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Time Management

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How to manage your time and produce results.

Time Management is an important life skill, and it is especially critical when you own and operate your own business. Everyone has a different idea of time management. Whatever way you choose to look at it, we all have 24 hours in a day. The secret to managing your time effectively is to know how much your time is worth and put it toward the things that are most important to you.

Here is a small exercise to see how you are spending your time and where you can be more focused with it.

  • 1. What are you current beliefs about time? Is there enough time in a day? Does time go by too quickly?
  • 2. What were you parents’ beliefs and relationships to time?
  • 3. Where do you spend the majority of your time?
  • 4. What are three things you spend time on that aren’t important to you?
  • 5. If you had more time, what would you do with it?
  • 6. How can you create more time to focus on what is really important to you?

 

To be good at time management does not mean that you have to work longer hours; you simply have to work smarter. Most people spend a good portion of their time on things that aren’t as effective as they could be. You need to maximize your working hours. Use the time you spend working wisely so that you have more time to enjoy life, relax, have fun and live life the way you want.

Tips for Time Management:

  • Know how many hours you want to work each week.
  • Identify the times of day when you do your best work.
  • Note the times of day that are difficult for you to work.
  • Build your schedule around your personal time cycles: when is the best time for your to work, exercise, eat, sleep, and so on.
  • Make it your job to master the art of being successful in your business in life while staying balanced.

 

So right now, see where you can make one small change in you life regarding your time management so you can feel more free and relaxed.

Intention Setting

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Intention Setting: How to achieve your business goals

You are ultimately in charge of your business & life and the direction you’d like to go. The clearer your intentions become for your vision, the more likely it is that you will be successful. Your vision, or mission, is simply what you would like to accomplish. It is the compass for your business and gives you direction on how to move forward with purpose and clarity. This vision will keep you going every day, even when things are not going so well or according to your plan.

Intentions are your thoughts directed toward a desired outcome. A working definition for intention is: “to have in mind a purpose or plan, to direct the mind, to aim.” Intention combined with passion results in successful projects. These projects are just not successful but also give the owner a feeling of satisfaction and make the work enjoyable. It is understood that intention is the first step towards any successful endeavor.

Before starting any project, you must be clear about the objectives that are to be achieved at the end of the project. In order to assure that you must be clear about the path that you are going to follow to achieve those objectives. If your intention is clear, then it is not a hard task as you are focused and are not living in fantasy. Intention helps you stay close to the reality and keeps you motivated towards what you are doing. If your intention is clear then there is very little hindrance that you will face during your time doing the project.

Below are some of the ways for intention setting:

Be specific:
When you set an intention, it is important to be as specific as you can. This will help you stay focused, and it will be easier to say no to things that no longer serve you and that are not in alignment with what you would like to achieve. Think about where you see your business and life 1 year from now and get clear on the desired outcome.

Write it down
Write down the objectives that you want to achieve. Then take this vision of success and create “I AM” statements so you are putting yourself as if it’s already happening. Example “I AM loving my new business and feeling in flow with my purpose and passion.”

Pay attention:
Look around and think of what can be achieved and start mapping out the future. Once you set your intention something starts to happen. You will be led to certain people and situations that will help you get what you want and need.

Appreciate yourself
Acknowledge your little accomplishments, cherish them and then build on them. Create a vision board. Make your intentions so ingrained that you’re beyond confident; that your actions become autopilot toward manifesting it. Once your intention is set, nothing is impossible. Intention setting results in productive and enjoyable work.

 

Accountability Partner

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Bringing your Vision to Life with an Accountability Partner

Having an idea or vision that you want to get out into the world is so exciting. You are feeling the passion running through you and want to create and launch this idea. I can relate to this as I am always coming up with new ideas that I want to create and implement. One of the keys to my success for this process is to have an accountability partner.

You can bring your business or personal vision to life on your own, but having an accountability partner is an awesome way to deal with the challenges. Accountability partners help you stay on track with your goals, serve as a mirror to reflect where improvement might be needed, enhance personal effectiveness, and implement action. Having someone to bounce ideas off lends a great helping hand when launching an idea.

