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Get Rid of Stress by Choosing Joy

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

According to the American Psychological Association, 62 percent of Americans say that work significantly increases their stress. Imagine that—almost two out of three working Americans spend a third of their lives in an environment they consider stressful!

This is crazy! Life’s too short to live like that! So change things!

Now I’m not suggesting that you quit your job and go relax on the beach for the rest of your life. You’ll get a whole new kind of stress when the money runs out.

Instead, keep your job and choose to live happy. Choose against stress! Stress is your interpretation of events. You can be relaxed or crazed as you choose.

So you get a task that seems impossible. Why stress? It’s an opportunity to step up and knock it out of the park!

You have 20 phone calls to make in 30 minutes…why not do it with joy? It’s time to blow them away. How accomplished will you feel after the fact?

Attitude is a choice. Stress is a choice. Choose to live happily.

Deciding to like it

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

A lot of people have decided not to like their jobs. They wouldn’t put it that way, of course. They think of their job like the weather. It’s something that happens to them, and all they can do is complain.

It’s actually more like a thermostat. How silly would it be to sit in your living room day after day complaining about how darn hot it is in here when there’s a little box on the wall that can fix the problem!

Job satisfaction is like that thermostat. Make the decision to turn up your job satisfaction, and guess what? Your job satisfaction goes up.

That doesn’t mean the things that annoyed you simply went away. It’s like marriage. The flaws will always be there, but you make a choice whether to focus on those flaws or to focus on the good things.

The same thing happens at work: There is no perfect job, no perfect boss, no perfect coworkers or products or systems. But there is one perfect thing: If you decide to like something, your day will go along much better and brighter.

Don’t try to turn it around on a dime. Take it one day at a time. Every morning, ask yourself…and demand an answer, “What three things about work am I grateful for today?”
And for goodness sakes, stop complaining to others about your job—that’s part of the pattern whereby you’re simply displaying your inability to turn your job into one that you love. Turn your job into one you love!

Create efficiency in all that you do

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Whatever job you are doing, chances are you could shave off substantial time and get the same result, or use the same amount of time and DOUBLE the result, just by saying, “How can this be done differently to create a better outcome in less time?”

But we rarely do it. We dive right in and flail around, thinking a quick start is the best way to save time. No way.

This is especially important as we mature in our work. In fact, it’s the WAY we mature. Some people never get this, so they don’t improve, and they’re in the same job for 20 years because their performance is always the same. That’s not good.

If they’ve been in the same job for 20 years, their performance should be DRAMATICALLY improved from when they started. They should be able to get the same results in half the time, or twice the results in the same time—at a minimum.

Otherwise…what were those 20 years really about?

This doesn’t happen all at once. You don’t ask yourself, “How can I do this twice as fast?” Every day we should be asking the question, “How can I do this a little bit better, a little more efficiently?” Over time, those little efficiencies add up to a powerful result.

Are you moving toward, or moving away?

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Psychologists tell us that all emotions are rooted either in love or in fear. Anger, for example, is a symptom of fear. You can’t be angry if you’re not afraid. Joy is based in love. You can’t feel bliss without having love at the core. Fear is a “moving-away-from” emotion. Love is “moving-toward.”

Take a moment to analyze the disastrous decisions you’ve made. It’s not easy to look such decisions in the eye, but it’s well worth it. A pattern of “moving away” from something will generally emerge. Moving away from missing a quota. Moving away from confronting a problem in the relationship with your supervisor.

One very common pattern is moving away from one company or boss as opposed to moving toward a bigger calling. You hate where you are, so you flee, instead of choosing to love where you want to be and running toward it.

There’s a reason for the saying, “Out of the frying pan, into the fire.” Too many of the changes we make are exactly that.

So the next time you need to make a decision, ask yourself if you’re moving away from something or moving toward something, and always choose to move toward. Once you master that assessment, it’s amazing how much better your decision-making and results will become.

How do you get to Carnegie Hall?

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

You know the line…How do you get to Carnegie Hall? “Practice, Practice, Practice!”

Well, how do you get successful in your career?

Just three things: Hit your numbers. Hit your deadlines. And live the values of the organization.

Yes, there are a million things to do and you don’t have enough time. BUT the question is, how will you hit your numbers and deadlines regardless of those things, regardless of the lack of time?

True enough, the economy isn’t supportive and the competition is brutal, so there are many reasons you can’t hit your numbers. But what if you decided to anyway?
What would you have to change to make that happen?

A person of value is someone who consistently does the things others can’t or won’t do. They get results regardless of circumstances. They focus on the basics, and they get the job done, in part because it doesn’t occur to them that failure is an option.

It’s simply not on the list of possibilities.

Think about it this way—What if the person who handles payroll approached the job with an attitude of, “I’ll see if I can figure out how to get it done”?

That’s right. You got it now, didn’t you. What most people miss is that results are a non-negotiable in ALL jobs—not just in payroll.

Hit your numbers. Hit deadlines. Live values. That’s the way forward.