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We’ve all been there…

You’ve got big dreams and a laundry list of to-dos to check off your list. But there’s one glaring problem: you’re exhausted. 

Before you call it quits, decide to cut your own bangs, or make some other impulsive decision, watch today’s MarieTV Live Call-In Show ASAP. You’ll learn how to focus on what matters most — no matter how busy life gets.

You’ll hear from Laura, a wellness entrepreneur whose business is taking off, and Ayelet, a mom of six who doesn’t want to burn out while growing her business. Both want to feel more confident and less overwhelmed as they juggle life’s endless responsibilities.

When you know what's important, it's a lot easier to ignore what's not. Click To Tweet

But here’s the thing — scaling your business doesn’t have to be a constant battle of competing priorities. This episode will help you figure out what’s important, so you can ignore what’s not.

You’ll learn:

3:25 — How to know whether it’s time to quit your day job and run your business full-time.
6:15 — The most common mistake people make when leaving a job and how to avoid it.
11:24 — How to make your dreams happen when you have competing priorities.
13:15 — A journaling exercise that will get you hyper-focused on what’s MOST important.
16:00 — My #1 secret to getting more done when my to-do list is out of control.
17:10 — How to know when you should turn away a potential customer.

Ready to get hyper-focused so you can work smarter not harder? Hit play now.

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None of us are superhuman. No one can do it all.

I hope today’s episode helps you see just that (and take a big sigh of relief). By focusing on what matters most, you’ll inevitably feel more successful about everything you accomplish.

With SO much love ❤️,

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  1. First I want to say I’m grateful you’re on this earth and I get to see and hear your boundless enthusiasm, and optimism: as well as the occasional F-bomb! At this point in time, I’m acting very slowly and distractedly (if that’s a word) In my business. I had an intense busy first year in real estate, and made a change to a new brokerage where I’ve got to be a hunter, rather than having leads sent to me. I’m doing lead gen these days but I know I’m not doing as much as I can, or should be. I’m scared I’m going to run out of money and clients. After watching this video I plan to write down the three things that matter most-for sure. But why is this happening? I get distracted and even fall asleep smack dab in the middle of the day when I should be doing productive things. I feel like something is wrong with me. I’ll wake up, get to it and than crash or go online and watch videos (Related to business/like scripts etc., but that’s not action), or I just do unproductive things.

    • Annika

      You are so not alone with this. I am working part time until 1 pm and am teaching courses in the evening. So my recharge or being productive time is in the afternoon. But in these hours I feel sleepy and not motivated. So I am doing things that are not really involved in any growth. The opposite: to much media and chat/communication time. Thanks for sharing. It made this behaviour clear to me. Good luck Lissette!

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Hi there, Lissette. We’re so glad you shared what you did because we know there are so many people who are experiencing the same things as you that are reading your words right now. I’ve linked a few episodes of MarieTV below that talk about this a bit more that may hold nuggets of inspiration for you on your journey.

      From your words, Lissette, it sounds like you’re actually pretty tired. Marie talks a lot about the importance of taking breaks throughout the day, moving your body, drinking LOADS of water, and being gentle with ourselves. We can’t be productive ALL the time or that leads to burnout and exhaustion. Maybe add in a little fun, take a day (or more) off, mix in joyful things like art and music- while that may not seem ‘productive’ it actually is in the long run.

      Take it all at your pace and trust that inner intuition that will always steer you in the right direction. We’re sending you lots of love! xo

  2. Wow, Marie!!! “Simplify to amplify” is exactly what I needed to hear. I have been sensing this guidance for a while and you came out with courageous and uplifting advice. So many kudos to you! THANK YOU! xoxo

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      We’re so glad Marie’s words came at the exact time you needed them, CindyLu. Magic!

  3. Thank you thank you thank you!
    This was such a beautiful reminder of what is important. I am in the process of launching a business that supports women with BRCA1 & BRCA2 gene mutations, and feeling the urge to pull away from my business as an interior designer (which is successful and I had been working towards for 10 years).
    I am in the “proposal acceptance waiting to sign a contract” phase of a new BIG project, which, if this was last year, I would be so excited about…but I’m not excited. I’m actually kind of dreading the long hours and large amount of work that would be in store for me over the next 10-12 weeks…and I didn’t leave the last meeting with a positive feeling.
    Most of all, this would take a lot of my time away from my other ventures, existing clients and my family. It is scary to turn away a large sum of money, but when it doesn’t feel right it simply doesn’t.
    Thanks for the reminder!

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Alyssa, your intuition is very present in your words. It sounds like you know exactly what you need and the answers that are within. Lean into that. You have everything you need right within you. You’ve got this.

