We are well on our way into the new year.
Are you still on track to achieve your big, bold 2018 goals?
(Have you realized you maaay have bitten off more than you can chew?)
Don’t be too hard on yourself, it happens to the best of us. We get caught up in the magic of the holiday season and the possibilities of the new year. We wake up on January 1st determined, focused, and ready to take on the world…
...and we do!
We try and cram as many goals as we can into our new year plan. The only problem is, while most of us make a plan for the new year, many of us don’t think about it strategically.
(We often overestimate what we can accomplish in one year, and underestimate what we can do in three!)
That often leads to taking on too much all at once.
Instead of doing one or two things REALLY WELL, we end up trying to do way too much and either burn ourselves out or only scratch the surface of how successful we can be.
Do you want to give yourself permission to hit reset and start this year again?
LET’S DO IT!
Here are three easy steps to bring some simplicity into your 2018...
No. 1 WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO?
Make a list of all of the things you want to accomplish this year.
Go through that list and cross off anything you are doing because you think you “should” or because someone else told you to do it. Only have things on that list that you REALLY want to do, or guess what? You won’t do it!
Now put a star beside the simplest and most natural things to implement in your life or business. Choose goals that will be easy to incorporate into your current life or business that will allow you to stay on the course you are already on.
For example, if you are a trainer or coach, adding in public speaking might be a good goal for the new year to generate revenue and increase your client and referral base. Starting a dog walking business on the weekends to generate revenue might not.
Go through your list again and put a great big circle around the one to two things that you REALLY want to do. You now have simpler and more doable goals for this year.
(Don’t worry, you’ll get to those other things when it’s a natural next step!)
No. 2 WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO?
Make a to-do list incorporating all of the components required to create, launch, or achieve your goal.
If you're feeling overwhelmed, don't sweat it! You have all year to methodically tackle this list. Aren't you glad that you simplified your list of goals for this year?
(Side note: if Strategy isn’t your strong suit you can join me for this Simplifying Your 2018 Strategy event or book a private strategy session with me)
Next, create a work-back timeline for the launch or implementation of your goal. Pick a date to officially kick things off then work backwards to create a timeline and deadlines based on your to-do list above.
No. 3 DO IT!
Jump in with both feet | Go for it | Get started | Let’s rock!
You’ve got your what, how, and when...now it’s time to DO. Give yourself the space and time to make it happen. Remember, you’ve got a year to accomplish this so keep at it, stay focused, and follow your timeline.
It’s easy to lose focus, get distracted, or even fall off course. Especially if we feel bored or start listening to well meaning friends who suddenly have the “best” idea for our life or business.
Now is the time for those two lovely words to come out to play. Hustle and Grind.
This is when we get to hustle our buns off and make it happen. This is when we get to grind it out, day after day, and stick with it even when it feels repetitive, boring, or like we might be missing out on something shiny over there.
This is when we get to build our determination and persistence muscles.
(Ooh yeah, feel the burn!)
Continue to evaluate what’s working and what isn’t and adjust as you move through the year. Avoid jumping around from thing to thing and really give it a solid and consistent effort as you work towards your goals.
Make sure you’re having fun! If you’re not enjoying yourself that could be a signal you may not be doing what you really want to do or are out of alignment somewhere. Adjust accordingly.
Remember that nobody knows you or your business like you do! Trust your gut, stay the course, and continue to check in with how you feel so you know you’re on the right path.
Here’s to a simpler and successful new year!
Have you ever asked yourself, "How can I bring more ME to my life?"
That's been the only question on my mind since reshuffling my own life back in 2008. It's been 10 years of facing myself in the mirror, the good, the bad, and the ugly. It's been a decade of getting real with where and why I'm not living the life I truly wanted...and to change that story.
Thus kicked off what has felt like a domino effect of letting go of relationships, ideas, and situations that were no longer serving me over and over again for 10 straight years. I often felt as if I were standing naked, alone, and afraid in the middle of my life.
(Ha! Can you relate?)
Each time I stripped away a layer of what I didn't want (or, to put it more accurately, that layer was ripped away despite my kicking and screaming) I would be forced to ask myself what I really wanted to do, be, or have in my life.
I got to discover a more authentic me! I developed a deeper connection to myself and learned how to bring all of me out to play!
Read more on finding the love of my life [me!]. . .
Over the past 10 years it has gotten easier to tap into the real me and let go of those things that don't serve me quickly and more gently
(read: no more ripping)
My life is much more full of ME!
Equal energy relationships | Fulfilling projects | Exciting adventures | Successful business | Joy
...all of this built with intention and by design.
