Jul 28, 2020
How to Get More Energy (Hint: It's Not More Coffee!) 0:54 Five Ways to Boost Your Energy Right Now 12:48 Managing Energy vs. Time: Which Is better? 22:44 This Is Too Much to Handle Alone Resources Christy's 5-Day Confidence BoostSign up for Christy's free 5-Day Confidence Boost. You'll receive five days of encouragement focused on helping you become a more confident you! https://bit.ly/2B88VMw Christy's Social Media Cheat SheetBusiness owners: Spend less time and energy worrying about social media! With my free Social Media Cheat Sheet, you'll discover the five rules of social media, which apps you need to download and the things you can do to boost your social media plan immediately. https://bit.ly/32q5Ouy We've been talking about the outer layer of the Core of Confidence and how to value your resources-your time, money and energy. In this episode, we're focusing on how to manage your energy. To start, I'll give you five specific things you can do right now to boost your energy. Spoiler: Drinking more coffee isn't one of them. I'll also unpack an article that talks about how managing your energy might be even more important than managing your time. Then we'll spend some time journaling about how to keep going when you feel exhausted. 5 Ways to Boost Your Energy Right Now A lot of people waste their energy by focusing on the things that don't matter, and then they don't have energy left over for the things that do. I'm not just talking about time or money or your attention. I'm also talking about effort and enthusiasm. Let's be honest: Coffee can only do so much. The reality is that our energy is finite-at some point, it's going to run out. That's why I want to give you five specific things you can do this week to not only manage your energy, but also boost it. Managing Energy vs. Time: Which Is better? I want to highlight an article I read the other day by the Harvard Business Review called "Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time." Specifically, I want to talk about where it says that energy can be "systematically expanded and regularly renewed by establishing specific rituals-behaviors that are intentionally practiced and precisely scheduled, with the goal of making them unconscious and automatic as quickly as possible." This is fascinating to me, and what's so amazing is that I found this article after I started my own rituals. See, you already have enough to worry about in a given day, am I right? Your brain is already working hard to keep up with your work, your business, your goals, your relationships and your to-do list. That takes energy! That's why it's so important to do things that create structure. Go to bed early. Wake up early. And stop giving your brain more than it needs to work on. You'll have more peace and freedom by creating rituals that give you real results in your life and with your energy. This Is Too Much to Handle Alone I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. - Philippians 4:13 (NLT) The truth is, we can do things to boost our energy. We can do things that give us real results in our life. But we're still going to go through times that are hard. I've been through them, and I'm sure you have too. When we're in those seasons-or even when we're in really good times-it's important to remember that the number one source of strength and renewal of our energy is God. Here are a few journal questions to help you process this: What feels too big for you to handle right now? How have you been trying to get through that? How have you experienced God's strength in you in the past? How do you need God to show up and strengthen you right now?
Jul 21, 2020
What You Know About Money Is Wrong 0:57 Not Living the Life You Want? Change This Habit. 12:18 Most Americans Are Now Doing This. Are You? 21:51 Are You Stressed About Money? Let's Change That. Resources Ramsey+ Free TrialNever worry about money again! When you have the right plan, tools and teaching, you can be confident you're always doing the right thing with your money. Ramsey+ gives you all that-the plan, the tools and teaching-in one all-access membership. Sign up for a free trial of Ramsey+ today! https://bit.ly/2ZftJuE Christy's Business Budgeting BasicsDo you have a small business or side hustle? Get a quick-start budget that you can use when you need to record a new monthly budget for your business. This way you'll have a clear picture of where your money is going each month! Download my free Business Budgeting Basics! https://bit.ly/301chsW We're continuing to talk through the outer layer of the Core of Confidence: Valuing Your Resources. And as you know, our resources include time, money and even energy. We're going to do a deep dive into the topic of managing our money in ways that bring glory to God. We're also going to dig into current events and highlight some good news that came out of this pandemic. Finally, we'll spend some time journaling on what this looks like for you. Let's go! Not Living the Life You Want? Change This Habit. Y'all, I've made some massive mistakes with money. Growing up, I never really heard the word no very often. But that led to some problems when I got older. I didn't understand that you had to make choices with your money, live within your means, use a budget, and save for things you really want. For years, I chose to live a life of barely getting by and putting most of my paychecks toward debt and payments. I called my mom often, asking her to put money in my bank account because I couldn't make it to my next payday. But one day when I was around 24 years old, I had to call my mom again to ask her to put money in my bank account. I was so fed up. I knew I couldn't live like this. I knew that I wanted nothing more in my life than the dignity of paying for my own lifestyle, my own expenses and my own bills. That day, something in me changed. I decided I was going to work really, really hard to get out of debt. So, I tackled it like you tackle anything-one tiny step at a time. And exactly one week before I got engaged to my husband, Matt, I became debt-free. I made that final payment. I won't ever forget how it felt to feel that freedom. I won't ever forget how it felt to know that when I got paid on Friday, I was going to actually get to keep my money. I won't forget how it felt to go into my engagement completely debt-free. But I also will never forget the shame and the fear that haunted me every single payday. We've all bought into this lie that this is just how it is. But I want to tell you that there's a different way to live life. You don't have to struggle with your money forever. You don't have to barely get by. You don't have to feel fear when you check the mailbox. But in order for that to happen, you have to decide that you're going to do something different. You have to have that moment that I had and say, Never again. I'm not going to live like this anymore. I'm not going to depend on credit cards. I'm not going to be sinking in debt up to my eyeballs. Never again. Today, you have to think long term, not short term. Make the decision to change your life. When you do, you won't just change your life-you'll change your entire family tree. I know you can do it, and I can't wait to watch you win. Most Americans Are Now Doing This. Are You? In America, people are stockpiling their cash and savings rates are going up. I think we can all come to the conclusion that this is happening because of the pandemic and the current state of the economy. This is a really important...
