Archive for Planning/Mindset

Why Journaling Helps to Improve Your Mindset

There are many different types of journals and styles of journaling, to help you find what fits your personality best. You can use a traditional journal, or you can use a journal geared towards a specific subject or topic. And of course, Bullet Journaling, great for those who prefer an analog system that can be customized to suit many needs. Any journal that you use consistently can help improve your mindset.

Journaling Helps Change and/or Develop Habits

Journaling can really help a lot with your daily habits, changing existing habits, or developing new habits. You can use your journal to help you evaluate how you live your life on a daily basis and help you make conscious decisions to reach your goals. Read More →

Courage is More Than Mindset

Moving Past Mindset and Theory

So far a lot of what I’ve been talking about recently, courage and self confidence, has been theory and mindset stuff. And, while this is important, courage is more than mindset, there must also be actions to go along with the theory. Today we are going to pick something we are afraid of, and take an action step to move past our fear. In other words, we will be practicing courage.

If you missed the previous post, What Have You Already Done That Took Courage, click here. Read More →

What Have You Already Done that Took Courage?

Realizing how far I’ve come and how much I can actually accomplish when I put my mind to it, is always a HUGE confidence booster for me. I’m sure it’s no different for you. To be honest, there’s a lot each and every one of us has done over the past few days, weeks, and even years that we can be proud of. Small acts of courage or big acts of courage, they all count.

But we often don’t see it for ourselves.

In the previous blog post, I was talking about being courageous becoming a habit, click here if you missed it. Read More →

Building Courage Is A Habit

In my previous post, I talked about the relationship between courage and self confidence. One aspect of that was that we can use courage and doing things that scare us a little to boost our feeling of self-worth and confidence. In other words, we can increase self-confidence by being courageous or doing something that takes a little courage more often.

If you would like to read the previous post Courage and Self Confidence, click here. Read More →

Courage and Self Confidence

Today let’s take a look at the connection between courage and self-confidence. Too often we think of courage only in the terms of extremes, like saving someone from a burning building. And yes that does require courage, but so does admitting you need help to get your business organized. If you are fearful and go ahead and do it anyway, you are courageous.

Trust me, there’s an important reason why we’re exploring this idea. Take a moment to think back on a time when you were scared to do something but you gathered up your courage and did it anyway.

Maybe it was walking away from a bad situation. Maybe it was working through a problem that seemed impossible at first glance. Maybe it was overcoming a fear of yours, facing it, and coming through ok at the other side. Maybe it was overcoming a big physical or mental challenge like running your first 10K race or acing a big exam. It doesn’t matter what it was, as long as you think of something that took courage to do. Read More →

Have You Been Putting Off Starting Your Journal?

Are you someone who has been wanting to start journaling, but for some reason still haven’t gotten started? I hope these ideas will help you to take the next step and actually start your own journal.  Journaling can be a great way to reduce stress and help you get focused.  These simple ideas will hopefully motivate you to start journaling and keep it up every day.

What is Your Reason for Journaling?

So, you know you want to journal, have bought all the supplies, but just can’t find the motivation. If this sounds like you, you may just need to find the right reason to do it. Just wanting to journal because of some vague benefits might not be enough. Really hone in on why YOU want to journal, and what you hope to get out of it. Don’t worry about the reasons other people choose to write in their journal. This is you and your experience, so it should really be unique to you. Read More →

Is Perfectionism Stopping Your Business From Growing?

It doesn’t get any better than perfect, right?

A project or task done perfectly is the most we could hope for. Perfection is what we all should strive for whether we’re working for ourselves or someone else. Sound familiar?

These are a few of the thoughts most people have about people who are perfectionists and perfectionism in general. And while, in theory this sounds good; the reality is, perfectionism has a few drawbacks. The dictionary says perfection is an unsurpassable degree of accuracy or excellence. It’s the act or process of perfecting something to a level for which most of us refuse to attain.

Perfectionism

Perfectionism has been defined as when someone strives toward goals that are usually impossibly high but won’t settle for anything less. If it’s less than perfect they view it as unacceptable. If someone else does a better job, the perfectionist can go into depression and become useless on the next assignment or project. They feel they cannot be outdone. Rather than finish a job with imperfection, they had rather do nothing than risk not meeting their own self-imposed standards.

