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Every Day Is a New Opportunity

December 28, 2016
Newsflash: you don't have to wait until next week, month or year to start that thing you want to do. Every day is a new opportunity, starting right now.

How often do you think about something you’d love to do more of, less of or differently, then think “Great, I’ll start on Monday”?

Yes, there is something to be said for pacing ourselves. We can only take on so many commitments at one time and we do ourselves and our work a disservice when we spread ourselves too thin.

But there is also something to be said for harnessing our enthusiasm, for using that drive as steam power to create, for engaging that energy and using it to drive ourselves forward. Continue Reading…

Action & Momentum

5 Ways to Swap Procrastination for Productivity

October 19, 2016
Do you want to swap procrastination for productivity? Me too! Click the image for five ways to get started with your most meaningful & important work.

As a master procrastinator, I’ve tried almost every trick in the book to change my lingering ways. Along the way, I’ve discovered two bittersweet truths about procrastination:

1. The experience of procrastinating is often way worse than the experience of just doing the thing we’re avoiding.
2. There is no “one size fits all” approach to switching procrastination for productivity Continue Reading…

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How to Hit the Reset Button on a No-Good Unproductive Day

April 27, 2016
We all have unproductive days. In this post, discover a few simple but effective ways to hit the reset button and restart your day with clarity and momentum.

You know the kinds of days I’m talking about. The days we wake up, pour a cup of coffee, and suddenly it’s 11am and where did the morning go? The days when it’s dark, cold, raining, and we’d much rather huddle under the duvet watching Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt than get up and do our daily creative practice, let alone anything else. The days where it feels like we’ve sat staring at our computer screen forever and are making zero progress towards that important thing we needed to do today.

These days happen. We can set up our lives in a way that makes them less likely, but they still happen. Maybe we’re feeling under the weather or didn’t sleep so well, perhaps we’ve over-committed, or maybe we’re just experiencing a little analysis paralysis around all the things we want to do.

Whatever the case, the day isn’t over until it’s over. Here are a few simple but effective ways we can hit the reset button on a no-good unproductive day: Continue Reading…

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How to Design an Inspiring Solo Creative Retreat

September 23, 2015

I’ve always loved the idea of doing a writing retreat and have considered doing one several times. But they all seemed to cost more than I wanted to spend and require a lot of faff in terms of transport and logistics. So when I read this post by Sarah Von Bargen a couple of months ago, I knew I’d found the answer. It was perfect timing: I’d just started this website so would be blogging for two. I also knew that I would be packing up and moving abroad at some point in the next couple of months. It would be a great opportunity to get ahead. Continue Reading…

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Starting Something? You Need to Be Willing to Embrace a Beginner’s Mindset

September 15, 2015
Starting Something? This post shares how to get comfortable with adpoting a beginner's mindset

This post on embracing a beginner’s mindset is part of the blog tour for One Woman Shop’s Solopreneur Success Bundle, a roundup of e-courses, e-books, and subscriptions designed to help you succeed in all aspects of your solopreneur biz. Your chance to grab over $1,500 in products at just $99 is only here from September 14-18th — learn more and get yours now!  

Everybody has their “thing” about business they find most challenging.

Mine?

Feeling like a beginner. Over and over again.

As a typical type-A raised to believe in results and gold stars, being a beginner has historically been an awkward, uncomfortable and somewhat embarrassing phase to get through as soon as possible. Although this approach protects our ego, it causes problems in business and life.

When I’ve been unwilling to embrace the fact I’m a beginner in my own business, I’ve closed myself off to new opportunities. I’ve avoided doing the work I need to do to improve. I’ve dropped projects prematurely.  Hardest of all, I’ve looked back with regret at things I didn’t do for no other reason than because they just felt too uncomfortable.

The fact is everyone starts as a beginner. And, it’s only through a willingness to embrace a beginner’s mindset that we can find creative fulfilment and joy. Continue Reading…

Action & Momentum, Creative Joy, Entrepreneurship

How to Ask for What You Want (without Feeling Awkward)

August 12, 2015

Practically every opportunity that has come about in my business has done so as a result of asking.

When I first started Becoming Who You Are in 2010, I thought that if I just hung around these things would magically fall into my lap. Heh 🙂 Continue Reading…