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It is an unfortunate part of life that despite our best intentions, there may be people, places, events or things that sap your energy, erode your confidence and paralyse your dreams. You may get a sense that you are not really happy, but are unsure exactly what is preventing you from being happy. Read the statements below and think about the ones that apply to you. This exercise helps to highlight the areas of your life that may be draining you more than you realise:

 • I no longer enjoy my job and have a hard time showing up each day
• My work is stressful and leaves me exhausted at the end of the day
• My desk is a mess, and I have trouble finding what I need
• I am avoiding a confrontation or conflict at work
• I tolerate bad behaviour from a boss or colleague
• I am not computer literate, and it gets in the way of my productivity
• I lack the proper office equipment that I need to do my job well
• My work does not allow me to express my creativity
• I know I need to delegate specific tasks, but am unable to let go of control
• I feel overwhelmed with the amount of information that enters my life in the form of books, magazines and email
• There are courses that I could take which would enhance my performance at work
• I stay in my current job only for the money
• I am fearful about losing my job


• There are people in my life who continuously drain my energy
• I have unreturned phone calls, emails, or letter that need to be handled
• I have an unresolved conflict with a family member
• I lack quality friendships in my life
• I feel a void in my life created by the lack of a romantic partner
• There is someone I need to forgive
• There is a relationship I need to end
• There is a phone call I dread making, and it causes me stress and anxiety
• I’m currently involved in a relationship that compromises my values
• I miss being a part of a loving and supportive community
• I feel alone


• My car is in need of a cleaning and/or repair
• My wardrobe needs updating and/or alterations
• I would like to live in a different geographic location
• I have appliances that need repair or upgrading
• My home is not decorated in a way that nurtures me
• My wardrobes are cluttered and need to be cleaned
• Repairs need to be done around my home or apartment
• My home is cluttered and disorganised
• I miss having more beauty reflected in my environment
• I watch too much television

Body, Mind & Spirit

• I eat food that is not good for me
• I consume to much alcohol
• I load up on caffeine constantly
• Something about my physical appearance bothers me
• I do not get the sleep I need to feel fully rested
• I would like to exercise regularly but never seem to find the time
• I have a health concern for which I have avoided getting help
• I have emotional needs that consistently go unmet
• There are books that I would love to read, but never seem to find the time for
• I need to visit the dentist
• I lack personal interests that are intellectually stimulating
• I lack a spiritual or religious practice in my life


• I have tax returns that are not filed or taxes that are not paid
• I pay my bills late
• I spend more than I earn
• I do not have a plan for my financial future
• My credit rating is not what I would like it to be
• I do not have a regular savings plan
• I do not have adequate insurance coverage
• My mortgage rate is too high, and I need to refinance
• I have debt that needs to be paid off
• I do not have a will or it is not up to date
If your current life does not reflect how you would like to live begin to make small changes and honour the person you would like to become. If you have lots of areas that are draining you ignoring them will only exacerbrate the situation. Seek support and make changes.

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