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MY HAIR is growing like crazy!!!!

My hairdresser could not believe how much new growth there was on my head!! In fact, I couldn’t believe it myself. A girlfriend told me about this stuff and her hair was a regrowing like crazy. I swear I thought she had bangs, her hair looked amazing! So, of course, I bought it and started using it each morning and night.  A few weeks later it was noticeably WORKING! Check it out for yourself.

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Amanda McPherson: Life Coach Amanda

amanda headshotAmanda is a trained Life Coach and holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling. As a recovering risk-avoiding-scaredy-cat, she is passionate about empowering women to live and love boldly. Amanda shares her inspiration through personal coaching, corporate training, workshops, and international retreats. She particularly loves working with women in the areas of career growth, dating/relationships and overall self-confidence.
After over a decade of not feeling fulfilled at her corporate job, Amanda followed her heart and completed her Master’s degree in Counseling at St. Edward’s University. She works with clients all over the country and has been named one of Austin’s Best Life Coaches by Expertise.com for the last two years.


You can find more info on Amanda at www.lifecoachamanda.com

 

 

Business

Taking Control – Mind Control 101

Mind-Control is defined as: Subverting by means of psychological tactics an individual’s control of his or her mind (thinking, behavior, emotions, or decisions). One acknowledged technique to facilitate this is hypnosisSubvert is defined as to overthrow, destroy or undermine.

Taking control of ones mind sounds complicated and something out of a sci-fi novel, but I’m here to break it down and tell you how simple and IMPORTANT it really is for daily success. I’ll start with a scenario below.

Congratulations on the promotion!  These words rang in my ears for weeks as the news travelled across my organization.  I had just been through a grueling three month interview process and I knew there were other qualified candidates in the running as well.

THEN IN AN INSTANT

Despite my true excitement, qualifications and longing for this position, I found myself feeling overwhelmed, unsure of myself and unqualified. There was a subtle voice in my mind whispering things like, “They must have made a mistake and meant to choose someone else” or  “What if I can’t lift this team up and produce results”  or even worse yet, “Maybe I should quit before I really screw up someone else’s life”.  – Sounds terrible, right?  I would never talk to someone like that so why on earth would I talk to myself that way?

Our subconscious is the culprit for this mind game and it’s our job to shut it down.  I’ve outlined three simple steps below to help you gain control of your mind.

#1 CHECK UP FROM THE NECK UP

Our subconscious drives doubt and most of the time it starts with quiet thoughts such as “I’m in over my head”, “I’m not good enough”, “I’m not capable”.  As these thoughts arise, this is where mind-control becomes our greatest tool – and fear not, the Jedi force is within us all.

Success is learning to drive PAST the STINKING THINKING and through to a more powerful YOU.   Even Zig Ziglar recognized this and shared this with others often.

“We all need a daily check up from the neck up to avoid stinkin ‘thinkin’ …” – Zig Zilar

HA!  Check up from the neck up – this thought in itself should stop you in your tracks and break the negativity.  Another one you may like, all though not sure it’s what Ice Cube had in mind is “Check yourself before you wreck yourself” 

Both of these concepts can serve as daily reminders to make a purposeful check into our thoughts and take back control of our minds.

#2 SPIN IT POSITIVE

Once we kill the stinking thinking, it’s time to move to the next step in mind control.

Try this exercise, Identify where the thought is stemming from and then spin the thought into something positive.  HINT:  9 times out of 10 the negative thought is driven from fear.

For example, let’s take the thought that’s crept up for me many times.   “I’m in over my head.”  First I identify the fear associated with this thought and I take a moment to soak that in.  I am scared.  I am scared that I’m in over my head and won’t be able to dig myself out of this project.  I am scared that if I can’t dig myself out of the project that I’ll miss my deadline and ultimately fail.  Now that I’ve identified the fear, I can use my Jedi magic to spin the negative into a positive.  I force my thoughts through writing them, thinking them and even saying them out loud.

I. AM. CAPABLE.  I will NOT in to give in to my fear. I’ve got this.  I’ve been here before and I like a good challenge. I’m resilient, resourceful and I’ll rock this.

#3 DAY DREAM THE GOOD DREAM

The last step in mind control is envisioning the success and what it will look like.

Let’s pretend you are supposed to give a presentation next week.  You’ve already checked in with yourself and have identified that you are scared your message may not go over well and your audience may not agree with the concepts you are presenting.  Aside from properly preparing your talk track and visuals, take some time to dream about what success will look like when you knock it out of the park.  Get as detailed as you would like, sometimes you may want to dream about what you will be wearing, the excitement in the room when you give your presentation, the way your audience hangs on to each and every word coming out of your mouth and the way they engage with you during and after the presentation.