  4. Hi Laura and Marie!
    Marie thank you so much for answering this question. I remember this period of leaving my job (as a teacher which is similar) with so much nostalgia and emotion that I just had to weigh in too. For me, it was one of the best decisions I ever made, but yessss, terrified and excited is the name of the game. And Laura, if you read this, I think the fact that you had the patience to wait for those sold out retreats says so much about your judgment and stability.
    I’m a B-Schooler too and I remember looking at my numbers and suddenly I felt like I was a down-slope of a roller coaster. I started telling friends (outside of work of course), “I’m earning more in my business than my job, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to leave.” Cue creepy determined stare and white knuckles. Friends usually nodded and allowed space for the neurotic conversation already happening in my head.
    Basically, I was terrified of letting down my son as a business owner. As a teacher he had gauranteed private school tuition, and that one very strong fear was overriding my good decision-making abilities for a while. I don’t know if you might have a similar strong emotional trigger in your life. Actually, in the three months after I put in my notice a BETTER school came into the picture for Martin (my son) and now that’s one of the chief reasons I’m sooooo grateful every single day that I did leave my job. He’s so much happier at this school than where I was working. All that to say, keep an eye out for synchronicities.
    There was a period afterward where I felt a little seasick around not having that steady rhythm of the 9-5 paycheck. However two years later I’ve created a similar sense of stability I that yearned for in my biz, and I always build on that. One final thing that I do every year is the “Profit Picture Worksheet” in B-School. All the questions. That gives me so much stability because I know what to focus on now, and where to build as I scale, and what paths bring the most numbers, and what paths bring the most ease.
    So much love to you. I can’t tell you HOW many times I’ve reflected on your exact question looking back, so just wanted to share my experience.
    Sincerely, Emily

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Emily, thank you for taking the time to share your words so that Laura, and everyone else reading them, may see a little bit of themselves within them.

      We love the magic that unfolded as soon as you made your decision. How cool is that?!?! We’re so glad that the Profit Picture Fun Sheet continues to support you year after year. Three cheers for lifetime access!

      We’re so glad that you’re the B-School family. Big Team Forleo hugs comin’ your way.

      • Michelle

        I loved this episode today. Thank you Marie and Team Forleo. I am a B-schooler as well, where can I find the Profit Picture fun sheet please 🙂 ?

        • Emily - Team Forleo

          Hey Michelle! That Fun Sheet is right below the video for Module 1, Lesson 2. Let us know if you have any trouble finding it.

      • Thanks soooo much Heather! The B-School family is AWESOME, So excited to jump in for the 4th year. Just thinking a great movie for when it’s time to go is the Walter Mitty movie with Ben Stiller. 🙂

  5. I think I have a Big Crush on Zack. Can he reply to this please?<3
    Love you Marie!

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      He’s an awesome guy, that’s for sure! We can add that he’s happily married and has a beautiful new baby but his kindness and smile light up the screen. He’s the magician behind our beautiful MarieTV sets! Thanks for watching and cheering him on, Bansi.

  6. Best take away from this video was really taking the time to focus on what our priorities are and this makes it easier to say no to the rest. It sounds so simple, but it’s easy to get distracted by feeling like it all has to be accomplished at once, or just life making you feel like you sick at being an adult when you can’t juggle.
    Personally I started a business single and excited 3yrs ago. Didn’t put 100% effort into growing it due to being overwhelmed and not really knowing where to start but love what I do. 2yrs into business I found myself engaged and building a house, and now 3yrs in the house is built, I’m married and realizing how much “life” can easily distract from my own personal and career goals if I don’t get FOCUSED. Learning to juggle, remove, or simply say no to things that are not in line with my goals is something I struggle with daily but 2020 will be the year of FOCUS! Thank you for this! ????

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      This is a great perspective, Keva. Life can surely change and finding what fits in each season and how to navigate it takes trial and error. Here’s to your FOCUS and year ahead.

  7. So good to be reminded & encouraged to “simplify to amplify”.
    I love the choosing of 3 things to focus on & noticing how it would feel to step into a decision. Very helpful for me today as I help overwhelmed women survivors of trauma feel at home in their bodies.
    Thank you Marie ?

  8. lol, I think I’ve just fallen in love with Zac!
    Can you please clone him and send the clones over to England for us?
    Marie, you can do anything, I have faith you can do even this!
    Meanwhile, I’m packing to go to Fiji where Liz Gilbert is the VIP keynote speaker and … I’m the (apparently!) VIP performer and keynote speaker!!!
    This is all inspired by Marie TV and B-School!
    And now my dreams are literally coming true next week!
    Learning from this episode to focus!
    THANK YOU!!!!!
    XXX Romany

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      ROMANY! This is as amazing and wonderful as you are. It’s been such an honor to witness your journey and we just know that this is just the beginning. Have THE BEST time and know that Team Forleo is celebrating you and your magical self. xo

  9. Very inspiring! A good reminder that we need to let go of what doesn’t matter, in order to create the space and time to be able to focus our energy and attention (‘intention’) on what does. Pausing and reflecting helps us to focus on one thing (max. 3), bringing us further clarity. We don’t have to be ‘all or nothing’; we can allow ourselves to go at our own pace. And to trust our intuition and our physical bodies: we all have the answers within. Love the mantra “Simplify to Amplify”. Thank you for sharing; it has helped me re-set and re-focus and reminded me of the importance of saying ‘No’ (I need to practice this NOW!); so that we can say ‘Yes’ to our authentic purpose. Many thanks again.

