The holiday season is often a busy one. Is there anything it would make sense to “suspend” until the season is over? Time is finite and stress increases as our expectations do, particularly when you are out of time. Bring yourself to the present moment. How is your stress level right now? What are you expecting to get done during the holiday season? Do you have the time and energy to accomplish all that you want to?
By being realistic with your time and expectations, you keep yourself centered and strong. By lightening your load, you can enjoy the holidays and start the new year well.
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To get something done, your intent must be strong. How about a strong intention to find joy during the holiday season? By doing this, chances are good you will succeed.
We can all create joy without losing anything. Your joy is contagious, as well, bringing joy to others. This holiday season find joy. It is yours for the asking.
What joy can you find today?
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Are you getting ready for the holidays? Which do you prefer – slower holidays to relax and savor or holidays packed with activity and fun? You have the choice to make them what you want them to be.
Be deliberate in your thinking and decide how you want to experience the holidays. That way, you create an experience that fills, instead of drains, you.
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It is the holidays and one thing that is sure to happen is your having to change course. Perhaps the office is understaffed or distracted by the holidays and work isn’t getting done. Or, you had everything under control to balance work and life and now there is just too much to do. The stress of it all can be challenging.
One good way to deal with the nature of the holidays is to look at disruptions as a change in plans. Acknowledge what is happening, get present and decide the best course for you. That way, change or missed expectations do not get the better of you. Total control is an illusion. Best to ride with what happens, adjust your expectations and make the best of it.
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During the holidays, how about planning some time to get away from it all? There are lots of reasons to do this: managing stress, maintaining perspective and balance, enjoying yourself, making sure you don’t lose it when it matters and getting to the end of the holidays in one piece.
It can be just a day or a few hours or it can be longer. It is up to you. What do you think you need? What will you do? Where will you go?
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Venture – a risky or daring journey or undertaking.
The holidays are here. They can be a time of joy and pain, connection and disconnection, reaching and hiding and hope and discouragement. Within their energy, conditions may be right for you to “venture”. You can ride on the wings of positivity or pick yourself up from being down.
What do you dream of? What has held you back from pursuing that dream? Are you ready to venture closer to that dream? You may encounter uncertainty. It may take some time. That’s okay. Get started on your venture and by the time the holidays are here in 2018, bet you’ll be in a whole new place!
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The holidays are just around the corner. How can you make them the best you’ve ever had? Here are some things to think about: balance, joy, who lifts you up and who doesn’t, parties, money, work, play, rest, new beginnings, endings and fun.
Setting your intentions for the kind of holidays you want to have is powerful and satisfying!
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The holidays have arrived. How are you doing? You can control how you experience the holidays this year or you can let them control you and take you on a wild, not so pleasant, ride. Which will it be?
What are three things that you can do today to make the holidays your best ever? Do them and enjoy!
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1. Take a walk alone, during or at the end of the day.
2. Go to see a movie.
3. Close your office door (if you can) or go to a conference room and sit quietly for five minutes.
4. Stay home one day on a weekend.
5. Stop whatever you are doing and bring yourself fully to the present moment, three times each day.
6. Look at your calendar and eliminate one thing on it each week and do not replace it with activity.
7. Have a quiet meal with a friend or family member.
8. Turn off the radio or any other noise when you are driving, at least once each day.
9. Sit quietly for 10 minutes, with no distraction, before you go to sleep.
10. Take a nap.
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Your awareness of the strength of emotions, personal demands and impact of the holidays is a starting point for managing through them. The holidays are not business as usual.
How are your colleagues, team and you yourself doing during the holidays? Are people keeping their focus, maintaining productivity and collaborating well? Or, are you noticing changes, gaps or problems caused by the holidays? The holidays call for adjusting the way you manage yourself and others. Best to realistically assess what can get done during the holidays as well as what must get done and plan accordingly. Doing so will serve you and your team well and let you begin 2016 on top of your game.
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