Turn Your Resolutions Into Habits With 3 Power Steps

Turn Your Resolutions Into Habits With 3 Power Steps

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Most Effective Way To Make Your Resolutions Stick!

The New Year is here, ready or not!

Are you going into it the same way you came into 2016?

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Are you hoping that this year will be better than last year?

For most of my life I lived the common experience of resolution making at the beginning of each year. And I failed at keeping them EVERY time!

But last year I stumbled onto a method for precisely targeting small specific actions that create a meaningful behavioral change —a microresolution. So instead of adopting the traditional self-defeating approach to resolution making and breaking, I decided to adopt a Year of Microresolutions, focusing on one new microresolution each month!

If you are overwhelmed with the “New Year” effect and frustrated with stalled willpower, crushed resolutions, and succumbing to the stronghold of your old habits then accept my Microresolution Challenge and go into 2017 with a clear solid plan that will:

  1. Develop an effective routine that will not exhaust your limited willpower.
  2. Help you triumph over your bad habits.
  3. Increase and sustain your level of personal transformation.

In this Facebook Live series I teach the systematic process of creating microresolutions that converts small gains into big wins and master the art of developing successful habits.

I’m giving you a solid plan that can spark a positive trend that leads to significant results, and here’s what’s great: it won’t take much time or willpower at all.

Even better, you don’t need to take any notes, because I have everything detailed in this incredible freebie! It is a shortcut guide to everything I share with you in these episodes, including a list of 15 Success Mantras you must incorporate into your new routine!

Get ready to hear my new amazing, no-fail-formula for achieving measurable changes in behaviors or attitudes that produces an immediate and observable benefit. 

Start mastering your success habits here! 

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The Willpower Myth

Most of your day is managed by a personal autopilot that will sabotage your efforts to triumph over your bad habits. You’re programmed to reach for cookies as soon as dinner is over, skip the gym after work, and stay up late on weeknights with hardly a conscious thought. So when you pledge yourself to an ambitious New Year’s resolution that requires changing dozens of behaviors and attitudes at once, you are declaring war on autopilot, and 90 percent of the time, autopilot is going to be the winner. After a few weeks of battling autopilot 24/7, your limited willpower store will be exhausted and autopilot will mindlessly steer you back to your old routines and habits.  Sound familiar?

Willpower is not a function of character but a limited neurological resource that gives out when over-stressed.

But it is possible to succeed regularly at self-improvement by focusing precious willpower reserves on small behavioral changes with lasting impact. 

Step 1: How to succeed at self-improvement through powerful micro-actions.

Step 2: How to remember to perform your chosen micro-action. 

Step 3: How to reprogram your thoughts.

Tips to Implement Microresolutions.

If you’re ready to make this year your biggest and most rewarding year, take the first step!

Accept this mini-training and freebie as my gift to you 😉 


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YOUR TURN…

What do you do to be more effective and efficient?

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ABOUT Candace Jenkins-Espinet

As a busy Mom of twins and CEO and founder of JustaMOMpreneur, a multimedia platform designed to motivate, inspire and inform work-at-home-Moms.

 

I juggle a million things each day and am always on a quest to redefine the meaning of “Work/Life Balance”. My goal is to help you figure it out much faster than I did.

You are not alone! CLICK HERE to Join my MOMpreneur Success FB Community TODAY!

P.S. Do You Have a Step-by-Step Blueprint For Your ONLINE Marketing Success? If Not, Check This Out (Unless You already have Too Many Leads) CLICK HERE for my 5-STEP MOMpreneur BLUEPRINT

Get Unstuck In Your Business – Too Busy To Be Productive?

Get Unstuck In Your Business – Too Busy To Be Productive?

Welcome to my blog! Have you grabbed your free video of my 7 Secrets to Getting MORE… More Leads, More Sales, More Sign-Ups, More Clients, and More Cashflow yet? (Unless Of Course You Are Already Making Too Much Money!) CLICK HERE FOR INSTANT ACCESS. Thanks for stopping by and see you again soon… Candace Jenkins-Espinet

Do you know how to distinguish between busy work and productive work? It’s what separates top earners from struggling entrepreneurs on the verge of quitting… having a daily dedicated block of productive time.

