Monthly Archives: April 2011

Developing the Habit of Being “Fully Present” In Each Moment

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Making progress with our goals can be a big challenge.

It’s amazing, though, how much things like our habits, thoughts and beliefs play such a crucial role in our daily experiences.

It’s tough to achieve our goals in when we go through life when we lack awareness.

With this post, I’d like to help you recognize habits of thought and belief that may have hindered you in your own life.

I’ve been able to make some really good changes in the types of habits I’ve adopted.  It’s tough to make changes though, and recognize that I still have room for improvement.

Greater awareness and a strategy for improvement have been most helpful to me.

With this post, I’ll discuss the habit of living in the past and experiencing the regret, guilt and stress of doing so.

Letting the Past “Get to Us”

If there’s one lesson I’ve learned through life, it’s this: it really is folly to let the past guide my present thinking.

I like a title I have in a monthly publication I receive which said “The Windshield is bigger than the rear-view mirror”.

Living in the past has caused me great emotional stress.

I found it to be a big drain on my energy.

There are moments when we end up allowing the emotions of blame, anger or regret to “rule” in our lives.

Living in the past will greatly hinder your future.

It’s a habit I have battled with.

I’ve had to make a shift in thinking about my own past.

When I catch myself regretting the things I have or have not done in the past, I’m reminding myself of:

  • the value of each present moment – and the gratitude that I should have for health, vitality and the strength to pursue my goal
  • the value of investing each moment – to work productively, pursue my goals, enjoy time off with those close to me, and to have a gratitude for life
  • the value of building my future and achieving noble goals- rather than focusing on my past regrets
  • the value of my past accomplishments- recognizing that there are good things from the past of which I can be proud of achieving
  • the value of past mistakes- for greater learning growth and wisdom

I’ve really needed to reconsider how much value the past has in each present moment.

The value of each present moment we have cannot be underestimated.

With it, we can work on our goals, enjoy our rest and relaxation – with activities that are most meaningful to us.

We experience things like health, vitality and strength on a moment-by-moment basis.  How often are you thankful for this blessing in your own life?

For me, I’ve often been quick to recognize things that are wrong in my own world.  Thinking about the things that are unfair is part of our human condition.

We often hear about how important it is to invest our money- to save for a “rainy day” and to have a solid financial “nest egg” for retirement.

Yet, we forget to consider the value of investing our time.

With this post, I’m reconsidering how “caught up” I tend to become in my past.  It becomes a habit.

Now I’m considering the value of become focused on my goals- both short-term and long-term.  I’m now valuing each moment to pursue these goals and make whatever progress I can make.  My time is becoming more and more valuable to me.

I hope I’m encouraging you to do the same.

Here’s a great quote from Jim Rohn:

Time is our most valuable asset, yet we tend to waste it, kill it, and spend it rather than invest it.

Consider the value of using each valuable moment to build a new future- rather than wallowing in the regrets of the past.

Your energy increases, your overall mood improves and you’re ready to take on new challenges in life.

I challenge you today with the last two points I made in the above list.

Each time you think about something in the past- use it to your advantage.  Consider past accomplishments you’ve made, and think about how you can gain wisdom and greater learning from your past mistakes.

It really puts your past mistakes in a “new light”.

I can’t go back and re-live things that have occurred.  Neither can you.  I encourage you to operate more of your life from the vantage point of “present moment thinking”.  It’ll make a big difference.

In my next post, I’ll discuss the value of developing another great habit: controlling your own outlook on life.

Until then, have a great day.

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How Guarding Our Thinking Helps Us Achieve Peace of Mind

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For me, a big part of worry and stress can be traced back to my thought life or my “thought patterns”.

I’m sure that you can relate to this.  Once we start feeling stressed out over a certain set of circumstances, our thoughts tend to reinforce the stress we feel.

For example, whenever I would try to attempt something outside my comfort zone, it’s easy to get side-tracked into thinking “I’m not sure I can handle this”, “How can I possibly do this?”, and “Who am I to think I can accomplish this? It’s overwhelming.”

The reasons I give myself when I tell myself that “I can’t handle this..” tend to reinforce my stress and negative thought patterns.

