5 Ways to Streamline Your Life
Everybody wants a simpler, easier and happier life, but what does it really take to get it?
Many of us spend countless hours searching for something that will alleviate the pressure, lighten our load or make our lives easier to manage. Instead of looking outside of ourselves to find answers, though, it is often much cheaper and much more effective to seek solutions inside ourselves. Ultimately, after all, this is where our circle of influence typically begins and ends.
On that note, I've created the following 5 Step Process to help you streamline your life so that you can get to the things that are important to you and alleviate stress at the same time. If you're ready to make your life easier and more enjoyable, then let's begin!
Here are 5 Ways to Streamline Your Life:
Consider what you are allowing or tolerating in your life from yourself, your environment, your career, your co-workers, your boss, your family, your children, your spouse, your friends, your neighbours, and any other people you come into contact with on a regular basis.
When you think of something that you don't feel good about, ask yourself, "Why am I accepting this if it doesn't align with who I am or where I am headed?" Also ask yourself if these things are good for yourself and others, or are they detracting from yourself or other people. If something is having a negative impact, maybe the time has come to deal with it.
Could it be that you have neglected to set healthy boundaries for yourself and others? Could it be that you have been enabling other people because it has helped you meet your own needs? Could it be that you suffered from a lack of self esteem because you have failed to practice self care or have let yourself go? Could you be accepting bad behaviour because of a fear that you hold about your own worthiness and ability to find love and connection?
Consider where your energy is being drained, wasted, monopolized, misused or fractured. Think about all the people, all the problems, all the behaviours, all the places, all the ways and all the circumstances that consume your energy and consider whether or not they are necessary and beneficial. Things like social media, television, gossip, news and other forms of distraction may be good ways to keep ourselves entertained, but if they are sucking our energy and taking valuable time away from things that matter, then the only purpose they serve is to take away our power and our progress. Energy is one of our most valuable resources, so it pays to take the time to manage it wisely.
Consider all the situations, opportunities, options or choices you currently have on your plate that you have yet to make a definitive decision about. ANY decision that we resist making or spend too much time agonizing over will continue to draw MORE and MORE of our power, focus, energy and attention until it is dealt with. The pain of indecision is always far greater than the risk of making the wrong choice. Take each one and break it down on paper. Hash out the pros and cons, create a list of worst case scenarios and how you will deal with them, ask a friend, hire a mentor, google articles about your issue or just journal about it until you get an answer. But for heaven's sake, just make a decision!
Consider all the things you are currently saying YES to, and what the impact of those choices has been on your life. If you are saying YES to these things, what have you been saying NO to? How has that been impacting you up until now? What would happen if you started saying NO to some of these things? Would you be better or worse off than before? As the saying goes, "When one door closes, another one opens." Sometimes, you have to leave something good behind, in order to be able to step into something really GREAT.
Consider all the things you have been needing and wanting to do, but haven't yet done. Write each of them down on a piece of paper and take an honest appraisal about what has been truly holding you back. Is it a lack of time, energy, money or some other resource? Is it that you might not really want these things or that they don't really align with you at the moment? What would it take to get you moving on those items if they are something you really do want? What would you have to do or who would you have to become in order to accomplish them? Again, try to attack these items one at a time, rather than all at once.
Remember, progress is the key to what makes people truly happy. As long as you are moving forward, your progress will give you the motivation you need to keep you going.
What's the biggest challenge you are facing in your life right now? How is that impacting you and what would it mean for you if you could overcome it? I can show you how to overcome this and any other kind of challenge quickly and easily. I can teach you how to solve complex problems with simple solutions, so you can get the results you want while saving you time, money and pain. Would that be something you would be interested in?
Contact me to find out how you can receive a one hour Complimentary Coaching Consultation Session. This free session can help you get clear about what has been holding you back, and give you the opportunity to create a powerful strategic action plan to help you achieve your goals! Click on the link below to schedule your free Consultation Session today!
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About the author
Tamara Dodgson is a Certified Strategic Intervention Coach and owner with Forward Coaching and Consulting Services. Utilizing the most powerful principles and strategies from master Strategic Interventionists, Tamara offers a sound, knowledgeable and dependable methodology for change. She has successfully helped her clients navigate through hundreds of unique and challenging life situations, often involving complex issues such as addictions, divorce, and criminal proceedings. Tamara empowers her clients by helping them identify what they want, teaching them successful and proven strategies for change and providing them with measurable and lasting results. You can connect with her on Facebook at Forward Coaching & Consulting Services, on LinkedIn at Tamara Dodgson, on her website at www.tamaradodgson.com, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.