3 Ways to Focus On Your Summer Goals

3 Ways to Focus On Your Summer Goals

“Stay focused, go after your dreams and keep moving toward your goals.” LL Cool J 

How focused are you on your dreams in the summertime?  Are those goals clear in front of you or are you highly distracted by all the other things you hope to pack into the summer, “while the weather is nice.” You don’t have to make summertime an either/or time and put your dreams and goals on hold.  It can be a time of both enjoying the summer and making progress on your goals.  In this blog, I will share with you three ways I’ve found to stay focused and keep moving forward while still enjoying my summer.

I. You Know What’s Important to Focus Upon to Accomplish in Your Week

  • First, this focus is assuming you know your vision for the summer. If not, go back and read my summertime vision blog so you know what you hope to accomplish for the summer.  Then, at the start of each week, you do have to sit down and focus on the week ahead and pre-decide what’s important.  Pre-deciding is a concept I learned from Kathi Lipp and Cheri Gregory’s book, Overwhelmed.  By pre-deciding what is most important to accomplish in your week, you decide ahead of time, what you will do and can put it in your schedule first. It takes so much last minute decision-making off your shoulders.
  • Answer the question, “What one activity can I do that will move my goal forward the easiest?” then, schedule it in your calendar. If clarity is difficult for you, this may be where a vision board and my coaching could help guide you to help you discover the possibilities open to you and move you forward faster.

 

II. You Know Who’s Important In Your Week

  • In addition to what is important to put in you week, you need to decide who is important in your week. Who are the people you need to interact with this week?  Clients, friends, family, community members?  Get them on your calendar as well as to when you will work at connecting with them.
  • Schedule in self-care time for yourself as well.  You are one of the most important people in your week.  If “mama’s not happy, no one’s happy.”

III.You Know How You Want to Move Forward in Your Week

  • Now comes the tricky part. How will you accomplish the what and the how and keep your focus?
  • Will you look at your calendar each day?  Will you write yourself sticky notes?  What about reminders on your phone?
  • What will it take to keep you focused on what you have predecided?
  • Who else may need to be involved in completing the how of moving forward?

The Takeaway

In the summertime, especially, it is easy to get distracted by all the comings and goings of family and friends, extra activities to do outside and things you want to do to enjoy the season.  By being clear and predeciding on what’s important, who’s important and how you want to move forward you can stay focused.  You can still enjoy your summer, too.  Your calendar can be your best friend.  If you find this concept challenging, let me know.  I’d love to support you.  We can do a free session and I can share some resources with you.    I can’t wait to hear how you stay focused and move forward as well as have fun.  Email me, post on  Nancyboothcoaching Facebook or comment below.  Let’s encourage one another to stay focused, move forward and have fun.

Nancy Booth is a certified life coach and certified brain-based coach.  She loves creating safe spaces for women going through life’s transitions to discover and support their visions for health and well-being in an overwhelming world..  She writes about taming the overwhelm. looking for ways to motivate, energize and inspire you to find that new vision!  You can sign up to receive her weekly blog or contact her to find out ways you can begin to shed overwhelm.  It’s time to explore possibilities of a new vision to include stronger relationships, better life pacing and gain hope and peace.

5 Tips for Balancing Your Summertime Vision

5 Tips for Balancing Your Summertime Vision

You have your essential questions; you have chosen your summer activities.  You have a summertime vision of what you would like this summer to be like.  All of a sudden, it is the end of June, and you feel like nothing has happened, or the opposite is true – too much has happened.  How do you go about balancing your summertime vision with the reality of day to day living?

1. Have clarity on what’s important to you this summer.

There’s an old saying, “If Mama’s not happy, no one’s happy.”  The gist is that you can set the tone of your family.  When self-care, contentment and clarity are priorities for you, you model that for the rest of your family.  Give yourself permission for time to reflect, to value yourself, your ideas and time for yourself as well as for your family.

