It’s a funny thing...the times we would benefit the most from practicing mindfulness tend to be the times when it’s hardest to do so.
Think about it—when you’re stuck in traffic, you might be more focused on huffing and puffing about the driver who just cut you off than you are on grounding yourself and bringing yourself back to the present moment. Or if you’re dealing with a frustrating client, the last thing you might feel like doing is reminding yourself to practice mindfulness.
While there’s never a bad time to be mindful, it’s often in these high-stress, heavy pressure situations when we need it the most. Naturally, when we have downtime, it can make the most sense to focus on being mindful. It’s also easier to do so in these moments.
And the great thing is, the more you practice mindfulness, the more natural this practice becomes. So, even when you are racing to a...
When I say “working on your business versus in your business,” is your first thought, “What’s the difference?” In that case, this is one post you just can’t afford to miss!
The truth is, there’s a big difference between the two terms. And the difference can mean a big change in the way you run your business, your life, and your overall success.
Let’s start by explaining what working in your business means.
Here are some tasks that fall under this category:
As you can see, these tasks are all related to the inner workings of your business. The day to day things that keep it running.
On the other hand, working on your business includes...
As a conscious leader, you are equipped to self-manage and self-regulate your emotions, thoughts, and behaviours. Why does this matter? For starters, it makes it much easier to influence these same qualities in those you lead! Conscious leaders have taken the time, and responsibility, to become skilled in integrity, authenticity, and accountability. As a result, your actions and decisions follow suit. Not to mention, you inspire your team to hold themselves to these same standards!
With all of that in mind, it’s pretty easy to see why being a conscious leader matters. What might not be so easy, however, is cultivating these skills in yourself. But it’s most certainly not impossible.
To start, take a look at these three ways to be a more conscious leader.
All too often, as leaders we’re hyper-focused on those we lead. But this can’t come at the cost of not being aware of our own self-awareness....
When I get to know entrepreneurs during our coaching calls, there are a number of habits and challenges many of them have in common. Today, let’s focus on one of the specific challenges that is common among entrepreneurs: delegation. Or rather, a lack thereof.
All too often, as entrepreneurs, we adopt the mindset that we need to do everything ourselves. We think it’s a waste of time or resources to outsource, and it will take more time to train someone else than to just complete the task by ourselves. Or sometimes, we struggle to trust any one else with the precious business we have worked so hard to grow.
But here’s the problem, we can only do so much. Every single one of us is subject to the same amount of hours in a single day. Sure, we may all have different responsibilities during those hours, but the hours are the same nonetheless.
There will come a point where delegation is not only helpful, but necessary to continuing success. You may be able to...
Burnout is a lot more than just a buzzword. In fact, it’s an all too common reality for entrepreneurs around the world. And it might look a little different for each person. But in most cases, entrepreneurial burnout involves stress, irritability, frequent illness, anxiety, loss of passion or interest, and feelings of overwhelm.
Not so fast.
And let me guess: as an entrepreneur, you’re thinking, “Isn’t that just part of the job?!”
Not if you ask me! Burnout isn’t inevitable. That is, if you’re proactive in taking steps to combat the onset (and effects) of burnout.
Today, I’m going to tell you how to do just that!
Yes, we’re back to fierce boundaries again! These are so, so, so important not only in avoiding burnout, but creating a healthy balance in work and life in general.
As tough as it is to say no...
If I ask you what the most valuable resource to any entrepreneur is, your first thought might be money. But the truth is, time is the most valuable resource. And this applies not only to entrepreneurs, but all of humankind.
Think about it: you can always earn more money. But time is time, there’s no way to get more of it.
Or is there? Today, I’m going to offer you four scheduling hacks to help you do more in less time. So while I can’t actually add any hours to the clock, I can at least help you get more done in those hours!
Try implementing these scheduling hacks into your life (and your business!) and see what they can do for you.
If you’ve been on my blog before, this one might not surprise you. My first tip is to focus on one thing at a time. As simple as that may sound, it’s more challenging than ever in a world with constant distractions.
Rather than spending four...
Saying yes when it feels like a no. Taking on another responsibility when your plate is already full. Sacrificing your own health and wellness out of guilt for telling someone else “no.” Do any of these ring a bell for you? Each one of these is a result of soft boundaries.
So, what can you do to create a specific set of fierce boundaries for your time and commitment? One that makes sure you’re not left overextending yourself, saying yes out of guilt, or running on empty?
Let’s talk about just that today!
First things first: before you can set boundaries, you need to know exactly what those boundaries are.
To do this, take some time to sit with yourself and reflect on the areas of your life that could use some boundary setting. Maybe it’s with a well-meaning but overly involved in-law. Maybe it’s a client that likes to flood your inbox in the middle of the night. Perhaps...
You know where you want to be and how you want to feel. Or at least, you know where you don’t want to be. Whether in business, health, spirituality, or any other facet of your life, you don’t want to feel stuck. The problem is, knowing you don’t want to feel that way and actually changing how you feel are two entirely different things.
But today, I am going to share with you three inspired ways to break out of a rut when you’re feeling stuck.
Sometimes the best plan is no plan at all, but if you’re someone struggling to make the next steps, a plan could be just what you need. So, before you can take action, it’s time to start planning!
I encourage you to take out a fresh piece of paper or open a new document on your computer.
Make a plan for the next week. What are five actions you can take toward your goal? This could be getting outside for 30 minutes...
Is the grass reeeally greener or on the other side? Or have we just been conditioned to constantly compare ourselves to our neighbours, our peers, our “competitors,” and just about everyone else? Being stuck in this feeling of “I’m not as good/smart/talented (you name it) as…” is a pattern most of us deal with at some point. There’s a helpful term for this pattern known as comparisonitis. And for entrepreneurs, a case of comparisonitis could be stopping you from making progress in your business and your life.
When you consider how often and early we are exposed to those around us comparing themselves against others, it’s no wonder we start doing this too. By the time we were in kindergarten, we could be lamenting that our classmate got three cookies in their lunchbox when you only got two. By the time you’re grown up, and maybe even an entrepreneur, the things you are comparing might...
I recently had the privilege to be a guest on the GlowJo podcast with Leanne Kallal where I got to discuss the concept of learning lessons through joy… more specifically, if it’s really possible or if it’s too good to be true.
You know that saying “learning lessons the hard way?” When did that become the standard, or the expectation for learning? Why does it have to be hard to learn lessons? Could they, rather than through pain or strife, instead be learned through joy?
In my experience, the answer is a big, fat YES!
Not long ago, I came across a piece discussing how as human beings, we are (if we don’t train ourselves otherwise) hardwired for negativity. We look for what’s wrong. What’s missing. What needs...