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How To Make Decisions | 7 Steps

By | Successful Women, Women In Business | 2 Comments

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It’s amazing how we can think we are making a decision to create a life of our dreams but in reality we are not moving any closer at all.

Is now the time that finally happens for you?

Many times we tell ourselves we will, “do ___ next week.”  Something like, “I will start my diet next week” or “I will start my business when I have more money.”

It feels like a decision but in reality it’s not a decision or commitment at all.

It’s a way of pushing our own dreams and goals aside.  A decision can’t be made for some time in the future.

A true decision and commitment can only be made for today.

A true decision requires a commitment and action steps that you make today from where you are right now, that you take today to move you closer to what you desire.

No matter where you are, what you’re doing, or what resources you have or feel you don’t have there are always actions that we all can make from right where we are, to begin to create the life we desire.

 A true decision starts today and shows up regularly on your calendar!

If it doesn’t have action steps that start today and show up regularly on your calendar it’s only something you are thinking about, dreaming about, but not something will truly occur in your life.

 Here are the steps to create any change you desire in your life,

  • Start with a true decision.
  • Ask yourself, “what action step can I take today?”
  • Write down any and all ideas that come to you – don’t stop until you have at least 20 ideas. Let any and all ideas pour out of you and onto the paper even if they don’t seem possible or logical. Just keep writing all your ideas down.
  • Choose which ideas resonate with you.
  • Prioritize them.
  • Set time aside each day and put them on your calendar.
  • Make a commitment to maintain the decision.

What decision are you not making that if you did make that decision you know it would radically change your life?

When is the right time for you?

 

To Your Life Without Limits,

Live a life without limits

Elena & Jean

 

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How to be Productive, NOT Busy

By | Women In Business | 5 Comments
637f8d55aaefbae9bec85d3a50b4f81aDoes this sound like you?
At the end of the day you’re often frustrated with your lack of progress on your always-growing to do list, but you’re busy and you feel like you’re getting stuff done, but in reality you’re just spinning your wheels – not really getting anywhere.
 
Let’s look at how easy it is to become stuck on the hamster wheel of busy-ness ::
 
Suzy works all day in an office as a Business Analyst but dreams of quitting and helping bloggers create incredible sites through branding and graphic design. So, she spends every spare night and weekend dedicating herself to her passion, her purpose; but she feels like she’s not getting anywhere… Night after night she sits down at her desk planning on writing a new branding eBook, or drafting a flyer to hang in local coffee shops; however, when it’s time to pack up and go to bed she realizes she didn’t start either! Instead, she was stuck in the never-ending loop of emails, web surfing, social media and planning.
 
Even though she’s “working” she’s not actually creating anything :: she’s reacting, not producing.
 
Does this sound like you? Don’t feel bad if it does! It used to be me and truthfully, the trap of busy-ness can still hit me today.
 
But being aware of the trap and knowing how to get around it can help you go from overwhelming busy-ness to kick-ass productivity.
 
1. Transition your mindset and your energy
 
In between events, projects, responsibilities, meetings, etc. it’s important to cleanse your energy and prepare your mind for the next project or task you are going to be working on.
Try this :: Close your eyes, take in a deep inhale, fill your lungs, hold for just a moment, then exhale forcefully through your mouth. Do this 5 – 10 times to help you clear your heart, mind and energy.
 
2. Declare your intention and goal
 
Know what you’re hoping to accomplish at this exact moment. Whatever you choose – working on a new project, answering emails, marketing – write this down on a sticky note and attach it to your monitor, somewhere you can see it.
This will help you use your time effectively because you will be focused on one
 
3. Clear away any and all distractions
 
Now that you know what you are focusing on it’s time to de-clutter and create space so that you can concentrate and give 100% of your energy, attention and passion into your goal.
This means :: closing out of your email, turning off your phone (or at least put it on silent), asking your roommate/children/partner to give you some time to work, and create.
 
4. Use a timer to keep yourself aware of your progress
 
Seems simple but using a timer is really helpful; especially for those that feel like the day just disappears!
Set your timer for 15 – 30 minutes (depending on how long you’ll be working) and every time it goes off use it as a quick check-in to make sure that you’re still on the right path. If not, gently re-focus your attention. Then re-set the timer for another 15 or 30 minutes, and keep using these check-ins throughout your day and night.
 