However, it can still be far too easy to slip into old patterns of playing small, not rocking the boat, and dulling our shine...and our dreams!
Bringing more YOU into the world takes self-awareness, self-acceptance, self-love...and of course courage!
As you dream of your future, set goals, build your life...are you bringing as much YOU into your life as you can?
Where can you take a small, courageous act to choose YOU and let go of what's no longer serving you?
(oooh, did that make your heart skip a beat?)
I invite you to face the mirror and reflect on the life looking back at you, the good, the bad and the ugly.
You can build your life by design based on what has value to you.
I love vision boards!
I've been making them since I was a wee one.
I got my first taste in elementary school with collages. In my teens we made them at work.
(Ask me how I "hit" my goal of saving $3000 in one day)
In my 20's I made a vision board every two years, filling a large cardboard sheet full of places I wanted to travel, things I wanted to accomplish, and fashion I wanted to wear.
In my 30's I began making smaller one-page vision boards every January filled with what I wanted to accomplish in the year to come. I focused my vision board around a single word or theme for the year.
As I grew up, I moved away from material items into how I wanted to feel year after year.
Confident. Connected. Free. Joyful. Organized. Focused.
All through the years, I've never doubted for a minute that what I put on my vision board would eventually come to be.
Vision boards work because when we put them somewhere we see them day in and day out, we can't help but be constantly visualizing what we want in our lives. Vision boards create a point of focus and drive for us.
It's easy to live life on autopilot and quickly forget our dreams and goals. Vision boards keep our goals and dreams alive and front and center.
We make different decisions in our lives. We become courageous, bold, persistent and determined in our actions.
We hold onto and work towards what we want to have in our lives.
We literally begin to live, choose, and think differently.
Last year my theme was SPACE. Creating more space in my life for me.
It worked and amazing things happened...and quickly!
(Side note: making oneself a priority becomes addictive)
This year I want more of that...I want more ME in my life.
What does that look like?
I will start saying NO to what isn't me a whole lot more. I'll stop shying away from the Heck Yeah's that drive me to express myself and boldly try new things.
I will reconnect to the bold, courageous adventurer in me and start having more fun!
How about you?
What do you want to feel this year?
What is your intention for the next 12 months?
What do you want more of in your life?
What will you put on your vision board?
This year I created a Virtual Vision Board.
That way I can save it to my desktop, my iphone, print it out and carry it in my binders and tape it to my walls.
(Plus it's just easier, faster, and much less waste!)
Below I've laid out the steps for you to create your own virtual vision board.
Be sure to share it in our Facebook group, Bold Connections, when you're done so we can ALL support your vision for a radical year ahead.
Dream Big, Be Bold, and Have Fun!
Go to canva.com and create an account.
Once you've signed up you can Create a design.
Decide if you'd like a landscape/horizontal or portrait/vertical vision board and select the appropriate design.
Click Elements from the feature bar on far right.
Click Grids and choose what image grid you'd like to use.
Search Google or Pinterest for images that represent what you want more of in your life this year.
Save the images to your computer.
Click upload from the feature bar on the far left hand side then click the green upload your own image bar.
Once your images are uploaded they will appear below the green bar.
Drag your image one by one into your preferred box on the grid.
NOTE: If you want to delete an image make simply click the image then click the trash can on the upper right side of the screen. Delete the image only, not the element. If you delete the element the entire grid will be deleted!
Play around with adding Text and other Elements (like coloured shapes) from the features bar on the far left.
When your virtual vision board is done click Download from the top right of the menu bar.
Select your preferred format (png, jpg, or pdf) and click the green download bar to save it to your computer.
Congratulations! You now have shiny new vision board for the new year.
Come join our Facebook group, Bold Connections, and share your vision board with the group so we can support you in making your goals a reality all year long!
Happy International Women’s Day!
I spent the morning at a Women’s Day panel event promoting #GoSponsorHer - a social media initiative promoting senior leadership in organizations sponsoring emerging women leaders in their careers in order to pave the way for meaningful connections and professional advancement….and to be loud, proud, and social with it.
(You can get involved here: gosponsorher.com)
The discussion today was about gender equality and diversity in the workplace and the message was loud and clear: not only is gender equality the right thing to do, it is also good for business.
The panellists shared various stats about the impact of diversity on a company’s bottom line, including this comprehensive study by McKinsey & Company, Women Matter: Gender diversity, a corporate performance driver.
The McKinsey & Company study presented evidence correlating the number of women on management teams and how well companies perform.
The study says, “Gender diversity is not just a social concern. Our new study suggests that it could create a competitive edge to address the global challenges that companies will face in the near future.”
