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Will These Drain Energy From Your Success?

A frayed shoelace, a late oil change, an overflowing inbox – all of these used to drain energy from me. And let’s face it, Energy = Success. If you don’t have enough energy to “get it all done,” you just don’t reach that same level of success you’re working toward. You don’t have the same clear vision of where you’re going or the focus to stay on task.

Ever noticed that really successful people radiate calm, confident energy. I’m pretty sure they don’t get that way by tolerating situations, small or large, that will hold them back. So follow their lead! You’ll find some things that drain energy are easier to fix than you might think.

Try this 3 step process to clear up anything and everything that’s draining energy from moving toward your goals.

Step 1 Get out some paper and ask yourself – What am I tolerating? This can be a loose doorknob, a can opener that has to go around twice, a co-worker’s interruptions, or your own disorganization.

Step 2 Write it all down. All of it. Every little, stupid thing that pops into your head.
This step is more important than you might give it credit. All those annoying habits, less than effective tools, things at work, things at home, friends, family, the dog… If this list takes a while, it’s worth it. Getting it all out on paper clears the air and makes it possible for you to create a plan to…

Step 3 Take care of it. Schedule an hour or two a week, or a few minutes each day, to deal with the things on your list. Start with the easy stuff if you need to build up your courage. Or go for the big stuff first if the relief of having it off your mind will make the rest easier. As you get things cleared off your list, you’ll begin to feel the difference. You step into the flow of a more effortless life. You find the energy that used to be drained away by irritation going toward producing results.

Just a couple of examples

There’s a shirt in the closet that you never wear because it has a loose button. Take care of it. Pull out a needle and thread, have your laundry service do the repair or get rid of the shirt! Why have it hanging there if you’re not going to wear it.

And that annoying co-worker who doesn’t seem to have enough work. Oh, yeah! They gave you half his work because the boss knew you’d get it done! Not too professional to snarl and call either one of them names. Maybe tell him you’re swamped and ask if he’d like to meet for lunch and talk then. If he doesn’t get the hint, you might have to step it up a notch, but you do have the right to take back your time. Exercise that right!

Now Celebrate! Do not – I repeat – do not wait until you’re finished with the whole list to reward yourself. Celebrate each week, each day, for every ten items checked off – however suits you best. You don’t want to wait until the list is complete if you’re at all like me. I started this practice several years ago and just keep adding things to my list. Don’t be thinking I’m just easily annoyed! I’ve finally learned that I don’t have to put up with things I used to needlessly tolerate. And I keep raising my standards! The point is to continually clear up the things that drain energy from your success and celebrate along the way! Here’s to your success!

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18 Responses to Will These Drain Energy From Your Success?

  1. Great post… I love how you said to
    ‘Go Celebrate’! It’s so important to do
    that.

    When we celebrate our successes we
    are telling the Universe that we want more!
    Eric Goldstein´s last blog ..Manifesting What You Want: A Process To Do It

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    Teresa Reply:

    Good point, Eric! Thanks for sharing. I’ve never thought is it as “telling the Universe that we want more!” In that context, celebrating our successes becomes gratitude which makes it feel even better!

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  2. Teresa, I love this, it is so important for us to realize that the little things that we tolerate can stop us from having all that we want in life. We just keep allowing bad energy to flow to us and through us and then we wonder why it keeps happening. This was a great post on so many levels. Thanks!
    Lori Robertson´s last blog ..Article Marketing The Traffic Booster

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    Teresa Reply:

    Thanks, Lori! Out with the bad, in with the good. It’s just a matter of staying on top of it!

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  3. Well Well, I thought I was the only one that let things just go…lol You have stepped on some toes here, I believe everyone can take this advice and make use of it. I will definitely let my wife read this post — LOL.

    Alright, well thanks for waking me up and calling me out — I needed a little push.

    Corey
    Corey Ellis´s last blog ..How To Increase Web Traffic Leveraging Article Marketing Techniques

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    Teresa Reply:

    Ouch! Hope all the toes are okay! I have to work on this one constantly to stay ahead of it, so you’re RIGHT!…we can all use this one.

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  4. Great Post Teresa, the message here is so important don’t let the obstacles in life suck you dry of all your energy. It makes me think of a quote by L. Ron Hubbard “Ignore your losses and Make Your WINS FIRM” Writing out the things that aggravate or annoy you is also a great coping skill,. I Love the Positive Energy

    Evin
    Evin Anderson´s last blog ..So Whats Your Goal?

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    Teresa Reply:

    Great tip, Evin! “Writing out the things that aggravate or annoy you” is a great step to seeing things clearly and then taking action!

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  5. Hey Teresa this is an excellent post! Don’t sweat the small stuff cause it’s all small stuff comes to mind. By doing a little every day we take the power of our energy/success back and that is so important. We tend to think that we don’t have the time to do certain things when we really do and by checking things off of this list as they are taken care of will allow us to get some of the bigger things done. Remember Rome wasn’t built in a day and it is important for us to remind ourselves of these things that are in your post. Celebrate!!! I loved it….perfect!
    Shekinah Russell´s last blog ..Why Can’t I Close a Yes?

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    Teresa Reply:

    This is such a great addition to my post, Shekinah! “…by checking things off of this list as they are taken care of will allow us to get some of the bigger things done.” This is exactly what will happen as we check off the small things that block our energy!

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  6. Awesome post Teresa! Definitely a great way to let go of the little things before they pile up and roll down the hill like an avalanche. :) Whew, the idea of celebrating is worth doing the list just because. :)
    Val
    Val Wilcox´s last blog ..Who Is In Your Target Circle?

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    Teresa Reply:

    I like the avalanche analogy, Val! Thanks!

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  7. Theresa,

    This is such a great post, something we overlook daily. Putting things off does just create more stress so do it now. You may realize that thing you have been putting off for years, is actually simple to resolve.

    You are right about celebrating, we can get so caught up in what needs to be done and never feel accomplished about the things we have done. This is what keeps us motivated, so very good tip.

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    Teresa Reply:

    Thanks, Emmie! I believe you’ve hit on a key point with “You may realize that thing you have been putting off for years, is actually simple to resolve.” I’ve often wondered why I was putting something off when I see how simple it was to take care of!

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  8. Hi Teresa,

    I made my list and now I have stuff to do lol….I totally needed your post today. Everyday when I want to make a start on my business, there is something that needs to be done which annoys me. So I am going to try and make a start on some of these big things.

    Expect a spotless mind and spotless home by the end of easter!…and I will be celebrating with a big fat chocolate easter egg.

    Beth :-)
    Beth Hewitt´s last blog ..What does your mind say about you?

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    Teresa Reply:

    Hi Beth! The things we need show up when we need them! Your posts have certainly done that for me!

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  9. Hi Teresa,

    I think I needed to read this post last week. Last week I had a “Friday’s To Do” list to get done. It took me until the Friday AFTER to actually get that days list done. I was really quite surprised with myself, I had set these goals, no one else did it for me, yet I still didn’t do them. Perhaps some of them weren’t urgent as it had taken me a week to do it, but really I should have completed them and moved on! The word procrastination comes to mind :-)

    I will have to come back to this post to remind myself to continually clear the things that are draining my energy.

    Cheers,

    Lynn
    Lynn Glaser´s last blog ..Tribe Concept Teaser – Here’s What Can Be Achieved

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    Teresa Reply:

    Hi Lynn,
    This one gets us all. It’s good to hear that you did get the list finished even if it took you longer than you expected!

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