Fatigue 101 – 3 Ways to Have More ENERGY! …without caffeine

Lack of energy? Relying on caffeine to make it through the day? Here is the 411 on fatigue and what to do for more energy!

As we get older…and busier…many things change. Am I right…or am I right? ūüôā One of these things is our energy levels. We just aren’t the same people we were when we were 10 and every minute of every day is an endless sprint of energy and playtime and freedom and fun. Our days are now filled with “adulting”…working, bills, chores, families, side hobbies, and trying to stay sane. All of which requires energy. Now we are endlessly seeking out ways to rekindle our childhood flames in order to just power through one more day. One more day of 4am wake up calls and a busy 24 hours of doing what we need to do to survive. Which, however unfortunate, is the reality for many of us. To quench this search for energy, it usually has us reaching for highly caffeinated coffee by the I-V loads. Essentially an intravenous slow drip of the chicory goodness.

But how much is TOO much?

Studies show that 400mg of caffeine is the healthy daily dose for most adults. That’s equal to about 4 cups of regularly brewed coffee. What the bags of beans normally DON’T tell you, is that if you consume this much on a regular basis, your body will build up a tolerance. Thus, you find yourself needing more and more just to feel the same effects as you used to.

What happens when you drink more than the recommended dose?

Well, you may experience symptoms such as:

  1. migraines
  2. insomnia
  3. nervousness and anxiety
  4. frequent urination
  5. irritability and restlessness
  6. elevated feelings of stress
  7. shakes and jitters
  8. adrenal fatigue – when combined with other forms of stimulants and stressors

Not to mention, caffeine consumption creates an unwanted cycle of sleeplessness. We usually consume coffee because we feel tired. But caffeine is a stimulant, so it keeps us up at night, and we are UNABLE to sleep….thus more coffee the next day while we are running on not-so-optimal 4 hours of sleep each night. See the problem?

Rest assured however, there are a few ways to dial back your reliance.

  1. Keep tabs on consumption – make a mental note to always record and keep track of how much caffeine you’re consuming. When you’re reaching your daily levels…STOP.
  2. Get better sleep – sleeping 7-9 hours of GOOD sleep each night decreases your need for caffeine and other stimulants because your body is rested and has enough energy to make it throughout the day.
  3. Cycle your sources – there are other natural forms of caffeine such as herbal teas. Try going every other day, cycling teas and coffees. This way, your body won’t build up as strong as a tolerance, and you will feel the same effects with smaller doses.

Alright…who’s ready to go attack the day now?!!? Or are you looking for some NATURAL remedies aside from caffeine, that will provide your body with endless amounts of ENERGY?! Check out 3 Ways to Naturally Boost Your Energy and Power Through Your Day!

-The Well Life Coach

 

The BAD news: school never ends. The GOOD news……

Why embracing being a lifetime student is something that you’ll have to come to terms with. But trust me, it’s worth it!

YIKES!¬†I hope I got your attention with that one. If someone told me that school would NEVER end…I’d have dropped out in the 2nd grade…am I right or am I right ūüôā

Hey you soon to be grads, young professionals and young entrepreneurs…there’s a silver lining. Never fret. I don’t mean actual school. I simply mean, LEARNING.

Take it from me. My life experience was one of continuously moving up in my education because I just thought that that was the be all end all answer to life success. Guess what, I was wrong. One thing that I WISH school had taught me (aside from the ever-useful Pythagorean theorem) is that your learning is never done.

Let’s face it. Education these days teaches you how to find a job, but not build a life. What did that mean for me? Transparently…going into massive debt going through higher level education just in hopes of making it big when in reality, I had NO idea what I wanted for my life. Sound like you? I changed my mind so many times because I kept going after what seemed to be EASY or have a quick chance of making big bucks. But no one ever sat me down and helped me go through planning out my life through recognizing my strengths, passions, purpose, and true life WANTS. And boy, I wish they did.

This might not have been everyone’s experience. You might have been blessed by knowing at a young age exactly what you wanted in life. But I did not. I NEVER saw myself working for someone else or in a corporation. I had so many interests, IDEAS, and admittedly a rebel soul, that I only wanted to build a business based around my personal identity and brand. But I didn’t know how. Nor was I taught.

Fast forward to today. I’m working independently as a professional speaker, coach, and consultant working with young people my age…and younger…helping them solve this issue before it becomes too difficult to solve later. This was my issue, and because they say the best business ideas come from a solution to a personal problem, this is the problem I wish someone would have solved for me, and what I’m helping people do now.

