You really get “it” & I am so glad that you do

Hello my friends, I really do apologize for being so long away from the blog!  It has been a summer of maintaining balance for me as there have been some bumpy roads to navigate emotionally and physically…not really an excuse to leave you all hanging out there, wondering where I have been; however, since this blog is really about controllable lifestyle issues, it has been great to know that I could create my own balance & take some personal pressure off by letting “the blog” roll in forward motion without my constant attention.  I really appreciate the fact that YOU GET IT!! THANK YOU!

Below is a quick article post about Gratitude from INC Magazine’s, inc.com author, Geoffrey James.  Funny, it rhymes with Attitude, and it can make or break your vision, your mission of living a better life or your ability to see past the nose on your very own face!

Story, quick reflection: Once a giant tree fell into my (new to me) house while my family & I were inside. Later a friend & neighbor said to me that  I was so ‘unlucky’. Silly, but I thought that it was  strange to think that I could still be standing there and be ‘unlucky’- no one was hurt, and I was so grateful for that!  I appreciated her sympathy for the situation but reminded her that it was “all good.” Things happen, find the good & give thanks for that good! 

Be glad, be thankful and live in forward motion! The post takes less than 5 minutes to read & is the

True Secret to Sucess (It’s Not What You Think)  Enjoy!

If you’re not exercising this emotional muscle, you’re probably setting yourself up for failure.

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I’m utterly convinced that the key to lifelong success is the regular exercise of a single emotional muscle: gratitude.

People who approach life with a sense of gratitude are constantly aware of what’s wonderful in their life. Because they enjoy the fruits of their successes, they seek out more success. And when things don’t go as planned, people who are grateful can put failure into perspective.

By contrast, people who lack gratitude are never truly happy. If they succeed at a task, they don’t enjoy it. For them, a string of successes is like trying to fill a bucket with a huge leak in the bottom. And failure invariably makes them bitter, angry, and discouraged.

Therefore, if you want to be successful, you need to feel more gratitude. Fortunately, gratitude, like most emotions, is like a muscle: The more you use it, the stronger and more resilient it becomes.

Practice Nightly

The best time to exercise gratitude is just before bed. Take out your tablet (electronic or otherwise) and record the events of the day that created positive emotions, either in you or in those around you.

Did you help somebody solve a problem? Write it down. Did you connect with a colleague or friend? Write it down. Did you make somebody smile? Write it down.

What you’re doing is “programming your brain” to view your day more positively. You’re throwing mental focus on what worked well, and shrugging off what didn’t. As a result, you’ll sleep better, and you’ll wake up more refreshed.

Reprogramming Your Brain

More important, you’re also programming your brain to notice even more reasons to feel gratitude. You’ll quickly discover that even a “bad day” is full of moments that are worthy of gratitude. Success becomes sweeter; failure, less sour.

The more regularly you practice this exercise, the stronger its effects.

Over time, your “gratitude muscle” will become so strong that you’ll attract more success into your life, not to mention greater numbers of successful (i.e., grateful) people. You’ll also find yourself thanking people more often. That’s good for you and for them, too.

This method works. If you don’t believe me, try it for at least a week. You’ll be amazed at what a huge difference it makes.

“True Secret to Success: Gratitude” http://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/gratitude-true-secret-to-success.html?nav=next

Work-Life Balance?

Are you struggling to find the Work-Life balance that
everyone keeps talking about? Career, work, family obligations and family fun
too? Where is the time for you?

If this sounds familiar then it is time to take a deep
breath and give yourself a break! Life moves at the speed of light nowadays. We
all work and run off to some game or event that doesn’t even sound like fun because
there are so many other things you “should” be doing…STOP, breath deep and look
around! Enjoying the moment you are in will help the feelings of overwhelming commitment.

I have noticed that the cars are simply flying down my
street faster than ever.  This bothers me because I know that if an accident happens no time will be saved and it could even be worse.  Struggling with
balance first takes recognition that you are overwhelmed. Second, it takes inner commitment to your own desire to be in balance (aka:
you can’t do everything!)  and recognize that you have to let some things go.
Third, and most important, it takes an active ability to work toward balance.

Go for a jog when you get home, walk with your children after dinner, sit on the front porch and enjoy your neighborhood.  These same balancing acts can be applied at work: take a ten minute walk with a friend and talk about music or movies or find the picnic bench (you used to know where it was) for lunch once each week.

While performing these five and ten minute balancing acts, leave your phone, or whatever you choice of connectivity is, at your desk, in your purse, in a drawer or anywhere that is away from you because you need the opportunity to refocuss on yourself. This practice will bring a better sense of wellbeing and help with your work-life balance.