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Reaching the step at a time Reaching the step at a time working through challenging issues or getting through dauntingly laborious tasks is often, to say the least, overwhelming. Leading to feelings of defeat. Often thinking we should give-in and give-up. Garnering the necessary strength and motivation may seem impossible. The mountain is high, the terrain rough, and the summit is no where in sight. How do you up climb the mountain and shout victory at the summit? One step at a time. Often, when confronted with exceptionally difficult issues to resolve or tough task to accomplish, we attempt to take climb to the top with one giant step. You wouldn't eat an entire king size chocolate bar in one mouthful. Well, perhaps that's a bad example; many of us, me included would eat the entire bar in one long continuous bite, until it was gone, and enjoy every morsel. Better example: laundry, no one would try to get 3 weeks of laundry done in one load, you would sort it; delicates from cottons, colorize it; dark in one pile, whites in another. Finally washing the clothes in manageable loads. Life challenges should be approached in the same fashion. Break your decision making and tasks into smaller manageable, bite size pieces. Take it one step at a time. Finally, when you accomplish a step, reward yourself; take a relaxing bath, go for a run, or my personal favorite; kill the king size chocolate bar.

Laurie Giles, JD  

Laurie Giles, is an attorney, mediator, life coach and speaker.  She has practiced law for more than 20 years and is a graduate of Springfield College and Rutgers University Law School. Laurie is the author of the What Now? Elder Planning: a Step By Step Guide To Navigating Through Your Parents Aging and What Now? Divorce Planning; A Step By Step Guide to Navigating Through Your Divorce. The  What Now? book and  workbook series help women navigate through the practicalities of life altering situations and develop a plan to create the life they deserve. She is the host of a weekly internet radio show, What Now? heard each tuesday on For more information about Laurie visit [Link Removed]

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