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Eleanor Beaton

If you feel like you are constantly running short on time, and your lack of hours in the day is holding you back from creating the results you desire, please read this.

When I was a teenager, I really wanted to get accepted into an elite international school. Canada offered 3 spots to the school and I wanted one of them. 

The school offered a 2-year program, and I would start at age 17. I was 14 when I decided I wanted to go. So I had 3 years to prepare. 

My dream was big and possibility-filled. I visualized myself at the school, imagined how it would change my life. I allowed myself to get very, very clear on my goal, and I allowed myself to desire it completely.

There were some obstacles — some of my friends were getting into dating and partying and I recognized that, in my case, boys and booze could pose a serious threat to my goal, so I gently cleared away those obstacles.

Then I identified 3 steps I’d need to take in order to have a chance. I’d need to get very good grades. I’d need to prove I had leadership skills. I’d need to demonstrate I was community-oriented. 

Each year, I’d identify some activities in these “buckets” and do them. In the end, I realized my “impossible dream.”

Somewhere in adulthood, I got disconnected from the wisdom of my plucky 14-year-old self.

I gradually oriented myself more to the “take action” phase, and less to the three steps that came before it. The result: time starvation and overwhelm.

I have since reclaimed the expansive, possibility-fuelled, and non-burnout inducing way of taking action that helped me so much and I wanted to share it with you.

In today’s podcast, I lay out 4 steps for taking action beautifully, consistently, with massive impact, and without mindless doing. The steps are as follows — to get the full details, you’ll need to listen to the episode…

  1. Step 1: Create the container.
  2. Step 2: Set a clear intention.
  3. Step 3: Identify and remove the obstacles.
  4. Step 4: Take action with minimum effective dosing. 🙂

I feel strongly about the importance of this episode — it has the power to make your days more productive, more joy-filled, and steeped in space and freedom. 

Enjoy it.


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