1. “You got this.”
Sometimes you wake up and feel like there is no way you can get everything done. Telling myself daily that I can make it happen is a personal motivation that everything can get done. I have it posted right next to my computer screen.
Surround Yourself with Motivation
I am part of a women’s entrepreneur group called Savor the Success here in the city. It is the best thing I have done for myself. The group declares 90-day goals and does a weekly check-in to hold each other accountable. The women in my group are all running their own businesses and hearing about their achievements is a great way to get energized.
A new habit I have picked up from Savor is a weekly ‘brain dump’. Every Sunday I make a long list of everything I need to do and then I go back over and circle my top priorities that actually help move the needle. This helps me differentiate between tasks, things I can delegate, and the actual important things that will help grow the company.
2. “Done is better than perfect.”
To stay focused throughout the day I make a paper-and-pencil plan for our days, in 30-minute blocks. To reenergize and refocus I love taking walks!
3. “If it’s worth doing at all, then it’s worth doing today.”
My good friend Bernard from Blooming Sky, a real-estate investment platform, said it to me once when we worked together at an e-commerce men’s clothing start-up. It kicked me into high gear, and I decided to quit what I was doing and follow my dreams.
Write It Down
I still like paper. After all of the time and money I have invested in custom CRM platforms and software to keep me and my team on track, I still use paper. Every morning I take a post-it note and write down everything that needs to be accomplished that day. If I don’t finish I put the note in my wallet and take it home to complete. I guess I sort of challenge myself to complete important tasks and not put them off.
4. “Life’s a garden. Dig it.”
This quote is from the 90s movie Joe Dirt. I just love it. So raw and true!
I do 2 things regularly to help me stay focused and energized. I exercise first thing in the morning to get the creative juices flowing and I make daily to-do lists. If I get 1 thing crossed off my list, sometimes that’s success.
5. “If I believe it – I can achieve it.”
My mantra is simple, I repeat “If I believe it – I can achieve it”
Meditate and Remain Calm
The routine I consistently incorporate is sitting quietly and meditating to rechannel my energy. You see when one is in a confused or scattered condition the energy to complete the designated task is funneled in a sporadic way and the creative thoughts are flashing around as if they are bolts lighting. To pull the bolts of lighting into on laser beam, I take the following steps:
- Change my internal conversation to lift my spirit so I can refocus my attention
- Use power words to integrate into my internal conversation
- Meditate and calm my spirit
- Take a 2-mile walk to think and gain clarity.
- I close my eyes and envision how to break the task into smaller components which make achieving the goal simple.
6. “I’m lucky to do what I love.”
I have a 5 min dance party every day to get me energized and refocuses. It’s a great way to shake off anything and always makes me smile. Today I danced to MIA’s Borders- great song!
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