018: Take action and get things done

An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory

[Ralph Waldo Emerson]

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It’s easy to wait until your kids are older.

It’s easy to wait until you have more spare time.

It’s easy to wait until you’ve ticked everything off your to-do list.

It’s easy to wait until you have the perfect plan in place.

But guess what?

That day will never come because the right moment doesn’t exist.

It’s really hard to start, but once you do, you’ll start to build momentum.

Remind yourself that every single thing you’ve ever achieved, however small, has been the result of taking action.

You have a choice.

You can do nothing. Or you can make a start.

In this weeks episode of The Friday Café, Michelle Dawson and I talk about one of my favourite subjects and something that is fundamental to achieving success. Taking action.

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This weeks challenge:

My challenge for this week is to gain a deeper understanding of your goal and start to overcome the fear of achieving it by asking yourself these four questions:

What would my life would look like if I achieved my goal?

What makes me excited about my goal?

What’s the worst thing that can happen if I go ahead with my plan?

What would my life would look like if I don’t achieve my goal?

 

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Then tell me in the comments. What is your goal, and most importantly, what action will you take to fulfil it?

Hope you enjoy the show.

Now, Go Conquer Motherhood!

Lisa York x

 

Show Notes:

BOOK: On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

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016: Discover Why your Heart should Rule your Head

Your heart knows things that your mind can’t explain

 

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I should say yes.

My children are begging me to say yes.

My friend thinks I should say yes.

My head says I should say yes.

Logically, I should say yes.

Rationally, I should say yes.

That’s it. I’ll say yes.

But it doesn’t feel right.

My gut says no.

I’m not sure why it says no.

But it does.

So, what is my answer?

The answer is no.

In this weeks episode of The Friday Café, Michelle Dawson and I talk about following your intuition and why it’s wise to following your hunch to say no, even when everyone else thinks you should say yes.

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This weeks challenge:

My challenge for this week is to find a pocket of silence, just for 5 minutes somewhere in your day, and start to listen – really listen – to what the voice in your head is telling you.

You probably won’t hear anything at first but don’t feel frustrated and give up if it doesn’t happen straight away. Stick with it, give it time, but do it regularly.

Eventually you’ll start to hear it above the rest of the noise in your life. And one day you’ll discover that your biggest ally and wisest mentor has been hiding out beween your very own ears without you even realising it.

Please leave a comment:

Then tell me in the comments. Did you manage to tap into your intuition? What did it tell you? How did it work out?

Now, Go Conquer Motherhood!

Lisa York x

Show Notes:

ARTICLE: HeartMath: The Heart Is More Powerful Than The Brain

RESEARCH ORGANISATION: HeartMath Institute

ARTICLE: 6 Techniques for Tapping Your Intuition

BOOK: The Power of Thinking without Thinking: by Malcolm Gladwell

PROFILE: Deepak Chopra

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014: Overcoming the Emotional Pain of Miscarriage

I fell in love with you in my womb. Now I carry you in my heart instead of my arms

As mums, miscarriage has probably touched our lives in some way.

One in four women suffer miscarriage, probably more. So if you haven’t experienced miscarriage yourself, chances are, you have a friend or relation that has.

I’ve had two miscarriages, both at opposite ends of the pain and suffering scale. The first was horrific, and the second, much less so. These words ring so true.

“I fell in love with you in my womb. Now I carry you in my heart instead of my arms”

I write through bleary eyes, even though it happened eight years ago.

In this weeks episode of The Friday Café, Michelle Dawson and I talk about our experiences of miscarriage which we hope will help you, or someone you know, through it.

You’ll always wonder who your baby would have been, but my sincere hope is that this will support you in your healing.

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Now, Go Conquer Motherhood!

Lisa York x

Show Notes:

ARTICLE: Coping with miscarriage by BabyCentre

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012: How to Retain your Willpower, Right through ’til Bath Time

Willpower is a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it gets

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Do you wake up in the morning with good intentions?

Today’s the day that I’m going to start running.

Today’s the day that I’m going to get my paperwork in order.

Today’s the day that I’m going to cut out chocolate.

But come the evening, you’re completely shattered, the kids are driving you crazy, and low and behold, none of it has been done, despite your good intentions.

And you feel like you’ve failed yourself again.

The good news is, the only thing that stands between you and your goals is willpower.

It’s not that some people have it and some people don’t.

No.

We all have willpower. And it’s a skill you can develop.

In this weeks episode of The Friday Café, Michelle Dawson and I talk about willpower and the determination to succeed.

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Tell us in the comments. What erodes your willpower? What do you keep planning to do, but keep putting off?

