Monday Vibes

It’s Monday, go back to bed!!!!….. Just kidding! Get up extra early and prep for your week! You either love or hate Mondays and if you hate them you need to ask yourself what actions can you take to help you enjoy your day and be prepared for the week. 

If you don’t have time on Sunday to prep your week ahead then wake up a little extra Monday morning, or finish off everything Monday evening. Here is a few things to make your week a little smoother;

5 points of gratitude: Instead of hitting snooze for the next 20 minutes, lay in bed and think of five things you are grateful for. It could be individuals in your life or little things in life you enjoy.

Meal Prep: Prepare a few meals / easy grab and go snacks.  Such as a bag of almonds, crackers, pickles, yogurt, cucumbers, apples, energy bites, hard boiled eggs, home made muffins…. and don’t forget a big water bottle!

Wardrobe Prep: Look at the weather, clear a spot in your closet and plan your funky outfit out for the next couple days, down to the accessories you use. This is a huge time saver!

Get your laundry and dishes done: The goal should be to start out each day with the dirty stuff finished. The last thing you want to come home to after a long and stressful day is a sink full or dishes and dirty laundry spilling out everywhere.

Morning Tunes: Set up your favorite tunes you want to listen to each morning. Maybe you’ll have a specific morning song list that suits your mood.

 

Re-Educate yourself < Tips for you

 As you’re soaking up the last few weeks of August, remember that September is right around the corner! I say a hell yes to pumpkins, leaves and of course many of the amazing pop-up events. I thought I would share a tip from my book, as something we all know but just seem to forget. Re-Educate yourself! It’s not too late to look into a few electives at your local university. Keep your mind active!

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Don’t think because you finished school years ago that you’re all done, or you know everything there is to know. Because YOU DON’T! Sorry to break it to you but there’s always someone smarter, making more money, or running more businesses than you. That’s just the way the cookie crumbles. However, what differentiates you from Joe Shmoe in the office next door, is the fact that you also study Spanish, tourism, and business on the side once or twice a week, while Joe on the other hand spends his time whispering to his cat and eating burritos.

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You need to think long term, “how can I continuously add to my resume and skill set”? Over time, it may create more opportunity to relate to people in general or your clients. Think of yourself as a staircase, continuously stepping higher and higher to a more intellectually stimulating place than you were before. Your education and personal knowledge should be a priority, it’s still possible to obtain a life full of balance. Think long term, more knowledge more power.

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  • Re-educate yourself: Don’t think because you finished school years ago that you’re all done, or you’re simply too good and you know everything. Because YOU DON’T! Sorry to break it to you but there’s always someone smarter, making more money, or operating more businesses than you. That’s just the way the cookie crumbles. However what differentiates you from Joe Shmoe in the office next door is the fact that you study Spanish, and business on the side once or twice a week, and your resume slowly builds which can lead to potential opportunity and gives you more opportunity to relate to people/ clients.
  • Find yourself 1 / 2 mentors: If you’re stuck on the path of not knowing which industry to pursue or which business to start it’s best to get information from someone at a higher point then you are at, who will give you a non-biased opinion. Don’t underestimate your potential, even if it is an unrealistic idea, don’t be afraid to look into it.
  • Seek all potential in your role: You aren’t a job title, so don’t think of yourself as being defined as one specific role, and don’t assume you will stick to one career your entire life. 

Left brain or Right brain?

I think it’s interesting to continuously get to know yourself. I was someone who didn’t pay much attention in class when I was younger, but now I continuously want to re-educate myself. I decided to take a couple brain tests to see if anything has changed, and it did! Everyone will have different results, and there is no right or wrong answer, however it makes you think of the people in your life and what side they fall on or if you surround yourself with a very similar type of people.

My results: 58, which means I almost use both sides of my brain equally however I lean to the right side.

 

Check it out!  http://testyourself.psychtests.com/bin/transfer

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A new year ahead

2015-12-21-1450668812-6923042-newyearMy thoughts about the new year consist of trying to be a better person in all aspects of life. As I look back on 2015 it was wonderful in many ways that I am beyond grateful for, however heading into 2016 I am setting an even higher standard of what I can personally achieve and you should too.

I think it’s important to use each year as a stepping stone to create new, BIGGER goals so you can achieve the best possible version of yourself.

