Quick Tips to Instantly Improve your Mindset

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It’s impossible to be happy and positive 100% of the time.  There is so much content out there on social media, shaming people for feeling negative or down, but this is a part of life.  Everybody has their ups and downs!

One thing you can do, though, is when you notice you are feeling sad or having negative thoughts, you can change them.  It’s important to feel your feelings, so let yourself feel sad and notice the negative thoughts, but don’t wallow in them.

Arm yourself with the tools to overcome and change those feelings.  Below, I have listed some of my favourite ways to improve my mindset quickly.  Try a few and let me know how you get on!

Curate your social media:  When you scroll through your feed, notice any posts or accounts that bring up negative feelings – then unfollow.  When I scroll through my Instagram feed, I feel uplifted and inspired.  This is because I have curated my feed by only following people/accounts that light me up and that I connect with.

Have a creative day:  When was the last time you took a day off and did something creative?  Try colouring, drawing, crafting, baking or even something fun like trampolining or going to a theme park.  Do something that inspires you and brings out the child-like creative in you.

Meditate:  Meditation doesn’t always have to be sitting crossed-legged on the floor in silence.  One of my favourite ways to meditate is what I call my shower visualisation.  When you take your morning shower, imagine the water is positive energy, and it is washing all of the bad energy and negative vibes from your body and replacing them with a golden light of power and good vibes.  Think about what feelings you want to embody for the day and imagine the water is pouring those feelings into your soul.

Use essential oils:  This is a simple way to clear your mind and feel good.  My favourite oils to use at the moment are lavender, sandalwood, cedar, eucalyptus and jasmine.  Experiment with your own blends to find your favourites.  I either diffuse my oils or use them in a roller to apply to my pulse points for a quick boost throughout the day.

Journal:  I can’t stress the benefits of journalling enough.  Try writing a page of things you want to release or get out of your head, then write a page of what you want to invite into your life and watch how your mindset changes.

Get out of your head and into your body:  When you’re absorbed in negative thought patterns, it will show in your body.  For example, when feeling anxious, your body can become tense and stiff.  Try doing some gentle stretching or exercise such as yoga or walking.  If you have a lot of pent-up energy, do some high intensity cardio and release!

Please feel free to add your own mindset tools in the comments below, and don’t forget to let me know how you get on.

jennifer

How To Sync With Your Energy Cycles

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Our bodies have natural energy cycles, and when we tune into those cycles and work with them instead of against them, things feel easier.  You can get into flow more easily.  Have you ever completed a task one day and it feel simple and quick, but another day the same task feels like wading through mud?  That’s because you’re fighting against your natural energy cycles.  That’s why working night shifts takes years off your life – because it’s your body’s natural instinct to sleep during the night and be awake during the day, so you are constantly fighting those natural rhythms.

There are a lot of factors that can effect your energy cycles – your menstrual cycle, the lunar cycle, illness, mindset/mood, seasons…  The trick is to get to know your own energy cycles well so that you can notice when and what is putting you off-kilter.

For a week, try tracking your energy levels throughout the day.  I know that my mental energy is at a peak during 9am-3pm, and my physical energy is at a peak during 3pm-7pm, so I plan any work or writing that requires my full mental focus in the first half of the day and any physical activity, for example going to the gym or housework, in the latter half of the day.  In doing this, I am syncing with my own energy cycles and making things easier for myself.

Once you get to know your day-to-day energy cycles, you can take it to the next level and track your energy levels throughout the month – during your menstrual cycle or lunar cycle.  I know that during a full moon I become lethargic and emotional, so I don’t plan anything but self-care for around that time, and my energy levels peak around day 7 of my menstrual cycle, so anything big that requires a lot of energy will get done during that time.

Everyone’s energy cycles will be different – the most important thing is to get to know your own and work with it, instead of against it.  Let me know how you get on tracking your own energy cycles!

Until next time,

jennifer

Intuition Vs Gut Instinct

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Many people think that your intuition is that first, initial reaction you get – your gut instinct – and although your gut instinct will guide you well and keep you safe, this is not your intuition communicating with you.

Your gut instinct is your body’s learned response to situations based on past experience (read that again).

If you really want to make massive shifts in your life, you need to make more decisions based on what your intuition is telling you, rather than your gut instinct.

In order to tap into your intuition, you need to get still and quiet, and most importantly, aware.  That one thing that keeps popping up over and over again… That’s your intuition!  Journalling is a good way of listening to your intuition – read your past entries and look for patterns and repeating thoughts.

Distinguishing the difference between your gut instinct and your intuition will help you start making decisions in your life and business based on confidence rather than fear.  This is when you will notice the shift.

