Find The Time For A New Business Adventure

New business adventures are exciting.  The early stages of the idea and the grand plan to put it all together can be the most fun stages of the whole process.  One of the biggest challenges you might face is finding the time to do this.  There are a number of people who might dive in full force.  They quit their jobs and devote every second of the time that they have to their business plan.  Others are not so fortunate and might have to stay employed for another company while they test the waters with their new business idea.

If you are continuing to work your normal job while starting the business, you want to make sure you are dedicating a certain amount of time every day to keep your motivation up.  We go into these ideas with a clear picture of what we want to happen and if we are really in love with the idea we have a great energy force pushing us to continue towards these goals.

Creating a business can be hard considering it’s a very competitive world out there.  You have to give time to your business and yourself in order to see real results.  I have learned this first hand and have seen how easy it is to push it to the side when you are just absolutely exhausted.  Here are a few important ways to make time for your start-up.

  • Get up earlier or stay up later.  I’m a morning person so getting up earlier is what is right for me.  I have a major boost in the morning and feel it is when I am most creative.  For those of you night owls, try and stay up a little later when the house is quiet and you have that time to dedicate to your goals.  I can’t stress this enough, even if you are totally exhausted you want to put in at least an hours effort to building your business.
  • Motivation videos are a major confidence booster.  Okay, so many of you might find this to be corny (did I just use that word?) but seriously, if you don’t have a lot of self-motivation or that special someone that is going to get up and push you every day then a quick motivational video on the way to the store or work isn’t going to kill you.  I like Napoleon Hill who is also the author of “Think and Grow Rich.”  This is also a great read if you have the time.
  • Find ways to cut time in other areas of your life so you can devote more time to your business.  If you work an eight-plus hour a day job and then you have to come home and cook dinner for another hour it is likely you will not have much time to give to your goals.  I have been able to save time by purchasing a pressure cooker.  I spend less time over the stove and more time doing what I really need to do.  This is just one example there are many more ways you can prioritize and save time.

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Finding time for your grand idea should always be a high priority.  If you are passionate about what you are trying to achieve then finding time won’t be such a hard task.  Always remember that starting a business takes time.  It doesn’t ever happen overnight and you don’t want it to.  You need time to take the necessary steps to have a successful business. I’m in the process of my next business adventure and I’m really trying to enjoy these early stages.  Be mindful of what you tell yourself and don’t lose that burning desire to complete that goal.  If there is anyone in this world who is going to stop you from doing what you set out to do, it is yourself.  Stay motivated and remember that you are amazing and unique.

 

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Dare To Change

Each year we start with 365 days of having the opportunity to be amazing.

If you are given 365 days in a year to make choices that will help your future self then why is it that the majority of the population doesn’t take advantage of it.  It is very easy to get trapped in the normal day to day jive of being average.  Get up, get the kids off (if you have kids), go to work, come home, eat, go to bed and do it all over again the next day.  You get stuck in a cycle of average comfort and once your there it is easy to stay there.

The easiest way to create change is by recognizing over and over what it is that is causing you to fall back into your old habits.  We can’t expect our future to be different than our present if we keep making the same mistakes we have made time and time again.

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  1. Make a list of changes you would like to see in the coming year.
  2. Start a new regimen.  If it doesn’t work out, start another one until it does work out.
  3. Make a list of triggers for bad habits.  Learn to recognize and prevent these triggers.
  4. Look around your home and get rid of something every week.  Rid your home of unused items.  No clutter equals more time for you.
  5. Be a beacon of inspiration to others.  Your ability to help others change will keep you motivated to stay on track in your own life.
  6. Make healthy choices.  Healthy choices are not exactly the most fun kind of choices but ultimately you will feel more energized.
  7. Avoid negative people.  I am in contact with negative people daily however, I chose to keep our contact to a minimum.
  8. Learn something new every day.  There is an amazing amount of things that can be self-taught.  Get curious and get to searching.
  9. Stay on track.  Don’t let discouragement creep in and keep you from changing your life.  Take a day or even a week if you need down time and then get to it and start again.
  10. Be a producer of things and not a consumer of things.

You can break the cycle and change how you spend your 365 days.  I think the most powerful lesson to take away is that you are only going to change your situation if you become the creator of it.

BE A PRODUCER OF THINGS

NOT A CONSUMER OF THINGS

Here are a few examples of things you can become a consumer of:

Social Media Accounts – How many hours are you spending scrolling through the feeds of everyone you follow.  Be the creator of content and not just the consumer.

Shopping – Most of the time we go to the store for one thing and come home with 10 different things that were not on our list.  Stop consuming things that will end up in the landfill in the next few months.

Get rich quick schemes – These are a waste of time.  Stop scrolling through websites about getting rich fast.  Most people who make thousands a month from their computer desk did it by creating content that was of value to others.  Be a producer of valuable content.

