Do You Have All-Over-the-Place Syndrome? Are You Always in Firefighter Mode?

I was speaking with my coach yesterday and telling him how overwhelmed I was feeling – Yes, it happens to coaches too – and after I finished describing my challenges, he said, “you sound like you have all-over-the-place syndrome.”

As soon as he said it, I knew he was right. Luckily, I knew what to do next; it’s what I do with my clients. I help my Creative Genius clients who struggle with “all-over-the-place” syndrome to get intentional about what they are committed to and, together, we create a clear path to help them unleash their creative genius.

Creative Geniuses often get hit with “all-over-the-place” syndrome because they have so many brilliant ideas and can’t decide which one to do first. They jump from one task to another, diluting their efforts between too many projects.

So here are a few steps to help you if you find yourself with “all-over the-place” syndrome:

  1. Start first by taking three deep breaths. How does this help? It changes the chemistry in your brain and allows you to tap into your thinking brain, rather than your reptilian “fight, flight or freeze” brain.
  2. When you’ve calmed down, do a brain dump. Write down everything you have bouncing around in your head, then let it go for a moment. You don’t have to worry you’ll forget anything because you’ve just captured your ideas on paper. They are safe.
  3. Get very clear on your top 3 projects for the next 3 months. Write them in a mind map if that helps or prepare a project task sheet for each project.
  4. Then start writing the tasks related to each project on your mind map or appropriate task sheet.
  5. Separate the emotional worry from the things you need to do. Ask:
    1. Is there a reason to worry about this now?
    2. If the answer is yes, ask:
      1. Is there some action I can take to correct or alleviate the worry? In other words, is this something I can control?
        1. If yes, write the steps you can take in your mind map, and
        2. Plan the actions for the appropriate time of the day to do them.
        3. If not, ask “is this life threatening? If not, let it go.
        4. If it is, ask for help from someone who has control.
    3. If the answer is no, write it in your project task list for future consideration or schedule it for later next week.
  6. Select the top 2 or 3 tasks from each project and schedule them in your agenda for the best time to accomplish them.

A New Beginning

Often, September feels like New Year. This year, we might like that to be true more than ever! I doubt anyone would object to writing 2020 off and starting over. Let’s call it 2020 take 2!

We all feel like we need a fresh start more than ever. And when that feeling hits…

We Make Promises…

You want to organize everything! You swear you’ll stop procrastinating and follow through on promises. You vow to make fewer mistakes, manage your time and execute your plan.

You’ll arrive at meetings ready to crush it. Inbox zero will be a reality! Now that you’ve spent some time with the family, you realize they’re pretty nice. You swear you’ll step away from the computer and eat dinner with your family!

Back to work! You start work with renewed energy. But then you hit 400 emails in your inbox. And how could your projects be behind already? You’re pedaling like crazy to maintain any credibility. Dejected, you give up on your best intentions. How can you plan when there’s no time?


Soon you’re scrambling for those numbers seconds before the big meeting. You’re working late and through the weekends. Again. You never did organize your projects. And you’re putting out fires. Did I mention there’s no plan?

We Don’t Deliver

No one saw a lockdown coming. We didn’t have a plan for this. And the plans we did have don’t always work with the new rules of the game. If you feel stuck, it’s because you had a plan. And then someone moved the goal posts!

You are not moving forward with your business because your plan fell apart, and you don’t have a Creative Genius-friendly way of rebuilding your plan. You need a new plan that will work with the new reality we all live in.

Simple, right? Instead of waiting for circumstances to change (or trying to change them yourself), you need to build a new plan.

You Need a New Plan

But Creative Geniuses struggle to plan. Most planning systems aren’t built to work with your brain. So, figuring out what to do and when to do it is a long, painful process. And when it falls apart, it’s overwhelming to even think about creating a new plan.

What if January could be different? You’d have to start planning now. Before the craziness of the New Year. But how will you make that happen? That’s what’s missing. The best intentions can’t survive without a plan. You can count on disappointment if Christmas arrives you don’t have a plan to back you up.

In this video, I’ll share the three steps you must take to transform intentions into results. We call that being an Achiever.

First, be clear about the results you want. Do you want to be home with your loved ones for supper? Do you want a less frantic workday? Do you want to be on top of things? No more details slipping through your fingers. Do you want to be someone people can count on?