Today I’m going to share with you a proven daily method of operation that works for home business owners. If you’re just getting started, these tips will help you reduce the amount of “busy” work you are doing each day!

Where I Learned My Daily Method of Operation…

justamompreneur-busy-or-productiveIf you don’t have a daily method of operation for your business, chances are you are “busy”, but not necessarily engaging in the right activities that will make you money. I didn’t realize it myself when I first got started and I spent an enormous amount of timing spinning my wheels, but getting nowhere.

Not until I invested in becoming a better entrepreneur, did I realize how to be more productive. It’s more than just having the right tools to create an online success. You also need the right skills and a strategy that will position you as the authority where people SEEK YOU OUT.

Late one night, on the verge of quitting, I found a system that not only gave me the tools but also the skills I needed to create a profitable online business! This system has not only changed my business, but my life and now I help others get more leads and sales for their business.

If you’re serious about taking your business to the next level, there might be just a few skills that you’re missing. If you’re looking to grow, get more leads, and get mentored by the best in the industry, I highly recommend you check out this system right now. You deserve it!

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The Biggest Mistake I Ever Made

When I first started my business in 2013, I thought I was doing everything I was supposed to be doing! I was VERY “busy”!

I spent over a year being “busy!” I listened to every call, sat on every training webinar, attended every event, memorized scripts, hosted home parties… all while raising my 18-month old twins. I was “busy” and I got burnt out FAST!

What I didn’t realize is that I mistook activity for accomplishment. I was “busy”, but not doing the activities that would get me more customers. Sound familiar?

I almost gave up! But I knew there had to be a better way. So instead of wishing for my life to get easier, I decided that I would become better…A better marketer, a better business owner, a better leader!

Watch this Facebook live where I share with you how to distinguish between “busy” work and productive work.

 

 

Final Thoughts on Productive Work

Being BUSY can be addictive! It can make you feel like you are accomplishing things and checking off items off your list. However, it is a myth that being “busy” equals more income! Productive work are activities that move you closer to your goals. AND as a business owner, your main goals should be to producing income and provide excellent service.

Mompreneurs can make the most of their limited time by committing to doing 80% productive work during their designated income producing hours and set aside 20% of that time to handle urgent business issues that will inevitably arise or work on special projects.

So, first determine when you can be MOST productive each day. These are your selling hours (even if you’re busy with your work and family you can start in as little as 15 minutes and scale up).

Then, adhere to justaMOMpreneur’s Success Rule #1… NEVER use your selling hours on non-selling activities!

It’s easier said than done to find extra time! CLICK HERE for More Productivity Tips!

YOUR TURN…

What do you do to be more effective and efficient during your productive hours?
 
Comment below. If you enjoyed this article, please Like & SHARE with a hard-working Mompreneur! Someone is waiting for you to blaze the trail.

 

ABOUT Candace Jenkins-Espinet

As a busy Mom of twins and CEO and founder of JustaMOMpreneur, a multimedia platform designed to motivate, inspire and inform mompreneurs, I juggblog cle a million things each day and am always on a quest to redefine the meaning of “Work/Life Balance”.

By utilizing my education in Psychology, my background as an elementary educator, over 10 years of business experience, and my parenting lessons, I bring other Mompreneneurs invaluable resources, tools and information I’ve acquired on how to work smarter, not harder – so we have more time to spend on what matters most…your family!  This blog is focused on providing Mompreneurs with encouragement, support and resources as they travel the journey of motherhood and entrepreneurship. Join me as I discuss how to grow our businesses, how to turn ideas into actionable results, how to maintain our relationships, how to help others, and how to organize our lives and make it all work.

You are not alone! CLICK HERE to Join my MOMpreneur Success FB Community TODAY!

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Learning about being an entrepreneur from my life in the circus!

My beloved brother is a circus arts trainer (yep, that’s him in the photo above… more photos of him below). His love affair with the circus – not the mistreatment of animals or the creepy clowns who honk their nose and brag about their strangely large feet – is infectious. I vicariously live through his magical adventures under the towering tents and twinkling lights. And I am so proud of his hard work and commitment to doing things that seem impossible.