Tell me your favourite way of tapping into your intuition and how it has helped you in your life or business.

jennifer

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Mini-Moments to Boost Your Happiness

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A mini-moment is a tiny spot of time dedicated to lifting your mood and raising your vibration.  Think of it as a mini sanctuary in your brain that you can nip in and out of throughout the day.  All you need is one minute, but you can make your mini-moments last as long as you want, and do them as often as you like.

Having a mini-moment has so many benefits: reduced heart rate and blood pressure; an energy boost; clear thinking and focus; a deeper connection to your intuition; a calmer state of mind, and raised vibration, just to name a few.

Examples of a mini-moment include: having a chat with a friend (a positive one); listening to an uplifting podcast; reading a page or chapter of a book, and my favourite for when you are short on time, concentrating on your breath for one minute.

When you concentrate on your breath, you become very present in the moment, and it’s like having a mini meditation.  Don’t try to alter your breath – just notice it and keep bringing your mind back to it.  You can use an app for this, if you’d prefer.  I use the app Calm because it has a guided meditation for this and you can let it run for as many minutes as you have or need.

I have created a free printout for you on the Resources Page with lots of mini-moments for you to try.  Let me know how you get on and I’d love to know what your favourite mini-moment is!

I am currently creating a brand new Masterclass for you, and I’m so excited because I am gifting this Masterclass to all of my email subscribers for free!  If you want to find out more and be eligible for this amazing offer, all you have to do is subscribe to my email list.

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Intentional Journalling

I have kept a journal for over twenty years now, but more recently, I’ve stepped up my game and I now practice intentional journalling on a daily basis.

Intentional journalling is more than documenting your day. It’s asking yourself particular questions in order to grow, become more intuitive and even manifest your dreams. This is different from free-writing and diary writing. With intentional journalling, you start with a question, and by tapping into your higher-self and listening to your intuition, you answer that question.

It can be beneficial to meditate before you write in your journal. You can ask your spirit guides for the answer, or you can just get centred and focus on your breathing. I have outlined my morning journalling routine below so you can get an idea:

  • Start with a question or prompt in mind
  • Sit comfortably, with your journal to hand, and close your eyes
  • Focus on the question/prompt you have chosen
  • What emotions does that question/prompt bring up?
  • Why do you think you feel this way?
  • If you like, ask your spirit guides or the Universe for guidance
  • Then, when you’re ready, open your eyes and write.

I always like to end the session with another meditation, thanking the Universe for guidance and writing three things I am grateful for in my journal. Ending the session with gratitude invites amazing vibes into your day and always lifts my mood.

I have created a free worksheet for you, full of intentional journalling prompts to help you get started. This is now on the new Resources page. I am putting a lot of work into creating new, free resources for you, so please keep checking the page for the new additions.

The Secret to Productivity…

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Today, I want to share with you the secret to productivity.  ‘There’s a secret?’ I hear you ask…  As a productivity coach, I am always studying new ways of being productive – you name them, I’ve tried them – and by listening to other people and how they become more productive, I have discovered that there are two very simple things that every super-productive person has in common.

The first is that they LOVE what they do.  Every single super-productive person I know would do what they do for free.  They do it without any expectation of people seeing the work, and without any expectation of making money from it.  They do it purely because they love it.

When you show up to your work with love and enthusiasm, and have fun doing it, it makes sense that you will get more work done.  Not only will you get more work done and be more productive, your work will also be of a much better standard.  Gabby Bernstein says ‘The way you can get into that action is by taking away the expectation.  It’s so simple.  It’s so fun and effortless and joyful to do without expectation.’

The second simple thing that every super-productive person has in common is that they DO without thinking.  They don’t sit there and think about what they are going to do, they just do it!  I heard Erin May Henry answer a question on one of her Instagram Lives the other day, which summed this up perfectly.  Erin May Henry is one of the most productive entrepreneurs I have ever seen.  She pumps out content like a machine!  One of her followers asked her how she creates so much content, and her answer blew me away.  She said, ‘I don’t think about it, I just do it.’

If you want to become more productive in your life, your business, your writing, remember – LOVE what you do.  Show up with joy and enthusiasm and do it without any expectations, and don’t sit there thinking about it – Just Do It!

 

Making Time for Learning

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Why is it so important to make time for learning?  No matter what industry you work in, things change, sometimes rapidly, and in order for you to stay on top of your game in business, you need to be in the loop.

Another reason why it’s important to constantly be working on personal or professional development is to keep your content fresh and inspiring.  I call it the learn and teach cycle…  This is my way of making sure that I never run out of ideas for content, and more importantly so that my audience doesn’t get bored of the same old content.  I make time in my week to learn something new, and once I feel confident that I understand what I have learnt, I will put it into practice and then teach it to my audience.  This is a never ending cycle for me of learning and teaching, and it is the best way I have found to ensure that I always have something valuable to say to my audience.

