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Discarding Labels and Discovering Meaning in Your Life

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Welcome to the conclusion (part 2 of 2) on my blog posts on stress and combating depression.

In my last blog post, I discussed a couple of key steps– two ideas which have helped me deal most effectively with depression, discouragement and stress in my own life.

As a brief recap, I wrote about the value of becoming aware of your depression or discouragement- and then gaining wisdom and insight from others.

For me, it’s been a great starting or “progress point” in my own life- following and acting upon these two ideas.  I’ve experienced more enthusiasm and gratitude for each day I’m given.

I hadn’t even realized that this was the path I took.  Since it’s been tremendously valuable in my own life, I’ve looked forward to sharing these ideas with you.

Life has its own twists and turns, challenges and difficulties.  But we can also gain hope and meaning through the experiences we have.

I hope this blog provides you with great encouragement – in whatever challenges you may face today.

Removing Stigmas or “Labels”

Moving forward, I’ve realized the great power of our thoughts- along with any stigma or “labels” we place upon ourselves.

When we’re feeling depressed or discouraged, it’s easy to place labels upon ourselves.

I’ve found it natural to “buy in” to thinking that I’m not quite “good enough, capable enough, talented enough or smart enough” to face new challenges.

Doubt about myself and everything else would seem to arise each time I try something outside my own “comfort zone”.

Here is a phrase I would tell myself when faced with obstacles (…or even my own self-imposed  limitations)…

“This is just the way I am”

This is one phrase I’m now working on removing or discarding from my thinking.

It’s one thing to have thoughts about my own limitations, lack of confidence or inadequacy in meeting daily challenges.

It’s quite another to accept these thoughts as true.

When I decide to accept limiting thoughts and beliefs about myself, it’s almost like I’m making a case for them.  By making a case for them, I’m validating and building on these thoughts, ideas and beliefs.

Consider the ways you may try to valid thoughts of “why I can’t set or achieve the goals I’d like to accomplish”.  As you validate these thoughts by telling yourself further reasons that argue for your limitations, it’s way easier to accept and adopt thoughts of inadequacy.

These days, I’m building on new thoughts of courage, strength, hope, and the future joy of accomplishing my goals and dreams in life.

Let’s suppose for a moment that you’re unconvinced that you have to accept the way you currently are today.

If I were in a debate with you- and if, in person, I could dispute your incapabilities, I could say:

“Who says that this is just the way you are?  Throughout your life, you’ve made progress.  You’ve experienced joy- and you’ve brought joy and happiness to the lives of others.  In addition, you’ve achieved goals of which you can be proud.  You have dreams for your life that you should never forfeit or give up on (no matter what the negative “naysayers” may say), and on top of that, you have tremendous accomplishments if you look back on your life.  You can become the person you desire to be, as you build on a new image of yourself as courageous, valuable and significant- which is your true identity.”

When I was in grade four, I didn’t do an assignment a teacher gave us in class.  She then labeled me as a “time waster”.  She encouraged other kids to call me that in the class.

This was a painful experience for me, and one I don’t even like mentioning.

For me, time management is still a very big challenge for me.

But, I’ve realized that I don’t need to live down to this label.  I have many strengths and capabilities.  I’ve also recognized that my grade four teacher should likely have never been a teacher, or had responsibility for a class.

I’m moving forward and getting past this label.

Many times, I like to refer to a few time management affirmations a personal coach gave me.  I’ve mentioned them in a previous post.

“Time is a valuable resource and I invest it wisely.”

With this affirmation, I tell myself that I value time and I’m a wise investor of time in my own life.  I’m affirming a new truth in my own life- one which counteracts my old, worn out belief.

The idea that I would “waste time” or be a “time-waster” is a belief and label and I needed to challenge and discard.

As I’ve challenged my old belief and have affirmed this new belief, I’ve experienced greater joy and productivity in my work and life.

Here’s an idea to consider: if you try to label yourself as unmotivated, lazy, or a “loser”, what validity does this line of thinking really have?

