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Monday Inspiration: Now We’ve Got…

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Band-aids don’t fix bullet holes.” Taylor tells it like it is, doesn’t she?

In business and life, quick fixes often don’t help and can make things worse. Especially in business, the easiest, swiftest method of resolving something doesn’t mean the pain disappears. It just delays the inevitable. How many times have you experienced a boss or company glossing over a problem – big or small – and watched the problem return with a vengeance? Which generates more bad blood. More band-aids. More pain. Time and time again, businesses and bosses who don’t know any better show up armed with band-aids to cover bullet holes.

What if instead we look for the cause — the smoking gun — instead of patching up the problem areas and calling it good?  What if we ditch the band-aids and go directly to the source.  We stop reacting and covering up — and instead take action and get responsible.

This week – ditch the band-aids and tend to the bullet holes. It’s in that space we can begin to heal and ultimately, thrive.

Happy Monday, friends!

Friday Roundup: Time Out

Wouldn’t it be nice to finally have enough time? Time for a leisurely cup of coffee, time for an extra yoga class, time to take a few deep breaths?

Life can often times feel like a constant push and pull against an imaginary clock.  Rush, rush, rush, BUZZ. Time’s up.

And we set it up perfectly that way – on our phones, our tablets, our Fitbits and Apple Watches.  We are constantly reminded that time is ticking by.

Let’s make the effort to pivot our thinking.  Let’s stop the internal countdowns and start living. Instead of viewing moments to ourselves as “breaks,” let’s view them as necessary and essential for our continued success and wellbeing.

What we give power to has power over us.

Don’t be a victim to the finite minutes of your day.  Take back your power. Own your day. Live fuller.

Inevitably time will pass us by. What really matters is how we CHOOSE to spend it. If you looked back on this day a month, a year, five years down the road, what would you want to remember?

Stop the countdown. Live present, be present, feel present. Remember, you have the power to make today a day to remember.

Tips & inspiration for beating the clock by working smarter:

01. A visual guide to working smarter

02. Get productive & enjoy more time

03. Unusual ways to prevent unnecessary stress

04. Workday “hacks” to keep you on task

05. 6 minutes from Danielle LaPorte that will revolutionize your thinking

Happy weekend, friends! Take YOUR time these next few days. Live for yourself. It’s not greedy or selfish or wrong. It’s living freely and fully. Cheers to that!

Monday Inspiration: Your Life is Now

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There is a moment in the film About Time (DO NOT miss these 3 minutes – guaranteed to change your day!) where the main character reflects something unique and beautiful. Though he has the ability to travel through time, he doesn’t. Instead, he chooses to live each day to the very fullest. He says:

“I just try to live every day as if I’ve deliberately come back to this one day, to enjoy it, as if it was the full final day of my extraordinary, ordinary life.” 

Easier said than done, for sure. We often get tripped up in Life. For every step forward, it feels as if we take two steps back. When that happens, it’s easy to recall our past blunders and our fear of making more of those mistakes sneaks in — which then has us looking toward the past to solidify our story of how it will go — or the future to ‘hope’ for something different. It is easy to forget that our lives are happening right this very minute. Now.

Today is Monday, August 24th. YOUR day. How will it go? You get to say.

Practice mindfulness and meditation to quiet your inner anxieties. Maybe soak up a little extra sunshine. Smile at a stranger – or 10. Enjoy your food – like, make love to it. Feel with abandon. ALL of it.

See how differently life moves within you.

Our main character from “About Time” reminds us:

“We’re all traveling through time together, every day of our lives. All we can do is do our best to relish this remarkable ride.

Your life is today. Relish it… and practice living it as the final day of your extraordinary, ordinary life. Be remarkable.

If you need a little jump in shaking up your world… start here…

Friday Roundup: What Challenges You?

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Transformation. What a powerful concept. To transform is to radically shift, to effect true and deep change in our lives.

Transformation may not be comfortable. Complacency is comfortable. We fall into the routine of our everyday lives, moving from one moment to the next on autopilot — which isn’t always a bad thing. But when we fall back on these routines as a way to stay safe in our comfort zones, we are stopping ourselves from experiencing real and inspired transformation. We are stuck as caterpillars instead of blossoming fully into butterflies. We have stopped challenging our lives. 

Comfort zones contain us. They have clear boundaries that keep us from feeling nervous or afraid. But if we never venture out of these zones, we are not allowing ourselves to live to the fullest edges of our lives. We aren’t being challenged. To transform, we have to truly let go. We have to rely on our faith in ourselves, rather than our faith in our comfort zones.

What challenges you? It may be taking the steps to open your own business or volunteering your time or giving yourself five minutes everyday to meditate. Challenge differs from person to person just as our goals, dreams, and aspirations differ.

Make room for transformation in your life. Be bold. Be fearless. Be vulnerable. Be open. 

Remember: Transformation is hard at first, messy in the middle, and beautiful at the end. How will you step outside your comfortable space today?

More on challenges & transformation:

01. Are you meant to transform the world?

02. A collection of inspiring TED Talks on how to transform your world, one step at a time

03. Challenge yourself for just thirty days, and instill healthy habits for life

04. Be courageous: Tips on success from powerful, inspiring women

05. 6 practical ways to transform yourself for the better, right now

Monday Inspiration: Be(ing) Yourself

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Have you seen this parody video?

Isn’t it great (and so true!)? And the underlying message can be applied to lots of real-life scenarios.

