What do you do when you are so far in and feel like the crushing workload is impossible to get out of because of everything you already committed to do?
How can you get back on track while keeping your reputation solid, sanity in check and still deliver results?
Now, I’m usually pretty good at saying ‘no’ and keeping boundaries, and have learned over the years how to stay out of the trap of over-committing . . .
But, I completely, 100%, went down the rabbit hole this past month and bit off a lot more than I could chew, especially given everything going on in our personal life, such as a serious health scare with our son.
I made too many commitments, loosened my boundaries, allowed people to book in my ‘focus’ time and found myself slipping into that overwhelmed feeling and ‘how in the world am I going to deliver?’. The old bad habits started to surface again . . .
In the end, everything worked out – it always does – but it takes...
I saw the movie “A Star Is Born” this weekend. I was captivated during the first half of the movie . . . it was incredible.
And then the movie started going in a direction I did not expect . . . and I was distracted in my thoughts of how it should have or should have not gone, wanting it to speed up to see what would happen and then left disappointed because it didn’t meet my expectations.
When I got home, I reflected on how I was so mesmerized by the first half but had such a different experience in the last half.
I realized that I became distracted and critical and missed enjoying what was happening in the moment, because it didn’t meet my expectations (and who says my expectations are right, anyways?)
I rarely ever do this, but I went back a couple of days later to watch it again – and absolutely loved it in its entirety.
I realized all the little details I missed the first time when I was distracted, and even though it didn’t go in the...
If you follow me, you know I’m a huge believer in taking time to disconnect, whether you are on vacation or the weekends with your family or giving yourself some downtime in the evening.
Taking time to truly be away from the daily stressors at work, and not constantly being on your phone/checking in, can let you focus on other important matters like quality time with your spouse and kids, and a chance for you to recharge.
Even during the workday, it’s important to get rid of distractions when you are focusing on a task or conversation.
But what do you do when you can’t seem to turn your mind off, leaving you feeling scattered and constantly bouncing from one thought to the next?
When you can’t help thinking about that big presentation coming up or the conversation you had yesterday with your manager that didn’t go very well.
Or when you are in a meeting, and even though you look like you’re listening to what others have to say, you are really...
It’s THAT time of year again! The end-of-summer blues and back-to-school excitement. Your Facebook feed will be filled with all the pics of kids with their backpacks heading off for the first day.
I totally get the end of summer blues each year. We LOVE summers at the lake, and I always find it challenging to transition back to city life and full-time business.
I’m fortunate I can do my work from the lake, and funny enough, I seem to get way more done there working 2-3 hours a morning than I do in the city working full-time (that’s a post for another day!)
Life just seems so much simpler in the summer. I used to think this when I was in my corporate career as well.
It’s like there is an unspoken rule you have permission to slow down for a couple months.
And then, as back-to-school hits, so do all the expectations and demands, and it’s easy to get overloaded quickly between kids’ activities, projects gearing up and whatever else you’ve got...
Here’s a quick video on two ways overcoming my inner obstacles has made a big difference in how I approach challenges – and awesome (kinda scary) opportunities!
Think of it like the game at a carnival where you whack the mole that keeps popping up . . .
Building your resilience to quickly bounce back from setbacks and be less fazed in the first place is just like that game – but instead of whacking a mole, you whack your counterproductive thoughts – and direct...
A topic I speak on with companies is “Your Best Work” and how to create motivation within.
When you shift your lens – your mindset and beliefs – you can create motivation from within to give your best self and work every day, and you can also help others around you do this too. There are far more factors within your control and small action that you can take that makes a BIG difference in shifting your mindset and your results.
Here are 5 factors to boost your motivation from within and small, effective action you can take for each of these factors to apply this into your work and rest of life so you can perform better, bring out the best in others and enjoy your days more.
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I had a phone call recently with my marketing coach (yes, coaches have coaches too, to help us get out of our own way and move to a new level!)
One area I want to develop is refining my messages to share what I have to say in a way that resonates most with you.
A challenge I got from my coach (and have received from others as well) is to be more “real and raw” in how I communicate – to be more passionate and super excited, and more vulnerable and emotional when sharing what I feel.
To talk about the things that fire me up and be more dramatic in how I write and speak.
I resist time and time again. In my head, I am doing it already – I just don’t get too excited or worked up about things. And, the response I get is to let my guard down.
So, today, I’ll accept the challenge. Here’s what gets me fired up: When people tell me I should get fired up!
The bottom line — I feel like I just don’t get too excited or expressive...
Do you feel overwhelmed with everything you have to do and it’s affecting your mood? Are you short on patience with people at work or at home? Do you have others around you who are frustrated with what’s going on?
There’s a simple tweak you can make in your approach that will instantly get you better results. I was reminded of this on a trip to Mexico a few days ago with my husband.
The resort we stayed at was awesome, however it was CRAZY BUSY – we were catching the tail end of Mexico’s spring break and the front end of a three-week festival where bus loads of families would arrive at 6 a.m. creating overlap between them and when others checked out – so double the people!
The staff were busier than ever. There were longer lines, food was cold at times, it was hard to find a seat, and as a customer it wasn’t the relaxing atmosphere we had hoped for.
And, in the end we were happy customers and had an awesome trip. On the last day, I...
I can’t seem to shake this heavy feeling since the tragic Humboldt Broncos accident here in Saskatchewan. It’s so very sad.
I’ve been thinking about what the kids, families, friends and community are going through, and I can’t even imagine their pain and grief.
I’m also amazed by the outpouring of support across the world and people seeking out the positive in such a difficult time.
A tragedy like this can remind us all to be even more appreciative of life and the small moments each day – because you just don’t know what tomorrow will bring.
This can help you to find more joy and contentment in those moments and have fewer regrets.
Here are three ways to cultivate being more appreciative what’s going on in the moment and the people and things around you.
1. Be grateful for the mundane.
Each day list five things in your life you could be grateful for, but might go unnoticed.
These can be simple things like a good...
Last week, our kids were off school for Easter break, and we headed to West Edmonton Mall for a short family getaway.
There is an amusement park in the mall and the kids were SO excited for the rides. Early on in the day, that excitement turned to tears for our son, Emmett who is 7.
At the bumper cars, Emmett was seriously scrutinized for being too short to go on the ride. The attendant spent 45 seconds sizing him up and was still unsure (that’s how close it was)!
After pretty much forcing a credit card in between his head and the “you have to be this tall to ride” post, she decided he was too small for the bumper cars.
Emmett was super sad as he watched his older brother go on the ride. Through his tears, he said he really thought he was tall enough (um, so did we!) and he thought he should have been allowed to go on the ride. He really wanted to go.
We asked “What can you do?” After a couple of responses of “nothing”, he came up with...
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