  10. I watched today’s show and one of the biggest sayings was to evaluate all of your daily things and learn what you have to do and either refer or delegate what you can do without. Learning to say “no” was big too. Others will be as good or better than you. Helping to solve a problem is good enough. You don’t have to do everything.

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      You most certainly don’t have to do everything, Michael. We love that that hit home for you. Bravo.

  11. Arcel Robertson

    Right episode at the right time. Both resonates with me in 2 ways, 1st caller, having a hard time to let due to passion and fear. 2nd caller, mom of 3, starting up a business with so many ideas but no time and energy to do it = simplify to amplify, know the priorities and what I really want. Thank you for Marie Forleo and team.

  12. Grace

    I love how you said about ‘we all have different seasons that require us to behave differently’. It gives me the permission and not to feel dreadful for the things I want to achieve while there’re many other important and not delegate-able matters I have to take care at the same time.
    Life is reminding and keeps coming bk the same subject to test how we can grow from it.

    Thank you Marie and team Forleo. You always give me incredible inspiration. ♥️

  13. “When you know what’s important, it’s easier to ignore what’s not.” This is what resonated with me the most. I often let the busyness of life get in the way of what’s truly important and then what’s important doesn’t get taken care of as it should. My husband is a great motivator and recently asked me about this very thing. Why was I letting the minutiae get in the way of my writing? He encouraged me to really concentrate on what’s important, so hearing it again today was great. Thanks for your positive voice in the world and congrats to Zac on the new baby. Life’s about to change big time! 🙂 Hugs and love to you, Zac and the crew!!

  14. Hi Marie,
    Unable to express my gratitude towards your beautiful show, but i have a long question for you.
    I’m 26, an Architect, working with my Dad’s business (he is a builder) in India. I graduated when I was 24 with a B.Arch degree, did a couple of jobs till Feb 2019, hated the working hours and the job itself.
    Then I figured that I need to be self employed as I do not want to have another degree for the sake of it or a job, which is very unsatisfying and pays like peanuts BTW.
    Since the last 6-7 months I have brought a lot of value to my father’s construction firm, and I feel that I am really good at communicating with clients, customers and vendors.
    I also happen to run a Youtube channel- Aesthetically Correct, where I travel and vlog about the architecture of different places, apartments, buildings, cafes and much more. I learnt that I love documenting and creating videos and a community where there is a mutual understanding, which I see in Youtube.
    I happen to be associated with a theatre group as well since a year or so and I joined acting as a therapy and loved it. Now I am feeling a bit of a fraud for not being able to focus on all three in my life.
    Should I drop something?
    Oh, theatre doesnt pay me!
    Hope it helps.
    Please, please, please…I want a Marie curated answer for this. As you say, I am a multi-passionate person and very dedicated to whatever I am committed to but I need to focus on very few things right now but unable to “Purge and Prune”

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Thank you so much for sharing your life and your words with us, Divyank. Being multipassionate is actually more the norm than people realize so what you’re experiencing is certainly like so many others.

      I was reading your words about your passion of sharing things on YouTube Marie’s conversation with Franchesca Ramsay immediately came to mind. You can find it here —>

      What she shared was so much like your words. She found that she loved sharing content and creating a community on YouTube but wasn’t sure how to make it grow and create a business out of it. We hope her words are inspirational to you.

      Much like the advice Marie gave in this episode, it’s really about what’s working for you financially alongside what feels right. It can certainly be a combination of working in the business AND creating the YouTube videos. Following your curiosity and seeing where things lead takes time and focus, but also FUN!

      The theater time can certainly be a hobby or you could lean more into that. It all depends on what feels right for you and that inner intuition that we all have. Take your time with things. Lean into your curiosity. Notice how your body feels when you’re doing the activity. These are all clues to the beautiful journey that you’re on.

  15. What resonated most with me was when you said “simplify to amplify” and focus on what matters. Like you said it may be difficult to say NO – but it’s so important so that you can truly focus on what will allow you to contribute at your highest level.

  16. I resonated with both of these callers. The first reminded me of several times on this journey in my career where I had to let go of jobs that maybe I loved for certain reasons but the universe was telling me it was time to move on. I find myself in the second caller’s dilemma right now which also feels related to the first in the difficulty of ‘letting go’. I am 39 weeks pregnant and very excited for the arrival of our first baby! But I am facing the decision of having to narrow my focus. I have built my own freelance graphic design and illustration business over the past few years (what I left those other jobs for). I am seeing the need to let go of a few clients or types of work that even though they are nice to work with/we’ve built a connection they don’t impact my business financially enough/they aren’t the type of work I want to pursue. I am blessed to have a husband who takes most of the financial burden off of me and I have the opportunity to focus on the areas most important to me – but it’s true the fear of saying no to opportunity and money stops me. In this season of my life I want to focus on my baby and husband, my health and well-being and nurturing my body after this huge change, and working with only the clients that align with the work I want to do/make the most positive impact to my business/pursuing my greater interest of writing/illustrating children’s books.

