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Maybe you’re busy or maybe you’re trapped in avoidance

By Lindsay Hindle | Focus , Mind , Performance , Persistence , Practical Tool

Bueller…? Bueller….? Bueller…? You’ve probably heard the legend of the great Mr. Ferris Bueller and his infamous busy day! He had a jam packed schedule of dining-and-dashing, admiring priceless works of art, crashing a parade, and even taking a dip in his neighbour’s pool.

…But was he really busy or trapped in avoidance? The real reason he did all those things was to avoid going to school. Classic case of being trapped in avoidance!

We’ve all been a “Ferris Bueller” procrastinator at some point in our lives. I want to help you recognise your reasons for feeling busy, because that may hold the key to creating the focus you need to move your life and business forward in powerful ways.

Why are you really busy?

Everyone says they’re busy. To improve your focus and productivity, we need to see exactly what you’re doing that keeps you so busy. Get a pen and paper (or coloured sticky notes, or a tablet, or the back of your arm if you prefer) and write down everything that’s on your to-do list each day for the next week.

Look at each item on your list. Why did you write it down? Is it because it’s a necessity (like paying bills on time, taking your kids to school, picking up groceries…etc), or because you’re trying to make yourself busy so you don’t have time for something else on the list?

Now, highlight these tasks you don’t want to do — tasks that you’d much rather sing Twist and Shout at the top of your lungs from a float in the community parade, than actually do!

For each of these tasks, make an action plan to get them done and be accountable to complete them. Do you need someone to give you a swift kick in the butt (figuratively I hope)? Will educating yourself on the subject make you feel more confident? Maybe you need to find a way to block out the world (aka Facebook) so you can hunker down and get ‘er done. Others beat this procrastination by promising themselves a reward when it’s completed (manicure anyone?).

How to make a productive task list

Before adding a task or project to your list, make sure it’s not an avoidance task. Did you add this item because because it’s critical (perhaps from a third party dependency)? Or is it something you’re doing to avoid doing the other tasks?

Take your list and prioritize. If you need, boost your confidence by adding 1 or 2 quick wins (or easy/quick tasks) between larger/scarier tasks you’re trying to avoid. A quick boost of confidence can help give you the strength and motivation to move on to the difficult tasks.


Success Is Equal Parts Stumbling + Directing

By Lindsay Hindle | Courage , Focus , Mind , Performance , Persistence , Perspective Shift

The average person doesn’t normally role out of bed and say to themselves “Gee, I take my brilliance for-granted!” So forgive me while I withhold your coffee & torture you to read this…IT REALLY MATERS THAT YOU DO.

A typical human has these two problems: #1 We don’t believe in our brilliance. #2 We don’t see how we take subtle things for granted.

Too bad for us humans that our brilliance doesn’t show up in flashing neon lights cause that makes us literally blind to it.

Have you been worried that you have any good ideas worth sharing? Or turning into a product, a service, a business, or a movement?

Well, let’s think this through…

Many amazing technologies and world improvements were discovered by accident. Sort of.

Discovery implies noticing.

Likely an idea, so micro-small it almost went unnoticed, was saved by a person literally deciding to scribble it down on a scrap of paper, despite the impulse to let it be a fleeting thought.

And luckily they set it aside and kept it safe. Until a few months later, a bird poop splat (or something) reminded them of it.

They retrieved this scribble and they DECIDED “why not see if this can work?”

And the rest is history.

So what is my point here?

Well, here is what I believe…

A successful life or business is equal parts stumbling and equal parts directing.

Stumbling becomes fruitful when you can SEE what’s coming through and DECIDE to do something with it. Direct it somewhere with purpose.

You’ve probably had thousands of stumbles. But have you chosen to direct any of them somewhere other than the back of some drawer (figuratively or literally?)

A lot of my giftedness has to do with getting people clear (ie. see yourself damnit!), focused, and taking intentional action (ie.self-direction) on their purpose-filled work in the world.

If your struggling with seeing or directing, I can help you.

A “Rapid Clarity Breakthrough Session” is a perfect place to start. Follow this link to schedule yours today:

It’s not a mistake, it’s evolution

By Lindsay Hindle | Courage , Persistence , Perspective Shift , Resilliency

The most common lesson I used to give my branding clients was “Consider this your first version, your brand will evolve.”

(FYI – I am no longer a brand strategist, I evolved into a people strategist!)

For new entrepreneurs, this didn’t make much sense. They almost had tunnel vision that they would launch with a perfectly created brand, attract the perfect clients right away, and everything would go on feeling perfect. After all, this was their pinnacle endeavour, all the prior years in corporate was the ‘training ground’.

It’s not unusual for us to create fantasies like this all over our life.

We hope maybe we can get it right the first time and we don’t have to learn what we don’t know.

Or we can ‘save’ ourselves failure, embarrassment, or ‘wasted effort.’

Or we simply think we’re done learning and figuring things out.

Did you know we’re the only species that can judge anything a ‘wasted effort’? And it’s this exact attitude that stands in the way of our ability to evolve for our highest good.

Effort and taking action always leads us to clarify what we didn’t know and what we couldn’t possibly know without trying.

This is why I really enjoyed working with established entrepreneurs coming back for a redesign. They’d gathered the wisdom through experience and knew what direction to head in next.

For the wisdom it delivers, experiential learning can’t be beat.

But you can let it beat you with the wrong attitude.

Personally, if I hadn’t been willing to explore and evolve from a communication strategist, to a health coach, to a mamma mentor, to Soulful Success Strategist, Five Sights Co. wouldn’t exist. Those three previous businesses weren’t ‘false starts’ or ‘wasted effort’,  they were necessary nesting places on my evolutionary journey.

I could never have predicted what I would learn before I started.

I couldn’t imagine all the ways I would evolve as a person, a coach, a wife, a mother, and a business owner.

All of these experiences made it possible for me to be the compassionate coach I am today and directly contributed to my lived experience of the five human geniuses Five Sights Co. works to unleash in others.

So if you’re in the middle of experiencing a mistake, perhaps a business experiment that’s not working out or a career that doesn’t seem to fit, ask yourself – is it really a mistake? Or is it part of my evolution?

To evolve means to gradually come into being. Being ok with that deeply connects you to a meaningful experience, not a ‘wasted’ one.

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