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4 Reasons to Unplug

Ep 12

We have so many things pulling at us on a daily basis for our attention. Ringing smartphones, email notifications, Twitter and Facebook messages, text beeps, and mobile devices that are always on and always beeping with push notifications.

We are connected to so much technology and streaming information in so many different ways, it feels endless. Everyone and everything wants our attention, we’re engaged, in a hurry, multitasking, and living in a blur. We’re being told these devices allow us to get “that much more done” but at the end of the day we feel like we’re getting little to nothing done.

Its time.

We need to ‘unplug’ if we expect to achieve our life’s purpose, our goals, and reach our dreams.

It can be hard staying focus on our dreams, goals and action plans. Putting off instant gratification for long term fulfillment isn’t always easy. I know, Facebook is calling. Trust me, you don’t have to answer.

When I was growing up we didn’t have an answering machines. The phone rang and you had to answer it or hope they called back. If we were having dinner my dad wouldn’t let us answer it. He’d say, “If it’s important, they’ll call back.”

If you’re going to make your dreams come true, you’re going to have to stay focused and committed. Let them call back.

We all need to take time to realign our daily routines and use our energy to focus on whats important and limit it to what’s not.

Tony Robbins has said, “The only limit to your impact is your imagination and commitment.”

Its time to make a commitment to ourselves. 

We all make excuses as to why we haven’t complete a task or reached our goal. Maybe we want to write a book and we “can’t find the time.” Did you know that, eighty percent of the time, finding the time is the excuse.

Here are 3 more ‘did you know’s’:

  • TV viewing eats up over 6 days worth of time per month! Thats approximately 145 hours. What could you accomplish in 145 hours?
  • The American commuter spends between 50 to 100 hours a year stuck in traffic, depending on where they live in the nation … and …
  • Americans spend unto 23 hours per week online and texting.

Just adding the TV time to the online and texting time you gain back 237 hours a month in your schedule! We need to stop telling ourselves, we don’t have time. We’re lying to ourselves and everyone else.

Let’s find away to utilize the time we’ve been given. Use drive time to listen to DVD’s to continue your education. Turn the TV off and invest those hours into writing that book or working on other dreams you have.

Create a habit of only using the Internet for research and limit your time for that. Have a “to-do list” so that you don’t go down rabbit holes.

Realign your TV, drive time and online time into your dreams and goals, create an action plan, brake it into baby steps, and do something everyday!

Can you see your dreams and goal begin to take shape?

Learn to be loyal and committed to yourself! Stop being a zombie to other peoples dreams and goals!

Here are 4 reasons to unplug and take action:

  1. Life is happening right in front of you … Engage!
  2. Unplugging promotes creativity … Build your own dream.
  3. Life is still about person-to-person eye contact … Social Media is not social!
  4. You’ll have more time for your goals and your dreams!

This is how successful people make a difference in their lives. Make a difference in your life. Make it happen today!

Until next time, Live Bold. Be Di’namic!

It’s your turn. What do you think? Can you unplug for the next hour? What about 3 hours? Now unplug for a full day and then for a full week?

Some people like transcripts, some find them to be a waste of time. What do you think? Are transcripts useful, or pointless?

If you would like to continue talking about unplugging, contact me.

 

 

Business Affirmations and Why We Need Them

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Affirmations are the practice of positive self talk. An affirmation is a positive statement that is repeated to one’s self to replace a negative statement.

Many of us spend our business day allowing our mind to replay negative self talk. We’ve grown complacent and allow our minds to churn out thoughts own their own. We are no longer in control of our most powerful business tool, our minds. These negative statements have harmful business and life results.

You don’t have room for negative self talk to fill up your mind and fog your business vision, keeping you from your dreams and goals.

Negative self talk sounds like this:

  • I’m not worthy.
  • I’m not good enough.
  • I can’t do this.
  • I will never accomplish this.

Using positive self talk to replace those negative statements is a way of rewiring your brain! Now is the time to take back control. The thoughts we think today create our present and future. If you want real change it starts with your thoughts, now.

You need a plan.

