Time Management Tip: Find Time For What Is Important

Time Management Tip: Find Time For What Is ImportantWe’ve all heard the saying “I don’t find time to (fill in the blank), I make the time. I would agree that if we really want to succeed at something, we have to make it a priority. But I also think we can find time to do what is important to us.

Today I had 15 minutes in between Coura‘s swim lesson and when I had to go into the gym to teach a class. I could have done anything with those 15 minutes. I could have relaxed in my car, checked my email, texted a friend, read a book, jumped on social media, eaten a snack, watched part of a show on my phone, made a list, looked at my planner, etc. We all have countless things we can do each and every day, our lists are never ever done!!

But exercise is a priority for me so I decided to get out of the car, put Coura in the stroller, and run a mile! I found a small amount of time in my day so I used it for what was most important to me at that time.

If it was the previous day where I only slept 4 hours that night, I may have opted for a quick nap. If it was the day before that when rent was due and I had to borrow from my savings, I may have used that time for income earning activities. If it were the day before that one, I may have opted for relaxing on social media because I had already run 10 miles that day!

We all have a few minutes here and there during our day that are wasted because it doesn’t seem like enough time to really accomplish anything.

I 100% disagree. For those of you who know me, you know baby steps are how I do everything and all my life successes have been built on small seemingly insignificant actions that have built up over time and resulted in big amazing results!!!

For most people, these small pockets of time are wasted because by the time you decide what to do in that 10, 15, 20 minute period, it’s over. Or we think we can’t accomplish anything so we do something meaningless just to pass the time instead of something planned or executed toward a bigger goal or purpose.

So how do we get on the right track?

Here is what I do:

  1. Know your priorities for the day/week/month/year (whatever time frame you are comfortable with)
  2. Keep a running list of activities that can be done in small pockets of time
  3. When you find an opening, no matter how small, plug in one of those activities!!

Right now I am training for an Ironman triathlon. This was a last minute decision a month ago (that’s last minute when endurance training is involved) so my training plan was to get a certain amount of hours in the pool, on the bike, and on my feet per week leading up the week before the race and then to taper. And it didn’t matter how I got them in!

I would park a quarter mile from the grocery store and walk every isle while shopping to get in a mile walk during a trip to the store. I would jump on the bike at the gym for 5 minutes before teaching a fitness class and go over my playlist instead of doing it sitting in the aerobics room. I would swim an extra 200 yards after my usual swim and skip my shower after.

While Coura was napping I would jump on my bike already set up on my trainer in the basement and I would ride for as long as I could until she woke up.

And of course I would make my “Total Body Conditioning” classes do running drills (today we did high knees, skips, butt kickers, side cross run, and backwards running) for a total of 15 minutes. I would take extra trips up and down the stairs when cleaning and doing laundry (bringing a couple clothes up at a time) to get in a few miles of stair climbing throughout the week!! And then while we are watching tv at night with the fam I use the time to foam roll, stretch, and massage my legs.

With all these little “found” segments of time, I amazingly got in 27 hours of training last week! I will add here that I woke up at 4am one morning to bike for 2 hours, my mom watched the baby one afternoon/evening so I could bike for 5 hours, and I ran a marathon plus walked 2 miles one of the days, but the majority of those other hours were less than 30 minute time blocks added up over the 7 days.

If your thing isn’t exercising, you can apply this to other areas of your life! Relationships, finances, personal growth, projects, cleaning, simplifying, etc.

If you have a book you wanted to read, carry it with you! Read 3 pages each time you go to the bathroom! Wake up 10 minutes earlier and read. Read while you’re waiting in the pick-up lane at your kids school. Read while you’re pumping gas. Read while your noodles are boiling. Read waiting in line at the post office or grocery store. Read while your kid is at soccer practice. Read while your oil is getting changed. Ask your spouse or kid to drive to your destination and read! You will have you book done in no time at all!!

Find and treasure these small windows of time to do what is important to you.

Time is our most precious resource. And we have 100% control on how we choose to spend our time. Use it to move your life in the direction you want it to go, use it to do what is going to make your life the very best it can be!!

I would love to hear how you are fitting it all in! I am constantly working toward optimal time management!

