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When I Have a Tough Time Feeling Accomplished, I Do these 5 things first | Soultiply with Brittany Ritcher

Yesterday afternoon I sat down at my computer for some well-deserved Soultiply time.

I had woken up, made my smoothie, went to the gym to workout with my lovely boyfriend, (Friends at home still following the Mind, Body & Soultiply Quest ? I hope you are ready for some healthy motivation!) showered and was ready to work.

But the moment I sat down to crank out some serious inspired writing, I felt myself coming up short. I knew what I wanted to talk about, but it felt like fatigue was barreling over me like a runaway train. My mind was spinning; I just couldn’t concentrate, let alone come up with any worthwhile or helpful ideas. So I took a nap instead, and ended up feeling crabby for the rest of the day, frustrated that I couldn’t use my scarce, uninterrupted spare time to create something wondrous and helpful for my Soultiply readers.

Sleep, rest, and relaxation just seem so secondary when it comes to the amazing work that I want to share with the world, all the goals that I want to accomplish, all the people that I want to help. Who needs all the other stuff when you have that to look forward to every day?!

But that’s where I was VERY wrong, my friends.

Because I woke up this morning and I still felt caught in a creative rut. None of the whining and guilt of last night helped remove ANY of that crap.

But this time, I embraced the feeling (instead of moping around and rejecting it) and I thought, “What can I do to get around this? What do I, Brittany Ritcher, NEED today?”

And the answer popped into my brain the very moment that I allowed it – I needed to enjoy some nature, go on a nice walk through the park, and take some well-deserved downtime.

And I did exactly that.

I rounded up the boyfriend and said, “Let’s take a walk through Prospect Park!” He had never been before and it had been 5 years since I had ventured to the area, so we packed up our things and had an impromptu, adventurous day.

We saw rolling hills, dogs splashing around in the lake, small children running through the grass and enjoying the sunshine. We both found a shady spot next to a creek to relax for an hour (seriously, it didn’t even feel like the city!) and it was exactly what the doctor ordered. I felt inspired and rejuvenated upon my return.

I think as many young professionals and burgeoning entrepreneurs might relate to, it can be hard to find a stopping point in regards to our careers.

When your success is up to you, there is ALWAYS more work to be done and never enough time to do it. Especially when you are young and devoid of family responsibility, your free time is entirely up to you and your dreams are just an arm’s length away.

I remember back when I was acting , it was always so difficult for me to find a good stopping point, because there was always another audition that I could submit for, or more preparation that I could do for my character.

In fact, even now, the more I work on a project and feel inspired, the more new ideas I seem to come up with… I may cross off one thing from my to-do list, but I end up adding 3 more at the same time!

Trust me, these are delicious problems to have and I hope you have them too. But the real trick is finding the balance to stay on pace and keep your momentum, but without stumbling into the rut of good ole’ burnout.

I love to talk to my over-achievers out there .

Over-achievers oftentimes seem like they have it all figured out, but inside they may feel like their accomplishments are never enough.

Anyone else can relate?

Maybe you were the kid in school that none of your teachers worried about because they knew you were smart and could handle it. (You remember the days? Getting good grades because YOU wanted to, not because anyone was twisting your arm about it.) Maybe you try to express your frustration or doubts to others, but they scoff at you because they think it’s silly that someone as successful as you would have any worries about your future.

That’s a lot to handle alone. I want to give you the gift that can oftentimes be hard to give to yourself. I want you to stop, take a breath, and soak in the feeling of accomplishment.

First, what does it truly mean to feel accomplished?

For me, it’s when I recognize that I have made progress on something worthwhile . It’s hard to feel accomplished when you do something that you don’t care about, or something that you think is a waste of time. No, feeling accomplished comes when you conquer (or at least make progress) on something that sits near and dear to your heart, or something that is important to you and your ability to keep doing your best.

So here are 5 of my most tried-and-true ways to tap into your sense of accomplishment in order to give yourself the power you need to keep moving forward.