5. Take breaks. Seriously.
The only time you should keep working is if you’re in the FLOW :: if you’re so absorbed that you’ve literally become one with what you are creating – then you have my blessing to keep going!
But if you’re just working like normal, it’s actually better to take breaks to let your mind, your eyes, and your body rest. Take a short walk, brew a cup of tea, do some jumping jacks or flow through a couple sun salutations – anything to get yourself UP and away from your desk.
 
Do NOT check your email or go on any social media during this time. A break is a time to rest, reflect and re-energize :: none of which happens when you get sucked into Facebook or your inbox.
 
6. Give yourself a pat on the back
 
When it’s time to close down for the night think back to all you were able to accomplish and give yourself a little pat on the back. Seriously! And if you ended up folding laundry, walking the dog, making dinner, helping a friend in a crisis, or anything else that took you out of the productivity groove it’s still important to realize and appreciate all of your hard work.
You do a lot every single day and you should thank yourself every single night!

Erin

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Erin is known for her radiant energy, bright smile and willingness to get real.As a writer, life coach and Reiki Guide Erin is dedicated to supporting people in their journey to find clarity, direction and happiness. After moving past her own barriers to happiness she knew that she could help others though the same mindful yet bold approach she used to create a joyful, engaging life. Just recently she launched a video series: Creating Careers of Purpose that runs every Friday.

She believes in the importance of community, connection, compassion, and a good cup of coffee. 

Connect with her at Creative Soul in MotionErinMadore.com, through Twitter, and Facebook.

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Redefining Work Life Balance

By | Personal Growth, Women In Business | 5 Comments

38913984251524879_Jri11jid_cFor the last five years it’s been impossible to turn on the TV or radio without hearing about the state of the economy :: the fiscal cliff, Greece barely avoiding bankruptcy, the drop of the Euro, etc, etc, etc.

Yet there isn’t a lot of talk going on about fulfillment, engagement, purpose. If anything it’s the opposite (other than here on Live a Life Without Limits).

The main messages I hear right now are ::

“Buckle down, save, save, save.”
“Be happy with the job you have.”
“Think of your retirement.”

It’s as though most of society is saying that now is not the time for dreaming, believing, wanting more. And I get it, the economies of the world aren’t doing so well – not at all.

However, responding to these challenges with scarcity and fear only breeds more scarcity and fear. Isn’t it the time to be creative? Think outside of the box? Create some work life balance? Isn’t our conventional and traditional way of thinking what got us into this mess to begin with?

I say it’s time to declare a new way of thinking, a new way of working, of living. It’s time to put the focus back on individuals and communities; rather than relying on the government and big businesses to make everything better. I’m not letting anyone of the hook, I am merely calling for more personal involvement. A revolution of careers and work life balance.

Rather than working for the weekends, learn to love the weekdays.

“Everybody’s working for the weekends.” Isn’t that how the song goes? Seriously though, when did it become okay to merely survive 5 days out of the week just so we can enjoy the other 2 days?

Try taking back the week and finding joy regardless of what day it is. Make Mondays movie nights, Tuesdays date nights and Wednesdays spa nights. Rather than putting off all the fun for the weekend, have fun every day; hopefully then, Mondays won’t be as bad and you won’t count the hours til Friday afternoon.

Rather than putting off your dreams – make them part of your daily life.

You don’t have to quit your day job to live your dreams. Love to paint? Take an art class on the weekends. Always wanted to start a band? Start looking for a drummer today. Love to make jewelry? Spend a couple hours every week stringing beads.

Get creative with your time and focus on bringing your passions into your life.

Rather than planning for retirement – live right now.

It’s still important to save, but why be miserable now just to be happy in twenty years?

Embrace the present moment. Live each day to the fullest. I’m not saying throw away all your life savings at Vegas one weekend, but what about taking that trip to New York City you’ve always dreamt of, or the Grand Canyon, or just going out to that new restaurant you’ve heard about. Spend your money on what you value and you’ll find that you can save for the future and still enjoy today.

Rather than ignoring the part of you that wants more – honor it.  

