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'THIS IS YOUR YEAR' How To Apply Feng Shui in 2019, the Year of the Pig. From knowfengshui.com "the Lunar New Year is one of the biggest celebrations in Chinese culture. Chinese New Year is on the second New Moon of the year and is considered to be the beginning of Spring. Each year, as you probably know, has a specific Chinese zodiac animal, as well as a feng shui element associated with it. This determines the quality of energy in the New Year..."

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'THIS IS YOUR YEAR' Creating New Habits: 

How Long Does It Really Take To Create A New Habit? 

They say it takes 21 days to create a new habit. That's kind of a weird idea though, isn't it? It doesn't take that long to form a bad habit. And sometimes no matter how hard we try it takes us a lot longer to form a new habit. So how long does it really take to create a new habit? The answer is that it depends. It depends on your mindset and it depends on how big of a change it is from what you are doing now. If it is your habit to eat a bowl of ice cream at night and you switch from regular ice cream to a low sugar frozen yogurt version, it's probably not going to take you very long to make that new habit. Giving up ice cream altogether though or cutting out all sugar, on the other hand, might take a lot longer. 

When we ask that question, what we really want to know is how long do we have to tough it out before it gets easier. Is there a light at the end of the tunnel where we don't have to try so hard anymore? In other words, when will this new behavior become automatic? 

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Did you know how much your environment impacts your mood? Here are some ideas and a CHALLENGE to help you create an inspirational area where you spend your most time. I hope you find these tips helpful. If you are in need of more drastic changes, do the Creating New Habits: Set the Mood Challenge with me!

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'THIS IS YOUR YEAR' Creating New Habits

 

3 Steps to Creating New Habits 

Let's talk about forming new habits. We all have times in our lives where we intentionally want to change our behavior for the better and create new habits for ourselves. This could be getting in the habit of eating healthier and drinking more water. Or it could be moving more and taking the dog for a daily walk. Or it could be work-related, or spiritual. There are so many areas in our lives that could be improved and made easier if we created new habits. 

Getting into the habit of doing something is often easier said than done. We seem to acquire bad habits without any effort, but getting into a good habit can be a little more challenging. I have chosen 'HABITS' as my word of the year. There are differing schools of thought about making your word of the year. So I made one, 'habits' and I also made three, but they support the one. They are 'rituals', 'execute' and 'value', so you can see how they all relate. But I digress, that will be a whole other post!

Let's break it down into a three-step process that makes it easy to follow until we've internalized the new behavior and made it a true habit ñ something we do automatically without having to think about, like brushing our teeth. What new habits are you going to implement or get rid of?

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'THIS IS YOUR YEAR'  Creating New Habits: Letting Go of Perfection Part 2

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3. Don't Assume You Know What “Perfection” Means to Others

We all have this idea of what our ideal product should like, so we get married to the idea and it's hard to let go…but realize that you have no idea of what perfection looks like to your customers. And the only way for you to really discover that is by getting content out to them and letting them tell you what else they need…and then providing it to them. Why spend months or even years creating something, only to discover you were missing what your customers really needed?

Just let go. Let your customers surprise you and tell you what they need.

And yes, you could survey your followers before you release your product…but then you're getting the feedback of people who simply say they're interested. You want feedback from people who have already committed and paid you, so you know how to serve your actual customers better.

 

4. Let Others Help You

I was overwhelmed by things just like you. All the tasks I had to complete and learn how to do. All the content I had to create. And I had to do it all because it had to be perfect. But that thinking was wrong for a couple of reasons:

– There are far more talented and knowledgeable people than I am…so it's silly for me to try to retain full control of each part of the process.

– I only have so much time in the day. If I'm trying to do everything, things are going to slip through the cracks. People get most bogged down in the creation process and they skimp on the selling and marketing part…and really cheat themselves in creating a best selling product. The moment you start to let go and to accept help, the faster your will success come. Because after all, we create products because we want to help people…but if we can't sell them, how are we going to get them out to those people?

