Yeah right, add dealing with stress to your “to do” list! That’s a great way to create more stress than you already are experiencing. Wait – rethink that for a minute. If you pause every once in a while, you will start reducing your stress. If you shift your perspective and improve your relationship with time, you will reduce your stress. And these things do not take much time at all.
Reducing your stress is mainly an inside job. “Doing” things – say taking a meditation class or using the Calm App do take time. Start first with inner shifts and time will become available for you to do a lot more to reduce the stress you are experiencing today.
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A recent NY Times article, So You’ve Made a Huge Mistake. What Now? by Tim Herrera looks at recovering from a mistake or blunder.
Mistakes can stop you in your tracks and even send you backwards, if you let them. Staying present to a mistake you have made brings all your skill and talent to rectifying any damage done. Next time you make “a big one”, accept it and move on towards a better place than you were before. Mistakes help you grow and learn. They are not worthless or unfixable.
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I recently came across this statement: We want to be seen so that we know we exist. It caught me. Some like the spotlight. Others avoid it. The statement may go deeper. What does being seen mean to you? Is it recognition of your talents, attention from others, receiving the respect you are due or something else? Whatever your desire, validate your feelings and declare them a value that you can honor.
How do you want to be seen in the world? It is up to you to make it so.
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Do you “go brightly” in your work and life? You have the capacity to shine in all that you do. Shining often starts within. Ask yourself what is your focus, what do you want to achieve, what are you truly meant to be doing? Identify your unique gifts. Then, build the reserves within to bring your gifts outward to the world. Once you do, you’ll be shining brightly!
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Life is seldom a straight line. It goes up and down and up and down again. Sometimes the down times can unsettle you. They are not permanent, just part of the movement and rhythm of life. Try looking at them as temporary “dips” with various purposes and outcomes. Trust that you will find your way out eventually and move to higher ground.
Dips can be a setback, a lull, a course correction or a disappointment. Dips can occur so that you can slow down, look carefully, take a new perspective, gather momentum or find a new direction. Dips aren’t a failure or a problem. They are something to be aware of and to deal with in a productive and meaningful way.
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Are your work and life lively? They can be, when you create some excitement, stay active, employ your curiosity and optimism and stay in the game. Perhaps a change in mindset is called for. What’s one thing you can do this month to make your life and work lively? Enjoy!
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How do you respond to surprises? By their nature, surprises unsettle you. Some surprises are pleasant, some are not. What’s one surprise that you experienced at work? How did you respond? How will you respond to the next surprise that comes along?
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1. Are you enjoying the work you are doing?
2. Is your work life pretty free of “drama”?
3. Is your stress low?
4. Are you feeling centered most of the time?
5. Are you responding well to crises and pressure, when they show up?
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How is your future looking? Your future needs your focus, if it is to be fulfilling and successful. Take a look at your future from these perspectives: physical, mental, emotional and inspirational. Envision them as the best they can be. Write your visions down – from a physical perspective I want my future to be….. This is a powerful starting point for creating a future worth living!
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As uncomfortable as they are, a lot can be learned from missteps and failures. Making the most of them involves letting what happened teach you what to do and not do the next time that you are in a similar situation. Instead of running from such experiences, identify constructive take-aways, so that the next time you do better.
Think of a recent misstep or failure. Identify your take-aways and put them into practice. That way, you’ll create a practice of continuous improvement that can serve you well.
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