Tuesday, January 15, 2013

dream, pray, do

Second week of "dream, pray, do". The question this week is:

What one thing should I eliminate from my life because it holds me back from reaching my full potential?

This will be hard to answer because every person's answer can vary greatly, therefore, I am going to throw out some ideas that may help you analyze your time to see what is holding you back.

Have you ever been busy, busy, busy.....for days in a row......and at the end of the week feel like you didn't accomplish anything? I think we have all done this a time or two in our lives but all that "busyness" can become a habit and before we know it, weeks, months and even years have gone by and our goals and dreams are covered in dust.

Try this.....for one entire week (no cheating) keep track of everything you do......cooking, cleaning, laundry, exercising, shopping, working, sleeping, spending time with family & friends, surfing the internet, watching TV, youtube videos or DVDs, playing video games or computer games, engaging in hobbies, social media.....EVERYTHING!

Then at the end of the week analyze your time to see what you could give up completely (be honest with yourself) or where you could possibly spend less time.

Here are a few ideas:

*Set a timer for social media....15  minutes for Facebook, 15 minutes for pinterest, etc

*Plan your meals for the entire week and get everything you need in one shopping trip.

*Cut back on TV! I did this a few months ago and I am amazed at how much time I was actually spending, no wasting, watching the boob tube.

*Set a timer for video games and computer games or possibly stop playing them all together.

* ASK FOR HELP! I know, you want to take care of your family and do everything for them (me too), but ask them (including hubby) to pitch in and help. Assign chores for your children; it will not only help you out but it will give them a strong work ethic.

*Learn to say "no"......this is a tuffy for me. I use to say "yes" to everything and would sometimes get in a real bind (and really stressed out!). While it is wonderful and rewarding to volunteer and help out, you also have to be realistic and don't let it run your life.

Basically, if you want to follow your passion/dream, you have to set goals and in order to reach those goals, you have to take action....which means MAKING time to achieve those goals. Just imagine working towards your goals 1 hour a day, 5 days a week for 50 weeks....that's 250 hours!  Surely you can find 1 hour a day (and possibly more, depending on how bad you want it) to make your dreams a reality.

Here's another thought.....maybe it's not some-thing but some-one that is holding you back from your full potential.

"If you want to be a positive, successful person, be sure you choose your friends carefully. Positive friends and role models will have a positive effect upon you, while negative friends will soon kill your initiative. Do not allow yourself to be lulled into complacency by the masses who believe mediocrity is an acceptable alternative. Focus on the possibilities for success, not the potential for failure. When you doubt yourself, talk the situation over with a positive, supportive friend. Everyone needs a boost now and again; make sure your friends are positive, success-oriented people who always build you up, not negative thinkers who always seem to find a way to tear you down." -Napoleon Hill Foundation

I hope this post helps you to find areas in your life that need re-adjusting, re-organizing or simply cut right out.

You and your dreams are worth it!!

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