How to Handle Big, Scary, Audacious Goals

Big, Scary, Audacious Goals, Megan Hall. Life Coach , Motivational Speaker

I always encourage my clients to set big, scary, audacious goals because those goals can provide a road map for us and fuel for our fire. There are a few drawbacks to these goals though. One of the biggest mistakes I see women make is trying to implement everything all at once. Another one I see women make is not breaking those goals into manageable steps. It can be quite overwhelming when you look at everything you have to do for these goals.

Big, scary, audacious goals are not concrete. They may change over time. Four years ago I wanted to be a PiYo instructor. I discovered along the way that I am not very coordinated and could not keep up with the beat. If I had held fast to that goal and kept trying I would have wasted time and energy that could be spent elsewhere trying to do something that didn’t fit me. Think about your goals as a way to check to see if you are on the right path and to guide you in deciding what steps you should be taking.

How to handle big, scary, audacious goals:

1) Only set a handful of these goals. The more goals you set the less focus you have. 

2) Break these goals down into manageable pieces. What do you have to do daily, weekly, monthly, etc… to reach these goals?

3) Implement one thing at a time. I share more about this in episode 112 of The Inspired Women Podcast

4) Check in with yourself regularly. Are you still on the right path to achieving your goals?

5) If a goal no longer resonates with you feel free to change it. 

If you start to feel stressed out, overwhelmed, or burnout around a goal that’s a sign that things aren’t going right. Perhaps you have implemented too many things. Or perhaps you have too many goals. Maybe you have not broken your goals down into manageable pieces. Whatever it might be it’s time to reevaluate what is going on.

Allow yourself the opportunity to celebrate wins regularly by creating smaller goals. If your goal is to make $100,000 a year in your business don’t focus on that big number instead focus on how much you want to make this week and how to make that happen. Your weekly goals might seem like a drop in the bucket but over time those drops add up. Then before you know it your bucket will be filled.

If you need more guidance on goals check out these articles: I’ve Set My Goals Now What & Didn’t Reach Your Goals. Remember YOU ARE BRAVE, YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL, YOU ARE WORTHY, & YOU ARE ENOUGH!!!

XoXo

Megan Hall

Your Mindful Morning Starts The Night Before

Your mindful morning starts the night before, Megan Hall, Life Coach, Motivational Speaker

Oh that elusive thing we all call sleep. Even though it is one of the most important functions of our body it seems to be the thing that always comes in at the bottom of our priority list. Don’t get work done during the day? It’s ok I’ll just stay up later. Want to binge watch the latest Netflix show? It’s ok I’ll sleep when I’m dead.

The problem is EVERY essential function of our body requires sleep. Everything from your immune function to your metabolism to your memory and everything in between. It’s a common misconception that our mind is still during sleep. It’s actually doing so much to help ud be our best. Sleep is a crucial piece to our physical, mental, and emotional health.

5 reasons your mindful morning starts the night before

1) Sleep deprivation affects our emotional health. Lack of sleep can alter our mood significantly and not in a good way. 

2) Sleep deprivation affects our memory. During sleep our entire day is processed into memories without it we struggle to create new memories. 

3) Sleep deprivation affects our immune system. Trying not to get sick because of that important meeting? Better be getting some quality sleep the week before. 

4) Sleep deprivation affects our productivity. We are slower at performing tasks when we don’t have enough sleep. 

5) Sleep deprivation affects our mental health. Those with mental health conditions will experience this the most. Even if you have never experienced a mental health condition you might experience one after sleep deprivation. 

Sleep deprivation can have serious effects on our personal and professional life. Sleep isn’t just important to some people it’s important to all people. Only 1% of the entire population needs less than 8 hours of sleep a night. It’s very unlikely that we are one of them.

I shared in the Importance of a mindful morning how important a good morning routine is. Your mindful morning starts the night before. Consider a good night’s sleep the pregame to a good morning routine. I know it can be difficult to know what will help us get enough sleep. That’s why I created the Blissful Sleep Cheat Sheet with the top ten tips of getting a blissful nights sleep.

