Am I the Cause of Me?

Stress

We all have some concerns and angst in our life, no matter how much or little it is.  Often, we find an out for our troubles by blaming them on one thing or another.  In taking an advanced course on life coaching, I had a training that helped me to see things a little differently.

Am I worried, concerned or afraid of doing something, or am I avoiding it because of the worry, concern, or fear of not getting it done? Actually, it’s a fair question. We all like to procrastinate to some extent. Yet, why do we continue to do so when not getting whatever was needed to be done is giving us grief? Not getting some things done can cause us not only fear, angst, and consternation, it can also cost us in penalty fees for a missed bill, loss of prestige for a late report, or even a ticket warning for a messy yard.

It takes less time to do whatever needs to be done up front. It’s not hard to keep up on what is required and when. A to-do list looked at daily allows for a quick reminder. For those who are very organized a calendar that clearly shows what to do when. And for the super organized, a set of folders for days of the week, where the bills and envelopes are kept ready to be filled out and mailed off or taken care of on the computer.

We all have things that show up unexpectedly and are more important than what we need to get done. None of those things, though, include video games, television or goofing off. Maybe you can set aside a few minutes of the morning to go over what you really need to get done that day and establish a plan.

I have heard that there is even added help for feeling better when you complete things. When you complete something be sure to check it off your list. I have heard it said that when you check something off your list endorphins are released in the brain, helping you to feel better for your actions.

We are human. We do make mistakes. No one is perfect. And yet, with the simple list, or calendar, or a set of file folders, we can accomplish what needs to be done, and we can also feel so much better for doing so. All we need to do is start to act. It’s as easy as placing one foot in front of another.

Looks like it is time to go and release some endorphins.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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