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Nothing Changes if Nothing Changes

I started this blog 5 years ago in July because I wanted to connect with people with similar interests, issues, and lifestyles. In my personal life, writing helps me figure my stuff out, clear my mind, and become a better version of myself.

On a biz level, many of my clients and customers constantly ask me the same questions so I want to have something to refer them to instead of just answering the same questions over and over again. I also just love to write.

It’s fun for me! And after all, I’m working toward more fun in my life, one of the reasons I added “fun” to food, fitness, finance, and fun!

When I first started, I was writing 2 blog posts a week. I was super excited to get it up and running. That soon became 1 post a week since I had 900 other things I love to do in my life and I had to create a little balance to keep them all in it!!

There have been a couple weeks where I have missed writing, but not many!!

And then Coura was born!!

I started writing less and less and I just looked this morning and it’s been over 3 months since I’ve written a blog post!

It would be so easy to blame the baby! After all, all moms know how much work it is to take care of another human, especially a tiny one that needs you to survive! It barely leaves time to take care of you, much less anything extra!

But I can’t blame the baby. I have time and energy for the things that are important to me, and lately I haven’t made the time (or energy) to write.

I’ve thought about writing almost every day. I’ve even jotted down ideas of what to write about. I’ve scheduled it, put it on my to-do list, and started and re-started writing streaks. But I just haven’t been able to bring myself to write!
Writers block? No time? No energy? No peace and quiet? None of the above!

To be honest the reason I haven’t been writing is because I feel like I have nothing to say. I have let my life and my dreams and my goals and my thirst for growth slip a little bit and I feel unworthy of sharing my life when I’m not working on bettering it.

I’ve always believed that I have the right to have issues or complain or sulk or bitch only about things I can change and only about things I am working to change. Lately everything I don’t want in my life I am allowing and I feel like I’ve put my journey to create my ideal life on hold. So why would anyone want to hear from someone who is powerless in her own life?

I have so many opportunities to listen to and read great personal growth books but I choose to spend my time watching Grey’s Anatomy (no offense to Meredith and the gang, I’m a huge fan) and the Voice (awesomely uplifting show).

I also have time in the mornings and evening to work on my bizes and work toward my ideal life, but typically do a lot of nothing or piddly activities that I feel are wasting my life away.

I need to make some changes, I want to make some changes, so I thought I would start with writing it all down!

Putting out to the universe that I am finally ready to get my shit together and work toward something bigger and better than what I am giving myself now.

I have no idea what all this even means or what I am even writing about! I just know I needed to start and do something and this is it!!

“Nothing changes if nothing changes” has always been a quote I believe in and has a lot of power and meaning for me. If you want something different, you need to do something different!

Start small, baby steps! Pick something you want to change in your life and start today doing one thing differently.

Drink water when you wake up, park far away from your office and walk, wake up 15 minutes earlier, go to bed 30 minutes earlier, cancel one of your subscriptions you don’t use, go through your closet and toss a few things, tell your friends how much you love them, eat fruit for breakfast, turn off the tv one night a week, eat more veggies, write down your goals, walk the dog longer, find a success partner, reach out to an old friend, meditate, join a gym, sign up for a 5k, eat out less, get outside more, share your story, challenge yourself daily, get uncomfortable, read 10 pages of a book every day, watch an inspirational YouTube video, plan your dream vaca, write down your goals, make a bucket list, eat less sugar, love yourself more, spend less on material things, have more adventures, breathe deeper, love harder, be more you!

Ok! I have my to-do list for the day 😂!!

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Keep It Simple!

Keep It SimpleI am constantly working toward simplifying my life. I love decluttering, organizing, and coming up with systems to help make things easier for me. With a baby girl arriving in the next 6 weeks, I am working double-time to simplify, as I know babies are time consuming and can complicate life more than it already is.

One of the things I am working on is my lists. I have several businesses and income streams and most require me to do activities every single day. In the past I have made a list of every single thing I need to do each and every day to move toward my ideal life! Since I am an optimist, I make my lists with enthusiasm and the very best of intentions. I double check it, organize it, and print it out, ready to start the very next day!

Day 1: I do 80% of the activities – I am motivated and fired up and make extra time to move toward my ideal life!!