As you affirm yourself, and build yourself up with new labels of courage, strength and capability- you’ll see the light of day through the mental and emotional stress of discouragement.

At the end of the day, you’ll experience greater joy and a life well-lived as you build yourself up, rather than tear yourself down.

Today, I encourage you to challenge any labels that pop into your mind.

Your quality of life and peace of mind will improve.  I’ve experienced it first-hand.

Discovering Meaning from our Disappointments and Discouragement

This morning, I was reminded of a very inspiring quote from I had the privilege of coming across in my latest ebook edits.

It’s a quote from Joseph Addison, who was a British Essayist and Statesman:

Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses and disappointments; but let us have patience and we shall soon see them in their proper figures.

It’s rather odd how it works. As time passes, we tend to discover the reasons behind the things we go through.

For instance, here are a few valuable lessons I’ve learned through my own challenges with the mental stress of depression and fear:

  • The value of my thought life- and the way it plays out in my emotions, feelings, behaviors and in my attitude towards life
  • Choice and freedom- things I no longer take for granted.  Consider those in the world who die for the freedom that I have on a daily basis.  Things like freedom of thought, religion and speech.
  • Gratitude for Today’s Blessings- and the great value of living in the present moment, not in the regret of my past, or the uncertainties about the future.
  • Affirming my own Value and Significance- recognizing that I have a value and worth that no one can take away- unless I allow them to.  Taking this truth to heart, I now experience greater joy, meaning and enthusiasm for life.

Some of these things we need to learn the hard way.

I hope you’ve been inspired today to question any self-imposed labels which come to mind, and to discover meaning from your past as you build a great future.

In my next post, I’ll discuss the role our expectations play in the stress we experience.  I’ll provide a few tips in setting realistic expectations and goals.

All the best to you for greater courage and progress in life.

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Combating the Effects of Depression that Create Stress

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In life, with all its responsibilities and duties, it’s natural at times to feel overwhelmed, and somewhat discouraged.  Depression can often result from not feeling that we’ve “measured up” to the standards we’ve set for ourselves.

Perfectionism can often result.

I’ve experienced firsthand the effects of discouragement and depression.  Luckily, these emotions haven’t been the overall “theme” or characteristic of my own life, but I’ve had periods of time or periodic moments of experiencing these emotions.

In today’s post, I’d like to give you some valuable tips for handling times of depression and discouragement most effectively.  These emotions can also tend to be side effects of stress.

There have been times when I’ve felt really overwhelmed in my own life, and I’ve thought- “Why can’t I keep up with the goals I’ve set for myself?”

Asking myself this type of question tends to reinforce my feelings of being unable to keep up with my work, education and business, and I get discouraged and depressed.

I’ve found it helpful, though, to really monitor and elevate my thoughts from ones of fear and inadequacy to courage and strength.

If there’s one thing I would have done differently in the past, I would have developed and maintained a more optimistic attitude toward life.  I think of how much more I could have achieved if I affirmed my capabilities, value and significance.

I hope that you’ll be encouraged to do the same.  It takes a proactive effort to develop belief and faith in your own life, but it’s well worth it.

Gaining Awareness of The Feelings We’re Experiencing

There are times where we’ll feel sad, discouraged, disappointed, and depressed when things don’t turn out as we planned.

I like a series I watched on TV from In Touch.

Charles Stanley defined disappointment as an “emotional response to a failed expectation”.

If I recall correctly, he contrasted the state of discouragement as “the emotional state of final defeat, where we’d be more inclined to give up completely”.

I’m not sure what you’re religious or spiritual perspective is, and I’m not here to tell you what you should believe.

For me, this distinction between disappointment and discouragement was most valuable.

It’s allowed me to clarify the feelings I was experiencing in life.

When I first heard those helpful definitions, I had been going through a rough period in my own life.

Within two years, I had lost a couple of jobs due to company downsizing.

