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365 Ways to Start Over: Day #10 – Pick Up an Eraser

What would it take to eliminate all the nonsense in your life? More money? More time? More organization? More opportunities? When you acquire all the “Mores” does it help ease your stress? Generally not. The key to a happy life isn’t defining what you need more of. It’s eliminating what you don’t need. It’s taking a big eraser to the pieces of your life that in 10 years won’t matter so that the gems may shine through more brightly. If you have trouble with a certain person at work, limit your interaction or limit your responses to well thought remarks – remove dialogue that will only heighten the drama. If you are stressed with financial concerns, eliminate things that are not essential to your happiness – can you make do with a used car instead of a new one and do you really need all those cable channels? If you can’t make up your mind about whether to look for a new job or not, what could you say “No” to that would make the answer easier?

You control the eraser. What will shine through once the trappings of “won’t matter in 10 years” are out of the way?

Mary Lee Gannon is the president of Gannon Group – a full service executive coaching, training and consulting firm that provides productivity strategies for people and organizations by improving team performance, executive leadership skills, board performance, planning and project execution. Mary Lee’s personal turnaround came as a stay-at-home mother, with four children under seven-years-old, who endured a divorce that took she and the children from the country club life to public assistance from where within a short time she worked up to the level of CEO. Her book “Starting Over – 25 Rules for When You’ve Bottomed Out” is available in bookstores or at Amazon. Get her FREE ebook – “Grow Productivity – A Leader’s Toolbox” on her web site at www.StartingOverNow.com.