It’s time for us to make sleep a priority. Remember YOU ARE ENOUGH!!!

XoXo

Megan Hall

Focus

Focus,  Megan Hall , Life Coach, Motivational Speaker

A couple of weeks ago in The Inspired Women Community we were sharing what our biggest struggles were and many women said focus. So many business owners and entrepreneurs have this struggle. There are many reasons we do and many of those reasons are something we can control. Focus is a key piece to good time management.

How does focus play into time management? By focusing we can be more productive and get more accomplished with less time. For example writing this blog post will take way longer than it should because my children are home and I can’t focus with their conversations going on in the background. On the days that they are in school blog posts take me no time at all but today I’ve already had to pause three times to ask them to be quiet so I can focus.

How to improve your focus

1) Find a quiet place to get things done. Ask those around you to let you have some space if necessary.

2) Minimize distractions by turning off all notifications on your phone. No vibrates or dings or numbers. You can even turn your phone on DO NOT DISTURB mode.

3) Focus on one thing at a time. Do NOT multi task. This is why having only a handful of goals like I mentioned in New Year Goal Setting is so important.

4) Brain Dump. Write down all the things on your mind before you begin so you have a clean slate to do the task at hand. 

5) Chunk out time. It’s shown working for 60-90 minutes then allowing for 10-20 minute break allows us to be most productive. 

FOCUS= Follow One Course Until Successful. When we have multiple things going on at one time we are not as productive. Creating a schedule that allows for ample time to focus on one task will allow you to get more done with less time. If possible work on that one task until it’s complete.

Sometimes minimizing distractions means we have to leave where we are and go somewhere else.  Today for example I would get more done if I had left my kids with a sitter and went to a coffee shop to get work done instead. By minimizing distractions and having a working environment conducive to creativity we are more likely to be able to focus.

Remember this is your time and you are in charge. YOU ARE ENOUGH!!!

XoXo

Megan Hall

 

 

Just Say No

Just Say No, Megan Hall, Life Coach, Motivational Speaker

Time management is something everyone struggles with at one point in time or another. We sometimes take on too much and stretch ourselves too thin. Even though everyone has the same 24 hours in a day it seems like some people are able to do more with that time. That’s because they have learned to just say no.

Saying no can be difficult. We don’t want to disappoint anyone and fear missing out on something. This causes us to start saying yes to practically everything but in turn not have time for anything of substance. Our focus is in 10 different directions instead of where it needs to be. It can get old real fast as we head for burn out.

How to just say no

1) Identify your top 5 priorities personally & professionally. This will help you quickly identify conflicts. If your health is #1 like mine if I need a mental health day I am saying no a lot.

2) Ask yourself what will I get out of this and what will cost me. Which is greater?

3) Is this aligned with your goals? If something isn’t aligned with your goals you’re wasting time that could go towards achieving those goals. 

4) Ask yourself these three questions. Is this going to make me happy? Will this move me forward? Will this positively serve me in some way? If the answers no your answer should be too. 

5) Say your busy even if your not. No one knows what your schedule looks like. As long as your not bragging on social media you’ll be ok. 

It’s time to clear some things off your plate that don’t belong there. You can wait last minute to RSVP to a party when you’re not sure if you’ll be up to attending. It’s ok to change your plans if it looks like it will be too much for you. Your days don’t have to be spent going 100 mph because eventually you’ll crash.

Our schedules need to have a balance of work, fun, and rest. Physically, mentally, and emotionally we aren’t set up to constantly be on the go. When you just say no to things you will find more of a balance in these areas. Time management will become much easier too.

Remember YOU ARE ENOUGH!!!!

