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The 5 Minute Life Coach - Issue 1 - Plug Your Energy Leaks
March 28, 2007

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"Everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was." Robert Louis Stevenson
"First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination." Napoleon Hill

Plug Your Energy Leaks

Every time you decide to put something off, you still spend energy remembering that you need to do it, it never quite goes away and you waste energy thinking about it. You use up a surprising amount of energy when you tolerate things.

You could be tolerating something as mundane as a dripping tap or as serious as putting up with someone treating you badly.

What are you tolerating?

Whatever it is, it's taking up your attention and draining your energy. In the short term it might seem easier to ignore the problem than to do anything about it. Maybe life's ovewhelming right now or you're so used to struggling that it's a normal part of your life. What you don't realise is that it's costing you.

When you start to identify things that you've been tolerating and deal with them, you'll find that you're less stressed and much happier. It's worth the effort.

Here's a simple strategy for dealing with things you've been putting up with or tolerating.

Make a list of all the things you've been tolerating

They can be big or small. But all of them are probably things that keep resurfacing.

For example: I need to:

  • arrange to get the boiler serviced
  • get an insurance quote
  • clear my desk
  • sort out the cupboard under the stairs
  • phone ...
  • get the tap mended in the bathroom
  • arrange to get the computers networked
  • arrange the family holiday
  • get my children to sort out their messy bedrooms
  • persuade my husband to do something about decorating the hall and stairs

Keep writing until you can't think of anything else to write.

For each thing on your list, decide which of the following categories it fits in and take appropriate action

  • It's totally in my control - just decide to do it - put it in your diary now.

  • I can influence this situation - use your influence to change it -decide when you'll do that and how you'll go about it.

  • It isn't under my control or in my sphere of influence - take yourself out of the situation or accept that you can't change it and let go. Stop the energy drain.

If the thing you're tolerating involves soemone else, remember you're more likley to get a good response if you make a request rather than complain.

Work through your list, one item at a time, until you've dealt with everything.

By the end of today you could have dealt with one of the smaller tolerations and be reaping the benefits of a weight off your mind.

When you deal with all the things you've been tolerating you'll have more mental energy and you'll be free to work on your goals and dreams - things you really feel good about and that make you feel good about yourself.

"Nothing is as fatiguing as the continued hanging on of an uncompleted task." William James

Lynne Recommends

Maximum Confidence by Jack Canfield of Chicken soup for the soul fame. This audio series will help you create more positive relationships with yourself and others.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. Discover the 7 habits all successful people share and how to make them a part of your everyday life.

Boundaries Face to Face by Henry Cloud and John Townsend. A practical handbook on positive confrontation. Setting healthy boundaries improves relationships.

“Always be joyful. Keep on praying. No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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Lynne Lee is a life coach, spiritual mentor and writer who partners with others to help them to develop a closer walk with God and design their life the way they want it to be.

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