Your story: 3 simple ways to finally create it.

Your story: 3 simple ways to finally create it.

When someone asks, “What’s your story?” You blank out. At least I did.

It had me twisted for years after excavating every cell of my body and still not being clear on the missing piece.

The problem was that I was focusing on the missing piece. I was trying hard to get clear.

My old story: I didn’t have one to tell.

And while knowing that we ALL have our unique story to tell I just couldn’t identify what mine was. And that’s part of the puzzle.

It’s so easy to get in your head about a question like that and make it more significant than it needs to be. I was trying to identify that last piece and just couldn’t. And then it hit me, just last month (no kidding):

 

If life is a story that you create why not create a story that fulfills all of your dreams and desires?

 

Think about this. You may already be doing this in every area of your life, and if so – congratulations! You focus on your dreams yet find they’re still no closer to being fulfilled today. Why is that?

Maybe you know that it’s all about your attitude and the energy attached to that energy. Then there’s what you believe in your conscious vs. subconscious mind… and that is where I identified the glitch.

Have you ever noticed the energy that hits you in the face when scrolling down the newsfeed on social media?

All the posts competing for your attention as you scroll down the newsfeed? Ads, opinions, puppy videos. It’s so easy to get caught up in other people’s realities and stories and then forget to ask yourself what story you wish to create for yourself.

Once that awareness hits, you still may have a story or two that limits your success that you can’t find the words for or act on. Perhaps you’re not building your business because you can’t figure out your story.

It’s so easy to go on autopilot even when you have good intentions. Some, like me, go with the flow and follow the energy and then there are structured plans and to do lists which works for some, and not for others. No matter what mix you need it starts with asking questions.

 

Here are 3 ideas to get unstuck:

#1 Shift your focus – the things you think about. Instead of focusing on the problem, focus on the end result. Easy right? When you feel great it’s a given, and when you don’t there may be a gap between what you know, how you feel, and taking action.

Ask yourself how you can serve YOU today before everyone else. What do you NEED to stay happy throughout the day? A workout? A chat with a buddy? A game of golf? Shoot hoops? Meditation? Some time with your partner?

 

#2 What IS the story you would like to create for your life? What are the successes you wish to achieve? Small or big? What would energize you to get up in the morning and honor you AND those around you to the best of your ability?

 

#3 What, if any, are the beliefs that are stopping you? Now, instead of focusing on the problems, simply write them down, identify the opposite belief and ask yourself, “how you can create more of that today?”

 

There are many tools and processes out there that can help, and many coaches that can help you with your specific needs depending on what that is. In sports it’s a given to have a coach, why not in business and life?

 

Here are some resources to explore:

Soar® – Here you can find CliftonStrengths® coaches and other coaches – your one-stop shop!

Gallup® Strengths Center – CliftonStrengths® – a shortcut to really get in tune with what’s important to you. The assessment identifies your hardwired perspectives and talents and with that, your needs.

One Command® – I found this simple process in recent months, it’s super easy to shift your mindset in a few minutes.

Access Consciousness® – The power of learning to ask questions, clearing whatever has you stuck and upping your awareness in the process.

Are you looking for productivity apps that will free up your time?

Are you looking for productivity apps that will free up your time?

In recent months I’ve been recommended some really cool free sites that will make any business owner a happy camper.

 

EMAIL OVERWHELM?
Are you like me in that you get way too many emails? Adding to that you may have multiple emails and that’s when it’s easy to get to miss the emails that matter. What to do? Get this free app UNROLL ME and start breathing. You have the option to select what emails you receive directly to your inbox and which ones you wish to include in the daily digest, and you can adjust that any time. In my case, I now get 1 email per day instead of the 50+ and with that a peace of mind (thank you Jacq for this one).

 

ONLINE IMAGE SIZE OPTIMIZATION
Do you work with online images and struggle with sizing them correctly? Trick #1 is to make the image double the size of what the recommended field is, for example, the image box is 100x100 px, you make the image 200x200 with a 72dpi resolution and now have an image that will be crisp and clear on retina screens.

I recently learned that the ideal image size for online images is really 100-300 kb, using the trick above there is one more step you can take to minimize the image without losing quality. Go to KRAKEN and try their free service (for images smaller than 1 MB), drag and drop your images and see them shrink as much as possible without losing quality. This is a really cool app.

And if you’re looking for royalty-free and free images and haven’t heard of UNSPLASH you’re in for a treat. I’ve used images from this site for a couple of years when I don’t have the images myself. Amazing pictures are shared on all kinds of topics. Check it out.