XoXo

Megan Hall

I’ve Set My Goals Now What

I've set my goals now what, Megan Hall, Life Coach, Motivational Speaker

The New Year is here. You’re probably thinking “I’ve set my goals now what?” Looking at the big picture can be quite overwhelming.  How on earth can we possibly achieve the hings we have set out to achieve? There are so many things to take into consideration that we struggle to even begin.

It all starts with each of us as individuals. We cannot control other people or the weather but we can control ourselves. Achieving our goals starts with being mindful of our thoughts, our actions, our words, and our reactions. Are they in alignment with our goals? If not we might need to rethink what we are doing,

I’ve Set My Goals Now What: 

1) Focus on the next step. Instead of being overwhelmed by all the things you have to do just focus on the next step. 

2) Align yourself with your goals. Talk like they already happened. Think like they already happened. Act like they already happened. 

3) Learn from those who are where you want to be. They obviously did something right. Learn what they did and utilize what resonates most with you. 

4) Try something new. If what you are doing isn’t working don’tb e afraid to try something new. 

5) Get out of your own way. Release the doubt, insecurity and negative self talk around achieving your goals. 

If you need help setting your goals check out New Year Goal Setting. The most important thing about goals is to remember they aren’t set in stone. If along the way those goals are no longer serving you then it might be time to change them. This is all about you and what you want to achieve. Don’t let anyone dictate that for you.

Remember YOU ARE ENOUGH!!!

XoXo

Megan Hall

 

New Year Goal Setting

New Years Goal Setting, Megan Hall, Life Coach, Motivational Speaker,

To be honest I really don’t like the word resolution. Resolutions to me become unfulfilled desires. Why do they become unfulfilled desires? We set something that’s unrealistic, we try to change everything all at once, or we set way too many of them. Instead of resolutions I want to focus on New Year goal setting.

Resolutions carry this stigma of not being accomplished. Goals however are much more tangible. We still have some of the same struggles we have with resolutions. That’s why our goal setting needs to be very intentional and throughout the year.

A few tips for new year goal setting

1) Only set 1-5 over arching goals for the year. Anything more becomes overwhelming and unfocused. 

2) Make them SMART. Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time Bound.

3) Break those SMART goals down into manageable pieces. What do you need to do quarterly, monthly, weekly, and daily to achieve these goals?

4) Put them where you can see them every day. Whether on a white board, vision board, computer screen or even review them in the morning to keep them top of mind.

5) Check in with yourself through out the year. It’s ok to change, pivot, or just decide that original goal is not for you. 

Our goals aren’t set in stone. Things can happen during the year that make us decide to go in a different direction. This is why checking in with yourself regularly is so important. Make sure to focus on setting quarterly or monthly goals as well. This can be the times you check in and see if you are still on the same path.

Don’t let this process overwhelm you. That’s why  setting up a maximum of five goals is crucial. The more goals you have the less focus you have on each one and the more overwhelming they become.  You cannot change all the things all at once so don’t forget to break them into manageable pieces. Remember YOU ARE ENOUGH!!!

XoXo

Megan Hall

PS If you need support in the New Year connect with me or join my next mini group HERE.

 

Didn’t Reach Your Goals?

Megan Hall, Life Coach, Your Goals

The end of this year is closing in fast. For me December is a month of reflection. Where did everything go right? Where did everything go wrong this year? What do I want to achieve moving forward? That means creating some goals for next year.

In your reflection you might be focusing on all the goals you didn’t hit. You might be focusing on where you really messed up and what your failures were. By only focusing on what you did wrong you won’t be able to see all the things you did right. You will slowly lose motivation. Stop beating yourself up for not reaching your goals.

What you can do if you didn’t reach your goals

1) Ask yourself if your goals were realistic for this period in your life. Many times we set huge goals that aren’t realistic for us during this part of our journey. 

2) Identify the lessons you can learn from your mistakes this year. Did those things cause you not to reach your goals? Or were there underlying issues?

3) Ask “How can I do better next year?” If your goals were unrealistic set some better ones. If you made mistakes don’t repeat them. 