Since my twins were born, my life has also become a circus! Under my Big Top is crazy, unexpected, chaos… filled with a wild range of emotions. It is filled with some odd characters and I can go from laughing hysterically to holding my breath in fear.. in just a matter of moments. It is full of excitement and tiresome work to pull of an inspiring performance night after night. But beyond all the sparkles, wonder and magic, the circus has given me some wonderful wisdom about being a Mompreneur. Thought I’d share:

 

My days as The Ringmaster

justamompreneur.com-blog-circus1Recently I found an old journal of mine. The first entry was dated April 8, 2011… and little did I know that I was going to become the ringmaster three days later when my twins were born.

Just as the ringmaster is the host of the circus, introducing the various acts, so became my role. All of a sudden, every time someone called, it was to talk about “the act!” Every time someone stopped by, it was to see “the act!” Every time I left the house, everyone wanted a glimpse of “the act!” And every conversation seemed to be about “the act!”

In my early years as an entrepreneur, I was unknowingly the ringmaster, gathering an audience and introducing my products… as the act! I hosted home parties and stood in front of my audience and began, “Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls….” I used elaborate stories to paint pictures and dramatic language and big gestures to illustrate my act’s features, benefits, and value.

Some of the audience enjoyed my act, but it was those who did NOT who got more of my attention. I was doing everything I was taught to do… gather an audience, recite my script, and wait for the applause? Easier said than done, I thought!

 

My days as The Lion Tamer

13895255_10207264119144453_898732746319850304_nAs my kids developed, I became the lion tamer, because raising twin toddlers is a dangerous activity! Suddenly life was chaotic and fearful. I was spinning my wheels constantly trying to keep them safe while taming their primitive and instinctual behaviors. And I was always in problem solving mode, trying to understand their every want and need with every shriek, wail and cry. Their demands became incessant and because I desperately wanted to be a good mom, I was constantly giving in. As a newbie Mom… my lions were taming me!

As an entrepreneur, my fear and desperation was evident by my obsessive need to control the outcome. When I didn’t start seeing the results I wanted I felt like I needed my whip to force people to buy my products. I was pitchy, pushy, and annoying. And I had only one agenda…to get the sale! When I didn’t make the sale, I began doubting my abilities to be a successful entrepreneur.

But I was missing a piece of the puzzle! I was consumed with trying to master my technique… how high to hold the chair, how hard to crack the whip, and how loud to yell the commands! But in order to tame a lion, you’d better be certain about how that lion will respond!

“People don’t like to be sold, but they love to buy!” ~ Just A. Mompreneur

So I stopped pitching and being so forceful. I needed to increase my value and my skill-sets in a big way, so I dove into understanding people and the buying cycle of consumers.

I had 2 choices: to keep chasing people for a sale or to learn how to build a real online business. CLICK HERE to learn my formula to building an online business fast and easy!

 

My days as the Juggler

By nature, the business of raising children is chaotic, overwhelming, and exhausting! You believe you are destined to live in a perpetually messy house with jelly hand prints all over the walls and piles of dirty laundry all over the floor. Destined to wear ratty sweats every day with the dark circles under your eyes as the only “make-up” on your face.

There is no down time and no vacation from raising children. You cannot take a break from your calling as a mother. Rather, you created a team of little rascals working to undo all of your hard work. They take folded laundry and dump it out. They pull all your make-up out of a drawer you just organized. They spill juice on a freshly cleaned carpet. They draw with marker on newly painted walls. Yes, I know these scenarios all too well.

But I was living intentionally in my chaotic circus, or so I thought! I had embraced the first law of online business… Attraction Marketing. To attract customers to me by adding value, providing solutions, serving my target market, I was “demonstrating my value” on every social media channel, I was attending every local network meeting, and I was prospecting my ass off! All in an effort to attract more sales. Until one day, a long time friend of mine asked me, “What exactly do you do?” It was apparent to me that if he couldn’t tell, chances are neither could anyone else. I was doing too much and confusing my audience.

I was intensely frustrated and felt as though all my effort was futile. I had spread myself so thin trying everything, instead of focusing on mastering 1-2 strategies at a time. I was anxious, stressed, and burnt out and I had no clear plan for promoting my business. I was ready to quit!

 

My days as a Tightrope Walker

I needed to find balance among all the chaos… and fast! It was my last stitch effort before throwing in the towel as an entrepreneur for good! But how?

