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Many people today believe there are not enough hours in the day to get “what they need to get done.”  The reason there aren’t enough hours is often because of one or both of two reasons.

The reasons are:

  • You have terrible time and project management skills.
  • You’re over committed.

I believe the reason most of us are under stress is because we take too many projects on.  Besides the fact that we take on too many projects too many of those projects just aren’t very important.

We like to be liked.  This means that when someone asks us to do something we often will say yes just to be a nice person.  We add one thing on top of another and before we know it we’ve become over committed and our stress level goes through the roof.

For some over commitment is a flaw in how they do their work.  Over commitment allows them to behave in ways that may not serve them.  Many successful people allow over commitment to become an excuse for poor behavior.

How often have you looked at the list of projects you’ve got on your to do list only to have a sinking feeling?  The sinking feeling could be around the knowledge that some of the commitments you’ve made are not likely to get done.  Or if they do get done they’ll be done poorly.

Some of us have behavior changes that keep us from being successful at what we do.  Others over commit.  If you’re particular brand of sabotaging behavior is over commitment here are some things to think about:

  • Develop a vision and mission for what you want to do in life.  This should be both a personal and business mission.
  • Ask yourself about every commitment you have.  Do these commitments help you move your personal and or business mission forward?
  • For those that don’t move you forward, you need to go back to the people or organizations you made your commitment to.  It’s important that you let them know that you won’t be able to hold the original commitment you made.
  • Future commitments need to be made under scrutiny.  Before you make a commitment make sure that it fits into your world based on your personal and business mission.  For those requests that don’t fit you’ll need to learn how to politely say no.

I believe this is where a personal coach can provide a great deal of value.  A personal coach can help you develop your mission as well as help you examine the commitments you’ve made.  That examination can go a long way towards helping you stay on track with your personal success.

Josh Patrick

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