During times of stress, it’s easy to get “caught up” in other scenarios that we can’t control, such as:

  • the results of our efforts (in our careers, school or education)
  • the reactions of others to our ideas, plans, values or opinions
  • the future and all its unknowns
  • challenges and trials that we don’t anticipate

Sometimes, it’s easy to focus our attention on a past event (and experience emotions such as regret or bitterness), or we can end up focusing on the future (with apprehension, doubt or even fear).

This is what I mean by being “caught up”.  It’s a type of focus that detracts us from the present moment.

I have personally experienced the negative effects of focusing too much on the past and the future.  There’s the same type of “waves of thoughts” that I’d experience whenever I’d question my adequacy to step outside my own “comfort zone”.

With my own “negative thought patterns”, I would replay past scenarios where I felt “slighted” – and from time to time, bitterness would set in.

For instance, a thought pattern might go something like this: “He (or she) shouldn’t have done that.”; “I deserve better”; “Who do they think they are?”

I think it’s a universal type of response to unfair treatment.

It’s natural to react negatively in scenarios where we’ve been mistreated and misunderstood.

Our thoughts tend to get reinforced here again, and things like anger or resentment can easily take hold of us.

I’ve learned that the healthy response is to address it constructively and then carry on, make progress and take responsibility for my own well-being in life.

The biggest part of what I’ve learned is that I cannot control the things I’ve listed above.  The future results of my home-based business aren’t fully under my control.  Neither are the reactions and responses I get from other people.  Some may agree with my ideas – and others may not.  I’m becoming okay with that.  Getting caught up in the future with thoughts of worry or fear won’t help me make progress, and neither will my thoughts about any challenges or trials I experience in the future.

In other words, I’ve needed to “guard my thinking” and not get into thought patterns about the things I cannot control.

I really like another quote I read from Brian Tracy’s book called “Great Little Book on Personal Achievement”.  I’m quite amazed by how so many of his quotes in this book really resonate with me:

In one of his quotes, Tracy wrote:

You are continually evolving and growing in the direction of your dominant thoughts.

This quote made me question how I really do think.

What would be your dominant thoughts?  Are your thoughts of hope, confidence, gratitude, progress, your potential to achieve the goals you’ve set for today?  Or are your dominant thoughts about the things you may lack or the uncertainties of life?

I’ve realized that I’ve needed to reinforce positive and realistic thoughts in my own life.

Better thought patterns help me reach my goals and make greater progress.

Here are a few ideas about the types of “higher level” thoughts you can develop:

Your Potential & Ability to “Make a Difference”

Whenever I feel that I’m not 100 percent “up to a task”, it’s really helped me to review a document I entitled “Top 15 Achievements”.

It really elevates my mood as I review this list.  I’m able to realize that I do have potential to help others, make a difference, and develop courage, wisdom and strength.

It’s helped me realize that I overcame challenges and accomplished things I can be proud of.  I encourage you to document your achievements and review them frequently.  We all need all the courage when we try to achieve our goals.

The world around me and the impact I can make

Do you have a benevolent world view- where you see potential and value others bring into your life?  Or is it a malevolent world view- where everyone is in it for themselves?

I’ve had to develop a benevolent world view.  The alternative is thoughts of despair and hopelessness.

Once we start to stereotype of “pigeonhole” other people into a category, it’s hard to make progress, make friends, help others or get the advice, feedback and mentoring that we may need.

Professional Development

I’ve developed “higher level” thinking about professional development.  To me, the alternative is the “status quo”.  Consider the value of hard work, discovery, developing new skills, or learning new technologies.

Learning and Growth (Personal and Spiritual)

In this part of my life, I’ve needed to change my thinking about difficult realities, facing my own shortcomings, and being open to new learning.

I’m now attempting to develop a new perspective on the past- using it as a learning tool, rather than as something that dictates my future or my progress in life.

My Worth and Value as a Person

My dominant thinking in this area needed to change as well.

There are others who may attempt to dissuade you from your goals or from seeing any value in life.

It’s really more of a reflection of their agenda or unhappiness in life, and not a true reflection of your worth and value as a person.

I’m attempting to keep this in mind.  It’s advice I wish I’d followed years ago.

As you face detractors, be encouraged that you don’t have to answer to them- they don’t determine your potential, your future, or your worth, value or purpose in life.

