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HOW CAN LIVING WITH THE INTENTION TO HAVE IMPACT AFFECT MY BOTTOM LINE?
Setting the intention to live with impact can positively affect your bottom line through your approach of using the 4 key concepts outlined below. It’s been shown that extraordinary leaders more than double a company’s profits compared to average leaders...check out a great study & article from Forbes Magazine here. Extraordinary leaders have been shown to double a company’s profit based on a 2015 Forbes study in which 3 types of leaders were compared: worst leaders, average leaders and best leaders, based on a number of criteria, including impact within their organization. Most of us want to have an impact on our small (or big!) corners of the world. We truly do want to make a difference and the motivation to make our mark looks different for each of us - not better or worse, just different. Some of us prefer the behind-the-scenes approach where we quietly create lasting change from behind the red curtain, while others stand under a brightly lit spotlight while glitter gently falls and our audience applauds (cue the confetti). Either way, you’re here for it and that’s what makes the world a beautifully interesting place! Some seek to be in service to others and feel good about doing it, some people have motivation to seek status and significance and some are in search of recognition for leadership skills or brilliant initiatives to mentor the next generation (where are my contribution junkies at?!). Whatever the reason, YOU are part of an elite group of people who change the world for the better. You all win the greatest award in my books. Ensure you you, but do it with a heart of service and contribution. You have to be obsessed with serving. You have to be obsessed with contributing more than anybody else. Regardless of how you do it, the drive to have impact is commendable - we are thinking beyond ourselves, seeking to contribute to humanity. The impact we can have through our businesses is something that often gets overlooked as one of the benefits of being a great leader. Our professional lives and the positive change we can create within them allow us to have a measurable impact in our organizations, industries, communities and ultimately, the world… yes, the whole wide world! The reason this opportunity for impact is often overlooked is because we become focused on processes and procedures, systems and productivity, expansion and earnings instead of contribution. We have great capabilities to contribute at a high level but sometimes lack the awareness and confidence to know that it’s possible. Always begin with developing your own mindset and the profit will follow. If your self-worth is low, your value in the market place will be low. If you don’t value and believe in yourself no one else is going to believe in you. Having impact WILL take your business to the next level while enriching the lives of others, simultaneously. You need to understand the powerful impact that only you can have. We need to get out there and add so much value that we can’t help but increase the bottom line for our business. Part of gaining the confidence to share your gifts with the world is engaging in an honest conversation with yourself. Seek to identify your strengths, as well as highlight areas in which you need to increase your skills. What strengths do you possess that could help you to have more impact and influence in your organization? Start thinking about them, especially the ones that have brought you success in the past and create a powerful list of resources from which to draw upon as needed. Here are some examples: Positive reputation that others admire Problem-solving skills High level of integrity Emotional intelligence and perceptiveness Charismatic personality Strong social networks Engage in self-assessment. This type of introspective analysis builds confidence because it creates a sense of congruence between reality and perception. We often get stuck on thoughts which may or may not be true rather than making a plan to dial-in the right things. Have you been telling yourself any version of the following? “It’s already been done” “I’m not equipped” “Others are better at it than me” “What will people think?” The list goes on and our ability to have impact is significantly challenged when we partner with these self-deprecating thoughts. It’s time to identify the lies and pull out the gold. It is our responsibility to overcome this mindset so we can leave a little sparkle wherever we go. Grab your self-assessment tool here. How to re-sparkle when things feel off: Create more energy The best way for us to perform at our highest level is by taking control of our energy - not in a woo-woo way (awkward laugh goes here!), but in a way that infuses our interactions and relationships with the zest and vibrancy they deserve. Contrary to popular belief, we actually need to create our own energy - it’s never just going to show up. We spend time and entertain countless excuses waiting for that magical energy (that others seem to have) to show up. In the words of Jack Johnson, we are “Sitting, Waiting, Wishing”. But it’s never coming unless we command a higher level of energy and take the steps to CREATE it. Want the best kept secret when it comes to taking control of and generating your own, endless source of energy? Own the responsibility to shift your own energy. I don’t know about you, but I’m after the kind of life that feels naturally charged, engaging and enthusiastic (where others feel the magnetic pull toward me and can’t quite put their finger on why)... It’s simple - identify which activities energize you and do those things often (sorry, no Weight Watchers quick fix here). Is it moving your body (even when you have to drag your ass out of bed, put on your running shoes only to realize day after day, you feel waaaay better once you get started?), dancing, singing, being in nature, laughing, creating, having soulful conversations? It’s equally as important to know which things you need to avoid to keep your sparkle lit. If late nights, too much screen time, mindless scrolling on social media, sugar, toxic people, etc. are leaving you feeling empty, frustrated or unmotivated, it’s time to get really real with yourself and make some