Day 2: I do 60% of the activities – a couple things come up but I’m still able to get stuff done!

Day 3: I do 50% of my list – I got behind on a couple other things I needed to do, plus at some point I have to sleep and eat and shower!

Day 4: I do 30% of my list – I’m a little overwhelmed and stayed up late the night before. I feel like I need to catch up from day 2 and 3 slacking and the overwhelm is paralyzing.
Day 5: I do 1% of my list – I do the one thing on my list that is the easiest and most enjoyable. It’s been a long week and I am ready to veg.

Day 6: Feel like a failure, yell at myself, get so annoyed with my undisciplined being that I eat too much and sleep too little AND get nothing productive done. I go to bed feeling like crap!

Day 7: Get my shit together, print out a new list, and am super excited to start fresh tomorrow!!

REPEAT! FOREVER! EXHAUSTING!!!

This has been my life for the past 10 years. Seriously! I keep telling myself these lists would make my life more simple, I just have to make the time to do everything on them each and every day.

Last week my friend and mentor, Tara, brought to my attention that I am setting myself up to fail every single day. Wow! That sounds depressing! It’s like loading your house with cookies and chips and then getting mad at yourself for eating cookies and chips.

There has got to be a better way!

So this month I am doing TWO new (different) things…

My list will have “only” 11 things a day ranked in order of importance.

I will pre-schedule ALL activities into my calendar each day. Starting with #1. When I run out of time, I stop scheduling. If time “appears”, I can add in the next activity, if not, no biggie.

I got up early this morning and made my lists. Put them in my spreadsheet. Printed them out! I will schedule them all in this weekend and then start my new system Monday!
I am hopeful!

I would love to hear what systems work for you in your life with scheduling, time-management, working from home, and raising a baby! I am open to anything that makes my life and myself better!

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Streak With Me: Writing

Streak With Me: Writing ... Every month for the past 3 years I have been doing a “streak”. A streak is a daily activity I do for a certain amount of days to move me toward a healthy habit or something I want in my life. Every month for the past 3 years I have been doing a “streak”. A streak is a daily activity I do for a certain amount of days to move me toward a healthy habit or something I want in my life. Last year I started invited others to join me. I wanted to introduce them to this “baby steps” approach to life that has worked so well for me.

So each month I make a facebook event and invite all my social media peeps to join me in streaking!

The great thing about this challenge is that each individual gets to decide what he/she wants to streak. It can be something in the fitness or nutritional world (like run a mile or drink a gallon of water) or it can be something completely unrelated (like flossing or telling your kids how much you love them).

I have done several different streaks involving all areas of my life.

This month I am doing a writing streak. I have tried this streak several times over the past couple years, and the longest I have gone is 6 days. The week days are very easy for me to schedule things in, but my weekend plans are all over the place and I typically just forget to continue the streak since it’s not quite a habit for me yet.

This time around I decided to shorten my minimum. The first time I attempted this streak, I chose a minimum of 30 minutes. The second time, I tried for 15 minute minimum. The next, 10. This time (after several fails) I decided to go for something there is NO excuse for not completing…5 minutes of writing a day!

Some people would say “what’s the point of writing 5 minutes a day?” It all adds up, baby steps, building good habits, doing small easy tasks each and every day to move toward a bigger goal and ultimately to the life of your dream. That’s the point!

I’m on day 4. So far so good! Got through the first weekend of the month. Today’s streak was writing this post about my writing streak! #multitasking

I lead a “streaking” challenge every month. It’s more fun to streak with friends! What would you streak? What could you change in your daily routine that will make a huge difference in your life over time?

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Time Management For Dummies

Time Management For DummiesIf you are like me, you have a hard time getting everything you want done in a day, week, month, year! In fact, it’s not even a “hard time” it’s more like IMPOSSIBLE!

I get frustrated because there is so much I want to do in my lifetime, and try as I might, I can’t seem to find a way to add hours to my 24 hour day. And unfortunately for me, my body needs tons of sleep to function properly, so giving up sleep to get more done is counter-productive for me. Boo!

Since I can’t find extra hours, I have learned a way to make the most of the time I do have, and I have developed a simple monthly process I use to fit in as much as I possibly can. Like anything, it takes practice to get this down, but after a couple months, this will be a quick, easy, painless, and mega beneficial process to help you make the most of the time you have.