My Abilities to Follow Through and Take Action

This last category is worth mentioning.

Whenever we tell ourselves, “This can’t be done”, “I can’t seem to follow through” or “I’m not motivated enough to succeed”, it become a type of self-fulfilling prophecy, and as we think in this type of self-depreciating way, we’ll give ourselves reasons to quit.

With my business and other work, I’ve given myself reasons that I can’t manage my time well.

I’m now reinforcing my time management skills through affirmations I refer to, and it helps combat stress and guard my thinking.

My hope is that you’ll be encouraged to develop “higher level” thinking for the areas I’ve outlined above in a red color.

Whenever you encounter negative “thought patterns” about the things you cannot control, I encourage you to develop “higher level” thoughts about:

  • your potential & ability to  make a difference
  • the world around you & the impact you can make
  • your professional development
  • learning and growth (through personal and spiritual development)
  • your worth and value as a person (aside from your accomplishments)
  • your abilities to follow-through and take action

In my next post, I’ll discus the role our habits play in the stress we encounter.  Until then, have a great day.

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Develop Clarity and Focus as You Guard Your Thinking

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When I think of the term “clarity”, the idea of focus comes to mind.

I like how Merriam-Webster’s site defines terms for us.  When I looked up the word clarity – they defined it as the “quality or state of being clear”.

I decided to look up the term clear on wiktionary.org- to really narrow down this term for me, and they define it as:

“free from ambiguity or doubt”

When we define a clear purpose for our goals- we’re freeing ourselves up from ambiguity and doubt about the reasons or rewards for achieving our goals.

The idea of overcoming ambiguity in life to me has become thought provoking.

In the last few years, I have developed a major purpose for my home-based business.

My purpose statement has given me greater focus for achieving my goals.

I am most grateful for personal development books and resources that have helped me to develop this statement.  One of my favorite resources has been Jack Canfield’s book called “The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be.”   I highly recommend this book.  With the guidance of Principle #2, which Jack Canfield titled “Be Clear Why You’re Here”, I was able to create an exciting and compelling purpose statement for my business and my life.

Here is my purpose or mission statement as an example:

“My purpose is to use my creativity and love of learning in business and personal development to encourage and inspire others to reach their potential in living a life of purpose, joy and freedom.”

Lately, I wasn’t sure where I left the card where I wrote my purpose statement.

That could be why I’ve been really feeling unfocused the last while- and rather overwhelmed with the things I’ve needed to accomplish.

I can speak of this from personal experience.

I’ve experienced two types of scenarios.

I’ve felt like I’ve been drifting through life- working & doing “just enough” to get by.  Without a purpose or mission statement, the natural result is to “go through the motions”.

Developing my purpose or mission statement, with the help of Jack Canfield’s book, has been valuable for me.  I’m able to re-focus and I feel more enthusiastic about my goals after I review it.

I became very busy with all the activities I needed to do.  I set aside things like my goals list, my list of accomplishments, personal affirmations, and my purpose statement.

This morning, I found it again, read it, and really reflected on its meaning and impact to me.

My immediate duties and responsibilities for my home-based business have become “larger than life” to me.  They’ve become overwhelming.

This is where I had really lost sight of my purpose.

With this post, I’d like to give you a few benefits for creating, reviewing and above all, experiencing the great impact a purpose or mission statement can make in your life.

A purpose statement helps you ensure that your goal will be fulfilling

I encourage you to envision the rewards of achieving a goal you’re setting- and to make it concrete and real by making it descriptive and putting it in writing.

It makes your goals meaningful, exciting and compelling.

I think you’ll find that there is great value in setting and achieving even short-term goals.

It demonstrates that you can make outstanding progress, and that you’re willing and courageous to take action.

The rewards for your goals can be narrowed down and summed up in your purpose statement.

I created goals for my own life- in several important areas of my life.   It became a positive and enjoyable experience for me, as I discovered an overriding theme to my goals.

I was able to narrow it down into a descriptive sentence for my purpose statement.

In the future, when I set new goals, I’ll have this purpose or mission statement to use a type of “litmus test”.  So, with a new goal in mind, I can ask myself “does this goal fit my purpose statement?”  If it does, I know that the goal will be rewarding and fulfilling.  It meets the requirements for a compelling goal- as it has great rewards attached to it as I achieve it.