I really encourage you banish the idea of perfection. Instead, take the plunge and learn as you go. Be willing to adjust and for goodness sakes, let others help you…so that YOU can be more successful.

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'THIS IS YOUR YEAR'  Creating New Habits: Letting Go of Perfection Part 1

Here are a few ways you can do that…

1. You Don't Need to Know How to Do Everything before You Start

If you've been telling yourself that you'll launch your first product once you figure out A, B, C and D…you're giving yourself the biggest excuse ever to do nothing at all. Think about all the things you've done in your life without knowing exactly where you're going. Whether it was to learn to drive, cook a meal, get married or even have a child, most of us jump in and learn as we go. We make mistakes and sometimes screw up royally, but all those are lessons for us to improve or get it right the next time. You do not need to know who your web host will be, how you'll create your site, what autoresponder you'll use or what platform you'll sell your product with…and know each step of all those things before you begin. You'll do them and learn them as you go.

So many people want a precise blueprint and want every step outlined…but there really is no such blueprint because there are many variables that decide how you'll execute your plan. It could be your budget, personal preferences, your target market or just about anything else. If you're looking for a cookie cutter approach to what you should do…you'll get cookie cutter results. But if you can learn what's best for your business as you go and adapt as you make be discoveries, you'll have much more success.

 

2. Be Willing to Adjust Your Plan

Just like you might change the steps you follow or the software you use to launch your product, you need to be flexible with the product itself. When we start, we have these grand ideas of our perfect product. But then we get down to work, we realize that it's going to take forever to get where we hoped. That's the point where the deadline you set for yourself is more important than perfection. For accountability, tell your subscribers your product will launch on a certain day and make sure you deliver. That might mean changing your expectations of what the product will look like, but it's better than waiting until NEVER to launch.  

 

I really encourage you banish the idea of perfection. Instead, take the plunge and learn as you go. Be willing to adjust and for goodness sakes, let others help you…so that YOU can be more successful.

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'THIS IS YOUR YEAR' Creating New Habits: 

How to Get Rid of Anxiety-Inducing Mind Clutter:

 

What we think becomes our reality and unfortunately, we are often our own worst critics. All these stories we tell ourselves become clutter in our minds and keep us from achieving what we want.  {VIDEO}

I've always been an overthinker. And even now, I still am…and it has its benefits. It enhances my creativity, allows me to be empathetic to others and keeps me from being too impulsive…which is one of my weaknesses too. But I've made sure that all these thoughts don’t hold me back from achieving what I want to achieve.

I let all those thoughts come in and then…I let them go. I see them for what they are.

Sometimes they are insightful thoughts that help me move forward. Sometimes they are made up stories that have no basis in reality…although in the past I would have believed they did. Because in reality, I can do anything I want and I can be as successful as I want. It’s only the stories I tell myself or the stories I believe from others that keep me from getting to where I want to be. Same with you. What stories do you tell yourself?

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'THIS IS YOUR YEAR' Creating New Habits: Journaling to Stay Motivated

Why Journal to Get Motivated?

Think back to the last time you had a surge of motivation. Try to remember how it made you feel. What was going through your mind then? If you can’t remember, that’s okay. Just be ready for it when it happens again. If you do remember or find it’s happening again, considering recording your thought processes in a journal.

Sometimes, when you can jar your memory on how you got motivated or stayed motivated, you can reproduce that again. If you record your feelings and actions in a journal, you can simply refer to the journal anytime you need to get that back.  Don’t worry about what you write in your journal. If you write something that doesn’t make sense or is silly, do you disregard it or remove it from your journal?

 

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'This Is Your Year' • Creating New Habits with Queen City Social by Katherine Lent 

Hi! I am doing the 'This Is Your Year' • Creating New Habits Blog this year because I think this is my year. I am trying to create new and beneficial habits, such as blogging, having a morning routine, a little movement and to just be more present and less sluggish.

Do you vlog/blog, journal or podcast, etc.? Do you have a morning routine? Do you exercise or do a little movement? Let's hear about it! And follow along every Tuesday for a new post and 'Creating New Habits' with me!

 

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