A Simple Checklist For Navigating Advice

A Simple Checklist For Navigating Advice

I have this wonderful client who is working really hard right now on getting her business up and running and off the ground.

She’s doing the sometimes messy but oh so meaningful work of figuring out who she really wants to be in her work, how she wants to work with the people she’s so excited to serve, and how she really wants to be spending her days too.

But during a recent call together something felt a little off. My client was feeling scattered and overwhelmed and had made some changes to her messaging and approach that no longer really felt like the amazing woman I had been getting to know throughout our calls.

Digging a little deeper together, what came to the surface is that she had recently connected with a business expert in her local area who has given her some very specific advice on how she should be running and building her business. And even though that advice didn’t really resonate with my client’s own values and vision for her work, she felt like she didn’t have permission to not implement what was being advised seeing as the person doing so was successful in their own work.

And here’s the thing: I’ve seen this happen many times before.

A client is finding their flow with their work and taking bold and brave steps forward towards building a creative business and life that truly lights them up, and then they stumble across a podcast or a blog post or perhaps a business consultant that sounds oh so convincing that can suddenly distract them from their own path.

This isn’t to say that looking for advice and guidance is wrong, there is so much wisdom and insight to be found online and offline to support us in our journeys. But where we can sometimes go wrong is when we take on-board advice that doesn’t truly serve us and our work - the tricky part is being able to tell the difference between the two.

That’s where this simple checklist comes in.

These are the questions I ask myself whenever I’m navigating an external opinion, perspective, or philosophy and seeing if it’s something that I want to take on board in my own work and life.

Five Ways To Bring A Little More Joy Into Your Workday

Five Ways To Bring A Little More Joy Into Your Workday

There’s this fantasy about being self employed, where you work from home and never have to feel overwhelmed, or bored, or dissatisfied by your work ever again.

But like with most fantasies in life, the reality can look a little different.

Don’t get me wrong, I adore my business and the work I get to do each week. I feel grateful beyond words that this is the work I get to do in the world.

But I’ve also lost count of how many times I’ve found myself in a little bit of a funk throughout the past five years of working for myself too.

It’s so easy to make daily decisions on autopilot that don’t actually support us to find a whole lot of joy in our workdays, and sooner or later things can start to feel a little monotonous along the way.

And because we don’t have any co-workers or a boss to check in with it’s up to us to find a way to bring that spark of joy back into our days, to make working from home feel closer to that fantasy we used to dream so much about.

Here’s the thing: there will always be deadlines to meet, emails to reply to, taxes to file, the list could go on and on. But I learn time and time again that my best work happens when I prioritise making my workday as joyful as it can be, instead of just counting down until I can be done for the day.

How that looks like you for might be wildly different than it does for me, but I thought I’d share with you today five little things that are making a big difference to how I navigate my workdays at the moment.

A Mini Guided Journal To Remind You Of How Awesome You Are

A Mini Guided Journal To Remind You Of How Awesome You Are

Introducing Keep Going, You’re Doing Better Than You Think

A mini guided journal to remind you of how awesome you are…

Time and time again I see the pressure my clients put on themselves to be reaching new goals and milestones, to be keeping up with the pace of those around them, to be avoiding failure at all cost. And what I also see is how powerful it is for them to slow down a little and bear witness to everything they already have to be proud of, to how awesome they already are.

Because I find that it’s only when we start to really believe in ourselves that we’re then able to move forward with the courage and momentum that we need to keep going along the way.

So this mini guided journal is here to help you do exactly that, to bear witness to everything you already have to be proud of, to how awesome you already are. What you’ll find inside are ten journalling prompts to hold space for you to see that you’re not failing or falling behind, that instead you’re exactly where you’re meant to be right now and you’re oh so capable of moving forward in whatever direction you feel pulled to, too.

My biggest hope is that what you uncover in this guided journal can encourage and empower you to keep going, to know deep down in your soul that you are wildly capable of more than you even know.