If it doesn’t fit my overall purpose statement – I can “toss out” the idea of having this goal.  There’s no point in trying to pursue a goal that I don’t find rewarding.  I won’t stay motivated enough.

I encourage you to set new, enticing goals for your life- and to ensure that they match your purpose or mission statement.  That way, you’ll be enthused about getting started- as well as motivated to keep working toward that goal until it’s fully achieved.

It will also “guard your thoughts” from “buying into” others’ views that life has no meaning, purpose- and that the future will always be like your past.

A purpose statement helps us regain focus

As a home-based business owner, I’m on several marketers’ email lists.

Some of the emails I get have good information in them.

Other email marketers seem to send promotion after promotion.

The big thing in Internet marketing can often be the “latest and greatest” product.  It never seems to end.  New products seem to abound on the web.

I’m finding it helpful, though, to stick to the things that I’m working on.

So many of the promotions don’t fit what I’m trying to accomplish.

The goals I’ve set tell me “what” I want to accomplish.

My purpose or mission statement tells me “why” I’ve set up my online business- it’s basically a reason why my business exists.

So many promotions don’t fit the criteria.

It’s very easy to check out product after product and promotion after promotion.

The following thoughts and ideas came to mind:

“I should check out this new product.”

“This is neat.  This would be a good topic to know about.”

I’ve had to guard against this by adhering to my purpose or mission statement.  It’s helping me keep on track towards my goals.

I’m now getting back on track, as I tell myself “I better get back on track with my immediate goals- setting things up properly with my site- and using the training I’ve already invested in.”

It’s been a way to “guard my thoughts” against jumping into the next “great idea” or promotion.

I encourage you to set and review your goals, create a meaningful purpose or mission statement, and review it as frequently as you can to keep yourself on track.

Achieving your worthy, meaningful and noble goals in life is surely worth this effort, wouldn’t you agree?

Our Purpose Statement places us on a path towards future success

Developing, reviewing, and adhering to our major purpose in our lives places us on the path to great achievement. It really defines what we’re all about.  It lays a solid foundation for creating goals.

Our purpose statement and goals are valuable inputs into our thought lives.

These statements lift your thoughts to a “higher level of thinking” about your potential, your future, the progress you’re making and the success you’re achieving.

My purpose statement and goals have helped me guard my thoughts against despair, confusion and fear.  It’s given me something to look forward to.

Again, I think it’s worth re-emphasizing that it’s crucial that our goals match our overall purpose in life.  That’s the surefire way we’ll be courageous enough to get started and to keep going, even when we encounter obstacles.

I really like a quote I read today from Brian Tracy’s book, called “Great Little Book on Personal Achievement”, in which he says:

Most unhappiness is caused by a lack of clear meaning and purpose in life.

I hope you’ve been inspired to follow your own purpose in life.  In my next post, I’ll discuss the 3rd of my 3 posts in this miniseries on stress and our thought life.  I’ll be entitling it: “How Guarding Our Thinking Helps Us Achieve Peace of Mind”

Until then, may your goals and purpose inspire you towards success. Have a great weekend.

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Gain Greater Stability as You Guard Your Thinking

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“Guarding” my thinking is becoming a proactive approach in life for me.

When I use the term “guarding”, I think of establishing a type of grid or filter from outside influences.

We have many good influences in our lives- such as teachers, mentors, coaches or others in authority.  There may be people who have made a great impact in helping you become the person you are today.

However, there are other influences in our lives that we need to be careful of.  For instance, if we regularly absorb negative news events, and start focusing on major problems in our own lives and in the world in general, it has a profound effect on our lives.

For instance, if we start talking about and agreeing with the negative “naysayers” in our lives, we’ll be discouraged from stepping out and taking chances in life.  Our progress will be hindered, and we’ll end up putting our goals and lives on the “back burner”.

Life is a mixture of both positive and negative influences.

Lately I’ve needed to consider the influence I have on myself.

It all begins with the thoughts I allow myself to dwell upon.  As I’ve started setting up this blog and home-based business, it’s been a big challenge. Whenever I’ve questioned my abilities to accomplish my goals, I’ve gotten off-track and have been easily influenced by the next great “idea”.

