We all know people who put everyone else’s needs above their own. But concentrating on the needs of others is a really great place to not have to be with ourselves. Think about it… if we actually took the time to be with the person in the mirror, would we like what we see? The truth is that it is much easier for all of us to help do for and fix others than it is to deal with ourselves. If everything you do keeps you from taking care of you… from keeping your own batteries fully charged… from being 100% happy and having fun… from taking on your own growth… then it is time to stop do-do-doing for everyone else and start doing for YOU!!

It is one thing to talk about managing change, but when the change you are faced with is so rapidly life altering, how do you really “manage” something so big; something you really don’t have a say in? Well, the solution isn’t so much in a step 1-2-3 type of answer – it is bigger than “how” you manage unexpected changes! It is up to you to make your life whatever it is you want it to be, regardless of what the world has in store. You can choose to be in action around the changes you are faced with or you can be a victim of change… the choice is yours!

The only person who can set the priorities in your life is you. You know what is important to you. And when setting priorities you have to remember to keep you first… you’ve got to take care of you first so that you have the energy (both physical and mental) to manage everything else in your life! In the midst of doing “it all”, don’t give into the temptation to drop taking care of you out!

There is so much going on around us – so much noise – that we tend to hear everything, but what are we actually listening to? Our worlds are filled with a constant barrage of input, but what are we learning from it? If we are constantly talking… if we constantly tune people out… if we merely hear things in the background without really listening to what is being communicated to us, chances are that we aren’t learning anything! Rarely do any of us really listen 100% of the time. But what if we did?

As you consider what you want to accomplish in the last quarter of this year, I’d like you to think about the Olympic athletes that are now competing with other athletes from all over the globe. What an amazing thing they do! They train their bodies AND their minds so that they can create phenomenal results. Do all of them bring home Olympic gold (or even silver or bronze)? No, but do they deliver their personal best? Yes!! Guess what, they have the same distractions that you do -- and yet they have pushed, planned, gotten coaching, and trained in order to accomplish what it is they say they want. I believe that we can learn a lot from these amazing athletes about what it takes to succeed in whatever our goals are!

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