Consistent Action Brings Rewards

Consistency, being steady. I chose to talk about taking consistent action today because I’m doing a 30 day blogging challenge and today the words won’t come. Instead of giving up I decided to blog about having no ideas for a post. Writing about it would keep me on track, consistent, and still committed to the blogging challenge.

I could have easily made a decision not to write today.When I’m not inspired to write it’s frustrating. However, not writing would be me not keeping my word to myself. I did not want to let myself down so I showed up.My reward for showing up, words started flowing and here I am encouraging you to be consistent with whatever you said you would do.

Being consistent is a choice, a decision that you make. When you’re taking consistent action you are becoming disciplined, you’re becoming a person of integrity, you’re becoming a person who gets things done.Some days it won’t be easy but it will be worth it, you’re worth it.

What keeps you from being consistent?

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Quiet Time Gives Life: 5 Signs that it’s time for some

Me having quiet time in a tree

Me having quiet time in a tree

Quiet time. It seems like a rare commodity. People are not making time for it anymore. I wonder why? Are they afraid of it? Are you afraid to be alone with yourself and God? Quiet time gives life, could this be why it is so elusive?

Lately my quiet time has not been a priority. I’ve been squeezing it in after everything else in my day is done and I’m so tired that the time I’ve been spending is so short. It’s time for me to make it a number one priority again, nothing should come before my quiet time, my time with the Lord. Once I spend time with Him He shows me how to manage my time for everything else. Once I spend time with Him, the answers to whatever problems I may be facing become clear and I am equipped to face whatever life dishes out. Quiet time gives you life and here’s how to tell that you haven’t made it a priority:

  1. You feel like your life is out of control.
  2. You feel agitated.
  3. You struggle to make decisions.
  4. Something is bothering you and you can’t seem to put your finger on what it is.
  5. You’re not the nicest person to be around.

If the list resonated with you, it’s time to make quiet time with the Lord a priority. Start where you are, wake up a few minutes earlier, go to bed a few minutes later, do whatever it takes but start somewhere.You don’t have to have big chunks of time to get started, 15 minutes is a good starting point. As you spend time with the Lord He’ll show you how to free up more time for what matters most.

Spending time alone may be difficult for you, your mind races, you can’t focus, the attention deficit really kicks in. It’s ok, keep going. The more you have time alone, the easier it will become to quiet your mind. During your quiet time tell the Lord why you’re there, what you’re feeling and then just wait on Him; He’ll give you everything you need, sometimes right then, sometimes as you go about your day. Trust Him and when you hear, obey. Your quiet time gives life, don’t go without it. Let me know how having quiet time has made your life better.

 

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5 Things Entrepreneurs Can Do to Stay Focused on Business

As an entrepreneur or aspiring entrepreneur making time to focus on your business can be challenging. Did you notice that I used the word “making” time vs having time?

When I first started my business I could not “find the time” to consistently work on my business. There was always something seemingly more urgent requiring my attention. I would say to myself, “tomorrow I’ll have more time.” Of course, this cycle kept repeating itself and I hardly ever had more time.

The truth is that I had enough time to focus on my business and so do you. My issue (and probably yours too) was I did not make my business a priority. When you are not focused on your business you do business when you can “squeeze in time” for it or when it’s convenient for you. Think about it, if you’re in a relationship and spent time with your significant other only when it was convenient for you, is that relationship a priority? Are you focused on that relationship? Do you think the relationship will flourish? The same is true for your business. If it’s not a priority, if it doesn’t have your focus, you won’t have much traction in your business.

You want to have a foundation for your business that leads to success. Being focused on your business is a necessary part of the foundation.

Here are 5 things you can do to stay focused on your business:

1. Get really clear about what you want for your business.

Focus is “directed attention” (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/focus). To stay focused you have to know what you’re directing your attention towards. By getting clear about what you want from your business you will have something to focus on. Take the time to find this out.

2. Write down what really matters.

Ask yourself why you’re doing what you do and stick it up somewhere to remind yourself. There may be days where you’ll have to remind yourself why you’re in business in order to stay focused; on those days you’ll be glad you did this exercise.

3. Say yes to you.

You have to stop putting yourself last. Believe it or not, it’s hard to focus on business when you’re not a priority in your own life. Make time for you.

4. Make a plan to have whatever you wrote in #1 and take action on it.

You’ll stay focused when you have a plan for making the business you desire a reality. Create a realistic plan and implement it. Each time you take action, your focus will grow stronger. You can do it!

5. Sometimes you need help and it’s ok.

Honestly, you are smart and you can take action on your own. However, since you’re reading this, you probably don’t have clarity, a plan of action, or the discipline required for taking consistent action right now and it’s ok. It just means that you can continue to wait for the motivation to come or you can have someone help you get there quicker. You decide.

There you have it, 5 Things Entrepreneurs Can Do To Stay Focused on Business.

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What’s your biggest struggle with staying focused on your business and which step will you be implementing to overcome it?

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Write it down and watch your life change

The power of writing things down. I know you’ve probably heard people talk about it when they talk about changing your life. I know I did. Just because I heard about it didn’t mean that I believed it. That was the problem.

I recently committed to taking the time to think about how I wanted to live my life and not just thinking about it, writing it down too. Something happened when I did this exercise, I can’t explain it but a shift happened in the recesses of my brain. Before, when I kept those goals and dreams nicely tucked away in my mind I was not compelled to do anything to make them happen. However, once I put them on paper, they became so real and possible to me that I had to do something to make them happen. I could no longer ignore them. That’s the power of writing down what you desire. Give it a try, here are some steps to make it happen:

  1. Get clear about the way you want to live your life. Be 100% honest with yourself. If you’re not honest with yourself, it’s going to be difficult to stay focused and motivated to make the life you want to live happen.
  2. Write down what you see. Write, not type, write it down on paper.
  3. Do what you can to make it happen and leave the rest up to God.You have to learn to trust. You do your part and relax and let God do His.
  4. Enjoy your life and repeat.

I want to hear how writing down your desires has changed your life. Let me know in the comments. If you’d like to chat and have help getting clarity about how you want to live your life schedule a complimentary call with me SCHEDULE HERE

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