The stark realization that the lazy days of summer are coming to an abrupt end can be downright disappointing. But the summer isn’t over yet, so I have to ask: Have you done what you really set out to do this summer? Have you taken the time for you that you deserve? And if not, it isn’t too late, but it is time to get going!! The “best of intentions” aren’t nearly enough to take us from wanting to take care of ourselves to actually doing it, we have to put a few tools in place that help us take care of us!

It occurred to me that we talk a lot about focusing on the positive and having a smile on our faces. However, how do we be positive when work is stressing us out…bills are stressing us out…gas prices are stressing us out…or we’re torn between wanting to spend more time with our families and the need to bring in more money to meet the family’s needs? Let’s face it. We have a lot to be stressed about! So, if our default way of going through our day is to focus on the negatives, grumble and be down on life, how do we change our default way of being from negative to positive?

As a business coach, I talk with business owners from around the country each day. I am privy to all of their ups and downs, and I have to tell you, I’m hearing a lot of downs right now. And the truth is that I’m frustrated, because no matter what the economy is doing, no matter what circumstances are going on around us: LIFE DOESN’T HAVE TO BE HARD… WE DON’T HAVE TO SETTLE… WE CAN HAVE THE LIFE AND BUSINESSES WE WANT! Now, I am not trivializing the problems many Americans are now facing. I simply want to wake all of us up to the power we have to turn our mediocre, complacent, life-is-hard attitudes around.

No matter how difficult our personal situation may be, we all have things that we can be appreciative of. The really cool thing is that the more we openly acknowledge our appreciation, the more good and happiness that will return to us! Unfortunately, the exact opposite is true too! When we fail to show our appreciation for even the “smallest” things, eventually those around us will stop doing things for us!! The more we can look at the world from a greater perspective – appreciate the simple things in life, rather than worrying about what we don’t have – the more easily appreciation becomes part of who we are.

02 Jul 2008

Managing Chaos

Chaos is one of those things that send some people running for cover and others absolutely thrive on it! How do we manage unexpected events without going upside down? Most of us are creatures of habit, and chaos does little to calm those of us who operate from a very A + B = C existence. But the truth is that Chaos is really more of a normal occurrence than Order, and the better we are at managing the chaos in our lives the more we will learn and grow from the chaos that is around us! After all, where do we learn the most from – those things we do day in and day out OR those things that sneak into our tidy, orderly worlds?

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