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3 Lessons Marie Forleo Taught me

3 Lessons Marie Forleo Taught me

Marie Forleo is awesome! She’s vivacious, wise and has got so much style! In fact we love her style so much, we actually wrote to her stylist! It’s one of our dreams to have Marie wear Dfynorm on Marie Tv For those of you who don’t know her, Marie is an inspiring life coach who helps […]

Marie Forleo is awesome! She’s vivacious, wise and has got so much style! In fact we love her style so much, we actually wrote to her stylist! It’s one of our dreams to have Marie wear Dfynorm on Marie Tv :)

For those of you who don’t know her, Marie is an inspiring life coach who helps people address their internal blocks, provides nuggets of actionable business advice and helps them create a business they love. She’s come a long way going from an aspiring hip-hop dancer, a fitness expert to a game changing life coach. She worked her way to the top and re-invented herself as her brand achieved the cult status it has.

I got to know about Marie when Hasina shared a video of hers with me. It was her personality that hooked me first, and then her message. She cracks me up sometimes and that must be why what she says hits home!

Here are 3 of my favorite videos and the Why.

How to fast track the life you want (click to watch the video)

It is a very honest and vulnerable question by Laurie who says that although she is motivated and works towards her goal, she cant help this gnawing feeling that ‘the now is not good enough’.

I could SO relate to that question! I took a life changing decision the last year, moving from a demanding job to the demanding role of entrepreneurship. It was incredibly exciting but after the honeymoon period of ideation, reality struck! Building a fashion brand is tough enough but building a conscious and impact driven fashion brand is Bloody TOUGH. Building solid foundations meant making tough decisions like – Let us create our own production unit to ensure fair treatment and exquisite quality. Especially after sampling with a few places, I was quite sure I wanted a process I could control.

Mumbai is a lot like NYC especially when it comes to real estate prices. So I leased out our production facility on the outskirts of the city – a bigger place which we could afford. Our operations manager lived right next to our facility so he could be there to run the show every day while Ankita (our designer) and I visited a few times a week to sample, to ideate and plan the pipeline.

But the physical scramble in the last year, running from unit to the dye-ing houses, visiting umpteen fabric markets to source  fabrics and something as tiny as a button, was not easy. There were times when I wondered why I was doing so much, was it worth it, is it going to even count. There were a lot of times when my father would look at me bewildered as I walked in at midnight saying ‘So you left your demanding job to take up something even more demanding? Well done!’ or ‘Why didn’t you just do the MBA!’

And you know the times when someone tells you the exact things that are playing in your head, that you lash out and say ‘That’s so unfair!’ and you are half crying because that voice in your head just changed teams! Yes…its that time, when I found this video. Phew long story but it came when I needed it.

Showing up fully exactly where you are is the fastest way to get where you want to go.”

I had chosen this path and I was building my hustle-muscle for the grand finale. Now I needed to flip that voice in my head. As Marie puts it, “All pain comes from resisting the moment”. As if it wasn’t hard enough working hard, I was making it harder by resisting it. So that was my AHA moment – Make is-ness your business people! 

2. Feeling behind in your life  (click to watch the video)

Need I even explain what this video is about?

I know that a ton of us relate to this feeling, one of feeling ‘behind’, so don’t bother booing me when I say I sometimes feel behind in my life. Albums of amazing travels, delectable cuisines which sometimes are hand made, celeb spotting, accomplishments, weddings, romances, adorable babies… and part of me is wondering – why is that missing in My life? Yes, grass on Facebook is the best green there ever is so don’t even look at your grass.

This is what the second video is about. I like how she calls it a sickness, one which you can heal yourself of. But it is a conscious choice that needs to be exercised daily.

If you feel you aren’t where you need to be …then stop and do this. Adore your Detour. Think of it as a road trip. You know when you are driving with friends and you spot this river and someone says, hey lets go wade in that for a bit. Everyone’s game and a lot of photographs later, you realize ‘we are never reaching the destination by 5pm as planned! Who’s great idea was this!’ But everyone’s had a great time and not-so-secretly you did too. (So sometimes, detours are fun and sometimes getting there sooner isn’t always better). Trust the timing of your life.

 

Or when you just want to have a song trip instead

 

Go cold turkey on comparing yourself with someone else’s path. Whenever you catch yourself doing the compare game STOP and tell yourself Where you are is exactly where you need to be.

Sometimes when people tell you these things you want to bite their head off. What do they know, do they even know what I am going through. No they don’t…But the fact that you are where you are is because you made that choice or are making that choice. It is your choice and that is powerful. So move. or Stay.

3. The super simple 4 minute productivity habit – Planning the day out the night before.

This has worked tremendously well for me. I scribble whatever I have in mind for the next day onto Evernote (I simply LOVE this app!) I dump it there but its now off my head and onto my computer’s. Then I wake up in the morning and organize them, format them by adding checkboxes, move them around in terms of priority and let it sink in. Then I Attack.

These are my favorite lessons from Marie but there’s so many bite sized action points on her Channel.  To sign off, I’ll echo her signature line – Stay on your game. Keep going for your dreams. The world needs that special gift that only You have.

 

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Cheers

 

 

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