How did I get there? BY FORGETTING EVERYTHING I KNEW. Today, you HAVE to embrace being a constant student. You will always be learning, no matter WHAT. Do NOT be afraid to learn, assess, unlearn, relearn, and unlearn again.¬†Once I got rid of everything I was taught, sought out my own guidance and knowledge on how to find my passion and improve my life, I was inundated with a wealth of eye opening knowledge that set me on the right path. Yes it’s hard. Yes it’s time consuming. Yes it’s stressful. But YES it’s worth it! I would have rather gone through this struggle to find out what I needed to know later in life, so I can help others do the same, rather than never having to have to learn from struggle in the first place.

It’s still better to be lost in the RIGHT direction, than it is to be on the right path in the WRONG direction. Drop me a line on how I can help YOU!

The Young Entrepreneur’s List of Resources

Are you an aspiring young entrepreneur who has NO idea where to start? Here is a list of potential resources for you, regardless of where you live!

If you were like me, the entrepreneurial drive was INTENSE. It was so intense that I couldn’t think of ANYTHING else. I HAD to be a successful entrepreneur. I was TIRED of working for someone else. I had SO many great IDEAS and the DRIVE to make a HUGE IMPACT! It was this need for significance, coupled with a few great ideas that really led me to make the leap into this unknown and uncertain world.

But honestly, my past schooling didn’t teach me how to proceed as an entrepreneur. It taught me how to survive in the workforce, as an employee of someone else! Thus, with no experience, I had NO idea where to start. None. And on top of this, I was in a COMPLETELY new city. So not only was I setting out on this brand new venture, but I was in a brand new place where I essentially had to start from scratch.

At first, this was extremely intimidating. But the drive was too strong. I was going to learn and read and talk and find ANY and ALL knowledge I possible could and NEEDED to. Below I have compiled a list for you on resources you may be able to start to get a handle on how to proceed with your own entrepreneurial venture. One thing to keep in mind…it will not be easy. it Will take a lot of work, it will take a LOT of time, and it will take a LOT of energy. But listen here, it’s not your resources, but your RESOURCEFULNESS that counts. Do what drives you and fires your soul! The key to each of these categories, is to research the entity that is specific to your area.

  1. MENTORS – The BIGGEST and MOST important thing I can tell you is to find a MENTOR. You must find a mentor. I don’t care where you are or who you are or what you’re doing, you will be successful QUICKER and more effectively if you utilize the knowledge of someone who has done it BEFORE! Remember, the most effective way to become an entrepreneur is to not reinvent the wheel, but to build off of what someone else has already done. In my experience, people you approach about being mentors are more than willing to help you. If they are not willing to help you, they are not the type of person you’d want to learn from anyway. RESEARCH big names in your area in your line of work you are trying to entre, contact them, and simply ask them. The worse that can happen is they say no. You may even be able to utilize someone out of your immediate network. But mentorship and guidance is a must these days, and any successful entrepreneur and business professional who’s worth their salt has learned, or continues to learn, from their own mentor.
  2. Local government organizations – many times your local entrepreneurial ecosystem will be supported by local government organizations. Why? The government wants entrepreneurial ventures and small businesses to succeed in your city to BOOST the economy. If you go to your local government website, you may find small business bureaus, small business educational resources, entrepreneurial grant opportunities, and much more.
  3. Local entrepreneurial accelerators – if you live in a bigger city, chances are there are local entrepreneurial accelerator non-profit companies. Most of the time you will find these in share or co-working spaces for remote workers and small businesses. These accelerators usually do application processes 1-2 times per year to bring an up and coming entrepreneurial venture into their accelerator program. Even if you do not get into the program, they usually have innumerable resources for the young professional or entrepreneur, including a list of local mentors.
  4. Local young leadership networks РIn my experience, these are getting more and more popular. The young, millennial and Gen Y workforces are gathering together to support each other in the professional landscape, as well as entrepreneurship. These can be found through a simple consultation with Dr. Google. For example, New Orleans has YLC (Young Leadership Committee), a vibrant community of young professionals and budding entrepreneurs that benefit from shared resources and social networking events.
  5. Meet up groups – Meet up is an app that groups together people of similar interests, and sets up “meet ups” (duh) of these people at an event to talk about the specific topic. If you search for ‘entrepreneurial meet up groups’ in your area within the app, chances are you will find some like-minded people to share stories, tips, knowledge, or maybe even a potential business partner.
  6. Public/international organizations – These groups are everywhere and are full of young and established professionals that would be willing to help young entrepreneurs like us. Sometimes, these organizations require fees for membership, but if you do your due diligence and find the ones that are right for you, the networking opportunities would be endless. Some examples include: BNI, Toastmasters, NAWBO, AWBA, etc.
  7. Local Chamber’s of Commerce – Here is where I’ve done a lot of my networking and making connections. The Chamber of Commerce is full of business professionals looking for referrals for their businesses, but also with small business owners or entrepreneurs looking for networking/business building opportunities. Again, this organization is fee based. It also usually requires you to be an employee of a business or a business owner before joining. So if you are an entrepreneur in the idea phase, it might be a difficult join. However, if you are currently employed at another employer while building your entrepreneurial venture, you can always register with your current employer, but ask around for resources and advice on your own individual business building.
  8. Local universities – Fiinalllyyy we are beginning to see entrepreneurship built into course content, especially in business programs such as MBAs. Even if you didn’t go through a Master’s level program, or even if you didn’t attend the local university, many times there will be programs, resources, or whole departments dedicated to helping young professionals and entrepreneurs be connected with community resources that will help them.
  9. Social media groups – Lastly…even if you don’t like it…you MUST utilize social media when building your business or looking for helpful resources. FaceBook ALONE has THOUSANDS of groups dedicated to young professionals, entrepreneurs, entrepreneurial lifestyles, small businesses, etc. All you need to do is request to join, or follow a certain group you’ve researched, and INTERACT with¬†the members of the group. ENGAGE on the page, ask questions, make yourself known and BUILD your NETWORK.