changes. You have the power to apply the discipline required to stop doing these things. It’s as simple as that. Those who have the greatest ability to impact others are the ones who hold themselves to high standards of excellence by employing the habits that serve them best. When we do better and when others see us doing better, we bring congruence into sharp focus and the result is an increased level of confidence in the difference we can make. This month, we’re going to touch on 4 ways to increase our impact, especially as it pertains to business leadership. You’ll want to stay tuned as we dive into best practices for each of the following: Leadership Influence Contribution Connection Let’s recharge our businesses as we head into the summer months rather than metaphorically closing down shop like so many businesses do. If you feel tired, that’s the first indication that you need to take responsibility and set yourself up to generate energy you need to run your business from a place of impact. Thank you for being the leaders the world so desperately needs right now. Positivity flows through you. If all of this aligns with you and you are looking to up-level your business, I have some amazing offerings for you right now! Connect with me today to learn more!
LEADERSHIP: IT'S ALL IN ASKING YOURSELF THE RIGHT QUESTIONS...
Amplifying our leadership is all about asking ourselves the right (and sometimes difficult) questions in order to develop awareness and vision for our organizations. Am I being the best role model and leader for others? Am I an asset to my community? Do I consistently operate with a role model mindset? Do I have others best interest at heart? Do people see me as someone they want to follow and am I able to positively impact peoples’ lives? It can feel daunting to engage in deep levels of self-perception such as this but in order to serve at our highest levels, we’ve got to brave whatever comes. Highlighting areas needing improvement or gaps in both intention and action are often feared or overlooked. Taking the time to acknowledge and evaluate the data gained from asking ourselves such questions often comes with the price tag of extra work - work we aren’t sure how to find the time to do! The work involved is worth it. One aspect of leadership involves holding ourselves to high standards. We must be super conscious to ensure we are pointing ourselves in the right direction, rather than becoming hard on ourselves. This is a FACT and it’s crucial. Leading through shame does not make us a good role model. Rather than engaging in self-judgement around our level of proficiency in leadership we need to take a look through a more objective lens. If we feel that we’re lacking essential leadership skills which enable us to to lead, persuade and influence, we must challenge ourselves to TAKE ACTION toward pursuing whatever measures necessary to improve those skill sets. Let’s create a plan to set us up for success. An important first step in creating a plan to support our growth is to determine who could help us get there faster. Asking for help is one thing that leaders often prefer not to do... When targeting an area in which to improve, it’s time to observe the habit of “getting by with a little little help from our friends” (need to re-listen to the legendary song? Enjoy the Beatles here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0C58ttB2-Qg). Who do you know, perhaps a friend, colleague or professional, that could help you achieve mastery in a particular subject area? It’s time to curl up with a cuppa tea (in your closet for a little quiet, if need be!) and do some brainstorming. Identify what you need to do and take massive action toward it immediately (or you won’t do it at all). Ask for help. As we develop our vision, we must realize that it’s not just for us - it has the potential to benefit many. We need to get into the habit of enlisting the help and skill sets of others. Asking for help can be one of our greatest challenges as business owners because we don’t want to be one to inconvenience others...but that’s just ego talking. When we enlist others to share their voices, perspective and skills, we enter into the space of creating a bigger vision with the potential of serving more people. We must remember that what we’re trying to create through our leadership is not just for us...it’s not just our vision. Encourage others to get on board and to be involved from the start if you want to be a better leader. People support what they help to create, so, if we enlist others to be part of the dream, our ability to have impact is magnified tenfold. Pay attention to the needs of others and reflect back what you’re hearing - that’s high-level leadership. When we dial in these perceived gaps in a specific, calculated way, we know EXACTLY what to do next rather than getting caught up in the perpetual cycle of learning (and failing to apply what we’ve learned). It is in this holding pattern, that we end up doing a whole lot more work than is necessary. It’s one of those things in which we need to slow down to speed up and trust the process of incorporating more planning into our schedules so we can be efficient. This is why finding key areas on which to improve does not create more work - it creates the ability for you to do more specific, needle-moving work so we can be of greater service to our mission to lead others. To recap: 1. Identify whose help we need. 2. Make a plan. 3. Take immediate action. When we know we’re in service to others, we feel more confident about our leadership capabilities. Working hard to close the gaps in our skillset or knowledge base will increase our ability to serve. Check out High Performance Specialist, Brendon Burchard’s video on leadership here (link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SOTBHAcLV4). This is a great example of going beyond the obvious when it comes to leadership. When we show up every day to serve and lead and care for others, it’s the natural confidence booster we need to have greater success. When our confidence and self-perception align with the truth that we’re here to make a difference, that we are capable of helping other people and skilled enough to do so, we can do greater things than we have possibly ever imagined. Mindset is everything when it comes to leadership.
