There’s lots of information about how to be a leader of an organization or a group or in the bigger circles outside of yourself. There isn’t as much research about how to be a leader of yourself. Most of what I talk about is health and wellness, but leadership ties into this space really well. If you can’t be a leader of yourself how can you expect to lead by example for others? Or to be a more successful or productive leader within all of the other aspects of your life?
I’ll leave the leadership talks to the leadership experts in terms of how you run organizations. That’s a whole other ballgame. How you lead through yourself is definitely in my wheelhouse.
When we think about leadership, let's go back to the blog post from last week that talked about stoicism. If you haven’t heard about Marcus Aurelius’, the idea of Stoicism focuses on the contrast between our vices and our virtues. It’s the constant put between them. The idea of...
In this series, we've focused on how to be more successful in following through with your goals by knowing your why. The big motivating force to base your goals on. Then we deconstructed the steps you need to turn your big pie in the sky goals into small manageable mouse-sized goals.
This post will focus on even smaller pieces of the goal process. The stuff that happens during your day. The details that change on an hour to hour or minute to minute basis.
There's a philosophy of stoicism that teaches that virtue is the highest good. The readings and meditations by Marcus Aurelius are quickly becoming a Marie Kondo sized movement. By focusing each day on an intention - you'll have a starting point to focus on higher virtues and let the small stuff in life go.
Stoicism goes deeper than that. It's not just about picking a daily intention to help you to be a better person. It's about striving to live your life in the highest honor. Stoics believed that everything...
Last week’s blog post talked about a way to be more successful at setting goals. Once you’ve set your initial goal, it’s easy to lose focus. Life gets in the way. Shiny objects pop up. You chase other more attractive options. So how do you increase your chances of sticking with it?
Start by coming up with a really big dream for your health and wellbeing. Make it something that you’ll work towards over the next year. Think big. Pie in the sky goals. And decide on a semi-unachievable goal. It should be something that is possible to achieve if the stars align.
If your goal is impossible then you’re doing this step wrong. For example, you can set a goal to be taller, however, that’s not possible if you’re fully grown. Or if you want longer legs. Or a thinner wrist. There’s factors you can’t control or change. The goal is to make you stretch outside of your comfort zone, not to set you...
Ever wish you could be one of those people that follow through on New Years Resolutions? They make it look so easy. And yet, without fail, you seem to fizzle out by mid-February. It’s hard not to get discouraged and give up before you have a chance to see results.
What if there was a better way?? (Isn’t that how most products on the shopping channel start?) Many people set New Years Resolutions without working through how they will execute their goals.
Coming up with a concrete plan may not solve your execution issue. You may have the best-laid plans for how to accomplish your goal. If you lack the motivation to do it, it likely won’t get done. Sooo, now what?
Let’s reverse engineer how to make New Years Resolutions that stick. We’ll start with an example from my life. I am the Queen of coming up with big lofty goals. That’s the easy part. I’m a big dreamer....
This isn't my typical blog post. Many of you have been asking about my online courses so I thought I'd share all the details with you. It's almost ready! The new and updated version of my online course is almost available. Stay tuned for details about the launch- they will be released soooooooon!
Until then, I've had several questions about what's involved in creating a course. It sounds easy and straightforward, right? Except that there's a ton of work that goes on behind the scenes. I've ran three previous online courses and have received invaluable feedback on what you found useful and what was too much information.
My courses have made some significant pivots based on your feedback, which essentially meant that this time I almost had to start from scratch.
I started by designing a curriculum so that I knew what to include and what to leave out. For me, that type of work is dry and boring. (Bless your heart if you love it!) I literally wanted to give up because it...
It's that time of year when the cold and flu bugs are flying all over. I'd like to think I'm pretty good with hand hygiene but that's only part of the picture. All you need to do is step into an elevator where someone recently sneezed and whamo- you're sick.
That's pretty much what happened to me. I woke up fine one morning and then in the hour before bed I started to feel run down. By the middle of the night I had knives stabbing my throat, joint aches and a stuffy nose. Nothing like a dramatic entrance. Thanks cold and flu season.
If you have a steady salaried position, getting sick is no big deal. Stay home for a few days, rest up and you'll be fine. Only as an entrepreneur that's not how it works. If I don't work, I don't get paid. There's no one else to pick up my slack. For every day that I miss work, that means I have one more day of things to catch up on. So what's a gal to do? While we can't entirely avoid getting sick (unless you want to live in a bubble) there's a few...
This week's blog post is a repost from Mercedes at Vida Health and Wellness. It's a great article that talks about how sexual function has many components to it. Mercedes is a physiotherapist in Calgary who specializes in women's health issues such as painful intercourse, embarrassing leaks, pelvic floor health for any stage of pregnancy, breastfeeding support and more. Be sure to check her out!
And now for the post....
Many of the world’s academics will agree that physical and emotional intimacy are basic human needs. We are a social species and we seek relationships that fulfill these needs. Friendships make us happy and are integral to our social fabric, but many people also seek a different type of connection: a physical one. This drives us to find a partner, a mate, and ultimately a fellow parent. The enjoyment of a sexual relationship is human nature for a reason.
If this is the case, though, why were we (collectively) having 15% less...
Entrepreneurs have their plates full. They have to be all things to all people, especially in the start-up phase of their business. I get it. I’m on my third business and know how important productivity is. If you can get more done with less time, you’ll be more successful. It’s as simple as that.
There’s plenty of tools, apps, and resources out there to help you be more productive. Ones that help you manage your time, finances and to do list. There’s tools to help you eat better, get your workouts in and sleep better. There are even apps that help you to manage your apps.
I love productivity tools. But here’s the thing about them. You have to use them in order for them to work. The best productivity tool is the one that you actually use. That tool could be as simple as a notepad. Or it could be as complex as an expensive, highly integrated software program.
Get started with this free download. You'll be able to find out what shape your health. You'll then know exactly what areas need the most attention and can get back on the road to feeling your best.