If you’ve been described as a perfectionist and want to change the way you are, the first thing you need to do is be aware of this condition and potential problems. It can be a blessing or a curse. It depends on how you handle it.

Procrastination

Perfectionists may be viewed as procrastinators. Procrastination can be misdiagnosed as laziness. You may delay getting started on a task because you’re working to get it done perfectly. Work is never begun because you’re spending time planning every minute detail.  You put off working because the project may be overwhelming with its magnitude and you don’t feel you can do it justice in the time allotted. You won’t settle for a vague estimate, you demand detailed figures before you begin.

Typically, if you’re working for someone else, you must at least get something done every day. Set deadlines for yourself on a portion of the project and see to it that these deadlines are met regardless if it meets your standards. Working for yourself, this could lead you to the poor house.  You have to meet deadlines. You have to keep appointments and meetings.  If you let perfectionism be your only goal, your business will suffer.

What’s unacceptable to you may be perfectly fine for others. To help you meet your deadlines it might be wise to ask someone to keep a check on you to make sure you’re keeping on schedule. An accountability coach can be a great asset if you know yourself to be a perfectionist. You may also want to have a business coach that you can trust to keep you moving forward.

Moving Forward

Learn to be flexible and how to bend your own requirements until you reach a compromise. Allow yourself to do a less than perfect job and then listen to the critiques of your friends and co-workers. They’ll probably wonder how it could be any better.

Concentrate on the work you’re accomplishing and don’t worry about the end product. By doing this, the task you’ve tackled will eventually be complete and you’ll find you can function with perfectionism in a less than perfect world. You can still do a good job, and often times you will impress many people with how thourogh you were even if you feel you have missed the mark.

Getting your business organized may feel like a project that needs to be perfect, but you will find that like most things in life, there will always be updates to some element of your organizing system, so get started today and your business will be organized before you know it.

Organizing Your Mindset

My favorite definition of mindset is “the established set of attitudes held by someone.” Even though your mindset has already been established in the definition, it doesn’t say that your mindset can’t change.  That being said, it makes sense that clearing your mind of clutter goes a long way in helping you get more organized. Let’s face it – when you’re not clear-headed, it’s very difficult to practice organizational skills. There is no reason to put it off organizing your mindset for another day.

Write Down Your Feelings

Mindset for Organization

One of the best ways to clear your mind of clutter is to take the time to write down your feelings. You can either do this in a journal that you keep, or a piece of paper that you throw away once you’re finished. Recent studies indicate that jotting down negative thoughts really does help to clear your mind and make you feel better. If you need proof of this just take a look at the amount of journals for sale on Amazon these days. Read More →

The Power of Visualizing Yourself Achieving Your Goals

Visualization can be a powerful tool in helping you to achieve your goals.  The ability to see yourself in the life you dream of can help you get to that lifestyle sooner than you imagined.  

Do you feel confident? If you are like most people, you are feeling less than supremely confident in at least one area of your life. This is normal, especially if your life experiences are taking you out of your comfort zone.  If you have low self-esteem and feelings of low self worth, you may have trouble envisioning a rosy future.

Whether you are experiencing a temporary feeling of lack of self-confidence, or one you experience regularly, there are some steps that can turn low self-confidence into a belief that you can be successful in reaching your goals. Read More →

Important Steps for Goal Setting Success

The most successful people in every field, set goals and then plan and act to make those goals happen. To reach the pinnacle of your own success you should set meaningful goals and learn how to work to achieve those goals. 

You have the freedom to select your own goals according to your likes and dislikes – and no one else can set your goals for you – they are uniquely yours.  A common reason people don’t reach their goals is because they want to reach the goal yesterday – it takes time to make big changes in your life – don’t rush the process. Set a realistic time frame and then be generous with yourself, it may take longer than you plan, but then again – the sooner you get started, the sooner you will reach your goals.

Also be prepared to fail.  You will not hit the mark every time, you will make mistakes, learn from your mistakes and move on.  On the old TV show ‘Friends’ when Monica and Chandler were dating and got into a fight, Chandler assumed that was the end of the relationship.  He had never learned how to have a fight in a relationship and solopreneurs – especially those that come from the corporate world – have not learned how to fail. Read More →