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The Impactivity Podcast

Shift your natural productivity as a woman into something better by discovering your unique, God-given adventure and pursuing that work with passion, balance and joy. Impactivity blends faith, work, and joy into a life of lasting impact.

Creating Rewards that Motivate

how to set up habits you'll actually finish

What if the only rewards for good habits that feel motivating are actually unhealthy for you?‌ Even though we understand the powerful benefit of creating habits and routines for ourselves, sometimes figuring out a "reward" that will motivate those habits can be tricky. 


In this episode, Tracy and Rachel discuss the importance of rewards in setting up habits, the challenge of creating powerful-but-healthy rewards, and a ton of ideas to get us started with this critical skill. 

Want more ideas? If you're challenged by the idea of creating powerfully-motivating but healthy rewards for yourself, download the Rewards Idea Generator below. It will give you lots of ideas, plus questions to create your own rewards, customized to fit you best.

Take Time to Celebrate

it's important to recognize the wins

When was the last time you celebrated something you'd achieved, or the growth and change in your life? Often we're so quick to jump to the next project on the list that we don't take the time to appreciate what's already been done. But celebrating is an important part of Impactivity-living, as challenging and overlooked as it might be.

In this episode, Tracy and Rachel talk about the reluctance to celebrate our wins, the importance of it, and how we can get strategic and practical about finding more joy in the pursuit of our Dream.

If you'd like more help with incorporating the celebration of your wins each week, download the Weekend Watershed below. It's a process of both reviewing and planning that you can use each weekend, to both look back and look forward, including taking time to celebrate and be grateful for what you've done and how you've grown.


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Clutter is Sabotaging Your Dream

practical tips for getting free of stuff

Have you ever realized how much your cluttered spaces are holding you back from pursuing your Dream? It's not uncommon to feel like we can't move forward in what God's calling us to do because we haven't gotten on top of what we already have. 


In this episode, Tracy and Rachel discuss how we ended up in this situation, some practical tips for dealing with clutter, and some timely encouragement about why it's so critical to our Dream.

‌If you're feeling a bit disorganized and cluttered, and would like a bit more help, download the Declutter Resource below. It's a roundup of our favorite tips, tricks, and links to the most effective decluttering advice we've found, to help you get free and make room for your Dream.


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How to Find God's Dream for my Life

understanding my will vs. God's will

Thinking about a Dream for our life sometimes makes us worry that we've strayed from God's will for our life. Are they always different? How do we know?

In this episode, Tracy and Rachel discuss the challenge of understanding how our Dreams fit into God's will.

If you'd like some help with beginning to understand yourself, so you can bring that understanding to God with your questions about His will, download the Dream Circles exercise below. It will walk you through a short process of identifying truth about how God has uniquely created you for a purpose.

Download the Exercise

Finding Your Circles of Connection

how to set expectations in relationship

Relationships can exist at all different levels, from shallow to deep. But true connection is having people who know you well and are committed to living life alongside you. 


In this episode, Tracy and Rachel discuss how various "circles of connection" can give you freedom to go deep with only a few people, rather than either hiding your true self or giving too much of yourself away.

If you'd like a bit more help with creating these circles in your life, download the Connection Circles resource below. It will help you define the people you'd include and give you a resource you can share with others, that might help get the conversation started, either in a group or one-on-one.


DOWNLOAD CONNECTION CIRCLES

Make Time for Mental Rest

Why it's hard to quiet our minds

For productive, achieving types, all kinds of anxieties start swirling when we try to take time to rest. The to-do list, our many opportunities, and all the creative ideas tempt us to never slow down.

 In this episode, Tracy and Rachel talk about the need for mental rest, what it looks like, and how to get it.

If silence, reflection, and mental “downtime” are a challenge for you, try downloading the journaling sheet we’ve created below.  It will give you some brief encouragement to take the mental breaks you need, and a simple way to record both the obstacles you hit and the benefits you gained from a few days of intentional mental break times.

 

DOWNLOAD THE MENTAL REST JOURNAL

Get More Time through Delegation

how off-loading tasks multiplies time for the Adventure

When a lack of time to pursue our God-given Dream becomes a real issue, it’s a chance to involve others in our work. By learning to automate tasks and delegate others, we free up time and expand the opportunities of other people.

In this episode, Tracy and Rachel discuss how to know when it’s time to get help, and practical ways to make it happen.

If you’d like more information on automating through technology, grab the free resource below. It will give you tips & tricks, plus some links to helpful information online.


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The Perfect Amount of Design

help for under-planners and over-planners to figure out balance

Most of us are plagued by either a tendency to over-plan our projects (and never get started), or under-plan our projects (and never get started!). Our personalities dictate this tendency, but how can we push back and find the perfect amount of planning?  

In this podcast episode, Tracy and Rachel discuss a terrific metaphor for getting that to-do list to just the right length.

If you're challenged by either over-planning or under-planning, download the simple planning tool below to easily create a doable plan for the coming week.

Download the tool

You're Worth the Dream

how worrying about self-worth can shackle us

How do we balance a desire to live humbly and not be too focused on ourselves with the need to truly understand and appreciate our gifts and strengths, so that we can live out our purpose and pursue our God-given Dreams? 

In this podcast episode, Tracy and Rachel discuss getting Unshackled from the bondage of either a poor self-image or a refusal to even develop a self-image at all.

Want to think further about what the Bible truly says about this issue? Download the 5-Day Exploration of Self-Worth below and take some time this week to get a better understanding.

