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7 Baby Shower Planning Tips

7 Baby Shower Planning Tips

If you have been tasked with planning a baby shower, you know that there are going to be a lot of things that you need to do in order to make the event successful. Planning a baby shower doesn’t have to be difficult, as long as you know what you are doing and you are organized. Ask others for help in order to make this a special day for the expectant mother. Here are some tips to help you plan the best baby showers.

1. Create a Checklist

One of the first things to do is create a checklist that shows everything that needs to be planned, and when each thing needs to be taken care of. Things to include are who will host, the budget, where and when to have the party, guest list, invitations, theme, menu, decorations, games, etc. Be sure to leave lots of time for shopping, cooking, setting up the area, etc.

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2. Figure Out the Guest List

Next, you’ll want to figure out the guest list. If the shower is for a close friend, you likely already know everyone who should be invited. It is a good idea to talk to the expectant mother to find out who she would like to see at her party, in order to make sure that you don’t end up inviting people that she would rather not be there. You may also want to set up FaceTime or Skype for those who are unable to attend in person, to make sure everyone can send their best wishes.

3. Create the Invitations

Get creative and have fun with the baby shower invitations. One great idea is to make them look like library book slips, complete with the due date at the bottom. Make the cards out of coin envelopes. You can get everything you need at office supply stores, and you won’t have to spend a lot of money on having invitations printed.

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4. Organize Adequate Seating

It may be that there won’t be enough chairs for all of the guests. This isn’t a problem when you are creative. If you don’t have extra chairs, or room for extra chairs, throw pillows are a great option for younger guests. Keep the gift-opening part of the party short (an hour or less), so people don’t have to sit for long periods of time and get bored or cramped up.

5. Buy Gifts

You will also need to find gifts, and perhaps the best way to shop for unique items is to buy baby shower gifts online. You can easily visit an online store, browse and shop. You can simply look through selections of great gift ideas, and then go shopping later once you know what you want to buy for your guest of honor.

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6. Decorate Creatively

Instead of traditional crepe paper ribbons and balloons, try using other types of decorations. For instance, you can fill champagne glasses with candy (blue and pink are the colors to go with), create a diaper cake, tissue paper pom-poms, etc. Everyone will appreciate the added effort put into a party that is not the same old baby shower that everyone has been to a million times.

7. Prepare a Cleanup Pack

Baby showers can get messy, but you can keep the mess to a minimum with a cleanup pack. Place everything the expectant mother will need to keep gifts organized and the area around her tidy, including trash bags, scissors, stickers to identify gifts, and a pencil and paper to keep a record of who gave gifts so thank-you cards can be sent out later.

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By following the tips above, you’ll be able to successfully plan a fun but organized baby shower for a friend or family member.

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Last Updated on November 15, 2018

Success In Reaching Goals Is Determined By Mindset

Success In Reaching Goals Is Determined By Mindset

What do you think it takes to achieve your goals? Hard work? Lots of actions? While these are paramount to becoming successful in reaching our goals, neither of these are possible without a positive mindset.

As humans, we naturally tend to lean towards a negative outlook when it comes to our hopes and dreams. We are prone to believing that we have limitations either from within ourselves or from external forces keeping us from truly getting to where we want to be in life. Our tendency to think that we’ll “believe it when we see it” suggests that our mindsets are focused on our goals not really being attainable until they’ve been achieved. The problem with this is that this common mindset fuels our limiting beliefs and shows a lack of faith in ourselves.

The Success Mindset

Success in achieving our goals comes down to a ‘success mindset’. Successful mindsets are those focused on victory, based on positive mental attitudes, empowering inclinations and good habits. Acquiring a success mindset is the sure-fire way to dramatically increase your chance to achieve your goals.

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The idea that achieving our goals comes down to our habits and actions is actually a typical type of mindset that misses a crucial point; that our mindset is, in fact, the determiner of our energy and what actions we take. A negative mindset will tend to create negative actions and similarly if we have a mindset that will only set into action once we see ‘proof’ that our goals are achievable, then the road will be much longer and arduous. This is why, instead of thinking “I’ll believe it when I see it”, a success mindset will think “I’ll see it when I believe it.”

