Sherry A. Phillips

Suspense Author

How To Make Choices That Move You Forward

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As a writer/entrepreneur/wife/mother/runner/everything under the sun, I can tell you that one of my biggest challenges lies in trying to find a balance between where I am, where I want to be in the future and all of the commitments on my time.

I will be honest and let you know that I don’t remember life being this complicated or hectic as I was growing up. My parents went to work, I went to school. At night we had dinner around the kitchen table, cleaned up afterward and headed to living room for some television.

Life seemed simple and I suppose it was. Today, I get up between 4:30 and 4:45 am every morning, read my Bible and pray, then squeeze in some writing time before anyone else gets up. I check my Twitter feed and upload positive messages in Hootsuite. I post on my blog, make coffee, prepare the kids’ lunches for school, then get my daughter up so she can start her day.

And all of this happens before 6:00 am. My day usually moves forward from there and doesn’t stop until around 10:30 at night when I fall into bed.

I’m not sure if it’s the world we currently live in, where everyone is expected to do more, more, more and have more, more, more, or if it’s my own expectations of myself. I watch the Food Network and think I must be able to prepare gourmet meals for my family in under 30 minutes (like that’s ever going to happen). I watch HGTV to wonder why my home is not as beautiful, immaculate and organized as those on the shows.

Most of us have jobs where we are expected to be super-workers who get along well with co-workers, communicate effectively with team members, be up-to-date on the latest technology, manage costs and do it all faster than the speed of lightning.

At home, we are told to eat healthier, exercise more and be happy. We are to be our partner’s best friend, greatest lover, and a financial genius, all while being the perfect parent to our children.

Sometimes, it can be overwhelming to make the right choices for our future, when we are so overwhelmed by our day-to-day existence.

The choices we make during this time brings about change in our lives. Change comes whether we want it to or not. Progressing in our changing world is something we must all strive for. Are you making progress with the choices you make?

Tony Robbins states that progress is a conscious choice. You must think beyond the moment you are in and ask yourself, “What will this choice ultimately create in my life? Where will it lead? Who will I become as a result?”

Because choices can make your future better or worse, you should sit down and make a list to define the areas in your life that are important to you. Without that, you are blinding making decisions that will impact your life.

In other words, you cannot plan for your life if you don’t know what it is that is most important to you. This allows you to stay focused on what is important when your planning out your day, your week, your future and the choices you make that impact that future.

Tony Robbins lists these Categories of Improvement for you to consider when making your list:

1. Physical Health & Vitality
2. Emotional Strength
3. Family & Relationships
4. Financial Freedom
5. Spiritual Growth
6. Community Support
7. Outstanding Career

Make the time today to sit down with a planner or a notebook and this list. Map out what is important to you in each of these categories and plan your time accordingly, both for each day and your week.

You may find that instead of being overwhelmed, overworked and exhausted, you will feel in control, confident and energized.

What choices can you make today, so you can have a better tomorrow?

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