2. Write out your ideal summer week that includes work, family, and self-care

Look at your week.  Begin to design three types of time blocks – work, family, self.  You want to put your big rocks – the things that most important in first.  Determine when and where your self-care times will occur, including your times of quiet and solitude.  By seeing what an ideal week could look like, you have a vision that can develop into a routine.

3. Gather your family together to discuss what’s working about the summer and what’s not.

Getting input now can tweak your summertime vision and open the lines of communication for everyone.  I know for our family what I have in my head and what they expect are often two different things.  Coming together to make plans and discuss what can happen realistically builds trust and bonding, instead of mistrust and the proverbial, “You didn’t tell me that!”

4. Program in rest and being fully present

It sounds funny to have to program in rest, yet I know for myself, I get caught up in do, do, do.  Summertime is the time to be, be, be.  Remember as children how long summer seemed to last?  Part of that remembrance has to do with the fact that children are fully present.  They are not worrying about the future, nor concerned about the past.  They are enjoying the present moment.  Being fully present is a great stress reducer.  How can you unplug, relax and rest in the beauty of summertime?  Can you sit along a lake?  Enjoy a path in the trees?  Sit and smell the flowers?  Read a book in a hammock?  Take a nap in the sun?  Whatever it is, choose times to rest, slow down and unplug from your cell phone and the world

5. Give yourself grace and enjoy gratitude

One of the best things about summer can be gathering with loved ones.  Getting together with friends and family bring about connections that build memories and gratitude for the people we have in our lives.  However, gatherings can be stressful if too much emphasis is put on preparations or how things look.

A friend of mine reminded me of this when I was worried about how my house looked. She said, “People are not coming to look at your house, they are coming to enjoy your company.”  Her encouragement gave me grace to open my home more often.  I make sure the house is presentable, but let go of the imperfections I see every day and warmly welcome women into my home.

 

I hope your summertime vision and being connected to why you want helps this summer be the best ever for you and your family.   Having a vision drives your passion, motivation, direction, focus and purpose.  I can’t wait to find out how your summer is different than other summers because you were clear on your vision for yourself and your family.  Let me know in the comments below or on NancyBoothCoaching Facebook page how vision is driving your summer.

May summer time be one of joy, contentment and renewal for you and your family!

Nancy Booth is a certified life coach and certified brain-based coach.  She loves creating safe spaces for women going through life’s transitions to discover and support their visions for health and well-being in an overwhelming world..  She writes about taming the overwhelm. looking for ways to motivate, energize and inspire you to find that new vision!  You can sign up to receive her weekly blog or contact her to find out ways you can begin to shed overwhelm.  It’s time to explore possibilities of a new vision to include stronger relationships, better life pacing and gain hope and peace.

A Joyful Life Vision

A Joyful Life Vision

How many of you have a joyful life vision in front of you today?  I believe with your vision in place, you can live a joyful life, regardless of your circumstances.   Is that the life you are currently living?  If not, what changes do you want to make?  You have choices in front of you.  You can write it down, visualize it and see it happen.

Do you believe that your life can be joyful?  Or purposeful? You are created to make a difference in this world. Living with expectancy moves you to action, which can produce joy and purpose.  Expectancy and belief are motivators to move you forward.

How do you get in touch with your beliefs and vision?  Take time to dream, pray,  make a vision board with me and a few friends, think about your goals.  Lou Holtz, the famous football coach, wrote down 107 goals he hoped to achieve.  He did this as an out of work 28-year-old, no money in the bank, with his wife pregnant with their third child. The goals were both personal and professional.  If you go to his website today, you’ll see pictures – like visiting the White House, and hitting 2 hole- in ones. He’s achieved 81 of those 107 goals.  Setting those goals down and recognizing his passions, moved him into action.

I believe that getting in touch with vision, passion and purpose, is the spiritual journey.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.Jeremiah 29:11.

