I used to think time management meant making a long list. I now know my list would take many people to complete. I confused “you can have it all” with “you can DO it all”! I gave it my best shot! For over two decades I ran a network marketing corporation while home educating my three children. On top of that, I led a weekly community Bible study and a high school speech club. That was in addition to going to the gym every day, keeping a morning personal development routine. My schedule also included speaking engagements or business networking events most nights.
Perhaps YOU have a similar tale. I pray you don’t. Perhaps I’m slow or stubborn but it took me two decades of my best effort to come to the conclusion that I cannot do it all! Continue reading
Encouragement: Strength when you feel like quitting
Where do you encourage yourself when it feels like your world is falling apart? How do you find encourage when you feel like you are all alone? Who motivates the motivator? Who encourages the leader?
“It’s lonely at the top, so you better know why you are there“.- John C. Maxwell
When I about to launch my first corporation (a nutritional network marketing company). We invited Kevin McCarthy, author of “The On-Purpose Person” to be the key note speaker. At dinner afterwards, he said to me, “Brenda, do you have a female mentor who is in leadership?” I was young (28) and ambitious. “When you are a leader of a large corporation everyone will look to you to be their leader and inspiration.” He went on to explain, “At times you will feel alone. You will need someone to confide in that understands your situation. You need a female leader, like a Pastor’s wife, that you can go to for wisdom and encouragement.” Decades later, I can say this was sage advice!
But what about those times when there doesn’t seem to be anyone around to encourage you?
David (the one who killed Goliath in the Bible and rose to be one of Israel’s greatest kings) faced that. His story holds some powerful lessons. Continue reading
5 Benefits of Keeping a Journal
The benefits of keeping a journal span from improved immunity to business success. Journals are both a place to brain storm and a treasure chest to hold wisdom and knowledge. Journals are a place to pray, reflect, and clarify. They anchor us in the present and leave a legacy for future generations.
There are three things to leave behind: your photographs, your library, and your personal journals. These things are certainly going to be more valuable to future generations than your furniture! – Jim Rohn
The Elusive Life-Balance
Women are amazing jugglers! We strive for the elusive goal of life balance while spinning plates and keeping the balls in the air. We heroically juggle work, family, finances and faith while trying to fit in exercise, personal growth and a spiritual practice! The shuffle of deadlines, appointments, resources and responsibilities. Somewhere in our mind we stepped into our superhero costume convinced we could pull it off. Believing that not only can we HAVE IT ALL, but we can DO IT ALL! Continue reading
Change Your Words, Change your Life (Scripture and Science Agree)
Words have power. Words we speak to our self shape the quality of our life. How do you speak to yourself? Is your self-talk kind and affirming? Or is it critical and condescending? Both scripture and science document the power of our words. An ancient proverb written by one of the wisest kings say our words can either build us up and be a tree of life or crush us! Continue reading
Perfectionism blinds us to the love, beauty and perfection hidden in each moment. Masked as a commitment to quality and greatness, it results in procrastination and paralysis. Scripture says when we wait for conditions to be perfect, we will never start.
“He who watches the wind [waiting for all conditions to be perfect] will not sow [seed], and he who looks at the clouds will not reap [a harvest].” Ecclesiastes 11:4
Perfectionism is rooted in fear and brings out our worst.
Perfectionism (like any “ism”) is an attitude, belief of practice. For many it has become the practice of setting impossible standards for our body, our work and our life. Continue reading
Overcoming Procrastination is Possible!
Has overcoming procrastination felt like an impossible feat? The good news is it is not. Once you identify the root cause, however, the solution becomes clear. Most of us realize fear is often at the root of procrastination. There are, however, less known and understood causes of procrastination. These include hidden doubts, brain fatigue and not knowing our brain’s innate energy advantage. If you missed part one of “10 Procrastination Hacks to Get Stuff Done!” you can read it here . Here are four more powerful procrastination hacks. Continue reading
“Procrastination always gives you something to look forward to.”
What dreams has procrastination kept you from fulfilling? In a comic I recently viewed, an artist stood in front of a row of paintings hanging on the wall. The artist stood looking at the plain blank canvas on the gallery wall. It stuck out like a sore thumb beside the other colorful works of art. “I called it ‘procrastination‘”, she commented. Funny? Not so much. Procrastination is the cause of guilt, shame and a sense of unworthiness. Mastering procrastination will release your God-given creativity. It will fuel a sense of satisfaction.
Understanding the causes and applying some powerful hacks will set you on the road to getting important and creative stuff done! The cause of procrastination ranges from fear to perfectionism. Here are 10 procrastination hacks to help you get stuff done: Continue reading
“Clutter is stuck energy. The word “clutter” derives from the Middle English word “clotter,” which means to coagulate – and that’s about as stuck as you can get.” –Karen Kingston A Symptom and a Cause Clutter is both a symptom … Continue reading