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8 Ways to Keep It Fresh
With everything going on around you, it can be easy to get off track. Use these 8 tips to keep it fresh.

The key to purpose and energy is flow.

Are you following your mission in life or do you feel disconnected from what you want to do, believe in and value? Are other people defining who you are? The more your time is organized around your values the more energy you gain from your activities. Here are a few ideas that can help you stay "on flow."

1. Figure out who you want to be and what you want to do. Many of us ignore our dreams in the interest of providing for our families, or because we think we don't deserve them—but all that does is leave us unhappy and listless. If this describes you, spend some time deciding what you want to do and be.

2. Take a good, long look at your career choices. Are you happy? Do you find your work fulfilling? Or are you just going through the motions to pay the bills? If the answer to the last question is "Yes," reconsider your career.

3. Don't equate material success with achieving dreams. Money can't buy happiness. If you have everything you ever wanted and you're still unhappy, maybe it's because you've sacrificed your dreams for money. Reconsider your options, and figure out how you can make the world a better place.

4. Don't let your obligations prevent you from pursuing your dreams. Your dreams didn't cease to exist the day your kids were born. Sure, you're here to encourage their dreams and help them attain them, but not to abandon yours in the meantime. Trying to achieve your own dreams sends your kids a healthy message about life and how to live it.

5. Spend time on what's most important to you. Put some metrics on your priorities. If family, health and spirituality are important to you, don't throw them over in favor of work. Balance your life to reflect what matters to you most.

6. Cultivate faith in a higher power. If you find solace in believing in God, Allah or Prana, embrace that satisfaction; however, you don't have to subscribe to a particular faith to be a spiritual person or to benefit from a daily dose of energy from your spiritual practice of choice.

7. Avoid people who shatter your dreams. Don't try to be what people expect you to be, and never, ever listen to people who put down your dreams. Instead, believe in yourself and work hard to attain what you want out of life.

8. Claim your dream. Stop being all talk and no action. Grab a piece of paper and a pen. Without overanalyzing act straight from your gut and finish this sentence: I am a ______________. Then do what you need to in order to make that dream a reality.

The key to purpose and energy is flow. Anything short of flow and you spend lots of energy being restless and irritated. When what you believe and what you do are in alignment, you'll experience higher satisfaction in everyday life. Stop ignoring your dreams!

Laura Stack (www.TheProductivityPro.com) is a motivational speaker who helps busy workers Leave the Office Earlier with Maximum Results in Minimum Time. She is the president of The Productivity Pro, Inc., a time management firm specializing in productivity improvement in high-stress organizations. Laura has given presentations on improving output, lowering stress and saving time in today’s workplaces for companies such as Microsoft, Starbucks and 3M. She is the bestselling author of "The Exhaustion Cure" (2008); "Find More Time" (2006); and "Leave the Office Earlier" (2004). To have Laura speak at your event, call 303-471-7401.

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