#2 Struggling with the Pressure of Commitments

Some days my head hurts with the pressure of commitments I’ve made. Weekly I learn of great opportunities to expand my business, improve my life and make more money. I am getting better at ignoring all the wonderful opportunities except from a few people that I really trust. And then, I need to be very focused on what is best for my business and me. I don’t always do a good job of it and end up being overcommitted and not having enough downtime.

So what happens is I take care of the commitments I make to other people (I do want to get paid and keep my  relationships) and not those I make to myself. Therefore my book is not written and my 7-day online course is only  in concept stage.

I’m putting it out there before all my readers and God that I am going to narrow my focus and re-commit to writing  the book I want to publish.

You may need to do narrow your focus too. A few weeks ago a close friend of ours died and this experience is a reminder to focus on what is most important to me and create the work and the change I am here to make happen.

Did you create a list of your commitments? If not, there are tips in this post.

Once you have your list, review it carefully and make these choices:

1. Put a heart next to the commitments that matter most to you.

2. Put a star next to the ones you have promised and matter to you.

3. Cross off the list those that aren’t viable based on what you chose in #1 and #2. Let go of the projects and ideas that you feel you ‘should’ do that don’t support your brand or your personal goals. Unless you are getting paid for the project or it’s part of your job, you can move these off your hot list and free up time and emotional space.

Re-evaluate your commitments to lower your stress and maximize your opportunities.

Re-evaluate your commitments to lower your stress and maximize your opportunities.

For a complimentary consultation on managing your commitments, contact me and I will connect with you to schedule a phone appointment.

Whether it is mentoring people to lead more effectively, improve their own performance or step into what is next, Kathy Garland is passionate about guiding leaders to achieve business goals and reach their highest potential.

© 2014 Kathy Garland

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Win More in 2014

Whether you want to win more business, win in relationships, health, prosperity, there are certain habits and practices that will contribute to your success. While I was writing an article this morning, I looked for some decision models to support leaders during times of change and transition. Stephen Covey’s Quadrant Model from The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People came to mind. During my search for more details and perspective on the topic, I found an article in Forbes by Eric Jackson on what to focus on from The Habits.

His best advice is to use the 4 quadrant model at the beginning of each week to plan your time. Most people focus on the Urgent and Important things, not enough time on Important/Not Urgent projects and too much time on Not Important/Not Urgent such as mindless browsing on Facebook and other sites. Note I said mindless. If you are using these sites to build your business that fits into one of the important categories, however, make sure you know what return you get for your time investment.

I offer coaching sessions on how to prioritize your work, bring out your best strengths and help you focus you on the path to success and prosperity. Please contact me for more information.

Whether it is mentoring people to lead more effectively, improve their own performance or step into what is next, Kathy Garland is passionate about guiding leaders to achieve business goals and reach their highest potential.

© 2014 Kathy Garland

Below is a graphic you can use each week to keep focused on what is most important.

Use this matrix, adapted from Stephen Covey's original Time Management Quadrant, to plan your weekly priorities

Use this matrix to plan your weekly priorities

 

 

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YOU can only go UP! from here

This morning on the way home from my workout, the song “Up!” by Shania Twain came up on my playlist. It’s a funny, upbeat song about a day that started out bad and her positive attitude that life can only go up from here.

That’s a theme that you can adopt in your business and life. Simple, yet powerful. You can use this approach to change your thoughts and attitudes about what is happening to you.

Next time you have a frustrating or discouraging moment or result, tell yourself “I can only go up from here!” Notice your reactions and your feelings. Over time, you’ll retrain your thought patterns to be more optimistic and open about your challenges.

If you are going through change, figuring out what’s next or in some sort of transition, you can especially use “I can only go up from here!” as a mantra to lighten up your stress.

I’ve used this phrase (and I admit – even sing along enthusiastically in the car) plus a few others including “What else is possible?” to get me unstuck and moving forward.

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Write down your 2014 plan

This is the time of year to plan a starting point for 2014 focus and goals as well as finishing 2013 strongly.

What will you do to move confidently into 2014? If you’d like to get started now, I’m offering a weekend seminar that will help you finish 2013 strong and have an early starting point for 2014.

This weekend seminar is focused on you and drawing out what you want to accomplish and where you want to spend your energy and time in 2014.

It starts November 15, 2013.

Here are more details on your starting point for 2014. Visit my website for other programs on navigating transition.

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