During my job searches, I had come close to landing jobs I would have really enjoyed.  I would make it down to the final interviews.  Then I would end up not being chosen for the position.

It became really disheartening for me.  I didn’t want to try anymore.  The rejection became too much.

I recognized that I could experience the disappointment, but I didn’t need to become discouraged.  There are steps that I could take to not let my disappointment (my emotional response to my failed expectations) become discouragement (the final decision to give up and quit).

Once I admitted the things I was feeling, I could take active steps to do something about it.

When I was lacking direction, I had to admit that I needed to set goals.

When I was feeling depressed and despondent, I had to admit it, take action on setting new goals, and to focus on new thoughts, affirmations and beliefs each day.

If I didn’t admit my depression and discouragement, I wouldn’t recognize my need and wouldn’t be able to take action to do anything about it.

Today I encourage you to admit anything you’re experiencing in life (such as depression or discouragement).  That way you can take valuable and healthy steps to steer your thoughts or your life in a new direction.

The Value of Having Perspectives and the Insights of Others

Whatever your religious affiliation or perspective is- it’s helpful to pick up wisdom and good advice- from wherever it may come.

There is one thing that I have experienced.  There is much to be gained as we’re open to the input, wisdom and perspectives of others.

It’s also crucial to test the things we hear for validity.

I like a line from Roy Orbison’s song called “The Comedians”, which says “They say that all that glitters is not gold.”

Insight, wisdom and effective strategies for beating emotional stress can come from a variety of sources and people.

It’s been most valuable to me as I’ve been open to new learning.

Imagine how much you’ve gained through greater wisdom, insight, understanding and knowledge in your own life.

With greater knowledge, you picked up new skills- and have made great progress in your own life.  You’ve experienced success and have achieved goals you’ve set for yourself.

Consider the fantastic benefits and advances we’ve made in modern civilization as we’ve been open to learning and discovery.

Insight, wisdom and greater inspiration can enliven you- giving you a new perspective.

What’s most valuable is the chance of a life-changing encounter.

In his audio series “The Courage To Live Your Dreams”, Les Brown talks about a time when he was a disk jockey, and helped a lady named Shirley, who had health challenges and low prospects for survival.  Shirley had been in such despair that she contemplated taking her own life.  They went to a nursing home to visit a 37 year-old woman named Audrey who at the time, had been battling with muscular sclerosis.  She had been known for her effervescent personality with the other nursing home residents.

When Les Brown took this lady to see Audrey, they asked how she was doing.  She replied “I’m doing better than good, and better than most.”  With tears in her eyes, Shirley told Audrey “I’m so glad I have met you.  Thank you so much.  You’ve been a blessing to me.”

Shirley had a different walk and attitude towards her life after this encounter with Audrey.

This story is quite inspiring to me – it demonstrates the value of how others can be a great blessing in our lives, and the great legacy and impact we can make in our own lives.

In my next blog post, it will be about how we can remove “labels” we place on ourselves as we experience depression and stress, and how we can discover meaning from the past.

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Ideas for Overcoming Communication Barriers and Stress

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Working with others can be an enjoyable experience. But it can also be filled with tension and stress upon the body and mind.

Mental stress occurs when we experience a sense of overload.

I can definitely relate to feelings of feeling overwhelmed. When I’m not working on my blog, setting up my site and furthering my own education, I work in a very busy work environment. Mondays seem to be the busiest- as that’s when purchasers tend to place the most orders from the distribution center.

The Value of Responding Versus Reacting

Communication barriers tend to occur.

Misunderstandings tend to happen now and then.

I think part of human nature is to view others through the “filters of our own experiences.”

Things may not always be as they appear to us. In reality, when we encounter outwardly difficult people, we often don’t know the real story behind their behaviors or attitudes.

It’s interesting though- we really don’t know what our co-workers and associates go through until we try out the same types of job duties that they regularly do..on a daily basis.

We may encounter difficult co-workers, bosses, and sometimes friends and members of our own families.