Stability

In getting my online business started, I’ve experienced periods of time when I’ve felt “pumped up” and motivated to get started.

The initial “high” of a new project seems to be at its peak right at the beginning.

You have likely experienced this whenever you’ve started a project you enjoyed.

Your recurring thoughts have likely been something like this:

“This is exciting- I’m looking forward to getting started.”

“This has huge potential.  I’ll enjoy learning these new skills.  I’ll be able to get an ‘A’ with this project and course.”

Once the initial enjoyment “wears off”, it’s easy to sell yourself on the idea that it’s hard to get going and to keep going.

For instance, you may start thinking “I better get this going.  I’m starting to procrastinate.  I have only a week left until this project is due.”

If you’re like me, you may have worked on a project and the old nemesis of “self-doubt” creeps in- especially if you start falling behind on your goal.  If you’re not careful, you’ll start thinking along this path:

“How will I be able to handle this?”

“Why can’t I keep myself motivated?”

“This is too much work.  I can’t see my way through this.”

It then becomes an endless loop of questions and statements that spell defeat in life.

Lately, I’ve had to stop myself from asking “how” and “why” questions about my own shortcomings and failures to follow through on my goals.  I’ve heard it said that our minds have no answers to such questions and keep us stuck in life.

As I attempt to answer these “unanswerable questions”- I’ve experienced great mental stress.

These days, I’m starting to think in terms of my past accomplishments, and give myself reasons that I can accomplish my goals, I will accomplish my goals, and I have the heart and spirit to try again whenever I fall short.

Re-gaining stability with our thought lives is crucial for feeling less emotional stress in our lives.

I’ve had to answer my own “inner critic” with my personal faith, belief that I can be successful with my goals (using my 5 favorite affirmations), and actively monitoring thoughts and ideas that I “buy into”, agree with and then adopt.  It’s been vital for me to really strengthen my own thought life this way.

Keeping an “even keel” about our goals and our plans to achieve them is vital.

Sometimes delays occur.  Sometimes things don’t work according to our deadlines or timetables.  Our stress levels increase when we don’t focus on our thoughts on our progress and the great strides we’ve made towards our goals.

It all starts with our thoughts.

I encourage you to value your emotional stability in life.

Guarding your thoughts carefully through awareness and practice will help you achieve greater stability- and you’ll diminish the emotional stress you experience.

I like a quote I read one time at friend’s place, I’m not sure who wrote it, but is said:

Stability is more essential to success than brilliancy.

My hope is that you’ll be able to put these tips into practice – that you will:

  • answer your own “inner critic” with greater faith, belief and enthusiasm for your goals
  • develop an awareness that your thinking (and thought patterns) will determine whether you attempt to achieve your goals and whether you persist or not
  • experience tremendous progress in your own life – as you develop a type of “mental toughness” and stability

In my next post (the second of three posts), I’ll discuss how you can develop clarity and focus- as you make it a daily habit to guard your thinking and thought life carefully.

Until then, all the best to you as you make great progress today with your goals.

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Practical Tips for an Effective Response to Rejection

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Is there anything that’s personally more painful than rejection or disapproval?

I’m not sure that there is, but it’s definitely on the list with other sad and difficult experiences we all face.  It’s a part of life that we’d all like to avoid.

It can occur in many forms.  The date that you wanted but didn’t get.  Meeting someone who you were interested in who didn’t feel the same way.  The job you wanted to get that went to another job seeker.  The promotion, raise or transfer that you wanted at work, but you ended up being turned down.

When we talk about rejection or disapproval, it seems to go back to our longings for approval and acceptance.   We all want to be loved, appreciated, admired and respected in our personal and professional lives.  It could most likely  be termed as a “universal longing” – and is part of being human.

It’s unnatural to think that  we’ll be approved or accepted by everyone we run across, though.  We all face different opinions, perspectives and biases.  Unfortunately, prejudice still occurs also based on things like a person’s race or background.

With this post, I’d like to offer a few ideas that help me deal with rejection or disapproval in its many forms.   No matter what our background is, it’s part of life.

I like a quote I read one time at a friend’s place.  The quote said:

“To live for the approval of men is to live with tension and anxiety”.