My first step, was to resign from “juggling” my work, my children, and my marriage! Being in constant motion was distracting me from the real reason I wanted to become a Mompreneur in the first place. So I paused!

I learned how to breathe deeply. I learned how to think effectively. I re-evaluated my values and priorities and during my pause, I got back to what was most important.. ME (my brand!)

Then I sought after a better system for success… something that would save me time, energy, and money! CLICK HERE to learn about my system for success. What were successful people in my industry doing, I wondered and I asked! I learned and learned and learned some more.

Then I developed a very strategic detailed plan.

Still challenged- but more confident and calm, I once again began to move. I stepped out on that high-wire… afraid to look down, afraid to lean too far to one side or the other, worried if I would make it to the other side. But I kept moving… steadily. And every day, though I was afraid, I would put one foot in front of the other, until finally I could see the other side!

 

Today, I am a Trapeze Artist!

When it’s a choice between where you are and where you want to be, standing at that seemingly impossible junction… you can make a radical choice. You can learn to fly!

I stopped trying to be a super-mom in my own strength. I stopped doubting my potential. I stopped trying to be perfect!

I learned the system. I have implemented the plan. I am committed to the process… And I have let go!

I have built an incredible net. A community of people who support, encourage, teach, and ultimately will catch me when I fall. So with a lighter load, I look up… spread my arms… and enjoy the breeze through my hair!

I am learning how to fly!

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MORE PHOTOS OF MY BROTHER…FLYING HIGH!

 

ABOUT Candace Jenkins-Espinet

blog cAs a busy Mom of twins and CEO and founder of JustaMOMpreneur, a multimedia platform designed to motivate, inspire and inform mompreneurs, I juggle a million things each day and am always on a quest to redefine the meaning of “Work/Life Balance”.

By utilizing my education in Psychology, my background as an elementary educator, over 10 years of business experience, and my parenting lessons, I bring other Mompreneneurs invaluable resources, tools and information I’ve acquired on how to work smarter, not harder – so we have more time to spend on what matters most…your family!  This blog is focused on providing Mompreneurs with encouragement, support and resources as they travel the journey of motherhood and entrepreneurship. Join me as I discuss how to grow our businesses, how to turn ideas into actionable results, how to maintain our relationships, how to help others, and how to organize our lives and make it all work.

You are not alone! CLICK HERE to Join my MOMpreneur Success FB Community TODAY!

 

 

P.S. Want help focusing and managing your time, energy and business online, so you have more time, energy and money to do what matters MOST? I’d love to help you… CLICK HERE for my 5-STEP MOMpreneur BLUEPRINT 

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Putting Mommy in Time-Out

Last weekend, I enjoyed a kid-free weekend. I got a whole 36 hours without my kids doing my favorite thing :

…sitting on the beach,

… grooving to my music while the waves roar in the background,

… daydreaming

… while watching the sun set over the ocean, and spotting the occasionally dolphin!

Beach therapy is just what the doctor prescribed because I’m a compulsive “doer”!

If you could see what the inside of my brain looks like, you would probably see a LIST! I am a neurotic list maker (I consider it a gift because I LOVE a good list!)

Ultimately, it’s because I am a “doer”. And please don’t misunderstand, I am not using this term in the sense of being ultra-productive. I have the compulsion to “do” regardless of how productive or not! Even by engaging in mental “doing” I feel like I am taking action. For example, anxiety and worrying gives me the sense of “doing” when really they are just distractors that fills my mind with busy thoughts.

Buddhists refer to this as Monkey Mind. Buddha described the human mind as being filled with drunken monkeys, jumping around, screeching, chattering, carrying on endlessly. We all have monkey minds, Buddha said, with dozens of monkeys all competing for attention. And fear is an especially loud monkey, pointing out everything that could go wrong and constantly sounding the alarm!

So stillness and silence is my daily practice of choice to calm my Monkey Mind! The monkeys are why it is necessary to put Mommy in time-out!

Do you schedule downtime?

As the Olympics are approaching, think about elite athletes who methodically schedule rest and recovery periods into their training schedule.

In order to function optimally, we sleep to rest our body and eat to recover our energy and so must we take time-outs for our mind and spirit.

