Embrace Change

17 Jan / 2017

Embrace Change

Change can be difficult to deal with. Big or small, change is like a curve ball being thrown at a batter that is expecting a completely different pitch.

Change is difficult to dance with because even we like to think we know how something is going to turn out. We like to think that we know how the people around us are going to act. Yet, as change has shown us
time and time again, we cannot possibly know any of it!

Change is a normal part of life. It is what keeps life interesting, our hearts pounding, and our minds creating. Change can turn an ordinary day into an extraordinary day. It can also unexpectedly turn our plans upside down. Yet, living with change, and successfully dealing with it, is about how we dance with the changes of life. Successfully managing change is about how we choose to behave in the face of the good, bad, and sometimes the ugly… it is about who we choose to be.

So, before you react to any curve balls headed your way, stop and think. Give up your preconceived notions about what you believe, and instead look for the gold be whomever you need to be to get through the change and stay on top. If you do, I guarantee you will have found a golden nugget or two along the way that you would not have found otherwise.

Savor those nuggets of ideas, friendship, love, and understanding. Without the change orders of life, you wouldn’t have found those golden nuggets at all.

The New Year is well on its way! Are left wondering why your life didn’t take on a magical metamorphosis when the clock stuck midnight on January 1st? You aren’t alone. We live in hope that the New Year means exciting changes in our life. But, in reality the New Year is just a new year… nothing else. So, do you want to light up your 2017? Take control of your life NOW with these simple suggestions:

Take care of yourself first.

Have you made a New Year’s resolution to get back to the gym, but have yet to even step near one? If you don't 100% commit to your well-being and actually be in action around what you say you want, the status quo is all you can ever expect to have.

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christmas, x-mas, winter, happiness concept - dreaming girl in sFollowing is something that was written several years ago by a dear young friend of mine and printed in her local newspaper:

Christmas is a special to me because I like to go to Mass with my grandma and grandpa. We eat with them too. My mom makes chicken cordon bleu. In the morning we open up presents. Christmas is my favorite holiday.  — As written by a very smart little girl in the second grade

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bigstock-127117751Being part of a family business can be both rewarding and difficult. Unfortunately, at no time is the difficult side more obvious than when the family gathers for the holidays. As human beings we want to catch up on things when we are together, and all it takes is Uncle George asking, “How’s the business going ?” to take the entire room to a discussion on the family business. In the absence of restraint, the conversation around your holiday dinner table can become about who’s responsible for what, what’s going right, and what’s going wrong in your business. Quickly, your head becomes mired in work, instead of being present to the people in the room and your love and care for each other.

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“There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life—happiness, freedom, and peace of mind—are always attained by giving them to someone else.”  —Peyton Conway March

bigstock-151862408What do you think of when you hear the word “generosity”? Generosity is often seen as giving time or money, but it is about so much more. It is about generosity of spirit and the intention with which we give to others. As adults, from time to time, we all act in less than generous ways—cutting people off in traffic or blaming the airline reservations clerk when the plane is late because of a thunderstorm. We later regret our behavior.

Choosing to be generous, instead, can lighten, brighten and enhance your whole day. True generosity comes from the heart, willingly and bountifully, with no expectations for a particular personal reward in mind. Not only that, it’s FUN!

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