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Here’s what I have learned from you. When you think of two obstacles that get in the way of bringing your dreams to life, you need…

#1 more time

#2 improved focus.

These two needs are critical for your goals and are actually very, very intwined.

Let me explain.

Have you ever had a million things to do and the deadline was upon you? Do you remember that you “got it all done?” It may have seemed like a miracle, but things just “worked out.”

What happened?

Dr. Cal Newport, author of Deep Work, suggests that intensity can be traded for time.

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“Intensity can be traded for time.”

-Dr. Cal Newport

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That is, if you are more intense, you can accomplish more in less time. On the other hand, if you are low on energy or highly distracted and unfocused, you lose a LOT of time.

Dr. Newport’s formula could be described in mathematical terms as time = intensity

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time = intensity

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To get more time, up your intensity–just like you would when the pressure is on and the deadline is fast approaching.

To help you get traction with Dr. Newport’s idea, I want you to break it down another step.

What is intensity?

Intensity increases when you have increased energy and increased focus in a singular direction.

To explain this mathematically, I defining intensity as “energy x focus.”

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So, time = energy x focus

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This is key to overcoming overwhelm!

The next time you feel overwhelmed that you have so much to do and so little time, don’t get discouraged and wish for a day in the future in which you will have more time. Instead, get strategic. 

Ask yourself how you can boost your energy & your focus toward your goal for which you wish you had time?

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Don’t get discouraged. Get strategic!

-Christine Wilson, LPC

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With this formula, you can create practical strategies to find more time in your life for your dreams & goals.

Let’s start with one strategy to boosting your energy: self-care.

  • Sleep.
  • Exercise.
  • Nutrition.

If you are like many people, often, when you want to accomplish a big goal, self care is the first thing to go on the back burner. However, this unfortunately works against you–causing you to lose valuable time–just when you need it the most. The energy you gain from good sleep, exercise, and nutrition propels you toward your goals and allows you to accomplish your goals faster because you have more energy available.

When was the last time you were hoping for more time and decided you needed to go to bed earlier, build more exercise into your routine, or make wise eating decisions? Well, good job if you did. It is one of the most strategic ways to boost both your focus and your energy–which gives you more time.

Think about how many goals can remain on hold when you “don’t have the energy.” Don’t let this happen to you! Use this idea of taking time to boost your energy to your advantage so you can achieve your goals.

Next, let’s talk about a strategy to boost your focus.

Often, when people feel like they have a lot to do, they get a quick idea of generally where they want to go and just dive in. They think, “There is no time to lose. I need to start right now!” Well, this impulse is exactly the wrong way to boost your results.

Here’s why: When you dive into a project without clarity, you can waste your best energy on low-results activities that leave you empty for what matters most.

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When you dive into a project without clarity, you can waste your best energy on activities that don’t move the needle–leaving no energy left for what matters most.

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On the other hand, when you take time at the beginning to develop a crystal clear clarity around your goal…so clear you can feel it…research shows you are less vulnerable to distractions and your brain looks for ways to help you achieve your goal.

Being distracted SLOWS YOU DOWN. So, diving right in causes you to lose time in the long run. Stepping aside to develop a compelling clarity around your goal helps you get the best results by focusing your best efforts on high results-yielding activities.

It’s all over the research. When you paint such a clear picture of what you want that you can taste and see it, your focus is boosted and distractions simply do not hold as much sway. You GAIN time through focus.

This is why energy Think Time Planners and Courses help you improve your energy and boost your focus so you can find the time you need to succeed.

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You may be thinking that you don’t need to be strategic like this. You just need to try harder. Let’s talk about that. Unfortunately, trying harder will not help you achieve your goals. Here’s why.

There is a problem.

Research shows that 90% of the thoughts you have today are the same thoughts you had yesterday. This means that if you like the results you are getting, then, yes, do more of the same.

However, if you need to overcome an obstacle, change a pattern, or solve a problem, you need to think differently. How do you think different thoughts? You need a guide to help you think about your thinking. When you do this, Psychologist Dr. Henry Cloud says, “When you think about your thinking… Voila! New neural pathways begin to form!”

And, when new neural pathways begin to form, new ways of being and doing are born. New paths can be explored and experienced. Your changed behaviors and new solutions are on their way!

This is the big “why” behind taking time to think-time. Improved thinking leads to improved results.

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In my next post, I will be sharing another important strategy to include in your goal achievement toolbox. I will share a tip that can help you avoid losing up to 23 minutes every time this happens. It is so critical to your success and will help you maintain the boosted energy and focus you need to succeed. So, keep your eye on your inbox for this!

Cheering you on!

Christine

p.s. Would you like to hear more about how you can cut through the noise and achieve your goals in a distracting world? Sign up for my Free Webinar: 5 Steps to Cut Through the Noise and Achieve your Goals in a Distracting World.

