Happy New Year! Do You Have the Tools to Start the Year Off Right?

Happy New Year! Do You Have the Tools to Start the Year Off Right?

Happy New Year! It’s an opportunity we get every 365 days. What a great feeling! A new year, a new perspective, and a fresh start.

As a new year begins, many people make resolutions in an effort to better themselves. However, I don’t necessarily like resolutions. Resolutions tend to set people up for disappointment. So, instead of making resolutions again this year, set goals. 

To be honest, I’ve never used to spend time to sit down and set goals for myself. Of course, I always had an “idea” of what I wanted to do each year but that’s pretty much it. So, when I sat down to write out my personal and professional goals for next year, I realized that I had NO idea how to do it. What was I supposed to do? What was the point?  None. However, it’s something that I needed to figure it out and figure out quick. 

Enter, John Maxwell. 

How Successful People Think

John Maxwell is the New York Times bestselling author of How Successful People Think. In his book, Maxwell’s advice really hit home. He encourages people to be “big-picture thinkers.” Big picture thinkers keep broader, bottom-line goals in mind no matter what the task is and no matter how big or small it is. He states that “the purpose of a goal is to focus your attention and give direction, not to identify a final destination.” Finally, something that makes sense! Set smaller goals to reach your bigger goal–GENIUS! 

So, as I sit down to set my goals for the new year, I now have a plan. My smaller goals will allow me to reach my bigger goals.  I have my goals written down and for the first time in forever– I know what I need to do and I know what I must do in order to get there. There is a lot less “I wonder” and “I hope” thoughts filling my head and to be honest, it feels good. I am approaching the new year with the confidence and tools that I need to be successful. What a great feeling. 

Whether you are beginning a fitness routine, creating a better plan of attack for meal planning, or yes, tackling the task of running your own business–set goals, stay the path and remain mentally clear. You can do it!

Check out these 5 Tips on Setting REALISTIC Resolutions!

Here’s to an amazing New Year! Cheers!

Ditch Your To Do’s. Start Thinking Results

Ditch Your To Do’s. Start Thinking Results

How to Ditch Your To Do’s and Start Thinking in Results!??

I have struggled for years feeling like I would always get so close to what I wanted, and then, I don’t know how else to explain it, but I just couldn’t get there.

What the heck was going on?

I could start the engine, but boy oh boy, why was it not taking me across the finish line?

Maybe you can relate. You see the vision, you know what needs to happen (at least most of it), you get it started, then WAMO! Something happens and all this other stuff starts to get in the way.

I mean, sure, it’s kind of important stuff. But none of it ever seems to help you reach your goal. There is just always MORE stuff piling up.

Yesterday morning I was gently reminded this morning that it’s not about a to-do list it’s about a results list.

For most of my life, including most of my adult life so far, I’ve only looked at the tasks in front of me.

AKA the overwhelming mountain that is just about impossible to climb up.

I pondered for a quite some time about the idea of looking at what you want versus what needs to be done.

And was reminded again just yesterday morning, through a morning motivation, that looking at the tasks in front of you as to-do items- already frustrated, complicates things, and build an even bigger mountain.

It’s like: “Someone help me, I’m drowning!”

But here’s the kicker and it’s not fancy. Things don’t change because of external circumstances. Things change because of internal circumstances. 

Roots to Rise Results Based Blog Post Hope Zvara

Where instead, if you think about the results that you want to happen in your life. And then ask yourself, what do I need to do to get there?

Work backwards.
One small thing at a time.

And stay away from unsupportive people. It’s an energy suck and YES! You will lose momentum.

Your focus is no longer all on the items that you have not yet done.
But on the positive result of that what you want to achieve.

Not to mention how many of us always pick the easiest to do list items and avoid the big ones that are going to push us towards our Dream results anyways?

I know I do this.

Why work on a big project proposal when I can clean the kitchen?

Sound familiar

Total transparency… My brain often wants to choose the easier tasks, because then if by chance I fail, I’ve already protected myself from it.

I’ve had to train my brain to just start looking at life this way. To stop sympathizing with the side of me that likes the overwhelm, that validates my frustration with a mounting to do list. And a poor me mentality.