  17. Thanks Marie for the reminder that endings can be beautiful! I too am a busy wife and mom of 6, so I can relate to this episode a lot! I love the work that I do as an educator, but equally love the path that I am taking in my business of teaching women how to rest through Yoga Nidra, and the yumminess of holistic healing. I’m not ready to leave my current career right now, but after watching this video I feel empowered to make an exit plan that doesn’t cause tons of stress or strife and allows me to continue using a portion of my income to invest in myself and my business. I like to tell myself that my current career is the “side hustle that helps fund my dream!” 🙂 When the time comes for me to retire from education, I can do so beautifully <3.

  18. I’ve been feeling quite overwhelmed for the past few years trying to start my own business. ¡I’m a B-SCHOOLER by the way!

    I started using one of the bonuses there but had quite a strange forgetfulness (just invented that word I think) and couldn´t keep up with what I planned: forgot to check what I had to do during the week, got focused on other things that i liked but had nothing to do, etc.

    Some weeks ago while I was planning my 2020 calendar I first did all the brainstorming of ideas as usual and then faced my ideal client with them (made quite a cut). But the most stupid (because of it’s simplicity) and useful thing I did was to program my Numbers document in Mac (with my calendar, my mother list and my week to-dos) to start automatically when my computer was on. I can´t believe I hadn´t thought about this earlier.

    Now, before starting the computer I do my EIF routine and when I hit the start before my eyes my 2020 calendar opens to get the full screen. SO SIMPLE. SO easy to do hahaha.

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      So simple yet so profound, Viviana. See, everything truly is figureoutable. HIGH FIVE!

  19. Thanks for the intervention, Marie…I woke up so frustrated with my business this morning, I looked in the mirror and literally wanted to chop off all my hair, just to take some kind of drastic action and change the status quo. I told myself to calm down and check my email, see if any of my ships had come in yet. No ships, but there you were, telling me not to make an impulsive decision and cut my own bangs! (Or in my case, cut off all my shoulder-length hair.) I watched Marie TV and thanks to you, my hair is still intact and I’m crossing some things off my to-do list…maybe forever. Maybe I can’t seem to accomplish them because they’re no longer relevant to my goals. THANK YOU!!!!.

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Nancy, may MarieTV always be one step ahead of the stress-induced hair cut. Here’s to you going after goals and a business that feels right for you at this moment in your life. We’re sending you so much love and vibes for an awesome hair day in celebration.

      • nancy

        I send you guys good vibes too!

  20. Lena Perry

    Just watched this episode and wondering if I really had the time to do it, LOL! I have so many things that I THINK I need to be doing to even get my business off the ground. Facebook Business page, Instagram Account, How to take Professional looking Photos, creating a Website, yadda yadda yadda. YIKES! So, the part that resonated with me the most was letting go of all those THINGS that aren’t important, that I don’t REALLY need to be doing, and writing down the 3 things that will benefit me and the business the most! Thanks for this teaching, it WAS worth taking the time to watch and listen! 😉

  21. Wendy Riches

    Great episode, but unless I clicked in the wrong place, I watched an episode with Zach Bliss, not with Laura. Would you kindly direct me to the other one you highlighted in the copy above the episode. Thanks!

  22. Dee

    Hello! I have to say both callers resonate with me as I just made the decision to leave my day job and dive in to create the business that I have wanted to for years, which is exhilarating but also overwhelming with everything I have planned to do!

    Three years ago I was ready to sign up for B school and put everything into my own passion, when out of the blue I was offered the position Program Director for a small, growing company. It was a great leadership opportunity, but the hours were extremely long and it took a toll on my health. Luckily, I was hired away by another company to manage their operations. Even though there was potential to grow the company, I was starting to feel like a hamster on a wheel due to the excessive amount of responsibilities placed on me. The week after I made the mental decision to step away and look for another job, I was offered the COO position by my old company. I was faced with the decision of staying at my current job hoping it would get better, going back to a better but strenuous position at my old company, or putting in the work to find a job elsewhere…

    and I chose none of those options. A month ago, just before the holidays, I left my new job, declined the offer from my old CEO, and updated my LinkedIn/resume but otherwise pressed pause on the job hunt. It was a super scary decision to make, but I felt free!

