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Pursuit of Perfection

Pursuit of Perfection

By Da’Shika A. Street | Chief BABE

I once heard someone say if it was perfect when you launched it – you launched it too late. Now, let that sink in. I must admit, I have firsthand experience in doing a thing, refining the thing, and trying to iron out all the wrinkles before releasing it to the world.
The truth is the pursuit of perfectionism is a lonely journey to an unreachable destination. Not only is it unattainable, but oftentimes, we miss several beautiful landmarks along the way. Life is constantly evolving and passing us by while we are stuck in one place trying to perfect one thing. It’s a trap!

It took me a little time to realize I had placed an unrealistic expectation of perfectionism on myself which happened to be the very thing holding me back from operating at my best. Now that I’m aware of what’s been holding me back, there’s no stopping me. When I find myself slipping down this slippery slope, I follow a few key steps to get me back on track.

Identify Your Triggers
I tend to spend exorbitant amounts of time assessing all possible outcomes of an idea or situation before simply moving forward with the idea. This is where I tend to get stuck. I have developed a few checkpoints that I use to help me move forward and continue flourishing from concept phase to execution of an idea.
Dreamland: this space, also known as brainstorming, is where we welcome a flood of ideas and possibilities without restriction. When in dreamland, it’s a good idea to write down every idea or thought that comes to mind when thinking about the original concept. However, be careful not to get caught up daydreaming about all the splendor of the idea, all the people it’s going to serve, and how groundbreaking it is without just putting the idea in motion — as is.
Checkpoint: Find what sticks out. After dreaming and jotting down the ideas, try circling the 3-5 ideas or thoughts that stick out the most and use those as the foundation for shaping the bigger picture.

Formatting: This is where you’ll want to crack open your journal or a Google Doc and get to work. When writing it out, it’s important to avoid planning for every possible outcome (if not, doubt and negative thoughts can creep in and stifle the breath out of your fresh idea). Allow yourself the freedom of getting a concise idea onto paper. It does not have to be perfect – it just needs to be set in motion.
Checkpoint: Live in the moment. When we are in the moment, we tend to accept the freedom of thought, the freedom of action and the flexibility in accepting things as they are. It’s a space of little judgement and minimal reservation that opens us up to a world of endless possibilities (sometimes possibilities much greater than those that we had originally imagined). Embrace this space. Welcome it. Accept it. It’s in the moment that lasting impact is made.

Execution: What good is the plan if we fail to execute? Well, it’s still a good idea – but it may be one that will slip through the cracks if we don’t move on it. Too many times have I had an idea that I sat on only to discover that someone else released a similar thing. I find though, that this most often happens when I fail to effectively navigate through the project development phases that work best for me.
To avoid this, we’ve got to execute those ideas, visions and dreams. They wouldn’t come to us if it weren’t meant for us to carry them out. When we sit on our golden nuggets, it’s as if we’re telling the universe ‘no thank you – you can give this to someone else.’

I don’t know about you, but I want ALL of my dreams to materialize. But I can only experience them, if I’m willing to put in the work to bring them to life.

No matter what, listen to your heart and do what works best for you. Dive deep and discover the things that are triggering complacency in your life and holding you back from reaching your fullest potential. Once you discover those things – flip the script. Use them as a basis to build a plan of attack and move forward in your greatness.

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The Importance of Having a Winning Mindset

The Importance of Having a Winning Mindset

by Dawn Ademokunwa
Every deliberate action we take starts with a thought. While those thoughts can be individual, they also are part of a system of belief that shapes and guides them. This belief system is created by our personalities, experiences, fears and desires. It typically operates at a subconscious level. We don’t usually think about the things that have shaped us— we just act them out.
A mindset is the more conscious and malleable aspect of our belief system. A mindset is a choice that is yours to make. Individuals who we consider successful have cultivated their thoughts and actions to achieve success. In other words, they’ve adopted a winning mindset. Those that have not achieved the success they desire have adopted a mindset as well, whether they realize it or not.
Some people who have not found success are okay to go in whatever direction life takes them. Many take comfort in giving up responsibility, but they are probably not content— merely pacified or numb. Going with the flow does not promote growth or success. Those things occur by happenstance rather than design. A winning mindset provides a blueprint.
Developing a winning mindset takes time, dedication and effort, but it is clearly not impossible. There are examples of winning mindsets all around from politics to entertainment and social media— even your friends and family. People that have achieved success in their lives have found a way to make their thoughts work for them— and you can too. There are four basic components to developing a winning mindset: belief, action, discomfort and perseverance.
Dawn Ademokunwa is the host and producer of The NaturalPreneur Business School Podcast. A resource for entrepreneurs in the natural hair and beauty niches, helping them to grow their audiences and successfully monetize their passions online.
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4 Daily Success Habits to Boost Productivity

4 Daily Success Habits to Boost Productivity

Choosing your success may sometimes seem like an out of reach goal.  You may even wake up many mornings lacking clear direction or purpose. Long-term success ultimately boils down to GOOD HABITS, practiced regularly over the long term. The trick is choosing the right success habits to ground you to each day, putting you on track toward achieving those goals. Take a look at these simple, achievable daily habits for some ideas on how to jump out of bed and jumpstart your day for success.

Wake Up Earlier
If you’re already a morning person, you know how precious those first few hours of the day can be. The hours before the world, your partner, and the kids wake up and email notifications start going off can be among the most productive.  Set goals, meditate, sit quietly and sip your coffee or just fit in a little moment of self-care. I often spend my early morning time, soaking in a hot bath, readying myself for the day ahead. Even as little as one extra hour to yourself can have a huge impact on your whole day’s productivity.
Prioritize Focused Thoughts
Whether you prefer prayer, reading, or gardening, spending some time each day, focused on a task that increases your sense of peace is essential to productivity. Not only does it train your mind in a way that helps your brain to better identify and achieve goals, it also helps sharpen your perception, problem solving, and decision making skills. If this isn’t already one of your regular daily habits, you can start with just ten to fifteen minutes each day. See if you can spend a whole hour without breaking your concentration.
Choose Your Own Goals
Goal setting is important. Well all do it. But when setting those goals, are you clear about what, why, for whom you are working?. Everyone has a different path, and it’s up to you to choose yours. After all, what’s the point of boosting productivity if the end result is something that benefits everyone but you? If you find yourself running up against a wall, or frequently feeling burned-out or feeling all poured out. It may be time to take a step back and reevaluate your goals and motives and choose you first.
Stay Healthy and Mentally Sharp
The body and mind are intricately connected, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that physical wellness is an important step toward mental health. Be sure to exercise regularly, get in your daily dose of fruits and veggies, and drink plenty of water. Of course, don’t deprive yourself of a treat every once in a while. You deserve it.
The Good Habits Team