“I put my kids on my to-do list!”

This has been so much fun!

I have loved interacting with you throughout this month on three of the most important aspects of success: results, relationships, and resilience. Keeping these three pillars in view will help you get your best results in a distracting world.

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Last week, on IGTV, I had the opportunity to speak with parent Coach Tyler Drouet of Simplify Parenting about helping your kids move from chaos to order with time management tips for kids with ADHD. Then, I was privileged to welcome my friend September James to our community to share three tips on building community while building your business. Check these interviews out if you missed them!

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Now, onto this week’s topic! This week, we have turned our attention to the importance of building relationships.

As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I have had the privilege of having a front row seat to the self-concepts, hopes & dreams, and journeys of people on a deep level.

Among one of the most profound impressions I have gained over time is the monumental importance of our family relationships in shaping who we are and who we believe ourselves to be.

Interpersonal neurobiologist Dr. Dan Siegel says that the wiring of our brain is literally created as we interact with those in our lives. The interactions in our relationships make us who we are.

Dr. Henry Cloud says it this way, “The brain runs on three things: oxygen, glucose, and relationships.”

Even though they are so important, relationships can be one of the first aspects of your life to suffer when you become overwhelmed.

Don’t let that happen to you.

Use the “to be” cloud in the Dream Phase of Think Time to brainstorm ways to stay connected to God, to your purpose, and to others. 

Then, use the Routine Worksheet to build the best ideas into your routines.

At times, simply having something on your calendar helps you move what matters most into your life. As Steven Covey said, “Don’t prioritize your schedule. Schedule your priorities.” Allow relationships to get on the calendar.

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You may be thinking, I will pay better attention to my relationships after I launch my business. 

What if I told you that you didn’t have to wait?

The year that Evan launched his new business, not only was he able to bring his dreams to life, but he also told me he felt more aware of the needs of his wife as he used the Think Zones exercise in his Think Time Planner.

Similarly, the year her husband founded a church in a new city–an entrepreneurial endeavor–Mary felt the freedom with her Think Time Planner “for the first time to put my kids on my to-do list. I don’t know why this never occurred to me before!”

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It is simply not enough to “get things done” while your relationships remain on the back burner. You need to get the right things done–including being present with the people in your life. 

Let me remind you: you are not a machine. 

You are a human BEing designed to DO important things. Make time for those who matter to you–even in busy seasons. Your spouse did not covenant “for better or for worse” to be put on hold. And, your children need your attention to thrive.

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Don’t settle for short-term success in one area of life.  

Take time to Think Time and get more time for what matters most–in your professional life and in your personal life.

Next week, we’ll discuss how you can maintain your vitality for the long haul as we discuss developing resilience.

How have your relationships shaped who you are? Would you comment below?

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This is Success

When you arrive at the end of your life and look back, what do you want to see?

Who do you want to have been?

What do you want to have done?

In essence, “What is success?”

This question was actually the opening line of my high school graduation speech. As I stood in front of those blazing lights, each word echoed through the stadium. I stepped out of that stadium to continue my quest of discovery.

I spent a couple decades on this quest– learning in college, attending a leadership internship in one state followed by a fellowship in another, working at a church then a non-profit, graduating with a masters from seminary and then serving patients recovering from brain injury as I gained my license as a professional counselor.

Lately, I have continued my quest nurturing and educating my kids for success in the next generation and serving you through Think Time.  As it turns out, I have been thinking about this and gathering great stuff for quite a long time…24 years!  I only wish I could find a copy of that speech!!! I would love to know what I came up with at 17!

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THREE QUALITIES OF SUCCESS YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO MISS

Today, I want to talk about three aspects of success that my planners and courses at Think Time are designed to support–qualities you can’t afford to miss in your life!

I’ll be talking about these for the next few weeks. It is my belief that each of these qualities is necessary to live a full and meaningful life–to truly succeed.

Results.

You may have judged success in the past based on what you did. Let me turn that on its head, and ask instead, not “What did you do?” but “What were your results?” You know from experience that it is possible to work hard from dawn until dusk and accomplish next to nothing–exhausting yourself and never making headway on your important goals. Sure, you were busy. You “got a lot done.” But, did you get results? Getting results is what moves the needle toward your dreams and goals.

Relationships.

