Blogs by RAYMA Team

Stop Procrastinating and Start Working: 3 Steps to Stop the Procrastination Cycle

Jul 20, 2020

by, Raychel Perman 

Procrastinating is strange, isn’t it? We actively avoid the things that will bring us more clarity, happiness, and success in our lives and businesses. And instead focus on the tasks that make us feel busy but are not as important to complete.  

Why do we do that? It only creates more confusion and overwhelm! Thankfully, there are some things you can do to stop procrastinating immediately. Yes, immediately! But, first let’s talk about why people procrastinate.

It turns out understanding your WHY is key to stopping the procrastination cycle. Procrastination is complex and different people procrastinate for different reasons. According to an article called, Why People Procrastinate: The Psychology and Causes of Procrastination, we need self-control and motivation to help us get a project done. However, we also have all kinds of factors that demotivate and hinder us. When what hinders and demotivates us outweighs our self-control...

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How to Recognize Burnout Before it Happens

Jun 10, 2020

By, Raychel Perman

Have you ever experienced burnout? Many busy professionals have! Burnout is caused by excessive or prolonged stress that eventually causes emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion. Because it is gradual, and does not happen overnight, we can easily miss the early signs of burnout. However, if we catch it early, we can prevent it all together. Let’s talk about it.

According to a Gallop study, burnout is reaching crisis levels for full time workers. “Nearly 7,500 full-time employees found that 23% of employees reported feeling burned out at work very often or always, while an additional 44% reported feeling burned out sometimes. That means about two-thirds of full-time workers experience burnout on the job.” https://www.gallup.com/workplace/237059/employee-burnout-part-main-causes.aspx

That’s a huge amount of the workforce! Of course, you can bring yourself back from full on burnout. But, why not catch it sooner if you know the early...

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A Message to Coaches and Leaders Who Help People Improve Their Lives

Jun 03, 2020

By: Mandy B. Anderson

My heart is heavy with the weight of what is happening in the world around me right now. Rather than try to write an amazing blog post with the right amount of words and keywords and catchy phrases that will help the Google find it, I want to speak from the heart. So here goes...

A few days ago in my community a well-known Wellness Coach and Fitness Trainer made a video that went viral. It went viral for all the wrong reasons. Over the course of three days it had over 80,000 views, 1,000 plus comments, and more shares than I could count before the person that screenshot the video and shared it finally took it down.

In this video she fat-shamed a manager of a food-coop claiming that she can’t do her job because she is obese. At the root of her accusations was outrage at the fact that a friend of hers just lost the job that this new manager was taking over.

I watched the video.

I was not surprised at the bold opinions of this leader because I’ve known...

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4 Simple Steps to Kick Resistance Today

May 19, 2020

By Raychel Perman

Being able to kick resistance (and it’s best friend, procrastination!)  is an essential skill for all business owners and busy professionals. Well, for all people really. So WHY is it so hard? Simply put, we resist acting because we think it is going to be hard, time-consuming, boring, or a variety of other reasons.

"Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in, day out"

- Robert Collier

Even if we know that completing the task is necessary and important (and maybe even good for us, like sit ups for example) we resist completing it. Why? Because you cannot overcome resistance or procrastination with sheer willpower alone. If you could- you would have by now. You need a plan with simple steps to activate anytime resistance rears it’s ugly head.  

Here are 4 simple steps to kick resistance today:

#1- Break it down.

You are more likely to complete a big task you have been avoiding if you break it down into smaller steps. Small action...

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Video: 3 Strategic Thoughts To Not Shrink Back During COVID-19

Mar 31, 2020
 

Now is the time to move into the season of embracing our new normal. For the foreseeable future, this is real. It is here. How are we going to deal with it?

We no longer have the luxury as leaders, as parents, as spouses, as employers and employees to sit around in the trauma and the chaos of what’s going on and making it our excuse to not get used to this new normal. Nobody wants to do it. Nobody asked for a complete turnaround from what we knew to be normal. However, the fact is that it is here, and it is not going to change anytime soon. So instead of sitting around, waiting for somebody to let you know it’s time to come out of the house and then you’ll start getting back on track with your goals, make the choice to rise up. Something is shifting in the atmosphere and the overcomers are rising up. The overcomers are ready.

Now is the time to create a new normal. It is no longer the time to be sitting in the sorrow and pain of what’s going on. Be aware. Do...

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10 Ways to Pivot During Uncertain Times

Mar 16, 2020

Pivot.

In basketball it means to keep one foot in place while holding the ball and moving the other foot one step in any direction. The purpose of a pivot is to gain a positional advantage.

Right now, as of March 16, 2020, the United States is pivoting. Everywhere you look online, we see teams big and small pivoting. Some are panicking like Ross on F.R.I.E.N.D.S. screaming "Pivot! Pivot!" while getting metaphorically stuck on a staircase with a couch wedged against the wall because they are giving in to fear and panic. Others are handling it much better.

How do we make this pivot in a way that is to our advantage as a nation? As a state? As a community? As a Leader in our sphere of influence?

First, we realize that right now we need to pivot. We might not be able to physically go into the spaces we normally do, but we can still show up and be present right where we are.

At home.

Online.

Realize that pivoting is an offensive position. That's what we as a country are doing right now....

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Your YES Matters!

Mar 10, 2020

What does it actually mean when you say YES to something?

Most people don’t think about the ramifications of their YES.

YES is a long game. When we say yes to something, we have to follow through on it even when we don’t feel like it. It usually ends up being weeks or months later that we have to walk through the completion of that yes and we don’t think about the responsibilities that will be involved.

Every time we say yes to something, we should be thinking about whether or not we have the capacity in our life to follow through with it. So let’s consider this…

If you say YES to being a leader, you are saying YES to working on your own issues and character even when it is uncomfortable. Why? Because people like to follow people that can lead themselves first. We typically don’t like following people that say one thing and do another.  To be an effective leader, you must be able to lead yourself first. Your YES matters.

We need to face this! A...

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Practice NOW so you’re ready WHEN

Feb 25, 2020

What you speak out loud, matters. You’ve got to practice telling yourself the right things BEFORE you get in the game. Because by the time you get to the game, it’s too late.

Some people call this practicing affirmations. We call it Truth Statements®. And it’s important for a reason: Truth Statements® help you build a strong mindset.

The number one person that we believe, is ourself! What we tell ourselves matters. It matters that you have a strong mindset based on truth and not lies and negativity. Many of us struggle with the lies and negative thoughts. Studies are crazy when we compare how often we think things that just aren’t true.

Here’s the lie: some people think you will just KNOW what to say in the moment without practicing and being prepared. They gather content and memes on social media and it just sits in their social media space but they don’t actually practice SPEAKING IT out loud for their own ears to hear. They think they...

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Build Resilience by Changing the Tape

Oct 17, 2019
 

Want to have More Resilience? Change the Tape. 

By Raychel Perman

Resilient people bounce back from adversity. They are self-aware. They practice acceptance. They are OK with not having all the answers and they take care of themselves. They are flexible and don’t let adversity keep them down for long.

But how?

Enter cognitive restructuring. It’s one way you can develop more resilience.

A very useful technique that identifies inaccurate negative thoughts and then challenge and change them. It’s a practice derived from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and it helps you reduce depression, stress, anxiety, and cope with difficult events.

CBT is one of the most effective psychological treatments for common problems like depression, anxiety disorders, and binge eating. (Psychology today)

To put it simply, you need to think about what your thinking about. And change the tape if it’s not accurate. Let’s talk about 3 common negative and...

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