Welcome to www.OnlineOrganizing.com -- A World Of Organizing Solutions Your Order Your Shopping Cart About Us Contact Us Site Map
Do You Need Help Getting Organized?Shop For Organizing And Business Development ProductsProfessional Organizing ServicesFind A Seminar, Workshop, Or Keynote SpeakerRead Our Two Free Monthly NewslettersFree Organizing Tips And AdviceResources For Professional OrganizersLearn How To Become A Professional OrganizerUseful Organizing Website LinksUseful Organizing Website Links

Search for:


You Are Here: Home - Blogs

NEW! - Keywords For This Page:   Goal Setting - Time Management

Blog: Setting And Achieving Goals
Winds of Change

We have all heard the token phrase of "Life is too short". We know it, we hear it, some times we accept it and other times the reality of the shortness of life smacks us in the face. We hear reminders on the news of the tragedies of people we don't know, we listen to songs that sing of tales of lives cut too short, we witness it first hand with family, and sometimes we even experience it with ourselves.

The KNOWLEDGE of accepting life as being too short is one thing, but ACTING upon that knowledge is quite another. You can go through life "dreaming" of the places you want to go to "some day", you tuck into the back of your mind a personal passion that you have always wanted to get around to "some day", you can mask how miserable you are behind a fake smile and talk yourself into believing that "some day" it will get better. However, what happens when "some day" is too late? Can you live with the regret of never having seeing the Louvre? Will you always wonder what would have happened if you had pursued your passion for singing? How will you feel at the end of 20 years knowing that you have been living a lie and seeing that affect on your family and yourself?

Life is too short. You are too important. You have earned the right to your hopes, dreams, passions, and happiness. All you need to do is check fear at the door and follow your heart. Follow your passion. Follow your dreams. Before all you have left at the end of your life is, "I wish I would have paid the $2000 to spend a week in Paris."

All of the yammering about making a change in your own dreams is one thing, but how do you really go about doing it? Because, let's face it, it is easier said than done!

Eight years ago I was sitting with my grandpa and we were flipping through a travel magazine. Like most travel magazines, there was a big spread on Hawaii and he started talking about how much he loved going to Maui with my grandma. It was one of the most beautiful places he had ever been to and he is glad that they went. When he asked me where I wanted to go and what I wanted to do, I instantly said I want to go to Scotland. On of the pages in the magazine, was a picture of Falkirk Castle in an ad for British Airways. He ripped the page out and gave it to me. Telling me to take the picture and live my dream. He made me promise that I would go there one day and sooner rather than later. Not to wait. Not to do it when I had "enough money". Not to make up excuses for not following my dream. Just do it!

A week later, my grandfather slipped in the bathroom and passed away. He wasn't sick. He wasn't in the hospital. It wasn't expected. He was dead. Life is too short.

18 months later I was boarding a plane to Scotland with nothing in my heart other than fulfilling a dream. Doing it before "it was too late". Doing it for myself.

Doing something for oneself is probably one of the hardest things to do. You don't want to be selfish. Your kids need you. Your spouse needs you. There are clothes to buy for the kids and soccer practice to pay for and what about a new coat of paint on the house? So-Much-To-Do.

Then there is the issue of not really knowing what it is that makes you happy. Not really knowing what it is you want out of life. Not having a clue as to what your dreams really are. Not wanting to face the fact that you are downright miserable and you deserve happiness.

Taking it upon yourself to make and accept the "winds of change" in your life can be overwhelming! Trust me, I have been there so many times it's not even funny! Ariane and I were talking on Friday about our own reinventions and guess what? It's a wonderful thing to do! Harder than hell, but so worth it!

