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What Are Your Priorities?
by Deirdre McEachern

"The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want." -Ben Stein

At the end of every Winter as warm weather and sunshine approach I find myself keenly aware of where I'd like to be spending my time. Outside as much as possible! I think the changing of the seasons is a great time to re-evaluate our life and what areas we would like to change. After all, if you don't know what you want, it's impossible to get it.

Take a moment now to evaluate your quality of life. Do you know what you want from this life before your time is over? On the suggestion of a good friend, I sat down recently and wrote out a list of my personal priorities. It was a very eye-opening and useful experience. Once I could see clearly (on paper!) my true, personal priorities it was obvious what small changes I could make in order to more fully live my life the way I want. It is a very motivational experience that left me feeling fully "alive".

Thinking about your professional life, what are your priorities? You might want that promotion, corner office or dream job. It's important to have clear goals but you also need a plan to get yourself there. When you look at your choices each day, ask yourself if they are helping you make progress toward your envisioned future or not. Once you have identified the actions that are hindering you, it is easy to let them go. You can begin to focus on making more choices that are in-line with your professional vision and growth plan.

Take this opportunity to start new growth. Lay down some constructive plans for your quality of life and professional development. Who knows what your life could look like this time next year!

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Deirdre McEachern's passion is helping her clients achieve their dreams. She believes strongly that you can find a career you enjoy, express your natural talents and have a life! Contact Deirdre at for a free career-coaching consultation or sign up for her free e-newsletter at

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