It is simply not enough to “get things done” while your relationships remain on the back burner. You are not a machine. You are a human BEing designed to DO important things. Having great results without great relationships OR great relationships without great results is never enough. You have to have both to succeed. I believe that being connected to God, to others, and to your purpose are central to success. Relationships fuel your life.

Resilience.

Resilience keeps you in the game for the long haul. Anyone can sprint and have the appearance of success while things quietly crumble under the surface. Time tells the whole story. When you have the quality of resilience, you have the energy and the mindset to bounce back when set backs happen. You continue to create great work over the long haul.

The truly successful person consistently achieves great results and maintains great relationships over the long haul — continuously maintaining energy and focus for what matters most.

Over the next few weeks, I will discuss one quality a week to deep dive into the importance of each of these qualities in a little more depth.

I DON’T HAVE THAT KIND OF TIME.

As you read, you may nod your head in agreement while deep down you don’t believe you could ever have time to achieve that degree of success–you don’t even have time to think! In your life, there are simply not enough hours in the day.

Wow, I get it. Life is moving so faster than ever, and the distractions are endless! It can feel overwhelming to think about reaching for the stars.

However, what if I suggested that that you don’t have enough time NOT to pursue true success in your life? Would you agree that by not taking time to ensure that you are getting great results, building great relationships, and investing in your resilience, you don’t risk just losing hours…you could lose entire decades of your life! 

You don’t just risk losing hours…you could lose entire decades of your life.

Christine Wilson, LPC

If you don’t have a vision and strategy for getting results, you could spend your golden years working a dead-end job–just to pay the bills.

If you don’t have a vision and a strategy for your relationships, your kids’ childhood may be over before you have learned how to be present with them.

If you don’t have a vision for your health, you could achieve all of the above success but lose out on decades of your life to enjoy your success.

Please hear me. This is important.

The truth is you don’t have time to not to take time to clarify your vision and create a strategy for these three areas of success. 

And, remember, you don’t have to spend decades learning what you need to know to achieve this type of success. I have already done the work for you!

In my next Think Time Thursday e-mail, I will deep dive into getting results and share with you the approach I personally use to do less while achieving more. So, keep your eye out for that post. It will simply be called “how I do less to achieve more…”

In the mean time would you please take a moment to share your thoughts and comment on this blog?

ATTITUDE

You already know this, but like all good truths, it is often good to be reminded.  

A lot is going on.  

Some is good.  

Some is bad.  

Some is in your control.  

And some is not.  

With a lot of our world shifting under your feet and over your head, I want to dig deep and share with you from some wise writings of one who has gone before us.  

Viktor Frankl was a Jewish psychiatrist and psychotherapist who endured and survived the horrific Nazi concentration camps. He observed many people suffer and endure much.  

He made many, many observations that are worth pursuing, but today, I will share one from his seminal work, Man’s Search for Meaning: “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”  

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”  

VIKTOR FRANKL

Your attitude, your choices, and your way. These are 100% yours all of the time.   This is why I include the Serenity Circle tool in my Think Time Planner.   There is much wisdom to be gained by gaining perspective on what is in your control and what is not within your control.  

In these days when much is shifting and much is out of your control, remember the one area that you have 100% control over is your thinking and your choices.  

Don’t let anyone or anything steal your freedom to THINK or your freedom to CHOOSE.  

Think Time Planner helps you get the clarity you need to succeed so you can choose your attitude, your choices, and your way during these uncertain days.  

Shop our store or select from a few of our options below so you can live on purpose and achieve your goals in our distracting and changing world.  

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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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How to Find Time for a Morning Routine

Hey guys! You may have noticed a new type of post I added to my Instagram feed this week: #workfromhomehacks

These are simple, creative ways you can find time for what matters most so you can get results at home.

After 7 years of working from home with kids underfoot, I understand that you need to be strategic if you are going to squeeze in time for your dreams and goals and be the parent you want to be.

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A lot of entrepreneurs with ADHD have a hard time implementing morning routines. You are probably just thankful to be able to get out of bed! I totally get it. I am #notamorningperson either.

Today I am going to share you a simple habit I have implemented that is central to my morning routine strategy. With all of the distractions in my house (5 little kids), this one tip can save me up to 40 minutes in the morning.

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Here’s a simple tip you can add to your rhythms to find more time in the morning too.

Simply get into the habit of making a warm breakfast the day before. Slip it in the oven in the morning while you grab your coffee, and voila! it’s like you have a personal chef in your kitchen serving you while you get your day started on the right foot.