Second, identify what’s keeping you from those results. Do you have time to plan? Do you know how to plan? Do you follow through on your plan? Do you believe in planning? After all, it’s never worked for you. Or is it all those things? Though it never worked for you doesn’t mean it won’t today. Unless you learned planning that fit your unique brain wiring, you aren’t the problem.

Finally, close bridge the gap with the right strategy. Stop looking for tips and tricks. Adopt productivity-enhancing strategies. If you’re tired of disappointment each year, you need sustainable change in your life. One of the best strategies is to use habits. (And only one of the powerful strategies I teach Creative Geniuses like you.) Habits will let you achieve anything you set out to do. For example, if you want to this New Year to be different, a good habit would help. You could plan your projects every week and to check your agenda every day to ensure you’re on track. Yes, you can do that.

I have seen poor planning trip up my Creative Genius clients again and again. I want to prevent you from losing precious time to our “drive to do more” as an unwitting victim of poor planning. Here are 3 signs you could be a victim of poor planning

3 Signs You’re a Victim of Poor Planning

I have seen poor planning trip up my Creative Genius clients again and again. I want to prevent you from losing precious time to our “drive to do more” as an unwitting victim of poor planning.

Here are 3 signs you could be a victim of poor planning:

First, you are crazy busy all day, every day.

We are all under pressure to increase productivity. We need to get more done, to deliver more, to perform better. Since no one has offered more hours in a day, this turns into a constant drive to work faster.

When you can’t work any faster, you start working longer. You start work earlier. You keep working later. Even when you’re with your family, your mind in on work.

Second, your To Do list has become a To Do BOOK!

Do you try to increase your productivity with a To Do list? As it grows longer, do you start keeping lists of lists? Do you have post-it’s reminding you about your To Do’s, because your To Do list is so long, if you add an item, it could be years before you see it again?

Third, you haven’t planned a vacation!

It’s summer. You should be planning a much-needed break! But if you don’t know if you can take a vacation this year, poor planning is robbing you of precious time. Not time at work. Time at the cottage. Time with your family. Time with your kids.

If you find yourself wondering if you can take time away from your work, poor planning is robbing you of the most precious time – time to spend with your family and friends. So, you be the judge. Are you a victim of poor planning?

Stop Being a Poor Planning Victim

If you are, don’t worry. It’s not too late! You can turn things around. All you have to do is to commit to planning. Start small. Make a plan, and deliver on that plan. How?

Block out one hour on your agenda tomorrow. Set aside that time to do something you want to do. It can be work – but it can only be work you choose. Protect that hour. Guard that hour. Tell people you’re not available. Lock your door, turn off email, hide if you have to. Then, when it’s time, do the thing you planned to do.

3 Toxic Myths You Believe About Planning

I’ve taught hundreds of Creative Geniuses like you how to plan using the Plan to Succeed Formula. It brings together the three essential ingredients for success as a Creative Genius – the Achiever’s Mental Game, the Achiever’s Game Plan and the Achiever’s Playbook.

Getting your Achiever’s Mental Game, or mindset, right is the #1 thing you have to do if you want to succeed as a Creative Genius entrepreneur. You can be the secret of your success, or you can be your own worst enemy.

THE Most Important Thing

The most successful clients are those with the right mindset and attitude. They’ve adopted the right beliefs about planning. (Yes, you need a Creative Genius-friendly approach to planning. But unless you believe that’s possible, you’re stuck.)

It’s myth-buster time! Time to re-align your perspectives and make things right.

Myth #1: “I can succeed as an entrepreneur without planning.” At least, I hope that’s true because planning never works for me!

Creative Geniuses struggle with planning (and/or following a plan once they make one). You struggle with making a business plan – “I don’t know what I’ll do next week, let alone over the next year! I can’t even plan for tomorrow!” So, you tell yourself…

“I’m my own boss. I can do what I want when I want!”

As an entrepreneur, you wear many hats. But the truth is, to succeed in business, you need to coordinate the efforts of a team (even if you are playing all the roles.)

If you want more than a glorified job, where you work alone and you’re always scrambling to deliver on your promise – all those balls you’re juggling WILL come tumbling down – you must create a plan (for today, tomorrow, next week and next year!) And you must be able to follow that plan.

