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Make 2014 the Year to Say “Less is More!”

January 2, 2014

I challenge you to make your New Year’s Resolutions around taking things away from your life. Don’t add more commitments to your already busy life, take them away!

I believe one of the main reasons so many New Year’s resolutions fail is not because of the lack of desire to make changes, but because of the time and energy constraints. So by taking away extra ‘clutter’ in your life, I think you will find you actually accomplish your goals without putting the focus directly on them.

We have way too much going on in our lives. We have our work, our relationships (which can be great or complicated and add stress to our lives), our dreams and who can forget about our fears? It is no wonder we feel constantly stretched. Like an elastic band with different people and priorities pulling at us from different directions. And, what about what WE actually want?

I think we spend so much time in the ‘Should Space’ doing what we think others expect of us. I want this to be the year you commit to doing more of what you want and less of what you think you ‘should’ be doing. The great thing about this is when you are able to do more of the fun stuff, you feel more revitalized and passionate about the work you do and the life you live. This is when you perform at your highest level!

How do you begin to de-clutter your life?

1. Right now, make a list of all of the commitments you have and ways you spend your time. 

2. Now put a star beside those activities that just add a bit of dread or any negative feelings when you think about them. 

3. Underline those activities on the list you that make you feel good. 

4. Stop doing all items you put a star beside. I can hear some of you saying, well I can’t do that for XYZ reason. But you can. The only thing stopping you from discontinuing to perform these tasks is really you. You can do anything you want. You can tell your child that he or she can’t do ALL of those activities. You can resign from Boards that aren’t of interest to you anymore. You can change jobs, friends, the amount of time spent with people who zap your energy. Do not worry about what other people will think of you if you ‘let them down.’ They’ll get over it. Make this the year you take care of yourself.

5. Once you remove the extra baggage in your life, you will likely feel a gigantic weight lifted off of you. Now this frees up some time to just be. To enjoy the work and activities that really excite you or even ground and calm you. And remember, sometimes it is okay to not have a plan and be so goal focused all the time. There can be power in living more day-to-day, moment-to-moment and being flexible as new opportunities arise.

6. Working with a Professional Coach is an amazing way to help you really de-clutter your life. Often we don’t realize the little things that accumulate and drain us because they have been a part of our lives for so long. A coach will help you to identify the actions and thoughts (which are usually related!) that are serving you and those that are not. Also a coach adds accountability to your goals. Find out more about coaching by visiting, Potential Unlimited.

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