Overcome Overwhelm: Get the Time, Focus, & Energy You Need to Succeed.

Do you have a dream or a goal that you want to pursue this year?

Maybe you want to find time for art after work. Maybe you are looking for a new place to call home after life as you have known it has been uprooted this year. Maybe you want to try homeschooling your kids.

You feel that if you could achieve this, you would feel more positivity and a sense of accomplishment. You might be busy, but you would be doing what you love.

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But, to bring these dreams to life, you have some obstacles to overcome.

You don’t have time.

You work so hard, yet have a million to-dos left at the end of your busy days. How could you even think of adding more on top of it?

You don’t have money.

You know to boost your productivity, you will probably have to invest in specialized ADHD coaching–which can cost thousands of dollars. You just don’t have that this year. (And…you already said you don’t have time!)

You are sooo tired.

After work, you are sooo tired. How could you even imagine finding time and energy for something else?

Please hear me.

These obstacles are real. 

They can slow you down…

And they can get you down…

So much so that at times you may even be tempted to stop.

But, don’t let that happen to you!

These are not meant to be roadblocks.

They are meant to be obstacles.

And, like all obstacles, they are meant to be overcome, and I can help.

As a Licensed Professional Counselor, an entrepreneur with lifelong symptoms of ADHD, and now a homeschooling mother of six, I get it.

As a creative entrepreneur, I know what it is like to have more ideas than hours in a day.

As one who has lived at a variety of income levels, I know what it is to have seasons in which there is too much month at the end of the money.

As I move through seasons of being pregnant and having newborns, toddlers, and sensory kids, I know what it is like to struggle to have enough energy for my day.

However…even with these obstacles…I have found a way to live on purpose and achieve my goals–even in a distracting world, and I am excited to share this with you.

THINK TIME PLANNER – FIRST IN CREATIVE PRODUCTIVITY

For over five years, I have helped amazing people just like you* overcome overwhelm and get the time, focus, and energy you need to succeed. 

Think Time Planner is the FIRST Creative Productivity Planner designed to harness the power of your creative mind to boost your productivity so you can get your best results. By using both right brain thinking and left brain thinking, you boost your ability to discover and define your desires, to focus amidst distraction, and to create a strategic plan to bring your dreams to life.

With Think Time Planner, you can boost your focus, motivation, and energy toward your dreams and goals so you can get results. 

Y’all, it’s a GAME CHANGER.

I will tell you more later, but for today, I want to emphasize the importance of not waiting until a time in the future when you “have more time” or “have it all together.”

In my next e-mail, I will share a simple formula that is included in the Think Time Planner that can help you find more time (even if you have NO time) so you can achieve your dreams and goals–even in a distracting (and demanding) world.

So, keep your eye out for my next e-mail.

Until then, know that I am…

Cheering you on!

Christine

p.s. Between now and then, would you take a moment to comment and share this blog post? Thanks a lot!

*I am obliged to note that, of course, I don’t know your exact situation and abilities. Results will vary. My goal is to help YOU get your BEST results…whatever those are!

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How to “Manifest” Your Dreams and Goals

Have you heard people talk about the life-changing experience of “manifesting” their dreams and goals?

Well, I don’t exactly call it “manifestation,” nor do I credit an impersonal universe; however, I do believe people are getting great results.

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I’ll tell you why.

What a lot of people call “manifestation,” I call it “visual thinking”–visualizing your goals so clearly you can FEEL them.

There are great neurological reasons why this practice works.

I discovered the power of visualizing and drawing my completed goals over 5 years ago–conducting an educated experiment I was pretty sure would work…

And, it did.

Better than I could have imagined.

It frankly blew me away.

Here’s what I believe is happening neurologically and why it works.

Research shows that when you visualize something so clearly that you can FEEL it, your brain gets to work to bring that vision to a reality–and here’s the cool part–even when you are not consciously thinking about it!

So, think about going throughout your day. You have literally tens of thousands of inputs. You simply cannot respond to all of them if you are to effectively tune into your tasks and be productive. So, your brain has a built in design to help you filter through all of these inputs to make your decisions–all day long.

(Now, some of us ADHDers respond to external stimuli more than others, of course, but generally speaking, this is how it works.)

AND.

Guess how many decisions are made on a subconscious level!

95% of them!

WHOA!

That means that your brain is saying “pay attention to” or “ignore” before you even consciously process 95% of what is going on around you.

So, if you want to start noticing more opportunities each day to achieve your dreams and goals, you need a proven strategy to help your brain recognize them and bring them to your attention.

You need to help your brain help you!

You need to help your brain help you!

Christine Wilson, LPC

How do you do that?