Myth #2: “To plan, you need discipline.” But that robs you of your freedom, and stifles your creativity and spontaneity!

This is SO not true.

Creative Geniuses hate people telling them what to do. Rule breakers and out-of-the-box thinkers, you swim against the current. Make your business plan, or book an appointment in your agenda, your automatic response is “No, I don’t want to!”

Having a plan “feels” like you’re being controlled. But when you create your own plan, you’re the one in charge.

And the truth is, if you don’t create and follow your own plan, you put other people in charge. Without your plan, you’re at the mercy of other people’s demands. “You’re not doing anything right now. So, I want you to…”

The ultimate truth is that by creating and following your own plan, you have a “magic shield” preventing people from controlling you, your time and more importantly, your energy. When they ask you to do what they want, you can say, “Sorry. I’m already booked. Can I get back to you…?”

I have trained many clients, Creative Geniuses like you, who are able to make planning work for them, so I know you can too!

Myth #3: “No planning system can work for me.” I’ve tried all the most popular (and expensive) ones. None of them worked.

I can understand why you would believe this. I watched Duane, my Creative Genius husband, go through this same struggle. He tried Franklin-Covey, Day-Timer and so many more – some worked for a little while, but in the end, they all failed – thousands of dollars (along with lost jobs and failed businesses) out the window!

And as a coach, many of my Creative Genius clients tell me how they were burnt by systems that aren’t designed for them.

The truth is, your brain is unique. Your business is unique. Your life is unique. The perfect planning system for you doesn’t exist… YET! But by mastering key Creative Genius-friendly strategies, you can overcome time blindness, plan like the visionary you are and create your own custom planning system that will work for you.

Why is believing in these 3 myths problematic?

The Achiever’s Mental Game brings a new way of thinking about time. If you believe these myths, you will not plan. You will not even try to learn to plan. You won’t seek guidance or help. And soon you’ll give up on having a better business and a better life.

As a coach, I help Creative Genius entrepreneurs create plans and deliver on those plans for a living. I have seen breakthrough after breakthrough. I know it’s not impossible – it’s not even difficult – for Creative Geniuses to plan. But you need the right strategies and the guidance to create your own perfect planning system.

I’ve taught hundreds of other Creative Geniuses the Plan to Succeed Formula, which lets them plan their own way. And if they can do it, so can you. You’re right that traditional approaches to planning won’t work for you. But with a planning approach created for Creative Geniuses, you can do this.

3-Part Article on the Most Effective Ways to Increase Productivity at Work – part 3

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Part 3: The Final Four More Effective Ways to Increase Productivity at Work

In our three-part series, we’ve been exploring the most effective ways to increase productivity at work. I’m glad you joined me for part 3. If you missed the previous sessions, you can find part 1 here, and part 2 here.

Every entrepreneur is busy. No, not just busy. Crazy busy. People who don’t own their own business rarely understand how all-consuming it can be. As we’ve explored these effective strategies to make you more productive, we’ve talked about why it’s so hard to increase your productivity when you’re the owner. You need to learn a new approach to controlling your focus, managing your energy and planning what you do.

You first learned how the world expects you to be productive in school. Be there when the bell rings. Leave when another bell rings. Do what you’re told when you’re told. Show your work – we don’t want shortcuts. It doesn’t matter if you prefer art to math. Or vice versa. Someone else decides what you do.

You honed your time management skills at a job… Show up before the boss. Stay late. Do what you’re told. Look busy. If you work faster, they’ll only give you more to do.

But when you own the place, different rules apply.

Today, I’ll share the final four of a dozen great ways to increase productivity at work.

Avoid procrastination

Nothing kills productivity like procrastination. One of the most common reasons for procrastinating tasks is because we’re not clear how to tackle it. How do I start? What should I do? It will take too long. If you are procrastinating a task, ask yourself this question first. “Is this a task? Or is it a project?”

If you can break a task into several smaller tasks, it’s a project – even if it’s small. And when you can break it down, you should. Once you’ve identified individual tasks, it becomes easier to knock them out one after the other. Soon you’ll build momentum. And momentum is one of the best ways to be more productive at work and stop procrastinating.

