Controlling Your Focus: Bookmarks Bar

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Every morning when I set up an online yoga class, I have to do a google search for the ONE website that I use.

Every morning I think “I should set up a bookmark for that so I don’t have to search for it”, followed by “ohhh that’s not going to fit with the other bookmarks I have and hardly ever use, I’ll clear it out and add it later”.

I never did, until this morning.

It took all of 5 minutes and it will save me plenty more than that not having to search for my chosen yoga website every morning, and being distracted with what bookmarks I did have.

As I was going through them I realised that I had been prioritising other websites that I hardly ever use (e.g. Trade Me), over a site that I used daily, benefited my mental and physical wellbeing, and was directly related to my goals.

I now have my bookmarks bar arranged by order of priority and use, with anything that trails off the end (requiring that extra click on the >> button, being of VERY low importance, and hidden where they can’t distract me from what I SHOULD be using my laptop for if I’m online. Health and wellbeing, writing, researching, and motivating.

Control your environment and what takes your focus!

Have a fantastic day guys, I hope you crush it!

 

Laveena

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Book Review: Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World

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Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers who changed the world was written and BEAUTIFULLY illustrated by Rachel Ignotofsky, for the children of the world (and in particular little girls).

I’ll get right to the point – if you are a parent, you should buy this book for your child…

Not only does it provide a fantastic list of female scientists, mathematicians, engineers, etc. for little girls to look up to, but it teaches all children to pursue their dreams with grit and perseverance!

As a science graduate myself, I recognized some of the women, but now know MANY more. I absolutely loved it this book and I HIGHLY recommend it!

Rating = 10/10

 

The Other Side of Reality TV

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It seems there’s always a reality star in the media these days, and very seldom is it to celebrate their successes and achievements. More often than not, it is to parade their failures for the discontented masses to feast on.

I’ve always been somewhat of an observer, often opting a restaurant table or park bench where I can sit and watch people go by. Judging by the absolute explosion in the popularity of youtubers these days who are basically filming and uploading their own reality show online, I am not the only one.

I really started to get into some of these shows when I started to want to find myself, and began “window shopping” for who I wanted to be (see my recent post “Window Shopping for the Soul?” to see what I’m talking about).

I am no fool, a large portion of the content of these shows is highly manipulated and carefully edited to tell the story that will get the most views. The selection of reality stars in each group is no different, with some being cast purely to stir the pot. This doesn’t dismiss the fact that all are very successful in their own right, and everyone has their own struggle, no matter what walk of life they come from.

However, there is usually at least one stand-out star in the bunch whose genuine and admirable (I think) qualities shine through to me, and I have watched on, being motivated and inspired by the way they handled themselves, their careers, and personal lives, and all while being followed around by the world.

I have listed a few of these below, but please note, I have only listed shows and facts that I could think of off the top of my head. This is not meant to be an extensive bio!

These include, but are not limited to:

  • Bethenny Frankel: Mother, Author, Entrepreneur, chef and star on the Real Housewives of New York, and The Apprentice
  • Kandi Buruss-Tucker: Wife, mother, singer, songwriter, record producer, mega-entrepreneur/queen of her empire and star of the Real Housewives of Atlanta
  • RuPaul Andre Charles: Actor, Drag Queen, singer, songwriter, and producer and host of Ru Paul’s drag race (along with soo many of the brave, creative and motivated contestants on the show, that there’s no sense in listing them all)
  • Erika Gerardi: Wife,  mother, singer, actress and star of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Seeing a pattern here are we? Strong, independent men and women, who aren’t afraid to work hard, stand up for what they believe in, and be themselves no matter what? These are some qualities I can get behind.

Do I know if they’re genuine or not? Obviously not, I’ve never met these people before in my life. But have you ever been inspired by a character in a movie? a cartoon? a fairytale? I don’t think it matters where your inspiration comes from, it’s what you do with it.

I hope you’re having a fantastic day! Make the most of every second!

 

Laveena

 

Webinar Review: Staying Focused & Accomplishing More with Darren Hardy

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Darren Hardy is an author, keynote speaker and mentor, who focuses on increasing productivity, and other common sticking points for the ambitious.

Yesterday I tuned in to a webinar held by Darren, which identified 3 techniques used by the successful to stay focused and accomplish more. The webinar itself was just over an hour before I finally tuned out, with around the last half of it being the usual “webinar attendees only” special deal for whatever follow-on product the speaker is offering (but we’ll get to that in a bit).

The first and informative half of the webinar was however very useful! He discussed 3 main strategies used by the successful to stay focused and make the most of their time:

  1. Have a system in place to keep distractions away from them  and what they have chosen to focus their time on
  2. Limit the amount of decisions they have to make in a day, by creating autonomy and routine around the less important functions, and leaving them free to think critically about the important decisions
  3. Leverage their time, energy and focus for the important things, which will yield the highest return on their invested time, etc.

These things may seem like no-brainers, but that doesn’t mean we are doing them! This is also something Darren touched on. After all, just because we know how to get the summer body we want, it doesn’t mean we will all be strutting confidently in our bikinis next season!

