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Truth alert...

I admire, love, and respect all of you who get up at 5 am, drink lemon water, write in your gratitude journal, breathe in the fresh air of the morning, meditate, stretch, and then begin your workday.

I have tried, and I have failed. And then I was hard on myself. But then I gave myself grace.

As I type this, it is 8:30 am, I am in a bathrobe, my hair is wet, and my bed still needs to be made. My meditation was in the shower because it's where I have the most space to breathe, and to be frank, it's where I get my best ideas.

When I'm done with this post, I will finish getting ready, make my bed, drink the rest of my water with a touch of apple cider vinegar, breathe, and then hop on a 9 am Zoom call looking like a fresh daisy and ready to conquer my Monday, where I will attempt to lead with my daily intention (that's my thing). Ha! I might forget what it is halfway through the day, but either way, I will end promptly at 5:30 pm to go make dinner and to spend quality time with my family.

I am sharing this with you because sometimes I need to be where I am.

Sometimes the noise of what we SHOULD be doing can actually become more stressful than what we are already doing. And if what you are doing, IS working, then why try to fix it in the name of lemon water?

I am a creative type who has never thought in a straight line and who has no other choice but to unapologetically embrace this part of myself.

When it comes to preparing for a talk or presentation, finding a system that works for you is essential if you want to grow as a speaker. Having a routine that supports your creativity and productivity can help you develop and deliver a more effective talk or presentation. For example, outlining or mind-mapping your ideas, practicing your delivery, or seeking feedback from others can be helpful tools in your preparation process.

For me, having accountability partners and mastermind groups have been life-changing for keeping me on task. Collaboration is one of my core values, so this doesn't surprise me at all. The hard part was figuring this out.

As you prepare for your next presentation or talk, make sure you are finding a system that works for you. Because there isn't a one-size-fits-all approach, make sure you have all the tools you need to figure out what works best for you. Because when you share your story and your personal experiences and insights, you can help others develop their own strategies for success.

Now, what was I doing? Right! Breakfast. I think.


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