Brittany Ritcher When I have a tough time feeling accomplished, I do these 5 things first…

The Ultimate Tool for High-Achieving, IMPATIENT People

The Ultimate Tool for High-Achieving IMPATIENT People | Soultiply with Brittany Ritcher

So you are a go-getter, eh?

You earned good grades during school. Every day you write out your goals and to-do lists with fervor and you check off each completed task with pride. Your calendar is packed full with meetings and brunches and projects galore. You are a motivational junkie – you just can’t get enough because you know there is always more out there for you to achieve.

I feel ya! In fact… I’m right there with you!

But sometimes, there is a dark side to being a high-achiever. Sometimes the fast pace can trip you up. Sometimes it’s easy to get IMPATIENT when things slow down.

We just don’t know how to handle downtime! It isn’t in our DNA. It’s such a foreign idea, that when we do have that time to ourselves, we practically go nuts.

And it’s even worse when the downtime isn’t by choice. When the downtime comes because an idea of ours isn’t working as quickly as we would like, or we aren’t getting response on our latest endeavor, or GOD-FORBID we actually failed at something and we have to go back to the drawing board. If we don’t have something to show for ourselves in record time, we become discouraged because it doesn’t fit the standards we have set for ourselves. We’ve set the bar too high.

So how do you handle the downtime without driving yourself crazy?

The secret is learning to ALLOW. That’s all there is to it.

But I know a word like “allow” sounds really fluffy and vague and very very scary to anyone who keeps a tight schedule. So I’m going to give you 5 strategies to help you delve into the nitty-gritty of what it means to allow and how you can do it NOW .

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Say Whaaa?: 8 Communication Tools for a Drama Free Life

Say Whaaa?: 8 Communication Tools for a Drama Free Life | Soultiply with Brittany Ritcher

Do you ever look back on your schooling and think, “Now why in the world did they not offer a class on that?!”

Where was the elective on Time Management? I know I could have used a few lessons about Healing from Heartbreak. And most of all, there should have been a class about effective communication. Because Lord knows we use that skill EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

Seriously, when are we NOT communicating? Sometimes through our actions, mostly through our words…communication drives nearly everything we do. It would be pretty difficult to achieve goals, realize dreams and pursue lasting relationships without the use of effective communication.

Come to think of it, lousy communication is usually the root cause of many of our most dreaded problems! Broken relationships, misunderstandings on work projects, terrible family issues – poor communication is at the core.

So here’s what I propose – why not brush up on our communication skills? You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Because pristine communication skills not only benefit your personal and professional relationships, but they help you achieve your wildest of dreams while using less time and effort. And a whole lot less drama.

Use these 8 communication tools to become a shape-shifting communicator with clients, coworkers, loved ones and friends.

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9 Ways to Boost Career Happiness

9 Ways to Boost Career Happiness | Soultiply with Brittany Ritcher

Have you ever felt the real world give you a major SLAP IN THE FACE?

Owwww. Well… that hurt.

You know what I’m talking about – we’ve all had moments where our expectations about life were just blown out of the water, everything we thought to be true crumbled in a million little pieces and scattered off into the wind, never to be seen again…

For me, that moment came after college. It was the moment that I realized your career takes up a freakin’ LARGE AMOUNT OF YOUR LIFE.

In college – going to class, hanging with friends, studying for tests, going out to parties – these were all the activities that comprised a normal day. Life was busy, but everything was exciting and new.

I figured that when I graduated and started work, it would feel the same way, but instead of class it would be my place of employment. Not all that different, right?

So very wrong.

Staying in one building with the same people for 8…10… or 12 (sometimes longer!) hours a day turned out to be nothing like class. There are no mid-day naps. There’s rarely a change of pace. All of the sudden, you go home and realize that you only really have 4 hours or so until you start it all again . And even when you DO get home, it’s hard to keep all that work stuff from flooding your brain. There’s no off switch! Sometimes, you even DREAM about work in your sleep! Weekends go by too fast. There are no semesters to count the time. If you are unhappy in your career, this realization can feel like being hit over the head with a ton of bricks.

