Sunday, October 24, 2010

Better Than a "To Do List"

An interesting conversation was brewing at the Firefly Coffee Shop this morning between me and a couple of friends.

Some of the key take-aways:

  • My to-do list that I create on Fridays for the upcoming week, is more like a wish list. Of the 10 items on that initial list, only 3 or 4 will get done, but another 15 items that became important, will be done.
  • Men and Women handle stress differently, and depending on the individuals personality, there are wide variations within each gender.
  • Motivation varies greatly, but people place an invisible ceiling on their own potential which, unless they are aware of, they will not break through. This is also called a comfort zone.
And the last parting comment that we agreed to give some thought to over the next couple of weeks, is to reorganize our priorities from a standard to-do list, into a stress list.

Here's how it would work:

  1. Jot down all the sources of stress in your life at the moment.
  2. Prioritize them by asking yourself, "If I could reduce or eliminate this source of stress, my life would be better."
  3. Then start developing the action steps for each of these stresses.
  4. Do it. Some will involve starting something new. Some will involve stopping something old. Some will involve cleaning crap out of your life, most will involve a dedication to some form of improvement. Tears, agony, self-reflection, victories, and set backs will be involved.
  5. The results will be life changing because you will realize more power than you thought you had. The glass ceilings will be broken.
But remember the stresses never disappear from our live. They just get replaced with other stresses. But as you cross off some of the ones you are currently dealing with, you'll gain strength to handle the new ones.

By the way, I know of a couple of resources who can help you go through this process if you are in the Fort Wayne, Indiana area. One is a talented Life Coach who can help you on the personal issues. The other is a business adviser who can walk you through those areas.

Contact me at Scott at for more information.

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