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7 Powerful Ways to Stay Energized and in the Zone All Week

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Why is it so hard to stay “on” and in the zone all week?  You can read all the motivational quotes and blog posts as much as you want, but things hardly go as planned.

Picture this:  you arrive at your desk and you’re already feeling a bit sluggish.  (“Brain fog” is a real phenomenon.)  Instead of getting down to business right away you take just one social media hit before you start any work.  Deep down, you know exactly what you should be doing.

But you’re not doing it.  Fast forward to Wednesday and you’re now drowning in the middle of one of “those weeks” where you’re off your game. The good news is that you can start and finish every week with unstoppable energy and motivation.  

Here are 7 powerful ways to stay energized and in the zone all week:

1. Visualize The Obstacles

Practically every self-improvement book and article ever written talks about the importance of visualizing success.  That’s okay but you’ll get better results if you also visualize the obstacles that could get in the way of a successful week.

What are the occurrences that typically get in the way of you having a great week?  Think about these and write down what you can do to make sure they don’t trip you up too much when they inevitably arise.   

“One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.” – Albert Schweitzer

2. Forget About Goals

In his biography, Dilbert creator Scott Adams famously said “Goals are for losers.” Successful people instead rely on repeated actions that one can take to accomplish their specific goals.  For example, you’ll never accomplish a goal like “get one new high paying client this week” unless you have a set of repeated actions that, when done, will give give you a great chance of hitting that goal.

The person trying to land a new high-paying client is better off focusing on the repeated action of contacting at least 20 potential clients via social media per day to land that new client. Think about your big goals for the week and the repeated actions you can take that will make success inevitable.

3. Keep A Scorecard

Keeping a scorecard is one of the best ways to stay in the zone all week.  Continuing our above example, if your goal was to contact at least 20 potential clients per day via social media, it’s important that you keep score of how many you actually contact.  You can use a spreadsheet or even just a pen and paper to keep track of this.  The act of keeping score itself will keep you motivated throughout the week.     

4. Play To Your Strengths  

You’ll find it easier to stay in the zone if you focus on activities you have a natural inclination for.  If you’re constantly spending your time on things you hate, you’ll lack energy and motivation.

Ideally, you’ll want to eliminate any activities currently on your plate that are not in line with your natural strengths.  This is not always possible.  If you cannot limit an activity completely, consider outsourcing or automating it it.   

5. Eat Good Fats

Numerous scientific studies show that a diet high in dietary fats like nuts and avocados,

make it easier to maintain energy throughout the day.  Fat has also been shown to increase mental focus.

However, this only works if you limit consumption of carbohydrates, especially sugars and grains.  These will lead to the dreaded “sugar crash” that makes it difficult for you to stay in the zone.

6. Do Less

It’s a myth that ultra-productive people are getting a million things done every week.  Instead, they spend most of their time focusing on the few, high leverage activities that will really move the needle.

Before you begin your work day, identify the three most important things you need to do that day and the one thing that you must do.  By focusing on doing less, you’ll accomplish much much more.

“I continue to be drawn to clarity and simplicity. ‘Less is more’ remains my mantra.” – Stephane Rolland

7. Be Bored

We only have a certain amount of precious mental energy to use throughout the day.  And we’re better off using that mental energy on those few important activities that make all the difference.  Even doing “harmless” things like checking social media, playing on our smartphones and even listening to music can drain our mental resources.

We’re much better off “embracing boredom” as Cal Newport described in his excellent book, ‘Deep Work’. For example, instead of checking your email a during a break, just sit in a comfortable chair or go for a walk.     

Energize Your Next Week 

Combining this strategy and the others described in this article can be transformative for you. Picture this:  next Monday you arrive at your desk and immediately tackle your most important project for the day.

You feel energized and excited as the week progresses. You continue taking focused, consistent action throughout the week.  When obstacles arise (which they surely will), you don’t get discouraged. Instead, you calmly overcome them while maintaining your momentum.  You’re in the zone, and feeling wonderful.

On Friday, when you look back at your scorecard, you marvel about how much you just accomplished.  You just accomplished more in one week than you typically do in an entire month.

By implementing the ideas in this article you can and will make all your dreams come true and reach your highest potential.  So get to it!  An entire new world of productivity and success awaits you.

What are some ways you stay energized and in the zone all week? Leave your thoughts below!