Sometimes, life isn’t fancy. And neither are we. We’re messy, complicated and confused. And that’s cool. In fact, it’s really beautiful. Because when we’re living our “real”-est, most authentic lives, we are truly experiencing life – and that includes lots o’ mess.

Authenticity is one of our greatest gifts. As the very wise Dr. Seuss tells us, “There is no one alive that is youer than you.” 

There is more exhaustion in the performance of ‘non-you’ – so be YOU – even when you feel self-conscious or silly or just plain un-fancy. Because when we try to be someone or something we’re not, we’re stopping ourselves from living freely and truly. And this Monday? We’re all about living truth and freedom.

How will you let your true, most authentic, self #shine today? Click To Tweet

Happy Monday, friends!

Friday Roundup: Fear of Failure

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Failure. The word can be scary. And it’s that fear, not actual failure, that stops us from pursuing our wildest dreams. From seeking our wild measure. From living our fullest, most awesome life.

Fear is healthy. It tells us when to run away (like, say, if a bear is chasing you) and when to push through. Real courage isn’t the absence of fear, it is the triumph over your fear. As Georgia O’Keefe put it, “I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life — and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.”

Don’t let fear keep you in a place of waiting. Don’t let the fear of failure stop you from trying in the first place. You’ve heard this before, and it’s instinctive to say “easier said than done” to whatever big thing you’re up to. Then let fear dictate your life. But this time lets change it up – stop! Reflect. What are your goals for the future? What is one dream you believe to be crazy – impossible, even – for you to achieve at this moment in your life? What is holding you back from that impossible goal? What makes it impossible?

If fear is holding you in a place of impossibility, you have everything you need to overcome it. It’s as simple as starting. Realize – progress is better than perfection. If you start now, it won’t be perfect. But you will be on your way.

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Tips for conquering fear:

01. Progress over perfection

02. 5 proven strategies to put fear in its place

03. Deconstruct your fear to get over it faster

04. Inspiring words to motivate your new beginning

05. A speech to help you look at failure a new way

Monday Inspiration: What are you waiting for?

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Are you in a place of waiting? We’ve all been there — maybe you’re in a funk or just coasting along, waiting for someone or something to come and shake you up – or wake you up – to what you’re supposed to be, what you really want to be in the world – what’s possible for you. Waiting for life to knock on your door and say “Here is the key!” Or perhaps “Here are the answers.”

In the Place of Waiting, life is comfortable. Life is predictable. There’s no risk because we know exactly what is happening and what will happen – nothing – or, perhaps more of the same. Hoping our lives will magically start living themselves, yet deep down we know staying in the Place of Waiting won’t bring us what we want or need.

To make something happen, we need to begin. Begin moving, start living, more trying.

It will be tough. There will be setbacks and challenges and disappointments. Because this is life and it gets messy. But it’s different when we actively choose the mess – in order to dig up something deeper within ourselves and our lives.

Where do you see yourself in six months? Are you in the same place? Are you generating the same outcomes? Or are you in love? Making love to every moment and part of your life?

Today, this very simple Monday – consider taking one small thing on to move you from the Place of Waiting. Declare and post a small goal. Be grateful, outwardly, everywhere. Book that ticket. Call that friend. That wild thing you’ve been wanting to do? Prioritize it.

How you want tomorrow to be has everything to do with what you take on today. What are you waiting for? Mondays hold the most possibility for the week –  begin today!

Friday Roundup: Are you stuck?

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We all go through periods where we feel a little stuck. And stuck = suck, right?

Wrong. Your “stuck” place is actually (drumroll…) a beautiful perfect place to be. Seriously!

Knowing that you’re “stuck” means that you’ve recognized your own roadblocks. It means that you are livingbreathing, and feeling your life. If you actually know you’re stuck, you are awake to your limited life.

It can be so much easier to deny the stuck or to breeze past it without diving deeper into that awareness and those feelings. I get it — I’ve been there. Yet, living in denial robs you of the power to change your situation.

Embrace the stuck (and the suck). Take back your power. Own your life. The moment you recognize you are stuck is the very moment you become unstuck.

Let’s work through the “sucky” stuff, piece by piece and day by day, so we can start living the life of our dreams. Today, this weekend — take a look at the places you feel stuck in your life and work. Remember you’re never alone — we all know this place very well. Then take my hand and read below…

01. An amazing woman who turned a serious roadblock into the motivation to open her own business

02. Spontaneity can be a great way to get out of the “suck”

03. 49 ways to find inspiration when you’re feeling stuck

04. A little reminder about the nature of success, to keep you moving forward

05.  And some helpful everyday life advice from your favorite animated peeps

Monday Inspiration: How will you shine?

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Have you seen this video?

Doesn’t Amy Schumer hit the nail on the head? Amy shines because of her vulnerability and love for sharing truth through humor.

How many times have you found yourself tailoring your inner self to fit someone else’s standards? With that way of being in the world, we ultimately set ourselves up for disappointment and failure. Don’t give others license to tell you how you should and shouldn’t be. Take it from Eleanor Roosevelt, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” 

Don’t consent to the haters.

Allow your inner beauty, truth, and crazy to shine. Of course, there will always be a reason or person who wants to bring us down – that’s life.  Instead of focusing on those circumstances or people, let’s focus on bettering ourselves, for ourselves. 

Welcome to Monday.  How will you #shine today?