Writing out my vision for my life and then narrow it down to the year, I was able to uncover who I wanted to be, what I wanted to do and what I wanted to have.

And before I knew it, the vision not only became a wee bit bigger than myself, but I know had a map that I could use to develop my goals from.

Goals have a much greater impact than resolutions.

What is the vision you have for your life and how can you start towards this vision now? 

There is a sweet spot for goals setting and it’s right in between short-term and long-term. Resolutions tend to be rather short-term and again without the why I found that nothing would change.

And setting lifetime goals can feel too far out of reach. So why write your visions?

So you can break them down!

You don’t build a house overnight, nor do you travel across the country in a car in one day.

Change occurs in small incremental steps.

And when you write your vision for the next year, allow your intuition to guide you. Don’t listen to the negative voices in your head or allow the judgment of others filter into your thoughts.

Instead, give yourself permission to dream uncensored.

This means that your vision includes everything you want to be, do and have interests, with passion, healthier you and better relationships – or whatever calls you!

So just how did this process change my life?

The moment I wrote out my vision, I was able to see who I wanted to become, the things I wanted to do and the things I wanted to have in my life. And when I am talking about “having” I am not just talking about material things.

So it looks like this:

  1. Write the vision. You can start with a whole life vision and then the year, or just the year. Don’t forget to include all the reasons why and how you will feel at each moment your vision comes true.
  2. Choose Be, Do and Have Goals based on your vision. And yes you may have left something off of your vision, that’s okay! You can rewrite your vision if you want to!
  3. Create 90-Day actions plans for each goal. Start with the goal and then brainstorm all the steps required to complete the goal.
  4. Tune into your intuition of when during the year this would feel really amazing. And usually, the thing that gets you most excited is THE goal to start with.

Some key points for you:

This is YOUR vision and not someone else’s and you’re going to need to be okay with the side eye from friends and family.

Your vision may change just tap back into that part that gives you purpose and motivation. Sometimes you may need to rewrite your vision until you get to the point of OMG THIS IS IT!

You will doubt yourself and your ability to achieve your goals. This is normal but don’t feed the fears!

The moment you decide to stop setting resolutions

Will create a ripple effect in all areas of your life.

When you know who you want to be, you become that person.

When you know what to do you will stop the procrastination dilemmas.

When you know what you want to have and why you will give your life purpose.

Are you willing to stop setting resolutions and allow yourself to set goals that are driven by your intuition and recognize that you have a bigger purpose in life?

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