WHY YOU SHOULD FOLLOW THIS ONE PRINCIPLE WHEN LIFE GETS HARD
Listen to this quote by Scott Peck from his book, The Road Less Traveled: “Once we truly know that life is difficult – once we truly understand and accept it – then life is no longer difficult”. Did you get that? You have to chew on his words for a moment to get the weight of what he is saying. Let me explain. I think that for most of us, the difficulties of life are a surprise. We are surprised that the event, or disappointment, responsibility, or need for adjustment would come our way. The fact that we are continually shocked and broadsided emotionally when difficulties hit us like a rogue wave reveals that our view of life is incorrect. Where did we get the idea that life is supposed to be free of obstacles or butt-jarring speed bumps? We are guilty of resisting when we should be riding. We are told over and over that life isn’t fair and that sometimes we win and sometimes we lose. That’s not true. In reality, it’s; “Sometimes we win … sometimes we learn”. I love that spin on the phrase and I believe it with all my heart! Not winning shouldn’t mean losing -it should mean learning. Learning in a situation like that is simply “tuition”. You had to emotionally spend a little bit but it brought understanding to you in a way that nothing else could. . Click HERE to find out more! A few weeks ago I was looking at a picture of one of my nephews in an amusement park, riding a roller-coaster. In the picture his face was tense and his arms were tight as he white knuckle gripped the bar in front of him. You could tell that he wasn’t enjoying the ride and was trying by sheer will and brute strength to slow it down but of course to no avail. The lady next to him was laughing and wailing like a banshee giving into her fate which was to ride this beast until it flamed out on its own. Who do you think was more exhausted when the ride ended? You guessed it – it was my nephew who was trying to resist every move made by that metal monster. We are guilty of resisting when we should be riding. We are told over and over that life isn’t fair and that sometimes we win and sometimes we lose. That’s not true. In reality it’s; “Sometime we win … sometime we learn”. I love that spin on the phrase and I believe it with all my heart! Not winning shouldn’t mean losing -it should mean learning. Learning in a situation like that is simply “tuition”. You had to emotionally spend a little bit but it brought understanding to you in a way that nothing else could. Once you truly understand and accept that life is difficult a magical thing will happen – it will no longer be difficult. You will accept that its part of the ride we are on called life. I’m not talking about a fatalistic view of life where you just say; “The heck with it, life sucks. What’s the use of trying”? Not at all! I’m saying embrace life, don’t resist life. Learn from it, become wise in it, grow stronger because of it, don’t be surprised by it, don’t back off but lean into it. History is being written and your story is a part of it! “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning”. Philip
WHATS YOUR STORY?
