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I don’t believe in second chances

It’s *Think it Thursday* and I don’t believe in second chances…

At least I don’t believe it ends there.

You may have set a goal for 2018. And you may already feel that you’re failing.

Or the fear that you will fail might be lingering in the back of your mind.

That doubt and fear, is the worst. And when we fear we won’t make it, we usually don’t.

It’s not so much the fear of failing this time that’s the issue. It’s the fear that we’ll never succeed at all.

Imagine for a minute…

Think about a lofty goal that you have.

What if you knew, without a doubt, that you’d achieve it.

What if a crystal ball revealed it, and you knew it would happen.

How much different would your experience of failure be then?

If you overate today, you wouldn’t stay stuck in defeat. You would know it was just a set back and you’d keep going.

If you yelled at your kids (again), you could assure yourself that you would get better and to keep trying.

If you went over budget because you forgot to account for that one thing- it wouldn’t be the end of the world. You would know you were learning. And for sure, you would get there.

Where are you falling short of your expectations and what would be different if you knew you would get there? How can you instill that hope and willingness to persevere?

The magic of becoming better is that you always get more than just a second chance. You have a lifetime to get there.

Commit.

Don’t quit.

And you’ll get there.

Have a great day, one thought at a time!
-Molly Claire

Calendaring

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The entrepreneurial spirit often comes with passion, excitement, big ideas, and ADHD.

It’s true.

We all have some level of distractibility. No matter where you stand, today’s post is a quick and easy reminder about effective calendaring.

It’s nothing new or revolutionary, but it works.

When you have a project to complete, do this:

  1. Write down every detail that needs to be completed. (No, really – everything. Separate each task.)
  2. Write down the exact amount of time you will spend on each part of the task. Do your best to guess. Remember that if you give yourself an hour to do something, it will take an hour. If you give yourself “all day…” it will take all day.
  3. Calendar in each part of the project, like an appointment. An appointment has a beginning and an end. It requires us to commit.
  4. Follow your calendar.

Big projects are usually overwhelming because of how “big” they seem in our mind. When we get mathematical about it, that’s when we move closer to our goals.

Feeling overwhelmed? Too much to do, too little time?

Calendar. Do the math. Set appointments. Make it happen.

Have a great week!

-Molly Claire

Increasing Focus: Create a Container

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It’s time for *Mindset Monday*

 

Learning to increase focus is one of the best skills we can acquire.  Focus will not just “happen” to us.  There are a lot of ways we can increase our ability to focus and one of my favorite tools is to “create a container.”

When you are up against a deadline it’s easy to focus.  You have one thing you are focusing on and there is no other option than to get it done.

A lot of people say, “I work better when I’m up against a deadline.”

The reason for that is simple, a “container” has been created.

There is no option to do anything else.

There is a specific end time that we are committed to.

There is one project we are doing.

We are within a task and time container and we don’t allow ourselves the option of doing anything else. 

We can create this same type of container as we manage our time and projects, rather than allowing them to manage us.

Determine a time frame for you projects and schedule them like an appointment.  Decide the start time, end time, and make it happen.  Creating containers for your projects will allow you so much freedom.

You work within your containers, and live your life the rest of the time.  Sounds good, right?

Make it a great week!

-Molly