    The initial plan was to give myself 3 weeks over the holidays to get things together that I had let slide for the past few years. Somehow 3 years of accumulated “Someday I’ll get to this” tasks disappeared in a couple weeks, and I was even able to enjoy my holidays without work looming over my shoulder. (Not gonna lie, I still have 38,000 unread e-mails to go! The good news is I’ve unsubscribed from basically every e-mail list but Marie’s, so they’re not going to pile back up again!)

    Anyways, I still had a week to go before I promised to unpause, so I looked at the few items in my old “Long Term” goals list. That’s when I touched on my passion project again just for fun, and when I showed the results to my friends and family, they all said, “You need to do this for a living!” Even my sister, who gives me the advice I NEVER want to hear because it’s so damn practical said I should go all in… and I’m going to do just that!

    So far I’ve put together a basic business plan and a timeline, and one of my first decisions was to enroll in B school. It feels like I’ve been on the waiting list for 3 years now, but hey, better late than never! Starting this new business from scratch, I totally resonate with the second caller because my To Do list just grew by 100 items!

    Right now, I prioritize the items on my list, and as I complete them, I reprioritize but always keep focus on the end goal. Even if it’s a little chunk at a time, I’m chipping away bit by bit! Some days I am super productive and other days I don’t have time to work towards my goals. I don’t feel bad about it, I just remind myself that as long as there is progress, I’ll get there! 🙂

    P.S. – I’ve been a subscriber for years but never left a comment because I had “no time” because work. Excuses! This first one was SUPER long, but you did ask us to share as much detail as we could! 🙂

    • Emily - Team Forleo

      Wow, Dee! We are simply amazed by you. Thanks so much for sharing your story, we’re so glad you did. Congratulations on taking those baby steps and getting your priorities in order! That is *huge* and we hope you’re patting yourself on the back for the important progress you’ve made.

      We’re beyond thrilled to hear you’ll be joining us for B-School this year and we can’t wait to watch you grow! This is your year, Dee. We hope you’ll continue to laser focus on those little chunks of your to-do list, and keep your larger purpose in mind. That is exactly how companies are built and dreams come true. See you in B-School very soon–– we can’t wait!

  23. Nichole Negron

    Is there a group or anything out there (similar to the awesome peeps at Team Forleo) of like minded people that need extra oomphs? Or how can one become a part of Team Forleo? It doesnt hurt to dream and ask, am I right? #makingboldmoves

    • Emily - Team Forleo

      Hey Nichole! It absolutely doesn’t hurt to ask and we’re glad you did.
      You can always find the jobs we’re hiring for listed on the website here:
      We might be biased, but Team Forleo is pretty dang incredible to be a part of. 🙂
      And as for a like-minded community– that’s one of our favorite things about B-School! It’s an automatic in with a group of people who are going after their dreams and lifting each other up along the way. We’d love to have you join us this year and enrollment opens next month. Here’s more info:

  24. Barbara Spikes

    I have heard you many times say simplify to amplify. For some reason, it really resonated with me today. A light bulb went off in my head. So, I am excited to drop a few things and center on my real loves. Thank you as always.

  25. Agakura

    Woooow, thanks so much for this great episode!!! Sometimes you get a message as a wake up call and sometimes as a confirmation.
    This Marie TV episode definitely came as a confirmation to a decision I took last night to cut down on my tasks and focus on those that are really important to me now and stop beating myself up over all that I don’t get done.
    And while doing so this morning I just felt tears coming up because all along the way I’ve been so busy beating myself up over not yet having the perfect business idea, let alone business that I completely ignored the fact of having moved to and lived in 5 countries (Germany, Great Britain, Spain, Lebanon and France) alone, always trying to find my own way and to make ends meet as a freelance classical singer, vocal coach and language tutor, at the same time adapting to new environments, cultures and languages.
    So to me Marie’s motto “simplify to amplify” also is a way to clearup space so that you can realize and celebrate the victories along the way that would otherwise go unnoticed. It feels like deleting 1000 pictures and video from your phone gallery in order to enjoy the 50 of your loved ones that are really cool and important.
    So thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

    • Emily - Team Forleo

      You are so welcome, Agakura! It’s our honor to serve and encourage you. We can feel the excitement and passion you have for bringing your dreams to life and we want you to know we’re rooting for you every step of the way. You have such a beautiful story and already so many “wins” to celebrate. We’re so glad to hear you’re simplifying to amplify and we love the metaphor of clearing the phone gallery. YES, Agakura! Keep up the great work.

  26. Bea

    So inspiring, you talk the talk and LIVE THE LIFE!
    thanks for showing the way 🙂

  27. Paula

    First of all, thank you for sharing your clarity and strategies Marie, it does resonate with me since I’m about to launch my biz online and I have been in total overwhelm being a Renaissance woman and knowing from experience sometimes doing it yourself is worth a whole gig trying to tackle a pj with someone else’s help. Yet I had to narrow down and I am going to execute now, thanks to presenting to my otherwise overloaded brain one task at a time, one problem, one , the power of ONE..!