I like Dr. Eric Allenbaugh’s book called “Wake Up Calls”. In this book, Dr. Allenbaugh talks about what he calls a “Situation Choice Point”, which occurs when we encounter a certain set of circumstances or events.

We have two choices in a “Situation Choice Point”. We can end up reacting and getting into a “stuck state” where we repeat previous behaviors.

Or, alternatively, we can pause, respond and then experience growth and learning.

Eric Allenbaugh’s book we published in the early 1990′s. If you get a chance to get a copy, it’s a very valuable book. I like the perspectives it gives on personal growth and development.

Whenever I’ve communicated or worked with difficult people,  I’ve thought about how often I’ve reacted to them, rather than pausing and responding.

It’s tough to communicate and deal with challenging people or circumstances.  If it was easy, I’m sure that life would be a lot more enjoyable and filled with peace.

Pausing, reflecting and responding constructively are difficult habits to develop.

But it’s a habit that I’m attempting to develop as time goes on.

It’s a valuable experience, though, as we can develop greater patience, compassion, love and forgiveness.

We can develop these character qualities as we pause, reflect and respond constructively.

You may be like me the following way.  If I don’t recognize the value in changing my approach, or in seeing the benefits of doing something a different way, I likely won’t do it.

As we recognize the value of responding to life’s events and the people we meet, we’ll be more inclined to take this approach in our daily interactions.

The Choice to Look Beyond the Behavior

Our words, in essence, are a type of “representative”.

They represent things like our feelings, experiences, concerns, challenges and values.

In many ways, our outward behaviors often represent our thinking, our feelings, and our beliefs about our lives and the world around us.

For instance, our behaviors can ideally reflect the goals we have in life- which is a good thing as we set worthy and noble goals in life.

I’m sure that you’re quite familiar with stress in your own life- as you’ve experienced it firsthand.  This stress may come from your reaction to difficult or challenging people or circumstances in your life.

It’s interesting how we all react differently to stress.

Sometimes we have a “fight or flight” response to stress.

We may withdraw and be filled with despair.

We may confront difficult events or people and become angry.

Our behaviors and the behaviors of others are only an outward, visual result.

This has been a tough point to keep in mind.  As I’ve thought about it, I think it holds a lot of truth.

Knowing that we then experience only the outward behaviors of people, we can experience peace of mind as we have a constructive response to these communication barriers.

Consider the value of responding versus reacting to our circumstances and to the people we come across on a daily basis.  As we pause and respond constructively, we can maintain our own peace of mind, stability, and be true to our own purpose for our lives.

If we just end up reacting to the behaviors of others, we end up getting angry, distracted, unfocused, unproductive, and frustrated with life.

I have made both choices in my own life- and I have seen both types of results and emotions.

I’ve begun to recognize the value of “responding” versus “reacting”.

Once we clearly see the value of responses, we can start to make wiser choices.

Gaining Clarity about Our Communication Barriers

Since our words and behaviors represent the feelings, experiences and values (which not everyone can see), doesn’t it make sense to gain clarity about the motives for others’ behaviors?

Consider any successful negotiation between two people or two groups.  Two sides come up with a “win-win” situation- but it only happened when they gained greater clarity and understanding about each others’ concerns.

Once they are able to find out more about each others’ concerns, wants, values and ideals – they’re able to come up with solutions, agreements -  and even end up forming business partnerships.

Asking Clear, Non-Judgemental Questions & Arriving at Peaceful Resolutions

A clear, non-judgemental question has great merit and value.

It’s hard to do when we’re confronted by someone who’s angry, stressed out or distressed for some reason.

However, a question such as “What concern can I help you with?” has value.  It gets to the “heart” of the matter.

I’ve heard it said that effective marketers could sell ice to eskimos.  I’m not sure if “eskimo” is a proper term these days- and I mean no offense by using it.  I use it as it was part of this type of “saying” from years ago.

Consider the value of an effective sales process during any major purchase you’ve made.  The salesman you dealt with was genuinely interested in your concerns, your needs, and in helping you make a wise purchasing decision.