Lastly, the most important reason to make time for learning, is to challenge yourself!  Do you ever get those days where you feel stagnant and you find yourself putting out the same old content just for the sake of it?  Try setting some time aside to learn something new and watch your inspiration and motivation levels rise.

There are so many ways that you can learn something new to help yourself, your business or your clients.  Here are some of my favourite ways:

  • Take a class/course
  • Read a book
  • Consume online content – YouTube videos, Instagram Stories, Facebook Lives, Blog Posts, etc.
  • Invest in a coach
  • Attend events in your area
  • Chat to other people in your industry or in the industry you want to learn more about.

Tell me, what are your favourite ways of learning and why?

Refresh Your Routine

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Our lives change so much over short periods of time, so it makes sense that our daily routines should be changed often too.  Sometimes just one simple change can make such a massive difference.

I moved house a couple of weeks ago, and as a result I thought it would be the perfect time to start afresh with my daily routine.  So, I wrote down my old routine and assessed what was working and what wasn’t working anymore.  It turns out that pretty much the whole routine wasn’t working, and as a productivity geek, I could be way more productive with my time.  I always get that butterflies in the belly excitement when I realise new ways to be productive.

Instead of trying to overhaul my entire day at once, I started small – with my morning routine.  I’ve been trying to make myself a morning person for the past year, waking up at earlier times than my body is comfortable with and forcing myself to work when I actually don’t feel like working.

I’ve always been a night owl, and I work best in the evening and at night.  In the mornings I love to read, journal or get inspiration and knowledge while I have my coffee.  For the past year I’ve been fighting that because everywhere you look you get told that the wealthiest, most successful entrepreneurs get up at 5am every morning and do a bit of yoga before jumping straight into work.  That’s bullshit.  I’m calling that out right now.

You will be more successful and happy when you are doing what feels right for you and when you are enjoying the process.  Those people that get up at 5am every morning and thrive, are thriving because that’s what feels right for them.  If it doesn’t work for you – don’t do it!

Instead of setting my alarm for 5am every morning, I’ve started getting up at 8am.  I have a quick shower and get myself ready, then I spend around thirty minutes reading, listening to a podcast or watching YouTube videos from my favourite inspirational people while I have my coffee.

By 9.30am, I am sat at my desk working…  And this way of working feels good for me.  My body feels more in-tune with this way of working, and instead of panicking about my morning, I’m looking forward to it.

I must add that I don’t do the morning school-run, and I know that plenty of mums do.  I’m lucky that my partner works nights, so he does the morning school-run when he gets home from work, while I do the school pick-up in the afternoon.  This allows me more flexibility when it comes to my morning routine.  If you have less time in the mornings, then the simple answer is to schedule less to do in the mornings.

Find what works best for you and make tweaks to your routine over time.  Don’t do something just because you’ve heard that you have to in order to be successful.  Only do what feels right for you and you’ll be well on your way to happier and more productive days.

I’m currently working on a productivity masterclass, which will be launching in January 2019, so if you feel like you need a productivity boost or some help sorting out your time management, watch this space!  You can sign up for my newsletter below or follow me on Instagram to get all of the latest news from Dream Plan Achieve (and some free goodies!).

 

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Podcast Ep.6: Be a Boss and Still Be a Badass Mama

 

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In this episode of the Dream Plan Achieve Podcast, I’m talking all about how you can be boss and still be a badass mama.  What does it take to juggle building and running your business with family life?  Hint: Planning…

This episode has come at the perfect time for me.  I have just given birth to my seventh baby, and after 12 weeks of maternity leave, I am back to work.  I have to juggle my business, creating the new Ultimate Boss Mum Masterclass, school dates, baby appointments, family time and studying (I study Forensic Psychology).

The only way I get anything done is by planning my week with precision.  I love to use time blocking and I touch on this in this episode.  I find that when I group similar tasks together, I am able to focus more and ultimately be more productive.

Let me know how you plan your time, and if you have any pictures of your planner make sure you send them to me!  I hope you enjoy this episode.

 

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Morning Affirmations

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Affirmations are basically little notes to yourself. You can use affirmations to remind yourself how great you are, be grateful for certain things in your life and set intentions for the rest of your day.

In my experience, when I set good intentions at the start of the day, my day flows better and I’m more focused and aware of what I’m doing. Setting intentions or going through your morning affirmations doesn’t have to take up a huge chunk of your morning routine. Just a minute or two is enough – whether you’re writing out your intentions in your journal, or just saying them to yourself out loud, or in your head.

I’ve created a worksheet for you, which includes some of my favourite affirmations and space for you to create your own. To help you out, here’s some examples of how you can start your affirmations:

  • Today, I am…
  • I am grateful for…
  • I am ready to…
  • I feel…
  • Today, I will consciously create…
  • I am mindful of…

Commit to your morning affirmations for a week and see how it effects the rest of your day. And don’t forget to let me know how it went!

 

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