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Ready to Take Your Side Hustle to the Next Level?

Side hustler? Get what you need to know to take your passion project to a full time job.

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So what exactly is a side hustle? Well, essentially this is a venture that your pursue on the side of your regular 9-5 job. It goes by many names…side venture, side hustle, passion project, but they all essentially mean the same thing. Whether or not it is your intention to transition from your full time job into following your side hustle full time, or just to use it as a creative outlet, I think side hustles are a vital part of the economy, as it allows people to pursue passions that may lay outside of their main source of income.

The truth is, more than 44 million Americans have a side hustle, a majority of these are women, and 1 in 2… that’s right 50%! of millennials are pursuing the side hustle. I’d have to argue that it is mostly because many young people find themselves wrought with student loans and are looking for extra income streams to supplement their lifestyle. What do you think?!

Are you one of the lucky entrepreneurial minded people with a side hustle? Is it your intention to transition into it being your main source of income and becoming a FULL TIME entrepreneur? I hope so! My firm belief, and my entire program, is based around the fact that EVERYONE deserves to build a life around the things they love, and their passions, so they can wake up every morning EXCITED to go to work, because the work we do is SO VITAL.

But what many¬†people don’t realize is there are actually¬†MANY hidden things that need to be done in order to pursue¬†starting a business, that many people may not realize if they didn’t go to¬†business school. On a high level, these things relate to taxes, becoming a legal entity, financial management, compliance, and regulation. Fun right?! WRONG! It can often be overwhelming to begin to think of these things, especially the first time you hear that they are things that NEED to be done.

The phenomenon of the ‘microentrepreneur’, who is working on transitioning a side hustles into full time business is a hugely growing concept. And my call to¬†you is, if this is the avenue¬†you’re wanting to take…DO YOUR RESEARCH!¬†Do you research, learn what you can, and if need be, learn when and how you need to reach out for help in a particular area. Start with your immediate network. Do you have friends or family who can help advise¬†you on this? Start there before you decide to lay down some capital on outsourcing these services. Luckily, there are many resources throughout the COUNTRY for emerging entrepreneurs.

Ready to leave the 9-5 world to pursue entrepreneurship and live for your passion? I have a FOUNDATION TO SUCCESS program that will prep you¬†for success in this transition, by focusing on yourself as the entrepreneurial individual by leveraging the phrase…GET READY TO¬†STAY READY.

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Your Biggest Challenge Isn’t Fear, It’s….

A lot of people dream big things, but never go for those dreams because of a variety of factors that hold them back. What are they, why do you have them, and what is the biggest factor hindering progress?

Quite the cliff hanger, yeah? If you are like me, you once, or now, or ALWAYS have had an inkling inside you that life could be more. More than it is, more fulfilling, more fun, more adventurous, more profitable, more compelling, more…you fill in the blank. We come up with ways that we think will help us make life this “more”, however that thought turns into a passing thought, then moments, minutes, hours, days, months, even YEARS pass, and we still have that thought ( or idea ) but have never done anything, or taken any action, to bring that thought into fruition. WHY!??!

