Stop Procrastinating - Start Achieving Your Goals

Written by Lori Radun

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6. Create a detailed plan to achieve your goal. Letís say your goal is to eliminaterepparttar clutter in your home. But how will you start whenrepparttar 149006 clutter is overwhelming? It may be helpful to break large goals into intermediate, manageable steps. Make a list of each area you need to tackle. Then break each area into even smaller segments that can be tackled easily. For instance, set time aside to clean out old clothes, then to organize sweaters, then to throw out old shoes, and finally arrange clothing by color or type. Don't forget to specify a time limit for accomplishing each ofrepparttar 149007 smaller steps. Before you know it,repparttar 149008 larger goal will have been met.

7. Recognize that you may encounter obstacles. Most people give up on their goals because they run into some type of obstacle alongrepparttar 149009 way. Obstacles can be internal or external. Examples of internal obstacles include negative self-talk, limiting beliefs and discipline issues. Some external obstacles arerepparttar 149010 lack of time, money or resources. Know in advance what hurdles you may have to conquer.

8. Identify a plan of action to overcome obstacles. If you are trying to give up chocolate (I would never try this!), what are you going to do when you get a craving for chocolate, or when all your friends are chowing down on chocolate cake? Maybe your plan would be to carry a sweet substitute with you at all times. Or perhaps you could involve yourself in a fun activity whenrepparttar 149011 urge strikes. If your obstacles are tougher and you need more support, consider hiring a life coach to help you work through your blocks.

9. Enlistrepparttar 149012 support of an accountability partner. As you work towards your goals, it can be very helpful to have someone in your life to be your support partner. Consider asking your partner or friend to help you stick torepparttar 149013 goals you have set. Use this person when you are struggling and set up a plan to check in regularly with him/her. As a coach, I haverepparttar 149014 privilege of trading coaching services with my peers. My coach helps me achieve my goals, overcome any obstacles, and celebrate my success.

10. Celebrate success alongrepparttar 149015 way. One ofrepparttar 149016 most important things you can do for yourself is celebrate your small successes as you work towards your larger goals. Donít wait untilrepparttar 149017 end to reward yourself. You deserve to be recognized for your efforts and your commitment, especially when your goals take a long time to achieve. If you donít celebrate on your journey, you will lose your motivation. So celebrate, celebrate, and celebrate!

Achieving your goals can be tough work sometimes, but it is also very rewarding. If you fall off your path, remember you can always get back on. Itís okay to take a few detours. Itís also okay to take a break to rest. Donít beat yourself up or give up hope. Start again where you fell down and before you know it, you will be a pro at accomplishing your goals.

Lori Radun, CEC - Certified Life Coach for moms. Lori writes a FREE monthly ezine for moms who want coaching and encouragement on living peaceful, balanced and fulfilling lives. To subscribe, go to

Five Tips to De-stress Your Life

Written by Kathy Paauw

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* Work: I hate regularly working past 5 PM and onrepparttar weekends.

2. Deal with unresolved issues. Is there something in your past that you have not dealt with Ė psychological barriers, untreated disorders, unfinished business from your childhood, unresolved relationships, addictions, or depression? If so, seek professional assistance to clear a path for a new beginning. Without first dealing with these obstacles, you may sabotage your efforts or find major resistance to makingrepparttar 149005 changes you desire.

3. De-clutter and create order. Creating order in your home and work environment may help you to gain clarity as you explorerepparttar 149006 horizon of some new directions in other areas of your life. Here's my definition of clutter: Anything you own, possess, or do that does not enhance your life on a regular basis. Itís hard to make room for something new amidst allrepparttar 149007 clutter ... whether that clutter exists in your physical environment, on your calendar, or in your head.

4. Move from complaints to solutions. Look at your list of things you hate (above), and design a vision around what you want and choose forrepparttar 149008 future. Create a chart that includesrepparttar 149009 complaints, solutions to achieve your vision, and projected dates of completion.

Tried everything and still cannot find a solution? Ask someone else to help you brainstorm a solution, or make peace with it and quit thinking of it as a problem.

Eliminate excuses that are undermining your vision. For example, if you feel like you have to work late, examinerepparttar 149010 excuses that are undermining your desire to leaverepparttar 149011 office by 5 PM. Are you staying late to catch up with e-mail or to meet deadlines? How can you eliminaterepparttar 149012 excuse? Build in time to handle those activities during regular work hours.

Commit time to take positive action. Carve out protected time for working on an important project that would otherwise not get done untilrepparttar 149013 11th hour (after hours or onrepparttar 149014 weekend). For large projects, break them into smaller "bite-sized" projects.

5. Get support as you change behaviors. In order to create new behaviors which will get and keep you atrepparttar 149015 enhanced level at which you wish to function, you may need support. An accountability partner or personal coach can help you:

* Reflect back what you say you want so you can hear yourself.

* Clarify what it will take to get you from where you are to where you want to be.

* Build in accountability check-ins (without judgment) aroundrepparttar 149016 actions you choose to take.

Identifyrepparttar 149017 level of support you need in order to reachrepparttar 149018 goals you've identified, and then ask for help.

Wouldnít you love to stumble upon a secret library of ideas to help you de-clutter your life so you can focus on whatís most important? Kathy Paauw offers simple, yet powerful ideas, on how to manage your time, space, and thoughts for a more productive and fulfilling life. Visit

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