Are you ready for sweater weather? September has arrived!
Are you ready for sweater weather? September has arrived!
Affirmations for Starting a New Business
If you didn’t’ already know, I am a huge fan of affirmations and use them as part of my daily morning routine. They were especially helpful when I first started coaching. Not only did they help make major shifts in my mindset they reminded me that I have started and ran a successful business before, why should this one be any different?
If you are just starting out with affirmations, I recommend you speak the affirmations out loud for about five minutes – three times a day, morning, midday, and evening. An ideal time to do this is when you’re putting on your makeup or doing your hair so that you can look at yourself in the mirror as you repeat the positive statement. Another option that helps to reinforce the new belief and would be easy to do at work is to write out the affirmation several times in a notebook. Notice over time as you write it if your style of writing changes. This could be a clue as to how your mind perceives the new concept.
Here are a few of my favourites to get you started.
Adopt a mantra and live by it
Building your confidence is not easy. Doing it so you can magnetically attract new clients or customers is even harder. One small thing you can do is to adopt a mantra and live by it.
In the 1999 movie, “Galaxy Quest”, an entire civilization bases its core values on a cheesy TV sci-fi show from Earth. They take the series hero’s glib motto, “Never give up; never surrender” to new heights—and achieve peace within a warring society before teaming up with earthmen to defeat a supervillain.
This is what happens when you adopt a mantra, motto or slogan—and live by it.
“Never give up; never surrender” is a great motto, when you are trying to build new habits that increase your confidence.
P.S. Come on – admit it. Galaxy Quest is one of the best bad movies ever made! You love it as much as I do.
Do you already have a mantra? I’d love to hear it, leave a comment and tell me what it is!
Oh and don’t forget:
P.S. Have you joined us over at the TVS Workshop Community? If not, stop by and share your mantra with us there!
How Your Circle Affects Your Happiness
Did you know your circle of friends can play a powerful role in your happiness? I like to say we are a reflection of who we surround ourselves with. So, if you’re looking to live a positive, happy life, you’ll want to surround yourself with positive people.
Studies have shown that our friends can influence us more than our family. This controversial finding shows just how important friendship can be. However, how they influence you will depend on what type of friends you have.
If, for example, you find that your circle of friends leaves you feeling stressed or like you’re not good enough, you may need to change them! Negative friendships can be really damaging to your health and happiness. Positive friendships, on the other hand, can motivate you, make you happier and even potentially help you live longer according to some studies. Living longer with great friends equals more girl talk and wine – who doesn’t want that?
When you spend time with like-minded people, it can have numerous benefits on your health and wellbeing.
They can make you happier than money can, truly. This means, even if you struggle financially, you’ll have your friends to help pick you up. Which is great for your mental health in the long term. Spending time with positive friends helps to ease anxiety and reduce depression.
They will even help you to improve yourself as a person. Positive friends build you up and give you the motivation to become a better person.
Easier said than done, I know, but now you know how your friendships can impact your happiness. Could it be time to change your circle? If you find yourself feeling drained, stressed or unhappy after spending time with your friends then the answer is definitely yes.
You need to surround yourself with positive, happy friends. You should never feel guilty for cutting people out of your life who don’t make you happy. You only get one life to live, so why waste it with friends who make you unhappy? There are so many ways to meet new friends these days – so start by searching for those who share the same interests.
Overall, your circle of friends definitely does have an impact on your happiness. So, if yours aren’t helping you to be a happier, more confident person, now’s the time to find those who will.
Join us in our Facebook group, The Virtual Studio Workshop, and introduce yourself! Meet new, like-minded women, create new friendships and surround yourself with positivity and support!
We have all heard the saying “don’t sweat the small stuff.” right? I am sure you know that getting stressed over the little things is a significant way to bring unnecessary grief into your life. It’s believed that we can avoid a lot of negative feelings, and even health problems, simply by learning not to let the little things get to us.
I truly believe it so, here are a few things that I try, and I do mean try, to do and hope they also help you not sweat the small stuff!
When something small happens that makes you want to get angry, compare the moment’s significance to everything else going on in your own life, and in the world around you. You may have spilled your cake batter on the floor an hour before your guests are due to arrive, but… Are your friends still going to love you and enjoy the evening even if you don’t have a freshly baked cake for them? Probably, so clean up that mess and put your energy somewhere other than berating yourself for this small mistake.
When something threatens to destroy your positive outlook, remember that everyone makes mistakes. Whether it is yourself or someone else who caused the situation that right now, feels like a train wreck, keep in mind that mistakes are a normal part of life and they happen to everyone. Don’t let one bad moment take you by surprise.
It can be hard to forgive someone else when it feels like they have brought you extra work and stress. If someone rear-ends your vehicle or swings their car door open far enough to bang into yours, you may be tempted to lash out at them verbally. However, stop and think about how it would feel if the roles were reversed. I am pretty sure these types of things are not done on purpose, so don’t act and feel as though you have never made a mistake. React with kindness and choose empathy.
Forgiving others, for the most part, is easy. Forgiving ourselves – not so much. There are many moments that we treat ourselves worse than we would ever allow a friend, client or even a stranger to treat us.
When you are having a difficult time forgiving yourself, think of how you would handle a similar mistake made by a team member friend. Stop and think before bullying yourself, and consider seeking professional help if you can’t stop a cascade of negative thoughts every time you fall short of perfection.
A perfect example would be when a team member falls ill, do you tell them to stay home, rest and get better? I am sure you do! Then why do you push yourself to work when you fall ill? If you are anything like me, you would power through and rest after work is done for the day. It wasn’t until after I started seeing a counselor that I realized that I was not able to treat myself with kindness and forgive myself for the littlest of things.
We all have problems, and usually, at that moment, any problem seems big. Perception is not always the truth, though, and it is up to us to put our situation into perspective so that we can adequately deal with whatever comes our way.
When something negative happens in your life, ask yourself if it will matter in ten years. If it won’t, let it go. Heck, I sometimes ask if I will even remember in 10 days! So, if someone gives you the middle finger in traffic, don’t lose your cool, it’s just not worth it. Save your emotions for things that are life-changing and deserve your full attention. Laugh it off and move on.
I guess, in short, when something goes wrong, you have two choices. You can slip into a range of emotions, or let it go. Making the choice not to sweat the small stuff will bring you life-changing happiness, and you will be thankful for your own shift in perspective.
Now, I’d love to hear from you. What are some of the things that you practice and suggest for others to do, to help not sweat the small stuff?
Affirmations For Business Success
I am a huge fan of affirmations and use them as part of my daily morning routine – not only do they help make major shifts in your mindset they also serve as prompts and daily reminders on what you are truly capable of.
They help ensure you have an amazing and successful day, every day. Personally, every morning before I get out of bed, I read 3 affirmations. Each affirmation is said 5 times then followed by:
Ideally, your affirmations should be the first thing you think of when you wake up and the last before you go to sleep. Here are a few of my favourites!
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