After taking the above steps to optimize my images my website loads much faster and with that more people hopefully stay on the site and browse it, instead of clicking on to the next. As many of you know we have 6-10 seconds (max) to make a first impression online so load times count!

 

SOCIAL MEDIA BLOG POSTS
Do you blog and want to be more visible on social media but simply never get to it? If so, check out MISSINGLTR. What’s so cool with this program is that they pull quotes from your post and create a campaign that is spread out throughout the year. No more trying to figure out that you don’t replicate your posts. There’s a free version that offers two campaigns on one platform and paid options for more campaigns and social media platforms.

 

Do you have some fun apps to share that save time and increase your productivity? Then please share below in the comments section.

 

Have an awesome day!

What narrative are you buying?

What narrative are you buying?

I listened to a podcast the other week that reminded me of the concept of narratives aka “what are you focusing on?” In this case, the topic was around news and how many choose the negativity that much of the news today is focusing on.

The choice to focus on the tragedies and what’s “wrong & bad” in our communities instead of all the great things that are created every day is something that has always bugged me and one reason I avoid diving any deeper than the occasional headline. It’s not about putting the head in the sand it’s simply a choice to create a narrative that empowers me. We all have 24 hrs and how we choose to spend them creates an energy and experience that affects not only us but the people around us and ultimately who we attract into our reality. Do you focus on creating a life & business that inspires you or on conditions that leave you feeling disempowered?

The guest on this particular podcast, Branden Harvey, started a good newspaper (bravo!) to counter all the negative news he saw that conflicted with his experiences while traveling around the world. We all have different passions and interests, and within each topic, there are many narratives created, which one are you choosing? I know for me, I’d rather help one person step into their best selves that is ready for it, than focusing on someone who is not open to listen or change.

When you create a new business, sales region or simply circles of friends or co-workers that you hang with, do they inspire you to be your best? What if that is how we can create change in this world? One person at the time, being our best and then spreading that knowledge/energy to the people we interact with? For some of us it’ll literally be one person at the time, for others it will be a team or a stadium filled with people.

A smile goes a long way, and when we are working in environments that feed us, that smile comes easy and people tend to produce a lot more when having fun. I’ve experienced both sides a multitude of times and it’s an interesting dynamic to be in. I’ve found over the years that what energizes me is to contribute to people that are looking for help, and when I’m around people that are only focusing on the numbers, stats or results without looking at what’s going on with the person, they’re kind of missing the boat.

It starts with us, as individuals, leaders, business owners or employees, and the choices we make every day. In business, we all have a “boss” whether it’s a client, board, investors, management team, to consider. For a fast change, the leadership ideally understands the need to develop and support their employees in empowering ways, starting with each individual at the top. We all know that that doesn’t always happen so another option could be a team initiating that change, and with positive change, people tend to listen, and maybe “want what they have” and spread a demand of change by leading by example.

And then there are the companies that choose to do nothing and often end up as statistics. What happens to the people that work hard when they lose any hope for change? Do they stay or do they leave? How does that impact the company?

In my experience, there’s a mix, some see the writing on the wall and leave quickly others toughen it out as they don’t see another option and are the last to leave. Change happens around us all the time and with that, it impacts most businesses. When you as a leader don’t listen to your people you’re signaling that you don’t care, while wondering why performance levels aren’t where you would like them to be. What actions can you take to shift the vibe? Who do you want to be known as? What would be fun and empowering for you?

In this era of public bullying, we all have a choice on the narratives we listen and partake in, are you spreading joy, more negativity or creating another scenario? For all the “bad” things happening, what if there are more “good” created every day by dedicated people that care? Why not tune into those stories? If the masses stopped supporting the “negative” news and supported “good news” channels, would that by any chance shift things? And either way, what if you focused on what made you feel great? What narrative are you creating?

What is one action you can take today that could brighten someone else’s reality? (never underestimate the power of a smile or hello!). What do you think about the news? Do you listen to it? Does it empower you? Comment below, I’d love to know.

CLICK HERE to listen to the podcast.

What’s your life purpose and what do you do?

… is a question that had me twisted for years, looking for “it” without being able to verbalize the energy of what the “it” was. And yes, while having fun has definitely been a core “purpose” in life for me, what if you can’t connect to what fun would be like, or it still feels as if it’s more than that?

I found this TedX talk the other week and it’s brilliantly simple and well worth the 10 minutes.

In this video, Adam Leipzig shares a simple and quick formula to connect to your life purpose. What I love about this is that it’s a fun conversation starter and a different twist to answering the question “So, what do you do?”. Thank you, for this talk Mr. Leipzig!