Everyone should take a moment to reflect on this past year, in the categories of self love, relationships, work, travel, fun, finance, the highest highs and lowest lows. One definition of success to me is to consistently push yourself and I believe that everyone can truly achieve more then they believe.

My wish for everyone is to go into 2016 with a positive perspective, open arms for new opportunities, and overall health and happiness.

Don’t stand still forever, keep moving forward.

Keeping Organized / business & personal growth

I find keep organized, managing yourself and your schedule can be difficult at times. Using your phone is unreliable and for those who get distracted easily like myself, technology management isn’t the best fit all of the time. I have been using the Polestar business calendar for three years now, and its honestly life changing! I can look back to each day of my life and I know what I did and who I did it with. I can easily track my expenses and write notes on each day, which also helps me evaluate my productivity in business and personal growth.

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http://polestarcalendars.com/calendars/polestar-business-calendar-2015/

 

Maintaining your motivation

Motivation, motivation, something so powerful yet so hard to come by in people who have failed and not managed to pick themselves back up.

I find that many times when you are explaining to someone what your future goals are in life, they stare at you with a estranged look in their eye and say ” you must be young to be so motivated, give it a couple years. Lesson one, always analyze the person who is giving you advice and guidance in life. If you believe and trust in yourself, you can do what ever you want no matter what age!.. after all age is just a number.

The key is not to listen to other people and never give the word ” impossible ” a second thought. If everything was easy and explainable then everyone would be doing it. What differentiates you from the rest of the population is your work ethic and motivation. When other people say ” give it time”, they are reacting based on a personal experience they once had. But remember, you aren’t them and if you have a vision don’t let it fade and don’t loose your motivation.

No one can motivate anyone to do anything. All a person can do for another is provide them with incentives to motivate themselves. Here are some strategies to help you get up and get moving toward actualizing your enormous, untapped potential.

* Be willing to leave your comfort zone. The greatest barrier to achieving your potential is your comfort zone. Great things happen when you make friends with your discomfort zone. They say insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, if you want to move in a different direction you may have to step outside of the people you know, the restaurants, bars and events you go to and redesign your life to going other places and connecting with other types of people.

* Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Wisdom helps us avoid making mistakes and comes from making a million of them. When I make a mistake I weigh it out on the big scheme of things, and simply remind myself I am human, not perfect in any way, and I can only become wiser from my experience.

* Don’t indulge in self-limiting thinking. Think empowering, expansive thoughts. You are your own person with your own thoughts and goals, think outside of the box.

*Choose to be happy. Happy people are easily motivated. Happiness is your birthright so don’t settle for anything else.

* Spend at least one hour a day in self-development. Read good books or listen to inspiring tapes. Driving to and from work provides an excellent opportunity to listen to self-improvement tapes. Tony Robbins is one of my favorites, and you can download his motivational tapes on Itunes or Youtube ->  http://www.tonyrobbins.com/ebook/

*Limit procrastination! Train yourself to finish what you start. So many of us become scattered as we try to accomplish a task. Finish one task before you begin another. As an artist my mind is always running a million miles an hour thinking of so many ideas, its like a computer with 50 open tabs! Making lists and and prioritizing what is most important definitely helps.

* Live fully in the present moment. When you live in the past or the future you
aren’t able to make things happen in the present. You have today, you have right now!

* Wake up every day with the intentions to being more productive and working smarter, then the previous day.

There you have it! I hope you continue your day a little more motivated. – KG

Entrepreneurs to-do

Starting a company is like a dream come true: no one telling you when to go into the office, you can pick and choose meetings and there’s unlimited vacation. Sigh — the life of an entrepreneur. So flexible, so fabulous. If only it was that easy.

Those perks were likely on the “perk” side of the pro and con list you made before going into business for yourself. But the real truth is that now you’re busier than ever. You’re likely wearing the hat of HR, IT, marketing and business development teams, just to name a few.

Structure and organization are key to success as an entrepreneur. I know because without my lists I could never get anything done at home, work or play.

It’s easiest to plan ahead and make sure not to include too much on the list at once. Try to really be aware of what is feasible given the time frame and resources you have available. I make my to-do lists for the next day before I leave the office at night. I run through everything that is coming up and what has to be handled the next day. I include any appointments and meetings on the list as well. Then when I come in the following day, I just refer to it as my roadmap and hit the ground running.