  28. I was so pleased to hear Marie talk about that holistic sense of decision-making. So many difficulties are answered with “the one right way” and I feel that pulling all the different pieces is crucial <3
    I definitely resonate with the idea of seasons and letting yourself drop a few things off that to-do list =) I definitely needed that reminder after reviewing my new year goals 🙂

    • Renee – Team Forleo

      I loved that, too, Katy-Rose. Everyone has their own path and strategies for getting where they want to go, and I agree, a holistic form of decision-making is super helpful. So glad this episode resonated with you, and thank you for being in our community! ✨

  29. Kikue

    Thank YOU! Very nice reminder! Focus on three most important things.
    My relationship with my husband is the most important for me, but I have been taking it for granted lately (I didn’t think so, though.)
    I was at midst of much stress yesterday and had a quarrel with my husband, who was suggesting something so that I would relax. He told me that I might be losing the most important thing in life, if I keep busy like this, forgetting my priorities. Yes, indeed…
    Much appreciated!

  30. Dawn

    The timing of this episode was oh so perfect. I have been feeling incredibly overwhelmed and at a loss of what to do. I’ve been meaning to tune in and watch Marie TV since learning about it, but it’s become another “when will I have time for this” task. Today I had my own ah-ha moment and decided I could hit play on the drive home from work, roughly 20 minutes, and just listen as I drive without watching video. PERFECTION! Now I need to narrow down my 3 important areas to focus on. I don’y have my own business or anything, but I do have a lot of goals. I’m a teacher, I’m in grad school, and I’m working in therapy to heal from things I’ve ignored too long. I’m also in the process of applying to programs to teach abroad next school year in addition to working on a writing project. On top of these, I’m trying to keep up with a strict workout routine, meal planning, and other home chores. I feel like there’s not enough time, but I realize now that I’m trying to do it all. It’s time for me to prioritize and take a step back from trying to be superwoman. Again, this was such perfect timing. I am in tears.. mostly of relief. Thank you!!

    • Renee – Team Forleo

      Yay!! So glad you gained all this beautiful insight from this episode, Dawn. It definitely sounds like you’re a multipassionate person (just like Marie), which often makes you want to do it all, all at once. One of my favorite quotes touches on an idea Marie stressed in this episode: “You can do anything, but you can’t do everything [at the same time].” I truly believe we can accomplish our most cherished goals and dreams in this lifetime, but they’ll come at different seasons of life and not all at once. Thank you so much for sharing your heart with us, and we’re sending you big hugs and love as you apply for these exciting programs! ?

  31. Alison

    Thank you for this episode today! I’m just starting on my business, work part time, have 2 young children, and have agreed to several big volunteer activities. Plus all the stuff at home to just keep things going. I’m definitely feeling overwhelmed and I’ve been hard on myself, questioning “why I can’t do it all.” Remembering to focus on three things that are most important right now is what resonated the most with me. Now, how do I simplify other parts of my life so that I can amplify those that really matter?

    • Renee – Team Forleo

      It can definitely be a challenge, Alison, but it’s 100% figureoutable. I like to think about what Marie said in this video about “simply not giving an f–” about things that aren’t important. Get really clear on what *is* important, and anything that doesn’t fall into that category–– eliminate, delegate, or automate. She also calls this hopping on the “NO train.”
      These are two of my favorite episodes on this topic:
      The Ultimate Guide to Saying No:
      How to Do It All:

      You’ve got this, Alison! We’re cheering you on big time as you simplify to amplify! ?

  32. Wooo hooo – A freakiiiiing WOmen! –
    Boom! Pick three things! So obvious in my face – being a single mom and MULTI passionate entrepreneur I have been mentally draining myself with my conquer the world to do and accomplish list …. I needed to hear this today !!!! Thank you !!!

  33. I am so glad I saw this episode. I am seriously trying to simplify to amplify.
    My business is coming along, slowly but nicely. I don´t want to feel overwhelmed by not being able to do everything I want to do. Focusing on only three things instead of 15 feels really good. Thank you Marie!
    I already decided to say goodbye to my job as a caregiver. I feel sorry to leave my “viejitos” but I know that I need those 10 hours per week to invest them in my new business as a Holistic Health Coach. I will create content and bring traffic to my new website
    Have a wonderful year 2020.

  34. Heidy Mui

    I should’ve open this email earlier. I just cut my bangs.. ha!

  35. Karla van Biljon

    I appreciate the wisdoms shared with Aylet. I am a mom of a toddler and a newborn back from maternity leave, trying for the 3d time to get a business up and running. I have big dreams but I feel frustrated for not making the time to work on business and rather spending scattered and unfocused time with kids. At the end I feel like I haven’t been productive at either one. I needed to hear it again today that there are different seasons and I know I am now at a time where my kids need me more than in a few years time, but somehow I’m not living this yet. I would love some help on being content with spending more time with kids as this is the stage I’m at, but also then using the little time I have to work on business more productively?
    Focusing on only 3 things has helped and “simplify to amplify” resonates with me!