By being aware of all the connections that God makes for me on a daily basis, I am open to His direction.  What some people call the “coincidences”, I call “God-incidences,” and love seeing His fingerprints all over my life.

So, today, check your focus. What are your intentions for the day?  Awareness of God, time with family, eating healthy, creating an inviting environment for women….?  Whatever those intentions are, how will you be open to receiving what you need today to carry them out?  What are you thinking about, moment to moment?  How is it contributing to your vision and well-being?

Remember, too, you don’t have to go on this journey alone for a joyful life vision.  Find a friend, contact me, talk to God.  The journey to your vision is worth the work.

Enjoy your day, relish your your joyful life vision and know that you can have a hope and future.  It’s a promise!

Nancy Booth is a certified life coach and certified brain-based coach.  She loves creating safe spaces for women going through life’s transitions to discover and support their visions for health and well-being in an overwhelming world..  She writes about taming the overwhelm. looking for ways to motivate, energize and inspire you to find that new vision!  You can sign up to receive her weekly blog or contact her to find out ways you can begin to shed overwhelm.  It’s time to explore possibilities of a new vision to include stronger relationships, better life pacing and gain hope and peace.

5 Ways Vision Helps You

5 Ways Vision Helps You

“A vision is a clear and compelling picture of something we want to have exist in the future.  It is a target we intend to reach.  It encourages people to think beyond what is and visualize what can be or will be. ”               Gary R.Collins, Christian Coaching. 

I believe having a vision for your life is one of the most essential keys to living a hopeful, healthy and whole life.  I have been surprised myself how much difference actually setting my intentions down and putting my vision into words and pictures has moved me forward faster.  It has helped me notice when I am on track and let me say yes to what fits in my vision and be more forceful at saying no.  I am healthier now than I have been in twenty years!

Creating a vision can set your intentions, bring clarity to your life and move life forward to that hopeful future you envision.  My intent in writing blogs for you is to provide encouragement, inspiration and tools for you to explore your vision. I want you to discover the importance of vision, and shed the stress and gunk in your life as you sift and sort idea, imagine possibilities and begin to dream and hope again.

Often during life’s transitions, such as empty nesting or retirement, it’s easy to lose sight of a hopeful future.  I had to have a coach to help me begin again to dream and envision what could be in my life.  She’s the one who asked me, “If you had a million dollars right now, could you start your dream?”  At that particular time, the answer was no, because my health was in shambles.  I was depressed, in chronic pain and knew that I had to get the inside Nancy to match the outside Nancy.  So my first vision became self-care, which is one reason you read content blogs on well-being.  Getting healthy and whole has been the basis for me being able to cast my vision.  Well-being is the catalyst for moving yourself forward.

The cool part of having and making a vision board is how it helps your brain make connections, much like an athlete in training makes connections.  They visualize themselves successfully winning their Olympic games as part of their training and this helps hard-wire their brains for their reaction times and the things they notice.

Paul writes in Philippians 3: 12 I’m not there yet, nor have I become perfect; but I am charging on to gain anything and everything the Anointed One, Jesus, has in store for me—and nothing will stand in my way because He has grabbed me and won’t let me go13 Brothers and sisters, as I said, I know I have not arrived; but there’s one thing I am doing: I’m leaving my old life behind, putting everything on the line for this mission. The Voice.

So as a possibilities life coach, I believe you can find your vision, set your intentions and move towards your hopeful future. Having a coach for accountability, asking questions and providing support makes that happen faster.

5 ways vision brings clarity* to your life include:

Passion

– With a clear vision come strong emotions.  Passion is the fuel that helps you get in touch with your vision.

Motivation

–  With clear intentions, you get motivated.  You move into action.

Direction

– Your vision becomes your decision-making tool.  You know what to say yes to and what to say no to and where to spend your time.

Purpose

– With vision, you see your “why” – the reason you get up each morning – the “big picture.”

Focus

– Vision helps you focus on the moment, knowing you are doing, what you need to be doing and enjoying in the here and now.

