Build your nest with intention

It’s fascinating to watch a bird make a nest. The way they build it, twig by twig, trash by trash. They use their instincts to find the right materials. Finding, placing, molding, tweaking twig after twig, in a way that will fully support the eggs they plan to lay and coddle until new life hatches. They know no other way.

Borrow this process for a minute. Inspect your business’ nest.  Is your foundation solid? Did you gather exactly what you need to create the life you want to lead? Or did you mistakenly pick up a few things along the way that don’t really fit with your grand plan.

Focus. Focus. Focus.

We may very well be the only animals on the planet who multi-task. More often than not, it gets in the way of individual and collective progress. It disables us into doing just enough to check something off a very long list of things to do. Mind racing. Fingers frantic. Who’s next? How can I help? What do you need?

Think about your list for a second. What would happen if you just picked up one twig at a time. Start to finish. Next. Start to finish. Next. Start to finish. Granted, this may be impossible with some tasks. May be: you won’t know until you try.

It’s worth trying. The power of attention is that you work with intention. This leads to less frazzle and more dazzle— a solid nest, fully developed and reinforced, ready to hatch new life.

Join Tracey at our #OMHG chat tomorrow, Thursday May 10 from 1-2EST, to talk about our business foundations and how we can strengthen our nests with intention. 


  1. Stephanie Douglas says:

    Tracey- this was very well said and really speaks to what I’ve been thinking about in terms of my own business.

    I may have to ask for permission to print this as a handout for my workshops. I often talk about how other cultures don’t necessarily multi-task the same way Canadians/Americans do and they are still efficient and effective.
    Hope I can join tomorrow’s chat, sounds like it is going to be lost of fun and informative.

  2. Lori-Ann says:

    This is such smarts-in-action. Multi-tasking builds all kinds of crazy–and yet it feels so satisfying and accomplished to work through a complete task and finish it! Thank you for the reminder!

  3. francesca says:

    Hi Tracey! I’m trying to shape and grow my business. Is not always easy but some people are very helpful to me. your vision inspired me to understand exactly what I do. I hope to be as good as a real bird! thank’s;)

  4. This is just what I am struggling with at the moment, being all things to all people. I think I will try just picking up one twig at a time for a while and see how it goes. Thank you for sharing this very helpful post.

  5. Tracey, out of all the many business related blog posts I’ve read recently, yours is the one that really hits home. Not only regarding my business…but my whole life!

    Thank you for validating my feelings and putting them in to completely thought provoking and inspiring words!

  6. Tracey thanks a lot for this post ! very well written & inspiring indeed. anyone who has their own business knows exactly what you mean & it’s very important to focus & not meander away ! 🙂 thanks again.

  7. When building our businesses, it’s so tempting to want to rush to the finish line, grabbing anything we need along the way without giving it much thought. Lately, I’ve really tried to slow it down, and to enjoy the process of building my business twig by twig. Thanks for the lovely reminder.

  8. tracey says:

    Stephanie-I’d be really honored if you printed this post out, wallpapered an office, painted the sky or anything else!

    I hope you’ll be on the chat today, because this topic of focusing is so important 🙂

  9. tracey says:

    Lori-Ann, Francesca, Jane, Mona, Sab Sab…here we are, united by relief that intention brings: pure peace, pure focus, pure accomplishment.

    Thank you all for taking a moment to comment here. Isn’t funny how we so often march along to society’s drum of do more now, when in reality doing less might actually accomplish more?

    Wishing you all a happy solid nest.

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