In our fast-paced, busy lifestyle, we sometimes forget or fail to take time out to reflect on where we are, what we are doing, and where we want to be in life. With so many distractions and things competing for our attention, just the simple act of sitting down and being quiet, can have such a profound impact on our life.
I believe that the things we do in life should bring us joy and meaning, which ultimately will support us in living our purpose and highest visions.
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Oftentimes in life, we find ourselves in a funk, feeling like we’re stuck and not making any progress. Have you ever experienced that?
I was once told that we aren’t really stuck — all we are doing is creating the same reality over and over again. As we are progressive beings, feeling stuck or being stagnant is not something we enjoy or want to experience regularly.
So why do we allow ourselves to get stuck?
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If you’ve ever attempted to do something that you hadn’t done before, chances are you may have experienced discouragement along the way, even of the point where you may have wanted to quit.
There are many reasons why we get discouraged and these may include:
- Falling short of a milestone or goal.
- Under-performing especially when we know we could have done better.
- Getting caught up with too much detail and not knowing how to proceed forward.
- Being around pessimistic or negative people.
- Feeling lonely.
- Thinking we’re not making progress.
- Experiencing a challenge, obstacle or a disaster.
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For most entrepreneurs, there aren’t enough hours during the week to get everything we’d like to do completed. Therefore, working on weekends to finish tasks or get a head start for the following week is almost mandatory, especially if you’re a work-from-home entrepreneur.
While there are benefits for working on weekends, it is not a habit that is sustainable over the long term, and if given the choice, most entrepreneurs would prefer to have time away from their work, especially on weekends.
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In today’s ever-changing and rapidly progressing world, it’s not uncommon for us to have multiple priorities…at the same time. Whether it’s in our professional or personal lives, there are many inputs or distractions coming at us at any given time.
Unless we have a method for filtering what is or isn’t important, it can be very easy to get frustrated, overwhelmed or even disillusioned with what we are doing.
How, then, do we find the time to spend on those things that we deem to be important to us? Whether it is spending time with our family, going to the gym or doing some form of physical activity, completing a project that will add additional revenue to our business or even attending social events, what can we do to make the time for these things?
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Perfectionism is a major downfall for many of us. We set high standards for ourselves and have this notion that the more time and effort we put into something, the better the end result we will produce.
You may be thinking that perfectionism isn’t something that’s an issue for you. Well, do any of these apply to you?
- You are quick to criticise yourself if you make mistakes or do not meet the expectations you have set for yourself.
- You spend hours refining a piece of work that you don’t end up using anyway.
- You tend to focus on what has gone wrong, even if it was something really minor, rather than focus on the things that have gone right.
- You’ve had products you’ve never released because you think it isn’t complete or good enough to be released.
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The way we commence our week has a huge effect on the results we accomplish during the week. Therefore it makes a lot of sense to start our week right.
When we start off our week on the right note, it sets us up to:
- Be more focused on outcomes rather than activities.
- Have greater clarity on what we want to achieve.
- Get more done during the week.
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Setting goals can be easy to do. After-all, it doesn’t require much more effort than to think of the goals we want to achieve and write them down. This first step is usually the easiest part however the process of actually achieving those goals can be a lot more challenging.
If you’re one of the few people who actually sets goals, then you’ve probably achieved some goals and also may have missed some goals. It has been predicted that only around 3% of the population sets goals and of those 3%, an even smaller percentage actually ever achieve their goals.
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Do you know it actually takes more effort to frown or scowl than it is to smile? When we smile, we actually use less muscles than when we are angry or upset.
If that is the case, then doesn’t it make sense to smile more? Why is it that leaders find it challenging to smile more often?
When I had a corporate career, prior to having a managerial or leadership role, I was a very relaxed, happy-go-lucky person. I certainly was happier and smiled a lot more when interacting with my work colleagues. When I was promoted to a managerial role and had overall responsibility for a manufacturing site, the way I interacted with others certainly changed. I was now more serious, tense and felt the pressure of being in charge of the success or failure of the site.
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I am an early riser. It is a habit that I have developed over many years. There are many mornings I’d rather just stay in bed and sleep longer. However getting up earlier has been extremely beneficial for me.
I do realise that not everyone prefers getting up earlier. There are many who prefer to stay up late up and get things done at night. While one preference may not be any better than the other, it comes down to knowing when you work best and setting up habits that support you in being the most productive you can be.
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