The sales pitch I mentioned earlier, and which always follows a free webinar, was for a 90 day productivity training programme, along with a few other extras. Honestly, what he was offering did actually sound pretty good, but for me, I think the pitch just went on too long, much like any TV infomercial, and I tuned out. However, I’m sure it will be useful for those who purchased it!

He does send daily motivational emails and videos which are free to subscribe to (some motivational, some more sales pitch), so if you’re interested you can check out his website here.

Have FANTASTIC day guys! Go out and crush it!

 

Laveena

Window Shopping for the Soul?

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When I started on this journey to become the best version of myself, the first question that stumped me was “who exactly is that?”

Followed promptly by a barrage of others…

What do I want? What sort of person do I want to be? What do I stand for?

Even the smallest of activities resulted in an almost meditative decision-making process about what it meant for the person I wanted to be. I had been someone else on the outside for so long, that I didn’t know the person within.

I looked outwards toward the world, picking out qualities in others which I admired, and tried them on in my mind, just as any shoe lover might mentally “try on” the latest pair of Jimmy Choo’s. Some were scary, and forced me out of my comfort zone, others fit as neatly and perfectly as Cinderella’s glass slipper when Prince Charming finally tracks her down. All of them made me wonder why I had waited soo long. I had missed soo much.

If you are at a loss for the kind of person you want to be, just take a look around you. Hit the streets, the internet, try a new activity (ESPECIALLY if it’s something you wouldn’t have usually done!), and you may in fact hate it as much as you thought you would have, but you might also meet some amazing people, with equally amazing qualities.

Have a fantastic day guys and gals! Crush your goals!

 

Laveena

 

Site Name Change!

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Given I only have a handful of followers not many people will notice, but I have decided to change my site name!

I feel my new site name more accurately reflects the kind of content that I want to adding to the site…

  • Content that has inspired and motivated me
  • Struggles in my journey to achieve my goals and how I dealt with them
  • Lessons learned and tips for success!

I hope you all enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy creating it!

If you want to hear more on my plans for this blog, have a listen here.

Have a fantastic day today, and crush your goals! ♥

 

Laveena

P.S. I make no apologies for any excessive use of exclamation marks! I am an excitable person 😉

Finding my Mentor

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Since I graduated from University, I’ve been a little lost. I had a rough idea of what I wanted to do with my life (save the planet, make music, cuddle animals all day, make the world a better place for everyone and everything… you know, the usual), but I felt like I had to pick a path and focus my energy in a particular area.

I felt that if I wanted to be taken seriously and be hired into the corporate environment that I would have to conform to that mould, and after finally figuring out who I was, I wasn’t too keen to be put on the “corporate image leash”. On the other hand, I felt that if I chose the creative and humanitarian route, I would never be able to support myself financially, and I would miss the technical challenges that would have come from pursuing my environmental career.

I was in a constant state of hesitation, and I ended up “going where the wind took me, as long as it was vaguely related to what I wanted”. While this hasn’t been a terrible misstep, and I have learned a lot along the way, I have indeed missed the technical challenges as predicted, and have found that after I have “earned my bread” I have less time than I would like to pursue creative and humanitarian endeavors.

I tried to talk to those around me, but found that their “advice” was heavily laced with their own fears and insecurities about what could go wrong. I needed to talk to someone who was out there chasing their dreams off the beaten path, crushing it, and would give me their true unbiased opinion. I needed to “reach up” as Grant Cardone would say.

You can’t reach your full potential by holding on to where you are – Grant Cardone

Yesterday I reached out to someone that fit this bill, I’ll call her S. I’ve always admired her for creativity, the way she has worked tirelessly to build her brand, and the way she has carried herself and pushed forward despite criticism, nasty tactics, and trying personal times.

In a surprisingly short conversation, the things I wanted, and what I needed to do, became as clear as day. As is often the case, deep down, I had always known what I need to do, I just needed someone to ask the right questions, and get me to say it out loud. It seems ridiculous to type it out, but it’s true, and I now have a plan of action. Today I walked into work with an almost fanatical smile on my face, a renewed spring in my step, and the weight of the world off my shoulders. Now the real work begins… taking action.

Finding the right mentor for you

Interested in finding your own mentor? Here’s a few tips:

  1. Decide what you want from them – do you want to learn the tricks of the trade from one of the best in your industry? Or do you just want to be able to bounce ideas of someone who has similar values, and can hold you accountable?
  2. Research potential mentors to make sure they match up with what you’ve decided you are looking for
  3. Ask them! But be honest with what you are looking for, and respect their right to say no.
  4. Establish some expectations to avoid any frustrations and disappointments (e.g. would they prefer you email any questions through so they can respond where they can?  Or would they prefer a phone call? How regularly would you like to meet with them?)
  5. Be flexible and respectful of their time – show up on time, let them know if you can’t make it to a scheduled meeting (with more than 5 minutes notice!), and be respectful of their advice and opinions (you don’t have to agree with their opinion to be respectful)

Have a fantastic day guys! Go out and crush it!

 

Laveena