Limit the time you spend on tasks

Many entrepreneurs who feel overwhelmed and unable to focus are “time blind.” Most people aren’t able to estimate time. Some are worse than others. Are you often late for meetings because you try to fit in one more thing? Do you start a task you think will take 10 minutes and look up 2 hours later? Decide how much of your time a task is worth. Set an alarm. Stop when it rings.

Quit multitasking

The most important way to be more productive at work is to focus on what you’re doing. Multitasking will not help you get more done. In fact, you’re distracting yourself. It takes time to focus on a task. It might take you 20 minutes to reach full productivity. When you switch tasks, it takes time to pull your brain away from what you’re focused on. Then it’ll be another 20 minutes to get up to speed on the new task. Schedule blocks of time that will allow you to focus on a task long enough to make significant progress. Commit to a single task during that time. Bar the doors, turn off the phone and unplug the doorbell.

Sprint, sprint, sprint

Building your business IS a marathon. But you can get more done every day by sprinting. You face constant distraction, stealing your attention and draining your energy. Make a habit of working in time blocks. When you have a task to do, set a timer and force yourself to put your head down and work full at full speed until time is up. Work in sprints of 15, 30, or 60 minutes depending on the task and your mental energy. Focus on the task in front of you.

During that sprint, don’t answer the phone. Don’t check email. No Facebook. It’s you and your task. If a thought interrupts you, jot it down and set it aside. Focus. You must finish this task. It doesn’t matter how long you can focus. It’s a muscle – the more you work it, the longer you’ll be able to sprint. This is a great way to cut distractions and improve your productivity at work.

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this series on the most effective ways to increase productivity at work I’ve shared over my three-part series. More than enjoyment though, I hope you’ve put what you’ve learned into practice.

It is essential you apply what you learn. If you picked any one of these strategies into practice, you would get more real benefit than if you read a million tips and tricks to improve your productivity.

Learning doesn’t count until you put what you learn into practice. Over the last three sessions, you’ve seen a dozen of the most effective ways to increase productivity at work. Any one of them can make a positive, bottom-line difference in your business and your life. If you use it.

I’d love to hear your feedback. What are your favorite strategies? How are they helping you increase your productivity at work? Where are you struggling? If you have questions, don’t hesitate to share them in the comments. If you’re not seeing the benefit you think you should, sometimes a minor tweak can make all the difference.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these proven effective ways to increase productivity at work.

Linda Walker, PCC, works with “Creative Geniuses.” She helps business owners move from chaos and overwhelm to fulfilment and profit. Traditional approaches to focus, productivity and organization fall short for Creative Geniuses. Linda has created programs for Creative Geniuses on the Entrepreneur’s Journey. Her programs combine group coaching, online training and community. They help entrepreneurs calm the chaos, get more done and have more free time. Get your free report: Top 3 Productivity Hacks for Creative Genius Entrepreneurs.

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Part 2: Four More Effective Ways to Increase Productivity at Work

Every entrepreneur has too much to do and too little time. But you can be more productive at work than you are right now. A few simple strategies can make all the difference.

In our last session, I began Part 1 of a 3-part series where I reveal a dozen of the most effective ways to increase productivity at work. I’d love to hear about the success you’re having implementing the first four strategies I shared. (You are practicing what you learn, aren’t you?!)

Being more productive at work is simple. It’s not easy. Do you try to stay focused? But the day disappears in a blur of emergencies and interruptions? (Do many of those interruptions come from your own brilliant ideas?) Do you start the day with great intentions? But when the workday ends, you have nothing to show for it? Do you ever wish the chaos would stop so you could think?

Until you started your business, you managed your time and your life according to someone else’s plan. You follow someone else’s schedule. You react to whatever anyone throws at you. You do, do, do. And you learned that thinking, strategizing and creating was not productive. But that’s not true when it’s your business.

Now you need to think, even to dream. You need uninterrupted time to do that. And the only way that can happen is if you plan your day and execute that plan.

Today, I’ll share four more of a dozen great ways to increase productivity at work.

Strategy #5: Make a plan and stick to it

Owning your own business means you decide how to spend your day. Don’t let phone calls or emails dictate what you do. Plan a time to answer phone calls and emails. And it should not be during your mental peak. I like to do it before lunch. I know I won’t take longer than necessary because I’m hungry! Prepare your plan for the day and follow it. No one can ignore a ringing phone or dinging computer. During work hours, turn off your notifications.

