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.

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?

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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Authenticity – Stop Trying to be Perfect!

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Perfection is the biggest killer of both creativity and productivity.  I experience this on a daily basis.  Staring at a blank page when trying to write a blog post because I want the first line to be perfect, or fiddling with filters and captions for an age, trying to make that Instagram post perfect.

The problem with this is that you lose your authenticity – what makes you individual.  You start comparing yourself to others…  In the world of social media, everybody’s life is ‘perfect’.  You rarely see a selfie of someone lying on the sofa with bed-head and zits on show – but that’s real life.

I know that when I’m making connections online, or trying to decide whether to purchase something from someone online, I’m much more attracted to people who are authentic.  When someone makes a mistake and has a laugh about it, it shows me that they are real human-beings and don’t take themselves too seriously.  One of the best examples I can think of is Erin May Henry of The May Collective.  On her YouTube videos, she regularly includes a reel of bloopers.  Not only are these funny, it makes her more relatable and as you can see by the tens of thousands of subscribers she has, it clearly works!

It’s sometimes hard to be yourself online, because you open yourself up to criticism.  If someone criticises the person you are pretending to be, it doesn’t hurt as much as if they criticise the real you – but then I could argue that if you are putting yourself out there online, you should expect criticism and develop a very thick skin – fast.

It is also extremely hard to pretend to be perfect on a long-term basis.  If your ‘perfect’ image slips, just once, you will lose all respect from any following you have built.  Being yourself is so much easier!  Allow yourself to make mistakes publicly…  Someone else might learn from your mistake and thank you for it!

There might be people out there that will absolutely hate the real you – but I guarantee, for every person who dislikes the real you, there will be someone who loves the real you.

Be you!

 

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Have Your Own ‘Miracle Morning’

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I completely believe that having a solid morning routine can change your life.  ‘But what if I’m not a morning person?’ I hear you ask…  Neither was I, until recently.  I read ‘Miracle Morning’ by Hal Elrod, which I totally recommend, by the way.  If you look forward to your morning routine, you’re more likely to want to get up earlier and without pressing that dreaded snooze button.

So, what does a ‘miracle morning’ look like?  The answer is entirely personal to you, but according to the book, you should include some meditation, exercise, journaling and learning.

To help you out, I’ve included my own ‘miracle morning’ below.

  • 5am – Rise and shine!
  • Use bathroom, brush teeth – 5 minutes
  • Make Coffee! – 5 minutes
  • Meditation/affirmations – 20 minutes
  • Freewriting in journal (brain dump!) – 5 minutes
  • Exercise (change it up so you don’t get bored) – 10 minutes
  • Reading (personal development) – 10 minutes
  • Review planner and make to-do list for the day – 5 minutes

This routine takes around an hour and takes me to 6am, when the rest of the house wakes up and I jump in the shower.  My ‘miracle morning’ is flexible and I like to change it up regularly to stop it from becoming boring.  The aim is to make your ‘miracle morning’ enjoyable and something you look forward to.

5 ‘Miracle Morning’ Top Tips 

  • Get enough sleep!  If you want to wake up at 5am, going to bed at 2am is a sure-fire way to fail.  Only you know how much sleep you need to wake up refreshed – make sure you get it.
  • Keep your ‘miracle morning’ flexible.  Life happens.
  • Don’t jump in too quickly.  Try waking up 15 minutes early for a week, then work your way to your ideal wake-up time.
  • Don’t give up!  And don’t feel bad if you miss a day or two.  Just get back to it and keep moving forward.
  • Switch it up.  Keep your routine fresh and exciting so that you look forward to jumping out of bed in the morning.

Bonus Tip: Read Hal Elrod’s Miracle Morning.

Do you have a miracle morning routine?  I love learning how other people structure their day, so please, share it below.

 

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Burn-Out and How to Avoid It

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When you’re passionate about something – especially when that something is a new business, it’s very tempting to keep working, even when you feel tired. We’ve all done it… You work through your lunch break and sometimes forget to eat all day. I’ve even forgotten to go to the toilet, then at 8pm I realise that my bladder is about to burst.

It’s not good for our bodies and it’s certainly not good for our mind. Working yourself to the bone might get you results faster, but you aren’t going to be well enough to enjoy the success. Your work will suffer and all of that extra time you put in when you weren’t looking after yourself will be wasted anyway.

Here are some of the main signs that you’re heading for burn-out and what you can do about it.

* Feeling tired and lethargic all of the time. This is a sure sign that you aren’t getting enough sleep, but also that you aren’t feeding your body the right things. You need nutritional food to get you through the day, so make sure you are eating small meals regularly throughout the day.  Five or six small meals are much better than one or two large meals. Make sure you are getting enough fruit and vegetables and if you can’t include more in your diet, take some multi-vitamins. Getting enough sleep is also extremely important. Every person needs a different amount of sleep to stay healthy, so I’m not going to tell you how many hours sleep you should have. Experiment with different amounts and see what works for you. For me, 6-7 hours’ sleep is ideal, but whatever your number, be sure you make sleep a priority. It should be just as important as that meeting you have scheduled. Get sleep in your diary!