4) Set 1-5 goals for next year. We often set too many goals and our focus is scattered instead of focusing our efforts in a few places.

5) Identify where there could be issues achieving your goals and come up with a plan to combat those issues. 

Goals give us something to work towards. They shouldn’t constantly stress us out but instead put pressure on us to move forward. Our goals can change over a year. Check in with yourself regularly and ask “Is this still something I want?”

Just because you don’t reach a goal doesn’t mean you’re a failure. Stop beating yourself up and focus on what you need to do better moving forward. Remember a mistake is only a failure if you don’t learn the lesson. Learn your lesson from this year and use it to make next year even better. Remember YOU ARE ENOUGH!!!

XoXo

Megan Hall

What I Learned From Co Authoring A Book

What I learned co authoring a book, Megan Hall, The Inspired Women Podcast

I love books! I read several every month. Ever since I was a child I had an affinity for them. Publishing a book has been my dream for several years. When I was presented with the opportunity to co author a book I thought it was the perfect way to learn about the book writing process before publishing  one of my own.

It wasn’t until the week the book launched that things  started to go wrong. I  hadn’t seen or approved of any copy of the book but I promoted it anyways. Really I hadn’t seen anything  except for the copy of my chapter that I submitted originally. Two days after the book launched the copy of the book I ordered  arrived while I was away at a conference. As soon I returned home  I excitedly opened the package that contained “my book”.

When I opened the book and started reading I saw several grammatical errors on the pages I read. These were things that should have been fixed by a professional editor. I don’t deny that in my original copy there were a few grammatical errors but those could have been caught easily by an editor. However while comparing what I submitted to what was in the book I realized some of the edits made to my chapter actually made more grammatical errors. They hadn’t fixed some of the ones that were present in my original submission.

As  a professional I hold my work to a certain standard. I don’t aim for perfection but aim to provide a certain quality. Personally I feel a published book should have little to no grammatical errors in it. This book had not met that standard and I started to ask myself where everything went wrong. What could I have done differently?

I realized I had to make some major decisions regarding the book and how I would utilize this experience. I decided I would use it as a learning lesson.  By sharing the lessons I learned with others  I hope to help them avoid any of these problems in their future.

This is what i learned

1) ALWAYS have a signed, legal contract that CLEARLY STATES the terms of your agreement.  

2) Make sure you are able to not only see but approve of the final draft before the book goes to print. 

3) Do NOT promote something you have not seen. 

4) Get to know your fellow co authors before committing. 

5) If at any point in time in the process you get the feeling like this isn’t for you trust that. 

Don’t let this dissuade you from co authoring a book. There are many amazing things that can come out of such an experience.  Co authoring a book is a great way to split up the cost of self publishing. It will also provide a bit of diversity in your book. If you utilize these tips when co authoring a book you should be able to avoid  any misunderstandings or miscommunication.

Remember  YOU ARE ENOUGH!!!

XoXo

Megan Hall

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Success is a Journey Not a Destination

Success is a journey not a destination, Megan Hall, The Inspired Women Podcast

We’ve all thought it… when I am successful i will _______. We often see success as an end point vs an on going pursuit. Success is a journey not a destination. There will never be a time that we get to a point and say “Here is success and I am done” . As humans we are always striving for something new, it’s what makes life so exciting and wonderful.

Instead of enjoying the journey of success we get caught up in the hustle trying to reach it. Through all the hustle we miss out on some of the most amazing parts of our journey. Ever seen someone “successful” that is completely unhappy with their lives? I have!  There are many I have envied for their success. I’ve even thought “Someday I will be just like them.”  It took me awhile to realize I really don’t ever want to not enjoy the journey of success.

How Can We see success is a journey not a destination?

1) Never stop pursuing new goals and dreams. When you achieve something then that leaves room for you to achieve something new. 

2) Give yourself a break. We cannot always be on the go, go, go, go. That leads to burn out, panic attacks, physical ailments, and exhaustion. 

