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How to Survive Being Overwhelmed

Know Your Purpose

Know your vision, your goals, and your plans because these help you set priorities. Each day, identify the task you must accomplish and make that your top priority.

Also, set aside time to invest in your future, working on important things that you will need later. If you have yet to write out your priorities, then take time to do this. It could be the most important hour that you spend in your life.

Say No

Be fiercely protective of your time. Make sure each new commitment adds value for you. Do what is necessary and then stop. Rather than ask yourself “What can I do?” ask “What can I not do?”

Avoid low value tasks, new projects, and distractions. Then tell people about your decisions. Huge amounts of effort are wasted by people trying to complete tasks that someone else decided to ignore.

Schedule Life

Even if you ride an accelerating treadmill you can step off once in a while. Leave work at 5:00 p.m. on Friday. Take Saturday or Sunday off. Give yourself a two minute break when you close your eyes, rub your neck, or meditate.

Set a date with family members for a meal or an activity (hint: put this date on your calendar as if it were an important business appointment, because it is).

Protect Yourself

When you’re tired, your efficiency falters. Thus, eat healthy foods. Get enough sleep. Avoid toxic habits. Exercise (use the stairs, do crunches or push ups in your office, take a five minute yoga break). If possible, schedule exercise as if it were a business appointment.

Be Efficient

Spend time only with people who add value to your life. Buy only from companies that provide adequate support. Hold effective meetings. Decline invitations to meetings without an agenda (I guarantee these will accomplish nothing).

Avoid conflicts; they always cost time to repair. Keep your cool; anger always costs you more than what it achieves. Take a moment to plan before starting a task.

 

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An Old Message For A New Age (Part 1 of 3)

The seeker

This is an old message for a new age.  Do you consider yourself a seeker? I have a feeling if you’re reading this article, you do.

Definition of a seeker

If so, how exactly do you define it? What does it mean to you to be a “seeker?”

For me, the definition is constantly in process of clarifying itself. Shifting in and out of focus as I ask, “What is it that I’m seeking?”

Seek

There have been times – days, weeks, months, dare I say years – that it felt like wandering. Lost and lonely, in search of a nameless, faceless something that seemed forever before me.

But like a mirage, moving farther away the closer I drew. I could not grasp it. But I knew that when found it would make all the pieces of my life click together.

Instant happiness and abundance, perfect peace and love. Most of all, everything would finally make sense. I’d know my purpose; I’ll be brave enough to live it; I’d have no question that I couldn’t readily answer.

I can tell you, after so much time in the desert, I have found no such something. But that doesn’t mean the journey has not been fruitful.

In its finest moments the search has been a pilgrimage. One with the hue of holiness. And in those rare instances I know clearly what it is I seek. I’d like to share a story.

A story

Several years ago my mentor’s company sponsored a celebrity golf tournament. We attended, and I surprised myself at how star-struck I was! Especially since the stars were sports figures with whom I was barely familiar.

Of all of them, the kindest was David Robinson of the San Antonio Spurs. Walking next to him, my head came only to his chest, but I find him to be a gentle giant.

Late in the day I, along with many others, asked for his autograph. When he gave me back the piece of paper it had on it his name and “Matthew 6:33.” I overheard someone explain that he always places a verse from the Bible on his autographs. A different one for each person.

 

Continue reading the message:

An Old Message For A New Age (Part 2 of 3)

An Old Message For A New Age (Part 3 of 3)

Questions To Help You Find Your Life’s Purpose (Part 2 of 2)

Please read the first part.

 

Continuation:

 

Colleagues and acquaintances

  1. Who would I most like to work with?
  2. What would my perfect day be like?

Spiritual

  1. Is there a spiritual side to me, waiting to be unleashed?
  2. What would I like to do, RIGHT NOW, which would bring me the most happiness or pleasure?
  3. Which special gift do I have that I could give to the world?
  4. What makes me cry with joy, or brings tears to my eyes?

Hypothetical

  1. What would I like to do this weekend, just for fun?
  2. If I could be granted the power to change the world, what would I do?
  3. If I were given three wishes, what would they be?

Emotions

  1. What is something that scares me a bit, but would be really exciting if I did it?
  2. What does my heart say I am to do with my life?

Pride

  1. Which qualities do I possess that I am really proud of?
  2. What have I done in my life that I am really proud of?

Kindness

  1. If I had time available to contribute to a charity, or some cause, what would it be?
  2. What am I usually doing when I suddenly realize that time has flown by, and all my focus has been on that one task?