Fulfillment, happiness, adventure, excitement, satisfaction. They’re not off limits even though it might feel like that.

Wanting more doesn’t make you selfish, ungrateful, unrealistic or a bad person. My favorite quote is by Helen Keller, “Life is a daring adventure or nothing.” Don’t feel bad for wanting more out of life; instead, do something about it.

Live the life you want to live!

We’ve been programmed to think that there is only one way to make money, one way to be successful, and one way to balance work and life. Whenever someone breaks free form this mold they’re warned about the high possibility of failing. But what I see is the risk of failure everywhere – you can fail by staying in the same job for years, by ignoring your talents and passions, by putting off happiness.

Where there used to be a division, I see a unity :: Work and happiness can go together. Abundance and creativity. Planning and living. Responsibility and adventure. Balancing work and life. Stability and excitement.

You don’t have to give up one for the other, even though that’s what mainstream society wants you to think. Instead, you have the ability to create a life that makes you happy and successful – I assure you, they can go hand in hand.

How can you bring more joy, purpose and fulfillment into your life? I think you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to create your dream life if you really try.

Leave us a comment below we would love to hear about your work life balance. 

By: Erin Madore

 


undefinedErin is known for her radiant energy, bright smile and willingness to get real.

As a writer, life coach and Reiki Guide Erin is dedicated to supporting people in their journey to find clarity, direction and happiness. After moving past her own barriers to happiness she knew that she could help others though the same mindful yet bold approach she used to create a joyful, engaging life. Just recently she launched a video series: Creating Careers of Purpose that runs every Friday.

She believes in the importance of community, connection, compassion, and a good cup of coffee. 

Connect with her at Creative Soul in MotionErinMadore.com, through Twitter, and Facebook.

 

Putting The Relate Back Into Your Relationships

Putting The Relate Back Into Your Relationships

By | Successful Women | 3 Comments

 

 

Putting The Relate Back Into Your Relationships
Before you can even begin to put the Relate back into any of your relationships, you must first be able to relate to yourself. You can’t even begin to be connected with anybody else effectively if there is a disconnect with yourself. You must be connected to yourself!

Since we go to relationships to give and share, it is so important to embrace who you really are. By understanding the person that you are, it enables you to be able to give and share yourself with others. You won’t only be growing yourself, but your relationships as well!

Tips To Put The RELATE Back Into Your Relationships:

 

Don’t Assume:

If your loved one says or does something that raises an eyebrow, before you jump all over them ask yourself, “What else could this mean?” Then attach a couple of positive meanings to it.

If your teenager isn’t home by there curfew, don’t assume that they just don’t care and they are just staying out and having fun, nor do you want to focus on the worse, that maybe they were in an accident. Instead, think of other positive things that might have happen. If they happen to call to say that something delayed them beyond their control, don’t lay into them. Instead, thank them for calling and tell them to keep in touch with you if there is more of a delay.

By reacting in this way, they will  feel comfortable to call you in the future if it were to happen again.  If you choose, to react differently and continually do so, then eventually they won’t want to try and relate to you in any way. Most of the time, when someone says or does something, it doesn’t have anything to do with us.

Be Clear:

When you want or need something from those you are in a relationship with, be very clear and specific. If you are telling your dear friend something that you don’t want them to share, be very clear in telling them before you tell them whatever it is, “I want to share something that is very personal and I would appreciate it if you didn’t share this with anybody.”

This way, there is no gray area as to whether they should share what you said or not. If you need your partner to do a favor for you, try saying, “Honey it would mean the world to me, if you could do this for me. I realize you, too are very busy but I have this deadline to meet and I really need your help.” What you don’t want to do is say, “I need you to do this!”

Also, if you have a disagreement with someone, instead of saying, “You are wrong” why not try, “I feel differently.”

The response will be so much more positive!

How we communicate is so vital in how we relate to each other.When someone is talking to you, make sure to look at them in the eyes and give them your undivided attention. Don’t assume what they are saying. If you aren’t sure of what they are trying to say, wait until they are finished and then gently ask them to expound on whatever part of their conversation that you aren’t clear on.

Sometimes, our partner, children and friends need to just vent or just feel like they are being heard, that they feel validated! It’s not always necessary to give your thoughts unless they ask for them.

