Monday, 24 September 2012

THE NEW NORMAL: 8 Ways to Get the Life You’ve Always Wanted

SKY'S THE LIMIT: Harness your own power.

To help our readers in their continuing quest to achieve a balanced life, TALLAWAH consulted some of the wisest wellness gurus, life coaches, counselors and self-help authors on how the happiest and most fulfilled people manage to make time for what matters. The consensus? Take Control. Embrace Change. Shape Your Own Future: 

1) MAKE YOURSELF A PRIORITY
“I’ve found that if I make time for what I enjoy the most, like time with my family or exercise, I’m more efficient at work,” notes Andrea Pennington, founder of the Pennington Institute for Health and Wellness in Silver Spring, Maryland. 

2) LIVE BY A LIST! 
This is a must for busy people. “To maintain sanity, I write to-do lists – and I make sure to include the things I need to do for balance and harmony of my mind, body and soul,” says Pennington. 

3) DON’T GO IT ALONE 
“Strong, independent-minded people fail to embrace that they can’t do it all alone,” says Toby Thompson, author of The Real Lives of Strong Black Folks: Transcending Myths, Reclaiming Joy (Agate). 

4) ASK FOR WHAT YOU NEED 
“Black folks tend to feel that their goodness comes from giving,” says Toby Thompkins. “You can be putting good out into the world because you’re trying to be strong, but be unwilling to receive the goodness that the world has for you. You can be too strong to receive, so to speak. And that’s not healthy.” 

5) TRANSFORM YOUR BARRIERS INTO BOUNDARIES 
“Replace ‘I’ll never do this’ or ‘I always do that’ statements with certain conditions,” says Thompkins. “ ‘I’ll only do this to this point.’ Or ‘I’ll do this part, and the rest is yours.’ ” 

6) DON’T DRIVE YOURSELF CRAZY 
Be aware that making the transition from Point A to B can change your whole mood, so make a conscious choice to stay positive, advises life coach Valorie Burton, author of What’s Really Holding You Back? (WaterBrook) 

7) BEGIN EACH DAY WITH A PURPOSE 
Reflecting on your purpose for 15 minutes in the morning, says Jeree Wade, a New York life coach, can eliminate an hour of distractions later. 

8) EMBRACE IMPERFECTION 
Advises Burton, “Be willing to leave some things undone, recognizing the world won’t come to an end because there are dishes in the sink or your email inbox isn’t empty.”




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