In the same way, we can effectively resolve conflicts more effectively.  We need to acknowledge and clarify the concerns, needs, wants and values of others.  That way we can come up with effective solutions- and arrive at peaceful resolutions to conflicts.

The Role of Personality and Communication Styles

When we don’t understand the personality and communication styles of the person we’re dealing with, we can quickly end up in a communication barrier or conflict.

This has been my personal experience.

At a previous job, our manager could be considered a “Type A” personality.

He was rather gruff- and seemed quite stressed out much of the time.

However, deep down, as I got to know him better, I recognized that he was a very caring individual.  I discovered during our conversations that he cared deeply about our company, the staff we was responsible for and about doing our work to the best of our abilities.  He was also very passionate about running an honest and ethical business.  I admired him for his good points as a person and business manager.

If I went ahead and decided to only accept him based on my initial impressions of him (which I’m sad to say I often would with others), I wouldn’t have gained as much as I did working for and with him.

His communication style and personality said much more than I would have ever guessed.  As I decided to take a chance to get to know him better, a communication barrier I set up with him- by avoiding him initially- was broken down.

Here are a few points I hope you’ll find valuable.

With communication barriers and conflicts, it’s helpful to:

  • recognize the value of pausing and responding (rather than reacting) to life’s events and the people you come across
  • make a conscious choice to look beyond the surface behaviors of others
  • gain clarity about the needs, wants, and values of others
  • ask clear, non-judgemental questions to arrive at peaceful resolutions
  • keep in mind that things like personality and communication styles only give you a partial picture of the people you encounter

In my next post, I’ll discuss the topic of dealing with depression and stress.

Until then, have a great day.

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Overcome Confusion with Enticing Goals and Useful Resources

For me, life has taken on less confusion and greater meaning.

I’ve experienced a “spark” of enthusiasm to replace the negative emotions of stress, uncertainty, frustration and “bouts” of boredom.

Today I’m most grateful for the chance to develop this blog- and learn a lot with its related activities.

This post is part 2 of 2 in my “overcoming confusion” posts.

It’s part of my series on “Combating Stress” – because I believe that confusion, and a lack of focus ultimately creates greater stress in our lives.

If your life is characterized by focus and a sense of purpose and “certainty” about your goals, that’s great.  You may reach a time period where you’re feeling uncertain about your direction.

You may be feeling a sense of doubt, confusion or uncertainty about your life’s direction from time to time.  I think it may be part of our experiences- no matter which culture or country we live in.

With today’s post, I’d like to share with you my final 2 strategies for overcoming confusion. In my previous post, I wrote about the great value in getting organized, along with the benefits of input, research and the advice of others.

These strategies have been valuable resources for overcoming stress and doubt in my own life.

My hope is that you’ll be able to incorporate these tips into your own life- and will more consistently experience greater joy and purpose in your own life.

Developing Goal-Setting and Decision-Making Skills

Consider the value and power of developing goals.

There’s a type of direction, clarity and a new source of enthusiasm as you set new goals- and envision the rewards that you’ll experience as you achieve them.

As you focus on the rewards or benefits of achieving one of your inspiring goals -you’ll make greater progress.  As an added bonus, you have a much greater probability of success.

Years ago, there was a study about graduates from Harvard.  It turned out that the ones who ended up being most successful and happier were the ones who set goals.  They were the ones who ended up achieving many of their goals and dreams in life.

I think they discovered in the study that this group ended up being the 3% of the graduates.

Of course, there are many types of goals- such as financial goals, career & professional goals, physical or sports goals, family & relationship goals, travel goals, tangible possessions, and community or service goals.

Think of an invention or a piece of art such as a sculpture.  There is a creation, design, form, purpose and function.

Goals help us create a kind of design for our lives.  Our goals- along with their rewards- give your lives greater purpose, meaning and enthusiasm.