Here’s what to do…

  1. Make a list all the goals or things you want to accomplish for the following month
  2. For each goal, list all the activities it will take to reach that goal
  3. Schedule first all the time sensitive activities into your calendar
  4. Schedule second all the highest priority activities into your calendar
  5. Fill in the remainder of your calendar with the other activities
  6. If you have way too many activities and not enough time, go back to your goals and rank them on importance
  7. Repeat until you can schedule all your activities into your calendar

If you still can’t fit everything in, you need to make some decisions about what is most important to you.

Unfortunately we all only have so much time and typically have way more things we want to add into our lives. Is there something you can take out that you don’t love? That isn’t serving you anymore?

PRACTICE! Like anything this takes practice! It may be months before you can actually get everything you want into your schedule!

Be patient and forgiving. You WILL mess up! It WILL be frustrating! It’s OK! Stick with the process and the results will come!

This is a great time of year to start working on this to make it a habit. I love when we have a new month AND a new year to start working toward creating our life instead of letting our life just “happen”.

Please reach out if you want help with this process. I have helped hundreds of people with this over the years.
We are all in this together! It’s not easy, but it’s worth it! email me!

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My Newest New Biz … Purium

My Newest New Biz...  So today I started a new business. For those of you who have known me over the past 20 years, this comes as no surprise at all. So today I started a new business. For those of you who have known me over the past 20 years, this comes as no surprise at all. I am constantly starting a new business or creating new business or making up something that I’m going to do for work that will fit in with my current lifestyle.

I’m sure some people think of this as indecisive, flighty, impulsive, or crazy, but I think of it as my interests are always changing my focus is ever-evolving, and I’m constantly fine-tuning my life and discovering what I want to be when I grow up.

I used to be embarrassed when I started a new business. I would take a few days (or weeks) before I would share it with my friends and family. I would try to figure out the right words to say or make a point not to say it’s a new business, but maybe more like a hobby or something I’m going to help promote or something I’m getting into.

Not anymore!

I’m proud of my decisions, ALL of them!

I’m proud of all the new adventures I decide to pursue.

Starting businesses and coming up with new ideas as a lifestyle entrepreneur has become a part of who I am as a person. I’m at the point in my life, where if somebody doesn’t support me in any decision I make, I really don’t need them in my life. So I’m not afraid to share when I make changes in my life, because I know the people who truly love me trust that I have a reason for doing what I do.

Now I will admit that the majority of my ideas never really come to fruition, and the majority of the businesses I start I quit or they fail, but to me that doesn’t matter. To me what matters is that I’m constantly learning about myself and what I want so that I can live my passions and move toward my ideal life every single day.

My definition of success is waking up every single morning with the choice of what I want to do. My idea of success is to get to choose. I’m constantly looking for new ways to help make that happen.

Over the past two years I’ve become increasingly passionate about being a plant-based athlete and living a truly vegan lifestyle.

The company that I just became a rep for is also passionate about health and wellness, the majority of their products are vegan and gluten-free, and are high quality products that I am already using in my life.
The company is called Purium and it’s a nutritional company. Their vision is in line with mine:

Our vision is to heal the world.
It starts with cleaning up our food system.
It includes expanding financial opportunity through the free enterprise system.
And it’s grounded in a community of caring people who set out to make a difference every day.

AWESOME RIGHT???!!!

The one product that I’ve been using for the past couple months is a product called “Can’t Beet This”. It is a beet powder with added herbs and superfoods. I’ve been mixing it with my Beachbody Performance Energize electrolyte powder and it’s what I’ve been racing and training with over the last two months.

I just got finished with one of the biggest and best races of my life at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. I’m looking forward to next season to see what I can do as I fine-tune my diet, supplements, and wellness, all of which I’ve been working on over the last 10 years. I’m learning more about myself, more about what my body wants and needs, and I’m really excited to see how to incorporate these products into my racing, training, and my overall health.

If you want to check out any of these products, you can find them at https://ishoppurium.com. Use my code “vegandivakir” to order anything. If you end up ordering at least $75 in product, with the same code, you will instantly get $50 off your order. #promo

Reach out with any questions you have! I just ordered probiotics, chlorella, spirulina, tart cherry, aloe vera, and of course more beet powder!

