Personal Best Newsletter

9 May

Another great newsletter from Personal Best Consulting & Dr. Leif Hokanson Smith!

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Our May 2011 issue, Issue #90, is made up of three sections:

1. Downsizing
2. Odds and Ends
3. Word of the Month

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1. Downsizing

Some ways to clear the physical and mental clutter from your life include:

A. Keep track of your spending habits for one week. You’ll be surprised at how much money you spend on eating out, coffee, and random shopping.

B. Spend an hour going through your closet and removing any clothing that you haven’t worn in the last six months to a year. Donate these items to a charity of your choice. Most charities will come to your door to pick up donated items, making it all the more easy to declutter your wardrobe.

C. Analyze your friendships. Do your “friends” add value to your life? If they don’t, you’re misleading yourself. There’s nothing wrong with moving on from a “friendship” that doesn’t serve a positive purpose in your life.

D. Schedule a garage sale for the early summer. You’ll be amazed at how much “stuff” you have to sell, and how much space you’ll clear from your garage, basement, storage, etc.

E. How many amenities are you paying for that you seldom use? How many cable channels do you need? How many magazines do you get in the mail that go unread? How about that expensive gym membership?

F. Start a debt snowball payment plan, whereby you pay off your credit card that has the lowest balance first, and then apply that payment to the next biggest balance card, etc.


2. Odds and Ends

A. Many of life’s obstacles and problems are self-produced. Examples include being grossly overweight, smoking, eating lard three times per day, or avoiding the doctor and dentist for extended periods of time. More subtle ways we sabotage ourselves include spending money mindlessly, not taking prescribed medicine and then complaining about our health, or treating people with disrespect or carelessness.

B. Great read: Word Nerd, by Barbara Ann Kipfer. Contains over 17,000 useful and entertaining facts about words.

C. An observation from my clinical work: Relationship issues continue to be the crux of most issues that require help from a professional like myself. We are living in an immediate gratification society, and relationships are about trust and time. See any problems there?

D. Knowing what to do and doing what you know is good for you are two separate issues. We are creatures of habit, but habits can be changed with conscious effort.


3. Seldom Used Though Amusing Word of the Month

Manling (noun): A little man.

Copyright (2011) Leif H. Smith, Psy.D. All rights reserved.
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