Some of my favorite breakfasts include zucchini bread, sweet potato carrot cakes with sausage, and veggie-infused quiche. Simply garnish with fresh berries for the Pinterest look and you are ready to go!

The compounding results of an open morning time block are many.

1. More Present. The thing I love most about this habit is how present you can be in the mornings. You can be more present to your soul and spirit and your relationship with God and others. You can be more more present to what is on your heart and mind and write these down on your Daily Planner pages to keep them from spinning through your head throughout the day. You can be more present with your family. Instead of over-focusing on the urgent task of flipping pancakes or scrambling eggs last minute, you are freed to greet your children and connect with them better during their most cuddly time of the day.

2. More Energized. While I recommend starting your mornings in calm, quiet solace allowing your mind to wander, I also recommend having a distinct point when you pivot to exercise. On your Think Time Planner, highlight this time block in orange to represent how energizing this part of the day is to your dreams and goals. Here’s why: by keeping an active and healthy body, you energize your body and your mind for the tasks of the day so you can get your best results.

3. More Time. When you clear your mind in the morning by getting on paper what is on your mind, you reduce internal distractions and promote focus toward your dreams and goals. By exercising each morning, you are likely to feel better and to boost your energy. If you have been with me a while, you know that when you find more energy and more focus, you often find more time. You can learn more about that on my blog here.

Don’t set yourself up for a frazzled day by leaving breakfast to the last minute anymore. Design your ultimate morning routine in your Routine Worksheets, and make time for it by making breakfast the day before.

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3 Ways to Give Attention to Your Dreams & Goals

How often do you take time to create clarity around your dreams and goals? 

Each week offers opportunities for being intentional, yet it can be easy to just dive into the next week and miss life-changing opportunities.

The Think Time Planners & Courses help you remember to create attention for your dreams and goals each week as you Dream, Decide, Do, & Review. 

Here are three ways you can give your dreams and goals the attention they deserve:

  1. Set aside uninterrupted think-time. Ask yourself what you really want. Every week in the Dream Phase of your think-time, allow yourself to dream big–as if there were no obstacles. This helps you to identify what you really want.
  2. Draw what you see. To boost your attention toward these dreams, draw an image of what you have in mind. It can be as simple as a dollar sign or a stick figure; however, don’t underestimate the power of this step for your visual ADHD mind. When you develop so much clarity around your goals that you can feel them, research shows that your subconscious mind gets to work to make your dreams a reality.
  3. Say yes to only a few things. To bring your dream to reality, you will need to take one more step and guard it! There are less important activities–and even some good ones–that threaten to steal your time and attention from your most important goals. Get clarity in the Decide Phase on what steps will help you make it happen in the best way possible. You can get more done by doing less. You just need to decide which steps these are.

Enjoy consistent progress toward your goals and develop a confidence in your abilities as you take time to give attention to your intentions each week. 

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Don’t let distractions steal what you want most.

Achieving your dreams and goals starts with giving them the attention they deserve.

In my signature course Cut Through the Noise, I walk you step by step how to ensure that you can give your best attention to your intentions so you can bring your dreams to reality.

There has never been a better time to invest in yourself.  How you achieve your dreams and goals impacts EVERYTHING YOU DO.  It is the gift that keeps on giving…and could even change your family tree.

Don’t let the distractions of life get in the way of your dreams and goals.

Buy a planner or start my course today!

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I Am Sorry, God. I Was Disorganized.

Do you have a dream that you have wanted to pursue for a while? Perhaps it is a vision for creating a non-profit, a business, or a movement. Perhaps it is simply homeschooling your kids.

In all of these ventures, you are required to create something from nothing. The stakes are high, and you have to be a self-starter. Furthermore, no one is going to put deadlines on you or tell you where to be when.

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When you bring your dreams to life…

You are the boss.

You make the decisions.

You launch the vision and create the plan.

If you have a dream but currently lack confidence in your ability to live on purpose AND achieve your goals, I want you to know there is hope.
Three are skills you can learn (that are rarely taught!!) that can help you Cut Through the Noise and Achieve Your Goals in a Distracting World…starting today.

Well, what if you have the desire to start something new or meaningful, but you simply don’t know how to move forward. No one taught you how to do this.

You may be telling yourself:

I struggle to manage my daily life. How can I even think of adding something on top of it?

