Thoughts on entrepreneurship: Use the negative for motivation

I suppose if you’re here, you’re looking for motivation to push you forward on your entrepreneurship journey. Sometimes, you may encounter difficult situations where you find yourself experiencing negativity as you hit hurdles in your business. One of the negative is experiencing jealousy. You see others meeting their goals rather effortlessly and you may wonder, why is it so easy for them and tedious for you. You may experience frustrations in your personal life that pull focus from your business. Perhaps you’re caught up in mental blocks that hinder your mental health because you feel stagnant. Regardless of the situation, know that you are not alone.

There are plenty of people like you and I going through the motions of creating, achieving and attaining success without the help of sponsors and investors. Your community will find you, and your tribe will grow. First, though, you need to take a step back and breathe. Go back to the drawing board and look at your strategies. Do you have enough content? Are you putting yourself out there? Sometimes we assume that we’re not achieving our goals faster because we’re stuck in our perception of our work. You perceive that others succeed effortlessly because they don’t publically broadcast their trials and tribulations. Everyone has their struggles. Whether they are large or small, businesses and their productivity rise and fall, and that’s part of the journey. Besides, imagine you peaked and met all your goals overnight without a strong foundation. Would the success be sustainable? You need to trust in your process and know that this is your journey.

Once you have taken a step back, look at all you have achieved in the past six to eight months. Even if you feel like it’s not enough, you’re sure to see that there are some results to analyse and motivate you. Next, you need to find a way to transmute the negative into a positive. This is why I say use it as motivation. Are you jealous of others? Look within and address the lack of self-esteem. Then look at their strategy and see if there are tips and tricks you can apply to your work. Maybe that person makes winning look easy because they wake up early to work out and prioritise their mental health. Whatever the case may be, study the people you deem successful and look at how you can apply changes to your routine to pull you away from the negativity.

Lastly, be grateful. We’re often so busy trying to secure the bag and shine that we forget to take time out to recognise our blessings. The fact that you have awakened to see your full potential, take steps to apply yourself and commit to making money doing what you love and what you’re good at is a blessing. There are people in the world who dream of having the nerve and audacity to follow their dreams, and instead, they’re stuck in jobs they hate. Some people don’t or can’t have jobs for personal reasons. You get to wake up and use your creativity, contributing to the evolution of society. So don’t succumb to the negativity and insecurities. Trust your journey.

Until next time.

~J

Thoughts on rest: Don’t underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep

The majority of the world is sleep deprived. Even when we sleep, often we aren’t gaining good quality rest. Our subconscious continuously absorbs societal programming even when our eyes close with our heads on the pillow. Sleep not only provides substantial rest, but it is also the opportunity for us to clean out mental, emotional, physical and spiritual gunk to attend the day with renewed energy. It provides vitality. That is why people say “you should sleep on it” when making an important decision. Just as we plug our phones into a socket to charge at night, we plug ourselves into sleep and out of the everyday hustle to charge. Many phenomena happen when you sleep.

  • Your breathing and heart rate slows down while your muscles begin to relax.
  • According to the Sleep Foundation ‘When measured during sleep, brain waves show clear patterns associated with each sleep stage. In the early parts of non-REM sleep, brain waves slow down considerably; however, in Stage 2 and Stage 3, there are numerous quick bursts of brain activity. In REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, brain activity accelerates, showing markedly different types of brain waves. Heightened brain activity is why REM sleep is known as the stage most associated with vivid dreaming.’
  • You dream. 
  • Your hormone levels fluctuate.

Falling asleep and dreaming is a realm of its own. With enough practice and discipline, you could even learn to remain lucid and control your dreams while you sleep. Hypnotherapy exercises during sleep also work to help you reach your goal faster. For example, I remember when I was in performance art classes, and I used to find learning lines challenging. So I recorded myself reciting my lines and listened to the tape while I fell asleep. Everything was stored in my mind the following day, and after three days, I was a pro at remembering my lines. That’s because, as mentioned above, your subconscious mind continuously absorbs the programming, and you can choose what it absorbs while you sleep to train yourself.