So for those of you think I’m crazy, I may be, but I love myself so it’s no biggie!!

But for those of you think I’m adventurous, or brave, or passionate, THANK YOU!!!! It’s not always easy to start something new. It’s not easy to go outside your comfort zone and put yourself out there to be judged or criticized. One of my words for 2017 is BRAVERY, so I’m being brave!

And for those of you who want to start something new but are afraid, be brave, just do it, and own your decision. Don’t ever let anyone make you feel bad about doing something you truly believe in.

If you want to start this new adventure with me, message, email, or text me. And we’ll figure this whole thing out together.

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Haters Gonna Hate

Haters Gonna Hate! Years ago, I would have reacted the same exact way after reading my story on GoFundMe... basically, since I was unhappy with myself and my life, everyone else’s life annoyed me.“People will love you. People will hate you. And none of it will have anything to do with you.”
– Abraham Hicks

This is one of my fave quotes. I didn’t used to believe it, I’m so glad I do now!

Today I got three “hate” emails from people I don’t know regarding my “GoFundMe” campaign I set up to help me get to Kona, HI for the Ironman World Championships.

I was surprised at first when I read the emails because I didn’t know women my age actually took the time and energy to write hate mail, but then again, I don’t know exactly how old they are, I have no idea who these 3 women (girls?) are.

My first response was to email them back and defend all the things they were saying (how selfish I was begging for money to go to Kona for a second time, that there are people out there who are really struggling, and what a horrible person I was for giving up my relationship for a triathlon, etc, etc, etc), but then I thought about how I really felt about what they were saying to me and instead of defending myself, I wanted to hug them and tell them everything will be ok for them in the end.

Years ago, I would have reacted the same exact way after reading my story on GoFundMe (www.gofundme.com/kirtokona). I used to get so mad at people with big houses (why do they need such a big house), skinny women (why don’t they eat more), fat women (why don’t they eat less), stay-at-home moms (get a job), people who called in sick to work (suck it up), people who made a lot of money (pay more taxes), people who didn’t make any money (get a job), and so on and so on and so on!

Basically, since I was unhappy with myself and my life, everyone else’s life annoyed me.

So today I sent hope to these women that they too would soon love themselves more, I deleted the emails, and I gave myself props for coming so far in my own life.

One of the books that helped me the most in the area of “not taking things personally” is the Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz. #promo

This is one of my all-time favorite books for personal growth and I have read it several times. In fact, I make a point to listen to the audio on one road trip a year! Just as a reminder.

In the book, he goes into detail about why we shouldn’t take anything personally. The 3 main things he discusses are…

If we are hurt by what people say about us, there is a part of us that believes it is true (truth)
The things people judge us for have more to do with them than with us (see my examples above from the “old” me)

We can only be the best version of ourselves and do the best we can with what we know and where we are at in our lives. We can control what we do, say, have, etc, but not how other people feel, react, etc to us. If I am truly living the best version of me, nothing anyone can do or say to change that, especially when they don’t know me.

And the fourth thing I would add to this list that has helped me the most is to love myself more! Always always love myself more. The more I love myself, the less I care about what people think of me. Loving myself is the greatest gift I have ever given to myself.

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What is a Lifestyle Entrepreneur?

What Is A Lifestyle EntrepreneurI am on social media a LOT! Partly because I love to connect and build relationships with people from all over the place and partly because I love to share my own experiences with the hope of inspiring or motivating someone else at the same time.

I am passionate about 3 things: being a triathlete, being a vegan, and constantly striving to become a better version of myself. People who follow me on social media are WELL aware of my passions, but it’s come to my attention that most people think I don’t work, that my lifestyle is magically funded by a sugar daddy possibly? Geez I wish!

When I qualified for the Ironman World Championships in June, I had several people message, email, or say to me, something like this: Congrats! I wish I didn’t have to work so I could train more and be as good as you.

When I let people know I do work, they ask what I do, and that’s where it gets a little interesting. I don’t have a “job” like most people so I do have more freedom for my training, racing, traveling, etc, but I do have to make a lot of choices so that I can live my ideal life AND support it financially. I call this a “lifestyle entrepreneur”.

