Near the end of last year, I set a somewhat lofty profit goal for my business.  It was a number I wanted to reach since I first launch because, to me, it was a huge milestone.  About six months into the year, I realized that I was on track to actually reach this goal.

At first, I was super excited.   But after a few weeks,  a new feeling started to settle in.  With half the year ahead of me, I felt obligated to rewrite my goal.  If I kept the profit number the same, I would probably start to get comfortable.  And comfortable is never a good thing.  Although I had a good chance of reaching my numbers, I didn't want to just sit back and rely on my default future to manifest.


As you may recall, our default future is the predictable outcome that we will experience based on our current actions.  You can pretty much predict how your life will look at the end of the year based on the past and what you are doing currently.  If both of these factors are consistent, your life will essentially stay the same (or become slightly worse).

I'm on a mission to systematically alter the course of my future in several areas of my life.  Using my past advice of creating an unbalanced force, I plan on many 1-2 significant shifts in my actions that will have a long term positive effect on the outcome of my goal.  I believe the 1-2 actions are enough. If you try to do too much as once, you may not be able to maintain the actions long-term.  As long as you identify the right actions, 1-2 of them should be enough.

In the case of my business, I reviewed all of my current expenses and identified the top 2 that could bring in the most revenue.  Number one on that list was a monthly expense of $350 that I invest to be a part of this training program. Each month we get access to new training videos and get to ask questions.  I have to be honest and confess that I haven't been maximizing the potential of this training program.  I did in the beginning.  But once my business started running smoothly, I lost the sense of urgency.  I'm now recommitting to taking the course seriously and implementing at least 1 new action a month taken directly from the course.  I know this will be a huge game changer that can really alter the future trajectory of my business.

This is a big example but I plan to implement this strategy on a micro level as well.  Last week, for example, looked and felt very much like most weeks.  But I did implement a few small actions that will have a positive (and real) impact on the days and months ahead. This week, I'm determined to do that same.

As I plan my weekly to-do list, I'm careful to include tasks that have lasting power.  Sure, there are pressing items that must be done today, but I should also be mindful to incorporate activities that have a real impact. A friend of mine will sometimes say "Nadege, today I'm working on actions that impact my future."  She didn't always think this way. But ever since we talked about the concept of a default future, she's changed her mindset.   This method works incredibly well and you can start enjoying the benefits of it fairly quickly.

I'm gonna let you in on a little secret......the more I focus on actions with lasting impact, the less I have to work to enjoy the results I now have.  I get to do less and enjoy more.  That's the way it should be.

With only a handful of months remaining, it's time to get serious about which areas that you want to alter the course of your future.  No need to wait 'till the end of the year to create a bunch of flimsy resolutions.  By New Year, I want to be setting up fresh new goals that on a whole nother level. Our future is liquid and we're in complete control of it.  Let's take full advantage by engaging the type of actions that are investments for the days and months ahead.  Your future self is counting on it.


Near the end of last year, I set a somewhat lofty profit goal for my business.  It was a number I wanted to reach since I first launch because, to me, it was a huge milestone.  About six months into the year, I realized that I was on track to actually reach this goal.

At first, I was super excited.   But after a few weeks,  a new feeling started to settle in.  With half the year ahead of me, I felt obligated to rewrite my goal.  If I kept the profit number the same, I would probably start to get comfortable.  And comfortable is never a good thing.  Although I had a good chance of reaching my numbers, I didn't want to just sit back and rely on my default future to manifest.


As you may recall, our default future is the predictable outcome that we will experience based on our current actions.  You can pretty much predict how your life will look at the end of the year based on the past and what you are doing currently.  If both of these factors are consistent, your life will essentially stay the same (or become slightly worse).

I'm on a mission to systematically alter the course of my future in several areas of my life.  Using my past advice of creating an unbalanced force, I plan on many 1-2 significant shifts in my actions that will have a long term positive effect on the outcome of my goal.  I believe the 1-2 actions are enough. If you try to do too much as once, you may not be able to maintain the actions long-term.  As long as you identify the right actions, 1-2 of them should be enough.