Strategy #6: Stop interruptions

The smallest interruption is enough to break your focus. Think how hard it is to pull yourself away when you’re focused on a task. When someone interrupts you, you’re confused. You’re still thinking about what you were doing. At first, you can’t understand what they say. Finally, you shift your focus and deal with the emergency – and it better have been an emergency! Now you to face another transition to get back up to speed. Nothing saps your mental energy like interruptions. Plan your availability and let people know. Otherwise, keep your door closed or work from home when you need to focus.

Strategy #7: Measure success in tasks

In Corporate America, it’s become a badge of honor to work long hours. When it’s your business, there’s always more to do. You can rack up a lot of hours! But remember, you’re looking for ways to improve your productivity at work, not spend more hours there. Forget about the number of hours you worked. Focus on the tasks you completed that have an impact. You’re an entrepreneur. The hours you work are meaningless. How many tasks did you check off? (Don’t cheat and fill your schedule with meaningless but easy tasks! Focus on tasks that move you forward!) How much progress did you make? Did you do more today than yesterday? Can you beat your record?

Strategy #8: Focus on progress

Building a business is a marathon. Even becoming an “overnight sensation” takes years. Create rituals and habits that help you make progress each day. Plan your week. Plan your day. Check off tasks. Next. Next. Next. If you make progress every day, you will reach your goals. It’s motivating to have a big dream. But it can be disheartening when the vision never seems to get closer. Focus on ways to be more productive at work every day. Celebrate progress. Before you know it, your goal will be right in front of you.

Remember, none of these strategies work if you don’t use them. The most dangerous words any entrepreneur can say are, “I know that.” You may think you know these strategies. But are you actively using them in your work every day?

I’d love to hear your feedback. What strategies are helping you increase your productivity at work? Where are you struggling? I split this series into smaller sessions so you could put the lessons into practice in your business.

See you next session when I finish off our series on more effective ways to increase productivity at work.

Linda Walker, PCC, works with “Creative Geniuses.” She helps business owners move from chaos and overwhelm to fulfilment and profit. Traditional approaches to focus, productivity and organization fall short for Creative Geniuses. Linda has created programs for Creative Geniuses on the Entrepreneur’s Journey. Her programs combine group coaching, online training and community. They help entrepreneurs calm the chaos, get more done and have more free time. Get your free report: Top 3 Productivity Hacks for Creative Genius Entrepreneurs.

3-Part Article on the Most Effective Ways to Increase Productivity at Work – part 1

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Part 1: Four Effective Ways to Increase Productivity at Work

As an entrepreneur, or self-employed professional, you face constant demands. You need to make the most of your time. But if you want to get more done, it’s easier to work smarter than to work harder.

If that sounds familiar, I have good news. You can be far more productive at work than you are right now. But you’re managing your time and your life like a production line.

You “punch in” on someone else’s schedule, instead of working when you’re at your cognitive and creative peak. You react to whatever anyone throws at you instead of planning your day and executing that plan. And you do, do, do instead of thinking, strategizing and creating.

But when it’s your business, new rules apply. If you want to be a more productive entrepreneur, I’ll be sharing some simple but effective strategies over the next three sessions.

Today, I’ll share the first four of a dozen great ways to increase productivity at work.

Strategy #1: Love What You Do

When you love what you do, it doesn’t feel like work. When you are passionate about what you do it is easier to stay focused. Passion combined with the right conditions will almost always let you hyperfocus. This is what top athletes call being “in the zone.” It makes high productivity automatic. If you hate what you are doing, it’s impossible to achieve peak productivity.

Strategy #2: Delegate Your Weaknesses

If you wonder, what do I do with all the tasks I hate doing, this second strategy that says: Delegate your weaknesses, will answer that question.

No entrepreneur can be good at everything. You have weaknesses. You also have tasks you hate. I call those my “yuck bucket” tasks. Identify the tasks that need you to work with your weaknesses.

Hint: They’re your “yuck bucket” tasks too! Delegate those to team members better suited to handle them. Remember, the best ways to improve your productivity at work is to do what you love. Focus on tasks where you excel and delegate the rest. This will transform your business – and your life.