I first heard this term from Lewis Howes who I “met” through his podcast “The School of Greatness” (check it out btw…it’s worth listening to every episode). He considers himself a lifestyle entrepreneur and defines it as this:

An individual that creates a business with the purpose of altering their personal lifestyle and not for the sole purpose of making profits. A lifestyle entrepreneur focuses more on the life rewards provided to people that enjoy and have a passion for what they are doing. There is a possibility that the business will do particularity well since the individual has a passion for what he/she is doing.

I sum it up as basically doing whatever it takes for me to continue living my passions and my life the way I want to.

So when people ask what I do for work, I tell them I am a lifestyle entrepreneur.

I have several businesses. I am a Beachbody Coach, a triathlon coach, a plant-based nutritionist, a swim coach for middle school, a swim coach for a club team, a private swim instructor, a Pure Romance consultant, a fitness instructor, a personal trainer, an affiliate for several companies, and I am not above running random errands or helping with projects, etc for a few extra dollars to help support my lifestyle as an athlete. In fact, for the next 3 weeks I am house sitting for a friend to make money to pay my rent next month!

I have chosen to live simply (renting a room, driving an old car, keeping my possessions to a minimum, making easy meals, etc) in order to keep my expenses and overwhelm down, and incorporate my training into my businesses/work by biking on my trainer 6 times a week, running on the treadmill 5 times a week, adding my drills, mobility, strength, and recovery into the classes I teach, etc.

I choose lower cost races or ones I can get paid for by sponsors, friends, family, etc, and I often sleep in my car the night before a race instead of a hotel to cut expenses. I trade a lot of the products or services I sell for services I need like massage, chiropractic, dog sitting, etc.

It’s not always as simple or easy as I would want it to be, but it’s always worth it in the end. I get to train (almost) as much as I want and work enough to pay for the life I have created for myself.

This has taken years to get to this point, but I finally feel like I am making it work.

I had a friend ask me if I was scared living like this, with no security, plan, future, etc. And I said yes.

Then I asked him if he was scared living like he lives (working long hours, traveling weekly, saving for his future, giving up what he wants now so that in 10 years he can retire and live his ideal life). He said yes.

We are all scared, we are all doing our best, we are all living the way we think we should be living in the moment. One isn’t better or worse than the other. We are all in this together. We are all just walking each other home.

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Self Help Homework: Just Say No

Self Help Homework: Just Say No... One of the things I hear all the time is "I don't have time". Time is an interesting concept. We all have time. We all have the same amount of time. And we all get to choose how we spend our time.One of the things I hear all the time is “I don’t have time”. Time is an interesting concept. We all have time. We all have the same amount of time. And we all get to choose how we spend our time.

I have had times in my life where I had a lot more going on than I do, but managed to get more done because I was managing my time better. I know women with no job and no kids who can’t find 30 minutes a day to work out and I know women with several kids, a full time job, head of everything, involved in book clubs and church and team mom, and can still find the time to relax and watch an hour or more of TV every night. We all have the same 24 hours in a day and the great thing is that we get to choose how we spend it.

I work with athletes in my coaching business with all different lifestyles. From the college girl who is taking 18 credits and working full time to the single guy who works part time to the mom with 4 kids under 7, but really wants to complete an ironman.

I also work with men and women who want to build their own business and become an entrepreneur either full or part time.

And I have worked with my friends and family members, all with different lifestyles, on time management so that they can live their best lives, follow their dreams, or complete a big goal.

Basically what I am saying is that I have seen ALL scenarios and situations of figuring out time management and how to fit everything we want to do, be, and have into our short, short, too short 24 hour days.

I have read books and devoured programs on time management. I have tried so many different strategies and processes to fit it all in, but there is only one way that I have found (and helped others find) to have enough time to get in what is truly important to me (and them)…

JUST SAY NO!

You MUST say no to the things that don’t bring you joy. You must say no to the things that aren’t moving you in the direction you want your life to go. You must say no to the things you feel you “should” do, but don’t really “want” to do.

I know this is easier said than done, especially when it comes to your family and friends. You don’t want to hurt feelings, you don’t want to let anyone down, and you want people to like you and appreciate all you do for them.

