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Three Interesting Things

Three Things, my post series, inspired by my love for bite-sized, tiny but mighty pieces of information.

One. This —

I have been listening to this free 21 meditation series. It started a few days ago, but you can still get in on it. Oprah and Deepak’s voices are super soothing and after 20 minutes of hearing them speak and then meditating for a short time I am practically comatose. Pro tip — Maybe don’t listen in the car!


Two. You Gotta Trick Yourself  —

If you’re facing a to-do list a mile long or tackling a bigger concept project and you’re feeling resistance to doing it, I hear you. While we all have resistance, the difference comes in how we deal with it. About how we work through and past it. The resistance is steeped in fear. Fear of working on something that matters to us and no one reads it, likes it, buys it, identifies with it. Blah, blah. Self-sabotage at its finest.

How to overcome this issue? You gotta set yourself up friend! I’m talking about knowing your trigger moments and putting structure in place to trick yourself. I’m big on this. I know that getting up early and exercising right away sets up my day. I know that making a list and setting working blocks of time is critical for me. I bribe myself with a podcast episode, a walk outside, and sometimes even gelato. I have six tried and true ways and now you do too because I’ve written a handy dandy guide for us all to get out there and bust through our fear and resistance.

What about you? What’s your self-sabotage of choice?


Three. Appreciation at Work.

We all like to be appreciated. Within our family, our friend group, and especially at work. In fact, results from a survey of 2000 Americans shows:

  • 81 percent of respondents said that they’d be willing to work harder for an appreciative boss. (WHOA — A big number!)
  • 70 percent said they’d feel better about themselves and their efforts if their boss thanked them more regularly. (Agreeeee)

Money is great and so are titles. Sure we all need a competitive salary, but after that, a thank you goes a long way. To the moon and back, friend.

I can attest to this 100%. A huge piece of my own story is rooted in my miserably working for a CEO whose mood swung wildly within moments. While he may praise you on Monday morning at 10:00 am, it was just as likely that at 10:05 am he would scream how worthless your work was and no you can’t send an email to that client because “He has to read all your outgoing emails to make sure you don’t make a fool of yourself.” OK, then.

But on the other hand, if he wouldn’t have been such a shit, I might not have moved on in such a big way and put an end to Operation Settle in Life that I was so successfully carrying out.

What about you? Do you have appreciation in your workplace? Or are you working and settling for less? You don’t have to, you know. I made changes and you can too.