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...
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...
What questions to ask when your business needs to change

What questions to ask when your business needs to change

Happy New Year! As we jump headfirst into 2017, you’re probably thinking a lot about where you want to take your business this year. And if you know that it’s time for a change, today’s Beyond PRO Podcast will help you ask yourself the right questions. A couple of quick housekeeping items before we get into the heart of today’s content. If you’re in planning mode for 2017 (or need to be), I’m running a free email course called Plan with Purpose 2017. In it, I walk you step-by-step through my planning process. You can register for it by clicking here I wanted to share that last week, Entrepreneur Magazine named this podcast as one of 24 Exceptional Women-Hosted Podcasts for Entrepreneurs in 2017. I am thrilled to be included in such amazing company, and I wanted to thank all my long-term listeners for their support, and welcome my new listeners to the podcast. Thank you. I have big plans for the podcast in 2017. Now onto today’s content — Last episode we spoke about what to do if you’re facing a crisis of confidence. If you want to go listen to that episode, you can find it here. One of the challenges that can easily put the most confident entrepreneur into a tailspin is when they realize that their business needs to change. It might be small, it might be big or somewhere in between, but regardless – something has to shift (and most likely soon). You know your business needs to change when: You’re no longer excited to do your work (day after day, not just once in...
How to bounce back after a crisis of confidence (BPP #031)

How to bounce back after a crisis of confidence (BPP #031)

“Life will not always deliver your desired outcomes. It has to teach you that your spirit will get its muscle by bouncing back and giving it all you can.” ~Dodinsky At some point in your business journey, you will likely find yourself at a crisis of confidence. It might be because of something that has happened in your personal life – a baby, a divorce, a death, a marriage, or a financial change. Or it might be because of something specific inside the business from a shift in the market, an economic downturn, disinterest in the current business or a failure that stung. Everyone has moments where they are shaken to the core of what’s true. We all experience times when we wonder if we are on the right path, or if we’ll ever be able to get back on it to begin with. But we don’t talk about it – it’s like we are not good business owners if we aren’t sharing our big successes from the mountaintop (or Facebook). I want to talk about it today. Because I KNOW it happens over and over again in business, and when you’re in the thick of it, it’s hard to know what to do next.  And  I’ve seen it more than a few times lately with clients, friends and colleagues. These challenges include things like: An unexpected death in the family which made this entrepreneur just not want to work on her business at all (and wondered if it would be ok while she grieved) An ongoing struggle which  made this entrepreneur wonder if they could take the toxic...
My Sunday Night Planning Ritual (BPP #025)

My Sunday Night Planning Ritual (BPP #025)

It’s a fine balance, isn’t it? As entrepreneurs we struggle not to be consumed by our work, to spend time with our families and to make sure we have it all under control. It’s great in theory, but how do we live it out? How do we find that sweet spot that allows us to work on our success and our business, and also gives us the freedom to choose our own path? Suggesting a Sunday night ritual may sound almost hypocritical coming from someone who works diligently at being with my family when I need to be with my family, but part of what keeps me sane is spending the few minutes I do on Sunday evenings, getting a head start on my week. If I go to bed knowing that I’ve set up my week and I’ve got a handle on what’s ahead, I sleep better. I also wake up better, because the anxiety of Monday morning chaos combined with wondering what I’ll be facing work-wise has been removed. It’s not about being a workaholic, it’s not about giving up my Sunday evenings, but it is about working smarter. If we truly commit to a 15 minute jump start to get focused and create a plan, we are freed up to concentrate on other things. Keep in mind what will work for you, what will set you up for success. Maybe it’s end of day Friday or Saturday morning over coffee – whatever plan you know will work, work that plan. I look forward to having you join me on the podcast to discover that finely tuned...

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