Here are 3 steps you can take:

1. Set aside regular uninterrupted think-time. Starting with just 5 minutes can get you started. The brain is more receptive and effective when you are calm. When you are stressed, it moves into fight, flight or freeze. So, if you are writing your goals on the fly, you may as well kiss them goodbye. Instead, place your phone on airplane mode and “sit with yourself” for a moment as you allow what matters most to surface.

If you are writing your goals on the fly, you may as well kiss them goodbye.

Christine Wilson

2. Visualize what you want. Really experience your dreams. See yourself completing your goal. How do you feel? What do you see? Employ as many of your five senses as possible to clearly visualize this accomplished goal. When you experience your dreams and goals viscerally, it gets to work to bring them to reality. Research shows that your energy, focus, and motivation toward your goals increase with the practice of visualization.

3. Draw it, mind map it, use color, and add words. The visual thinking techniques I curated in Think Time Planner to help you apply the above two steps are drawing this vision in your Envision Box and concept-clouding (brainstorming) using your 5 Sensing Tool. This creative process engages your whole brain and really communicates to your brain in a way it can understand a whole lot better than writing words alone.

This three step process engages several parts of your brain: the visual processing part where ideas originate, the deeper parts of your brain where your emotions are stored, right brain creative thinking and left brain analytical thinking. That’s how Think Time Planner helps you use your whole brain strategy for achieving your dreams and goals. Promise me you’ll never plan with words alone again!?!?!? Please!!!

Promise me you’ll never plan with words alone again!?!?!? Please!!!

Christine Wilson, LPC

By clearly envisioning your dreams and goals, you have “primed” your brain to focus on what matters most in a distracting world, so in the midst of your crazy busy life you can increase your chances of noticing what you “intend” to notice.

With this type of clarity you can feel, you should begin to find more opportunities to live on purpose and achieve your goals–even in a distracting world. To literally BRING YOUR DREAMS TO LIFE.

By clearly envisioning your dreams and goals, you have “primed” your brain to focus on what matters most in a distracting world, so you are more likely to notice what you “intend” to notice.

Christine Wilson

Opportunities to fulfill your dreams and goals surround you. Help your brain help you by preparing it to focus on your dreams and goals amidst distraction.

Set aside uninterrupted think-time.

Visualize your completed goal.

Draw this in your Think Time Planner.

Stop missing out on the opportunities in your own life.

Get the thinking skills you need to fight distractions and get results.

In my signature course Cut Through the Noise, I teach my full Dream, Decide, Do, Review Process in depth to help you immediately apply the best purpose and productivity strategies for entrepreneurs with ADHD on the market today.

A little think-time can change your life.

Claim your seat today.

Don’t let distractions get your best attention. Learn the thinking skills you need to succeed. Enroll in my Signature Course today.

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You Don’t Have to Exhaust Yourself to Get Great Results

Do you ever work from dawn til dusk and still can’t find time for your dreams and goals?  

There is nothing worse than being exhausted after a long day of hard work and not having the results that you truly want to show for it.

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Here are a few things that can help you find time for your dreams and goals—even if you are already busy from dawn til dusk. 

1. Identify what your dreams and goals are. This may seem obvious, but you may be surprised that you only have a vague sense of what you want to accomplish–not clearly defined goals. To get more clarity, ask yourself, “What do I really want? At the end of this week (or month or quarter), what does wild success look like?” Choose up to three things that matter most to you and draw them in your Think Time Planner.

2. Evaluate what activities in your life support these dreams and goals. You do a lot of things in your life–checking off a million boxes. Did you know research shows you can check off a ton of boxes and still be unproductive? This step can prevent that from happening to you. I want you to identify which activities drive the results you want most. Separate these activities out. To achieve your dreams and goals, put them on your calendar first. If you can’t now because you have too many commitments…look ahead in your schedule and find your nearest available time block in the future. Write it in.

3. Find the time stealers. Most productivity planners skip this step. Don’t miss it! Goal achievement research suggests that if you stop with positive thinking alone, you can actually decrease your chances of achieving your goals. You may be over-optimistic and fail to take the measures to safeguard your goals. Don’t let this happen to you. Take a moment to identify what in you and what in your schedule could keep you from achieving the goals you desire. Now, create a plan around your obstacles. When you complete this last step, you are now on your way to looking back on your days with satisfaction, not regret.

“Think Time, for me, has been a lifesaver. We moved to a new city last year, are starting a new business, and have a two year old, a one year old, and a one month old. Think Time has taken my life from being absolutely insane to ordered, beautiful, and manageable. It has helped “up” my internal satisfaction level with what I accomplish each day. Super impressed with (and grateful for) this product.” 

Mary, pastors wife & mom of lots of young children (up to 5 now!)

Remember: you don’t have to exhaust yourself to get great results.

A little think-time could just change your life. 

Sincerely,

Christine

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