The Placebo Effect and What It Shows Us About The Power of Mindset

The placebo effect is a perfect example of how mindset really can be powerful. In scientific trials, a group of participants were told they received medication that will heal an ailment but were actually given a sugar pill that does nothing (the placebo). Yet after the trial the participants believed it’s had a positive effect – sometimes even cured their ailment even though nothing has changed. This is the power of mindset.

How do we apply this to our goals? Well, when we set goals and dreams how often do we really believe they’ll come to fruition? Have absolute faith that they can be achieved? Have a complete unwavering expectation? Most of us don’t because we hold on to negative mindsets and limiting beliefs about ourselves that stop us from fully believing we are capable or that it’s at all possible. We tend to listen to the opinions of others despite them misaligning with our own or bow to societal pressures that make us believe we should think and act a certain way. There are many reasons why we possess these types of mindsets but a success mindset can be achieved.

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How To Create a Success Mindset

People with success mindsets have a particular way of perceiving things. They have positive outlooks and are able to put faith fully in their ability to succeed. With that in mind, here are a few ways that can turn a negative mindset into a successful one.

1. A Success Mindset Comes From a Growth Mindset

How does a mindset even manifest itself? It comes from the way you talk to yourself in the privacy of your own head. Realising this will go a long way towards noticing how you speak to yourself and others around you. If it’s mainly negative language you use when you talk about your goals and aspirations then this is an example of a fixed mindset.

A negative mindset brings with it a huge number of limiting beliefs. It creates a fixed mindset – one that can’t see beyond it’s own limitations. A growth mindset sees these limitations and looks beyond them – it finds ways to overcome obstacles and believes that this will result in success. When you think of your goal, a fixed mindset may think “what if I fail?” A growth mindset would look at the same goal and think “failures happen but that doesn’t mean I won’t be successful.”

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There’s a lot of power in changing your perspective.

2. Look For The Successes

It’s really important to get your mind focused on positive aspects of your goal. Finding inspiration through others can be really uplifting and keep you on track with developing your success mindset; reinforcing your belief that your dreams can be achieved. Find people that you can talk with about how they achieved their goals and seek out and surround yourself with positive people. This is crucial if you’re learning to develop a positive mindset.

3. Eliminate Negativity

You can come up against a lot of negativity sometimes either through other people or within yourself. Understanding that other people’s negative opinions are created through their own fears and limiting beliefs will go a long way in sustaining your success mindset. But for a lot of us, negative chatter can come from within and these usually manifest as negative words such as can’t, won’t, shouldn’t. Sometimes, when we think of how we’re going to achieve our goals, statements in our minds come out as negative absolutes: ‘It never works out for me’ or ‘I always fail.’

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When you notice these coming up you need to turn them around with ‘It always works out for me!’ and ‘I never fail!’ The trick is to believe it no matter what’s happened in the past. Remember that every new day is a clean slate and for you to adjust your mindset.

4. Create a Vision

Envisioning your end goal and seeing it in your mind is an important trait of a success mindset. Allowing ourselves to imagine our success creates a powerful excitement that shouldn’t be underestimated. When our brain becomes excited at the thought of achieving our goals, we become more committed, work harder towards achieving it and more likely to do whatever it takes to make it happen.

If this involves creating a vision board that you can look at to remind yourself every day then go for it. Small techniques like this go a long way in sustaining your success mindset and shouldn’t be dismissed.

An Inspirational Story…

For centuries experts said that running a mile in under 4 minutes was humanly impossible. On the 6th May 1954, Rodger Bannister did just that. As part of his training, Bannister relentlessly visualised the achievement, believing he could accomplish what everyone said wasn’t possible…and he did it.

What’s more amazing is that, as soon as Bannister achieved the 4-minute mile, more and more people also achieved it. How was this possible after so many years of no one achieving it? Because in people’s minds it was suddenly possible – once people knew that it was achievable it created a mindset of success and now, after over fifty years since Bannister did the ‘impossible’, his record has been lowered by 17 seconds – the power of the success mindset!

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