Archives for September 2010

How Risk Taking Can Thrust You Into Action

I would rather regret the things that I have done than the things that I have not.- Lucille Ball When you think of risk, what comes to mind? Do you see risk as something hazardous, intense foolish,  or do you think of  risk taking as exhilarating, breathtaking and stimulating? Risk can be all those things and more. It's finding the best possible solution when facing uncertainty and making the best decision you can make under the circumstances. It took courage to enter a new relationship, learn to ride a bike, start a business or move to a new city.  Yet, despite setbacks, you achieved these and more and you survived them, didn’t you? It takes courage and commitment to take risks. When you avoid experiencing the … [Read more...]

Top 5 Reasons to Take Back Your Time

  In the book, Take Back Your Time: Fighting Overwork and Time Poverty in America by John De Graaf, we are encouraged to organize a Take Back Your Time Day on the fourth Friday in October as a way to avoid overwhelm, exhaustion and overwork. We are consumed by "time poverty" and "busy-ness".  A recent USA Today article featured a study commissioned by Westin Hotels & Resorts where 1,500 employed professionals were polled by  STUDYLOGIC.  The study found that 64% of workers admitted they had canceled or postponed a vacation this year and 33% said it was because of stress at work, too many responsibilities or too busy to plan a vacation. Take back your time...you've earned it! Vacations are intended to refresh and give you a … [Read more...]

Make time for self care

Making time for self-care is one of the first things we give up when life gets hectic and our energy level is low. With all the attention we give to taking care of others, juggling tasks, meeting deadlines and being responsible, it’s no wonder we often feel there’s no space in our busy schedules left for us. And, as we take on more and more, we begin to feel like our lives are unmanageable and overwhelmed by all of the constant demands that take up our precious energy. You may think you don’t have the stamina for self-care but when you start to take care of yourself first, you’ll be surprised at how much more energy you have to take care of everything else. Here are three quick tips to create the space you need for … [Read more...]

Stop to Smell the Roses While In Pursuit of Happiness

Are you waiting for your situation to change so you can be happy? Many people are waiting for that illusive dream to manifest, the great idea to be implemented, the new house, car or some other tangible evidence that says they are Happy. Stop to smell the roses while in pursuit of happiness! Happiness is a state of mind based on how worthy you feel, how deserving you think you are of good things coming your way. Your internal critic (the negative messages received and embedded in your subconscious) may attempt to sabotage your happiness quotient which will in turn affect your level of self-confidence and self-esteem. Self-confidence is the realistic and positive expectations you have for yourself, your abilities and others. … [Read more...]

Your life is a Sum Total of Your Responses to the Choices You Have Made

Years ago, when I first heard the quote "our lives are the sum total of the choices we have made", by Dr. Wayne Dyer,  I quickly discounted it just as a lot of people do. Because I was so wrapped up in my "stories" about what should have happened that I didn't see how I could possibly have been remotely responsible for how the choices I made were reflected in my life. As I gave the quote more thought, I came to realize it had more meaning for me when I interpreted it this way -   Your life is a sum total of your responses to the choices you have made. Maybe I'm taking too much liberty with Dr. Dyer's quote but that's a choice I get to make. If you look at the quote as how the choices you made are connected to distressing thoughts, you … [Read more...]

Take a Power Hour to Stop Overwhelm

According to the National Association of Professional Organizers, 60% of Americans feel they do not have enough time to get everything done. This past week I certainly was part of that 60%! As I unsuccessfully attempted to check off everything I had on my to-do list, I felt like I was trying to fit a square peg in a round hole! Maybe you're also overwhelmed with the sheer volume of items on your to-do list!  Or, perhaps, you underestimated the time needed, or fell prey to interruptions because you didn't set strong time boundaries. With a mountain of paperwork facing you, phone calls to make, tasks/chores to be done and all the other things you want to check off your to-do-list, you’re more than likely to procrastinate and shuffle … [Read more...]