Life by Design

Written by Sue Miley

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a. Donít limit your time to get there. It took awhile to get where you are. Give yourself time to get to where you want to be. b. Find objective people to help you knock down barriers. Maybe a pastor, a counselor/coach, or an objective friend. Many friends and family can not be objective so you must be discerning in these choices. c. Step out of your comfort zone. To do something you really want to do may require hard work or short-term sacrifice to be able to get it. Even if it is your family who has to participate inrepparttar sacrifice, inrepparttar 147016 long-run it will be a better life for them also. d. And most importantly, pray to God to give you guidance and direction every step ofrepparttar 147017 way. If it feels right you will know itís from God.

When I decided that I wanted to become a Christian Counselor there were many barriers. I would have to go back to graduate school for a minimum of two years. To do that I would have to quit my job and we would have to sell our house and reduce our expenses significantly. This would affect my husband and kids as much as it would affect me. Atrepparttar 147018 time I was commuting to New Orleans to work. We were making a lot of money, however, we were spending it on a house I didnít see and my kids were spending more time withrepparttar 147019 babysitter than me. So yes, they hated giving uprepparttar 147020 pool andrepparttar 147021 unlimited wish list, but we have transformed our family life and spend incredibly special time together.

The Lord promises us peace and joy if we follow Him. He never said anything about easy. But I have experienced His promise. By stepping out in faith and following His plan for my life, He has rewarded me tenfold. I hope that you are at a place in your life where you can stop to find Godís plan for you. I realize how difficult this process is for anyone, especially if you are busy. At Murphy Toerner and Associates our mission is to equip people for successful living. I have developed a Life by Design coaching program that can provide you with some structure and accountability in this process. It also includes many exercises and assessments to help you discover who you are and what you want out of life. And most importantly we provide a sounding board to help you brainstorm ideas, to pray with you and for you, to be an objective collaborator, and to gently show you discrepancies in your plan or areas that may be outside of Godís plans. If you feel like you may want some help, simply call us at (225)753-7773 or look for more information on our website at . Inrepparttar 147022 meantime, I hope that these ideas will help you to:

ēAssess where you are in your life.

ēEquip you to uncover your authentic self and dreams forrepparttar 147023 future.

ēInspire you to tap in to Godís love and power in your life.

ēAnd motivate you to act through or around your barriers.

I will end with a favorite bible verse. One that really helped me to have patience throughrepparttar 147024 process of finding God's plan for my life.

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:

a time to be born and a time to die,

a time to plant and a time to uproot,

a time to kill and a time to heal

a time to tear down and a time to build,

a time to weep and a time to laugh

a time to mourn and a time to dance

a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,

a time to embrace and a time to refrain

a time to search and a time to give up,

a time to keep and a time to throw away,

a time to tear and a time to mend,

a time to be silent and a time to speak,

a time to love and a time to hate,

a time for war and a time for peace.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NIV)

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Sue Miley is a life-coach and counselor specializing in areas such as career direction, business, and other general life areas, such as organiztion and finding one's authentic self. Sue completed her Masters Degree in Community Counseling in the summer of 2004. Prior to this Sue earned a Masters of Business Administration with a Marketing emphasis in 1995 and a Bachelors of Science in Finance in 1986, both at Louisiana State University.

Are You Running Your Business or Is Your Business Running You?

Written by Laurie Hayes

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Are yourepparttar only person working your business at this time? If anything were to happen to you, for example, if you were to become sick and unable to work for a month, would your business operations come to a grinding halt and would your cash flow be brought to a standstill?

Do you arrange your own appointments, handle your own e-mail, do your own word processing, create your own marketing materials, keep your own financial records, manage your own web site, provide customer service and enter all prospect and client data into your database? Do you package, label and ship your own products?

If you answered yes to several of these questions, you may want to take some time to sit back and think about what these responsibilities are costing you, particularly if you are still working full-time while trying to get a business offrepparttar 146983 ground.

If you have been in business for several years and if you are still performing all functions within your business, how might this be holding you back? Are you working a 40-50-60-hour week, seeing little of your loved ones, feeling exhausted, and neglecting your health and nutritional needs? Isrepparttar 146984 fun no longer there?

Evaluate your current situation and determine whether you are running your business or whether it is running you. If you are being run by your business, considerrepparttar 146985 options of automating, delegating, bartering, leveraging and creating multiple streams of income.

When thinking long term, how do you see your business serving you? What kind of results do you want to create?

If your current activities are not moving you towards these results at an optimum pace, change your actions so you can free yourself up to do what is necessary to move you in that direction inrepparttar 146986 most advantageous way possible.

Laurie Hayes works with small and home-based business owners who are struggling to maintain a healthy work/life balance. To receive valuable tips, strategies and techniques designed to grow a successful business without sacrificing quality of life, subscribe to her free bi-weekly newsletter at

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