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10 Tips to Deal With Negativity While Starting a Business

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There are ups and downs in business but fearing failures can stop you from taking your first step towards excellence. With pandemic on tow, aspiring entrepreneurs feel a little stuck when ideating a business prospect. Here, we give you some actionable tips to deal with negativity while starting a business, even during situations like a pandemic. We also took the liberty to throw in some amazing book recommendations that’ll help you enjoy the process of being positive and achieving your business goals.

10 Tips to deal with negativity while starting a business in a pandemic

1. Get a mentor

The first thing to do as a new business owner is to find the right kind of mentor. That person could be someone in your industry or in general who you look up to. The guidance must be apt for your business, and it should be a mutual responsibility of sharing knowledge. 

2. Two big R’s – Routine and Refresh

Made a mess of something? Try to reboot the situation and make it work. Take a break once in a while and refresh yourself if you feel stuck or your ideas feel mundane. Plan a routine and stick to them – both personal and professional. Having a routine can increase productivity and engage in more activities apart from your pre-planned schedule. 

3. Inculcate problem-solving mentality

Do not panic once you are thrown a problem. Arrange a meeting with the respective party, listen to both sides of the stories, and make a decision that is more realistic and feasible. 

4. Hire half and half

Whenever you hire someone for your business. Make sure that half of the people contradict your ideas, and the other half have the same mindset as yours. The people who contradict can bring in more valuable points and their perspective might take the discussion to a whole new level.  Don’t take too much time finding the perfect one. Hire an apt person who can have the right attitude. 

5. Network, Network, and Network

Find like-minded people and mingle with them. Be more sportive in the learning process. Listen more and talk less – if you are a beginner. You can only be a constructive person who gives input to someone if you have listened to everyone’s point of view. If you feel down, your network might have something to uplift your mood and change your perspective on something. 

“Negativity, in general, is one of the things that holds people back, and you have to see what’s holding you back to get away from it.” – Lucy Dacus

6. Tech-savvy personnel

Learn a thing or two about the latest technology that you implement in your organization. Since the world revolves around technology, make sure your administrative authority knows as well.  

7. Don’t schedule a meeting, that could have been an email

Yes! I said it. Having unnecessary meetings will weaken the purpose of having a constructive discussion. Having back-to-back meetings drains the team members and yourself too. Always have a 10 to 15 minutes break between each meeting to feel refreshed and give your 100%. 

8. Have a pros and cons list

Always, I mean always have a pros and cons list. Let’s say one of your team members pitch an idea to improve the marketing strategies starting next month. Jot down the pros and cons before approving or rejecting it point-blank. It’s a systematic way of making a decision. 

9. Track your finances

Even if you have a team of accountants and auditors, make sure that you are present (both mentally and physically) – learn if you are not aware of it. Trusting your employees is a must, but not overseeing the records is a mistake that should be avoided. 

10. Remember your “why?”

At some point in your hectic schedule or not having ME time can get to you. During those tough times – ask yourself – “Why am I doing this?”. If you can answer this question with a valid explanation, you’ll feel energized. Because “A purpose drives you”. 

5 Best books to read to be more positive as an entrepreneur

Reading always puts me into perspective. Therefore, I took some liberty to give a sample of positivity and determination through words. 

These are the 5 books that’ll guide you to be a more positive and successful entrepreneur. 

  1. Attitude is everything by Jeff Keller – The decisions you make, the routine you set for yourself, and the affirmations you say to yourself every day are going to make a huge difference. If you feel tired, hopeless, and quitting – then this book is for you to boost you up!
  2. Mindset: The new psychology of success by Carol Dweck – You do what you think. In this book, the author talks about two mindsets: The growth mindset and the fixed mindset and what they’ll do to you respectively. She helps you recognize your mindset and change it for the better. 
  3. Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen – This book is about technology uprisings all over the world and businesses that adopted and implemented technology in their firm. The author teaches you that just because your competitors and others are adopting something into their businesses doesn’t mean that you have to as well. Make an informed decision. 
  4. As A Man Thinketh by James Allen – This book specifically is about the power of thought and how it shapes your life into a more meaningful and fulfilling one.
  5. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle – The author talks about how people always keep thinking about what the future holds but then forget to live and enjoy the present. And also helps us understand how to make decisions more efficiently based on the present. 

Working towards inner balance requires consistency and perseverance. So does hard and smart work. Being negative is a part of our lives. It’s important to channel it appropriately and make things happen despite the roller coaster ride that is our lives. Hope you overcome your fears and negativity to shine bigger and brighter. Cheers! 

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