I’m not sure who the source of this quote was, but it has a lot of wisdom in it.

The way we end up reacting to disapproval or rejection is a big determinant of stress.  We may end up facing a great deal of emotional stress (or anxiety, as the quote says) as a result.

The Importance of “Brushing it Off”

In one of my previous posts, I mentioned a great book I have in my personal library from Jack Canfield – which he titled as “The Success Principles:  How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be.”  I highly recommend it.

With Principle 18, Jack Canfield writes about an acronym he has: which is SWSWSWSW, which stands for “some will, some won’t, so what- someone’s waiting”.  When you ask anyone for anything,  Canfield advises that you keep in mind how important it is to hang in there, and be persistent on the way to hearing the “yes” to you and your ideas.

In life, we have a couple of choices when we face rejection or disapproval.

We can end up reacting to it.

If we don’t keep moving forward, we end up getting stuck in anger or self-pity when we’re rejected.  We end up hurting ourselves in the process – and then take it as a sign to quit, give up and not develop or reach for our goals in life.

If we respond constructively, we can take it as a learning experience or as a chance to improve our approach.  We can move on to the person we were meant to be with, or to work with.  It can gain strength and courage- as these are good things we can build when we step outside our “comfort zones” and take chances in life.

“Brushing it off” means that we’re moving ahead in our lives and not looking back with regret and despair.

The Pitfalls of Internalization and Personalization

I like how Merriam-Webster defines a pitfall as “a hidden or not easily recognizable danger or difficulty”.

One of the “not easily recognizable” dangers with rejection or disapproval -  is to internalize the experience.

Whenever I have internalized my experiences of rejection, I’ve told myself that in some way I don’t measure up, I’m bad or unworthy of friendship, love or approval.

As you reach for your goals or try to get approval from others, you won’t move forward in life if you end up labeling yourself as bad or unworthy on the basis of someone’s rejection.

Who ultimately determines your own image?  It’s not up to someone else to say that you’re worthy or unworthy, or to give you some type of “label” in life.

For instance, if you ask someone for a date, and they say “no”, it’s quite likely that the “mutual attraction” isn’t there, they’re too busy, or they’re already seeing someone else.

In another scenario, if you have an interview and you don’t get the job that you want- it may be that the “fit” between you and your potential employer isn’t right in some fashion.  They may be leaning toward someone who’s a bit more qualified.  In neither of these instances, it says nothing about you as an exceptional person, job seeker or member of your family or community.

It’s ultimately not a reflection of your personal worth.  I encourage you to persist, and develop strength, persistence and confidence to knock on the next door.

If someone rejects you or treats you badly, it may have nothing to do with you.  They could be ill, or they may have had a negative confrontation with someone before you came along- which has nothing to do with you.  On this basis, it’s not worth it to personalize the reactions we get from other people.

Rejection may hinder our future only if we allow it to

I remember a quote from a book in my personal library.  I believe it was from an executive from Decca Records, who made the comment about the the Beatles in the early 1960′s:

“We don’t like their sound.  And guitar music is on the way out.”

If the Beatles took this assessment to heart and said “Woe is us!  The record company is probably right.  Why bother trying?”… they wouldn’t have sold all the albums they did, they wouldn’t have been famous, and no one would have heard of them.

In the same way, you and I need to tell ourselves “This is one person’s perspective.  The so-called ‘experts’ aren’t always right.  I need to move on.”

Our Determination to Succeed Contains “Bumps” in the Road

A few years ago, I kept a written record of quotes that have had the most meaning to me during difficult times.

One such quote is from Sophia Loren, an actress who had this quote about having great inner drive in life:

Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself.  You must be able to sustain yourself against staggering blows.  There is no code of conduct to help beginners.  That is why some people, with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go much further than people with vastly superior talent.

When you encounter rejection and disapproval, I encourage you to:

  • learn from it and move forward with your life
  • avoid internalizing it or personalizing it
  • not allow it to hinder your progress and future life
  • resolve to keep trying as you make progress towards your goals

My hope for you is that you’ll develop the inner drive and persistence to achieve your goals and dreams.  I encourage you to become more inspired by your goals each and every day forward.

In my next post, I’ll discuss a few benefits of guarding your thoughts – as you implement effective tips to decrease your stress level.

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