Sometimes as much as you know that you have various tasks that need completing during the day, your body will send signals to tell you that it needs you to sleep to repair itself. In this case, when these signs are ignored, your body begins to subtly shut down until symptoms become more apparent. At that point, people tend to panic and run straight for medication when really, they just needed to put in payment for severe sleep debt and good nutrition. I am not a doctor though, do visit your GP if you have medical concerns. On the other hand, some people walk around constantly tired because they sleep too much. So as much as the feeling and thought of staying in bed most of the morning seem appealing, we do need to have a healthy balance of sleep.

I feel that there is no specific time for better sleep as I go with the flow of nature. As an entrepreneur, I need to put certain hours of effort and discipline into my work and balance rest; however, if I feel like having a long nap at midday after my early rising, that is what I would do. Sometimes I can go a total of 24 hours without sleeping (please don’t do this) because my mind goes into overdrive while writing, and I will sleep for 24 hours afterwards to recover and recharge. This is my personal sleeping habit, though, and it works for me. Of course, if you work long hours during the day, it’s a good idea to get ample rest by going to bed earlier at night. Shut off all screens, stop scrolling through social media, do some deep breathing, drink some water, do light stretches and get yourself under the duvet for some snooze.

Until next time.

Thoughts on growth: Self-care Tips For Online Entrepreneurs

You’ve managed to launch your online hustle, and things are going well for you. However, you’ve realised that you’re working extra hard in the early stages to ensure you have a sustainable way of making an income. With the hard work comes burnout, and with burnout comes less time to indulge in self-care. This doesn’t always have to be arduous and a chore. Self-care should be for you to reconnect with the self, to boost your mental health and vitality. Below are a few inexpensive tips to help you indulge.

Meditate

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If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you will know that I constantly affirm the practice of meditation. Meditation is a great way to quiet the mind and calm the nervous system, and with regular practice, it helps you see all angles and better manage situations. Meditation is free and can be done anywhere and in any way that suits you. Any activity can be turned into meditation as long as it allows you to connect with the self. Whichever way you choose to meditate, ensure to always stay in the present, breathe and allow yourself to let go. Personally, meditation has opened a doorway to my creative ideas and enables me to explore my subconscious limitations, heal and grow into myself. I love to accompany my meditation with incense which helps create a high vibrational space to get me there. My favourite scent is Oudh and Patchouli.

Take a bath

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I used to hate having baths until I surrendered to the power of bath oils and salts. Having a bath is a great way to remove toxins and unplug from technology and the outside world. You can add your oil or salt blend to enhance the mood and calming benefits as you see fit. Light a lovely smelling candle (My favourite is Jardin De La Lune and Baies), put your phone away and relax.

Workout

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One of the best ways to beat stress and burnout is to get active doing something you love. Working out doesn’t have to be insufferable and painful. You can get a sweat on with your loved ones or just go for a brisk walk in nature.

Read a book

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Let the narrative of a book take you into the unknown for a while. Sometimes, our brains are constantly in overdrive to take in information, and we don’t seem to have the capacity to read for fun. It doesn’t matter whether the book has reviews, but merely it’s whether you connect with it and if it brings you joy. If you’re stuck on ideas for an easy read, check out my fiction series Mated Fortune below.

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Until next time.

Thoughts on entrepreneurship: 3 Habits of highly successful entrepreneurs

Today’s post will focus on the habits entrepreneurs have that helped them become successful. As easy as it looks, choosing to work for yourself and becoming successful in your endeavours takes courage. It also takes hard work. However, if you take the time to observe those who inspire and influence the world, you will see that they have managed to find constructive shortcuts that made their journey to winning manageable.