First, you must become more aware of your self talk. Be conscious of your thoughts and when you catch yourself saying negative things, simple hit ‘delete’ and replace it immediately with a positive statement.

Self Talk: “I will never accomplish this.”

Responding to Self Talk: “Delete that thought. I will accomplish this and much more!”

These are your thoughts. No one hears them but you. You’re in control. Isn’t it time to make them work for you and your business instead of against you?

Tell yourself today, your done with the negative perception and you’re looking for a positive spin on everything. When you greet the morning before you speak to anyone have several morning affirmations that you speak to yourself like:

  • I trust myself.
  • I am smart.
  • Every day, in every way, I am becoming better and better.
  • I am willing to step out of my comfort zone to grow.
  • I can and will do this.
  • Life is good.
  • I am more than capable of bringing all my dreams to fruition.

Take a deep breath, exhale, and take the day by storm!

Be sure to find ways to fill your mind with positive thoughts. Read self-empowerment material, books, blogs, listen to CDs, watch YouTube video’s, attend seminars, emerge yourself in positivity.

You must practice it every minute of every day, in someway. I’ve done this since I was 12, positive thoughts are a way of life for me. I admit, I have negative self talk slips on occasion, but I use my ‘delete’ button and I’m right back on track. If I can do this, so can you.

Follow me on Twitter @dinamicdesigns, Friday’s are Affirmation Friday’s. If you would like to connect, contact me.

Until next time,

Live Bold. Be Di’namic!

7 Key Traits of an Effective Mentor

We broadcast a Twitter Series every week on Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s, we invite you to follow us @dinamicdesigns. Every series has a different topic. This week the topic was on the power and influence a good mentor can have over your life and career. This post wraps that topic up.

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Bob Proctor, author, speaker and success coach said, “A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you.”

That’s the fun of working with a mentor, it’s a two-way street. They open our eyes to so many things, teach us lessons we may never learn any other way. They expose us to new ideas through conversations, help us to understand ourselves better, and jumpstart goals and dreams we might have let go.

An effective mentor lives with high levels of integrity and will have a clear set of values in everything they do. This among their other positive traits work hand-in-hand to make them an excellent role model.

Other traits like being an active listener, being proactive not reactive, follow through on commitments or promises, respect, gratitude and self-confidence speaks volumes when it comes to building trust between a mentor and a student.

I read a lot of John Maxwell. In his book, Leadership Gold: Lessons I’ve Learned from a Lifetime of Leading, he wrote, “One of the greatest values of mentors is the ability to see ahead what others cannot see and to help them navigate a course to their destination.”

Another dynamic thing about mentors are they are naturally skilled at inspiring and motivating individuals. Here are three possible ways they accomplish this:

  • Because they have higher standards, they push us to accomplish more. To grow beyond our comfort zone. To never settle for mediocrity by providing a strong sense of purpose.
  • They’ve fallen and gotten up hundreds, if not thousands, of times. A brilliant mentor understands both defeat and success. They are not going to let us get discouraged in the face of challenges or failure. They have overcome both and they’re going to make sure we get back up and succeed!
  • A valuable mentor can develop a clear picture of the future, and they have the ability to communicate it passionately while motivating you to achieve it.

Plus a good mentor can show us how to build a learning environment that encourages the sharing of knowledge, experience, and insight. How?

  • Like developing a team, how to hand pick members based on skills rather than ability to perform routine tasks. They understand that creativity is a priority and has massive value within the team.
  • They place such a high value on creativity and actively encourage those they mentor to generate a steady stream of fresh new ideas.
  • They are advocates for perpetual and never ending improvement.
  • A true and dedicated mentor openly passes on their knowledge and experience to those in need helping them to become the next generation of great leaders.

Oprah said in an interview, “For everyone of us that succeeds, it’s because there’s somebody there to show you the way out.”

Find a mentor that can show you the way out, lift you up, has the knowledge, skills and success you desire in life and build a relationship with them.

It’s your turn. What do you think? What outcome do you expect from the mentoring experience? What do you expect from your mentor? Does your mentor get the best out of you?