Or

The last time I tried to pursue a goal, I over-focused on it so much the rest of my life went to shambles.

Or 

If I knew what to do…if I was clear on what steps to take, I would start. So, I won’t start until I have clarity.

Well, you may not be on top of today’s to dos.  You may be disorganized and struggle to focus. You may not have the clarity you need to take that first step.

Please hear me loud and clear: THAT IS OKAY!

Being disorganized…struggling to focus…or lacking clarity on how to move forward does NOT disqualify you from achieving your dreams and goals. 

Don’t get me wrong, they help. But they are not required.

When you get to the end of your life and God asks you “What did you do with the dreams and goals I laid on your heart?”  Are you going to answer, “I never got organized?!?”

No!  

Being organized and “on top of it” is not a pre-qualifier for living your unique purpose–for fulfilling your unique purpose in this world–for doing those things that only you see need to be done.

When you get to the end of your life and God asks you “What did you do with the dreams and goals I laid on your heart?”  Are you going to answer, “I never got organized?!?”

Christine Wilson

How would you feel if I told you there is a way you can both live on purpose and achieve your goals? And. You don’t have to wait until you “have it all together.”

(That would be like waiting to start a weight loss program until you have lost the weight!!)

What if you could take begin to take charge of your life and your time?

What if you felt confident you could live on purpose and achieve your goals?

What would you do first?

If you have a dream but currently lack confidence in your ability to live on purpose AND achieve your goals, I want you to know there is hope.

Three are skills you can learn (that are rarely taught!!) that can help you Cut Through the Noise and Achieve Your Goals in a Distracting World…starting today.


As a Licensed Professional Counselor, a person who has struggled all my life with ADHD symptoms, and a homeschooling mother of five, I know you need real answers real quick that are easy to learn and quick to apply.


I have spent the last five years helping people just like you get clarity on what matters most and getting it onto your schedule and into your life.
I created Think Time Planner, the FIRST Creative Productivity Planner designed to engage more of your brain to boost your focus, motivation, and energy toward your truest goals. Y’all, it’s a GAME CHANGER.


Today, I want to encourage you to not wait until a time in the future when you “have more time” or “have it all together.” Even if you have to start small with just 5 minutes a week, do something toward bringing your dreams to life.

Cheering you on!

Christine


p.s. To get started with a clear plan to bring your dreams to life, get your Think Time Planner here: think-time.com.

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Three Ways to Boost Your Energy

How often do you take time to consider how you can boost your energy?⠀

You may not often think of what a game-changer good energy is, but it is soooo important.  I love the way performance psychologist Jim Loehr says it: “Energy is life!”  If you have poor energy, you miss out on life itself.

Truly, the amount of energy you bring to a task or a relationship makes all of the difference. Yet in the busyness of your day to day life, you could be depleting this most valuable asset instead of restoring it.

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Think Time Planner helps you process your life so you can live on purpose in a distracting world–and part of living on purpose is boosting your energy so you can show up well.  By combining creative thinking and mindfulness with productivity, you can see your life in a more complete sphere so you can not only be confident are you getting more done in less time, but you can also be confident you are getting the RIGHT THINGS done.

Today, I want to show you how you can boost your energy levels with your Think Time Planner.

Think Time Creative Productivity Planner helps you find time for what matters most.

1 Get More Sleep.  Use the Review section to become mindful of what is working and what is not working as you seek to get more sleep. Then, use these insights to create your Dream Routine and time block this directly onto your weekly calendar. To add a visual boost, time block your sleep by coloring in those hours with a charcoal gray oil pastel or dry-brush paint black to claim them for sleep.  

2 Reduce Your Stress. When you have a lot of unresolved thoughts, your brain works overtime to find a place to put them.  It can be exhausting to have so much on your mind. That’s why I created the Daily Planner ThinkPad. Every morning when you wake up, use your Daily Planner to get on paper everything that is on your mind and create a clear plan for your day so you can reduce your stress and move into your day with calm confidence. (Learn more techniques to reduce your stress in my course From Chaos to Confidence.)

3 Get on the Move.  Building exercise into your routine is a keystone habit to boost your energy.  Each quarter, use your “Health” Concept Cloud to mind map all of your ideas for getting more exercise. Raise your chances of success by moving the best ideas into your Dream Routine.  Raise your chances of success even more by inviting your friends or family to join you. (You can learn more tips for creating Routines that Support Your Long-Term Goals in my Course Cut Through the Noise.)

