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Discover your right next step

Do you ever feel so overwhelmed that you don’t know where to begin?

Let’s be honest, we have all been there.

But it doesn’t have to stay that way.

It isn’t rocket science:

Once you have identified what’s holding you back, you will be able to make changes, so that you can get the results that you want.

Please keep in mind that it is never about beating yourself up.

Quite to the contrary, it’s all about discovering how to make simple, small shifts that will support your success.

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Do You Want More Flow in Your Life?

Life and business coach Birgitta Granström of Life Spider System

One of the most important strategies to optimize your time is to learn how to “Go With the Flow” (strategy no 12 from “Procrastination – 15 Strategies To Overcome Procrastination Today!”

Going with the flow will save you SO much time & energy .. not to mention that going with the flow feels so much better than going against it.

Click here to listen in on The The Today Lounge, episode no 2 – expert interview with Birgitta Granström of Life Spider System and learn Birgitta’s tips on how to go with the flow.

Be in for a real surprise when Birgitta reveals her no 1 tip on how to follow the flow and leave procrastionation to history – and she even has a simple yet effective experiment ready for you that will help you follow your flow!

Click here to get your free audio (20 min).

#12: Go With the Flow

There is a lot to be said about flow …

I learned a lot about flow from Birgitta Granström while interviewing her on her ranch in Lake Elsionore California.

I also learned a lot from watching the surfers at Ocean Beach.,

Stay tuned for the next episode of The Today Lounge and get Birgitta’s tips on how to stay in the flow – this will be out in the beginning of February.

Or read my book: Procrastination – 15 Strategies to Overcome Procratination Today! available from Amazon.

 

Delicious December – The Perfect Time for Goal and Vision setting!

December doesn’t have to be all about wrapping the last couple of Christmas presents, or having friends over for a glass of spicy Mülled wine for a cosy time in front of the fireplace.

To me december is especiallly delicious BECAUSE this is the perfect time to start creating a compelling vision for 2015.

This is the time to design what you want for 2015 …

 

And I am hoping that I can inspire you to have it be something that you look forward to rather than those not so exciting “new years resolutions” that may be honorable enough but quite often way too superficial to have a real and lasting impact on your life.

So I confess; I’m a goal & vision setting junkie – I absolutely love goal and vision setting!

My first goal setting / vision procedure was way back in 1997 and quite simple.

I asked myself only 2 questions: “What do I want more of and what do I want less of?” 

As simple as these questions may sound I don’t think they will ever go out of fashion.

Even one, simple question like that could change your life for the more positive; that is of course if you take your desires to heart and take appropriate actions towards it.

Although many of the themes remain universal such as for example: relationships, love, generating income – maybe even start a business of your own, or writing “that” book (you know what I am talking about) –  we can thankfully always improve.

My own goal setting routine has certainly developed over the years.

I now hand write everything into an art journal and illustrate it with the use of lots of illustrations and this is a process that is taking place all through “Delicious December”. 

While this may not be for you, I will provide you with a few tips as how to get started:

  1. Schedule time for your goal and vision setting. Goal and vision setting is no small stuff. This is about YOUR life and making plans that will have you wake up happy every morning because you have a clear vision to follow. This takes time. Take out your calendar, grab a pen and schedule some time for it.
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  2. Have fun with it. Goal and vision setting can be highly individualized depending on what works for you. If you are more of a visual type you may want to create any of the following: A painting, a collage, a Power Point show or a combination of words and picture. Color coding is also a great way to make your vision more clear.

If these first couple of tips got you curious I encourage you to sign up for my newsletter and you will get the last 4 tips that will help you make your vision for 2015 compelling & juicy!

If you would like me to support you in creating a compelling vision for 2015 I am here to help you in what ever way best suits you –  be that visual goal setting which may take you on a soul’s journey, or simply creating some targetable goals for 2015 – I will be very happy to support you with that.

Click here if you want to have a complimentary talk with me about your vision for 2015.

I will draw from my tools box of personal goal setting since 1997, many great coaching tools, as well as art journaling – and I also provide you with great strategies & concrete tools for actually implementing your goals, so that you will be able to stay on track with your vision.

The Berlin War didn’t break down over night, why would yours?

Resistance!

If you want to rely on certainty “resistance” is a (very) safe choice.

Resistance seems to be part of our DNA and something we all get to experience at various stages of our lives.

Be that resistance to learn something new or even resistance to success.

My mentor used to tell me:

“what you want (be that promotion, personal power or prosperity) is on the other side of resistance”.

Whenever she said that I honestly didn’t have a clue about what she was talking about.

What on earth did she mean by that?

Wasn’t I “clever enough”, having spent many thousand of dollars on my own personal education and wasn’t I a fully qualified coach? Well, truth be told I probably wasn’t as smart as I thought I was.

The key that I learned is that resistance resides in the mental department.

And if you try to approach resistance with mental tools (like I did) and like so many of us are taught, there isn’t the slightest chance of changing anything except “rearranging a few furniture” on the surface of your mind.

I prefer to take to Einstein’s advice.

Einstein said something to the extend of “you cannot solve a problem with the same kind of thinking that caused the problem in the first place.”

To that I would add that most of the time you really cannot solve the problem by thinking! You have to act; check out of the mental department and start to rely on the wisdom of your gut feeling.

And once you start to do that (let your brain take a rest it probably needs it) and take direct action – which is directed more by your gut feeling than your intellect – that is when life start to change for the better – at least that’s been my own experience for all that it’s worth.

