Over the past few weeks I have been fortunate enough to appear as a guest on some amazing podcasts. Thank you universe for connecting me to these brilliant & inspiring hosts.
The podcasting experience has taught me a lot about myself, as well as challenged some of my own fears and insecurities. Starting with the obvious, the sound of my own voice! Argh… I can't help but cringe when I listen back to the interview. As I prepared for the podcasts and met with the hosts, I was overtaken at times by mixed emotions and unnerving sensations.
These types of reactions highlight just how critical we can be of ourselves, full of judgement and negative self-talk. If unchecked, this can spiral out of control if we are not careful.
What helped me through this inner tension was to take a deep breath, look out the window and remind myself that these opportunities are helping me move closer to my aspirations. So I rolled up my sleeves, leant into the discomfort, stayed true to my vision and anchored my talking points to the value I bring to the To Day List Tribe.
Priorities & Pantries
Priorities are like perfectly arranged pantries - whilst they may be pretty to look at, with colourful labels and well organized, if the contents of said pantry is full of junk food, refined sugar or something you are allergic to, then you will never become your best self.
I recently formed this analogy to help a client who loves structure and a well-organized list. Through my conversations with them I noticed that they had become fixated on "how many items should I have on my list and what is the best list structure". These two questions are focused on the wrong aspect of the problem.
So for all of those 'list lovers' out there, consider if it is the stylish note books with coloured tabs and new highlighters that will make you productive, or is it the quality of your items that will give you the progress?
It needs to be a blend of tools & techniques, where the synergy of the two create meaning and impact...
There is no magic number, no perfect approach or one size fits all. Every person is different and no two days are ever the same. If we align ourselves to a rigid structure, our ability to adapt, pivot or respond to 'shit happens' moments in life will be a struggle.
I define overwhelm as the disconnect between our inner expectations and the outer reality. When our daily lived experience fails to meet the picture we had in our minds, is when we are sent into a spin. I call it flapping for focus….
You know those moments when you feel so out of control and overwhelmed you don’t know where to start, you then begin to pace around and flap your hands in an attempt to calm yourself down and refocus your attention.
If you laughed as you read that sentence, then you know exactly what I am referring to.
The good news is, there is a few simple tips and hacks that can help you through these moments. The To Day List philosophy is centered around helping you find your inner calm and set yourself up for success each day.
Through my online Tribe Challenge From Chaos to Calm, I break down 7 simple daily activities that help you define your personal brand, balance your focus and build in daily practices that put you back in control.
The first step is personal brand not better priorities.
You need a blend of tools & techniques
Taking a deep breath is always a good idea
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