Whether you want to admit it or not, 9 times out of 10, whatever it is that is holding you back is coming from the INSIDE. We like to blame outside factors for our not taking action…blaming the economy, lack of time, lack of monetary resources, lack of knowledge, etc, for us not pursuing our dreams. But to bust your bubble….all of these limiting thoughts are actually in your HEAD. Once you make the conscious choice to get rid of these limiting beliefs, you’ll be astounded at how much you can accomplish.

But where do these beliefs come from in the first place? What are other limiting factors? Fear?…yes. Doubt…yes. Intimidation…definitely. But I think there is one in particular, that has more power than all of these…combined. It is an emotion that I’d like to illustrate with the following story, an old fable that has been passed down and retold over the years…”The Devil’s Greatest Tool”.

The devil was having a going out of business sale. On his sale table he had a number of odds and ends things, brilliant and valuable looking things. Things like his silver sword of fear, that had a high price. His golden spear of doubt, with an even higher price. And his platinum dagger of envy, which was almost unaffordable. However, behind his table sitting on a pedestal, was a very simple and humble wooden hammer. Not at all impressive in appearance, someone asked, “How much for that hammer”. “Oh”, the devil said, “that is not for sale”. “Well why not”, asked the customer. He said, “because that is my most valuable possession. It is the hammer of DISCOURAGEMENT, and it is priceless. With this tool, I can do more damage than all of the other tools combined. This is the tool that allows me to first get inside a person and plant all the rest of the negative beliefs and emotions, and once I am in, the hammer of discouragement ensures that I will never get out.”

Discouragement is something that hinders ALL action. It is literally the catalyst that causes us to STOP and take NO action at all. Once we feel discouraged because of a lack of confidence or courage, or a small failure, we allow all of the rest of the emotions to take us over and cause us to stop whatever progress we are making, because we feel UNWORTHY. Though fear, doubt, and envy are all negative emotions that may cause us to act negatively, or in an aggressive manner, at least we are taking some sort of ACTION. At least some sort of movement is being made, maybe backwards, but it is movement Discouragement is the definition of a lack of movement. It causes no motion at all, forward or backward, action is stopped and falling back into old ways is encouraged.

So how do you eliminate discouragement, and prevent the devil from using his greatest tool on you? Simple….faith. Have FAITH that whatever circumstance you are going through, you will overcome it. Whatever event is diminishing your confidence, whatever tool you need to power through is ALREADY inside you. Focus on your strengths, find empowering beliefs, set a clear vision, and have FAITH that whatever it is you set out to do, can be accomplished.

Find mentors, find accountability, find coaches, and make your dreams a REALITY.

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Are You Where You Want To Be In Life?

You don’t have to be stuck doing something you aren’t passionate about. Man’s greatest journey is his search for meaning and passion in his life…it is my passion to help others realize theirs.

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For TOO many people, the answer to this question, is NO. It doesn’t matter your gender, age, marital status, current occupation, social class, or educational background, EVERYONE deserves and SHOULD have ANYTHING they want in life. And here is the secret….. you CAN!

There are so many wonderful life coaches and motivational speakers who have helped MILLIONS of people just like you create change in their lives. They preach that the first step is to create a NEW mindset that aligns with the change you want to make; which is absolutely true. However, once people leave these talks, seminars, finish their books, or finish watching their videos, though they seemingly have DECIDED to make change, still they fall short in reaching their goals because something happens. It’s because though they have all of this new knowledge, they fail to take action on what they’ve learned.¬†They lose momentum. They get stuck. For many different reasons, they fail to move towards change or they cease the actions once things get too hard.

This was me. I was lost, discouraged, broke, unfulfilled, and ultimately lacking purpose and direction. I decided to make a change. I watched, read, listened to EVERYTHING I could in the form of motivation and self help. Many of these influential people indirectly become my mentors, and eventually I began to align my actions with my new found purpose. It was enlightening, uplifting, and FREEING.

A lot of people don’t take personal coaching seriously, because they don’t think they need it, it’s silly, or too expensive. Well what if I told you that the short term cost will be exponentially increased by the long term GAINS? What if I told you that it’s okay to ask for help, that it’s BENEFICIAL to you to seek guidance from someone who can help you solve your problems and become fulfilled and on the path to your TRUE POTENTIAL?

that is my purpose. to help you avoid all of the hard times and tough struggles that I went through to finally discover what I’m here for. whether it be general health and fitness, career progression, financial goals, relationship goals, finding purpose, or setting/reaching goals and seeing RESULTS, I can help you on the right path to achievement.

To express my deep appreciation for those of you who’ve been with me through this journey of discovery, along with my FREE initial video strategy coaching session, if you decide to let me help you, you will get 25% off each month that we are working towards your goals together.

If you want to take advantage of this, or see what it’s all about, let me know HERE. THANK YOU!