I’ve been attempting to read more but have struggled with it since graduating from college 7 years ago. And isn’t it funny the excuses we make because I was reading text-heavy academic books for four years I made the excuse that it caused a reading burnout!
And then I made the excuse I didn’t have time to read books, well hello audiobooks but then I made, even more, excuses like “I can’t listen to them while at home”. It’s crazy!
But growing and learning are important to me and so I made a bit more of an effort to read and here are the books I have read so far this year.
This one was perhaps a pivotal part in (finally) making the changes in my business I have been craving. Carrie Green not only talks about her own journey but gives some incredible steps to move your business forward even if it means to adjust the sails a bit. It’s definitely a good read and one that I will more than likely read again.
I think this one of those books that every business owner needs to read. It’s definitely about how to develop your own leadership and gives some incredible insight on why a business fails and what it will take to succeed.
This was definitely one of my favorite books, there are parts where Mel is so real about what she was experiencing but also sharing other people’s story where you could just hear her well up with tears. I listened to the audiobook version and I am glad I did. If you are a procrastinator, then this is totally the book for you.
I am in the middle of this book, listening to it on my walk for 30 minutes. Not five minutes into the book I was feeling a-ha moments and became emotional which is pretty interesting to me as this is not a fiction book. But if you are struggling in your life right now with anything, then this book is a goldmine.
There are leaders and there are leaders but what creates a movement is truly based on the kind of leader you are. It’s definitely one of those books that I read in a day because I wanted to know the next step and then the next step. If you are ready to share your message with the world, then this book is a must-read.
Have you read any of these books? I would love to hear from you what you thought about them!
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Distractions are the number one reason why things don’t get completed. We have lots and lots of things that often distract us from our goal and then we wonder why our dreams aren’t happening yet.
We get frustrated and are ready to throw in the towel when really all we need to do is turn off the distraction.
Turn off the social media
It doesn’t matter what platform you are hanging out at, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and so on, they are all stopping you from getting things done. So, turn it off. No seriously, close the browser, turn off the notification and focus on what you are working on. Social media is a HUGE time suck and leads to comparisonitis. You want what others have but trust me, it isn’t happening when you spend too much time scrolling through groups and other people’s posts.
Turn off the shows
Ok, I am going to say that this may not apply to everyone. I can totally write blog posts while watching criminal intent or editing my coloring book pages. I can’t have the TV going when I am working on course content or other big projects. You get sucked into the show, the story line and before you know it, kids are home from school and you have to cook dinner. Know yourself well enough that depending on the project, turning off the shows may be a good idea.
Stop checking the email
Create a policy for yourself about the when you will check your email. You do not have to respond to each incoming email right away. Just because you may be working on your computer and *could* respond to the e-mail, doesn’t mean you should right away. Having a time in the morning and evening is plenty to respond to emails.
Put the cell phone away
Just like with email you don’t have to respond to every call or text that is coming in. If the message is important enough, people generally will leave a message for you and you can call them back. You can discern by the caller ID or text coming in the level of importance and decide whether it’s worth it to interrupt your own work.
Workaround the kids’ schedule
Yea, this one is a biggie and took some years for me to refine and by the time I did, they were older and even moved out. But what’s a mom to do with little ones? Take advantage of naptime and bedtime, those times are moments for you to hyper-focus and not necessarily indulge in a donut and cup of coffee. Although I wouldn’t really knock you for that either. But as mom’s we know our kids best, and while they can be unpredictable, you can get a lot done in a 1 or 2-hour time span or wait until they are asleep at night. And if you can’t, get yourself some support that can occupy your kids, so you can get some things done.
All of that distracts you is about being clear on your boundaries and how important that goal is to you. You aren’t going to respond to an email coming in while on the call with a client. Use the same concept when it comes to getting things done.
Life is a journey and a continuous work in progress.
Getting frustrated with jobs, relationships and even yourself is a sign of getting to understand where you are and where you want to be. But until you become frustrated or feel stuck, you don’t know that you are because up until that point, life was as good as it gets.
I fully believe that we get frustrated, stuck or feel like we are lacking confidence or the life we want, because we come into an awareness, that something isn’t aligned or working in your current stop on your journey.
The moment we realize we don’t know how to transition out of that frustration or being stuck, we tend to focus on everything that isn’t working, rather looking at everything that is working.
At the same time, your subconscious is working on finding the information that it needs and you searching for answers through blogs, books and but we forget to really look outside ourselves.
But what does looking outside of yourself mean?
For one, it isn’t going on this journey alone. It is being open and willing to see how other people do it and having conversations with friends, people who have been where you are now and coaches.
In 2011, full of passion and my dreams but frustrated with my relationship, I didn’t know how to no longer be frustrated and feel like I was stuck.
I knew I was unhappy and I knew that life wasn’t working the way my vision showed me it was possible. I met a lady, who is a Reiki Master and practitioner and she offered me her service.
I had never heard of Reiki before and not really understood how energy works.
I also didn’t really know or understand affirmations – even though I understood the positive thinking and that our thinking dictates our behavior.
I didn’t know what I didn’t know.
But I was open to the possibility of learning and gaining better insight into myself.
Since that day, I have not only used affirmations but have a greater understanding of energy work and how that applies to my life.
I have a greater understanding of what it means to be vulnerable and open with people when it matters. But also know when I need to protect my own energy and perhaps not share quite as much.
I have coaches and mentors come into my life that helped me move forward but also, really look at my own internal dialogue and how that impact my own life.
I am sharing this with you because when we are frustrated with something or someone in our life, or we are stuck with taking action and really learning to love ourselves – we tend to hinder our own growth because we are SO focused on everything that isn’t working.
When we can look at the challenges, we have the power to yes go within, but also step outside of ourselves and be open to exploring and learning what other people have done.
Not everything works for everyone, but I fully believe we should give it a try and learn more, so we can use what does work for us and improve not only our lives but fully be the person we already are – but just maybe hiding.
The challenge, however, is recognizing when it is procrastination and when it serves a purpose to have a detour in your actions for the day.
In this video, I share with you how sometimes changing course when we get stuck is helpful.
When we keep pushing towards one goal after the other, we allow in that masculine energy of getting things done and always work.
As women, however, we have to take a different course and we want to allow in that feminine energy of having flow.
When we have a calendar full of tasks and to-do’s and can be overwhelming to look at and you ask yourself, what you should be doing next.
By allowing some flow and maybe even do something quite unrelated, will not only bring you new ideas and strategies but you will find yourself with some new ideas.
That is why taking a break from your work – whether it is at a job or in your business – is so important for your flow. It gives you the necessary reset as well as inspiration and motivation to move forward.
When I am not serving up my wisdom on how to forge your own path to freedom, I’m writing paranormal fiction, getting lost in the latest episode of Criminal Minds while savoring a cup of coffee.
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