They plan their takeover

Whether you want to be the first to create an innovative product or simply inspire others while doing what you love, it is crucial to plan what you want and how you will acquire it. A plan doesn’t just ensure to keep you motivated and disciplined in the short term. It is a mini-manifesto that encourage you to see your bigger picture. A concrete plan gives you a vision, and when you can see your vision, it becomes easier to persuade people to see it. Hence why you need a business plan for a loan or to convince sponsors to invest in your cause.

They sleep

Successful people ensure that they gain enough sleep to keep their minds rested, ready to work on their innovations at all costs. Sure, sometimes projects require more time and energy, and they may not be able to sleep eight hours a day every day. However, they do make sure that they are scheduling quality sleep throughout their days. Quality rest and sleep is important to avoid burnout. When your mind and body are rested, you are better able to work towards your goals with clarity.

They invest in themselves

How many times have you spent time and money on products and services that don’t serve you? In the age of technology and social media, it’s exceptionally easy to get lost in what celebrities and influencers are promoting, and we frown when it’s time to invest time and money in ourselves and our businesses. Nothing in life comes for free, and most times, you need to invest in the tools and services required to give your projects visibility and quality. Life is a cycle, and so is the currency of money and your energy. Ensure that you can afford to lose the amount you have before investing. On another note, I genuinely believe in the power of an abundance mindset. Whenever I choose to spend my money and energy on high vibrational situations, and I genuinely feel like I’m investing in myself, the money I spend always comes back to me quickly. Sometimes we may not want to part ways with our hard-earned income, but it’s important to remember that the flow of money is energy, and this will always come back to you when you put your intent behind your spending.

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Until next time.

Thoughts on success: Stop advertising your plans, show your results

I’m sure many of you have heard that your biggest supporters are usually strangers and your biggest hater is someone close to you. As you progress through your elevation and becoming the best version of yourselves, many people will try to find ways to bring you down. Many will fabricate obstacles using their words and possible actions to interfere with your process and halt your progress. You need to know that nobody can come in the way of the blessings that were printed on your journey and your heart. As much as you feel you might be failing in your ventures, always remember that if it’s what you are supposed to be doing, it will happen. You just have to persevere. Therefore, one good note is to stop advertising your plans. In the game of entrepreneurship and levelling up your life, you need to maintain a balance between your ego and your dreams. As difficult as it may be not to tell people what you’re doing, you need to understand that not everyone has your best interest in their heart and possibly do not want you to succeed. This may even be buried in the subconscious of the people that are close to you. The people who love you.

Excel in your endeavours by adhering diligently to your plans and show people your results. Remember that your dreams are yours and yours alone. People are placed in your path to teach you lessons about the self, and sh*t happens to build your courage and character. There is no golden formula, and if winning were easy, everyone would be doing it.

Until next time.

Thoughts on personal development: Simply exploring the power of choosing motivational language to win at life.

Today’s post will focus on your power of awareness and its role in choosing the correct language for your advancement. We often busy our days trying to fulfil tasks without paying attention to how we communicate in different situations. However, as intellectual beings, we have the power to choose, arrange and rearrange language to achieve our desired effects in all situations because if you study, look and listen carefully to words, you will understand that each one has the power to create or halt change.

Let’s begin with how language and words are powerful in relation to finance. I want to point your attention to phrases that you may often use.

‘I’m sorry I can’t do this activity this week, I don’t have any money.’

‘I can’t wait for payday, I’m so broke.’

The choice of words used here immediately limits your ability to be receptive to ways that money can actually flow to you. Thus automatically locking you in a lack mindset. You should understand that beyond the material world, money is currency, and currency is energy; therefore, energy does not rest in limit and lack. You just need to find a way to keep it flowing. By stating that you don’t have any money or that you’re broke, you’ve subconsciously stopped the flow of the energy of money into your life. So how do we change this? By removing low-vibrational words associated with lack mindset.