The list can go on for eternity.  By nature we are consumers.  It’s okay to be a consumer of things that are valuable to your personal growth.  Be cautious about where you allow your time to go.

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Stay Motivated

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HOW TO KEEP UP THE NEW YEARS MOTIVATION

Every year we start thinking about the changes we want to make in our life.  We get a pen and paper out, we make resolutions, and we are at our highest point of motivation.  I would love to say it is easy to stay at that highest point but I am guilty of slowly tapering off what was once a really good idea.  A little inspiration goes a long way!  Find what motivates you and keep doing that.  I find motivation in quotes, other inspirational writers, and daily journals.

 TOP TEN IDEAS TO KEEP YOU ON TRACK

  1.  Get up early – Have you ever heard “The early bird gets the worm.”  You can’t expect to sleep half the day and see amazing things happen.  Get up and get moving.
  2. Say yes – Yes it is important to say no but you also have to learn to say yes.  If friends want to start working out with you say yes or if you are invited to a party you should definitely say yes.  By getting out more you are opening yourself up to all kinds of opportunities.
  3. Eat more of those greens – More veggies and fewer carbs equal higher amounts of energy.  Recently I tried “The Makers Diet.”  It was a group thing and the first few days really sucked but then I started feeling amazing things happen.  I had more energy and even after I have finished I’m still continuing to make healthier choices.
  4. Take trips – I’m a huge fan of Spontaneous Adventure.  Don’t be afraid to explore your surroundings!  Make time to get out and experience new memories, you won’t be disappointed!
  5. Make a bucket list – Check out my post on why you should make a bucket list.  Bucket list keeps you motivated to accomplish those goals.  We need reminders to stay inspired.  It’s okay to have a yearly bucket list.
  6. Unfollow people who bring you down   We all have those friends that like to make us feel like we are below them.  There are already not enough minutes in a day.  Get rid of the people in your life that make you feel bad about yourself.
  7. Paint a wall – This is really therapeutic!  Sometimes we just need a change in color in our surroundings.  Go to Home Depot and pick out a color that makes you feel happy. Put some music on and paint away.  It’s a good way to get in touch with your artistic side.
  8. Make a space for you – This is important.  My space is a certain area on my couch.  I have my little table next to me for a coffee and my blankets.  If you want to be motivated you need to find a cozy spot to get in the zone.
  9. Daily Affirmations – Check out my post on Growing With Daily Affirmations for some inspiration.  You need to celebrate who you are and the only way to do that is to believe in yourself.  Daily affirmations can be a great way to give yourself positive feedback.
  10. Dream big – Don’t be afraid to dream big!  What is it that you want to change in your life?  This year I want to redesign my kitchen, take a trip to London, and start a new entrepreneur adventure.  It might sound ridiculous but who cares.  Shoot for the stars!

There you have it 10 ideas to get you motivated and to keep you on track for this amazing year.  Don’t forget to follow along for 365 Days Of Being Amazing!  January proved to be a fantastic month.  I can’t wait to see what February has in store.  Thanks for all of the FOLLOWS!

Need inspiration for new followers?  Check out my post on Finding Community.

A Note On Hygge

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A cozy corner and a warm cup of coffee comes to mind when I hear the word hygge. I sit at a desk from 9-5 every week day dreaming about these sorts of things.  “What could I be doing better with my time?”  “Oh, to have a cup of coffee right now” “What the hell am I doing here” “Silence!”  Okay, okay, I’m kind of an introvert or better put “a deep thinker.”  I love people, I find them fascinating however, there is nothing as great as a quiet place where I can bundle up and sip on a cup of coffee or even tea.  I believe we find our best self when we are alone.  I get my greatest ideas when no one is around.  We live in a world of information overload.  Don’t get me wrong I like that we have answers at our fingertips but sometimes I think silence wins.  How else have we created so many great things?  We need to enjoy life’s pleasures and that is why I love this word so much not to mention it sounds cool and kick back.

As I like to say “The only way to form a habit is by coming up with a brilliant idea and doing it over and over and over again.”

Here’s some tips for adding some hygge in your life:

• Find blankets with warm or soft color palettes.

Here are some of my favorites!  Fall colors like burnt orange, brown, and red or soft fresh feeling colors like white, aqua, and coral.

• Be selective when picking a coffee cup.  I like big clay cups with a round shape and a soft color.

• Have a small selection of magazines or books handy.  Read one book a month!  I like books that teach you something you didn’t know.  Never stop learning!

• Add plants around your bedroom.  Plants make your home feel fresh and lively.  I love succulents!

• String lights around the house or outdoors for open fires.  Natural light is the best during the day.  Stringed lights in the evening feel like Christmas and who doesn’t love Christmas?

What are some things you have tried to hygge out?  Please comment and share your ideas below.

Please follow along as I embark on 365 days of AMAZING!

 “Were all writers, teachers, and creators of something.”