So just how do you make the change in your life? There are a few things you can do, actually.
  1. WANT and EMBRACE the change. You are the only person who can do it and if you aren't ready, then don't waste your time. Wait until you are 100% vested into yourself.
  2. Get yourself a Life Coach. A Life Coach is your best friend, your mentor, your life line and the person who will hold you accountable to your own SELF.
  3. Do a self assessment or storyboard of your life. This is one of the tools I use and I LOVE it!
  4. Try Beyond Freedom. Marcus and I talked about this during our podcast and that is what it is designed for. To help you identify who you are, what you want out of life and cheer you on to keep it going.
Life is too short. Don't be the one standing there saying, "If only I had done..."
And you damn well better believe I am going sky diving in 2009! Hell ya!!
Happy Living!

posted on: 12/18/2008 9:30:00 AM by Suzanne Babb
category: Time Management

Setting And Achieving Goals: < Previous Post - Next Post >
Blog Central: < Previous Post - Next Post >

Discuss This Post

by dan on 12/22/2008 6:10:17 AM:

If you'd like a tool for setting your goals, you can use this web application: Gtdagenda.com You can use it to manage your goals, projects and tasks, set next actions and contexts, use checklists, schedules and a calendar. A mobile version is available too.

Add a comment about this post:
(Note: To reduce blogspam, HTML tags are not permitted in blog comments and will be removed)
Please Enter The Following Code:
In order to cut down on SPAM, we ask that you enter the code exactly as shown in image below. If you can't read the code, simply select "Load New Code" and a different graphic will appear. Cookies must be enabled on your web browser.
Code Image - Please contact webmaster if you have problems seeing this image code Load New Code
Powered by Web Wiz CAPTCHA version 2.01
Copyright ©2005-2006 Web Wiz


Setting And Achieving Goals

by Suzanne Babb

View This Blog

   Subscribe To This Blog

About Suzanne:

As an organizational consultant, public speaker, and former radio talk show host, Suzanne helps individuals and businesses find their own Organizational Perfection! With a Coke in hand, she thrives on making the most of her time and tries to encourage those around her to do the same. Whether it is writing a "How To" book, traveling to Scotland to get her yearly dose of sexy Scotsmen, or speaking to a group of overwhelmed business owners, Suzanne offers the solutions you need to regain control of your life.

Suzanne's Website:


Suzanne's Other Blogs:

My Favorite Organizing Goodies

  • Levenger
    My goal in life is to have an entire office that is primarily Levenger!
  • See Jane Work
    How can you NOT love See Jane Work? With loads of personality, fun products, and down right gorgeous supplies it is hard to pass up!

My Favorite Blogs

  • Organising Queen
  • Not Just a Mom!
  • My Personal Office Supply Favorites
  • Escape From Cubicle Nation
  • Neat and Simple Living
  • 4 True Freedom
    Providing inspiration and motivation to those who are ready for it.

Suzanne's Other Blogs and Podcast

  • Let's Talk Organizing Blog
  • Let's Talk Organizing Podcast
  • Admin Answers

Office Solutions

  • Virtual Office
  • Service Office
  • Office Space

Related Products:

NAPO 2003 Conference -- Hard Skills: Starting A Business

1-2-3...Get Organized E-Book Series

BusyBodyBook Personal And Family Organizer

Glossary Of Time Management Terms

Weekly Goal Planner And Worksheet

Goal Enforcer

Project Case

Say Yes To Your Dreams

View More...

Add this page to your Bookmarks!

E-mail this page to a friend!

www.OnlineOrganizing.com is a service mark of Bradford, LLC.
Content on this site is © Bradford, LLC, All rights reserved.

If you notice any problems with this site, please contact our webmaster.
And if you don't see what you need you are welcome to "ask the organizer" any question!

To see what people are saying about www.OnlineOrganizing.com, check out our visitor comments.

Click here to view our privacy policy.

Calendar Of Organizing Holidays And Events Blog Central Sign Up For Our Free Online Newsletters Join The Conversation At Our Organizing Discussion Board Advertise Your Company On Our Website Be An Affiliate Of www.OnlineOrganizing.com