In the case of my business, I reviewed all of my current expenses and identified the top 2 that could bring in the most revenue.  Number one on that list was a monthly expense of $350 that I invest to be a part of this training program. Each month we get access to new training videos and get to ask questions.  I have to be honest and confess that I haven't been maximizing the potential of this training program.  I did in the beginning.  But once my business started running smoothly, I lost the sense of urgency.  I'm now recommitting to taking the course seriously and implementing at least 1 new action a month taken directly from the course.  I know this will be a huge game changer that can really alter the future trajectory of my business.

This is a big example but I plan to implement this strategy on a micro level as well.  Last week, for example, looked and felt very much like most weeks.  But I did implement a few small actions that will have a positive (and real) impact on the days and months ahead. This week, I'm determined to do that same.

As I plan my weekly to-do list, I'm careful to include tasks that have lasting power.  Sure, there are pressing items that must be done today, but I should also be mindful to incorporate activities that have a real impact. A friend of mine will sometimes say "Nadege, today I'm working on actions that impact my future."  She didn't always think this way. But ever since we talked about the concept of a default future, she's changed her mindset.   This method works incredibly well and you can start enjoying the benefits of it fairly quickly.

I'm gonna let you in on a little secret......the more I focus on actions with lasting impact, the less I have to work to enjoy the results I now have.  I get to do less and enjoy more.  That's the way it should be.

With only a handful of months remaining, it's time to get serious about which areas that you want to alter the course of your future.  No need to wait 'till the end of the year to create a bunch of flimsy resolutions.  By New Year, I want to be setting up fresh new goals that on a whole nother level. Our future is liquid and we're in complete control of it.  Let's take full advantage by engaging the type of actions that are investments for the days and months ahead.  Your future self is counting on it.


When I first bought my home, one of the major decisions I made was to not order cable TV.  I chose this path for several reasons.  First, most success gurus issued stern warnings of the productivity killing effects of watching tv.  Basically, television shows are a major distraction and, if you're an ambitious person with clear goals, you should stay as far away from them as possible.

This advice worked for me.  I spent hours on the computer focused on my future empire.  But, over time, a bunch of websites started popping up that allowed me to "watch tv" without the need for cable.  Slowly, but surely, my productivity began to slide.  I needed a way to find a balance between watching my favorite reality shows and continuing my personal growth journey.

Now that we're headed into fall viewing season, I want to be even more intentional. So I've figured out a way to enjoy the shows I love and still get things done.
The strategy is pretty simple.  Avoid single-tasking when watching online tv.  In the modern era of binge watching, one of the worst mistakes we make is doing absolutely nothing while gorging on entire seasons of our favorite shows.  Hours or days can slip by and we'll have nothing to show for it other than extensive knowledge of the lives of fictional characters.

To combat this, I've decided to implement a few simple rules that allow me to be productive while being entertained.

#1:  Do I actually need to watch it or can I just listen to it?
Here's something I discovered.  I can "watch" a show without actually watching it.  Certain programs don't really require me to be sitting down with my eyes glued to the screen.  Just listening to it provided nearly the same level of value.  When this happens, I forbid myself from just sitting there.  Instead, I'll view the show on my Ipad or, other portable device, plug in some speakers, and let it play while I clean the house or make dinner.  Nothing is better than being entertained while knocking out my daily chores.  Since implementing this little tip, my house is much cleaner and organized. What more can I ask for?

#2: Do I have to actually to sit and watch it?
Some videos do require me to actually pay attention to what's happening on screen.  When this happens, my next question is "do I have to sit for this?"  If the answer is no then I have the option of fitting in a little bit of physical activity during the show.  When I'm watching Instagram stories, for example, I have to look at the screen, otherwise, I miss out on most of the content.  But instead of laying on the couch watching Instagram stories, I jump on my trampoline and bounce. This is a perfect form of exercise because it's non-strenuous which allows me to do it for a long time. There have been times when I've bounced for an equivalent of 2-3 miles in one session of watching Instagram videos.  I'm getting a workout while detoxing my body and getting caught up on social media all at once.  This is just one example. I've done planks during a commercial break or sit-ups, squats, and lunges.  There are a ton of exercises we can do while sitting in front of a tv.  Let's get to it.

#3: Can I be doing something else while I sit here?
Normally, I frown on multitasking because of how it drains productivity. But when you're watching a show, multitasking makes complete sense.  Let's say I'm watching an episode of Million Dollar Listings.  I like this program because it showcases high-end luxury homes.  I watch it to get inspiration for interior decor. So while I'm sitting there, I'll execute mundane tasks that don't require a lot of focus/concentration.  Maybe I'll paint my nails or fold some clothes.  Or utilize the time to do a steam facial or mud mask.  Perhaps now would be a good opportunity to sort through and shred my junk mail.  Basically, any chore that can be done while sitting still should be incorporated while watching your favorite show.