Strategy #3: Give Up On Perfection.  

As an entrepreneur, you will work hard and put in long hours but burning yourself out doesn’t help anyone. Entrepreneurs have a personal stake in the business. I get it. It’s your reputation on the line.

But nothing is perfect.

Work smart. Decide how much of your precious time your creation is worth. Make it as good as you can in that time and move on.

Done is better than perfect. If necessary, you can come back to improve it later.

Strategy #4: Is to Take Exercise or Other Energy Breaks

The final strategy in today’s post is to Take exercise breaks.

Stop managing time. People learn to manage time but for an entrepreneur, or self-employed professional, hours aren’t important. Your energy is what’s important.

Especially your mental energy, since your creativity and cognitive abilities depend on it. When your energy flags, take a walk. Do some deep breathing. Stretch. A few minutes will release some tension help you focus again.

What you do is up to you. But several times each day, take a break to recharge and come back stronger. Trying to get more done by pushing through when you feel tired won’t impress anyone. Exercise gets your heart pumping, boosts your energy and helps you focus. You know when you feel tired. Avoid that sugary snack and take a walk or even go to the gym.

The best way, the only way, to benefit from these strategies is to use them. Learning doesn’t count until you put it into practice. I split this into several sessions to give you time to put the lessons into practice in your business. It’s the only way you’ll increase productivity at work.

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There are three legs to the Creative Genius’s journey to success as an entrepreneur. Each leg of the journey has milestones. And you’ll traverse peaks, valleys and detours.  But if you master these three skills, you will succeed: 

  • You must focus. When you start, you are single-minded. You can’t imagine a time when your business won’t consume you. But as you put in the hours, the days, weeks… you struggle to focus.  
  • You must plan. You are visionary. You spot opportunities others miss. Your challenge is creating a plan to get from where you are now to what you see in your mind’s eye.   
  • You must streamline. To build a business that can scale and leverage your energy you must do two things. You must systematize the activities in your business. And you must build a team.  

While the journey may seem long, your dream will give you the courage to continue. And the biggest reward is not the success of your business. It’s who you become by undertaking the journey.  

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A Creative Genius Entrepreneur Asks THE Tough Question

Years ago, my business went through a rough patch. It’s normal for clients to stop coaching as they achieve their coaching goals. But I wasn’t getting new clients either. I work with entrepreneurs and professionals. The economic crash cost me many clients. The economy was so bad they had to divert limited funds to save their businesses and homes. Around that time, I was having my Web site updated. The programmer made a mistake and destroyed my well-referenced Web site. My Web site had always placed first in search results for my type of ADHD coaching.

But because she removed my site before she was ready to replace it, my Web site “disappeared.” It was as if my Web site had never existed when you googled me.  New clients couldn’t find my site. Soon I couldn’t pay my minimal operating costs or my salary! I had no hope of replacing lost clients through my Web site. I had to drum up business through local contacts. But these contacts scared me.

My best sources were physicians, psychologists and successful business owners. Who was I to ask for their referrals?

Paralyzed by Fear

That fear paralyzed me for months. I’d schedule time to call. Then I’d clean my desk. I’d check emails. I’d check my Web site stats. I was doing busywork. But I’m a coach. I help my creative genius professional and entrepreneur clients overcome procrastination. But here I was procrastinating big time. Does this ever happen to you? What’s holding you back?

Today, I don’t even remember what snapped me out of it. Was it an article I read? Was it a course I took? Was it someone I met? Who cares?

The light came on! I discovered fear was at the root of my procrastination. What’s more, that the fear was completely unfounded. Why was I afraid?

I’d lost confidence. I felt like I wasn’t enough to talk to these people. I thought they’d laugh at me.

It would humiliate me! And that would leave me devastated.

Past Memories Haunt You

I remember the bullying I endured as a teenager. I still remember how bad I felt. Back then, I didn’t think I’d survive the humiliation.

And I didn’t think I’d survive the humiliation again.   We forget we’re grown up now. As an adult, what horrific thing would happen if they laughed at me?

I knew it would hurt. But I realized I wasn’t a child anymore. I would bounce back.    In fact, I did bounce back when I was young, and I’d bounce back faster now.  