Any time is a good time to explore your vision, and it’s especially good during a change in your life. Vision boards are a way to pull these clarity points together with pictures and words into something you can look at on a regular basis. We can do vision boards together individually or in a group setting at retreats that occur quarterly if you’d like to enjoy the connections of a group.  Women have said they have been amazed at what they discover as they go through the process.  From my vision board in January, I have been more intentional in my relationships with my family, my backyard is becoming more landscaped, I am giving up sugar and I am working on my writing again- all intentions that were on my board

I can’t wait to hear about your vision and the tugs of your heart!  You can begin to dream again and listen to the whisperings of your heart.

*Thanks to Christine Kane for her excellent training Vision Board Pro and her ideas on what you discover from vision boards.  For additional information, The Complete Guide To Vision Boards: The Ultimate Starter Kit.

Nancy Booth is a certified life coach and certified brain-based coach.  She loves creating safe spaces for women going through life’s transitions to discover and support their visions for health and well-being in an overwhelming world, explore possibilities for next steps and find hope.  She writes about taming the overwhelm. looking for ways to motivate, energize and inspire you to find that new vision!  You can sign up to receive her weekly blog or contact her to find out ways you can begin to shed overwhelm.  It’s time to explore possibilities of a new vision to include stronger relationships, better life pacing and gain hope and peace.

 

 

Behind the Scenes at Nancy Booth Coaching

Behind the Scenes at Nancy Booth Coaching

There are some changes taking place at Nancy Booth Coaching that I hope will be of benefit to you and your well-being. I want to be sure I am writing blogs that meet your needs as you fight overwhelm in your life and look to get healthier and more hopeful.

First, since we have been talking about vision boards, I thought  it would be fun to share my vision board in my move towards supporting women and my personal vision of no sugar!!  As you see in the above vision board, I am focused on vision, inspiration, turning darkness into light, joy, connecting with my family and peace among other things.

For me, I want to create safe spaces, such as retreats, for you as a professional woman who is feeling overwhelmed in your life and to change those overwhelmed feelings and disconnectedness.  Problems shared are problems cut in half.

I, then, want to provide a variety of opportunities for us to explore possibilities that lessen your overwhelm and worry load.  I envision us working together to discover action steps and habits that make your life more healthy and hopeful.  Finally, in finding hope, I think you’ll see a noticeable difference in your well-being.  I certainly have over the past two years.

What is overwhelming you right now?  Too much to do in too short a time?  Not enough energy and feeling tired all the time?  Feeling the world is out to get you?  Thinking your home, work, life is so disorganized there’s no end in sight?  Beating yourself up for the umpteenth time for not doing x,y,z?

I used to live in a continual overwhelmed state.  I am currently healthier than I have been in the last two years. A lot of that has to do with learning self-care, exploring brain-based wellness strategies and giving myself permission to care for myself.

Nancy’s Desk

However, some habits die hard.  My current overwhelm comes in the form of organization. Here is a picture from my office desk.  I still have so many ideas running through my head that I go from one pile to the next.  I am working towards systems that have me list my top three tasks for the next day.

So behind the scenes at Nancy Booth Coaching, I am working on research and topics that will hopefully support us in our quest to shed different types of overwhelm and live a more hopeful, joyful life, regardless of our circumstances.  With my background in brain-based coaching, and all the research going on in neuroscience, I am excited to look at how my writing, retreats, coaching and workshops may support you in brain-based wellness and hopeful living.

What about you? What are the causes of overwhelm in your life?  Over the next two weeks, I hope to be contacting you, my readers, for advice and feedback on several items including:

  • What your current overwhelm challenges are?
  • What areas of self-care and wellness are most challenging and of most interest to you?
  • What is your vision of well-being for the next few years?
  • What types of formats do you like information in, ie blog, newsletter, topical videos or e-books? Or additional learning – face to face workshops, online groups, e-courses at your leisure, coaching?