Take it even a step further and identify what success will look like for you when this presentation goes well.  Maybe it means a nice deal that will close out your year, or an innovative break though that will change the way others do business.  Whatever success means to you and for this presentation, THAT’S the piece that you should identify and day dream about.

NOTE: I’m not saying you shouldn’t properly prepare, that’s important. What I am saying is that in addition to preparation, the way to control your mind in a positive way is to take it a step further and spend some time envisioning success and paint the picture of what that looks like and means to you.

There are many great books and leaders that have written about this topic.  Mel Robbins dives into this topic in  5 Second Rule as well as her TED talks.  Emee Vide Estacio goes into great detail and guidance in her book The PAME Code.  Rhonda Byrne wrote The Secret which really takes the benefits of positive thinking to a new level.  There are so many resources out there that expand on this and multiple schools of thought if you’d like to dive deeper into this topic.

Books

Start with Why: Simon Sinek

I had the chance to hear Simon Sinek at a Leadership Summit last year. He’s smart, articulate and calmingly entertaining. This book makes you think about “why” we do/make/create anything and how those people and companies with strong “Why’s” do so much better than those without. Example after example of stories of companies that flourish with strong “why’s” like Apple and those that did not like Tevo. To be successful in your company, personal business and gain employee loyalty requires a strong “why”. People buy and follow because “why” you do what you do. Excellent book. Click picture for Amazon link.

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Breanne Turner – Hope and Faith Fitness

Books, Beauty, and Business welcomes Breanne Turner Hope & Faith Fitness

Hear from Breanne Turner as she shares insights, motivation, and tips for success.  She is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist and NESTA Fitness Nutrition Coach, Breanne shares her insight on the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle. Mom of twins and business owner. @hopefaithfit Follow her on Facebook.

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Hope & Faith Fitness Tips for the Books, Beauty and Business Babes!

We all tend to over complicate this health and fitness thing and with the internet, we are inundated with info on what to do and what not do. Here are my 10 best tips for the babes looking to improve their health:

1.  Start small!  You didn’t get to your current state of health overnight and you’re not going to reach your ultimate goal overnight either. Baby steps are THE way to go to achieve lasting results.

2.  Sleep is paramount. Aim for at least 7 hours.

3.  Water is your best friend. Don’t stress about the ounces consumed.  If your urine is clear to pale yellow you should be good.

4.  Try to eat as many whole foods as possible.

5.  Do something you enjoy!

6.  Practice moderation, not deprivation.

7.  Schedule your workouts. Look for pockets of time you can squeeze in a 10 minute session. It makes a difference!

8.  Plan your day to the best of your ability but be able to roll with changes too.

9.  Write down your goals/intentions with pen and paper (not your phone!).

10.  Finally, give yourself some grace. A healthy lifestyle is about balance, not all or nothing. You WILL have great days and not so great days. It’s OKAY!! You pick right back up and keep going. ️

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Books

Southern Charm and Etiquette.

This was an easy book to listen to as Reese reads it herself. She is about as southern as you get. Her book Whiskey in a Teacup reminds me of the value of traditions, family time, manners and teaching our children how to have conversations and respect for each other. You will find yourself reflecting on your own childhood traditions and, if you are like me, sad that you don’t do more.

She offers family games, recipes, and stories that her southern family experienced in their community. Simple things like the art of getting dressed!!! Workout clothes are for working out and sweating…..then you change! I love this!  You will enjoy this book…plus some great southern recipes!

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Secrets to Successful Goal Setting

It’s so frustrating when we make promises to ourselves only to break them.  You know the ones I’m talking about…I’m going to cut back on my drinking…I’m going to get in better shape…I’m going to get out of debt…I’m going to network more..I’m going to study more…I’m going to spend more time with my kids…I’m not going to fight with my spouse…I’m going to save up for that beach house…

The list is endless and 9 out of 10 times – the results are the same.  What if there was a way to get there?  A key to successful goal setting?  A process for setting goals that incorporates scientific research to exponentially increase the odds for the next promise you make to yourself?

There is…

BE INTENTIONAL: SET MEANINGFUL GOALS
In order to drive change, you need to dive deeper into the goals you want to accomplish.  Try taking the time to further explore and understand the WHY in your goal.

A few questions you may want to ask yourself are:

“Why do I want to accomplish this?”
“What will it mean for me if I accomplish this?”
“How will it make me feel if I accomplish this?

For example, if your goal is to lose weight then you should understand why you want to lose the weight, what effect will losing the weight have on your day-to-day life, and what long-term effects will losing weight have on your life. Really take the time to understand why you want to lose the weight and draw motivation from it.