Download the Exploration

Don't Feel Pressured by Your Dream

why the dream sometimes feels stressful

What happens when all this “Dream” talk starts to feel like pressure, and you worry that you should’ve figured it all out by now? When it comes to deciding your next steps, how fast is fast enough? How slow is too slow?

In this episode, Tracy and Rachel discuss “figuring it out” from two very different perspectives, and ask questions about what to do when the uncertainty starts to feel like stress.

Share how figuring out your Dream might be causing you stress: impactivity.com/stories

How Do I Create Connection?

podcast explaining how to carve out time for relationships

It’s critical to create deep connections with other like-minded people who will understand and support the Dream that God has given us, the adventure of the life we are living, at the same time we are supporting them.

But creating these connections is challenging – both finding the time and finding the right people.

We’ll talk about how to choose, how to schedule, and how to make the time meaningful.

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How Do I Make the Most Out of Downtime?

podcast brainstorming great ways to enjoy time off

You’ve finally set aside some time for you, time to relax. Is it selfish? Nevermind that, what in the world are you supposed to do with that downtime?

Suddenly you’re feeling restless, or bored, or even sleepy.

In this episode we’ll get honest about the challenges of “time off” and how to make the most out of every minute.

Download Recharge in 1 Hour or Less

Why Can't I Stay Focused?

podcast exploding productivity with better focus

Often we lament the slow progress we’re making on pursuing the dream that we feel God is calling us to. Life is so busy, and everything seems to get in the way. We just can’t focus.  Every time we try to get down to business and do the work, something else seems to crop up. Sometimes it’s external circumstances, sometimes it’s internal. We need to get clarity on exactly what is happening to our focus before we can do something about it. And there are things we can do! We’ll discuss the problem and four solutions in this episode.

Download Your Weekly Focus Commitment

Why Am I Making Slow Progress on My Dream?

podcast offering solutions on how to make better progress

Big dreams, big plans… often things don’t go as we hope. For lots of reasons, including some we have trouble identifying, we aren’t making progress as quickly as we think we should. 

We’ll talk about some of those reasons, especially the hidden ones, and how to get past them so we can see fantastic progress on the dreams that God is calling us to.

Download the checklist of areas to evaluate to make better progress.

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Where Do I Get the Money to Pursue My Dream?

podcast suggesting ways to fund our dreams

One of the most-often cited reasons for delaying the pursuit of our dream is the lack of money. But is money truly the issue, or is there something deeper? And if a lack of money really is stopping us, what practical steps can we take to get past this significant obstacle?

In this episode we discuss why, when, and how to figure out the money-stuff.

Download the summary of questions and answers to work through in the days to come.

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How Do I Measure Success?

podcast asking how we know if the dream is a success

As people interested in achieving and getting things done, but also interested in following God’s desire for our lives, we sometimes get tripped up by how to measure success, what even constitutes success, and whether it’s materialistic or unspiritual to measure success at all.

We tackle those questions in this episode, and try to get at the heart of what success looks like for people who are building or creating something out of their dream.

Download the 6-Step Guide to Pursuing Your Dream for some inspiration around discovering and embracing your unique adventure.

Download the 6-step guide

Why Do I Feel Alone in my Dream?

podcast asking why connection is so vital to dreams

Do you sometimes feel like you’re in this thing alone? Pursuing your God-given Dream can be isolating at times. It’s easy to get bogged down by fear and confusion when we lack the support of others.

We’re talking in this episode about the problem with doing life alone, the benefits of having a group of supportive people, and how to find or create a group like this yourself.

Download this tip sheet with lots of great ideas for creating a group.

Download the tip sheet

Why Do I Feel Guilty When I Relax?

podcast tackling the challenge we face in slowing down

We’d love to slow down, but there’s so much to do, and when we try to kick back, feelings of guilt start creeping in.  “I should be doing more, downtime is selfish, people need me…”  So many reasons to keep pushing.

But Recharging is a very important part of Impactivity. How can we make time for it, without all the guilt that goes with it? The answer might surprise you.

After the podcast, you might want to download this free guide. It’s like a mini-vacation for your soul.

Download Recharge Your Life In One Hour

How Do I Organize My Day?

podcast uncovering ways to increase time and energy to get more done

Often we start the day with great intentions to be productive, but then find ourselves scattered, running out of time, or running out of energy before it all gets done.

In this episode, we talk about ways to increase both our time and our energy so that the work happens more effortlessly.

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Help! My Goals are Stressing Me Out!

podcast examining whether goals are useful or problematic

It’s natural and logical to set goals, especially when you’re getting started on a dream. But in this episode, we talk about whether we actually need goals at all, how they make us crazy, and how we can think differently to find joy and peace in pursuing our Dreams.

If you're worried that you'll never get anything done without the external pressure of goal-setting, download the tool on this page and give it a shot the next time you find yourself procrastinating.

Get The Procrastination Eliminator

What Am I Waiting For?

podcast fighting through six reasons we wait to pursue a dream

Even after we've glimpsed the dream God’s given us, something we feel like He’s calling us to step into, we hesitate.  Time goes by, and we find ourselves weeks, months, or even years down the road with that dream still tucked away.  

In this episode we fight through six reasons we often wait to pursue a dream, and how to kick them!

Download the "cheat sheet" below, and take a few minutes after the podcast to listen to this piece of music: music to meditate on.

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Am I Really Allowed to Dream?

podcast wrestling with questions we have about pursuing a dream

Is it selfish to pursue a dream?  Does it mean we are discontent with our life? In this episode, we'll wrestle through some of the reasons we often feel like we're not really allowed to have a dream for our life.

Download the "cheat sheet" notes below, along with some specific advice on what to do with those misgivings.

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