Dream of an Amazing Future!

What do you want your life to look like in 5, 10, 20 even 30 years?

What you do today will determine the outcome.

If we treat our bodies well, there is a better chance they will treat us better as the years pass. If we stimulate our minds now, it is known to improve our cognitive ability in years to come. If we invest in the important relationships in our lives now, those relationships will thrive and bring happiness down the road.

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I am taller than the average woman, so all of my life I have slumped down while not even realizing it. Because of this, I have fought with back pain. When I was creating my life plan, I envisioned my life in my 70’s and 80’s and I wrote that I wanted to be dancing and enjoying life with great mobility and strength. The thought of this was great, but it brought into focus my lack of mobility and health now. How do I expect to be that vibrant at 80 year old if I am in pain now?

I realized that there were a number of areas that this same concept applied. I had great visions of what I wanted my future to look like, but did I think it was going to just happen? Did I think that it was going to come easy? That’s exactly what I had in my mind!

We have a new year approaching. It’s filled with great potential, but like many, I have started years past with a blast, just to fizzle out a few weeks or months later. I can say that the past few years have been different because of a few adjustments I have made:

  • I schedule time on my calendar to get physically away from my day to day life to really think about what I wanted my life and future to look like.
  • I created a plan to start making things happen. Life Planning can sound big and cumbersome, but it’s actually simple and freeing.
  • Instead of planning out my whole year, I asked myself “What small things can I do today to move me forward to live the life I really want?”
  • I take one baby step, and than another, than another…
  • I also called in the assistance of a Coach for accountability. I knew myself. I knew I was going to need a push, a shove, a kick in the behind to keep me going.

Don’t be afraid to dream of an amazing future! It is within your grasp! Plan it out and start moving step by step today!

It is my heart to see you succeed, and I have a great new option for you and a group of your friends to do just that in 2014! I would love to help you and each of your friends create a life plan and start making it happen! We can set you up to host a Life Planning Class (with great perks as the host) in a location of your choosing. I would love to talk to you more about it and grab a coffee if you are in the St. Louis area.

If you prefer a more academic setting, join me in my Life Planning Class at St. Charles Community College starting January 21st, 2014!  Register here for the SCCC Class!

These are two great resources that can help you move forward towards your BEST life!

 

I want it back!

If you were to write down a list of what is most important to you in life, what would your list look like?

If I were to ask you to take a look at your calendar, and the things that fill your time day after day, what do you spend most of your time doing?

Are you giving your time and attention to those areas you listed as most important?

One of the worst feelings is to look back over a week, month, year or a life time and have regrets. Regret not spending time with someone special. Regret spending too much time on the wrong things. Regret the busy pace we allowed into our lives.

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A few years back I lived at a pace that was too fast. I remember calling a trusted friend during that time because I was frustrated with my husband. He was complaining that I was too busy for him, that everyone else came before him. Why did he not understand that I was under a tremendous amount of pressure at work and needed him to cut me some slack? I will never forget what my friend said because it was not what I wanted to hear. She told me that if I am too busy to prioritize my husband, then I am way too busy. She told me that John deserves both more time and more attention. What the heck! It was that splash of cold water in my face that I needed. She was right!

  • I had to change my mindset: I received my value from my work. We all want to contribute to something in life, and work is an easy place to find value. But I realized that my greatest value came from the relationships in my life, my husband being the first and foremost, but including family and friends. I had to change my mindset to stop relying on my work to give me value, and see that the greatest contribution I can make in life is to invest in the most important people around me.
  • I had to learn how to prioritize: I love to help other people, but there are more people in my life that need help than I have hours in the day. I asked myself, “Who are the people in my life that are the most important to me?” “What did they need help with in life?” They had to come first! When others asked me for help, I had to make sure I was taking care of the “most important” people and areas in my life before I could take on more. I had to say “No”.

When we get to the end of our lives it is too late. When time has passed, we do not get it back. Look over your past week or month. Are you spending quality time on the most important things in life?

If not, please know that change is possible! Start by making some small changes TODAY!

If you are having a hard time creating your list of “most important” things or not sure how to start to make those needed changes in your life, those are topics I cover in both my Life Planning Classes and Personal Coaching Sessions. I would love to be a part of helping you move forward so that you can live your BEST life possible! There is information on this site as well as leadthruexample.com to help you move forward!

One Loose End To Tie Up

As we say goodbye to November, I want to jump back real quick and make sure one piece of business was not left undone:

November is the month of being thankful. Some focus on it all month-long, others on Thanksgiving Day itself. But where ever you fall in your thankfulness practices, make sure you don’t forget to thank YOURSELF!

My blog is about us living our best life possible. Living your best life requires a ton of work! I have found it to be the most rewarding kind of work, but a lot of effort and energy is expended when living intentionally and living our best.

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December tends to be the month we look back on our year to reflect on where we have come. I think that November’s thankfulness and December’s reflection on the past year go together quite nicely.

I look back on the past year and see that I have really worked hard to live my best life. I also see that I do not have any regrets. That is huge! When we are living our lives according to our priorities, or what is most important to us, we do not look back with regrets. I worked hard (and am still working on) growing healthier, I spent great times with my husband, I grew in my relationship with God, I stretched myself and learned more about what it means to be a great person, Coach and Business Owner.

Take some time today to grab your favorite beverage, find a cozy nook to curl up in, think about the amazing things you have done this past year, and thank yourself for all of the hard work, energy, and passion you put into it.

Great Job!