Reasons to Have an Accountability Partner:

  • 1. Having a sounding board to bounce ideas off is empowering. Having someone to help you with problems, challenges and bring in new perspectives, ideas and solutions is vital.
  • 2. Sometimes you get bogged down the minutia of launching an idea; it is important to have someone “kick you in the butt” and keep you on track. Everyone needs a good accountability buddy who knows when to “kick” you into action.
  • 3.An accountability partner will give you emotional support. This is an overlooked trait. You have a great deal to do, but you are human and do break down. You need someone to bring you up from time to time.
  • 4. A cheerleader is necessary when you starting something new. You often forget that you need to celebrate the small accomplishments and steps you have made. Having a cheerleader boosts your feelings of achievement and is motivating.
  • 5. Your accountability partner will create awareness. This partner will point you to more and different choices, help you with decisions and bring creative ideas to the forefront. They may have ideas that you have not even thought about.

 

Don’t choose just anyone to be your accountability partner. Start by being clear on who you want to help you through the challenges. It should be someone who shares similar values, and with whom you have a positive vibe. Someone who inspires you and who you trust. Don’t just ask your chosen partner to help you be accountable, present the ideas and see if they are interested in exploring these ideas with you. Discuss the potential benefits for both of you and brainstorm ideas. Your accountability partner should make the choice to mentor you and be enthused about your ideas. In return, you will do the same for them. What are they trying to ignite out in the world? Together you both are creating a new project or implementing a new idea and having the support of your accountability partner makes the journey that much sweeter.

So…right now, who in your life do you think would make a good accountability partner for you? Write a list of people who you trust and know would be able to meet you where you need to be met in service to launching your idea. Next, put together a vision of what this partnership would look like and how many time you will meet a month. Also how long is the partnership set up? 2 months, 4 months? Having a clear start and end date will give you structure on what you would like to achieve in this time frame.

YOU have everything it takes to birth this idea that is burning with passion inside of you. Go get an accountability partner and make it come to life. I believe in you.

Negative Self-Talk

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Break-Free from Negative Self-Talk & Create from an Empowered State of Mind..
 

What are you thinking right now?
Is it a positive thought that supports you feeling good in the world?
Or is it a more negative thought that is holding you back from something you desire?
Do you believe this thought?

As we wake up for a new day, every day, we are naturally, constantly thinking about and interpreting the situations we find ourselves in. It is almost as if we have a tiny voice in our head which determines how we take in every situation. This inner voice is called “self-talk”. Whether we realize it or not; every person does self-talk. And the type of self-talk one does greatly affects their behavior in the world.

Negative self-talk mostly gives rise to negative feelings. For some reason, this type of self-talk is a loud voice that arises when we want to start something new or grow. When we have an idea or a new vision we want to bring out into the world, our past experiences tend to influence how we will take our first steps. With this, comes fear, doubt, thoughts of failure and many other negative emotions that are specific to each person’s inner critic.

Negative self-talk can also, consequently, make us behave in a self-defeating way. “I cannot do this” is something that will keep you from ever giving it a chance. “I am going to fail” will discourage you from working hard enough and you are going to give up before even giving it your best shot; which will, eventually, result in failure. And thus, your beliefs are confirmed and you are going to continue negative self-talking…”I knew it”.

So let’s WIN at this game rather than letting the negative voices run the show.
Here are some exercises to break-free from the negative chatter and live in an empowering state of mind.

1. Identify the Internal Negative Chatter
The first step is one of awareness. It will be hard to make a change to positive thinking without being acutely intimate with the thoughts that run through your mind. Write down all your fears and self-doubts around a vision you want to bring to life and see what stories appear. Once you know your negative stories, then you have the awareness to identify them when they show up and hold you back from move forward.

2. Transform the negative story into a positive outcome

The next step is to start building positive thoughts to go up against your negative thoughts. What is the complete opposite of your negative thought? From the list you wrote in step one, now write the complete opposite thought that comes from a positive perspective and will help fuel forward movement to your vision. You build on a story with a positive outline. The longer you can tell this story to yourself the better.

3. Replace Negative Influences with Positive Ones

It is important that you identify external negative factors in your life, which may be holding your thoughts hostage. For instance, your mental state can become toxic by being around friends who are negative. If you are not vigilant enough, you will start to adopt their thoughts as your own. Hence, be alert to what your negative influences are. If they come from certain friends, limit your exposure to them as much as you can. Refrain from discussing your plans with people who will be unsupportive of your dreams and goals.

Write down a list of people in your life who ARE supportive and live from a positive point of view. Knowing who these people are in your life, will help you understand who you want to share you positive thoughts and visions with and who you know will meet you at your same level and support you.

Moreover, when your state of mind is generally positive and optimistic, you are likely to be able to handle stress in a more constructive way and able to see your vision through to it’s completion. This ability can help you combat the negative thoughts and follow your dreams and achieve your goals and objectives.