We’ve all had those days where nothing seems to go right. It’s 2 PM at the office and nowhere near time to go home for the day. You’re slumped over your desk, your to-do list at your internship is growing by the minute, and you just realized you’re late for a meeting.
It can feel like you just need to crawl into bed and start focusing on networking and personal branding again tomorrow. Don’t give up just yet, The Brand Girls has three quick ways you can build mental strength and push through it instead:
PAUSE: Take a second to take a break, close your eyes and allow your mind to be still.
BREATHE: Time Magazine shares the results of a study on breathing patterns, which found that breathing actually has the power to change the mind or state of the mind. Wow! What more of a reason do you need to stop and take a deep breath right now?
REMEMBER PERSPECTIVE IS EVERYTHING: Inc.com lists perspective as one of their 18 Powerful Ways to Build Your Mental Toughness and at The Brand Girls we couldn’t agree more.
It’s easy to get caught up + overwhelmed in the moment, but rest assured that it’s just a moment. Remember that in the grand scheme of things, this one moment probably won’t be make it or break it. Stay focused and conquer the day!
You’re making your way through the first month of the new year with stride when the inevitable happens: you slip up on your professional goals.
It’s easy to freak out about the first mistake you make on your way to a big goal, but don’t worry, The Brand Girls is here with three ways to regroup after a professional setback.
1. Don’t panic.
Whether it was putting in extra hours to land a new client or impressing your boss with a new idea at your first job, no matter what your professional goals were - you can still turn things around.The most important first step is to not panic or overreact.
Remember, it’s called a slip up for a reason. No one is perfect!
2. Adjust your original goals.
Look back at your original goals and try to figure out where things went wrong. It’s okay to change your goals if things aren’t working or they no longer feel realistic! At The Brand Girls, we’re all about progress, not perfection.
3. Get back on track.
Don’t: Spend too much time on what you did wrong. You’ll stress yourself out and want to quit even more.
Do: Take the time to think about what you will do differently to prevent this type of setback in the future + get right back on track. Team BG knows you’ve got this!
With the new year comes resolutions that can be hard to keep. Colleges courses, the search for summer internships, and career building can all can all quickly pile up, getting in the way...of following through on your resolutions. The Brand Girls wants to help you be successful this year! Here are three easy ways to hold yourself accountable for your New Year’s Resolutions.
1. Say it out loud.
Tell a friend or family member about your resolutions. You are much more likely to do what you said because you know someone could will be watching!
2. Write it out
Write your resolutions on a piece of paper and put it in a place you look at everyday such as the bathroom mirror. This will help remind you of the promise you made yourself and will motivate you to follow through. This is one of our favorite ways to motivate ourselves at The Brand Girls!
3. Have an incentive
Let’s be honest, we all like getting rewards. When setting your resolutions, think of something you really want to do/have and make it your incentive. Say to yourself “When I do ____, I will reward myself by ____.” This will not only hold you accountable, but it will keep you excited about your resolutions.
The Brand Girls team loves helping you succeed. We wish you the best of luck in 2018 and hope you will use these tips to hold yourself accountable for your New Year's Resolution!
The holidays are quickly approaching, which can be exciting, but also overwhelming. You may have final exams, endless to-do lists piled up on your desk (and in your purse, and in your car, and on your phone), and year end goals to meet. Help!
It’s hard to believe the new year is almost here, but there’s no need to stress with our three easy tips for kicking off 2018 on a high note.
1. Plan, Plan, Plan
If you don’t already have one, it’s time to buy your 2018 desk calendar, planner, whatever works for you. Go through each month and write down important dates, prior commitments, potential vacations - anything you can already fill in.
Then pick one goal for each month and write. it. down. Bonus points if your goals all tie into your New Year’s Resolution. For example, if your New Year’s Resolution for 2018 is to slow down - maybe your January goal is to read a new book, your February goal is to do one thing for self-care each day, and so on.
Pro tip: Put these dates and goals in your phone too! Set a reminder that you’re halfway to your January goal of reading 2 books a month! It’ll give you a much-needed boost if you’ve gotten off track.
2. Build up your support
According to Harvard Business Review, you can’t achieve your goals without the right support - and we completely agree. If you really want to reach your goals this year, get ready to recruit some help. While they don’t have to achieve the same goals as you - your S.O., family, best friends, coworkers, gym buddies and mentors all play a role in keeping you on track.
On the days when you’re tempted to reach for the TV remote instead of a book, these people are going to help hold you accountable.
Make sure your team of supporters knows exactly what your goals are - and why you want to reach them. This team can play a huge part in your success, so choose your support wisely.
3. Hold yourself accountable
Having others hold you accountable can be really helpful, but don’t forget to hold yourself accountable too! Entrepreneur recommends doing this by tracking your progress - it will help you see how far you’ve come, but also remind you of how far you have to go.
Here’s an easy way to do this: Pick one day a month to “check in.” (The first or last of each month is usually easiest to remember!).
Create a Google Sheet or Google Doc that you go to on your check in days and update the status of each goal. At the end of the year, it’s nice to see how much progress you’ve made in 12 months - and it’s all in one place.
Say it with us “2018 is going to be my year.” Now, go make it happen!