Trust That Your New Life Is Already Here

Katie Corbett holds the book "You are a Badass"

By Katie Corbett

 

I once went to a career workshop where we were asked to picture our ideal day. I was looking at making some pretty significant changes in my life and was invigorated by this exercise. It turns out that drilling down to what you really want can help you realize that your dreams are within reach. It is also possible that, as I did, you can figure out what needs to change to truly get yourself the life and career you hope for, and you might not need to change as many things as you might think at first.

 

In “You Are A Badass,” Jen Sincero says that your ideal life is already right in front of you. I kept this in mind as I pictured my ideal day. Here are the things I wanted to be a part of that day.

 

  • Drinking tea
  • Learning new things
  • Hanging out with friends
  • Solar cooking
  • Reading for pleasure
  • Playing instruments
  • Spending time outdoors
  • Finishing crafting projects
  • Having a rich prayer life
  • Working out

 

The organizers asked us to think about how to incorporate what we want in the future into our lives as they were at the present time. I made sure to do each of these activities every day. I found that this increased my happiness overall. If I could have all these things, then why couldn’t I also have the job I desired?

 

I encourage you to make a list of what you would do in your ideal day. What can you start incorporating now, even before your dream is fully realized?

 

I’d love to hear how it goes for you. Let me know in the comments.

 

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You Are A Victim of the Rules You Live By

Katie Corbett holds the book "You are a Badass"

By Katie Corbett

 

Whether it is true or not, we make decisions based on assumptions we make and ideas we impose on ourselves. These rules can keep us from enjoying life and achieving at our highest potential.

 

This became apparent to me when I read, “You Are A badass,” by Jen Sincero. I decided to take some time and look at what rules I live by that hold me back. here’s what I discovered.

 

I catch myself thinking that networking takes a long time. The truth is that if you network efficiently and stay organized, it only need take five minutes a day.

 

I sometimes think that by reaching out to people, I am bothering them. Experience has taught me, though, that if I approach conversations with friendliness and a desire to get to know the other, nobody seems to mind.

 

I used to catch myself thinking that people don’t want to hear from me. I’ve realized that if I reach out and someone doesn’t want to hear from me, they won’t respond, and those who do want to connect with me will be happy to talk.

 

I sometimes think that I don’t know how to be curious. Asking questions is important to me, so I try to fall back on what I learned in journalism school to come up with good questions.

 

As you can see, changing these beliefs and ideas takes time and effort. Putting in this time and effort has paid off so far, and I plan to continue to do this important work.

 

Are you living by a rule that is holding you back? How are you working to change this? I’d love to know, so drop me a comment.

 

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Reflections on The 4-Hour Workweek: How the 4-Hour Workweek Helped Me Prioritize the Things I Love

Katie Corbett holds the book, "The 4-Hour Workweek"

By Katie Corbett

 

Since I owe a lot of my success—and future planning—to the book, “The 4-Hour Workweek,” by Tim Ferriss, I have decided to revisit the book each quarter in 2022. Here are my thoughts as we begin quarter two. I hope this inspires you to pick up a book that helps you live your dreams. Enjoy!

 

The Importance of Self-Care for Introverts

Katie Corbett holds the book "The Introvert Entrepreneur"

By Katie Corbett

 

In a world that heavily values extroversion, it can be easy to keep saying yes to people and attending social events because you feel like you have to. I fell into this harmful pattern during a two-year time period when I was between jobs. I thought that since I wasn’t working during the day, I would now have time for all the social events I could possibly attend. I quickly learned that I needed time to recharge.  I used to let myself get so busy that I didn’t make time to care for myself. It would result in me being forced to stay home for at least one night because my body demanded a recharge after having done an activity several nights in a row.

 

In “The Introvert Entrepreneur,” by Beth Buelow, the importance is noted of taking care of yourself, especially if you know you will need to be social. Here are some fun things I do that help me relax.

 

  • I enjoy reading.
  • I have fun solving Sudoku puzzles.
  • I like to play guitar.
  • I enjoy spending time with one or two friends.
  • I spend time out in nature.
  • I like to bake and then share treats with my friends.
  • I enjoy gardening.
  • I like sitting quietly and sipping a cup of tea.
  • I like talking on the phone.
  • I enjoy taking classes and learning new things.

 

Each of these interests developed over time. It’s important to do what you enjoy. If you are taking time to recharge, you will be a better business owner, job-seeker, and overall person.

 

I encourage you to find creative ways to take care of yourself. I’d love to hear about your favorite self-care pastimes. Feel free to drop them in the comments.

 

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How to Meet People As An Introvert

Katie Corbett holds the book "The Introvert Entrepreneur"

By Katie Corbett

 

As an introvert, I have to go out of my way to meet new people. I’m less likely to talk with random strangers when in line at a grocery store, or in a waiting room before a dentist appointment.

