I don’t know about you, but I can sometimes find this time of year a little over-whelming. Christmas shopping; getting ready for holidays; making sure my business is in good enough shape to leave for a couple of weeks – all of these things take time and can, if we are not careful, add stress to our lives.
Add to this the fact that this is also the time of year to make plans for the new year: to think about your dreams, hope desires; and to create goals to support those things; to make our traditional New Year Resolutions – and all of a sudden December feels like a full-size truck careering straight towards you!
However, as with everything we do in life, we have a choice as to how we deal with this busy period. While we can’t change what is going on around us externally, we can change our own interpretation of the events and other people’s actions. With this in mind, and inspired by a recent Forbes article, I have decided that this year there will be ZERO New Year Resolutions made by me. Instead, my choice is to implement these easy, immediate, yet effective strategies right now, that will help me stay focused on what’s important and see me and my business firing on all cylinders when I get back behind the wheel in January.
I’d love to share them with you here.
Strategy #1 – The Rocking Chair Test
I can’t confess to being the creator of this test, but I wish I were.
The premise is this – whenever you are faced with a decision, or you start to feel a little overwhelmed in life, submit yourself and the decision to the Rocking Chair Test.
Think of yourself 20, 40, 60 years from now, on your deck, in your beautiful rocking chair. You are thinking of your life gone by, and all the important moments and experiences you have shared with the people who have mattered most to you in your life; be they family, friends, colleagues or even strangers you have met by chance.
Now think of the decision you have to make, or whatever situation may be causing you to feel overwhelmed. Is it something you want to remember, in your Rocking Chair? Does it deserve to be escalated, or are there more important things to worry about/do with your precious time on this earth?
I love this test and I have already started to implement it. Instead of working this morning, I took time to go the swimming pool with my 3 year old boy. His squeals of delight in the pool created an experience that will fill me with warmth as I look back on my life, and his childhood, in years to come.
Life is made up of our experiences. Make those experiences as positive as you possibly can.
Strategy #2 – Be Thankful
Of course, we all know this is THE time of year to be thankful. However, I am not religious, and I often struggle with what the meaning of Christmas really is for me and my family.
I do know however, that it is a time of year to reflect on how lucky I am to be surrounded by family, friends and business associates who value me and everything that I bring to them.
And like-wise, I am thankful for all that they bring to me – the challenges, the sleepless nights, the difficult conversations, as well as the good stuff they bring. I am thankful because I know that in dealing with all that they bring, I learn and grow as a human being every single day. That allows me to be more for my family and friends and ultimately for my clients – wonderful women like you.
Take the time today, tomorrow, the next day, and every day after that, to reflect (even briefly) on everything and everyone you are thankful to have in your life. Notice how you feel when you are doing this – what is going through your mind, what sensations do you get in your body. Where in your body you feel it. Gratitude is a powerful emotion and worth practicing every day.
Strategy #3 – Learn Something New Every Day
Anthony Robbins believes that growth and contribution are key to human fulfilment and success.
With information so readily available, learning something new, and thereby growing, is easily accessible to all of us every day.
For me it is about reading as widely as I can about my passions: career, business, leadership and personal development. I get my information from various sources – one my favourites right now is LinkedIn updates – seeing what other people are reading and have written is how I start my day.
The key then is to implement what you learn. So for example I read about The Rocking Chair Test yesterday, and immediately implemented it in my decision-making strategy this morning. I have learnt, and I have done it. You can too – EVERY DAY.
So there we have it – my 3 easy strategies that you can implement right away – no need to wait till 1 January! I’d love to hear about they make changes to your life. Remember to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment below and share your stories.
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