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What To Do When You Have Too Much To Do

It'snottheload.050Is it just me or have you also had a lot going on? Challenges left and right, handling so much at work, at home and then don’t forget about trying to make progress when it comes to the other things we also want for our life.

So much to do … never enough time.

How do we handle it all and keep our peace of mind (which we know is so important)?

Well, I remembered something that I finally learned after so many years (decades) of moving through busy times like these the wrong way.

In the past, when I felt like I had too much to do, it used to bother me. I let myself get stressed out and always felt like I hadn’t done enough. I resented a lot of things I felt I had to do because they were weighing me down and getting in the way of the things I really wanted.

The Chief Negativity Officer in my mind would take over and the negative mind chatter would start …

“It’s just too much. I am never going to be able to do all of this.”

“If I didn’t have to worry about dealing with (_________), then maybe I would be able to handle all the other things I really want to finish.”

“Why do I have to handle everything? It always falls on me.”

Listening to my Chief Negativity Officer never did anything but made me feel worse and less productive. I finally realized the problem wasn’t all “the stuff” I had to handle or all the “issues” I needed to work through. Yes, it was a lot, but it wasn’t causing the real problem. It’s like that great quote by Lena Horne reminds us …

“It’s not the load that breaks you down. It’s the way you carry it.”

I absolutely was not carrying my load the right way. It’s easy to lose sight of the bigger picture and why it is actually a good thing that so much is going on.

Although on the surface, it just looks like we have a lot of issues and too much to do, what is actually happening is that life is rearranging perfectly to give us exactly what we need and what we have asked for.

Things are changing, moving, shifting and of course that means we have to be a part of the process and help them change, move and shift, but every single thing we are doing in one way or another is lining up to eventually benefit us.

And when I realized that … everything changed.
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4 Simple But Powerful Steps To Make It Through Challenges Much Easier

Ihavealways“I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.” Herman Hesse

Have you ever felt like no matter which way you turned, there was another challenge or some other issue to deal with? You finally make some progress, but before you know it, another issue comes up, and another, and another.

Well, the reason I ask is because lately it seems like so many people (myself definitely included) are experiencing lots of challenges. [Read more…]

5 Simple But Powerful Things To Keep Top Of Mind Today (Part #13)

WhatiscomingHave you ever had those times where you know you’ve got to dig deep and keep on pushing through until you get to the other side of something? It’s like you’re on the final stretch of a race you’ve been running for a very long time and you’re at the point where it’s time to finally push on through.

Well, one thing I realized about times like these is that the most important thing we can do is stay centered, stay calm and focus on living each moment in front of us as best we can. You turn your attention away from any doubts, concerns or worries about the future and focus only on today and the present moment.

It’s like that great quote reminds us,

“What happened yesterday is history. What happens tomorrow is a mystery. What we do today makes a difference – the precious present moment.” – Nick Saban

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3 Simple But Powerful Steps You Can Take And Improve Today

Everythingyouneed.025“Everything you need will come to you at the perfect time”.

Doesn’t it feel like even though 2014 has just begun, there is already a lot to manage through? Maybe you have had a lot going on or issues that need to be resolved. Or, maybe you are managing through some changes or personal challenges.

Whatever the case may be, haven’t you felt like there is a lot to work through? I know I personally have been managing through so much lately.

Haven’t you also noticed how easy it is to feel overwhelmed or get lost in worry? Our minds can continually focus on worse case scenarios and make things feel ten times worse than they really are.

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