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Written by Linda Palacios   
Wednesday, 26 August 2009 03:51

Being Wise to Prioritize
Feel like you're at the bottom of your own totem pole? This local speaker and author helps fit "you" into your schedule. See how you can dedicate more to others by taking care of yourself first.

A balanced life begins with a balanced self. And one local man is working to help inspire that balance in people around the globe. That man is Matthew Kelly, international motivational speaker, local author and founder of The Matthew Kelly Foundation.


Kelly travels the world to provide people with insight into how they can take control of their lives and become the "best-version-of-themselves" in every aspect of their lives. With 25 standard speeches that he customizes to each audience, Kelly covers a full range of topics from "Seven Levels of Intimacy," which focuses on romantic relationships, to "The Rhythm of Life," which discusses achieving a work-life balance. Both of these speeches are based on Kelly's books of the same names and topics.


Besides reaching people through books and speeches, Kelly and his foundation have offered retreats for 10 years as "passion and purpose weekend[s]," he says. Retreat participants receive guidance to figure out what they want the next stage in their life to be and to develop a "personal strategic plan" with which to approach that stage, Kelly says.


The next retreat will be Sept. 11 to Sept. 13. While reservations fill up quickly, you can register or learn more by calling (513) 221-7700.


With his wealth of knowledge and insight, he also offers Cincy Chic readers some tips toward a balanced self. That balance all begins with a daily focus and renewal of four key areas in your life: the physical, the emotional, the spiritual and the intellectual, Kelly says. Without keeping these four areas in the forefront of their lives, people can become irritable, restless and disconnected. But in maintaining those four areas in your focus, you will feel better about yourself and have more clarity in your life.


"Every relationship you're in personally and professionally is going to benefit from you having high levels of energy from your feeling better about yourself and better about your life," Kelly says. "Everything runs from that. Everything stems from that."


In order to begin this process of a daily renewal, Kelly recommends starting with one of the key areas that you can schedule into your daily routine. For example, a 20-minute walk could fulfill the "physical" area.


In refocusing yourself on a daily basis, you will develop a positive habit. "Our lives change when our habits change, and that one simple habit can shift momentum in our lives," Kelly says.


For more information about Kelly and his foundation, books and events, visit his Web site.


Photo courtesy of The Matthew Kelly Foundation

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