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Pampered Chef: Stop The RoadBlocks!

  1. DebPC

    DebPC Legacy Member Staff Member

    The Top 10 Ways that Complications Keep You Stuck

    Do you ever notice that life seems excessively
    complicated? Do you ever wonder why? Because we make
    it complicated. Many of us have been taught that
    things are suppose to be complicated, that things are
    suppose to be a struggle, that things are painful and
    that this is how we grow. But in actuality, this is
    what keeps us stuck, standing in place, and distracted
    from creating the life we want. All these
    complications are covering up who you are, and what
    you want. Here are a list of common complications and
    some strategies to remove them from your life.
    Removing roadblocks will create opportunities to take
    your life in the direction you choose.

    1. Time

    This is the number one complication that we throw up.
    We don't have time to exercise, we don't have time to
    clean out our closet, and we don't have time to spend
    with ourselves. How much time did you spend last week
    on activities that don't have meaning for you? Why
    aren't you as important? Make a commitment to yourself
    by starting small and take 15 minutes each and every
    day to work on whatever has been on your mind.

    2. Clutter

    It is so easy to get sucked into clutter and lose
    everything else along the way. Clutter keeps you
    distracted by taking up space and energy. We can't pay attention to what we want when we are in a chaotic environment. Start removing clutter from a small space, preferably the most favorite place in your home. Do you feel the easing in your body? Do you start to gravitate towards that spot? Do you feel a sense of peace? Keep expanding the circle so that your home becomes your haven.

    3. To-Do's

    How can we focus on the big picture when we have a
    continuous list of details taking our focus? Get rid
    of the to-do list. You will not forget what is
    important and needs to be accomplished. We tell
    ourselves that we have to do all these activities in
    order to sustain our lives but it is just a
    distraction. If it is a chore and you don't feel like
    doing it, why are you forcing yourself? Start by
    getting rid of at least one to-do and work your way up
    from there.

    4. Struggle

    This is both a sign and a symptom. Most of us are
    taught that struggle is normal and necessary to move
    forward. Is this really the case? When things are easy
    and flowing in our life, good things happen. When you
    are struggling, things don't go your way. So when you
    start to struggle it is a sign that you are working
    against your intentions. Use struggle as a clue for
    what is not working for you in your life right now.

    5. Guilt

    We use guilt for all sorts of reasons. Guilt is a very
    powerful emotion; it gets in our way and prevents us
    from moving forward. We use guilt as a way to keep
    good things from happening to us. Ask yourself why
    don't you think you deserve good things in your life?
    What can you do to change your perception? Examine
    your guilt, is it something you have control over?
    What is the root cause?

    6. Saying yes

    Helping people is a wonderful character trait, but
    sometimes it gets in the way. Helping people can also
    be a way of avoiding what you need to do in your own
    life. Sometimes you have to say no. It is difficult to
    work on your life if you are always putting the needs
    of others before your own.

    7. Over scheduling

    Somewhere along the way we have convinced ourselves
    that every second of our lives has to be planned out.
    It is hard to put our focus to new things when we have
    every second from morning till night filled. When we
    go on autopilot and are just busy doing we sometimes
    lose sight of the fact that some of our activities no
    longer fit us. Examine your activities. How do they
    serve you? Look at your schedule. Does it still make
    sense? Are you in a rut? Where are the opportunities
    to break out?

    8. Shoulds

    The never-ending list of all the things we should do.
    It's tiring just thinking about it. Here is a
    question, why? Why do you have to do all these things?
    Who tells you that this is the requirement? We have
    choices in life. Examine yours. Do things because you
    want to do them, not because you think you have to or
    you should do.

    9. Limiting Beliefs

    We have many beliefs in life, both good and bad.
    Awareness of your beliefs is a key factor to changing
    them. A lot of times we are not even aware that we
    have a belief that is limiting our ability to move
    forward because they are so much a part of us it feels
    like who we are. Start to notice how you think about
    things and situations. Do you notice a pattern? When
    you see the pattern determine the belief behind it.
    How does that belief serve you both positively and
    negativity? Is there a different way to look at it?
    One that fits more with who you are and where you want
    to go.

    10. Negative Self-Talk

    The terrible things you say to yourself are getting in
    your way. Ask yourself, would you ever talk to another
    person the way you talk to yourself? All of that
    negative self-talk wears you down and zaps your
    energy. It is very difficult to work up the energy to
    change your life when you keep bringing yourself down.
    Start to become conscious of the things you say to
    yourself. Start to shift your thinking to thoughts
    that serve you better.

    Jennifer Ottolino
    May 7, 2004
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