Addendum to Tip#4:
Brunch today with a very good girlfriend of mine reminded me of another category that you can add to the list, FINANCES! Given the current economy, it's definitely a good idea to rate this area of your life.
Tip #5: Pick up the Needle and Stop the Tape!
One of the easiest forms of "baggage" to recognize is the music playing in our head. The old "records and tapes" of negative self-talk that often makes it's way into our thoughts and speech in the form of "not so nice" opinions slung at you in the past by your parents, a former lover, or even that "jungle gym" bully from the 5th grade. Let today be the day that you pick up the needle and stop the tape on all the negative self-talk that you have been replaying in your head or have let seep into your conversation. You know...when someone compliments you and instead of saying "thank you", you launch into a "one man/woman roast" of yourself. I know it's easier said than done, but it's not impossible. Start by trying to spend a few hours a day not saying anything bad about you. Gradually increase the time until you have experienced a full day of not talking down to yourself. Practice makes progress people!