?What do I want?
?What are the results I’m trying to achieve?
?If I keep my eyes focused there, I’m going to stay more positive, and probably make better choices.

Remember this, change is hard. But it’s not impossible. It’s only impossible if you’ve already told yourself it’s going to be…

So today make it a point to physically write out your “Results List”... What do you want!? Keep that list handy and in easy sight. And when you start to engage in tasks, ask yourself “are these tasks, activities moving me towards my end game? Towards what I want most?”

After you write out your Results List reflect on why you want these things in the first place.

I wanted to land a big partner for my Mother Trucker Yoga company. I had one in mind. I thought about that partner all the time. And knew that would be a home run for me. Everything I was doing I was working to gain the notice and respect of that company. Then I landed an opportunity to work with them on a trial basis. I could have felt defeated in that I had to do a lot more than I had thought initially. And it was frustrating at times. It could have been easier to just do the minimum required. And when I got frustrated, I a few times found myself doing things that had nothing to do with landing this partnership.

HOPE WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU DOING! I got so overwhelmed in those moments with other things, that in the end didn’t really matter. And would actually go away, and get handled later if I could land this partnership. But I let myself get distracted by those small tasks. Because achieving those small tasks gave me temporary happiness. Where climbing that mountain towards my BIG WIN, required a bit more grit.

So remember:

Think results not tasks.

Think results no to do lists.

Think results no instant gratification.

Think results…


Essential Oils to Improve the Workplace

Essential Oils to Improve the Workplace

Stressed out?

Smelly, stuffy office air, back pain, focus & concentration are real concerns. Most people seldom truly solve these problems, they just find temporary relief. But here’s the great thing!

Essential oils are an amazing way to boost immunity, de-stress, clear the air (literally), and YES, help ditch that nagging neck or backache.

What if one essential oil could make all the difference? Here are Essential Oils to get you through any situation at work:

1. Stress

Work can sometimes be less than pleasant, especially when you have deadlines and other people to please. Help curb that stressful environment RIGHT NOW with essential oils.

Suggested Essential Oils for Calming & Stress Relief:

  1. Lavender
  2. Geranium
  3. Stress Away (a Young Living Blend)
  4. Chamomile
  5. Peace & Calming (a Young Living Blend)
  6. Jasmine
  7. Citrus, Lemon, Lime

2. Stinky Smell

That smell. You know the one that is always lingering, and you just can’t figure out where it’s coming from, but it’s there and less than pleasant. Or maybe it’s (gulp) a co-worker, the frig, or a neighboring business. No matter what, smells can interact with our ability to focus and concentrate. Let essential oils help.

Suggested Essential Oils for Cleaning the Air:

  1. Lemon
  2. Lemongrass
  3. Thieves (a Young Living Blend)
  4. Cypress
  5. Tea Tree
  6. Eucalyptus

3. Sad Sally/ A Case of the Mondays

As much as we want to love life every day, and keep the positive vibe going. Some days are just harder than others. The right aromatherapy and oils can aid in boosting your mood and helping the day to feel a bit brighter.

Suggested Aromatherapy for Mood Boosting:

  1. Ginger
  2. Stress Away (Young Living Bend)
  3. Lemon
  4. Peppermint
  5. Bergamont
  6. Orange
  7. Ylang Ylang
  8. Sandalwood

4. Soreness

Maybe it was the softball game over the weekend, or the fall you accidentally took outside the front door, or all that sitting you have been doing. Your body hurts. And that will impact your work production if not addressed. Applying essential oils is a great way to kick that nagging pain to the curb.

Suggested Essential Oils for Pain Relief:

  1. Peppermint
  2. Cypress
  3. Balsam Fir
  4. Wintergreen
  5. PanAway (Young Living Blend)
  6. Deep Relief (Young Living Blend)
  7. Basil
  8. Lavender


Adding essential oils into your work routine is an easy and effective way to boost your work environment and feel more like yourself.

The best part: when you use them, everyone benefits. What if one oil could make all the difference?

How about you?  Do you use essential oils at work? 

Please share in the comments section below!

Learn about diffusing and personal application contact Hope directly for a private presentation. How not all essential oils are created equal.

Or how to get essential oils for your own use-contact Hope!

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