3) Learn from the twists and turns in your journey. The path won’t always be smooth, straight, and paved. Some days it will be bumpy, some days it will be turning this way and that, and some days you’ll be tripping over roots.  There’s a lesson in all of it.

4) Don’t be afraid to take the path less traveled.  We often think we have to do everything the way everyone else is doing it.  We often assume that must be THE way because everyone else is doing it that way. Just because it’s everyone else’s path that doesn’t mean it’s YOUR path.

5) Leave room for change.  As a journey not a destination there will be change along the way. Maybe a new path opens up, maybe the old one closes down, or maybe a different path looks more interesting than the one you’re on. 

When we think of success as a journey it makes pursuing it more exciting. We release the pressures to “achieve” success by a certain deadline. Instead we are more willing to explore and expand. We also avoid the let down after achieving our goals. The exasperated “what’s next?” so to speak. Instead we excitedly wonder “Where Can I go next?”

Enjoy the journey. Remember your success is defined by you and not those around you. Joyfully pursue what sets your soul on fire. Don’t let others dictate what path you need to take or where you need to go next. Only you know where you want to go. The possibilities are endless.

Need help on your journey? Grab a spot in my the next Inspired Women Mini Group. Remember as always YOU ARE ENOUGH!!!

XoXo

Megan Hall

Where Did All The Etiquette Go

.Etiquette, Megan Hall, Life Guide

I started out in business as a Beachbody coach in 2014. Beachbody coaches help their clients find Beachbody work out programs  ans supplements that can help them achieve their goals. They are also suppose to provide support for their clients via accountability groups. As a Beachbody coach I got my first taste of business etiquette or I should say lack there of.

Like most network marketers I was taught to add people to my network every day to grow my “market”. Then I was instructed to message people every day to F.O.R.M them which means ask them questions about their life.  I was encouraged to post on social media regularly about my fitness journey as well as invite people to join me on it via events. It was a whole lot of look at me, look at me, and not a lot of discovering how can I help you.

The things I was being taught wasn’t wrong but the focus was put more on sales then on relationship building. We were taught to think “Next please” when someone said not to us. It took me starting a new business to realize how freaking annoying I was and how little I was actually helping anyone. I wasn’t providing value instead I was just blowing up the Facebook news feed with fitness.

It’s not only network marketers that are guilty of lacking business etiquette it’s prevalent across all industries. Instead of drawing people towards us we are pushing them away. The worst thing is those people are often not just potential clients but family and friends too. Many times I think it’s a lack of awareness that holds us back not lack of interest. This blog post is meant to help fix that.

Ten things that are not proper business etiquette

1) Adding people to your Facebook group or newsletter list without their permission first

2) Messaging people to sell your products or service instead of focusing on building relationships

3) Only contacting people when you want something from them instead of focusing on how you can be of value to them

4) Assuming everyone wants or needs your product or service

5) Posting mostly about your business not life on social media

6) Copying what another business owner is doing 

7) Inviting someone you just “met” to like your page, join your group, or event 

8) Not giving proper credit to someone and/or trying to pass off someone else’s work as your own

9) Only being a part of a community to promote and not interacting in it in other ways

10) Adding people on social media just to have another person to sell to

We don’t have to make business etiquette complicated. Ask yourself “How would I feel if someone did this to me?” Majority of the time that will help you from making a mistake that could cost you future business. Remember in business it’s about relationships first. Try coming a place of serving instead of selling.

Even if your upline, mentor, or an expert in your field does something doesn’t mean it’s what should be done.  By avoiding these simple etiquette mistakes you will save yourself a ton of time and heart ache. The best thing you can be in your business is yourself while still focusing on providing value to those you come in contact with.

Have you seen some business etiquette mistakes? Comment on this post and let me know. You can also join us in The Inspired Women Community to join in on conversations like this one. Remember YOU ARE ENOUGH!!!

XoXo

Megan