Getting Past the Fear

And in that moment, I asked THE question that helped me overcome this paralyzing fear.

Who Did I Want To Be?

Was I satisfied as a scaredy-cat? Was I afraid of a little humiliation?

Or was I a powerful, courageous, businesswoman?

Was I someone who did what it takes no matter what the challenge? I chose the latter.

The next time I sat down to call one of these experts, I caught myself about to clean my desk. I stopped. Then I asked that powerful question: Who do I want to be right now?

My answer convinced me to pick up that phone and make that first call.

Of course, I had no reason to be afraid. Every one of these people I feared were happy to hear from me. And were happy to send me clients! After all, they were professionals. I wasn’t still dealing with a bunch of mean-spirited teenage girls!

There is a small downside. My desk is a mess! But I’ll deal with that at another time.

If fear is at the root of your procrastination, ask yourself “who do I want to be?”

Then, “what are you most committed to, being that person or being safe?

To succeed as an entrepreneur, you must get past your fears and remember who you want to become.

Remember how resilient you are. A Creative Genius entrepreneur shows courage and determination. Even in the face of fear and uncertainty. When you’re able to go beyond this fear, you will become a superhero.

If you have what it takes to bounce back, you can succeed in anything. The only way a Creative Genius entrepreneur loses is if you give up.

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Resolutions: a Trap or a Fresh Start?

Are you an entrepreneur? A self-employed professional? Maybe you’re an adult with ADHD. So many of my clients (who all fall in one of these categories) have given up on making resolutions for the New Year. They can feel like you’re just setting yourself up for failure and disappointment.

Resolutions Help Decide on a Direction

Unfortunately, when you avoid resolutions, you give up on fresh starts. A resolution is an opportunity to draw a line in the sand and make a start fresh. It’s the best way to make improvements in your life. If the word resolution brings up feelings of incompetency for you, call them “intentions”, “decisions”, “a promise to yourself”, or a “direction”.

I’m always looking to become a better version of myself. Entrepreneurs need to constantly strive to be better versions of themselves to succeed. That’s why I refuse to give up on resolutions. I make resolutions to improve the quantity and quality of my sleep. I resolve to get in better physical shape. And I certainly want to socialize more with friends. Yes, I may fail to meet my goals. But any improvement is better than not trying.

Resolutions Build Excitement

Resolutions can help you choose and get excited about the projects you want to pursue this year. I’ll be launching two new and improved group coaching programs, Focus to Freedom and Plan to Succeed. I’m excited about helping more people reach their full potential.

What would you like to be excited about this year?

To increase your chances of achieve the change you desire, be aware of and solve the resolution traps. What are they?

The Resolution Traps

  1. A Decision with No Plan: Admittedly, most resolutions don’t bring lasting change. The problem isn’t the resolution. The problem is the poor plan for implementing the changes we want.
  2. An All or Nothing Attitude: ‘Black or white’ thinking is a problem. When we decide to lose 20 lbs., we go all in. We start strong! We go to the gym seven days a week. We eat kale every day. We quit smoking and drinking. Something’s got to give. When it does (and it will!), we miss a day or indulge in a piece of cake. Then we throw up our arms in disgust. We failed!

Avoiding the Traps

Adopt layered learning. What is layered learning? It’s a way humans were designed to change.

Layered learning looks like this:

  1. You decide to get healthy.
  2. You make incremental changes. Like becoming more physically active by taking the stairs when you can. Then you add 10 minutes of exercise twice a week. You drink more water.
  3. You implement these small steps and learn from them. You realize you need to carry a bottle of water with you to be able to drink more water. You look for more stairs to add into your travels. You realize you like going to the gym, so you up it to 20 minutes!
  4. You make small adjustments and improvements.

If you falter, you don’t abandon your resolution. You decided to improve your healthy habits.

You stick to that decision. But you stop and ask…

  • What went wrong?
  • What adjustments do you need to improve your chances of success?

5. You make adjustments and observe.

You’ve been learning that way from Day One. You learned to walk, one shaky step at a time. Once upon a time, you could only babble. Now you speak your mind. You would never have learned to do these things without Layered Learning.

Apply that lesson to the rest of your life and make 2020 and all the years to come better and better.

What project are you excited about for this year?