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“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.”

~ Alexander Graham Bell

Expectations that you place on yourself or others can leave you feeling anxious and overwhelmed…at times leaving you feeling disappointed, exasperated or irritated.  You easily lose sight of the things that are important and when you leave what’s important for those Bright Shiny Objects (BSO’s), a.k.a. distractions of thought, emotions, interruptions or other “important” things, you can experience unnecessary worry, anxiousness, helplessness and fear.

Whether it’s shopping for last minute vacation items, getting your budget in place, deciding what event and activities to attend, financial concerns, working feverishly to meet your business quarter-end deadlines, or wanting to spend more time with loved ones, family and friends during this time of the year, all of these activities require grounded focus.

Here are 7 positive actions you can take right now to gain or maintain grounded focus:

  1. Schedule your work (work can be defined in many ways, not simply job related) and honor your schedule;
  2. Break down the large, complex tasks into “doable chewables”, a series of smaller steps;
  3. Slow down to accomplish more;
  4. Say “no” to things of lesser importance;
  5. Say “yes” to the things you really want to do and enjoy;
  6. Delegate tasks; and finally,
  7. Take five minutes once a day and focus on you – take a walk; enjoy that great cup of coffee, tea or hot cocoa; step outside and just breathe; turn off all electronics and enjoy the silence…

When you’re consciously focusing on the things that matter to you – one at a time – your stress is reduced and you experience grounded focus.

Until next time…

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“To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.”   Johannes A. Gaertner

What are YOU grateful for?  Who ever that may be, have you taken the time to tell that person “thank you”?  What about the reason(s) you are thankful for them?  No?!  Not yet?! What are you waiting for???

Are you grateful for the things you have or the events you’ve experienced?  It’s not always about the “good” things that have happened – it’s also about growing through the challenges.  Have YOU taken a moment to consider that your struggles of this past year may have made you stronger, more peaceful, more creative, more accepting, more adaptable, more resilient, etc.?  Perhaps without the challenges YOU would not have worked to being more open and accepting.  Hmmm – you mean struggles can be good? :-D

Take a moment, not just on Thanksgiving Day, each day and remember to show your gratitude to each other and to yourself.

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” ~ Thornton Wilder

Thank YOU for accompanying me on this journey and the opportunity to serve you!

You have enriched my life!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Until next time…

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