For instance, you may in a career or field of work at the moment.  Alternatively, you may be taking courses so that you may work in the career you’ve always dreamed of having.

Or, as a third scenario, you may be trying to figure out which career you’d like to have.

Decision-making involves discovering your interests, passions, and talents, along with the types of skills you would need for certain careers you’re interested in.

For example, let’s think about some rewards for different careers.

My hope is that this will give you further ideas and inspiration- to discover the rewards you have for your own line of work.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Website Designer- the ability to be create, design new sites, helping clients achieve success with their businesses.
  • Accountant- For example, a Certified Management Accountant may help a new business start successfully, and help new businesses overcome different types of challenges.
  • Counseling/Psychology- help couples or families experience healing- reconnecting broken or strained relationships, providing insight, meaning, hope and inspiration, changing the lives of clients
  • Teachers- educating tomorrow’s future leaders, building the esteem and confidence of kids under their influence, helping struggling students achieve success.

Here’s how goal-setting and decision-making skills interrelate.

As I mentioned in my last blog post, there are great benefits as you gain input, advice and wisdom from various sources about any decision you’re about to make- especially when it comes to your career.

Once you have the advice and input- and your research is done, you know a lot more about the wonderful world of opportunities and possibilities available to you.  You also know more about yourself- such as you skills, interests and abilities.

You now have a solid foundation to pursue your goals and dreams for your life.

Once you discover what you want out of life, you can:

  • set goals that will help you achieve the rewards you desire to experience.
  • become more focused, enthusiastic and positive about your life’s direction.

As I’ve become more focused on my goals and how to achieve them, I have experienced less stress and confusion in my own life.

Tools and Resources & the Value of Having a Good Planning Strategy for Success

Looking back on my past, I wish I had been better at setting and achieving my goals.  There are tools and resources I could have used for my own success.

I look back and imagine what I could have achieved if I had developed enticing goals, broke them down into doable action steps, envisioned the rewards I would experience if I took action, and used some type of planning system to from concrete action steps.

I’ve been fortunate to use an exceptional free resource, such as Discover Freemind- which has really helped me outline my short-term goals.

At this point, I’m also more actively using my daytimer- which is broken down by the hour.  It’s also helped to keep me on track.

As far as Discover Freemind goes, I’m not sure I’d still be working on my business if I didn’t have this tremendous resource.

It’s helped me map out and record my accomplishments and tasks- all in an easy-to-use format.

Using my daytimer and calendar has been helpful to me for various things- such as paying bills and keeping appointments.

Whichever type of resource you decide to use, I highly encourage you to use some type of online or offline system to plan your day and chart your progress.

Your goals and enthusiasm for achieving them is always well worth it.

Key stress management strategies include:

  • getting (and staying) organized
  • seeking the advice, input and wisdom of others- who have accomplished the goal you’re trying to accomplish
  • doing research in advance (especially for your career and educational plans)
  • developing good goal-setting and decision-making skills, and
  • making good use of tools and resources to plan out your goals.

In my next blog post, I’ll talk about communication barriers with others- and how we can overcome them as a good and practical stress management strategy.

Here is a valuable video – in which Brian Tracy talks about getting past obstacles in four steps.

Overcome Feelings of Confusion as You Combat Stress

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If you’re like me, there are times when you feel doubtful and confused.

And then there are other times where feel focused and energized- as you’re experiencing joy or happiness in whatever activity you’re doing.

With this post, I’d like to address the topic of “confusion” versus clarity- or living according to your purpose.

Many of the goals we pursue in life end up being projects.

Whether your goals involve your education, career, physical fitness, financial, or with your relationships, a big key is getting started.

The phase of “getting started” and keeping momentum can be difficult.  There are times we’re uncertain about the direction we need to take, and the decisions we need to make.  It leads to a lot of emotional stress.

It all boils down to “confusion” versus “clarity” in life.

I’ve had times where I’d easily get unfocused and bored.

For me, graduating with my Business degree was a challenging, but enjoyable and rewarding experience.