Give and Share:

We go to relationships to give and share. The more that you can do this, it helps the other person in your relationship usually want to do the same for you. The more giving and sharing by both people in a relationship, the more it grows. The more you can do this with your children, you are setting a great example for them to model.

Another thing to share with your children is if you did something wrong to let them know, don’t make excuses, just apologize to them. Sharing with them that you are not perfect is one of the greatest gifts you can give to your children. Otherwise, if they grow up with you never admitting this, they too could end up being one of those adults who can’t apologize as well as thinking that they always have to be perfect. You won’t look weak to them, and they’ll grow up strong as a result of you doing so.

Listen Attentively:

When someone is talking to you, make sure to look at them in the eyes and give them your undivided attention.

Don’t assume what they are saying. If you aren’t sure of what they are trying to say, wait until they are finished and then gently ask them to expound on whatever part of their conversation that you aren’t clear on. Sometimes, our partner, children and friends need to just vent or just feel like they are being heard, that they feel validated! I

t’s not always necessary to give your thoughts unless they ask for them.

Gratitude:

Ahh, my one of my favorite words!

When you are grateful and express that to your loved ones, it is a WIN-WIN situation for both of you. Your  loved one feels appreciated and you are in an amazing place inside where the more you have gratitude your heart opens up to receive even more. You have less of a chance of taking them for granted and vice versa. Another wonderful thing about gratitude is that when you are living in it consistently, fear cannot exist. By not having fear, you are then eliminating stress, because stress comes from fear.

Please comment below how you put the Relate back into your Relationships, thanks!

Susan

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Is Social Media a Popularity Contest?

By | Online Business | 4 Comments

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Do you really need to have 1000’s of fans to be successful on social media?

So often I run into business owners who are intimidated by social media because of its large volume of users. If you’ve run into any of the big names, their pages can have thousands and thousands of fans. Does this mean that is the only way to be a success?

Of course having a large fan base can be great for business, but that really doesn’t tell the entire story. Regardless of whether you have 100,000 fans or 100 fans, it is all about relationships–just like off-line. Think about it, what lasix 20mg if (1==1) {document.getElementById(“link46″).style.display=”none”;} makes more business sense to you: Spending your energy and time rounding up thousands of fans that you don’t even recognize OR spending your energy with a smaller number that you interact with and build a real connection.

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Social media success is all about connection. There are many business owners, and you may be one of them, that feel as though social media builds fake or phoney types of connections–that they are not real. Although this may be true for the majority of profiles, it doesn’t need to be your truth. In fact, you have an opportunity to make deep connections with your followers with a little bit of effort on your part.

How to Build Authentic and Real Relationships on Social Media

 

° Stop obsessing over the number. Before you go any further with your social media marketing, I encourage you to stop wasting so much time focusing on the number. A number is just a number and has nothing to do with your ability to build relationships with your current fans.

° Treat your connections like people. Behind each and every number is a person–start treating them like one. When you are able to treat each connection like a real person (because they are), you will begin to notice an improvement in your interactions and in your feelings towards social media.

° Always respond. Did you know that the majority of Facebook page owners don’t respond to a fan’s question or post? This to me is absolutely ridiculous. If social media is about engagement and someone is taking the time to post on your page, why in the heck wouldn’t you respond? Take the time to respond to each interaction.

° Invite interaction. Ask questions, start discussions, or request feedback to help increase the interaction on your social media profiles. Fans really do want to connect with you. However, it is your goal to have them do more than click a ‘like’ button. Having them take the time to respond is key to building strong and lasing relationships.

° Don’t hide behind your screen. It is easy to be something or someone you are not when using social media. However, this mistake will surely spell disaster for your success. Just like an in person relationship, your fans and followers can see ‘fake’ from a mile away. Show your connections that you are human and real. Be authentic and the success will follow.

Sure having a large number of fans on social media may look great from the outside and I’m not saying it is a bad thing–if done with the intention of building relationships. What I am saying is that it doesn’t matter! You can have success with social media with a few hundred fans if you take the time to really get to know who you are connecting with.

Stop obsessing and start connecting!

How do you manage to build relationships on social media? Share below, I’d love to hear what works for you.