Allow yourself time to explore the goals before throwing them out there.  It’s crucial to understand your goals, why you want to achieve them and what achievement of these goals will look like for you.

EASY DOES IT
It’s scientifically proven that our brains are wired for rewards.  Dopamine is a neurotransmitter in the brain that plays a key role in reward, motivation, memory, decision-making, and even some body functions.  When dopamine is released it gives us the feeling of pleasure as part of our neural reward system.  This motivates you to repeat a specific behavior.

It’s possible to manipulate your dopamine levels by setting small goals and then accomplishing them.  This is because each time you succeed, the longer your brain stores the information that allowed you to do so well in the first place. Why? Because with EACH success, your brain is releasing dopamine!  Hence success breeds more success.

SO…

What’s the best way to eat an elephant?  ONE BITE AT A TIME

We’ve heard it a thousand times.  It makes sense, right? If we try to get it down all at once, we are going to have some major indigestion and it’s just not possible.

The same concept applies to our goals.  Don’t think you have to fix everything all at once. Small changes pave the way for bigger changes. Ask yourself, “What can I do today that will help me accomplish my goal.”  Use this as a way to stay focused each day while rewarding yourself with bursts of dopamine along the way!

KEEP IT POSITIVE

When setting goals, be sure to frame them in a positive way.  Focus on what you want to accomplish instead of what you don’t want to accomplish.  This will increase the likelihood that you will actually pursue it and increase your success rate.  There are hundreds of studies and theories around the idea that positive thinking promotes positive outcomes.  Most recently I read the “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne and prior to that I’ve been a long time fan of “The Power of Positive Thinking” by Norman Vincent Peale.  If you want to get rudimentary, take a trip down memory lane and recall the childhood story of The Little Engine that told himself over and over again, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.”

Across all lines of success, there is one thing that each of them have in common. Positive thinking contributes to positive outcomes.

If you want to get into brain chemistry for substantial evidence, consider this.  Any type of avoidance will trigger inhibition systems in your brain, where positive goals will trigger approach and rewards motivation. (Hello dopamine).  Intellectually this makes perfect sense, so give yourself time to frame your goals in this way.

VISUALIZE
Once you’ve identified, framed and established a few long-term goals with short-term goals, it’s time to kick-off.

Vision creates a picture for the subconscious mind.

The subconscious is not only responsible for 90 percent of the decisions we make in day-to-day life, but is also the part of the brain that is largely in charge when we are performing creative tasks or charting through unknown territory. The very act of giving your emotional brain a detailed portrait of your end goal also ensures that you will take the steps needed to steer yourself toward it.  Articulate your vision with words and a pictures; the more detailed the better.  Post this somewhere as a daily reminder and focal point of goals you have set for yourself.

 

The Myth of the Nice Girl
Books

The Myth of the Nice Girl

I have downloaded the audible version, the Kindle version, and today I ordered a hard copy.

So many great topics ranging from effective communication and leadership skills to negotiation tactics, to networking strategies.  I really like the fact that Fran provides effective examples to apply these skills immediately. This is what has led to me purchasing the hard copy so that I can highlight and bookmark some of my favorites and start sharing them.  I think these skills can be applied to both women and men alike and I encourage anyone to take a read (or listen)!

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Episode 2: Goals and Motivation

How to set meaningful goals and actually achieve them. We all want to shoot for the stars. With a little preparation, determination, and focus. You really can achieve anything. Learn a few new tips on how to set goals and take your career to the next level.

 

Beauty and Health

Beauty and Health

This is where we will share our favorite beauty secrets and health tips. Not that we are obsessed about either but hey we all want to look amazing! There is no incentive in promoting these products. We just want to share our favs!!!

We talked about a couple of things the last time we met. Here are the links to find out more.

Collagen Peptides & Bone Broth –

We add this to our coffee each morning! Collagen peptides and bone broth are fantastic for bodies young and old. They have anti-aging effects, enhance beautiful skin and hair, can help bolster your immune system and promote healthy digestion. They’re vital to bone, muscle, tendon and ligament health too. At Warrior Strong Wellness we believe in giving our customer’s a potent formula made in the USA from premium grass-fed beef sources.

Fun Fit Fab Box

 

As a FabFitFun Member, you’ll get a box of fabulous finds in beauty, wellness, fashion, and fitness, hand-picked by the FabFitFun team, delivered once per season. Four times a year, you will be sent a seasonal box! Each box is a limited edition and contains $200+ in retail value. Boxes are shipped in March, June, September, and December.  Use the link above for a discount on the first box.