As a Mom, I love using time-outs in my home! It is not seen as punishment (depending on who you ask!) I usually implement time-outs in my home to stop an unwanted behavior and calm our minds and focus our awareness on an alternate behavior, usually breathing. Taking effective time-outs will increase your productivity.

  1. Plan Your Time-Outs

blog eA lot of the time, we are so busy planning our work day, that we forget about “how” to rest. Plan beforehand what you will do during your time-out so you feel restored and re-energized after your break and prepared for the next round of productive work. I usually engage in the opposite behavior, so if I’ve been sitting… I move. If my mind has been active… I do something quiet. During your time-outs, step away from the computer and move your body from its usual position and shift your attention to something else fun and lighthearted.

Eat lunch or a snack and get hydrated. Take a nap. Meditate, which is like exercise for your brain. Clean, since clutter is distracting. Read a book. Play a game of cards with co-workers. Take a short walk, allowing your brain to wander unstructured. Chat with a friend about the latest episode of your favorite TV show. Doodle. Do yoga. Garden. Daydream. Ask questions and listen for answers. Or do nothing! Whatever floats your boat and gets your mind off of work and doesn’t require much concentration, will serve you well.

Do anything except for work!

2. Adopt My 90 Minute Rule 

girl-429380_960_720Our human minds can focus on any given task for 90-120 minutes. Afterwards, a 20-30 minute break is required for us to get the renewal needed to perform our next task again. So, I split my day into 90 minute work sprints and work in small bursts with purpose and focus. So, instead of looking at my day as an 8 hour work day, I structure it into 90 minute blocks followed by 30 minute blocks. Then I assign a high priority task to each block. So if you’ve got 4 blocks, you will be able to have 4 tasks that you can get done every day much more easily.

3. Adopt My 90 Day Rule

blog a90 day goals are so powerful. You gain incredible clarity as to what needs to be accomplished right now. You are more motivated to work on your goals since you only have 90 days. And every 90 days, you get the opportunity to hit the restart button.

Personally, I only schedule 3- 90 day plans throughout the year: January-March, May–July, September-November. I alternate these highly focused days of sales activities with 30 days of slower paced non-sales activities, or time-out activities. Within those 30 days, I am still engaged in the day to day running of my business, but instead of focusing on achieving my goals, I analyze and evaluate the last 90 days goals, then I strategize and plan for the next 90 days goals. And the most important part is I schedule a kid-free weekend where I can reboot my mind and press the reset button.

I believe the United States has become overworked, overstressed and overall an unhealthy society. In this fast-paced nation of workaholics, I have chosen to create my own rules for living MY life!!!

It is NOT selfish to take care of yourself, it’s sensible! It is NOT indulgent to make happiness a priority, it’s necessary!

Invest in yourself, so you will have more to give.

Moms typically give and give until there’s nothing left to give. Be the kind of caretaker you are to your kids and your pets and just focus it on you. Self-care is an act of survival!

We all need to be alone for a moment, in order to find out who you really are and what you really want out of life.

Do something today that your future self will thank you for… Put yourself in a time-out!

Want help focusing and managing your time, energy and business, so you have more time, energy and money to do what matters MOST? I’d love to help you… register for a FREE 30min Consultation NOW!

ABOUT Candace Jenkins-Espinet

As a busy Mom of twins and owner of JustaMompreneur.com, a multimedia platform designed to motivate, inspire and inform mothers, I juggle a million things each day and am on a quest to redefine the meaning of “Work/Life Balance”.

blog cBy utilizing my education in Psychology, my background as an elementary educator, over 10 years of business experience, and my parenting lessons, I bring other Mompreneneurs invaluable resources, tools and information I’ve acquired on how to work smarter, not harder – so we have more time to spend on what matters most…our family!  This blog is focused on providing Mompreneurs with encouragement, support and resources as they travel the journey of motherhood and entrepreneurship. Join me as I discuss how to grow our businesses, how to turn ideas into actionable results, how to maintain our relationships, how to help others, and how to organize our lives and make it all work.  You are not alone!

Goal-Planning: Achieving Your Goals with a Personal Business Plan

Goal-Planning: Achieving Your Goals with a Personal Business Plan

So January is almost over! And for most of you, so is your commitment to your New Year’s Resolutions!