So why am I talking about resistance in the first place?

Because resistance could very well be what is keeping you stuck in your comfort zone.

Maybe you know what you want. For example, reduce your level of stress so that you can sleep at night and stop biting your nails, or perhaps simply getting started on writing the book that’s been on your mind for years.

But you are still procrastinating because you are resisting the change. Don’t get me wrong. Resistance can certainly be good at appropriate times and it isn’t always bad.

But here is the thing.

Most often resistance is developed at a very young age and although it may have been a good strategy at the time being to be on guard and judge everything as good or bad, this strategy probably doesn’t work for you if you are an adult person who wants to create real results.

I mean, results that REALLY matter to your heart, your soul, and your bank account.

So how do you go about breaking your personal wall (of resistance) down?

Here’s a couple of tips to help you get started:

Click here to read the rest of the article and get the tips to help you get started.

Or get my book, Procrastination – 15 Strategies To Overcome Procrastination Today! available at Amazon.

What does Bamboo Roots and Habits have in Common?

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Procrastination can be painful but at its core it is nothing but a (really) bad habit.

However, it can be a nasty little one and it quite often holds us back from getting what we really want in life.

The question then seems to be, ”how can I begin to establish empowering habits to support the fulfillment of my goals?”

Changing habits isn’t always easy but it can be done if you really want to.

 

 

Although many people would argue that it’s too tough and give up it doesn’t have to be that difficult. Once we understand the nature of habits and how they work it becomes a lot easier to cause correct.

Personally, I learned a lot from doing gardening and the laws of nature.

For the past 3 summers I have been digging out Bamboo roots in my garden and I couldn’t help but notice how the pattern of the bamboo roots seems much like the pattern of habits.

Here are a few of the traits that I see bamboo roots and habits share:

  1. They go deep (well established) and have their persistent ways
  2. The hide below the surface (our habits are most often run by our subconscious mind)
  3. They can be tricky if we don’t identify the relationship between the cause and the effect

It is not the strength of one single habit that makes it hard to break – more so we need to take the time out to identify the root cause and find out why we have the habits that we do and observe the results that our habits create.

For example. You may be focusing on stress in you life and how it affects you in terms of sleepless nights or obsessive worrying, nail biting and so forth.

Although that could be perfectly understandable, I would encourage you to focus elsewhere as this – as unpleasant as it may be – is only the effect of a much deeper root cause.

A better focus could be to look in the direction of your inner belief system.

What is the belief that you hold which is causing the stress?

Do you believe that your work has to be perfect for it to be good enough to bring value to other people or for your boss to approve of it?

And if your work doesn’t live up to your inner critic’s standards – do you give up on yet another project or promotion?

Don’t feel discouraged by this.

There is very good news. You are the CEO of your own habits.

And as the CEO of your own habits you can change them for the better.

Once we understand the nature of our habits there are actually many relatively simple ways to change those (nasty) habits.

Although each of the followings tips could be the subject of an entire article in it self, I hope that you will get the idea. It is also worth remembering that even just a small baby step can actually lead to major changes.

Click here if you want to read the 7 tips that I give to help you change your habits to create lasting results. 

Or read my book Procrastination – 15 Strategies To Overcome Procrastination Today! available at Amazon.

The TODAY Lounge #1: Expert Interview With Writing Coach and Author Rose Muenker

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Do you resist structures because they make you feel like you are wearing a straitjacket?

Listen in on The TODAY Lounge’s expert interview no #1 as Michala Storm interviews writing coach and author Rose Muenker on how to use structure to create a real break through from Painful Procrastination to Rewarding Results.

This interview is especially great if you are a first time writer but can be applied to any other goal that you have in mind.

Rose will also share about her “Writing from Source” as a way to break away from procrastination and take actions towards your goals.

Click here to listen in on this interview.


The Power of (re)Commitment!

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Making the right commitment is key to our success!

As you may have experienced first hand something almost magical happens when you first commit to a certain goal.

 

The energy seems to flow, you feel excited and the momentum is strong.

Making the right commitment simply creates focus.

A (laser) focused mindset together with (laser) focused action steps, small or big, will definitely get the ball rolling in the right direction. Soon you will be able to taste and touch the harvest of your dedicated efforts.

However, making the right commitment has its own challenges.

Here are just a few of the common challenges, for example:

  1. Our commitment is not in alignment with our overall vision
  2. We tend to over-commit. We say ”yes” too many times.
  3. We fall out of our commitment and start to self-sabotage it.

What do you do, when you are faced with any of these challenges?

Click here to read the rest of the article and get simple suggestions that will have you re-commit to your goals, or learn more by reading my book “Procrastination – 15 Strategies To Overcome Procrastination Today!

 

BOOK RELEASE COMING UP

 

TESTIMONIALS for 2nd edition: 

”I love how Michala Storm talks about energy! Her tips are vitally important, easy to follow and bring an instant increase in feeling great. I especially needed her reminders about budgeting my energy since I raise 4 kids as a single mom! Thanks Michala!”

Diana Dentinger, Founder Woman of Meaning Gatherings, Editor of the Inner Peace Parenting Magazine

 

“In her book, Michala calls attention to many forms of procrastination that we may not recognize as procrastination at all. Her recommendations for achieving more love and joy in marital, social, and work relationships is worth the price of admission. Do the exercises, follow the suggestions, and celebrate the additional joy and ease you will have brought to your life and the lives of those you impact.” Laurel Gaumer