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Self-Care Sanity: Idea #8 – The Gift of Making Someone’s Day

8-gift-of-making-someones-dayI was in the card aisle picking out a birthday card and I happened to notice the encouragement card section. For some reason I was drawn to that area and picked up a card that expressed exactly how I feel about my friend, Wendy.

When I got home wrote a quick note to her in the card and put it in the mail. A few days later I received this email:

Thank you, my dear friend, for the card you sent me. I’ve had an extremely hard week at work with lots of personnel issues and my accounting software had a big failure which cost us days of extra work. That card just was like the Balm of Gilead – soothing to my weary soul.

I appreciate you right back and love you.

Take time today to write a note to a friend. You never know how your note may make their day.

When I asked Wendy if I could have her permission to share what she wrote she told me:

I know you are ALWAYS there for me – no doubt in my mind. Thank you for listening to God’s prompt and reaching out to me – it really did touch my spirit.

What are you9-gaye-card waiting for?

PS  The day I wrote this post I received an encouragement card from my dear friend Gaye. How perfect is that?!

 

Self-Care Sanity: Idea #7 – The Gift of a Time Out

7-matineeI’m a firm believer in dedicated work hours.  But, I also believe if you’ve given all you’ve got and you’re feeling you have no more left to give – it’s time for a break. A time out from your business.

What better break then going to a mid-afternoon matinee?! First of all, it’s a lot cheaper than an evening movie, but more importantly a  good movie,  well written, and well-acted, can take you out of your own life for a while and give you a much needed break that most of us need at some point.

Get on Google right now and check out the movies for the upcoming week and grab a matinee this week.

What are you waiting for?

Self-Care Sanity: Idea #5 – The GIft of Rest

5-take-a-nap-Many of us have a tendency to fill our lives up to the brim. Sometimes it works; sometimes it doesn’t. Most of the time it leaves us stressed and really, really tired.

The National Sleep Foundation suggests adults get 7-9 hours of sleep. How much sleep are you getting?  It may be time to take this seriously.

But, what about during the day?  Is a nap a good thing? I don’t think it is if you are using it to avoid a project you’ve been putting off. When you feel overwhelmed you may tell yourself “I am so tired. I’ll just take a quick nap and then tackle this task.”  A nap just prolongs getting the task done. You may tell yourself you’re tired when really you don’t know the next step to take.

But, if you really feel a break of around 20-30 minutes for a nap would improve your mood, alertness, and productivity – go for it! I would suggest using a timer or it may turn into an all afternoon siesta!

What are you waiting for?

Self-Care Sanity: Idea #3 – The Gift of Your Thoughts

I’m curious.  Do you give yourself time to look back on each day?

3-day-one-app(2)If not, let’s start. Get a beautiful journal or use one of my favorite apps, DayOne, and at the close of each day write down what you did, what you learned, what you did well, and what you could improve.

This is a wonderful way to close the day, whether it was a great day or not so great, so you can give it closure.

 

It’s also great to look back to remember. Two years ago my dad was in hospice and I was sitting by his chair when I felt something on my hair. I looked down and dad was looking up at me stroking my hair and smiling. One of the best moments in my life. As you can imagine, that was a very stressful time and if I hadn’t written it in my journal I may have forgotten that moment; as special as it was to me.

Give yourself the gift of your thoughts every day.

What are you waiting for?

Self-Care Sanity: Idea #1 – The Gift of Acknowledgement

1-amazing-things-og-mandinoDo you realize how amazing you are?  Do your really? Right now write down 10 amazing things about yourself. This is not the time to be shy.

Then every morning before you start your day read this list.  You will sit up taller, be more confident, and have a much better day!

If you struggle with this please read The Greatest Miracle in the World by Og Mandino. Because this is what you are – the greatest miracle in the world.

What are you waiting for?

Get out of your office!

We just may have started Spring here in South Dakota!  It’s sunny and in the 50’s today which is a dream come true.  It’s time to get outside and enjoy the sun!

Speaking of getting outside – have you been spending too much time in your office?  Are things feeling a little stale?

addi-chalkSometime in the next week or so go to a coffee shop or a park and get out and dream. Start writing down your dreams (or coloring!) and dream big. Write everything down and do not let the sky be the limit.

Where do you want to be in one year, two years, and three years? What do you want your income to be, how many clients every month, how many speaking engagements a year,whatever pertains to your business but get out of your office and dream big.

Break these dreams down into action steps and then think in terms of 30-day plans:

  • Look at your big dreams
  • Break them down into action steps
  • What can you do in the next 30 days?
  • When the next 30 days comes up ask yourself again – now, what can I do in the next 30 days?

You will see your dreams and goals come true if you break them down into action steps and then into 30-day periods.

Listen to the song “Dream Big” by Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand.  Listen at least 2-3 times. It’s a beautiful song and…well, I’m not going to say anything more about it – just listen to it and enjoy.

Then get out of your office! I’ll meet you outside!

Do you need some accountability to make sure your work on your action steps? Perhaps it’s time for a business mom

2015 Success Now: Action Step #13 – Strengthen Your Fear

kosama-toolsEvery morning at 6:10 am I attend what I consider to be a loving but kick-in-the-backside gym called Kosama.  The classes are instructor led and they have various tools they use to work us out for the grueling 50 minutes.

Without the tools or instructors nothing would happen.  No changes would be made in my life.

There are many tools you need to run a successful business.  I’m covering some of them in these 2015 Success Action Steps.

But, the most important tool you need you can’t see.  It’s your mindset.  What are you doing to strengthen your belief in yourself and what you offer to others?

It starts with facing the big bad monster of FEAR.  All those thoughts you have as you work to grow your business every day.

Thoughts like:

  • I can’t call her.  She probably doesn’t have the money to hire me.
  • Speak in front of a group?  Are you kidding?  They already know all I have to say.
  • I guess I won’t go to that networking event after all.   I don’t know who I would talk to.
  • Giving a teleclass sounds like a great idea.  But, how would I even go about doing it?
  • I should really be using a contact database system.  But, I’m not very good with the computer.  I’ll just keep throwing business cards I get in the drawer.
  • There’s no need to go out and meet prospects face to face. I’ll just spend a lot of time posting on Facebook and Twitter.
  • And so on….and so on….

I recently saw a video with Christie Love, of LeadHer.org called “Overcoming Your Fears” and she gave a great acronym for FEAR:

Forming

Excuses

Accepting

Restraints

So true.

What if you would stop accepting the excuses your fears give you?  What if you would face the imagined fears in your mind and do it anyway?  What would happen?

What are you waiting for?

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