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3 easy ways to get more done and stay out of That cursed rabbit hole!


noun: rabbit hole; plural noun: rabbit holes

1.

a rabbit’s burrow.

“a heather-covered hillside full of rabbit holes”

2.

used to refer to a bizarre, confusing, or nonsensical situation or environment, typically one from which it is difficult to extricate oneself.

I am so guilty of going down that rabbit hole of internet searches calling it research and development. What a joke. Those ads to the side get me everytime. Ooh pretty shiny thing, I’ll just look for a sec. Next thing you know it’s 2 hours later and I have done nothing to my website and my deadline for that project is ever looming. So this is my practice. 

1. Set scheduled times in your calendar to be on the internet. Period. Set a timer in your phone to be done in a Certain amount of time. When it sing dings be strict about getting off the internet and getting on to the next part of your day. I call this compartmentalizing your time. 

2. Create before consuming. Stick to your content calendar. Create your social media posts for your company   Or project. And if there is time left on your timer or schedule then you can surf and consume. 

3. Practice and forgive. Practice and forgive. Practice and forgive. Follow these 2 easy pieces of advice everyday   You’ll find yourself getting more done, scheduling more posts, creating more content. And when you find yourself in the rabbit hole forgive yourself. Start over, it’s about practice it’s not about perfection, it’s just about getting more done. Forgive yourself for when you go down the rabbit hole and you wasted 30 minutes of valuable time of your life and your career. And move on. 

It has taken me a couple of years to be diligent about taking these steps. The way I know it has worked is when I’m with a group and they say hey did you see what blah blah did last weekend? I have no idea. My consumption is way down and creation is way up. I’m getting there and you can too. It’s the simple little things we can do to get better, bebetter amd do more for others and ourselves. 

Now go be brilliant! 

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“Christ hath no hands but yours”

I’m reading “the success principles” again. Every time I read it I find something new and pertinent to my life at that moment. 

This morning I came across a passage that describes a town in Germany where there stands a statue of Christ with its hands blown off during an intense bombing during the war.  The people of the town never replaced the hands. Instead they placed a plaque underneath that reads “Christ hath no hands but yours” pretty incredible the towns people understood this concept and came away with such a great vision for their future. 

God needs our hands to complete His tasks and do his great work. 

Jack Canfield and his book has done this for me over the years. Given me new perspectives to work from. 

2 Essential Elements to Create a Better Anything: Persistence and Vigilance

Persistence: firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.
Vigilance: the action or state of keeping careful watch for possible danger or difficulties.


I preach constantly about the importance of staying persistent to reach your goals. At times it may seem that you are making little head way on your journey. Keep the faith, you will see what you have created in hind sight. 

The key to persistence is to move through the troubled times and stay focused on the end goal no matter what. To do this you will need to ignore the competition. You will have to ignore your friends and family who may think what you are after is rediculous, a waste of time and money. You will have to ignore your inner voice that agrees with them. 

This takes practice. You will get to a point where you will only hear a faint chatter of negativity and after moving through a few distractions and baracades you will have gained the confidence to know you are on course and full steam ahead. That’s what persistence will give you. 

Vigilance will give you an extra edge to catapult you into the future. So you have your goals, you are taking action toward making them happen on a daily basis. That’s great! Now become aware. Be self aware of your strengths and weaknesses. Be on the watch for what will take advantage of both of those factors. 

Being vigil means you need to be tracking trends in your industry, in your medium, in your area of the country and online. 

Get your head out of the sand. Look around you and be painfully aware of where your industry is going. It’s great to be an artist, designer or any kind of creative. You have to decide if you want to be a professional or a hobbyist. If you want to be a professional then this blog is for you. 

Read the future, read the horizon. Find those who are doing what you want to do. Find a conference or workshops to level up your skills. Find the newest ways to get the word out; learn more marketing strategies. Watch the economy, listen to what financial experts are saying on both sides of the isle. 

Being vigilant is being aware and will give you insight for the future. You will be able to pivot when you see a trend on the horizon and move toward it before anyone else. 

What I do is listen to NPR in the mornings, I read forums on Linked In in my industry and those that affect my industry (marketing, construction, building, economy). I read blog articles and I am a member of several organizations all who the same interests. 

Stay persistent with your Actions and your attitudes and practice vigilance with the future of your business. These are what the professionals do. 

Success is an Attitude

Success : This is an attitude, I have succeeded in everything I have undertaken. I visualize, I plan, and make it happen. It may not always end up how I first see it, but I have learned to let things evolve and become what they want to be. If I foster an idea and put forth the effort , find resources, plan and adjust, refine, my ventures always come to fruition. I take the same positive attitude when I am ready to ramp a certain aspect up of an existing project. I am sure I have some peter out or completely implode, but I choose to not give them the energy they certainly don’t deserve. On to bigger and better things. Learn what you can from it and move on, never giving up. I remember hearing that Henry Ford filed for bankruptcy just before his great Model T came to fruition.

Tackle your future now…

Naysayers are a Gift

Perseverance :  More lessons I learn as a wife, I wanted to stay married, I love my husband… It’s about compromise. And as a mother I learn kindness and patience and to love so deeply. As a business owner I have learn to not take to heart what nay sayers have to give. When I have an idea I sink myself into researching the pros and cons, development, I weigh everything. When I tell people my ideas I also weigh who is telling me “Awesome, what a great idea!” And who is telling me ” I don’t know about that, it sounds kind of risky, have you ever tried it before? ” When I talk to the latter group, I take their perspective and use it to make necessary adjustments in my plan. Nay sayers are a gift.

To be good you may need to look good

 

I think we feel better when we look better any way. The point I want to make to you is that you need to take your success, your level of play seriously. You need to take seriously how you portray your image to everyone. Its fine  to say you don’t care what any one thinks of you and really you shouldn’t especially if you know you are putting forth your best effort.

The idea that I want you to grasp on to is that if you value yourself worth so will others. When you wake up in the morning and you look in the mirror and say I dont feel like shaving, putting on any make-up, combing my hair, really I dont feel like putting any effort into myself, then how do you expect anyone else to put any effort into you either.

 

It’s funny, if I am sick I typically put more effort into my appearance and I feel a little better. I find when I show up to work, even if it’s in my back yard, I have a  dress and nice shoes on, I perform better, I get more done. Seriously if you think about it, you never know who you are going to run into at Publix or the gas station. The last thing you want to do is be in your Walmart sweatpants and end up pumping gas next to Mrs Rockefeller who you just gave a $10,000 proposal to. What will she think? She may think she’s not sure she hired the right person.

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On the  other end of the spectrum, dont over do it. dressing like a hoochie mama sends all the wrong messages. When you dress like a hooch it shows you value your sexuality more than your ability to produce good work. Unless that’s what your selling, sex, then dont dress like a hooker please. Skirts no more than 4″ above your knee, absolutely no platform any kind  of shoe, no boobs popping out.

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Take pride in your appearance, that’s the easiest place to start. Get a hair cut, shave daily, get some new shoes, please!!! Your professional appearance sets a tone for your day, for your attitude and for your path in life. I always say act as if you were already successful in your career, I mean dress like it too, its a great place to start going better places.