how to stay focused right now

Is anybody else finding it really hard to focus right now?

Working on one thing only, for a few consecutive hours seems impossible sometimes, doesn’t it? Between social media, your people, deadlines + real self-care, where does the time go? It’s easy to feel like there are not enough hours in a day… at least, I was starting to feel that way + then I saw this {again}…

I know you’ve already seen it before too. But the simplicity of it has hit me hard for 2017; it’s not about your time, it’s about your priorities. You will slay or you will not slay. No in between. So with that in mind, here are a few things I am doing to stay focused on my goals this year.

  • choose an accountability partner + set a schedule. I am not talking about the friend that convinces you a bag of chips is an acceptable meal. I am talking about the tough love friend that sees you clearly + can speak to your vision with their eyes closed. The friend that listens + pays attention. The friend who looks you in the eye + says “get your sh*t together + stop being so basic.” Ouch. Yes, that one. Set a time to talk to that friend once a week for one hour {preferably on a Monday to set the tone!}. Never miss this call + never let her down. But also, if you do not have a friend who’s that committed to you, you can use me…for real, click here. 
  • set micro goals. You have a big ambitious dream, but you also have to get things done every day to make it happen. I have found that, taking some time on Sundays to set a few “must complete” goals for each day of the week, really goes a long way to maintain momentum + build your confidence. You don’t scale a mountain by leaping; you do it, one step at a time…without stopping!
  • f*ck personal social media use + internet surfing + watching TV. You know exactly what I mean here. If you make time to watch a cat climb a yogi in downward dog or know exactly what’s happening in like 6 shows or have to check at least 3 blogs/gossip sites before you can start your work – YOU ARE WASTING YOUR TIME + more important, YOU DO NOT GET TO COMPLAIN THAT YOU DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH TIME. Honestly, this is my biggest pet peeve, if you can speak on everything but your own productivity, then you’re not taking yourself seriously. You are not taking your goals, your work or your vision seriously. Make some necessary disciplined decisions about how you allocate your time. Right now.
  • stop eating like a 13 year old. My work + research in holistic nutrition has shown me, time + again, that you’re eating all the wrong things for focus + productivity or worse, hardly eating at all. Sugar, dairy, processed foods, refined carbohydrates + skipping meals are bringing you down. Period. Sure the temporary biochemical response feels good, but these foods do not have enough of what it takes to fuel the mind + body of a successful person. If you’re using food for comfort + stress management, you are placing your capacity for wealth at the mercy of your food cravings. Sounds risky right?
  • learn to meditate. You have heard this already, but it’s with good reason. The fastest + simplest way to keep your focus is to learn to meditate. Just like an athlete trains the body for their sport, you can train your mind for your life. Yes, I admit {without apology} this is a service I offer, but this fact does not make learning to meditate less valuable to you. If you haven’t already figured out that self-mastery is essential to your success, your journey is much longer than you think my friend. I teach high-performance meditation to people who want to go further, faster + who just want to be better at everything {to work with me + schedule your required introductory session, go here}.

Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.― Zig… Click To Tweet


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hard question of the month: are you willing to rethink your goal if you aren’t motivated enough to pursue it?

Never be romantic about how you make your money.

― Gary Vaynerchuk

 

Seriously.

Get more Gary Vaynerchuk in you life:

powerful simple advice from future Jets owner @garyvee Click To Tweet

Love makes us wake up in the morning with a sense of purpose and a flow of creative ideas. Love floods our nervous system with positive energy, making us far more attractive to prospective employers, clients, and creative partners. Love fills us with powerful charisma, enabling us to produce new ideas and new projects, even within circumstances that seem to be limited… Love leads us to act with impeccability, integrity, and excellence. Love leads us to serve, to forgive, and to hope. Those things are the opposite of a poverty consciousness; they’re the stuff of spiritual wealth creation.

― Marianne Williamson

hard question of the month: are you ready to replace your excuses with effort this year?

a note to you

Dearest,

I hope this note finds you well.

You may have noticed that I have not updated this blog since July; I have been working on my first book Back With Infinity™ + have not been able to attend to everything with the same level of commitment as required.

I will be back at it in January 2017.

Until then, I trust you will pursue your ambition with your whole heart.

You are amazing. 

Warmly,
Alicia.

link up issue #1

1. Tony Robbins x Marie Forleo

If you haven’t seen Tony Robbins’ documentary “I Am Not Your Guru” on Netflix {I talked about it in my last post here}, you should definitely watch the film before you watch this amazing episode of MarieTV. Marie Forleo asks Tony a lot of the questions that dig deeper into his work + gets to the useful grit for anyone with heart strong ambition + big dreams.

click here to watch

“our competitive advantage is love”  

 

2. the power of resilience

Harvard Business Review is one of my favourite business journals to read; they put a lot of research + insight in their articles. The reader is always left with clear guidelines + comprehension of the subject matter. As the business world catches up to the holistic wellness world, experts are correlating emotional wellbeing + fitness to success + longevity. I found an old article from a 2002 edition that speaks to the power of resilience; it’s an important read for anyone trying to heal + grow + achieve at the same time. we could all use a bit more.

click here to read

“More than education, more than experience, more than training, a person’s level of resilience will determine who succeeds and who fails.”

 

3. Rich Roll x Gary Vaynerchuck

The Rich Roll Podcast is ons of my favourites. Rich does a really great job of getting the best from his guests + giving the listener so much to apply to their own lives + goals. If you haven’t been introduced to Gary Vaynerchuck, his books or his work, this may be a great place to start. I cannot articulate how special Gary is for the world of entrepreneurship + business. He is a lighthouse for anyone that wants to step up to their potential.

click here to listen

“You’ve got to know what you are good at — that’s the game. If I had a potion that could allow somebody to become fundamentally self-aware and know what they’re good at, they would all win.”

you should watch this

 

It’s no secret I am a big Tony Robbins fan. I believe in his work. This documentary is epic. It breaks in. Breaks through. And scratches the surface of our human potential once we cut away + heal all the bull sh*t holding us back.  Somehow this film is not about Tony Robbins. It’s about you.

Unstoppable.
Powerful.
Epic.
YOU.

warmly,
alicia.xx

p.s. it’s streaming on Netflix right now. 

You cannot find true + lasting success if you do not find yourself first. #aliciasays Click To Tweet

hard question of the month: are you going to let your past determine your future?

Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself and be lenient to everybody else.

― Henry Ward Beecher

hard question of the month: are you financially independent yet?

hard question of the month: how am I going to live today to create the tomorrow I’ve committed to?

{originally posed by Anthony Robbins}

I want to be in the arena. I want to be brave with my life. And when we make the choice to dare greatly, we sign up to get our asses kicked. We can choose courage or we can choose comfort, but we can’t have both. Not at the same time. Vulnerability is not winning or losing; it’s having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome. Vulnerability is not weakness; it’s our greatest measure of courage.

― Brené Brown

leadership lessons you can learn from the presidential candidates…yes seriously.

life lesson

hard question of the month: are you motivated by fear, anger or ego?

{p.s. the answer should be no to all of the above; remember success cannot be sustained by negative energy}

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