#4. Can I also work on improving my life?
Lastly, there's the aspect of working on ways to make your life better.  Everything I listed before helps improve our daily lives but one thing missing is the planning & creation aspect.  On Sundays, while hubby watched football, I'd sit next to him with a planner in hand and would write my tasks for the week.  It started off simple, maybe I'd do some meal planning.  Then I'd list a rough overview of the important tasks for the week.  Soon, I started thinking about incorporating my "One Thing Different" actions to ensure the upcoming week was better than the last.  Sometimes, I'll do a weekly review/reflection and notate what went well that week and what should be my focus in the week ahead.   It doesn't have to be a huge ordeal just a simple way to assess where things are versus where you want them to be.

There are work related tasks that I can knock out while watching tv.  My action plan for today is to make a quick list of those tasks so I can have them handy when I need it.  Some of the things I do require focused attention and dedicated time.  But, there are also a bunch of stuff I can do while catching up on videos that aren't that interesting or engaging.   I tend to forget that while I'm watching Real Housewives, I can also do some social media posting or answering basic emails.

It's all about balance.  If all you do is work, it's a good idea to indulge in your favorite shows as a way of unplugging from the stress.  But when you find yourself indulging a little too much, at least you can still be somewhat productive.  Instead of letting things fall apart while you watch hours of programming, why not use that time to also improve on your life?


When I first bought my home, one of the major decisions I made was to not order cable TV.  I chose this path for several reasons.  First, most success gurus issued stern warnings of the productivity killing effects of watching tv.  Basically, television shows are a major distraction and, if you're an ambitious person with clear goals, you should stay as far away from them as possible.

This advice worked for me.  I spent hours on the computer focused on my future empire.  But, over time, a bunch of websites started popping up that allowed me to "watch tv" without the need for cable.  Slowly, but surely, my productivity began to slide.  I needed a way to find a balance between watching my favorite reality shows and continuing my personal growth journey.

Now that we're headed into fall viewing season, I want to be even more intentional. So I've figured out a way to enjoy the shows I love and still get things done.
The strategy is pretty simple.  Avoid single-tasking when watching online tv.  In the modern era of binge watching, one of the worst mistakes we make is doing absolutely nothing while gorging on entire seasons of our favorite shows.  Hours or days can slip by and we'll have nothing to show for it other than extensive knowledge of the lives of fictional characters.

To combat this, I've decided to implement a few simple rules that allow me to be productive while being entertained.

#1:  Do I actually need to watch it or can I just listen to it?
Here's something I discovered.  I can "watch" a show without actually watching it.  Certain programs don't really require me to be sitting down with my eyes glued to the screen.  Just listening to it provided nearly the same level of value.  When this happens, I forbid myself from just sitting there.  Instead, I'll view the show on my Ipad or, other portable device, plug in some speakers, and let it play while I clean the house or make dinner.  Nothing is better than being entertained while knocking out my daily chores.  Since implementing this little tip, my house is much cleaner and organized. What more can I ask for?

#2: Do I have to actually to sit and watch it?
Some videos do require me to actually pay attention to what's happening on screen.  When this happens, my next question is "do I have to sit for this?"  If the answer is no then I have the option of fitting in a little bit of physical activity during the show.  When I'm watching Instagram stories, for example, I have to look at the screen, otherwise, I miss out on most of the content.  But instead of laying on the couch watching Instagram stories, I jump on my trampoline and bounce. This is a perfect form of exercise because it's non-strenuous which allows me to do it for a long time. There have been times when I've bounced for an equivalent of 2-3 miles in one session of watching Instagram videos.  I'm getting a workout while detoxing my body and getting caught up on social media all at once.  This is just one example. I've done planks during a commercial break or sit-ups, squats, and lunges.  There are a ton of exercises we can do while sitting in front of a tv.  Let's get to it.

