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....
What season of business are you in? (and why it matters)

What season of business are you in? (and why it matters)

“We cannot stop the winter or the summer from coming. We cannot stop the spring or the fall or make them other than they are. They are gifts from the universe that we cannot refuse. But we can choose what we will contribute to life when each arrives.” ~Gary Zukav For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, spring has officially sprung. And while signs of life and growth are everywhere in the natural world, we may not be experiencing the same signals in our own businesses. And that warrants asking ourselves the question, “What season of business am I in?” Business, like life, is cyclical. And as owners, we must navigate all seasons and stages with the confidence that no matter what season we’re in, it shall soon pass into another. We may stay in certain seasons longer than others but eventually, everything will shift and move forward. This is incredibly useful to remember, particularly when things feel stagnant or stuck. Instead of fighting against it, we can work with its rhythms knowing that there are gifts to be drawn no matter the season and that it won’t be long before it’s behind us. Conversely, if we’re in a season of prosperity and busyness, we may feel gratitude for the success, but exhaustion at the idea of keeping it up. Knowing that another slower season is likely upon us can give us the stamina to ride out the busy season until we can once again rest and restore. Here’s what’s important: our business seasons may not line up with the natural seasons, nor the seasons of our peers or...
BPP #003: The advice that changed my life

BPP #003: The advice that changed my life

In today’s episode I’m sharing the advice that changed my life. I’m going to take you back in time to my corporate days when my friend and mentor, Narmin Ismail-Teja looked me straight in the eyes and gave me advice that I still remember (and try to use) almost 10 years later. Hint: if you’re a Type-A overachiever like me, this episode is for you. I’m not going to give it all away here, so go have a listen to this short 14-minute episode, and then share your insights with me on my Facebook page. I’d love to hear how you’ll use this advice in your own life and business. Calling all overachievers & over-committers: this advice is for you! Click To Tweet *Sidenote: I recently saw Narmin at an event and told her I’d be recording this podcast. She had no memory of the impact her one sentence had on me – so take that as an important reminder that your words can have lasting impact, even if you don’t know it!  And make sure you download the accompanying printable to apply today’s leadership insight to your business. Find it below!   Thanks for joining me today! If you enjoy the the Beyond PRO Podcast, I’d be so grateful if you’d consider leaving an honest review in iTunes. You can do that by clicking here or on the green button above & then click View in iTunes to be able to leave your review. Thank you! Resources Mentioned: Narmin Ismail-Teja The most successful creative people constantly say no BPP #003 printable Thanks for...
Leverage this small, but mighty strategy for Q4

Leverage this small, but mighty strategy for Q4

I promise this won’t be a post trying to motivate you to make more happen for this final quarter. It won’t be a post that reminds you that there’s still lots of time to make progress on the work that matters (even though that’s true). And it certainly won’t be a post telling you go ‘Go Big!’ and take on the one monumental project that’ll turn the tides (although if you’re up for it – go for it!). This is a post about keeping things small. Really, really small. Because small can be mighty. And small breathes. Small leaves room for possibility without pressure, and progress not perfection. A few of my clients have experimented with this over the year with amazing results. One client was so stuck in the ‘bigness’ of her own business potential, she was bumping up over and over again around overwhelm, deservedness and sustainability. And so, nothing was happening. Week to week, the needle would move a tiny hair forward, or three hairs back – and nothing was getting done with any consistency. It was discouraging for both of us. Until one day, we scrapped the big plan and decided to go small. Really, really small. Her commitment was to write a weekly blog post and send it out via her newsletter every week. That was it (other than serve existing coaching clients). No more workshop planning, no more worrying about the online program or signature system. No more outreach, hardcore marketing etc. JUST one post and mail-out per week. That was it. *And it’s worthy of note that before this decision, that blog post and...
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. Those 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 because you’re not choosey enough. Everyday 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. Last week I held a live, sold-out workshop for 14 women who were ready to plan the next six months of their business. We strategized, calendarized, and created solid action plans. It was truly awesome. AND…many still were wrestling with the fear that by committing to a more focused, clear plan, they were setting themselves up for overwhelm. “I’m scared to commit to this and put it down on paper. If I add this in too, I’ll have no time left.” But that belief is what’s inherently the problem. By keeping things open and loose, we have no parameters from which to decide what comes into our...
How I’m navigating the in-between

How I’m navigating the in-between

Every year in late-August, I get the itch. It happens like clockwork as the stores fill up with backpacks, the weather cools, promo emails ramp up and my love of wearing flip-flops every-waking-moment starts to wane.     I begin to crave routines, meal plans, structure, pumpkin spice lattes and office supplies. I start organizing stuff I never organize, and go into heavy-duty business planning mode for the Fall.  The anticipation of it thrills me. And yet, it can overwhelm me too.  After meeting with fellow entrepreneurial friends for coffee dates, lunches and Skype chats, I know I’m not alone.    As we gear up for the fall, the truth is that there’s often a bridge that we need to cross between our summer realities and the fall possibilities that lay ahead.    Our productivity may be down from weeks of enjoying a slower pace. Clients may not be calling, responding or even thinking about hiring right now and so you’re wondering what to do with your time. Maybe you have big fall launch plans, but the prospect of rallying up your resources and energy to execute feels a tad overwhelming. Or maybe, as a number of clients have shared (and I’m feeling it too), everything is just taking a little longer to get done.    So…how do you bridge the space between the slower pace – and the frenetic energy that comes with Fall?  Here’s what I’m playing with:  1. Embracing reality, not fighting it — every year I feel this way. EVERY year. This is not new. I should not be surprised by this. And EVERY year, I find...

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