Sunday, October 02, 2005

Living in a state of overwhelm.....

Living in a state of overwhelm has grave costs. If you're too busy . . .

~*~ You're not seeing your life as clearly as you could (you know this is happening when you get to the end of the day and wonder where the time went).

~*~ You're not making choices from a place of power (you can't see all the options or, if you do, you don't have time to consider them).

~*~ You're out of touch with what really matters (hint: look for a relationship that's suffering).

~*~ You're tolerating something -- a boring job, a draining relationship,a messy home, etc.~*~ You're settling for good, or worse, okay, rather than requiring great(just think about the last major decision you made).

~*~ You're out of touch with how you *feel* -- the very faculty you needto truly live a meaningful life (when we recall a favorite memory, it'show we "feel" that makes it special, not what we did).

As you consider the points above, I encourage you to take advantage of alittle retreat wisdom this week. Make it a priority to complete the TakeAction Challenge below. As a matter of fact, I'd schedule a "LifeAssessment" date on your calendar every three months for the next year. That way you're sure to keep your eyes open, too!

~*~ Take Action Challenge ~*~
Take an hour or two this week and with journal or notebook in hand, answerthe following questions:

1. What am I tolerating?

2. What's working in my life? (It's important to build on what works!)

3. What's not working?

4. What keeps driving me crazy?

5. Is there an important relationship that's suffering?

6. What's the first step I need to take to improve things?

With clarity comes the power to change your life. Once you identify one small thing that needs to change, take action immediately. The relief and energy you feel as a result will fuel your next step.

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