#3: Can I be doing something else while I sit here?
Normally, I frown on multitasking because of how it drains productivity. But when you're watching a show, multitasking makes complete sense.  Let's say I'm watching an episode of Million Dollar Listings.  I like this program because it showcases high-end luxury homes.  I watch it to get inspiration for interior decor. So while I'm sitting there, I'll execute mundane tasks that don't require a lot of focus/concentration.  Maybe I'll paint my nails or fold some clothes.  Or utilize the time to do a steam facial or mud mask.  Perhaps now would be a good opportunity to sort through and shred my junk mail.  Basically, any chore that can be done while sitting still should be incorporated while watching your favorite show.

#4. Can I also work on improving my life?
Lastly, there's the aspect of working on ways to make your life better.  Everything I listed before helps improve our daily lives but one thing missing is the planning & creation aspect.  On Sundays, while hubby watched football, I'd sit next to him with a planner in hand and would write my tasks for the week.  It started off simple, maybe I'd do some meal planning.  Then I'd list a rough overview of the important tasks for the week.  Soon, I started thinking about incorporating my "One Thing Different" actions to ensure the upcoming week was better than the last.  Sometimes, I'll do a weekly review/reflection and notate what went well that week and what should be my focus in the week ahead.   It doesn't have to be a huge ordeal just a simple way to assess where things are versus where you want them to be.

There are work related tasks that I can knock out while watching tv.  My action plan for today is to make a quick list of those tasks so I can have them handy when I need it.  Some of the things I do require focused attention and dedicated time.  But, there are also a bunch of stuff I can do while catching up on videos that aren't that interesting or engaging.   I tend to forget that while I'm watching Real Housewives, I can also do some social media posting or answering basic emails.

It's all about balance.  If all you do is work, it's a good idea to indulge in your favorite shows as a way of unplugging from the stress.  But when you find yourself indulging a little too much, at least you can still be somewhat productive.  Instead of letting things fall apart while you watch hours of programming, why not use that time to also improve on your life?


Over the weekend, I checked out some house/apartment tour videos on Youtube.  One video, in particular, featured a loft style apartment with a modern aesthetic and killer views.  I loved the minimalist decor and monochromatic design.   Everything about his apartment was intentional and perfect.

There was one moment in the video that caused me to pause and reflect.  As he showed us his bedroom, the points the camera out towards the amazing city view.  He then informs us that when laying down on his bed, he has a clear view of the city skyline.  This, he says, was one of his biggest life goals (to wake up every morning to amazing views).  What he said next is what inspired me to write this post.

This exclusive city view, according to the blogger is, "what motivates me to get up in the morning and to do the most."
I let his words marinate in my brain for a few minutes.  This guy, like most of us, dreamed of waking up in a place that's inspiring and representative of achieving a certain level of success.  This "life goal" was such an obsession of his that he worked on his brand until it finally became a reality.

Now that he's arrived, he enjoys the fruit of his hard work.   Even though he's achieved his dream, he's still motivated to keep pushing to reach greater levels.  I'm certain that he wakes up most mornings filled with clear intention.  So I asked myself, "Is there anything I can do to create that level of inspiration when I first wake up every day?

Ideally, motivation should come from the inside out.  But I'm also aware of how our external environment can affect our internal state.  Although I'm certain of this fact, I haven't leveraged it much to my benefit.  One day I too hope to wake up every day in a room with majestic views.  Until then, I can still take steps to create an environment that inspires me into massive action each and every day.

Instead of focusing on my bedroom, I think my efforts would be better utilized by elevating my office.  Currently, I have inspiring images posted on the wall but I can do so much more.  And since the office is where I do all of my work, it makes sense to place all of my attention there.

I realize that I don't have any of the things I love in my current office space.  There are no live plants, no scented candles, no fresh cut flowers, no updated images of future goals.   Nothing that represents where I want to be. Visually, there's not much in my office to stimulate my creativity.  No wonder I sometimes start the day feeling unmotivated.

Back when I wanted to start a multi-six figure business, I was very intentional about my personal space.   I invested heavily in high-quality candles, bought fresh flowers on a weekly basis, and I'd strategically display my designer items in a certain way.  The primary focus was in creating a feeling of abundance since I would soon quit my job causing my income to change drastically.  It was part of my well planned out feel good routine.  Every time I walked into a room, I felt a surge of inspiration. It was a joy to work on building my dream.

Let's never forget the incredible power of our environment.  If you're feeling uninspired, a simple change in our space will immediately alter your mood and outlook and will motivate you to the absolute most.