When I got out into the workforce, I was uncertain about the direction I was going to take.  Many times, I became unfocused and rather bored in my work- especially when I ended up doing repetitive tasks.  Even back then, I would think “work would be an enjoyable experience if I could start my own business, doing things that are most meaningful to me.”

And now, this is part of my work life- and it’s been a bit overwhelming at times.

Overall, it’s been a learning experience, and fulfilling to me as I’ve started this blog.  There are many ideas I’d like to implement.

It’s easy to get confused and side-tracked- especially if you’re in a new program of study- or if you’ve ever started a new business.

I’d like to provide you with some valuable tips – additional ways to deal with stress- when you experience a time period of confusion.

The First Key Step- Getting and Staying Organized

Over the past few years, I’ve struggled to get myself organized.

It’s been a bit of a battle for me- but it’s one in which I’m making progress.

When I composed this blog post, I wrote it out at my desk.

Right in front of me, I had paperwork that was on my desk.  It was organized in piles.  I had ideas for this blog post, so I started writing it out- to get my ideas out on paper.  The organizing had to wait.

What was preventing me from putting things in order?  The inspiration I had for writing this blog post, for one.  I was a few hours away from completing the final edits for my digital book.   My major project (which I had been putting off) wasn’t completed yet.  I wanted to get my edits done for the eBook before converting it from Word to PDF- which as you likely know, is the format used for eBooks.

Once I finished this project, I’ve been able to work on other parts of my home-based business.

One thing I’ve learned the hard way- is to get and keep myself organized.  It’s been a challenge and a battle, but I’m making progress.

The time has come for me to organize my work projects (which I’m getting “on top of”).  Finishing my projects one by one is becoming a priority for me.

In the past, I developed a habit of jumping from project to project- and even from one business idea to another.

I’ve discovered that I needed to focus on getting 1 major activity done at one time- not 2, 3 or 4.  This new focus has made a tremendous difference for me.

In the same way, you work and your life will become more focused, clear, and less confused- if you decide to get organized, and develop the efficient habit of staying organized.

If organization is not one of your strong points in life, I’d like to encourage you with a tremendous benefit:

As you get organized, you’ll gain:

  • a higher degree of control over your time, resources and surroundings- as you create an efficient workspace.
  • more energy to work on your goals and projects- and less confusion about “what to do next”
  • more peace (and less chaos and confusion)

The Benefits of Advice, Input & Research

My hope is that this will be applicable and practical advice for you whenever you’re starting a new goal.

Stepping outside of your comfort zone can be intimidating.  I know that it is for me.

Keep in mind that there are people who can help you with wisdom, sound advice and ideas about the next step you’re considering.  It’s tremendously valuable and encouraging to know that there are people that have insight to help us- and quite often they’re more than willing to help.

Consider the great learning experience you could gain.

For example, if you’re thinking of a new career, you’ll find tremendous benefits as you take action on your ideas.

Here are a few suggestions:

  • You could do research online- find out about the tasks and skills required for the career that you are considering.
  • Visit a local library (which often has career centers)
  • Speak with career counsellors – who can “steer” you in the right direction
  • Network with people from local associations
  • Talk to people working in the career field that you’re considering

This example applies to any goal that you’d like to pursue.  If you’re confused, uncertain or feeling outside of your own “comfort zone”, keep in mind that there are tremendous resources (both online and in person), who can help you alleviate stress and confusion in your own life.

This may be a major obstacle as you determine and set your own goals in life.

A major key to success is in seeking and applying valuable and wise advice into your own life.

It’s one piece of advice I wish I had followed long ago.

In my next post, I’ll discuss how you can overcome confusion as you develop enticing goals and use valuable resources to clarify your path.

Until then, have a great day.

Here is a great image I saw and decided to include in this post.  I hope you’ll discover more each day – and will experience “joy in your journey” rather than waiting for happiness in the dream you haven’t yet realized.

Joy Overcome Feelings of Confusion as You Combat Stress