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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!

Simplify Your Life

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I recently returned from a 3 week vacation in Ireland and Scotland. During that time, I changed the ordinary flow of my days. I felt like I had taken charge of my life again. Simplify, Simplify, Simplify were the words that kept ringing in my head. I checked email only once a week in order to follow an important project I’m involved in. I ignored clocks and ate when I was hungry and slept when I was tired. The result? I came back rested, calm and a few pounds lighter (despite the daily Guinness and whiskey!).

What does simply simplifying mean to you? How can you focus on what you actually want and need to be happy and secure. I’ve always wanted to live in a small town where I could walk to get most of the services I need -and now I am here and loving it. I walk to get groceries, to the farmers market, to my hairdresser and dentist and to several great restaurants. I combine car trips so I’m rarely on the road more than 1 day every 2-3 weeks.

Sometimes small changes in the way you spend your time and money are enough to simplify your life to your greatest satisfaction. Other times, it requires a bigger move like relocating.

To simplify your life, you’ll probably need to take a look at your thoughts about money. I’m all for having plenty to do the things that delight your heart along with enough to save and share with your spiritual community and/or charities. But exactly how much is enough for you? It’s going to vary a lot depending on what part of the country you live in, what your hobbies are, how many children you have….well you get the picture.

When I took stock of what I really needed to be happy while living a simplified life, I was pleasantly surprised. It’s quite doable and I’ve been able to create work that supports a lifestyle I love. What is of high value to me is time to pay attention to my “inner life” because I firmly believe that our inner life creates our outer life. Without quiet time, my life feels chaotic. Other high values for me are spending time with people I love and enjoy, reading, learning, and traveling. That’s about all I need!

So take some time today to list out what would make you happiest. What would an immensely satisfying life look like for you? Chances are you’ll be wanting to simplify, simplify, simplify too!

Would love to read your thoughts on this blog so go ahead and leave a comment here about how you plan to simplify your life or how you’ve already done so.

Your Goals

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What are your goals for 2010?  Should we even set goals?  That’s been on my mind this month, and I’ve finally come to some conclusions that satisfy me.  See what you think.

I believe that we are part of something much greater than ourselves…you can call it God or Spirit or the infinite flow.  And because we are made of the substance of this infinite flow, we are whole, perfect and complete…just as we are…warts and all.

I also practice mindfulness meditation, in sitting practice and also throughout the day…bringing my awareness to observe myself acting, thinking, doing, judging, feeling.

And sometimes, I’ve felt like living a “goaless” life.  Just waking up and doing what feels right…and sometimes I do that.

BUT…I also recognize that I have the gift of this life to express my unique self fully in service to others.  And no matter, what…my day is going to be filled up with SOME kind of activity…I  might as well choose wisely.

By setting goals, I give myself direction…hopefully towards becoming more of who I truly am and serving and loving others as deeply as I can.

I’ve studied many time management and goal setting systems.  And from all of them, I’ve gleamed what works best for me and created my own system.  If you’d like to set your goals for 2010 with some guidance and support, on January 6, 2010, I’m holding a gifted teleclass called ” Breakthrough to the Best You in 2010: Create Your Powerful Yet Simple Goal Setting and Time Management System That Works!”

Get the details and dial in info here: http://budurl.com/goals2010

Igniting your entrepreneurial spirit,

Ann

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