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Reflect On What's Important To Maintain Good Heart Health

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Do you feel like your projects, commitments, and obligations are pulling your attention away from what is really important?

Are you wondering what the point of all of this running around is?

Are you neglecting your health or giving up personal pleasures to fulfill other people’s priorities?

Take a moment to think about what is truly important to you.

In my program, “Why Women Have Balls,” I discuss how women can consistently juggle only three balls. While on a given day you may be juggling 12 things, which three things are your priority? Which three will you always make sure stay in the air?

Here are my three:

* I will support and encourage my husband and help my daughters grow into confident, well-adjusted, and compassionate adults.
* I will protect my health — because if I don’t, I can’t be sure I can do anything else.
* I will give back for the gifts I’ve been given by helping other busy women lead healthier lives.

On a crazy day, keeping these three priorities in mind help me make decisions about what I can and will do. If it doesn’t allow me to honor the things I hold important, it is perhaps time to say no. It’s not a perfect system. Yes, sometimes I overwhelm myself with commitments, but if I choose to juggle something more, I have more power over the situation than if I simply try to catch everything that comes my way.

“No” is a powerful word, and often a word women have trouble using. We feel guilty about putting our priorities ahead of others. Keep in mind:

Saying no to something means saying an emphatic yes to something else.

Say yes to what is important in your life, breathe deep, and have a great 2009.

Please share your priorities with EmpowHer, http://www.empowher.com/community/all/share

Eliz Greene is the Busy Woman’s Guide to a Health. Drawing on her experience surviving a massive heart attack while seven-months pregnant with twins, struggling to lose the 80 pounds gained during her pregnancy, and her background as an adaptive movement specialist, Eliz developed simple strategies and tips to help other busy women be more active, eat better and manage your stress.

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