  36. Kerdu

    I really needed to hear this advice today as I’m trying to launch my e-store next week and also picking up extra work for more cash, so I can attend B-school this year.
    I’m also a mother of 2 young kids and have a 8 month old puppy ??‍?‍???
    I know what I want to accomplish but try to do too much at the time. So, to focus on 3 main things only, one of them being a good mom because I want to be present for my kids, while making my dreams happen. I needed to hear that! Thank you ?

    • Renee – Team Forleo

      Yaas! Congratulations on your upcoming launch! We’re all cheering you on big time, Kerdu. And yes, we’d be thrilled to see you in B-School this year so you can take that e-store to the next level. ✨ We’re so glad this episode resonated with you, and we’re sending you lots of love and hugs as you simplify to amplify.

  37. Great timing! I have just resigned from my gallery to focus on my biggest project to day and I was struggling a little. I gave my partners 2 months to figure out a new person and that I could help with the transition. My thought is exactly what you said, I want to leave them better then I found. Thanks for the inspiring words as always!

  38. It could be the coffee talking but are you getting more beautiful and adorable each year Marie?
    p.s. I don’t think it is the coffee 😉

  39. “We can do it all, but not at one time.” FAVORITE NUGGET EVER. ❤️

    • Renee – Team Forleo

      I loved that too, Dorothy! Such gold wisdom! ?

  40. Lucy Bodeman

    This was a great episode! I’ve just retired and have a passion for teaching English, as well as Scrapbooking. Unfortunately, Scrapbooking isn’t taking it the ground, although I do some soft propaganda on social media. I’ve decided to stick to teaching English, since I already have a good list of prospective students. I’m just in doubt in hope to take it to another level.

  41. S. Skates

    I love this episode! I am in the process of leaving my job and it has been such a grace-filled process. My intention has been to leave everything: clean, clear and complete.

    I spoke to my manager in November about wanting to leave in Jan/Feb after the holidays. They hired someone at the end of December and we began training 2 weeks ago. I am so excited to letting this work-job go and claiming myself as a full-time writer. I took this job 2.5 years ago because I was scared. I wasn’t ready to just “go for it.” I had sold a number of works, and made money as a writer, but I was scared of living my life as a writer without having “something else” to do. I realized that my work was a distraction from keeping me from my true passion. It’s been a journey!

    I am still work 3-5 hours per day and writing 2 hours each morning. In a few weeks, once this transition is complete, I’ll be writing 4+ hours per day and spending time building my contacts, marketing, blogging, networking, etc.

    Everyone at work is so excited for me and so supportive, because they know where I am going. Even though this kind of change can be scary, actually doing it has been the best thing. Many people having been saying 2020 is year for “clear vision” – for me this is the year of Freedom. I heard you talking a few weeks ago about the 2020 goals, Marie and how “Freedom” was so important to you – to have financial Freedom and what that process looked like for you. To me, I am going for that inner Freedom – that creativity – claiming who I am and stepping out of the shadows.

    Thanks again for another inspiring episode! Love you guys!!

    • Kate - Team Forleo

      We’re so excited for you, S! It sounds like you’ve created a clear path to the work you’re passionate about, and we love seeing you taking the steps to keep moving yourself forward. We believe in you, and we’ll be cheering you on as you write, create, and connect to the inner freedom that’s inside you. ?

  42. Mary Proia

    Hi precious Marie!
    How , on earth, you find the energy and goodness in your heart to give people at different walks of life advice and guidance, escapes me!
    I admire your work and I will certainly follow your advice myself!
    Greetings from Greece!

  43. Fantastic as always! I loved the second call bc it resonated with where I am at myself. I have a lot of irons in the fire, and I am realizing it is too much, and I am not being as effective as I want, and feeling too scattered. I knew I needed to simplify and to choose what things need to go, and this is hard when so many are counting on you, and beg (literally) you to keep going in certain areas. And this is where the first call resonated, bc I need to make plans to disengage from some things, rather than just quit, so it gives everyone time to adjust and find what they need elsewhere. I knew these things, of course, but just really cool to have confirmation on my process at this time! THANK YOU SISTA!
    Love Heather

  44. I can identify with Laura, because, after running my biz full time for 7 years, in order to scale it, I felt I needed to be supported by a job, so I found a temp gig that makes me feel more relaxed about the change that I’m preparing.
    I am creating my first group program, and I go to online courses at Harvard, and I couldn’t do it without this gig.
    However, I am growing my business and it all worked out well for these few months, and I know I’ll have to step away soon.
    This make me feel a knot in my stomach because I got attached by the team I’m in and – a dream boss and colleagues – but in the same time I know why I’m there:
    1. to support myself during the shift in my biz
    2. to get used again to work with a team, because I’ll have to hire help in my biz soon
    3. t0 invest in my biz
    I will have to go through the same exercise like Laura to identify the moment to step away.
    So thank you, Marie, for the supporting words – it’s making everything feel very doable!

