Andrea and I plan on working hard in 2017 to make Coffee Talk Consulting what we know it can be. We will continue to post daily and try and bring you the best content we can think up. We hope you'll stop by and have a cuppa with us once in a while.
Wishing you all Health, Wealth, and Happiness in the New Year.
Let us know in the comments what some of your goals for 2017.
2017 is a few days away. Are you ready for it? Are you ready to get focused and start onto a pathway of success and positivity? What are you planning on doing in the new year to make your life better for yourself? To make it healthier, happier, more peaceful?
Goal setting is important. Crucial, really. If you don’t have a goal, you have nothing to strive for. And if you don’t have anything to strive for, you don’t have motivation to do anything. And if you don’t have motivation to do anything, well, you do nothing. And nothing changes. We need a set of goals in front of us to continually measure our successes and discover where we need to add more effort.
If you’re ready to make a change in your life and start discovering a way you can make a successful life working from home, think about what you’d like to achieve next year and start making a plan to make it happen. Here are three suggestions to get you started on your work from home journey for 2017.
Goal #1 - Discover Yourself
Figure out what it is you want to do. This isn’t something to jump into lightly. It’s important to know what it is you’d like to be doing and if you can actually do it over and over again. You might like the idea of being a mini cupcake baker, but perhaps after you’ve baked your 50th dozen, the excitement has worn off and you’re left bored and unfulfilled.
Goal #2 - Prepare Yourself
You cannot (well, you should not) wake up January 1 and say “I am quitting my job and I will start a business where I can work from home.” This is not a path to success. Sure, you might feel extra motivated because now you have no money coming in at all, but the stress from trying to earn a living immediately that matches your previous income will undoubtedly make things awful for you and your family. You need to schedule a time to ramp up, a time to transition. You need to understand when the timing is right to walk away from one job into another.
Goal #3 - Believe in Yourself
Starting your own thing working from home is hard. Plain and simple. And you will probably run into a lot of naysayers. But you can’t let them affect you. Learn how to believe in yourself and trust in your actions. Yes, you will make mistakes, but they will be your mistakes based on your own choices and you will learn from them. They will make you more confident. They will make you more successful.
If you’d like help and support through your work at home journey, ask us for more information about our Caffeinated Coaching program.
Here we are on the cusp of a New Year. Do you know what you want to accomplish before 2017 is over?
I'm sure most of you are thinking that it's a little early in the game to be trying to figure out where you want to be at the end of 2017, but now is exactly the time to be thinking of that. I'm not talking about making resolutions. I (Frankie) don't make resolutions. For me, that's just setting myself up for failure. I set goals and then do everything in my power to reach those goals.
This past year my goal was to lose the weight I'd put on after I stopped smoking in September of 2015. I didn't resolve to lose weight, I set a goal and I made a plan on how to reach that goal. Guess what? I lost all the weight I put on when I stopped smoking plus, I lost 6 extra pounds. Now that's progress.
That was just a personal goal I had for myself in 2016. I'll share with you a goal I have for the end of 2017. I want Coffee Talk Consulting to be booming with business. To make that happen Andrea and I will have to make a plan and then follow through with it. We'll let you know next year how things turned out.
So whatever you want to accomplish this next year, set a goal and then make a plan to reach that goal. How can you get where you want to be if you don't even know where you're going?
Do you know what I (Andrea) did yesterday? Nothing. Well, almost nothing. After a week of shopping, cleaning, standing in lines, running around, freaking out, and general stress, and after a weekend of candy, treats, carbs, booze and everything else that’s generally bad for me, I shut down.
At 1am both my husband and I woke up. Because, let’s face it, little rest and lots of running around and poor dietary choices screw up your system. (So we stayed up and watched a whole Star Trek movie.) :) When I finally rolled out of bed at 8am my husband had cleaned up most of the kitchen and he just told me to sit back and relax. So I did.
I stayed in my jammies all day. I sat on the couch. I sipped coffee. I ate a lot of Chex Mix. (Yes, I did do a little work on my laptop.) Generally, I did everything I could to do as little as possible. And, while it was okay mentally, physically it was the wrong thing to do.
When you “go” to work - physically get up and go somewhere each day, you go. You’re moving around. You have a lot of action taking place and it’s great. When you work at home, it’s soooooo easy to get sucked into a chasm of laziness and bad eating. Right now, all those treats from the weekend are still there in the kitchen. I have peanut brittle and cookies and pie and truffles and caramels and wine and beer and, and, and…. And unless I “leave work” I can’t get away from it. And when you can’t get away from something, you tend to get sucked into it.
But when you do work from home, you can’t make that excuse for yourself. You can’t just say oh, I gained ten pounds because I had all these treats and I had to eat them. That’s bull crap. That’s being lazy. And I know lazy.
So, if you’re working from home this week, get up. Get moving. Yes, you can eat a candy, but maybe eat that candy after you’ve done some stretching, or after you’ve gone for a five minute walk. Get out of those jammies. (Yes, I’m still in them right now but I’m changing - soon. I promise!) Keep moving because your #healthmatters. And eat some veggies, too. :)
It's the day after Christmas and for me (Frankie), it's feeling a little lonely. All the presents have been opened. All the kids and grand ones have gone home. What to do? Take it all down!
I usually spend my day after Christmas taking all my decorations down. I have the day off work and it's just too sad to me to leave that tree up with no presents under it. So, it all comes down and gets put up until next year.
The wonderful thing about this is it doesn't take nearly as long to take it down as it does to put it up. I've usually got everything back in the attic by 10am the day after Christmas so I get to spend the rest of my day off curled up on the couch with some hot coffee and a good book. And that always makes for a good day.
Drop us a comment and let us know how you spend the day after Christmas.
Frankie and Andrea take turns sharing stories. Just good talk over a cup of coffee.