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May 16, 2003

"Life is what we make it.
Always has been, always will be." 
-- Grandma Moses
Remember the last time you were driving down the road and noticed that your gas tank was on "empty"?  How did you feel?  If you're like most of us, you started feeling just a little anxious. 

You probably began thinking about how and when you would find a gas station.  You might have even wondered (just for a few seconds) what it would be like if you ran out of gas.  If your imagination was in high gear, you would have visualized yourself trudging on foot to the nearest gasoline station, buying a can of fuel (including the can!), then hiking back to the car.  What a trip! 

Now switch scenarios.  Recall what you felt like when you just filled the tank.  You are confidently driving with an ample reserve of gas. No worries about fuel; no anxiety about running out. 

Having a reserve of fuel for your car is very similar to having reserves for yourself.  When you are running on "empty" with regard to time, money, space, love, faith, satisfaction, or companionship, you will feel the same negative emotions you felt when driving with an empty gas tank. 

So, what's the answer?  Build the reserves of all these things you need in your life.  Identify the things that are important to you, then set out to find ways of having more than just the bare minimum of these things.  Do what you have to do to create more than enough love, attention, space, time, money and so on. 

Let's get something straight first.  Building more than enough of something you need in your life is only one part of the puzzle. The other piece is to identify what is draining your reserves.  If you're pouring into a leaky bucket, you won't make much progress. 

Start today to plug the leaks and create ample reserves for yourself in all the areas where you have needs.  Some suitable candidates may be time, money, space, safety/security, ideas, opportunities, friends, love, attention, self-esteem, confidence, energy, and fuel in the tank. 

Fill the tank! 

By Gary Lockwood who is helping business owners, entrepreneurs, and professionals.  Get his free BizSuccess newsletter at http://www.bizsuccess.com.
Copyright (c) 2003 BizSuccess
In the work that I do in the PaperRoom (tm) (see Community Involvement), we also speak of the importance of reserves. To maintain your "positive sense of self," you actually learn what actions will "fuel your tank" and how to identify when you are running low.  This week:

1.     Identify which areas of your life need some gas. 

2.     What actions could you take to fuel your tank? 

3.     Which action(s) will you take this week? 

4.     Share what you've learned about yourself in this process. Check in with a friend or your coach and explain your process. They could benefit from this process, too.

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