    • Kate - Team Forleo

      We’re proud of you for making the shifts that will allow you to step into the next phase of your business, Llyanne! We’re so glad this episode is helpful, and we definitely encourage you to go through those exercises. Keep us posted — we’d love to know how your group program goes!

  45. I thing the most resonates with me that how many times Marie says no. And to think first what’s the most important to us.
    Thank you.

  46. Hayley

    This was a great show. I resonate with both callers-
    as a former nanny/multiple job worker, I know that struggle between chasing dreams and trying to pay the bills. It took me several months to come to terms with the fact that getting stable financially, even if it’s not through my passions, will get me moving forward most successfully. I’ve since then acquired a stable, full time job that doesn’t use up all my mental energy (being a nanny sapped me of my strength completely) so I fit in pockets of learning each day where I can. I’ve taken a step back from my photography business (from which I was feeling burnt out due to constant struggle/not enough money) since I no longer have to rely on booking shoots to make sure we are fed. This has given me such relief and extra energy to focus on what matters. Which, for me at the moment, is getting secure financially, focusing on my marriage, and learning as much as I happily can about getting where I want to be when I’m in a better phase of life to do so. It’s making my entire approach to achieving my dreams so much more enjoyable, and also building up knowledge increases my confidence to accomplish my dreams in the near future. The comforting, understanding words in this video reassure me that I’m on the right path and being patient is key. Thank you for all the awesome, kind, and motivating material you give us, Marie!

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      This is fantastic, Hayley! Working at your own pace and acquiring knowledge and skills as you go is so smart. We can’t wait to see where your dreams take you. 🙂

  47. DNN

    Focusing on business inspires hidden entrepreneurial ambition to slowly but surely surface in the midst of working a job and going through the patient transformation from employee to entrepreneur-future “side hustle millionaire.”

    Are you listening? Are you git’n what I’m trying to tell ya? 🙂

  48. Trisha Cronin

    Thank you for this episode. It helped me realize that I don’t have to do EVERYTHING to feel accomplished. In the past I’d try to do some much towards my business all at once and not give anything time to build. I’m trying to slow down now and just focus on one aspect of my dream at a time. Although I counted up what I’m doing and it’s definitely more than three! As things come to an end I’m going to evaluate carefully before adding anything else on.

  49. Tanya

    Loved the second caller who put us in the heat of the moment. Those moments when we get asked to do something that deviates from our main focus. It’s exciting and enticing BUT as you reminded us Marie, we gotta say no! I know that, yet witnessing it for someone else helped take the subjective application out of the lesson.

  50. Erin

    I loved this video! I also loved the Smurf glasses, it reminds me of the ones I got when I was little from Hardee’s (now known as Carl’s Jr.). I loved them, brought back happy memories!!

  51. Amy

    Hi, Marie. Thanks as always! You have inspired and changed me over the years!! I was really happy to watch this episode, although the situation is different from those two callers. It was not about a job that I was questioning myself for the past week…but whether I was gonna purchase a near perfect house of my own or not.

    I made a goal for this year (thanks to the other episode that I saw last month) that I’d love to get a house of my own…….and when I started to look for it, amazingly I found an almost perfect one immediately (and I have to tell you I had a long list). Of course I got really excited and arranged to see the house, but it turned out somehow I was not inspired. Yes, this house ticks almost all ‘required’ boxes and yet I kind of let myself down by my own reaction. I couldn’t be sure why I was not excited.

    I had thought maybe it’s because of a fear. A fear that I may not be able to keep up with a mortgage. There’s also a dread that this is where I’m going to live forever meaning that I’m stuck here without much freedom to move (I had lived abroad for many years). My logical mind telling me that I should get it (because it’s such a rare chance I have encountered this property) while my intuition was telling me otherwise. And it became clear when my eight years old daughter asked me if I loved the house….I had to say ‘no!’ I like it and I know it’s nice & all, but no, I do not love it. It reminded me of my marriage (lol) that has failed. I was not going to make a same mistake.

    I learned by watching this episode that I did the right decision not to go for it. I did the test that you were talking about and yes it is clear that my body reacts negative about this move. If it was the house that I love also, I would have bought it for sure without questioning other things (When you know what’s important, it’s a lot easier to ignore what’s not).

    What’s beautiful, though, is the fact that I do not have to feel I’m such a coward not to be able to make a financial commitment or an idiot not to take this once in a lifetime opportunity. I am confident that I WILL find something even better in the future.

    I think you have trained me to be who I am now and I am very proud of myself!

    Thank you Marie, again and love you so much.

  52. Thank you very much for this post!
    It has really helped me to improve and I with the best for all of you in the future!

  53. Jennifer - Team Forleo

    So happy to hear that, Dan!

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