 

When I read “The Introvert Entrepreneur,” by Beth Buelow, I valued that the author emphasized playing to your strengths. Here are some ways I have worked with my introversion and still meet new people.

 

  • I go to events that have a purpose, so that I will have something in common with everyone there.
  • I prepare ice-breaker questions I could ask when conversation slows down.
  • I ask lots of questions in general to keep the conversation focused on the other person.
  • If conversation goes well, I find another way to stay connected by swapping contact information.
  • I set goals to have a conversation with a certain number of people at an event.
  • I tell myself that after a certain amount of time at the event, I can leave.
  • Depending on how loud the event is, I might find a quiet space or corner to recharge.
  • If I know the host or can see the guest list, I look on it for people I already know.
  • I only attend a set number of networking events per month.
  • I make sure to grab a drink or snack right when I arrive so that I can take in the room without feeling the need to socialize right away.

 

By following these guidelines, I have made networking and meeting new people fun and manageable for myself. At every party, meeting, or networking event I attend, I almost always come away having deepened a friendship or having met someone new.

 

Do you plan to try one of these ideas the next time you are invited to an event? I’d love to hear how it goes for you, so feel free to leave a comment.

 

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What It Means to Be An Introvert: Myths and Facts

Katie Corbett holds the book "The Introvert Entrepreneur"

By Katie Corbett

 

Many misunderstandings arise about what it truly means to be an introvert. Even as an introvert myself, it can be easy to fall into the trap of believing some false ideas.

 

In the book, “The Introvert Entrepreneur,” author Beth Buelow dispels many misconceptions. Here are some introvert myths and facts. Do you find yourself second-guessing one of these if you had thought it to be true?

 

Myth: Introverts don’t like people.

Fact: Introverts are drained when around people, so they might prefer time alone.

 

Myth: Introverts are shy.

Fact: Introverts might take some time to warm up to a situation, or they might not start talking until a large crowd has thinned out.

 

Myth: Introverts are not good at selling themselves.

Fact: Introverts are less likely to push themselves on people, and they approach conversations with a mindset to deepen a relationship.

 

Myth: Introverts are not good at making conversation.

Fact: By learning good questions to ask and by being curious about the other person, introverts can be excellent conversationalists.

 

Myth: Introverts dislike networking.

Fact: When done in such a way that plays to the strengths of introverts, networking can be a bearable—even enjoyable—activity.

 

It has been interesting to reflect on the times I have used my introversion as an excuse to avoid conversation, apologize for being quiet, or tell myself that I’m not going to make money. I have enjoyed reading The Introvert Entrepreneur because it has helped me change my mindset about how my gifts as an introvert equip me to be a stellar business owner.

 

Have you ever let something about you become an excuse to hold yourself back? What helped you realize that was happening? What did you do to change your mindset? Leave a comment and let me know.

 

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Reflections on The 4-Hour Workweek: How the 4-Hour Workweek Impacted my Job Search Strategy

Katie Corbett holds the book, "The 4-Hour Workweek"

By Katie Corbett

 

Since I owe a lot of my success—and future planning—to the book, “The 4-Hour Workweek,” by Tim Ferriss, I have decided to revisit the book each quarter in 2022. Here are my thoughts as we end quarter one. I hope this inspires you to pick up a book that helps you live your dreams. Enjoy!

 

One Follow-Up Attempt Is All You Need

Katie Corbett holds the book "2-Hour Job Search"

By Katie Corbett

 

When you are looking for a job or for your next freelance project, it can be easy to get stuck in a cycle of following up with the same prospects over and over. Following up more than once saps time and energy, and it makes you feel like you are being productive when you are not actually reaching out to new people.

 

I read about only following up once in “The 2-Hour Job Search,” by Steve Dalton. Here are some reasons following up only once is preferable.

 

  • You won’t need to worry about annoying anyone.
  • You will be forced to focus on finding fresh leads.
  • You won’t keep contacting the same people over and over.
  • You will be getting work done that gets you closer to your goals.
  • You will be building relationships with new people.
  • The people you have been following up with won’t have to figure out how to get you off their backs.
  • People won’t feel obligated to work with you just to get you to stop following up.
  • You will find people who are ready to take action now.

 

I’ve set a rule in my business that I’m only going to follow up once with new prospects. I’m already excited about how much less stressed I will be as I implement this rule. This will be true, of course, unless more follow-ups are specifically requested. If someone explicitly tells you to follow up at a specific time, definitely do so. I got my first paying case studies writing client because I continued to follow up on the schedule that my prospect requested.

 

When you do reach-outs, try following up only once. Do you notice changes in how you use your time and energy moving forward? Do you notice changes in the number of people you’re able to contact as a result? I’d love to hear more about it, so leave me a comment.

 

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