You know, the one you’ve been telling yourself for years? The one about how you grew up poor, how you didn’t get into college, how you were abused, that you have an illness controlling your life…the story about how you lacked good parents or that you’re too old to start pursuing your lifelong passion or that you’re not as good at dancing as everyone else! What impact does your story have on you? Does it inspire and engage you or does it disempower you? We all have a story. Don’t let yours bury you. Most of us have been telling ourselves the same story for far too long and unfortunately, we tend to focus on the negative implications our story has on our lives rather than how we can use it and the lessons that come with it in a meaningful way. We blame the things that have happened to us for holding us back and slowly become caged and complacent. We forget that we have the power to own our story. We dismiss the fact that we can CHOOSE the meaning we assign and get out from underneath our story. Finally. Click HERE to find out more! We can’t control what has happened to us in our past but we can control our responses and reactions to those events with a little practice: *Next time you feel discouraged by or victimized by your story, pause and try to identify what specific pain points trigger you to react. Write them down. *Once you know your triggers, plan in advance, how you will respond (rather than react) next time they show up. *Evaluate how you feel after choosing your response over being controlled by your knee jerk retaliations. Make adjustments as needed. *Look for something positive/teachable to take away from your trials to change the way your story affects you. Transform the way you view your story to live a more empowered, purposeful life. You’ve got this! Jenne
6 SIMPLE WAYS TO TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR LIFE
Want to appear like the most confident person in the room but not quite sure how? Learn how with these simple hacks and go from good to great! Are you feeling CHARGED?...not with a speeding ticket or other scandalous but potentially interesting crime...I mean are you charged up? Are you excited about your life – your family, your work, your friends, your hobbies? Do you slow down long enough to actually think about these moving parts that make up your life? When you do think about them, do you feel charged up or do you feel....comfortable? The opposite of feeling charged is feeling complacent, comfortable, safe... Take a moment to check-in with yourself and determine where you are on the scale of complacent vs charged? Maybe you've been living without charge for a REALLY long time and you aren't even sure what "charged" feels like? Charged goes a little something like this (in my opinion) - excitedly nervous
- joyfully uncertain
- cautiously optimistic
- free and a little wild (in a good way)! Want to know how you can level up your business online? Click HERE. Click HERE to level up your business! If this doesn't resonate with you, here are some ideas to supercharge your outlook! Do something you've been putting off that you know you really want to do - make that call, book that trip, enroll in that course, ask that person out on a date! Start a conversation with someone you really look up to. Take it one step further, you amazing human, and ask them out for coffee! Enroll in a new activity that you think you could never do - from skiing to running a 5k to extreme scrapbooking....do something that scares or challenges you! Book a trip. This one every time...book it right away, before you talk yourself out. Spark up a convo with a stranger on a bus/metro/sidewalk/park bench... Offer your biz card to someone you've wanted to SERVE for a while but have been afraid to share with! Are you getting the idea here?
I make a goal every single week to engage in something out of my ordinary to shake things up and shift my perspective (no pun intended). This practice keeps me engaged and creative along with improving your confidence, interpersonal skills, energy level and even your outlook on life! I feel uncomfortable A LOT...but I do it anyway. I challenge you to do the same!
8 WAYS TO BOOST YOUR CONFIDENCE
We all have quirks that set us apart from others...here are my favourites! 1. CHOOSE TO BE REAL OVER BEING PERFECT Others aren't impressed or interested in your attempt to be perfect, in fact, you become infinitely more relatable, interesting and approachable when you let your imperfections show! Taking the pressure off allows you to relax and be confident in who you are and makes you more likeable. 2. LIFE OTHERS UP Build others up and bring them along for the ride. Edifying your peers makes them feel secure and positive in your presence. Highting their positive traits and putting others in the spotlight rather than yourself strengthens relationships and makes everyone feel confident! Remember, a rising tide lifts all the boats in the harbour. 3. BE SELF-AWARE Being aware of how your thoughts, words and actions affect others can have a dramatic impact on how confident you feel in a crowd. Are you able to make others feel awesome in your presence? If so, you're killing it! If not, no worries, do the work and learn the things about yourself you need to level-up (which means staying open to constructive feedback). Avoid speaking negatively about yourself or others. Nothing robs you of confidence and credibility faster and you won't show up as your best self regardless of the situation you are in. 4. STAY HUNGRY FOR SELF-IMPROVEMENT Own your need for constant self-improvement and get excited about growing in new directions. Your commitment to yourself will show others that you are teachable and help you to take responsibility for your own success! Become comfortable leveling-up! Level-up your Confidence on Camera. Click HERE! Click HERE to find out more! 5. SAY NO MORE OFTEN Stop feeling the need to please others - your worth is not tied up in others' opinions of you. Simply, stop this. Saying yes to everything and then feeling bitter or flustered when you realize that you can't keep your commitments AND maintain your sanity, creates more stress and discomfort than saying no in the first place. You must say no to the wrong things so you can say yes to the right ones. You can’t do it all so please stop trying. Saying no to others is ultimately saying yes to yourself and to what matters most to you. You'll end up feeling more confident and focused and less overwhelmed. 6. ASK FOR HELP Learn how to gracefully receive it. Be the example. No one who really excels at life does it all on their own. Asking for and accepting assistance allows your confidence to shine while influencing others in a positive way. 7. FEEL THE FEAR & DO IT ANYWAY Feel the fear and honour it, just don’t let it stop you. The only thing holding you back from the life of your dreams is YOU. Whatever it is that you fear - fear of judgment, fear of the journey, fear of failure...or even fear of success, you can’t let fear control your actions. Taking ACTION kills fear and makes your CONFIDENCE SOAR! Be patient. Practice. It takes time. 8. REMEMBER THAT IT'S BETTER TO BE KIND THA IT IS TO BE RIGHT Own your need for constant self-improvement and get excited about growing in new directions. Your commitment to yourself will show others that you are teachable and help you to take responsibility for your own success! Become comfortable levelling-up!
