Start Your Week Right Sunday: Links and Goals

start your week right- Jessica Lawlor

Photo of the week: Happiness is…an April day at the beach.

Start your week right! Every Sunday I post my favorite links from around the web and share my goals for the upcoming week.

Links

On Careers:

From Overly Ambitious to Moving Up: I feel like Melissa Anzman is speaking directly to me in this post about why having TOO much ambition can actually be a bad thing for your career.

On Content Marketing:

Four Ways Content Marketing is Like Running a Race: With Broad Street Run training on the mind, my latest post for Scribewise compares content marketing to training for a long distance race.

On Email:

Why It Doesn’t Matter That You May Never Reach Inbox Zero: This article by Laura Vanderkam describes perfectly how I feel about Inbox Zero. And on that note, I should probably go delete the half-drafted email sitting in my inbox from May 2013…

On Yoga:

10 Yoga Lessons Learned Through The Journey Inward: I LOVE Caren Baginski’s blog and yoga wisdom so this post with 10 yoga lessons really struck me this week.

On E-Book Publishing:

Kindle Publishing: A Step-By-Step Guide For Selling Your Book Through Amazon: Bookmarked this one to save for later! Heather van der Hoop outlines exactly the process she used to help Alexis Grant publish her book, ‘You Deserve to Love Your Job,” on Amazon for Kindle.

On Life:

5 Things to Do Before Making a Big Decision: As someone who definitely struggles with decision making, I appreciate Alicia’s tips for making big decisions. I especially love tip #1- “urgent” decisions usually aren’t as urgent as they seem.

This Week on JessicaLawlor.com:

What Are You Going to Choose: Fear or Trust?Fear or trust? When my perfectly plotted plans go awry and when I feel I have zero control or say in my future, I’m choosing to trust the universe.

Goals

  • Write an award acceptance speech and deliver it on Friday night! I learned last week that I am the recipient of the Temple University Young Alumni Diamond Excellence Award- such an honor! I will be giving a speech during a business card exchange event, as part of alumni weekend. If you’re a Temple Owl, consider attending the event!
  • Focus on healthy living- I already am planning on attending three yoga classes and hope to also run at least two early mornings this week.

Have any links or goals you’d like to share? Leave them in the comments!

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What Are You Going To Choose: Fear or Trust?

fear or trust- Jessica Lawlor“Anything that looks like chaos and calamity in your life is just the Universe’s way of saying ‘Trust me and we’ll make a life together that is beyond your wildest dreams.’ The key is to trust. There’s a bigger vision and purpose inside you that your small brain or ego can imagine. The Universe has bigger and better plans for you. It’s your job to be of service and not get in your own way. You can only receive what you believe. When you trust, you open yourself up to greater possibilities outside of your control or imagination. So what’s it going to be? Fear or trust?” 
-Anonymous

Some days I feel like I have complete control over my destiny. I have the keys to the car, I am in the driver’s seat and I know exactly how to get to my destination.

Other days I feel like no matter what I do, no matter how perfectly I plan, I am at the mercy of the universe…and it has far greater plans for me than I have for myself.

Maybe that’s not such a bad thing.

The key here, I think, is to choose trust. Trust that good things will happen. After all, if you believe in the law of attraction, those positive thoughts about the future bring about more positivity.

Trust that good things will happen, yes, but also PLAN for good things to happen.

Work hard. Set goals. Dream.

But be prepared to let those things go when life takes an unexpected turn. Don’t be afraid to sit back and say, “Hey, universe? You got this one?”

As a Type A, I like the idea of being in control. Neat, tidy to-do lists, perfectly scheduled calendars, three-month plans, six-month plans, five-year plans.

But you know what else I like? I sort of love the idea that, as stated so beautifully in the quote above, “There’s a bigger vision and purpose inside you that your small brain or ego can imagine.”

How amazing is that concept? Yes, you may have plans for yourself, but some larger force out there (religious, spiritual, emotional, whatever) has big plans for you. It’s exciting.

Don’t be afraid to embrace uncertainty. Shake fear’s hand and say, “Hello, nice to meet you, but I’m doing just fine over here, thank you.”

When life gets crazy, when my perfectly plotted plans go awry and when I feel I have zero control or say in my future, I’m choosing trust. (Because, come on, really…who CHOOSES fear?)

Let’s discuss: do you trust that some force out there has a bigger plan for you than you have for yourself?

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