I've been reading through our experts' blogs and found some gems that I thought you'd enjoy. All of them have to do with getting things done.
Brenda Cote's It’s About Time: Urgent vs Important is a great place to start because she helps you prioritize your list of things to do by how important or urgent they are. Sometimes we only think something is important when it comes right down to it, it isn't. She gives the following tip for deciding how important something really is.
"In moments of doubt, ask yourself the following questions to determine what is truly important to you:
- Will what I am about to do add significant value to my life or the lives of my loved ones?
- Is it vital that I find a solution to this conflict or can someone else be entrusted with the responsibility?
- Does the way I handle my day-to-day activities achieve balance in my life or am I feeling overwhelmed?"
I recommend reading Brenda's full post at It’s About Time: Urgent vs Important
What if you're overwhelmed? Michele PW gives this tip in her blog entry 3 Ways to Overcome Marketing Overwhelm:
"Start small. This is what I did in my own business. You’ll notice I have a lot of marketing tasks going on right now — I have my newsletter, I blog, I podcast, I’m on social networking sites, I’m doing direct mail. I didn’t wake up one morning and say “I’m going to start everything today.” No, I did things one at a time. I started with my newsletter, then I added blogging, then podcasting, then social networking, etc. After I mastered one task, I went on to add another. So my marketing wouldn’t seem so overwhelming to me. But remember, the biggest thing is to actually DO something. Start taking some action in your marketing, and the rest of the pieces should start to fall into place." Read Michele's full blog post at 3 Ways to Overcome Marketing Overwhelm .
Ok, so you're off on your path. you're starting small and moving in the right direction. What do you do when obstacles get in the way?
Prosperity Expert, Leslie Householder suggests, "When you've got something to do, you just can't get stopped when everything isn't 'just so.' You do the best you can and let it go." Btw, her blog entry at What my Daughter Taught Me about Prosperity is one of the most inspiring stories I've ever read. It's about Leslie's unstoppable 9-year-old. If a little girl can reach lofty goals, you can too!
Getting things done starts with the right thoughts and the right words. Sometimes we sabotage our own efforts. As Dr. Neill Neill says in Committed to Change? How to Avoid a Major Self-Sabotage Trap: "When you want personal change, talking about the past as if it is the present is a huge form of self sabotage."
For example, let's say you have a problem meeting your financial obligations. You might find yourself saying:
"Every time I make a little extra money, something comes along to take it away. I just can't seem to hang onto the money I earn. It always gets sucked away on a bill. I can't seem to save anything. I'm just not a good money manager."
Notice how this statement makes the problems of the past the problems of the present. Instead you might say:
"In the past when I made some extra money, something came along and took it away. Before, it was hard to hang onto money and I didn't save."
Notice the different feeling? Money issues are a problem of the past in the 2nd example. From this point forward you can choose to do something differently. You are not your problem. You can choose any path from this point forward.
Watch your thoughts and words because they control your actions. And then do as Leslie Householder says, "Decide, first, what you want to accomplish, and then get behind it 100%. Give it all you've got, and envision God helping you as a loving parent who can no longer ignore your requests because you're a determined, persistent, willing and teachable child. Don't hold back. Throw your heart into it, trust God to provide and watch the results be grander than you've ever seen them be."