How to Get Better Faster with a New Skill or Habit #FailFriday

Learning a new skill can suck!! What to do when you’re frustrated with your progress and how to get better faster.

In this #FailFriday video, I share what I’m learning as I learn how to do my eyebrows and what my daughter said to me this morning when she saw them. Yes, it’s hilarious. And yes, there is a lesson in there.

I also share a process you can use to get better faster when you’re learning a new skill or working to implement a new habit.

You’ll identify the three key pillars to getting better faster.

Once you know those, you’ll be able to easily identify the steps you can take to go from where you are now to where you want to be.

The video also includes a fun game to win access to a module in my group coaching program and a 1-to-1 coaching call with me.

This program is for people who want to go from burnout to balance or for those who have big goals and want to keep burnout from happening… so that they can become more focused, calm and productive in eight weeks.

Enter the secret word in the comments and let me know which of the below training modules you want to access:

  1. Module 1: Create clear goals that you’ll actually achieve and keep doing
  2. Module 2: Take care of you. Without the guilt. Learn to ditch the guilt that often comes with self-care and that often keeps us from doing it. Taking care of yourself is the key component to creating resilience, getting out of burnout, and keeping burnout from happening.
  3. Module 3: Get clear on what’s most important to you. Most of us think we know. This one gets you super clear on your vision and mission. Again, this is incredible for building resiliency and also identifying the things that are on your plate that shouldn’t be there.
  4. Module 4: Clear your plate so you can make time for you and the things that are most important to you. Time management 101. Tips, tools and strategies to make time your friend and not your foe.
  5. Module 5: Learn how to say no. When you’ve identified the things that are important to you and found the ways to clear your plate, you’ll likely have a number of people or things that you’ll need to say no to. Learn how to be respectful yet firm.

Good luck!

The woman I am honouring…

The woman I am honouring…

On this International Women’s Day, we often think about the women who have inspired us. Usually, they are women who have achieved amazing things. In this video, I share the woman I am honouring today and why.

I also ask a question to help you re-frame your daily actions. It’s inspiration and action all rolled into one with the intention to supporting you to find more balance in the day-to-day.

I’d love to know your answer to the question I pose in the video. Leave me a comment below!


Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

By Angela Duckworth

In this must-read book for anyone striving to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, educators, athletes, students, and business people-both seasoned and new-that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence called “grit.”

Why do some people succeed and others fail? Sharing new insights from her landmark research on grit, MacArthur “genius” Angela Duckworth explains why talent is hardly a guarantor of success. Rather, other factors can be even more crucial such as identifying our passions and following through on our commitments.

Drawing on her own powerful story as the daughter of a scientist who frequently bemoaned her lack of smarts, Duckworth describes her winding path through teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience, which led to the hypothesis that what really drives success is not “genius” but a special blend of passion and long-term perseverance. As a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Duckworth created her own “character lab” and set out to test her theory.

Here, she takes readers into the field to visit teachers working in some of the toughest schools, cadets struggling through their first days at West Point, and young finalists in the National Spelling Bee. She also mines fascinating insights from history and shows what can be gleaned from modern experiments in peak performance. Finally, she shares what she’s learned from interviewing dozens of high achievers-from JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon to the cartoon editor of The New Yorker to Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll.

Winningly personal, insightful, and even life-changing, Grit is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down, and how that-not talent or luck-makes all the difference.

How to set boundaries with your work schedule to create better balance

If you master the concept I outline in this video, you will experience:

  • Greater satisfaction with your work
  • Get more work done than before
  • Feel less stress and anxiety
  • More healthy habits to support you

Because you’re no fun when you’re exhausted and overwhelmed all the time. Take it from me. I struggled with burnout as I led the communications for a $50M company and what I outline here is one of the exact strategies I used to create my own transformation from burnout to balance.

And if you stick through to the end of the video, you have a chance to win a prize! Enter in the comments below.

Getting Things Done

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

by David Allen

“The Bible of business and personal productivity” —Lifehack

“A completely revised and updated edition of the blockbuster bestseller from ‘the personal productivity guru'”—Fast Company

Since it was first published almost fifteen years ago, David Allen’s Getting Things Done has become one of the most influential business books of its era, and the ultimate book on personal organization. “GTD” is now shorthand for an entire way of approaching professional and personal tasks, and has spawned an entire culture of websites, organizational tools, seminars, and offshoots.

Allen has rewritten the book from start to finish, tweaking his classic text with important perspectives on the new workplace, and adding material that will make the book fresh and relevant for years to come. This new edition of Getting Things Done will be welcomed not only by its hundreds of thousands of existing fans but also by a whole new generation eager to adopt its proven principles.

Erin Acton CBC

Join me and CBC All Points West host Robyn Burns as we discuss how to create your best life.


Date: January 3, 2017
Time: 4:50 p.m.
Appearance: Creating Your Best Life
Outlet: CBC All Points West
Location: Victoria, BC
Format: Radio

The Now Habit

The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play

By Neil Fiore

Learn how to overcome procrastination and enjoy guilt-free play!  One of the most effective programs to combat procrastination, THE NOW HABIT has sold over 100,000 copies, has been translated into 11 languages, and is now revised and updated.

Featuring a new introduction and a new section providing strategies to understand and deal with the role technology plays in procrastination today, THE NOW HABIT offers a comprehensive plan to help readers lower their stress and increase their time to enjoy guilt-free play. Dr. Fiore’s techniques will help any busy person start tasks sooner and accomplish them more quickly, without the anxiety brought on by the negative habits of procrastination and perfectionism.

Stop Holiday Overwhelm

It was a delight to be featured on Shaw TV to help people manage overwhelm during the busy, stressful holidays. Watch the story here:

Stop Christmas Overwhelm

Are you feeling a little overwhelmed in the holiday season? Certified Business Coach, Erin Acton & Registered Dietitian, Kristen Yarker have some tips on how to remain calm & stress free during the holidays.

Women feel more stress during holidays, and experts say it might come from within

Erin Acton and Kristen Yarker

Everyone feels the stress at holiday time, but two experts in Victoria say women feel it more.

Life coach Erin Acton and registered dietitian Kristen Yarker say many women feel too much stress on themselves to be “perfect” this time of year.

Read full article:

Date: December 20, 2016
Time: 4:15 p.m.
Appearance: Women feel more stress during holidays, and experts say it might come from within
Outlet: CBC All Points West
Location: Victoria, BC
Format: Radio