WHY YOU SHOULD BE ACCEPTING YOUR "QUIRKS"
Fail-proof strategies to crush your biggest goals. No kidding... We all have quirks. I like to think of them as the things that set us apart and make us different from everyone else, I guess that’s only a good thing if you like being different than everybody else - which I do! Unlock your potential NOW! Here are some of my personal quirks! ONE: I love the whip cream on top of my cinnamon dolce latte more than the latte itself. I always ask for just 1 pump of the cinnamony (is this a word?!) sweetener, of the 5 they include, because I don’t like my coffee too sweet. I ask for almond milk because I think it’s better for me than all that dairy. Then - things go south. As soon as the barista asks me if I still want the whip cream on top, assuming I won’t, I give them my most enthusiastic “heck yeah I do"! And I eat it all off the top immediately. It's my version of stopping to smell the roses. TWO: I am a champion for optimism and hate (a strong word, I know, but I absolutely hate) seeing another person endure pain or suffering. So, I encourage positive thinking. I am often able to flip another’s the difficult situation into something more meaningful. I love to laugh, I believe in others and I love people hard - but...I fall into the dark side pretty easily actually. For some reason, I struggle to be my own cheerleader. Come on!!!! It takes me so much self-awareness and pain-staking effort to coach myself out of a bad space. I can do it, but it’s super hard and I often need help. Ugh.. THREE: I consider cleaning my house to be legit cardio. I sprint around, multi-tasking (even though I advise against it!) and get side-tracked in the way a mouse might if you gave him a cookie! But, by the time I am done, I’ve completed a 2-hour productive cardio session and I feel freaking GREAT about it. FOUR: I am a Friends junkie. My hubby and I know every line before our “friends” even speak. We usually snuggle in front of an episode most nights before bed for some laughs. Yes, we have a tv in the bedroom - no it hasn’t ruined our marriage. It’s the only show I even watch (other than catching up on the occasional chick-flick on an airplane, which is rare, considering I am usually writing) and it’s our thing. I love it. FIVE: I use talk-to-text to do pretty much anything I can on my smartphone. My close friends tease me that I am a secret agent every time I hold the phone close to my lips and speak into it. I do this as a public service really, it makes people forget about themselves long enough to make fun of me...and talk-to-text does produce some pretty entertaining auto-correct situations!