Jul 14, 2020
You Need to Avoid These Time Traps 0:47 Most People Do This 100 Times a Day. Do You? 13:30 Overwhelmed by Your To-Do List? Watch This. 31:41 Do You Feel Guilty About How You Spend Your Time? Resources 25 Ways to Protect Your Time If you don't protect what matters to you, no one else will. That's why I created a list of 25 ways to protect your time-so you can say no without causing any hurt feelings. The next time a friend or family member asks you to add something to your already full plate, you can politely pass with confidence. Download the guide now for free! Christy's 5-Day Confidence BoostSign up for Christy's free 5-Day Confidence Boost. You'll receive five days of encouragement focused on helping you become a more confident you! Today on the show, we're working through the outer layer of the Core of Confidence, talking about what it looks like to value our resources by focusing on time management-the thing we all struggle with every single day of our lives. Then one of our longtime Academy members, Misty McCraw, joins me for a live coaching session on what it looks like to manage our time by deciding what's most important. Finally, we'll dive in and spend some time journaling on what this looks like for you. Let's go! Most People Do This 100 Times a Day. Do You? We constantly think that we just need more time. But you know what? That's actually not the problem. The problem is not the amount of time that we have. The problem is how we use it. We all have the exact same number of hours in a day, so we can't get more time. But what we can do is change how we use the time that we have. So where are you spending your time? Here are my top three time wasters: People pleasing Being the hero Checking out Spending our one life on what we care about sounds so simple doesn't it? But it's so hard to do because of these time traps. We end up spending all of our time over here when what we actually care about is over there. There's a gap between what we care about and what we actually spend our life on. My challenge for you is to look at your life through the lens of priorities. It's not about doing everything for an equal amount of time. Life balance is about doing the right things at the right time. What matters is that you spend your one life on what's most important to you. Overwhelmed by Your To-Do List? Live Coaching with Misty McCraw We're doing something brand new: Misty McCraw (a longtime Academy member) joins me in the studio today for live coaching! Misty shares some of her biggest struggles when it comes to time management. I coach her as we sort through her priorities together and find out what it looks like to be successful when it comes to managing the endless to-do list. Do You Feel Guilty About How You Spend Your Time? "Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work." - 2 Corinthians 9:7-8 (NIV) This verse usually refers to giving with tithes and offerings. But I think it's also a great reminder when it comes to how we use our time. We should spend our time on things that are important to us-on things that God has placed in front of us-and not out of guilt or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. Your life is made up of how you spend your time. I think it's important to God that we are good stewards with the time He has given us. Write down your answers to these questions: What steals your time the most? Where do you feel guilt or resentment around how you spend your time? What are your top priorities? What's most important to you? You only get to pick a couple. Does your calendar reflect what you just wrote down as your most important priorities? What changes do you sense...
Jul 7, 2020
Need More Time, Money and Energy? Here's the Solution. 0:44 Three Things You Need to Value More 12:00 The Secret to Protecting Your Time with Michael Hyatt 28:29 Are You Wasting Your Resources? Resources 25 Ways to Protect Your Time If you don't protect what matters to you, no one else will. That's why I created a list of 25 ways to protect your time-so you can say no without causing any hurt feelings. The next time a friend or family member asks you to add something to your already full plate, you can politely pass with confidence. Download the guide now for free! Christy's 5-Day Confidence BoostSign up for Christy's free 5-Day Confidence Boost. You'll receive five days of encouragement focused on helping you become a more confident you! As we continue to work through the outer layer of the Core of Confidence, we're diving into what it looks like to value our resources-our time, money and energy. Bestselling author and productivity expert Michael Hyatt joins me to discuss what it actually looks like to manage your resources, like your calendar and productivity. Then, we're going to process it all through a few journal questions about becoming better stewards of our time, money and energy. Let's dive in! Three Things You Need to Value More Here's what I've noticed: There's a major difference in my life when I value something and when I don't. One of the most limited resources we have is our time, but it's often the thing we value the least, treating it like it's limitless. God calls us to be good stewards of our time, money and energy. But when it comes to actually doing that, we feel anxious, stressed and frustrated. There's a disconnect between what you care about and what your life actually reflects. Life balance isn't about doing everything for an equal amount of time. It's about doing the right things at the right time and living from your values. It's about spending your one life on what you actually care about. When you're living from your values, you'll be less stressed and more confident. Why? Because you're choosing to be intentional with what God has given you. And as you learn to value your resources and strengthen that muscle overtime, you'll look up and realize you not only like yourself, but you also actually like the life that you're living. The Secret to Protecting Your Time with Michael Hyatt Today, I'm chatting with bestselling author Michael Hyatt. Michael is brilliant when it comes to time management and productivity, so we're unpacking what it looks like to value your resources-especially your time. Here are some key points from our conversation: Debunking the "hustle fallacy" The possibility of winning at home and work Finding success in time management Giving yourself permission to be present Being generous with your resources without burning out Are You Wasting Your Resources? Our Scripture of the week comes from Matthew 25:14-30 called The Parable of the Talents. We have an opportunity and a responsibility to be faithful with what we've been given and to be wise stewards of our money, time and what we put our energy, efforts and talents into. Think about what this means in your life, both spiritually and practically, and write down your answers to these questions: Which do you tend to do more? Do you tend to be overly generous, or maybe even wasteful with your resources, where you just kind of spend it without thinking? Or do you tend to hold your resources with closed fists? Where do you sense God is trying to help you grow when it comes to your resources? Write down a prayer asking God to show you how he wants you to spend your resources: your time, money, energy, focus and effort.