I learned EARLY on that if you spend the majority of your life at work, you better devote that time to a career that makes you happy.

Take a look at these 9 steps to finding happiness within your career, and start making those hours count!

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How to Succeed As A Highly Emotional Person

How to succeed as a highly emotional person Soultiply Brittany Ritcher

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Four years ago, when my boyfriend and I started dating, I sat him down and told him the blunt, honest truth. I told him, “I cry. A LOT. And I mean a lot. I cry when I’m upset, I cry when I’m happy, I cry when I stub my toe, I cry when I’m stressed. Sometimes, I cry just because I haven’t cried in a while. But I need you to realize, just because I’m crying does not mean that the world is going to end. Do you understand and accept this?” Luckily for me, he did. Crying was part of the contract.

Because I am proud to say that I recognize I am a highly emotional person. And I own it! And if you are having difficulty in day-to-day situations because of your disposition, or you feel guilty for being emotional–breathe a sigh of relief, because IT IS possible to succeed as a highly emotional person. Even if you don’t consider yourself emotional, but you spend lots of time around people who are, there are tips and tricks that you can use to navigate the ups and downs of your relationships.

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Negativity & You: Using your Whine to Shine when Making Life Decisions

Negativity & You: Using your Whine to Shine when Making Life Decisions Soultiply Brittany Ritcher Negativity could be the best thing that has ever happened to you.

Bet you don’t hear many self-development coaches say that too often, eh?

When you don’t know what you want – it can seem like the entire world is working against you.

Here you are, out in the universe, with no freaking clue what to do about your life (whether it’s a career choice, relationship advice, mid-life crisis – whatever!) and it stresses you out even more!

It’s like one huge game of hide-and-seek and you’re it. Where do you even begin?

So consider this…Knowing what you DON’T want can be just as valuable!

Here’s how you can use negativity to your advantage…

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Brittany Ritcher Negativity & You: Using your Whine to Shine when Making Life Decisions

How to Rise Above Your Age

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Age – something we all yearn for when we are little and despise when we are older. It’s this magical label that automatically tells others how long we’ve been on this earth…and leads to misinformation about what we are capable of accomplishing. How do you rise above your age? Take a look at these 7 ways to elevate yourself beyond your age and achieve great things at any time in your life.

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The Gift of Give

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Are you “Giving Constipated?” Here’s some “Giving Activia”…

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Giving is powerful stuff. So much so, that I challenge you to try to name an influential moment in your life that isn’t associated with the concept of giving in some way, shape or form. Come up empty? I sure do – giving goes right to the core. Giving is relatively simple, yet leaves such a lasting impact. When my sister was little, she used to tear her food into smaller pieces so she would have “more” and then she would give half to me. She loved to share everything –Barbies, candy, stickers – you name it. It was just so simple to her. It amazes me how children can wholeheartedly embrace the simple logic of giving, yet it takes years of strength and energy to remind ourselves of this lesson as we get older.

Are you sitting back right now and thinking, “Brittanyyyyy…I know I SHOULD be in a giving mindset, but how? What’s the point?” Hey, I don’t blame you. Sometimes it’s just plain hard to give to others. Or maybe you’ve been out of the habit of giving for so long, that you’ve forgotten how to give and how simple it can actually be. Here are some surefire ways to get your giving gears in motion.

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What if your Dreams Change?

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I was that kid that used to perform made-up skits for my family in the living room when I was two years old. I said I wanted to be an movie star in my Kindergarten time capsule. And when they opened the time capsule at high school graduation, nothing had changed; my dreams of acting were still very much alive. When most boys and girls had long forgotten their aspirations of becoming an astronaut or a firefighter, I was still vehemently in love with theatre. My room was covered in Broadway paraphernalia – it looked like a gaudy souvenir shop you would find in Times Square. I loved me some classic 90’s Nickelodeon sitcom “Taina”. Acting was IT for me.

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Brittany Ritcher What if your Dreams Change?