23rd Fed 2018: 10X Growth Conference (Day 2)

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Dear Diary,

Day 2 felt ultimately longer with soo much sales-related information that was well beyond where I’m at in my journey. I did take a lot more actionable value in terms of marketing, branding and getting going with developing my own brand, as where Day 1 was more of a mind opener for me. Day 1 showed me that anything is possible and set the tone for the conference, Day 2 started to show me how to turn infinite possibility into something that I could actually do with my life!

I had pretty low energy when I got back to my hotel room. Part of it was the regret of not starting earlier, part of it was pure exhaustion. I know there’s no point in regretting what I’ve been doing with my life up until this point, I know that it is all part of the journey and how I have had to learn what I needed to know, but it is what it is.

I did grab a couple courses and obviously have more scribbled notes and tasks to chip away at tonight so I better get cracking! There’s no room for more regret.

Stay focused,

 

Laveena

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Day 37: 90 Day Commitment Challenge with Danelle Delgado

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Day 37 kicked off with Day 1 of a 5-day video challenge put out on Twitter by Media Mogul, and speaker from this year’s 10X Growth Con, Hank Norman.

The challenge is fairly straightforward, making 1-1.5 minute long videos every day, for 5 days, that are engaging, well spoken, and keep his interest.

Imagine my enthusiasm when he responded to my tweeted video link with encouraging and very useful feedback for my first video! Working on my delivery is very important to me, because as Tony Robbins says, your communication is only as good as how it is received.

If I am not communicating my message properly, I want to have the insight and the tools to change that! I want you to see that if I can figure out how to go from broken, aimless, and miserable to hungry, positive and successful that you can too!

Not that I have achieved everything I want to do… far from it. That being said, I don’t think it will ever be enough, there will always be more good I can do, but all I can do is keep going until I can’t anymore. Why can’t you do that to? Why wouldn’t you want to?

I hope you’re smashing your goals today!

 

Laveena

Day 1: 90 Days Commitment Challenge with Danelle Delgado

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A bit of background heading into this series…

I first came across Danelle after listening to her speak at this year’s 10X Growth Con (on the live feed, I wasn’t quite sold enough to attend a conference on the other side of the world at the time!). Her words hit me hard.

Yesterday I signed up for her online training modules on motivation and implementation, in which she asks for absolute consistency and dedication for 90 days, so here we go! I will be documenting my progress as I go (after this blog intended to be a sort of diary of my journey, sharing my thoughts, useful tips and absolute failures as I go).

I consider myself a motivated person, however I do have a few issues with consistency. Sometimes I get overwhelmed and I let it get to me, or I don’t have the right tools to do what I need to do and I give up. It has been my greatest weakness, but one I am determined to work on!

Day 1

Not the best start…

I aim to get all my tasks done during the day, so that the hour or so I have before an early night, is completely available to spend time with my partner. The night before, I had let myself get too comfortable sitting by the heater watching a series on Netflix with him, and I went to bed late… and yesterday I struggled to get out of bed… not good.

I ended up getting up too late to do my usual morning routine, and had to come straight to work, while being disappointed in myself for missing out on all the things I usually get done before I get there, and had to play catch up during lunch, and before bed.

Rewards and consequences

I also had to skip my morning espresso stop on the way to work, which I have now decided will be my daily reward for getting my morning to-do list done (most of my to-do list is done in the morning while I am usually most motivated).  This is another thing I have picked up from the training modules, have rewards and consequences for yourself. My morning coffee stop is a treat that I will not have if I don’t start my day properly.

For working hard at my additional jobs in order to pay for the whole trip, I have also tacked on a few extra days in Las Vegas next year, when I plan on attending the next 10X Growth Con! In a way, this is assuming that I will have done the work to get there, but I figure if I haven’t done the work, I won’t have the money to enjoy myself properly, and I will end up working from my hotel room instead, while people outside get to soak up the sun!

So here’s to a (more) consistent 90 days, and more consistent results for all the things I am working towards!

I hope you’re smashing your goals today!

 

Laveena

 

 

Book Review: Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World

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Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers who changed the world was written and BEAUTIFULLY illustrated by Rachel Ignotofsky, for the children of the world (and in particular little girls).

I’ll get right to the point – if you are a parent, you should buy this book for your child…

Not only does it provide a fantastic list of female scientists, mathematicians, engineers, etc. for little girls to look up to, but it teaches all children to pursue their dreams with grit and perseverance!

As a science graduate myself, I recognized some of the women, but now know MANY more. I absolutely loved it this book and I HIGHLY recommend it!

Rating = 10/10

 

Finding my Mentor

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Since I graduated from University, I’ve been a little lost. I had a rough idea of what I wanted to do with my life (save the planet, make music, cuddle animals all day, make the world a better place for everyone and everything… you know, the usual), but I felt like I had to pick a path and focus my energy in a particular area.

I felt that if I wanted to be taken seriously and be hired into the corporate environment that I would have to conform to that mould, and after finally figuring out who I was, I wasn’t too keen to be put on the “corporate image leash”. On the other hand, I felt that if I chose the creative and humanitarian route, I would never be able to support myself financially, and I would miss the technical challenges that would have come from pursuing my environmental career.

I was in a constant state of hesitation, and I ended up “going where the wind took me, as long as it was vaguely related to what I wanted”. While this hasn’t been a terrible misstep, and I have learned a lot along the way, I have indeed missed the technical challenges as predicted, and have found that after I have “earned my bread” I have less time than I would like to pursue creative and humanitarian endeavors.

I tried to talk to those around me, but found that their “advice” was heavily laced with their own fears and insecurities about what could go wrong. I needed to talk to someone who was out there chasing their dreams off the beaten path, crushing it, and would give me their true unbiased opinion. I needed to “reach up” as Grant Cardone would say.

You can’t reach your full potential by holding on to where you are – Grant Cardone

Yesterday I reached out to someone that fit this bill, I’ll call her S. I’ve always admired her for creativity, the way she has worked tirelessly to build her brand, and the way she has carried herself and pushed forward despite criticism, nasty tactics, and trying personal times.

In a surprisingly short conversation, the things I wanted, and what I needed to do, became as clear as day. As is often the case, deep down, I had always known what I need to do, I just needed someone to ask the right questions, and get me to say it out loud. It seems ridiculous to type it out, but it’s true, and I now have a plan of action. Today I walked into work with an almost fanatical smile on my face, a renewed spring in my step, and the weight of the world off my shoulders. Now the real work begins… taking action.

Finding the right mentor for you

Interested in finding your own mentor? Here’s a few tips:

  1. Decide what you want from them – do you want to learn the tricks of the trade from one of the best in your industry? Or do you just want to be able to bounce ideas of someone who has similar values, and can hold you accountable?
  2. Research potential mentors to make sure they match up with what you’ve decided you are looking for
  3. Ask them! But be honest with what you are looking for, and respect their right to say no.
  4. Establish some expectations to avoid any frustrations and disappointments (e.g. would they prefer you email any questions through so they can respond where they can?  Or would they prefer a phone call? How regularly would you like to meet with them?)
  5. Be flexible and respectful of their time – show up on time, let them know if you can’t make it to a scheduled meeting (with more than 5 minutes notice!), and be respectful of their advice and opinions (you don’t have to agree with their opinion to be respectful)

Have a fantastic day guys! Go out and crush it!

 

Laveena