Travel and history

  1. What do I want to do on my next vacation?
  2. Who in history would I most love to be, and why?

Regrets and purpose

  1. What do I most regret not doing, so far in my life?
  2. At the end of my life, what would I most regret not having done?
  3. What is my life’s purpose?
  4. If I had to take a best guess at my life’s purpose, and just get started with something that excites me, what would it be?

Ponder these questions for a while. Pick out one that you can really relate to, and ask yourself the question over and over and over, until you have an answer.

The answers are within. If you ask, you will receive your answer.

You can live a life of purpose. You can live a life of passion and success! Ask, until you get your answer. And then take massive action. It’s worth it, I promise.

 

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Questions To Help You Find Your Life’s Purpose (Part 1 of 2)

Let’s get straight into it.

If you want to live a happy life, then you MUST spend some time deciding what you want to do with your life, and then make the effort to live that life with passion.

It’s up to you!

No-one else is going to do it for you.

So, take some time out from your busy day-to-day routine, and consider answering below:

List of questions

My life

  1. What is my life’s purpose?
  2. If I had to take a best guess at my life’s purpose, what would it be?
  3. Who am I?
  4. What is the most important thing in my life?
  5. What do I love to do, more than anything else?
  6. If I had only six months left to live, what would I like to achieve?
  7. What would I like to leave the world, as my legacy?
  8. What would I do with my life, if I knew I could not fail?

Activities

  1. If money, or time, or current responsibilities were not an issue, what would I like to do with my life, more than anything else in the world?
  2. What activities have I discovered that give me the most pleasure?
  3. What do I still want to learn?
  4. When I was a child, what did I dream of doing with my life?
  5. What has been the greatest challenge that I have overcome so far in my life? Could I help other people to overcome that same challenge?
  6. What challenge would I love to overcome, and then help others achieve the same?

Other people

  1. Who are the people I most admire?
  2. Why do I admire these people?
  3. How would I define their life’s purpose?
  4. What qualities do these people possess that I’d also like to be known for?

Dream

  1. What is the biggest dream I have ever had for my life?

Interests

  1. Which subjects did I enjoy most in school?
  2. What sport have I most enjoyed?
  3. Which art or craft have I most enjoyed?
  4. What social activity have I most enjoyed?
  5. What hobbies have I pursued?
  6. Which hobbies do I wish I had pursued?
  7. What would I like to do, if only other people didn’t think it was silly?

Where

  1. Where in the world would I most like to live?
  2. Who would I like to live there with?
  3. Where in the world would I like to work?

 

Continue reading the last part.

Living The Dream (Part 1 of 3)

I’m living the dream, anyone?

I know people in my life who when asked how are things going, will reply, “I’m living the dream.”

Can you say the same? If you could, what would it mean?

Sigmund Freud, a psychologists have been saying that there are two major areas in a person’s life—love and work.

When you are “living the dream,” you will be able to say that you have found satisfying work and are fulfilled in the relationships you share with the important people in your life.

Now, I ask again, “Are you living the dream?” Let’s talk about work first. When you wake up in the morning, are you filled with a sense of excitement and anticipation for what your day at work has in store for you or do you have a sense of dread about what lies ahead?

Of course, these are two opposite ends of the spectrum and more than likely you fall somewhere in between.

As a parent, I always advised my children to choose a profession they love. That’s because they will be spending a lot of their time doing it. I don’t want them to be one of many who hates their job and dreads going to work every day. That is a terrible burden to bear.

So, what can you do if you are one of those people?

Purpose in life

Have you discovered your definite purpose in life? We are here on earth with a variety of gifts that will help us make the world a better place to live. We all have unique skills, interests and abilities that will add to the good of mankind. All of us fulfill our own inner desires. What is your unique, definite purpose?

I believe mine is to help people learn to lead more satisfying lives and to get along better with the important people in them. That’s what I do. I love to do it.

I am energize when I do it. And although I generally get paid for the things I do, I love doing them so much, I would do them for free! This is what I wish for everyone in the area of work.

Many of us are living the dream but it is someone else’s dream. Are you working for the “man” without any pay off? What do I mean by a pay off? Why do you get up and go to work everyday? What motivates you? If it is only the paycheck, then you are living someone else’s dream.

 

Continue reading Part 2 and Last Part.