Joy is an up lifter. It energizes, and fulfills you. The source of your joy is unique to you. What were you doing the last time you felt joy?
Knowing what brings you joy serves you in multiple ways. Here are a few: as an antidote in times of stress, as an essential element of wellness, as a life balancer, as a way of bringing you together with others, as a balance to the pain in life, as a way to positively influence others or as a way to maintain a positive outlook.
With joy an integral and intentional part of your life, things can only get better.
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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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There’s a bridge just ahead as 2017 nears.
This bridge offers promise for all of us.
May your walk across this bridge be intentional, steady and filled with the joy of a new beginning.
Happy New Year!
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I have always loved the phrase “lightness of being”. For me it means less burden, joy, sweetness and clarity. Would you like to cultivate lightness of being in your work? Here are a few ideas to get you started:
• Stay agile in how you approach your work
• Consciously bring joy into your work each day
• Keep yourself physically balanced and fit
• Do not let your mind dominate you
• Learn how to handle stress and regain your center
• Try to take whatever happens with a balance of seriousness and lightness
• Realize that time changes things for us
• Look at your career as a journey, always leading you, eventually, to better things
There are many ways to grow your lightness of being. Commit to doing so and many benefits will ensue.
“I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.”
– Steve Jobs
In my last post I wrote about the source of your negativity and looking below the surface for its roots. The source of your positive thinking, in contrast, is self-generated by you. Staying positive in a chaotic and challenging world takes effort.
You can cultivate a positive attitude by doing and thinking in positive ways. Examples of sources of positive doing and thinking can be: being with people who “lift you up”, listening to music that inspires you, doing things that give you joy, finding positive reasons why you live and work the way you do, staying away from negative influences, developing ways to counteract your own negativity when it arises and committing to maintaining a positive attitude
What are the sources of your positivity?
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Sometimes you can get bogged down in life – with too much to do, too many irritations, pressure, unsettled emotions or dissatisfaction, for example. Things can be that way at times – it’s natural. You don’t want to stay there too long, however. Joy can be a great antidote to feeling bogged down. Sometimes, joy presents itself and sometimes it doesn’t. At those times when joy is not present and you need some, you have the choice to create joy.
What brings you joy? Create a bit of it the next time life bogs you down.
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