But the more you do for others, the less you do for yourself. Every time you say YES to someone you don’t want to say yes to, you are saying NO to yourself. You may want to read that again. When you say YES to others, you are saying NO to yourself.

You are the only person you will be with from the day you are born until the day you die. You need to start saying yes to YOU! Yes to your dreams, your goals, you needs, your wants, and everything else you know you want in your life. It’s not selfish, it’s honorable. You are honoring yourself. And when you honor yourself you are teaching others to honor themselves. You are giving others permission to make themselves a priority.

This is NOT easy! But it’s imperative! So here is your homework…

START SMALL!!! Start with something that is easy. Something you don’t want to do and isn’t a big deal if you don’t do it.

Next time someone asks you for something you don’t want to do, just say NO! You can do it as politely as you wish. You can make any excuse you want. But just so you know you never need an excuse to say no to someone or something, but at the beginning feel free to make up an excuse to make it easier for you until saying no becomes easier for you.

I let my clients use me as their excuse. When they have a workout planned and someone asks for their time when they are scheduled to work out, I tell them to use me as an excuse. They can say “I can’t have lunch with you because I am meeting my trainer for a workout” or “I can’t talk right now because I have a call scheduled with my coach”.

Feel free to use me as your excuse for as long as you need/want to. Once you realize your true friends will respect you, your time, and your choices, you won’t need to make an excuse, you can just say no. That will free you up to say yes to the things you really want to say yes to. And then when you DO say yes to your friends, they will know how important they are and that you really WANT to be with them instead of feel like you HAVE to be with them!

Remember…baby steps! Start small. Work your way up to the big NOs like to your kids or your spouse or you mother-in-law.

Practice makes perfect!

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My Dream Job

My Dream JobOne of the exercises I do with the coaches on my Beachbody team is to help them come up with their dream job. This would be the job you would have if you could do anything but still had to have a job.

This is hard for most people at first because we aren’t taught to “think outside the box” or “dream big” so we typically think of jobs we have had or believe we can have.

These don’t usually work as our dream job because (unless you already have your dream job) if you have had it or believe you can have it, you would probably already have it!!

I ask a few questions like “if money weren’t an issue, what would you do all day” or “do you know anyone who has your dream job” or “what are your favorite things to do” and these help prompt some answers. But usually most people still struggle with coming up with something until I share mine.

My dream job is to get paid to do what I would be doing each day anyway. This includes sleeping, training, racing, helping others build a business, writing out training plans, writing out meal plans, writing blog posts, listening to podcasts, making healthy foods, and helping people online, through social media, and through text reach their health, fitness, nutrition, career, life, happiness, and relationship goals.

All the things I just listed are things I would do each and every day whether I got paid to do them or not. As it turns out, I get paid to do about half of those things! Lucky me right? Nope, not luck! I have been working on the exercise of creating my dream job for about 10 years now, baby steps, and over time my life is looking more and more like I want it to look. Of course there are still things I would change, but I’m working each and every day to change the jobs I don’t want into jobs I do want. And it all started with KNOWING what my dream job is.

The whole reason I was thinking about this today is because of something that happened this past weekend. I ask for sponsorships for races so I can race more. A business or person will pay my race entry fee, and in return I will promote their business or cause in my newsletter, on my social media, and to my network. This is an example of my dream job. I am getting paid to race. For the payment, I do what I would normally do anyway!

I got a message from someone on Facebook wanting to sponsor me for an upcoming race. When I asked what she wanted me to promote, she said “Nothing, I just want to thank you for the help you have given me with my fitness and nutrition.” WHAT? How AWESOME is that??? THIS is my dream job. To do what I was doing anyway (sharing and helping on social media) and get paid for it (in the form of a race entry, which I would have paid for anyway)!! #dreamjob

Take some time today to think about your dream job. If you don’t know where to start, answer the 3 questions I asked earlier. Write down your answers. Make a list of all the things you do each day that you love doing. Start to open your mind to ALL possibilities, not just what you were programed to believe about what a job should look like. Visualize yourself DOING your dream job every single day. And then take action DAILY (even super small actions count…remember baby steps are still steps) in the direction you want to go.

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