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(Photo Credit: Atlanta Parent Magazine- Jan 2016 issue)

Why?

SETTING goals is just the first step. To achieve your goals you must engage in goal PLANNING!

Goal-setting takes 30 seconds. It is simply listing what you want to achieve. But goal-planning may take 30 hours and requires being mindful about what you want to achieve and deliberately incorporates your limited resources (time, money, energy and people) to get the results you want.

A goal without a plan remains just a goal – many people have visions, intentions, ideas, and dreams which never happen, because they are not planned.

A plan can develop your vision for the future. A plan can guide your career. A plan can help you prepare for retirement. A plan can help you perceive opportunities available to you. And a plan can help you build a balanced life.

Bottom line…A plan puts things into action and makes things happen!

To achieve a goal you must plan how to make it happen! (Yes, I have mastered the art of repetition…I am a Mom after all!)

If you want to double your business in the next year, the most important factor is…YOUR personal business plan.

Develop your personal business plan by answering these 5 questions:

  1. Where am I?

The biggest mistake in goal-planning is that people are not completely honest about where they presently are. Without judgment, be real about your current state…just accept that this is presently where you are, but it doesn’t have to be where you stay because you have choices and can choose something different for yourself!

Then give thanks!!!

 

  1. Where should I go?

Having clear goals begins to define the plan.

Start with a simple brainstorming list. Spend some time brainstorming and throwing around different ideas. Your brainstorming list will probably contain an overwhelming number of potential starting points. The key is narrowing them down into a manageable and realistic number of goals.

Take your brainstorming list and organize it and list your must-dos: the items that if left neglected, your business will fall apart! Then narrow it down further to the biggest areas of impact. These biggest areas of impact are the areas to which you should offer most of your attention. When there’s not enough time to do everything, it’s important to put your efforts toward those activities that are most efficient, effective. These will make up the heart of the personal business plan.

Then determine your bulls-eye. Define, when exactly you will reach the goal.

But challenge yourself.

A goal that doesn’t take much effort to accomplish isn’t really a goal. Setting an objective that has a slim chance of realization, however, can leave you feeling discouraged. Aim for a perfect balance between the two — something that stretches you but doesn’t break you.

And write it down, thoroughly and coherently, so if a stranger read it they would know exactly what you are trying to achieve.

 

  1. What must happen before this?

You cannot ‘do’ a goal. Instead you must do the things that enable it – usually several things, in several steps.

This is the point in the strategic planning process where we finish looking at who we are and prepare to think about what we do.

So to develop a plan to achieve your goal, try working backwards from the goal to understand the steps required. Simply ask yourself this question at each stage of the plan, working backwards in realistic bite-sized stages, to where you are today.

This identifies what needs to be done. Then get specific.  Be sure the plan includes specifics such as time lines that will allow you to measure and track progress.

 

  1. Who is your guru?

However flawless your personal plan is, if you want to max out your potential, you’re going to need the guidance of mentors, advisors, and influencers.

Look for a mentor with relevant experience who can act as a sounding board for your ideas, offer feedback, and open doors within established networks that you’re not yet part of. Choosing your guru can be invaluable in driving you toward your personal goals.

Then share your plan.

I personally love it when someone shares a plan with me. It shows initiative and forward thinking. There are few things more impressive than when someone has clear-cut objectives and works hard to meet them.

Equally important, this person will hold you accountable. It’s a lot tougher to hit the eject button on a plan after you’ve shared it with someone you respect. And everyone can use a cheerleader in the workplace from time to time!

CLICK HERE if you are looking for a Guru

 

  1. How do I get there?

Once you’re equipped with a solid set of goals, an action plan, and trusted feedback, you’re in a position to start scheduling. Prioritize the activities along the path you have chosen to reach your goal. It should provide a clear pathway–complete with opportunities you need to capitalize on, relationships you can leverage, and resources you may need–plotted on a time line, with ideal dates for completing each step.

“Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now,” says personal time management author, Alan Lakein.

When you complete this step, you will have a well-balanced view of what you want to achieve and how you would like to be spending your time over the next few days, weeks, or months.

Imagine waking up every day and knowing each day matters, and having a plan and a course of action for what to do with it.