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Lisa York x

Show Notes:

EXPERIMENT: Stanford Marshmallow experiment

ARTICLE: Blame it on the Brain in The Wall Street Journal (which mentions the healthy vs. unhealthy snack experiment)

PROFILE: Roy Baumeister, social psychologist

PROFILE: Tony Robbins, motivational speaker and self-development author

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010: The Mind-Blowing Power of Saying Thank You

Keep your face to the sunshine and you will not see the shadows

[Helen Keller]

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Be grateful.

Say thank you.

We say it to our children all the time.

But are we practicing what we preach?

There is so much sunshine in our life, so much to be grateful for.

But we get so busy, we often don’t notice.

When things go wrong it’s easy to notice. The frustrations. The annoyances. The tiredness.

But finding things to be grateful for takes skill, and a change in mindset.

Helen Keller kept her face to the sunshine despite not being able to see or hear.

Can you do the same?

In this weeks episode of The Friday Café, Michelle Dawson and I talk about how you can keep your face in the sunshine by practicing gratitude.

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Lisa York x

Show Notes:

RESEARCH ARTICLE: A Grateful Heart is a Healthy Heart by American Psychological Association (APA)

APP: Gratitude Journal

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008: Stop Procrastinating with these Easy to Action Strategies

Procrastination makes easy things hard, and hard things harder

[Mason Cooley]

Tomorrow

If not now, when?

Someday. Later. Not yet. One day. Soon.

There’s always tomorrow.

But why not NOW?

It might be boring.
You might not feel like it.
You may not know how.

Overcome it, then take that critical first step.

It doesn’t have to be perfect.
Don’t let yourself feel overwhelmed.
And remember, you only fail if you don’t try.

Attack it, SuperMum. Then bask in the reward of achievement.

In this week’s episode of The Friday Café, Michelle Dawson and I talk about procrastination.

Listen to it NOW. Not tomorrow. Not next week. NOW.

 

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Tell us in the comments. Are you a procrastinator or an activator? What are you going to do this week to get things done?

Now, Go Conquer Motherhood!

Lisa York x

Show Notes:

VIDEO: Tim Urban: Inside the mind of a master procrastinator. This won’t give you any answers, but it’s well worth a listen if you’re a procrastinator or know one. Hilarious! And watching it will buy you an extra 15 minutes before you have to get going with that task.

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006: Stop Being a Victim with this Simple Mindset Shift

You can be pitiful or you can be powerful but you can’t be both at the same time.

[Joyce Meyer]

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Feel like tearing your hair out?
That’s understandable .

Running at full speed to get everything done?
Yeah, me to.

Fed up with the relentless demands that keep coming your way?
I get it.

Feeling sorry for yourself?
That’s up to you.

Because you choose how you show up in the world.

Are you the mum who moans about how hard it was to get the kids out of the house that morning?

Or are you the mum that, despite fighting that very same battle, chooses to be cheerful?

Sometimes a warm smile or a friendly good morning makes a world of difference. If only to yourself.

What will you choose SuperMum?

Check out this week’s episode of The Friday Café where Michelle Dawson and I talk about ‘poor me’ syndrome.

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Don’t forget to look for that silver lining this week and tell me in the comments,

‘What great thing did you find in a bad situation?’ You’ll find my answer in the comments below.

Go Conquer Motherhood!

Lisa York x

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004: The Definitive Guide to Loving Yourself

It’s not selfish to love yourself, to take care of yourself and to make your happiness your priority. It’s necessary

[Mandy Hale]

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You tell yourself,

I can’t cope with anything else.

I’m not capable.

It always goes wrong.

That pesky voice in your head. There’s always something negative to say, always a reason to keep you down, always telling you not to bother because you’ll probably fail.

But what if you could zap that inner critic with a hefty dose of self love and replace it with an inner cheerleader?

Because you are worthy.

You can cope.

And you’re an amazing mum.

Start to believe it and you’ll start to see it SuperMum.

In this week’s episode of The Friday Café, Michelle Dawson and I talk about the benefits of loving ourselves unconditionally. Because until we can, how can we expect love in return?

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Today I threw out a challenge to find a 30 minute window in your day to do something just for yourself. Tell me what you did in the comments.

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Lisa York x

Show Notes:

APP: Mindfulness Daily App

WEBSITE: The 5 Love Languages with Gary Chapman

BOOK: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up:  The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo

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002: Boundless Energy and How to Get It

The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel

[Anthony Robbins]

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Energy is a mum’s most precious resource.

Time runs out, but energy is RENEWABLE.

So when you finally get a pocket of time, boundless energy gives you the motivation to get the job done.

And you feel amazing for it.

So focus your time on renewing your energy, SuperMum.

Check out this week’s episode of The Friday Café where Michelle Dawson and I talk about the four ways to top up your energy tank.

 

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Tell us in the comments. What do you spend your energy on and what do you do to renew your energy?

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Lisa York x

Show Notes:

BOOK: The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz

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