Be Choosey. Really Damn Choosey.

Be Choosey. Really Damn Choosey.

Overwhelm isn’t created by what you think it is. It’s not because of having too much on your plate. It’s not because you have a burgeoning to-do list that keeps growing. And it’s not because you’re trying to balance kids, family, laundry, writing, clients and more. These are all the manifestations of overwhelm — but not the root cause. And as long as you focus on the to-do list or the laundry pile, you’re going to stay stuck in the overwhelm indefinitely. The root cause is that you’re not choosey* enough.   Overwhelm is the result of not being choosey enough. Click To Tweet Full Transcript: Overwhelm isn’t created by what you think it is. It’s not because of having too much on your plate. It’s not because you have a burgeoning to-do list that keeps growing. And it’s not because you’re trying to balance kids, family, laundry, writing, clients and more. These are all the manifestations of overwhelm — but not the root cause. And as long as you focus on the to-do list or the laundry pile, you’re going to stay stuck in the overwhelm indefinitely. The root cause is that you’re not choosey enough. Every day we make choices about where we decide to allocate our time and effort. Sometimes we make these choices deliberately, and even with enthusiasm. But more often than not, we make these choices by default (meaning, the choice gets made for us because we don’t actually make it ourselves), in support of someone else’s agenda or begrudgingly because we think we ‘have’ to. It’s time to be choosey. Really damn choosey....
How to read more and better in 2017

How to read more and better in 2017

Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light. —Vera Nazarian Today’s episode is near and dear to my heart. I’ve been an active reader my entire life, minus a not-so-brief period when my kids were really young. My mom was a former teacher so books were always around. My husband’s father and step-mother are both retired librarians. Books have played a key role in who I’ve become. But over the years, as my available time to read diminished, I found it necessary to develop a more intentional reading practice. In 2017, I’ve set a goal to read 52 books. This is an ambitious goal for me given the demands on my time, but with a few key lifestyle changes (e.g. not watching TV until bedtime), I can make it happen. Listen to today’s episode to learn how you can read more and better this year.       Want to read more and better in 2017? Here’s how: Click To Tweet FULL TRANSCRIPT: Today’s episode is near and dear to my heart. I’ve been an active reader my entire life, minus a not-so-brief period when my kids were really young. My mom was a former teacher so books were always around. My husband’s father and step-mother are both retired librarians. Books have played a key role in who I’ve become. But over the years, as my available time to read diminished, I found it necessary to develop a more intentional reading practice. In 2017, I’ve set a goal to read 52 books. This is an ambitious goal for me...
“Good for her, not for me.” (BPP #034)

“Good for her, not for me.” (BPP #034)

I can’t go far without hearing the statement, “You do you.” It seems to be the quote-du-jour. This idea of “You do you” is similar in sentiment to Amy Poehler’s words, “Good for her, not for me.” These words come from her hilarious book, Yes, Please! The full quote reads: “That is the motto women should constantly repeat over and over again. Good for her, not for me.” When I heard this, I thought about just how true the statement is, and yet how much we fight against it. And the thing is, business is hard enough without working against ourselves, so let’s sink into what it would really mean to live Poehler’s words. Enjoy today’s episode:   Recommended Resources: Yes, please! – Amy Poehler Better than before – Gretchen Rubin Four tendencies quiz How to create a personalized success plan How to live a good life – Jonathan Fields Submit Your Question: Starting next week, I’ll be adding a new episode to the weekly line-up where I get to answer your burning business and leadership questions. I wanted to add this to the mix in the spirit of being more useful to you in 2017. Here’s what that looks like and how you can be involved. You can visit the link: bit.ly/bppquestions and submit a question for consideration. I’ll answer a listener question on a first come, first serve basis every Thursday. Now, you might wonder what kinds of questions you can and should ask. First, let me be clear that I’m not looking for business mechanics questions. Asking me what type of shopping cart to use, or whether you should be...
How to Bring a New Idea to Life in 7 Steps

How to Bring a New Idea to Life in 7 Steps

“Soon is not as good as now.” ~Seth Godin It’s one thing to have a notebook filled with killer ideas. It’s quite another to take those ideas and execute on them. I’ve got more ideas than I do lifetimes, which means I have to regularly discern between an idea that needs to stay an idea and an idea that’s truly viable. I make this a regular part of my annual planning process , and I review on a quarterly basis. Maybe you can relate? You’ve got a great idea and you’re excited about getting it out into the world, imagining the difference it could potentially make for your business. You have a gut feeling about this one, and you’re not going to let it die on the sidelines along with all the others that seemed smart at the time, and then lost their luster. You’re ready to begin. To get it out into the world. To move from an idea into action. Let’s talk about how you’ll do that. I want to give you a simple 7-step roadmap to follow to help you hit on all the key project development elements. Use this for any new project – big or small. Step #1: IDEATION — Come up with your big idea. This is the idea-generating stage where you’re either bouncing between a number of different ideas, or you’ve got one identified and tagged to explore. For most entrepreneurs, this is the easy step as ideas always seem plentiful compared with the time we have to execute on them. That said, if idea generation is a challenge for you, my best advice...
Here are the 3 things I’m doing to achieve more this year

Here are the 3 things I’m doing to achieve more this year

Sometimes, you just don’t feel it. After attempting to record a different episode for this week’s podcast and struggling to get it done, I had a stroke of insight about why I was feeling so indifferent to doing the work. Instead of spending the morning deep in my own work, I had instead spent it consuming other people’s content. I fell down the rabbit hole of link after link after link, and before I knew it, I had whittled away too much time ingesting information and not making anything. This noticing gave the idea for today’s podcast as I experiment with a new way of navigating the way I do my work. I identified three core things I need to be putting my attention toward in 2017 to grow my business. And while none of this is particularly new, what was clear is that the order of when I do these three things matters. A lot. Listen to today’s episode and find out the three things I’m doing to achieve more this year.    Three ways to achieve more this year Click To Tweet Recommended Resources The case for drinking as much coffee as you like StrengthsFinders 2.0 by Tom Rath What questions to ask when your business needs to change CEO Fast Track Guide Thanks for listening! I want to thank you for listening and to those that have taken the time to review the show. If you like the Beyond PRO Podcast, please consider leaving an honest review in iTunes. Your review goes a long way to help this podcast get found by more people. Thank you! You can...

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