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Excerpted from Take Time for Your Life by Cheryl Richardson. Copyright 1999 by Cheryl Richardson. Excerpted by permission of Random House, Inc.  All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. HTML and web pages copyright by SpiritSite.com.

"Over time, I've identified seven common obstacles that consistently prevent people from living lives that they love."

  Cheryl Richardson, Take Time for Your Life, Part 5

Over time, I've identified seven common obstacles that consistently prevent people from living lives that they love:

1.You think "selfish" is a dirty word. You have a hard time putting your needs before others and often end up feeling frustrated and resentful about the commitments you make.

2.Your schedule does not reflect your priorities. You find yourself exhausted at the end of the day without enough time left for the things that are most important to you.

3.You feel drained by people, places, and things. Your life feels like one long list of things to do that never seem to get completed. Your office still needs organizing, your home may be full of clutter, or you may feel drained by a friend or family member's constant complaints.

4.You feel trapped by money. You're tired of not being able to make the choices you want because of financial constraints. You may be saddled with unwanted debt, struggling to make ends meet, or feeling unsatisfied with the way you spend your money.

5.Adrenaline has become your main source of fuel. You're constantly running from one appointment to the next. You'd like to relax but you can't seem to slow down. Peace of mind seems like an impossible goal.

6.You're missing a supportive community in your life. You feel isolated or disconnected from others and long to share a deeper connection with a community of like-minded people.

7.Your spiritual well-being gets last place in your busy life. You'd like to spend consistent time in meditation, prayer, practicing yoga, or other forms of spiritual self-care, but life keeps getting in the way.

These are the seven blocks that, when given time and attention, can easily be turned around. Overcoming these obstacles is the focus of this book. If you're willing to work hard and invest your time (which this book will help you find!) and energy in this process, I promise you, your life will change dramatically. You can make the shift and put yourself in charge of how you live your life. You can live a life you love, and I'd like to show you how.

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