* You get frequent headaches. This is one of my main symptoms of dehydration and is a tell-tale sign you’re not drinking enough. As with sleep, everyone needs a different amount of water to be fully hydrated, so there is no magic number. Try keeping a bottle of water with you at all times and sip from it consistently throughout the day.

* Forgetting things on a regular basis. Being forgetful and frazzled means your brain isn’t focusing properly and that is a major sign you are heading for burn-out. Take regular breaks, get plenty of sleep and drink lots of water. Taking a couple of days’ off work will do you the world of good and could be the difference between you coming back fighting strong or having a melt-down.

* Getting emotional or your mood shifting rapidly. Another major sign that you’re on the path to burn-out. My top tip for this would be to take a relaxing break. Try a warm bath with aromatherapy oils and a good book or relaxing music, then get plenty of sleep. A good remedy for this is a long walk. Try going for a walk a few times a week and your mood should level out.

Obviously, if any of these symptoms persist for more than a week or two, you should consult a doctor. These remedies are only suggestions to help you avoid burn-out and are in no way medical advice.

My best tip for avoiding the road to burn-out altogether is to plan effectively. If you plan your days in advance and keep your to-do list short and sweet, you are much less likely to get stressed or be worrying about deadlines.

Do you have any tips for avoiding burn-out? Let me know! You can leave a comment here, drop me an email, or tell me telepathically.

 

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How to Get Motivated & Be Insanely Productive

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It’s not always easy to get motivated, especially in the morning.  It’s coming to that time of the year when mornings are dark, damp and cold, and some days it’s a struggle to get out of bed.  All you want to do is curl up on the sofa and binge-watch Gossip Girl.

It can also be hard getting motivated to start a new project or do something that’s out of your comfort zone.  The most common reaction to fear is to procrastinate.  This is why I’ve compiled some of my top tips to get you motivated and then get you being insanely productive – using that motivation wisely.

Get Motivated:

* Read, listen or watch inspiring content at the start of your day. There are some amazingly inspirational people out there creating YouTube videos, podcasts, blog posts and books. Use them! I have a blog post here listing all of my favourite inspirational content by category. Check it out.

* Exercise in the morning. Listen, I have six children and I know that most people can’t fit in an hour gym session every morning… but anything is better than nothing. Do squats while you’re brushing your teeth, do as many star jumps as you can while the kettle is boiling, or stretch those calves in the shower. You’ll be surprised at the difference small but often bursts of exercise can make.

* Practice gratitude. Every day, write three things in your journal that you are grateful for.

* Visualisation. Spend at least a couple of minutes every morning visualising your dream life. What are you working towards? Actually feel yourself living that life and engage all of your senses – what does it look/smell/taste/sound/feel like?

* Review your goals and achievements. Looking back on a month and seeing how much you have achieved is the best way to get motivated. It doesn’t matter how small the achievement is… Write it down!

 

Get insanely productive and slay those goals:

* Plan your day the night before. If you wake up knowing exactly what you need to do, and in what order, you are much more likely to get them done.

* Keep your to-do list small. Try and give yourself a ‘top three’. Three things that you want to achieve that day – and if you achieve them, you can consider your day a productive one. Having a to-do list that’s never ending is one of the biggest causes of procrastination. You feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start. I have a blog post here all about creating your ‘top three’.

* Do the hardest or most uncomfortable tasks first. It’s very tempting to do all of the tasks you enjoy doing first and the hard ones get put off until another day. If you tackle those difficult tasks first, you are more likely to get through them because you are building up to the ones you enjoy.

* Reward yourself! Completed a goal? Treat yourself to a chapter of your new book, an episode of your favourite show or even just a coffee break.

* Take a break. Working yourself to the bone is only going to end in burn-out. Take regular breaks throughout the day and make sure you have at least one day a week where you switch off and take some ‘me’ time. Check out my blog post Sunday is Funday for more info on self-care.

Do you have any top tips for getting motivated and being productive? Let me know! Leave a comment, drop me an email or send a carrier pigeon.

 

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Inspiration & Motivation: My Go-To Guys

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You know those days where you’re just not feeling it..? It’s tempting to crawl back under the duvet and lounge around in your onesie all day, but that’s not going to get you anywhere, is it?

Everyone needs a little extra jolt of motivation every now and again. And with that in mind, I’ve created a special post just for you. These are my go-to guys for motivation and inspiration. You can’t fail to get inspired by any one of these content creators. Enjoy!

YouTubers:

Erin Henry – The May Collective

Aileen – Lavendaire

Alexis aka MissTrenchcoat

Malena Haas

 

Podcasts:

She Means Business – Carrie Green

Style Your Mind Podcast – Cara Alwill Leyba

The Lucky Bitch Podcast – Denise Duffield-Thomas

Achieve Your Goals – Hal Elrod

 

Books:

The Miracle Morning – Hal Elrod

She Means Business – Carrie Green

You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life – Jen Sincero

You are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth – Jen Sincero

Spirit Junkie: A Radical Road to Discovering Self-Love and Miracles – Gabrielle Bernstein

 

Please let me know what you think of my suggestions – and tell me who your go-to guys are for motivation and inspiration.

 

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