‘I’m on a budget this week, let’s plan this activity for next month where I can factor it into my budget, and we can have fun.’

‘Payday is around the corner. In the meantime, I will work with what I have. Next month I will ensure to manage my budget and cash-flow effectively.’

This does not automatically hand you money out of thin air but opens your mind to ways to manage your finances so that you’re not in the same situation next month. It nudges you to make a plan that factors your financial needs and eliminates dread and embarrassment. This concept can be applied to any aspect of your life, such as health and fitness, business and career, to how you manage your close relationships. Try to approach situations consciously and see solutions rather than focus on the negative aspect of problems.

Until next time.

Thoughts on personal development: The power of language – 3 Phrases to scrap from your vocabulary

Today’s post aims to bring awareness to your use of language. Communication is often misunderstood or misused, especially when we use specific negative language to talk to ourselves and others. Language is a powerful tool that can make or break your day. The words you choose have the opportunity to create a supportive community or conflict yet, sometimes we don’t even think twice about how we linguistically project ourselves to the world. We have the power to change ourselves, our reality and the world through the use of positive language by being conscious about what we consume and project. The following points are five words and phrases to be aware of and scrap from your vocabulary if you want to further pursue your self-development journey and create a reality you desire. 

‘I can’t do this’

When it comes to achieving your goals, trying something new or even working on personal confidence, it’s good to begin to train your subconscious mind by using firm words that opens enthusiasm and prompts action. Using the word ‘Can’t’ automatically creates a negative bias and diminishes your confidence when your aim is to take action. Unless you are using this word in a situation where you are creating firm boundaries, using this word illustrates unsureness about your ability to utilise your strength, will power and motivation. If you know that you have the skills and resources to help you reach your goals, using ‘can’t’ will stir up doubt and cause your efforts to falter. This will also give people the impression that you don’t trust yourself. It takes time, however, try to replace ‘I can’t do this’ with ‘I can do anything I put my mind to’ and eventually simply ‘I CAN do this.’

‘I hate this, that and everyone’

This is one of the most commonly used phrases, and I have to admit that I have used it a few times in testing situations. When you think about the word hate, it’s not necessarily a negative word but rather a low-vibration word. We often use it in frustration and low-vibrational situations. When you’re on a journey of self-development and expanding consciousness, you’ll begin to understand that we are all connected to each other and our surroundings. Suppose you are in a low-vibrational environment or situation; your goal is to raise your frequency so that you are unaffected by external factors and instead, have the ability to transmute the chaos into your lessons and gains. How will you learn about yourself if you constantly carry a funk in your heart that’s not even yours? How can you grow into your highest and best version of yourself doing what you love if you’re projecting hatred and spending your valuable energy on people and situations that don’t serve you? I’m not suggesting that we walk around pretending to love everything and everyone. However, changing the word ‘hate’ and associating it with empathy, understanding, and learning will become more productive for you when life gets chaotic. When you build anger, or you feel a dislike for something, try to explore ‘I’m not keen on this, but at least I have experienced it and can move on’ or by taking a breath and acknowledging why you feel this ‘hate’ so that you can address the uncomfortable within.

‘I am sick’

Yes, we all have days when we fall under the weather, and ailments plague us, but it’s worth noting that you become what you consistently tell yourself you are and feel. Some days you can’t deny that you’re unwell, especially when you are swamped with extra stress. Instead of declaring ‘I am sick’, try ‘I am healing and I will rest’. This will slowly lift your mood and place your mind in a receptive mode to find resources to make you feel better and heal. I am not a doctor, and this is not a replacement for a medical appointment but to help support your thoughts as your body heals. 

Remember that there are no golden formula or shortcuts to reach your goals and deal with situations along your journey. It’s all about perspective and changing angles to understand the lessons hidden in the chaos. Be aware of what you want to embody and what you put out in the world and onto others. Keep going and find ways to enjoy the experience.

Until Next time.