Affirmations to Reach Your Goals

Affirmations to Reach Your Goals

  I have had a business coach, going on three years. One of the very first things she had me do was write affirmations. I had to write 15 affirmations that I would then read every day. I had been taught this before. I had even written some, but I have no idea what happened to them and I only read them while I was taking the workshop. However, this time, I was determined to give it the good ‘ole college try. I wrote them thoughtfully – really focusing on my goals and how I wanted to change my life. I put copies in various places so that I had no excuse for not reading and reciting them every day. A crazy thing happened – IT WORKED! I began seeing the positive changes I was declaring daily. I was closer to my goals and new opportunities seemed to come out of nowhere. Here are a five simple steps:   DEFINE YOUR GOALS. I separated my personal goals from my career goals to be much more focused. If you choose to combine your goals, you may want to list your personal affirmations first and then list career affirmations or vice versa. IDENTIFY THEMES. My goals could be broken into a few categories. Once I identified themes, I was able to streamline my affirmations based on those themes. WRITE AFFIRMATIONS. Looking through your themes and the corresponding goals, you will find there are certain things you need to improve or continue in order to achieve those goals. Your affirmations should be in the present tense, as if you are already doing what’s necessary, and are already where you want to be. For instance, if you want to lose weight, some affirmations may be: A) I am healthy and fit. B) I exercise every day because it makes me feel great. C) I have less stress because I work out regularly and eat nutritious meals. D) I make my health a priority by exercising daily and drinking water constantly. HANG IN A CONSPICUOUS PLACE. I have mine on my makeup table at home (yes, I have a makeup table, don’t judge) and on my monitor stand at the office. I printed them on bright colored cardstock so they cannot be missed. When others see the brightly colored list, I often get questioned. What better way to keep me in check than others reading it! READ ALOUD EVERY DAY. It is not enough just to see the list. You have to read it, take it in, and believe it. Reading it aloud will cause you to begin the transformation even quicker. When you read it with conviction, it will change you. You will see...

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5 Simple Steps to Success

5 Simple Steps to Success

  I read a ton of articles, books, blogs, posts and quotes about how to be successful. It’s something most of us want in our lives. The interesting thing, though, is that being successful is different for everyone. For some, having their children grow up to be healthy, independent, contributing members of society is a huge success. For others, they need the big house, fancy car, perfect spouse and 2.5 children to feel like they have made it. Wherever you fall in that span, I have found that in my personal life as well as my professional life, these 5 steps always make me successful. I hope they help you too.   Think Positively It is all about mindset. Are you going to allow circumstances to control you or are you going rise above them and find the positive? It is a lot harder to get yourself out of a bad situation or to come up with solutions to a challenge if you have a negative attitude. I often share that most people believe that bad can come from thinking negatively (we all know those people who constantly say they have bad luck…they actually attract bad “luck” into their lives) so why don’t we also believe that good can come from thinking positively? When bad things do happen, you will find you can get through the tough times a lot easier if you try to have a positive attitude rather than dwelling on what’s wrong with the situation.   Take Care of Yourself We have heard it a million times. We have to eat right and exercise. But why is it so important? If we don’t take care of ourselves, we start slowing down. We will get sick more often (it’s hard to be successful if we are lying on the couch). We will be prone to obesity and disease – again, it’s hard to be successful if we are spending our time and money at the doctor and on medicines to mask the problem we probably could have solved by taking care of ourselves (oops, was that out loud?). I have read studies that say you should exercise first thing in the morning and then eat a nutritious breakfast. Perhaps it matters if you are trying to tweak your routine a bit to get that leg up you’ve been looking for. Overall, I think making sure it is a lifestyle choice is most important than when you do it. With all the conveniences we have in our world today, there really is very little excuse to not eat healthy foods and exercise regularly.   Read something I love to read. If I had my way, I wouldn’t even...

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Should I Get a Pre-List Home Inspection?

Should I Get a Pre-List Home Inspection?

  I cut my teeth in real estate in a time where we told Sellers it was always a good idea to get a pre-list home inspection. It would show what was wrong with the house so they could fix those items and even be able to provide a copy to prospective buyers. But what about today? What about in a society that loves to sue and take others to court?   The pre-list inspection, in theory, is still great. Sellers just need to understand the challenges this may cause. If you get the pre-list home inspection, you will have to repair everything on that list or disclose to a Buyer anything that was found that was not fixed. “Why,” you ask? You think that since the Buyer is having their own home inspection, it will be found anyway and you can negotiate then. Well, first of all, it’s unethical not to disclose what you are aware of. Secondly, if their inspector doesn’t find it, and it is found after the close, you may find yourself in a lawsuit because you knew about it and didn’t disclose the issue.   Another take on this, is, that not all inspectors are created equal. I have had clients that have had inspectors say that the roof is really bad and needs to be replaced because of hail damage. We had a licensed roofer inspect it and the roof was actually perfectly fine. What the inspector saw on some shingles was a discoloration due to a manufacturers defect. Now, a buyer may not like that it is discolored but a Seller is not going to want to spend thousands of dollars to replace a roof that is functioning properly. So, if you get a pre-list inspection and either fix or disclose everything that is on the report and a buyer uses that in negotiations, you may be spending more than necessary if you don’t do your homework.   In my opinion, if something just hasn’t been working properly or it’s been years since your HVAC was serviced, those are items that you should go ahead and get done. Most of my clients decide not to get a pre-list home inspection because of the list of variables, loop holes, and pitfalls that could come into play. If you decide to get a pre-list home inspection, use a reputable one (try this site) and, remember, DISCLOSE, DISCLOSE, DISCLOSE – and keep yourself out of a...

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5 Tips to Get it All Done During the Holidays

5 Tips to Get it All Done During the Holidays

  It’s here again. That time of year when you have a million things to do and not enough time to do it. Whether it’s shopping, cooking, cleaning, decorating, wrapping, or kids being home from school, it seems that most of us feel the rush during this busy season. Here are five tips to follow to get it all done during the holidays. 1.Don’t try to do it all. I know. That sounds funny to be the first point of a blog talking about how to get it all done. But, here’s my point: Prioritize and pare down. I have found that if I have 10 things I think I need to get done, probably only 5 or 6 on the list are completely necessary. Do you REALLY have to get the closets cleaned out before guests arrive? If that one dish with that hard-to-find ingredient is not on the table, will it ruin the meal? If you usually have 3 Christmas trees and this year you only have time do decorate one, do you think people will be talking behind your back for years? 2.Enlist help. How many times have you told someone, “let me know if you need anything.” Well, now is the time to take people up on the offers you haven’t cashed in on. Maybe you can help your friend decorate her tree and she will help with yours the next day. You’ll get it done twice as fast and have twice the fun. If you are having a dinner party, ask each guest to bring their favorite holiday dish. You won’t have to cook as much, you’ll save money, and you’ll get to try things you may not have otherwise enjoyed. 3.Go online. I love to shop local. I love to support my community. But, you can save a lot of time either getting ideas online before going to those local shops or you can purchase items online that you wouldn’t be able to find locally or that you just don’t have time to look for. Today, you can buy pretty much anything online. You can even grocery shop while online while you are waiting at the doctor’s office and then pick it up on the way home. 4.Take advantage. If you do decide to get to the malls, use their gift-wrapping services. A lot of stores offer this service free to their customers. I know of a local church that sets up at the mall and volunteers will wrap your gifts for free. Also, some online stores will gift wrap items, typically, for a small fee. Even if it costs a small amount, it will save you time so you can get to...

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