Kick Monday’s Ass: short circuiting the anxiety spiral

It’s time to kick Monday’s ass…

This is one of those days where I wish I had some sort of genius, inspired intro for you… and the brain is just not cooperating.

There will be days like that for you, in business and in life. The best thing you can do is give yourself grace, do your best, and get up tomorrow to try again.

That brings us to this week’s video…

Kick Monday’s Ass: short circuiting the anxiety spiral

One of the biggest business killers I know is sitting between your ears – meaning many an amazing idea has been dismissed before it was ever brought to life, simply because of the background chatter that happens in our heads.

Today I wanted to talk about 5 common anxiety spirals I see in aspiring (and even in successful) entrepreneurs – how to spot those patterns when you trip and fall in the hole, and how to break the spiral so can start moving forward with confidence (or at least sheer bull-headed determination.

It’s a little on the long-ish side (clocking in just around 17 minutes), but it’s worth the watch, especially if you’ve dealt with anxiety around starting or growing a business. Or you know, anxiety in general.

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Badass of the Week

This is more a broad recognition than any one individual or company… but I thought it was awesome that Germany is pushing for a 4-day work week to save jobs.

I’ve long thought that the 40-hour week was a relic in desperate need of revamping or retiring… especially since more hours doesn’t necessarily mean more productivity.

Hell, I killed more “on the clock” hours goofing off at my old job than I spent producing (not to say I didn’t produce – I’m pretty efficient and work fast, so I could do 40 hours’ worth of “work” in 20-25). And the kicker? When I formally proposed to that company that I work a 4-10 schedule, I was essentially shot down in flames.

And here we are a few years later not only proving work from home is doable (and in some cases ESSENTIAL), but it can be even more productive.

I hated “drive by interruptions” at the office so much that I put up a “door” at the entrance of my cube, with a note telling people I was in the zone and to email me. It worked for about 6 months until people started coming in to interrupt me anyway.

Now that I’ve been working from home for years, I’m in a comfortable rhythm of 4-6 hours of work a day. Sometimes more, sometimes less. It’s about time the “work week” shifted to reflect the modern post-industrial era.

(If you know someone who should be featured as my Badass of the Week, hit reply and tell me!)

On Repeat This Week…

“I’m gonna keep on tryin’, ’til I reach the highest ground…”

That’s right… this week is all RHCP (and their phenomenal cover of the Stevie Wonder original). This one never fails to get me pumped up and ready to tackle the world.

Hell, I’ve even got it on my workout playlist. There’s something that really pumps me up about this bass line and the overall energy. Hope it pumps you up as well!

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That’s it for now – catch you next week. Now let’s go kick some ass…

Rock on,

PLUS: Whenever you’re ready… here are 4 ways I can help:

1) Struggling to get started with your business? Feeling overwhelmed by all the options?

I’ve got something special for you… this week my friend Ashlee is hosting a virtual workshop, Escape the Hamster Wheel, this Friday, August 21.

I’ve been working with Ashlee for more than 2 years at this point, and I credit her and her team at A Squared Online with helping me get organized and cut through all the noise to get laser focused on the stuff only I can do… and outsourcing everything else.

Now she’s hosting a one-day live workshop to help you pinpoint the ONE thing your business needs to move forward and make a clear plan for addressing it.

Normally she charges $249 for this workshop, but if you register through this link you can get in for just $199. And Ashlee told me she’s got a special gift for the first five people to register… a free copy of the Fix This Next book by Mike Michalowicz. If you want clear next steps, I can’t recommend Ashlee highly enough.

2) Need more Angie rants in your life? Sprinkle some snark on that S*&$ by following me on FacebookInstagram, and YouTube.

3) Want to get better at writing? I got together with 16 other badass industry-leading writers to talk about Writer’s Block, and how we collectively kick its ass. If you want to get good in a hurry, you’ve gotta get comfortable with churning out a ton of crap first. This guide shows you how.

4) Feeling blocked or stuck? Let’s get on the phone for 20 minutes, just you and me. We’ll solve some problems, toss out any head trash, and kick all kinds of ass. Book yours here today.

Real Talk: If you click a link in this email and choose to buy, I may get a tiny slice of the pie. I make these recommendations because 1) pie is delicious, especially when the pie is figurative and made of cash, 2) I have personally used or listened to or read everything I recommend in this email and know what it could do for you, and 3) I love imagining all the action takers out there devouring these kickass materials and progressing by leaps and bounds. Brings back happy memories of my own journey! 



If you’re an aspiring freelancer who’s working up the courage to leave the day job… good news! I’m sharing all the things I WISH I’d known before making the leap so that hopefully your journey goes a little more smoothly than mine.

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