Today I want to challenge you to take a real look at how happy you are right now.
It’s easy to end up living our days like we’re just going through the motions, right? But most people don’t make it a habit of taking a step back and evaluating how happy they are in their lives.
Unfortunately, most people are not very happy in their lives. Especially people in their 30s and 40s. Studies have actually shown that there’s a happiness curve in life and that it’s shaped like a U, meaning happiness is high in childhood, then starts going down in our 20s, is at the bottom in our 30s and 40s, and starts climbing again in our 50s.
That’s kind of a crazy and scary thought, isn’t it? That most people are generally unhappy and that’s just become the norm? Of course, this is a generalization and not every single person follows that same curve and is unhappy during those years, but most are.
And that happiness curve makes sense when you think...
I tend to keep myself pretty busy. I’m interested in tons of things and I really like to take on new projects. I used to get stressed by everything I had to do, and sometimes it felt overwhelming. My HUGE list of to-dos and projects in progress made me feel discouraged and sometimes it was hard to see real progress on anything I was doing.
The number of things I had to do almost made me want to stick my head in the sand and jump into every distraction that came along! But that’s not practical, and it doesn’t lead to any results. In fact, it makes everything take even longer than it should take!
We all want to get things done, and we all wish we could get more done in less time too. This is why I absolutely LOVE learning new ways to get more focused and productive.
The Pomodoro Technique is one of my favorite productivity tricks because it’s so easy to use, it helps you to stay focused, and makes you take a lot of breaks. What’s not to like about that?...
Success is a broad topic and there is so much information out there about it. If you landed here today, it’s probably because you’re interested in the subject, or you want to figure out how to create more success for yourself. Just that is amazing, and I want to congratulate you for taking steps to seek out more success in your life because not everyone does that proactively!
But before you start figuring out exactly how you’re going to create more success in your life, I want to take a bit of a step back. There are tons of resources out there and different ways and recipes for how to create success in your life. But if you don’t know what success really means for YOU specifically, you might be heading in the wrong direction. It’s really important to define exactly what success means for you. And, it’s different for everyone! Success for me looks different than what success looks like for you, and it’s all based on the things that...
We all deal with problems. They creep up constantly - not just in business, but in our personal lives too. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing, but if we can get really good at solving those problems, we’ll be way further ahead. Our success really depends on our ability to effectively solve the problems that are coming up. That’s why I want to share my framework for solving problems. It’s super simple and easy to use!
To show you what I mean, I’ll use the example of my kitchen table so that you can see how it relates to a real problem. Even though it’s a small problem, the same applies to bigger problems as well. So, the problem with the kitchen table was that when we first moved into our house, we had a really big, nice table that we loved. Unfortunately, it wasn’t really the right table for our new space – it was too big.
I’ll share this framework for solving problems, and you’ll see how it related to...
Have you ever made a great plan for reaching your goals and then you put it aside and didn't really look at it again? Have you ever set great goals and didn't accomplish what you set out to do because you got off track, distracted, and too busy with the day to day stuff?
Making a plan for reaching your goals is a great step towards getting where you want to go, but how can you make sure you actually stick to your plan and reach the goals you set for yourself?
As we work through detailed action plans for reaching our goals, it can be really easy to get caught up in the nitty-gritty of it all. I've experienced this in my own business too. It's almost like working with blinders on. You only see what's right in front of you, and you stop thinking about the big picture sometimes. But when you stop thinking about the big picture of where you're heading, it's easier to get off track and caught up in things that aren't really important.
This is the perfect time to take a step back...
December is here…how did that happen? That means great times with family, listening to holiday music, drinking eggnog, and basking in the joy of all the great things we accomplished this year.
Or does it?
Maybe it means stress over how to pay for presents, the dread of spending time with an annoying relative, and the shame of not reaching your goals for 2018. The good news? We can prepare for a calmer holiday season, and do things that will help us feel good about the year that’s coming to an end. Here are 4 tips for a great December:
1. Get organized
Yup, it’s time to take a breath and get organized. Do it now before the hectic holiday season is in full swing. Make lists of what you want to accomplish. Get organized for the end of the year. Make lists of gifts to buy, cards to send, and things you want to experience over the holidays! Don’t let the chaos of the season sweep you up and drop you off in January.
2. Make the most of your...
Someone recently asked me for my best piece of business advice, and I didn't have to think too long about what that would be. So, here it is. The number one thing that I’ve found creates the biggest results for my clients:
That’s it! At first, it might not sound very exciting, until you start looking at the amazing results you can get out of it. So, let’s break this down a little bit. Here's why I get so excited and geek out over strategic planning, and how it can give your business a huge boost!
One of the biggest challenges we face in our businesses is finding the best way to take our big ideas and turn them into reality. Strategic planning is a process that helps us do exactly that: take our big ideas, goals, and dreams, and make them a reality. It gives us a road map to follow so that we’re not just taking shots in the dark.
Here’s why strategic planning is so good for any business: it reduces frustration, stress, burnout, and...
Have you ever felt like you were putting so much focus on your work that the rest of your life was falling apart? Maybe you have no energy left for yourself and your family at the end of the day. Or maybe you’re caught in a vicious circle of feeling guilty when you’re working too much, and then feeling guilty again anytime you’re not working. It can feel like nothing we do is ever enough.
Our culture has made it okay for people to sacrifice their personal lives for their work – and not just made it okay, but almost expected! But there is a growing movement of people who are looking for something more than just grind and constant hustle. People are realizing that life is too short to spend it being stressed, overworked, and miserable. People are looking for more balance in their lives.
But what is balance anyway? It could be argued that work life balance doesn’t really exist, especially in the early stages of a career or a business, when there are...
Have you ever started the day full of great intentions for getting lots done, and at the end of the day you realize that you didn’t get much of anything done at all? I certainly have, and that’s why I want to share my 4 best tips for staying focused.
First, I have a quick story to tell you. Earlier this week, when I was planning my day and I saw the date, I realized that it was my friend’s birthday. Normally I try to stay away from social media early in the morning, but I wanted to wish her a happy birthday right away. I went on Facebook to post a little birthday message on her wall and got distracted by my news feed. Next thing I know, it’s 20 minutes later, I shut off Facebook and I hadn’t even written the message! I completely forgot what my intention was to begin with! It really got me thinking about how much time can be wasted browsing and clicking online. It happens to most of us, but if we can work on staying focused, imagine what a leg...
Have you ever had that nagging feeling that you should be setting up systems in your business but you’re not sure where to start? Wouldn’t it be great if you could run your business more efficiently so that you could spend more of your time focused on growing it?
What tends to happen, especially with small businesses, is that you get so used to doing everything yourself, and you’re so busy doing it, that you don’t take the time to document everything that you do. Then, when you want to hire more people or scale your business, you’re not sure how to approach it because you’ve kind of been winging it so far, and most of your decisions are based on instinct.
If this sounds like something you can relate to, you’re not alone because so many business owners struggle with this. It’s something that gets overlooked most of the time, but if you can get good at creating systems early on, before you really feel like you have a need for them, it...
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