As shared by Mark Wiseman, Senior Managing Director, BlackRock, “Gender equality is not a women's problem, it is not a men's problem, it is a business problem...it is a business opportunity."
I found something powerful recently. Something that had never occurred to me before. Something so important and obvious and yet out of my grasp for so long I thought I'd never find it. Never feel it.
I found the love of my life: Me.
"Well, no d'uh," you're probably thinking, "how could you not?"
But you guys...I didn't!
I thought I did. On paper it made sense. I knew it was important and I almost had myself convinced that I did. I said lovely platitudes to myself. I smiled at myself in the mirror and said, "Hey lady, you're pretty cute! You are super smart and great at what you do. You are a fantastic speaker and trainer and you are so good at connecting with people and showing them their brilliance, blah blah blah blah..."
Notice what I wasn't saying though...
Do you have the guts to be authentic?
We hear this word everywhere these days, Authentic.
Living authentically. Being our authentic selves. Speaking with authenticity.
What does it look like to be authentic? Or perhaps more importantly, how do we tune-in to when we are not being authentic so we can uncover any insecurities we feel we need to hide behind a mask of inauthenticity? And how does this change the way we network and the connections we make?
Inauthenticity when networking will feel fake. Like we are putting up a false bravado or hiding what we feel we lack. It makes it difficult to connect and creates a wall between us and the outside world.
“Comparison is the thief of joy.” - Theodore Roosevelt
I don’t know anyone who doesn't feel inferior and lacking when comparing themselves to others. We feel the need
I’m always on the lookout out for fun and engaging networking events around the city. It’s a great way to meet new and interesting people who are shaking things up in their professions or business start-ups. It’s also a fun way to build new friendships and professional relationships on neutral ground. As an added bonus these events usually involve featured speakers and training so you get the benefit of professional development!
Recently at a networking event I noticed something incredibly frustrating while getting to know new people. It took me three, sometimes four attempts to find out what they did for a living.
Here is how these conversations went:
Me: “What do you do?”
Them: [insert general and vague response here]
Me: “Ok, so what does that mean?”
Them: [insert alternative general and vague response here]
Me: “Alright, so what does a typical day look like for you?” (I’m really trying to get an idea of what this person does and it is not coming through)
Them: [insert example of a typical problem they solve or service they offer]
Eureka! Finally, we were getting somewhere.
This was not only frustrating, but also incredibly confusing. Why were people not being clear about what they do for
"Hello, my name is Lindsay Johnson and I teach people how to network. What do you do?"
I want you to pause and really think about it: what do you do?
When answering this standard question at most networking events what do you say?
“I’m a project manager”
“I’m a financial planner”
“I’m a teacher”
“I’m in communications”
Have you noticed that we associate what we do with who we are? The activities that we do day in and day out to pay our bills have become synonymous with our personal identities.
And while lots of us lead very interesting and even groundbreaking lives, a lot of the time we provide such a boring and non-engaging answer to this rather important question.
If you’ve ever watched someone’s eyes glaze over or head slowly nod as they say “cool” or “that sounds interesting”
Recently a friend and I were at a dinner and book-signing event with a prominent historical author and speaker. I had been to similar events at this particular venue, and in fact had heard this speaker the year previous as well. I spent the evening reconnecting with familiar faces, engaging in heated conversations with unfamiliar faces, and enjoying an evening of laughter, intense discussions, and connectivity with everyone in the room who had been brought together through common interests.
Until…I got caught in the nice trap!
I had inadvertently found myself outside of the conversational loops of which I had come to enjoy, and stuck in a pointless, never ending, and quite frankly inappropriate conversation with a friend of a friend. I was not enjoying it.
But I wanted to be Nice.
To make matters worse, the keynote speaker was not two feet away from me enjoying an after dinner drink and
I love attending various training events that include diverse keynote speakers who share their expertise and passion with the attendees. I’m like a sponge, soaking up the information they share, assimilating what I’ve heard and thinking of how I can apply it to my own life or business. I’m often madly writing notes as I let their words inspire my own creativity and leave these events with new ideas or refreshed ways of looking at challenging situations.
One of the most invaluable aspects of these training events is the Q&A that happens during the talk or directly after if you can snag some face time with the speaker. Something to keep in mind as you throw your hand in the air or make a bee-line to talk to the speaker is that there is a certain social etiquette in which to adhere.
For example, have you ever been to an event where someone gets reeeeally personal when asking questions in front of the entire audience? Or perhaps someone asks such a specific or off-topic question that the rest of the audience is completely lost. Recently I was standing with a group of people waiting to talk to a speaker and one of
Digging into the way we connect with ourselves and the world.