By Laura Smith, Chief Firecracker, Pink Spark Systems
So...here it is. Another day of work.
How did you wake up? Alive, energized and full of excitement? OR ho-hum, sluggish and mildly deflated?
How do you bring the magic back?
Sister, I've so been there. I remember one particular day when I was feeling sooo not into it. I didn't know where to begin so I made an executive decision ~ sit on the couch in my sweatpants and read all day. *Sigh*
After all, I deserved a day off. Taking some time away would really help rejuvenate my "creative juices," right? Yeah.
Guess what? I wasn't able to enjoy myself. I felt a nagging guilt all day long. At the end of "my" day, I felt bad...like I had just wasted many hours that I'd never be able to get back. Ugh!
Now, it's different. I've developed tools to help me maintain the smile in my biz.
Here they are:
1. Intend your day. Yep. It's a nightly and/or morning ritual. Either last thing at night or first thing in the morning (before getting out of bed), I think about all that I've got going on any given day.
I intend that everything will be the best it can be. If I'm commuting, I'll sail through traffic. If I'm meeting someone, we'll have an awesome connection. You get the idea. I EXPECT awesome things.
2. Be present. Too often, life's moments just slip by and because we've got so much on our plates, we're not even aware.
I've had so many clients say, "I can't even enjoy time with my kids because I'm always thinking of what I should be getting done when I'm spending time with them." This is where choice comes in, My Dear.
What if you decided to put all the daily stuff out of your mind and be PRESENT for those moments? Really listen. Really enjoy. Try it out. I bet you'll like it.
Schedule some breaks into your day and also ~ no eating lunch in front of the computer. Give yourself some free time and ~ again ~ be PRESENT to enjoy it.
4. Reward yourself. If you've got something you'd rather not do on your to-do list or you reach a goal or you're just fabulous, reward yourself for it.
I talk with my clients about ALWAYS having a reward available for doing those tasks that they have to force themselves to do. It's like going back to first grade and getting a gold star for effort. It feels good.
5. How about giving yourself a pat on the back? It's super easy to focus on what you didn't get done. Try focusing on what you've accomplished and how great it feels to be the CEO of your successful biz.
If you don't celebrate your achievements, who will? It's time to give yourself the award for "Employee of the Month" ~ every month.
Cheers to your success!
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