Do you feel as if you’re spinning your wheels in life? Does it feel as if you’re working too hard and not getting anywhere? Or maybe you have a hard time getting started, and you’re not making the kind of progress you want. This can be progress with your kids, homeschooling, work, following your dreams, or a million other things.
We often find ourselves spinning our wheels because we’re stuck in the mud of our emotions.
We work hard, but instead of focusing on the progress, we focus on the too-long to-do list. We see where we are falling short instead of where we’re succeeding. Yeah, I have a bad habit of doing that, too!
There are so many things we don’t even start because we’re so sure we’re just going to fail. We judge ourselves or our work before we even give ourselves a chance. How fair is that? It’s not!
So many of our struggles stem from the root of fear. The emotion of fear bogs us down. The whispers of fear stop us short. The fears of failures cause us to give up before even starting. Yet the good news is we can do things differently. We can believe, try, and then succeed!
Any success comes from when we start with our hearts and minds first. The reason you’re spinning your wheels is you’re likely doing the same things over and over. Yes, they may seem safe, but they don’t work!
Today, my friend Dr. Magdalena Battles and I discuss time-saving tips to help you succeed, and we start our conversation with this question: “Are your decisions based on your personal values?”
Your Life, Your Priorities
Once we understand our personal values, we know what we want. We also have a motivation to take steps toward success, because these steps are birthed from deep in our hearts.
In my book Balanced, I encourage readers to list EVERYTHING they do in a week, and then to number their priorities between 1-4 … AND to delete the fours. Why? Because those fours are often based on fears. Fears of saying no. Fears of missing out. Fears of rejection. Fears of being left behind. Saying “no” actually frees us up to do more of the things we WANT to say yes to.
Today, my guest and I will do a deep dive as we talk through our values and choices. Questions Dr. Battles encourages us to answer are:
Where would you like to spend most of your time during the week?
What is most important to you?
What do you value most in the world?
From there, we talk about time-saving tips that really work. Why do they work? Because they’re based on our values.
Listen in. I know you’re going to enjoy this episode!
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Scripture to ponder
Better to have one handful with quietness than two handfuls with hard work and chasing the wind. Ecclesiastes 4:6
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Mentioned in This Episode
10 Time-Saving Tips for Busy Parents | Dr. Magdalena Battles
Calming Angry Kids | Tricia Goyer