3rd Annual 3-for-33 Gratitude Challenge is On!

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We are rapidly approaching Thanksgiving ~ a day to gather with family and friends, to celebrate all the wonderful abundance we enjoy in our lives, and to express our gratitude.

Did you know that gratitude is one of the most powerful tools for enjoying an ever-increasing amount of abundance in your business and your life?

It’s true!

So then, why would we want to limit that energy of gratitude to only one day out of the year?

It takes very little time or energy to create an attitude of gratitude every day of your life.

But it does take focusing on it . . . and that requires remembering to focus on it.

And the easiest way to remember to focus on something every day is to create a habit around it.

That’s why I’m hosting the 3-for-33 Gratitude Challenge again for the 3rd year in a row. {Three is a powerful number, so I know this year’s challenge will be off the charts!}

There are 33 days between Thanksgiving and the New Year’s Eve. Do you think you can take 5 minutes a day to simply jot down three things that you are grateful for each day for 33 days?

If you do, you will be amazed at how your life starts to get a bit brighter, things start falling into place a bit easier, people around you are a bit cheerier ~ and that’s just the beginning. Can you imagine what 2015 will look like when you’ve started to focus more on the things that are going really well?

To support you even more this year, I’m giving away my Great Day Gratitude Journal e-book to everyone who registers.

This e-book walks you through the reasons a gratitude journal is such a powerful tool, the {extremely} easy way to keep a gratitude journal, and the four easy steps you can take to create this highly supportive habit.

And, I’ll be sending you a reminder email each day of the challenge with some words of inspiration and a link to the 3-for-33 event on Facebook where challenge members will be posting their 3 things. {You can easily opt out of this email series if you’d like.}

By joining other like-minded business owners in creating this wildly supportive habit, you actually turbo-boost your results and increase your chances of success in creating your attitude of gratitude.

Click here to register for the 3-for-33 Gratitude Challenge. It’s free, easy, and fun.

We get started Friday, November 28th and we’re going to roll right into 2015 riding a wave of abundance!

It . . . Always . . . Gets . . . Better.

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train tracksImage by Tiago Gerken

A friend of mine once shared these words of wisdom passed on to him by his father:

It always gets better.

What a beautiful perspective to carry with you through the many peaks and valleys we all surely encounter!

Think about how profound those four little words are, as you repeat them slowly and hear them reverberating in your head.

It . . . always . . . gets . . . better.

Most of our stress and struggle is experienced when we are facing an unknown.

When we don’t have a clear picture of how something will unfold, we tend to fill that space with fear-filled thoughts of all the bad things that could happen.

What if I fail? What if I can’t generate the revenue I need to pay my bills? What if . . . .?

Suddenly, everything looks dark and gloomy and we can’t see how things could possibly work out in our favor.

But what if we could fill that space of uncertainty with a sense of calm assurance, a deep knowing that all is well all the time?

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Mind the Gap . . . and the Milestones

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mountain lakeImage by Tanvi Malik

Mind the Gap.

It’s a phrase you hear repeatedly in the London Underground.

This automated message was created in the 1960’s as a way to remind subway passengers to pay attention to the gap between the train door and the platform.

And it is still being played incessantly today, drilling the message into the subconscious minds of travelers through recorded messages delivered over the PA system and in ubiquitous signs displayed like wallpaper.

This is the very same message that is drilled into the subconscious mind of every business owner, entrepreneur, professional and otherwise success-seeking individual.

Keep striving.

Keep stretching.

Focus on the path ahead.

The variations on the Mind-the-Gap theme are endless.

While well-intended, this message can also be the cause of endless suffering.

Here’s how:

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5 Steps to Set Yourself Up for a Powerful Week

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trello screenshotImage via Trello

You know those weeks when you feel like you are in the zone ~ highly productive, focused and efficient?

When you’re in that place, you can literally feel yourself moving closer to your goals as you make tangible progress on those less urgent, but highly important projects.

I’ve been there . . . but I haven’t been there in a while, and I missed that feeling.

So this weekend, I challenged myself to get back on track and set myself up to have a Power Week.

Here’s what that process looked like.

1. Choose to Make a Change.

I first had to decide that I was ready to stop floating along in Reactive Mode and move back into a more Proactive Mode.

This step may be the most critical ~ without this choice, you are just operating from should-riddled guilt and obligation, and that’s neither fun nor effective.

2. Be Easy on Yourself.

I next had to resist the temptation to beat myself up for not already operating in Proactive Mode. {Holly, seriously? You know how this works. You teach this stuff, so why aren’t you living it right now? Get it together!}

It’s a lot easier to be kind to yourself in these situations when you realize that there is an ebb and flow to everything.

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Shame and the Girl with the Yellow Meal Ticket

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Shame_unsplash_VolkanOlmezImage by Volkan Olmez

Shortly after publishing the post Stop Comparing Your Stock Room to Others’ Window Displays, I came to the realization that I have only been showing you my window displays ~ the methods, mindsets, tips and tricks that I have found to be so helpful in my journey as a business owner. But I have {unintentionally} been hiding from you all the gut-wrenching, self-doubting, limiting-belief-driven experiences that led to those discoveries. Well, buckle up, because it’s about to get real as I pull back the curtain on my stock room and share with you one of those experiences that happened just last week. . . .

This has been a year of massive transition in my life and with my family. Among other things, my son and first-born child moved across the country to attend college and begin his own independent life. And, my mother and sister who have lived with me for the past several years recently moved in with another one of my sisters.

All of this transition has led to the decision to sell my house and down-size. As part of this process, I had been purging clutter like nobody’s business. {The folks at the local Goodwill know us by name now.}

After all the people were moved and the clutter was purged, the next step was to organize the house so it would show well in photographs and to potential buyers. This posed a challenge, especially in the bonus room/bedroom that now contained only a piano and a sleeper sofa with a broken leg.

One day last week, I spent the morning with my realtor touring other houses for sale in our area that were similar in size and features so that we could get a feel for the appropriate listing price.

What an eye-opening experience! All of these houses looked like model homes in a showcase neighborhood ~ gorgeous furniture, stunning decor, gleaming appliances and surfaces that would pass a white-glove test prior to a visit from the queen.

All I could think about was my home that at the time housed dust bunnies that had spawned colonies of baby dust bunnies, half-empty rooms with mismatched furniture, and appliances and surfaces that were in need of some 409 and elbow grease. Ugh!

That evening, it was time to tackle the bonus room. We spent two hours trying to arrange, rearrange, and re-rearrange that room with some odds and ends of furniture, but nothing was working.

That was when I lost it. Something came over me and I became very irritable, grumbling, griping, and yelling something like, “This is pathetic! We are like the Clampetts in The Beverly Hillbillies! You can’t rearrange Early-Attic crap and make it look good ~ it’s still just a bunch of mismatched crap!”

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