I can’t believe it’s almost mid July, where has the time gone!? I have been ridiculously lazy with my uploads which stops today. I’ll be posting regularly every Wednesday and Friday evening. If you have any questions for me or any topics you would like me to write about then leave a comment down below. Anyway, back to the purpose of this post. I am starting a new series called ‘Inspiring Reads’ where I will be sharing my current reads and what I’ve learnt from them.
Carrie Green is the founder of the Female Entrepreneur Association and author of She Means Business (SMB). SMB is full of tips and tricks mixed with anecdotes to inspire you to turn your ideas into a reality. Most of the time we make excuses so we can put our dreams on hold and everything else seems to take priority. All of a sudden tidying your room or running errands seems more appealing. One thing that I have learnt in the past year is that we are the only ones accountable for our dreams/goals. We have to be consistent, resilient and patient. It’s frustrating when you feel like you are working your butt and are not seeing immediate results. However, although you can’t see the process, it doesn’t mean that nothing is happening. If anything, take it as a good sign. Something better than what you expected is about to happen! Rome wasn’t built in a day.
“The one thing we have to keep on doing is showing up for our dreams and our ideas, because we’re the only ones that can turn them into reality.”~ Carrie Green.
I’m only half way through SMB but I wanted to share some of the tips that I have learnt so far:
1. Have a dream jar. You don’t need to buy one, you can use anything you have laying around. I’d recommend a shoe box and if you have a knack for DIY then you can spruce it up a bit! So what is a dream jar? Well, there’s a clue in the name. It’s essentially a container where you keep all your goals. For mine, I tore up bits of paper and wrote my goals on each piece, folded it up and placed it in the jar. Each day I pick two, pray about them and focus on them for the rest of the day.
2. You don’t need to have everything figured out before you execute your plan. It’s impossible to account for every problem that may come your way. Take each one as it comes along and adapt accordingly. You can’t become unstuck until you start moving.
3. “Explore the possibilities and see where the path leads you. It’s the action you take that will open your eyes and allow the clarity to unfold” ~Carrie Green.
4. If you don’t know how to do something, Google can teach you just about anything! Nowadays, there are so many resources at our disposal that we don’t have to fly blind. We can look at what people have done before us and avoid their mistakes and apply what worked for them.
5. Be aware of your thoughts. The first step in trying to achieve your goals is taking control of your mind. Positivity fuels productivity and progress. Personally, I think it is impossible to be positive 24/7 but prayer, meditation or small words of affirmation everyday can go a long way.
Even if you’re not intrested in becoming an entrepreneur, She Means Business has a lot of practical advice you can apply daily to your life to help improve career performance and achieve any life goals you may have. I wish I had read this book during my time at uni, it has been a life saver over the past couple of months!
What are you currently reading and do you have any book recommendations?
Thanks for reading!