I am also a business owner, the project manager for a non-profit that I founded, a mother, a wife, and a lover of country music and adventure.
I was once told by a psychologist that I am a perfectionist! I was shocked. Nope! Not me. My response to her was, "there is no way I am a perfectionist. You should see how dirty my car is?" Her response, "that is exactly something that a perfectionist would say!" SHIT. Okay, so maybe I am a perfectionist. Is that a bad thing?
Well, it's not the worst thing in the world. but when I began to notice the impacts that it was having on my life and business I began diving deeper into learning how to manage it - and use it to my advantage.
1. Not Completing Things
You have the tendency to start something, but then just leave it because it will never be how you want it to be (PERFECT). I love to set a goal, but before I...
There is just so much that we could do that we often end up not doing anything at all. Procrastination is one of the biggest dream killers. In a world where there is so much demand for your attention it is becoming ever more difficult to stay focussed and act on the things that would truly give you an extraordinary quality of life.
Time is, was and will always be your most valuable asset and the way you use it will determine what you create or fail to create with and for your life. Having an effective strategy for overcoming procrastination is critical if you truly want to push past short term obstacles to create a life of fulfilment.
One of the biggest struggles I had as a business owner, the wife of a shift worker, and mom was trying to manage it all! I felt like I was drowning most of the time. I also felt like a huge failure because I could not keep up with all the things. I was missing deadlines, forgetting to pay my staff, and barely talking to my husband - we were just passing at the front door as we threw kids and instructions at each other.
I started my own business so that I could have some freedom - and FREEDOM is not what I felt. I felt overwhelmed, stressed, and on the verge of burnout.
The first thing that I share with my clients is the magic of the morning. Waking up before the rest of my family really allowed me to ground myself, sip some hot coffee, journal, get in a little movement, and plan out my day. Do...
There are many factors that separate those businesses that succeed and those that fail. Very few business owners make it big without first ending flat on their face. Whether it be running your business into the ground, getting fired from your job or having all of your employees walk out on you, very successful entrepreneurs have experienced it before making it big.
Successful business owners have an entirely different mindset when it comes to failure. When entrepreneurs experience failure, they see it as a lesson -- an opportunity to learn more. They analyze, assess, and re-build again. They look at failure as merely a bump in the road, an obstacle that will make the next attempt a little bit more successful. How you react to setbacks is a clear indicator of how successful you will become.
It's not about the setbacks, it's about the comebacks.
Many new business owners have trouble getting out...
Mindset is key in any business to survive the twists and turns that are inevitable in business - and especially during COVID.
Carol Dweck is a highly regarded professor of psychology at Stanford University and the author of several books, including Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. In Mindset, Dweck differentiates a “growth mindset” from a “fixed mindset.” According to Dweck:
A growth mindset is “the belief that an individual’s most basic abilities and skills can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point.”
A fixed mindset is “the belief that an individual’s basic abilities and skills, their intelligence and their talents, are just fixed traits.”
There are so many challenges, obstacles, and failures that arise when creating a successful business. I was at a party last month with a bunch of...
What I learned at Business Mastery
At the end of August, I attend business mastery with Tony Robbins and a ton of other experts in the business - Ron Miller, Keith Cunningham, Todd Hartley, David Meerman Scott, and so many more. The 5-day event was like drinking from a fire hose with regards to the amount of information that they were able to pack into these 5 days, but I loved how we were able to tie it all together at the end and create a solid plan, gain momentum, and see a clear vision for our businesses.
**This blog will not do this event justice**
The five things that I am going share in this blog are just 5 of the things that I learned on the first day - but they contributed to the breakthroughs that I was able to have during the event and after.
I can talk about time management forever. But how productive would that be?
If you are a business owner and a mama (momentrepreneur), you know a little bit about it already, whether you think about it or not, if you juggle both things - you are always trying to manage your time. Maybe not effectively, but you do it.
I want you to manage your time so that your time isn't managing you. You can be a business owner, a mom, a partner, a board member, a crossfitter, and an adventurer -of anything else you want to be or do - but that a conscious effort!
For June, in our Break Complacency Business Group (check it out here https://www.lauren-cleveland.com/bcbc-business-group-sales-page .... we are talking about Time Management. I have been teaching time management to business owners for the last few years. There always seems to be something new that I find intriguing in books that I read, podcasts that I listen to, or people that I follow that talk...
5 Books I Love...
I haven’t always been a reader.
I failed first grade because I sucked at reading. I actually remember it making me physically ill when it was time to read aloud in front of the entire class. I would try to count out the lines so that I could rehearse mine before it was my turn. The panic, the body temp rising, the sweating of the palms, and the turning of my stomach made attempting to read the words that I knew very difficult. I am just not a good reader! This the story that I told myself for years. I didn’t read any of the books that I supposed to read in school - it was just too hard. I got by - I am not really sure how but I did, but I did. Coles notes, movies, and asking my friends!
In University I read what I had too, but again the bare minimum - just enough to get by!
In 2004, when I went through a pretty tough break up a friend of mine told me to read - He’s just not that into you. Seriously, as I type this...
Stress is the sign of a restless mind. Agree?
Are you someone that has trouble calming your thoughts, worries, and feelings?
I have to raise my hand here! I struggle with this constantly.
I thrive in stress - and it does not make me feel good to write that - but it is true. My survival in chaos is a trauma response from my career as a prison guard. And I have been out of that career as long as I was in it - and I still struggle to release the stress that I seem to create! Here is where resiliency is an incredible thing. Although I struggle - I will never give up doing the things that I need to in order to create peace, calm, and an environment that snuffs out stress. Daily, I pay attention to my thoughts, my habits, and my emotions so that I can offer myself feedback.
Are there things that you are doing each day that is inviting stress? Is there something that you can do to help alleviate some of it?
You will need to spend some time...
Let’s talk about boundaries! Boundaries are so important to all areas of your life.
I was a corrections officer before I was a business owner, a life coach, and a business coach. I spent years (8 to be exact) solidifying the skill of boundaries! In prison, as an officer, if you can’t hold a solid boundary then you are in for some trouble. Lack of boundaries tells an inmate that you can easily be manipulated, are inconsistent and lack confidence. Boundaries are everything when you are dealing with "cons". Boundaries were important to my safety, my fellow officer’s safety, the inmate’s safety, and public safety! Nowadays my boundaries don’t come with such dire consequences - or do they?
Tons of business owners, mothers, shift workers experience burnout as a result of crappy boundaries. Other signs of poor boundaries - drama in relationships have trouble making decisions, you hate to let other people down, you struggle with guilt and...
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