With your plan in hand, it’s time to take action and implement it. Creating your own personal business plan will help you to define your purpose, clarify your objectives, and plan your actions. But don’t just shove it in drawer. Creating the plan is just the first step. Put it in a prominent spot where you’re going to remember to review it every day. If you’ve got a great plan, it can and will inspire you every time you see it.

So stop just setting goals & start PLANNING how you will achieve them.

This year, plan for success!

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How to Stay Productive Over Holidays (pt.2)

How to Stay Productive Over Holidays (pt.2)

Over the holidays there is some natural breathing time that occurs as many people are in vacation mode. Since the days before and after a holiday may not be productive with sales calls, client meetings and prospecting, instead of using it as an excuse to do nothing on your business, here are some strategies to remain productive over the holidays that don’t necessarily have to do with active selling or prospecting (learn more active selling productivity strategies here).

  1. Review and plan

The end of the year can be a great time for reflection and an opportunity for regrouping. Review what happened this year…Review your goals. Review your successes and your progress. Review your challenges and setbacks. Review how you spent your energy and your time. Review your traffic and sales numbers. And review your customer feedback.

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Armed with that information start building your plan. Planning means different things to         different businesses. Whatever your plan-to-“Wow” is, you must know: What you want, why you want it, when you want it, and an idea of how’ll you get it. You could develop a monthly plan, a marketing plan, a territory plan, a prospecting plan, an income plan, a career plan, or a personal and a professional plan.

There is a very popular saying: “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” So be proactive and plan ahead, allowing yourself to think through each process from beginning to end. This can spark ideas, improve productivity and ensure a great outcome. What you’ll find is you’ll hit next year with a lot of confidence and you’ll be better prepared having a blueprint to run with.

 2.  Build a support team

Having the right team in place to help you is crucial to your success. Make a list of some winning people in your circle that you can partner with, exchange ideas with and who can help you get things done. Reach out to a fellow entrepreneur to be your accountability partner, or seek out a neighborhood youth to assist in household chores for a small fee, or if it’s a quiet time for closing deals, maybe now’s the right time to take a coach up on those coaching sessions she’s been offering. You will be amazed at what you and your team can accomplish when you are all motivated and working toward the same goal.

 3.  Focus on self-development….

If you want to go from where you are to where you want to be, chances are your skills need reworking or at least examining. If you have down time due to customer holiday scheduling, use it for self-development and training. Take a look at what skills do you need to possess in order to be highly successful in 2016. Maybe you want to produce a few articles and want to improve your writing skills. Maybe you want to be better at finding your prospects problem. Maybe get better at project management. Even master the art of online marketing (shameless plug…sign up for my FREE Online Marketing Bootcamp).

The “offseason” is when professional athletes add elements to their game, to come back next season an even better player. We should adopt that same mindset during the relative offseason of the holidays. So put in the “offseason” work now and see the results pay off on the field.

It’s not how good you are, it’s how good you want to be!

 4.  Develop a new habit….

Tis the season for feeling overwhelmed.

Human beings are creatures of habit- 95% of what we do are unconscious and automatic behaviors. The rest of our behaviors are conscious decisions we make, some that help us get closer to our goals and some that move us away from our goals.  By developing new habits and automating successful behaviors, we develop successful habits.

Motivational speaker Jim Rohn said  “Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” So challenge yourself for the next 21 days to be consistent and precise with a particular series of behaviors you’d like to adopt.  Perhaps you want to start meditating and calming your mind, or waking up 1 hour earlier to write, or spend 30 minutes planning for the next day.

It’s easy to stick with what has always been working for you. But growth occurs during times of discomfort. So use this season to reevaluate and renew your approach. Break out of your comfort zone

 5.  Reward yourself and relax…

You can’t make the season all work and no play! If you notice that you are getting a little overwhelmed during the holidays chances are good that you are burning the candle at both ends, plus the middle. This can lead to illness or serious mental fatigue. So make sure you take plenty of opportunities to celebrate and unwind. Do something you love. Give yourself breaks. Feel recharged by your holidays!

While all of this productivity boosting is great, take a moment this holiday season to enjoy some friends and family time. In between sips of eggnog, you can smile knowing that this boost in productivity is going to make 2016 the best year yet.

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Candace Jenkins-Espinet

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