Your weekly plan for boosting your energy may never be 100% perfect. That’s okay.  Your Think Time Planner is the place where you identify what you would do if you had total control. Then, you flex with your real life and record your journey along the way in the Review area.

Life happens. And, that is okay.

Your goal is to control what is within your control by creating ideal rhythms and routines that help support your dreams and goals.  Over time, you will become who you want to be across many areas of your life. This week, don’t miss out on your life because of a lack of energy, focus on boosting your energy so you can infuse more life into the tasks and relationships that matter most to you. 

How do you plan to boost your energy this week?

Cheering you on!

Christine

p.s. Don’t let the distractions of life get in the way of your dreams and goals.

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How Do You Want to Be Remembered?

How do you want to be remembered?

By your kids.

By your family members.

By your team members at work.

By the customers you serve.

By your neighbors.

By the stranger passing you on the street.

By the people of the next generation.

Think through the lenses of anyone you choose:  How do you want to be remembered by the people in your life? 

Instead of looking at your to-dos head on this morning, align yourself with your values by beginning your day with this simple question.

Allow it to shape your day today and see what a difference it makes in the small choices throughout the day.

How do you want to be remembered by the people in your life?

Christine Wilson, LPC

Reflect…

What shifted?

What suddenly looks important that didn’t seem so important five minutes ago?

What suddenly seems unimportant that seemed important five minutes ago?

By this simple exercise, you can shift your entire day.

Don’t let your days be highjacked by things that seem important but really aren’t. Make the most of your life and your time by aligning your activities with what matters most. Simply taking 2 minutes to ask yourself the right question can shift your decision making and change your life.

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Remember, don’t start with the plan. Start with the dream. Then, you will live a life aligned with your deepest values.

Join the movement of people like you saying “no” to mindless busyness and “yes” to purposeful productivity, buy your Think Time Planner today.

Christine Wilson, LPC

Co-founder of Think Time

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Better to Start Small Than Not At All

It is better to start small than to not start at all.

These are super important days. Have you considered that you may have an important role to play in them?

Often, when you think of making a difference in the world, you may feel like you need to do something really big.

Then, you see the obstacles.

And because you can’t do something big…

You.

Don’t.

Do.

Anything.

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As a mother of five with a global sized vision and a million ideas, I feel this tension a lot. However, even though I have a lot going on, I still make time to try to make a difference. 

And you can too.

Here are three things you can do to turn this tension you feel into a purposeful action that can change the world.

Know your values

To get clarity, start with your values.  Know what things matter most to you and orient everything else around these things.

Set some uninterrupted think-time aside with your Mission Statement and Core Values Worksheets or Discover Your Purpose in 5 Minutes Course to get clear on the things that matter to you. Who are you? Why are you here? What difference are you here to make in the world.

Always start with your ultimate destination first.

This gives you MORE TIME for what you VALUE MOST.

“One person really can make a difference–in fact, it is the only thing that ever has”

Feel the tension

When you look at your values, you may immediately hear yourself saying, “I am only one person.” Or, “I don’t have time.” Or, “I can’t…” Or, “Maybe later, when ___ is different.”

If this is the case, acknowledge that you do have limited time and resources; but also affirm that you still want to make a difference of some sort. (And, you don’t know how many days you will be given.) 

Now, this is where it gets fun.

You are holding two seemingly opposing desires in your mind at once.  This is a keystone skill in creative thinking that helps you get clear on what you really want. (Sharpen your creative thinking skills here.)

When you get super clear on what you want–even if it involves solving a problem…research shows your subconscious mind gets to work to find a solution for you–even when you are not consciously trying!

After you have clarified what you want–even if you don’t have an answer of how you will do it–keep a voice app or a small notebook with you to record the ideas that come into your mind.

Take action

Now, do something. Pick something from the selection of ideas that you have.

It’s okay if you need to start small.

It’s better to start small than to not start at all.

Even starting with 5 minutes can make a difference in the world.

You are

Who you are

Where you are

&

When you are

For an irreplaceable purpose.

If you don’t do this, who will?

Don’t let the limiting thoughts of “I don’t have time or I am only one person; I can’t make a difference.” or “I don’t have time” or “I can’t…” stop you.

You.

Can.

Do.

Something.

Give it some think-time and get clarity now!

Sincerely,

Christine

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