LET'S TALK JUDGEMENT
Pre-judging other people – is it an inevitable part of doing life in community? A product of our internal make-up…part of our deep need for a sense of security? Is it a choice we make from one new interaction to the next? To be honest, I’m not sure…but one thing I do know to be certain is that it’s the kiss of death when it comes to opening ourselves up to possibility. Judgement severely limits our ability to expand into our gifts and God-given potential. Although the attraction towards engaging in sub-conscious pre-judgement of other people has strong pull, like a moth to a flame (unfortunately), there is something you can do to better equip yourself to resist the temptation. Increase your self-awareness. Often, we pre-judge other people based on our own past experiences…without some conscious effort. We tend to see others as WE are, rather than how they are. When we have a limited outlook around the inherent goodness of other people or around such things as abundance, gratitude, the potential of relationships, etc., we are more likely to see others that very same way. We hook onto something they say, some aspect of their appearance, even a poor first impression and with our heads down, we extrapolate…to our detriment. We are all human. We get caught up in the moment. We forget to look inward for answers to our most difficult questions and sometimes seek information from the limited aspect of others lives with which we engage, forgetting that we don’t know their whole story. Click HERE to find out more! When we are strongly tethered to an abundance mindset, we view others as inherently giving, kind, receptive and respectful and tend to believe more often, that things happen for us rather than to us. Whenever that spirit of judgement arises within our psyche, it is a clue as to where we have unfinished business to pursue within our own personal development and healing journey. Our belief systems and any unhealed wounds of our past affects our interpretation of the world more than we think, making it a top priority to pursue. We must live into alignment with who we are and the mission we support. So, you ask…what can I do? My number one tip is to be patient, kind and loving toward yourself, the way you would be to someone you love. Hold space for yourself to learn and heal. Pursue growth through a counselor, therapist or coach, read books pertaining to your situation, seek out mentors, attend events, listen to Podcasts, read blogs…do whatever it takes to start moving in the direction you want to go! Finally, know that your work is supported…and needed. The world needs more of you. Not the perfect you, the work in progress you. With love, Jenne Todd
HOW TO BECOME THE STAR OF YOUR OWN LIFE
Robin Roberts, a television personality, in an interview a few years ago made this statement; “Are you the star of your own life?” She emphasized that many people are not the star of their own life but are only at best a “supporting actor”. Of course, she was using movies as a metaphor for our lives. Supporting actors play a role in the story but it is the Star that controls the direction and outcome of the plot. Consider your own life for a moment. Are you taking control of the direction in which it’s moving or are you allowing others to make that decision for you? For example, well-meaning people may have pushed you out of that starring role by convincing you that their idea is what is best for you. This may have gone on for so long that you have lost confidence and are afraid to make any major decisions for yourself. It is important to have input and dialogue with others we trust when making a major decision but be assured; the final analysis in the decision is yours and yours alone. Or perhaps a major event or some type of trauma has t-boned you in such a way that it changed your narrative and is forcing you to live life through the haze of your past instead of the clarity of a future that has not been marred. All of our tomorrows are pristine. They only become clouded by what we drag into it. Click HERE to find out more! Choosing what is simply acceptable, or adequate for your life instead of what is “best” for your life can also knock you out of that starring role. A life of mediocrity is not why you are here. Mediocrity and a supporting role are married to one another. Many times impatience or fear will seduce us into accepting the adequate instead of waiting a little longer for that which is the “best” to arrive. You can’t put a price on your life. It is that valuable. Recently a scientific calculation was made of the odds of any of us being born (Dr. Ali Binazir). Included in the calculation were natural disasters, major events, our parents meeting one another, the location of our birth, our DNA, etc. The number spit out was…wait for it…“1 in 400 trillion.” In comparison the odds of being struck by lightning are 1 in 700,000. That number is so astronomical that it means basically zero chance of you being here. Go ahead and put a value on how unique you are. It’s impossible. Your life is priceless. The fact that each one of us have made it against such odds and are walking upright on terra firma is a pretty solid argument that each one of us is meant to be here, don’t you think? What a waste of impossible odds if you choose to only play a supporting role in your life when it was created specifically for you. You are destined to be here. Give a hip check to whatever it is that has crowded you out and take back your podium. Reclaim your title as the “Star” of your life. Ferociously accept nothing less! Philip Wright
3 THINGS HOLDING YOU BACK IN YOUR BUSINESS
It's time to SHIFT gears, girl! The Top 3 Things Holding you Back from Building Better Relationships: 1. You focus on YOURSELF more than you do on other people: You talk about yourself/your interests more than you ask questions & LISTEN. You think it's about YOU - which makes you feel insecure when meeting & getting to know new people. Make it more about others & you'll set yourself apart as someone who truly cares. Listen to people's needs & think of ways you can help them. This builds trust & relationships. You are distracted when communicating - on your smartphone or scanning the coffee shop for other people, for example, when you're together... Click HERE to find out the ONE thing you're missing in your business! 2. You AVOID human contact at all cost: No seriously though, you look down at your phone while waiting in the grocery store line-up instead of interacting with others - you just might change someone's day by getting chatty in line or by offering a sincere compliment...and make waiting go quicker for you both! I've met the best people in line-ups and even done business with some of them! You text, PM or email instead of calling friends, customers, clients, volunteers, teachers, coaches, etc - GET ON THE PHONE and make a real connection! I promise, it's worth it! You put your to-do list ahead of maintaining connection with people. Block off one hour per week to invite a contact/friend to breakfast, coffee...or wine! 3. You tell yourself you are SHY...and believe it: I hate to tell you, friend, but you're letting your ego run the show. Shyness is a huge ego trip! Even if talking to new people is difficult for you, you can do it. Start small and PRACTICE. Put yourself in situations that force you to practice...even if just making small talk with a colleague for 2 minutes. Do it...even if it feels uncomfortable! It will get easier. You are believing lies (you're not good at conversation, you are too quiet, you don't know what to say, you don't like the sound of your squeaky voice! Whatever!). There are ways to overcome these false beliefs - book a consultation! You make plans to attend functions with friends/colleagues and then bail last minute out of fear of having to face new people. Again, this is a matter of practice. You have got this. Force yourself a few times to get out of your own way and it'll become easier. If you loved this content, please share it with a friend!