I will announce the results of my findings on March 9th with the roll-out of of my new emphasis on brain-based wellness and self-care to lessen the overwhelm in your life.

See you in two weeks!

Nancy Booth is a certified life coach and certified brain-based coach.  She loves creating safe spaces for women going through life’s transitions to discover and support their visions for health and well-being in an overwhelming world, explore possibilities for next steps and find hope.  She writes about taming the overwhelm through connecting to yourself and others, possibilities thinking, and brain-based strategies for hopeful living.  You can sign up to receive her weekly blog or contact her to find out ways you can begin to shed overwhelm, explore possibilities and find hope.

 

How Does Your Hope Garden Grow?

How Does Your Hope Garden Grow?

Finding ways to grow your hope can be like growing a garden. Hope can come in many different packages and grow in different ways.  The definition of hope includes:

  • a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen
  • a feeling of trust.
  • want something to happen or be the case.
  • intend if possible to do something.

All of these definitions could look like different flowers in a garden, depending on what you need at the present moment.  Are you desiring a change in your career or move into retirement?  Are you hoping that you can trust someone more?  Or are you hoping something about your life will be different – better health perhaps, but you’re not sure?

I have had coaching conversations lately with women who are on the verge of sprouting new hopeful ideas. They are moving into new ways of living.  We have discussed their initial hopes and dreams which feel like little sprouts, tender and green.

How do you go about planting your garden of hope?

Till the soil.

Sometimes before hope for a different life, or a different career or even a different day, you are in the dark.  You have to begin to dig the soil around you, break up the hard dirt and get it ready for the hopes and dreams to sprout.  Tilling may include examining your mindsets – what is causing you to be stuck or feel hopeless?  What do you need to do to get the right ingredients in the soil so that it’s ready to plant?  Sometimes it’s a question such as “How would I like my life to be different?”

Examine the seeds.

Begin to explore all the different seeds you might want to plant.  Research your possibilities for change.  What is the one thing, that if you did this thing, would start you moving forward to other positive changes in your life?  What do you want to be?  What do you want to do?  What do you want to have?  These are the vision questions to help you examine seeds of hope you can plant.   Is it a career change?  Is it a lifestyle change?  Is it the way you think about yourself on a daily basis?

Choose seeds to plant.

Start your hope garden by creating a vision board or a picture of what your garden could look like.  Then choose what seeds to plant.  For example, one client I am working with has decided to move forward with a career change.  That’s a large seed to plant.  However, as she nurtures and lets it grow slowly, she’s excited to see what kind of beautiful flower will grow from it.

Care for the seed and sprout tenderly.

The seed of hope is tender.  When any change is being explored, you have to keep weeds pulled, like “What am I thinking- I can’t do this?”  or “This is too hard, I don’t know what I’m doing.”  Or letting other people’s comments trample on the tender shoot “What do you mean you’re changing jobs?”

Ask for help in tending your hope garden.

Tending a garden can be a challenge. You are working, watching and waiting.  You can be pulling weeds, watering the hope and waiting for it to grow.  By watching for changes in hope, you feel the strength growing within yourself.  It’s okay to ask for a community of helpers to support you as you tend your garden.  They may like to walk in the hope garden with you and admire the growth.

I know the plans I have for you plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Jeremiah 29:11

Growing your hope garden takes time, energy, sunshine and patience.  The change that hope brings, even day to day will bloom for a lifetime.  I would love to help you find and tend your hope garden.  Let’s get those sprouts growing.

 

Nancy Booth is a certified life coach and certified brain-based coach.  She loves creating safe spaces for women going through life’s transitions to discover and support their visions for health and well-being in an overwhelming world, explore possibilities for next steps and find hope.  She writes about taming the overwhelm through connecting to yourself and others, possibilities thinking, and brain-based strategies for hopeful living.  You can sign up to receive her weekly blog or contact her to find out ways you can begin to shed overwhelm, explore possibilities and find hope.

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