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What are Your Limits?

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I’m a possibility thinker.  I love helping others to dream big, to think of all the possibilities and then to choose one and get into action to make it happen.  Along the way, I’ve learned to embrace the word “limit”.  A word I never thought I’d like.  But here’s the thing.  Setting limits -limits that YOU choose -actually makes you more powerful.

When you set limits, you focus.  And focus is key to getting things done.  You set a goal, break it down to projects, break your projects down to tasks, set your limits, focus and get things done.  That leads to success after success.  And with each success you gain confidence.  You walk taller.  You shine brighter.  And all that attracts more possibilities, more opportunities, more joy, and more abundance.

So how do you set limits?  Here are 3 tips:

1.  Think of an area of your life that is overwhelming you.  Something that feels out of control.  Maybe you look at your desk and it’s a mountain of papers – every time you look at it you think of all the things you aren’t completing.  Or ever decide to check email and realize an hour later that you’ve just wasted your time focusing on a bunch of stuff that doesn’t matter?

2.  Pick one area.  Let’s use email for this example.  What are you currently doing?  Checking email 10 times a day?  Maybe more?  Do you have a sound alerting you each time an email lands in your inbox?

3.  Set a limit that makes sense to you.  Maybe you’ll decide to check email twice a day -at noon and before you end your work day.  Make it an experiment.  Try it for a week and see if you’re feeling more in control and getting more done on the things that are most important to you.  If you find it’s truly hurting your ability to serve your clients, revise your limits and try another experiment.  Once you find a limit that works, practice it for at least 21 days to make it a habit.  Now choose another area and set a new limit.

Try this and you will find that you’ll get overwhelm under control, feel less stress and get things done.  You’ll also find that people will respect your time more if you have limits.  So give it a try.  Post your new limit here on a comment and keep us posted on your success!

How to Focus

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What’s most important for you to focus on today? That’s a question I ask to start off each coaching conversation I have with clients. It’s a question I ask of myself each morning. I have many interests, and since you’re hanging out with me and reading my stuff, I’m guessing there’s a good chance that you do too. As a matter of fact, many of you lament the fact that you have “too many interests.” Hogwash.

It’s great to have interests but here’s a key to not feeling overwhelmed or ineffective. Choose at least 1 thing to do each day that will have a great impact and do at least 1 thing each day that just makes your heart sing.

What do I mean by “impact?” Well that will be personal to you, but it could be an action that will bring you recognition, or in the long run, continue to increase your income. It could change your career. Maybe it’s something that will make a difference in your community or make an important change to your personal life.

Here’s a way to figure out what to focus on. If you don’t already have an action list (to do list) quickly write out of all the things you think you should or want to do. Then look at each item and ask: How will this change my career, my work, my life? Will this have an impact a week, a month, a year from now? Does this task further a long term goal of mine…how important is this goal?

This might take a bit of time to do at first but once you practice, you can do this in just a few minutes. Don’t like this method? Try this one.

List the goals you’d like to accomplish in the next year. Then each day, choose at least one action that moves you closer to your goals.

And don’t forget to do at least one thing just because you love it. Because if you do, you’ll find yourself connecting with your “real” self…and that real self will guide you to do the things that are truly the most important things for you to do in order to live YOUR life, YOUR way.

Go ahead and share a goal with us here in the comment section. There’s great power in writing goals down and sharing them a supportive community. Want even more support and structure? Join our 30 Days to Get It Done group beginning October 6th…watch here for details on how to register or drop me an email at ann@authenticlifeinstitute.com with “30 days” in the subject line and I’ll send you the details.

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