20 PODCASTS & BOOKS TO HELP LEVEL UP YOUR MINDSET AND BUSINESS
Want to journal but don't have the time? Want to level-up your game with AMAZING resources? Here are some of our favourties! Click HERE to start becoming more confident on camera for your business. Sign up TODAY! Books/Audiobooks Motivation Manifesto - Brendon Burchard High Performance Habits - Brendon Burchard Imagine Big - Terri Savelle Foy Girl, Wash Your Face - Rachel Hollis How to Win Friends & Influence People - Dale Carnegie Start with Why - Simon Sinke The Gifts of Imperfection - Brene Brown Daring Greatly - Brene Brown Think & Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill Do Less - Kate Northrup Radical Remission - Kelly A. Turner You are a Badass - Jen Sincero Podcasts Goal Digger - Jenna Kutcher Rise Podcast - Rachel Hollis Ed Mylett Show Jay Shetty The Brendon Show The Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast Online Marketing Made Easy - Amy Porterfield Unshakeable - Tony Robbins Happy listening! Let me know what one is your favourite, I'd love to know!
WHAT A SPROUTS JOURNAL IS & WHY YOU NEED IT
I know, I know, you’re telling yourself that you don’t have time to journal - for the love of Beyonce, you barely have time to grocery shop & do the laundry! Maybe you're telling yourself that you don’t like journaling - that you’ve tried it before and have never been able to stick with it. I want to let you in on my best secret for creating the results of journaling in a fraction of the time…this one has got stickability, I promise! I want this to be something that you actually LOVE doing! I have been doing this for years and I call it my “sprouts journal”. As you likely already know, I have always been very time-aware and for me to commit to something new, it’s got to be worth it, efficient and quick to get results. What is a sprouts journal? It’s a dollar store note pad and your favourite pen…the pen matters...no judgement and stop laughing! It does! It needs to glide easily and beautifully and have a little bling on it...and something inspirational written on it. I know, crazy amazing. My sprouts journal is part of both my bedtime and morning routines and can take less than a minute to complete. Before bed, it involves intentionally thinking of the things I am grateful for during my day – these are my “sprouts” – they don’t have to be life-altering or mega milestones – you're after simplicity here! I write down the small things that made my day great, like the stranger who told me my hair looked nice, the way the foam on top of my morning cappuccino made a little heart (the one time I didn’t “try” to style the foam that way!), the nice text my hubby sent to me at lunch that made me feel good. These little things matter and add up! Great things are happening all around you and when you start to notice them – you begin to realize that life is happening FOR you, rather than to you. You get more of what you focus on, so focus on the GOOD. In the morning, I re-read my sprouts from the night before to start my day on a positive note and focus my intention on how I want to show up for myself and others that day. It’s super simple, yet the results are profound. Sign up today! Click Here! Here are some ideas to get you thinking: Bedtime Sprouts Compliments Someone you made a meaningful connection with Awesome conversations Enjoyable meals Someone who helped you/ you helped All the traffic lights turned green when you were running behind You got a new job Your kid hit a homerun at baseball A stranger smiled at you Setting Morning Intentions Start with affirmations I attract great people into my life I see the best in other people I am a good listener Determine who you need to show up for I will greet my kids with enthusiasm and patience this morning I will express understanding with my team I will be aware of negative self-talk and show love to myself Like any new habit, you have to keep focused on developing it at first, so I recommend setting a reminder on your phone about 15 minutes before you hit the sack - this will also get you focused on getting to bed on time because we know how important sleep is!