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We moved our clocks forward last weekend, how many of you are
still feeling a little wonky from the time adjustment? I know for me it has
given me more energy because I am a creature of the light! Give me more light in
the day and I have got the goods to get more done and to feel more energized.
With this light and longer day comes the opportunity to look
at what is serving us really well in our work and in our lives. It is also an
opportunity to look at letting go of behaviors that no longer serve us.
I have a dear friend (we have been friends since high school)
she is a phenomenal person and is one of the most inspiring people I know. Sue
was diagnosed last spring with cancer and it rocked her world. Sue was
relatively healthy and having this diagnosis was very difficult for her to deal
with. However in true Sue fashion she responded with bravery and action. She
took a long hard look at her life, her choices and her behaviors and she
recognized there were some things she needed to let go of.
The other day Sue and I were catching up by phone and she was
feeling a little down. It has been six months since she has been declared cancer
free and she was feeling a little down. I think we can all relate to getting to
a point in our lives where we have made huge shifts in our choices and behaviors
and yet it seems as if the outer world is not responding as quickly as we would
like to our changes.
I reminded Sue that she had made tremendous progress in her
behaviors and now she just needed to give those around her and the universe time
to catch up with her changes. When I recounted the new found commitment Sue had
to her health, the healthy choices she had been making and her setting of newly
established boundaries she was reminded of the massive steps she had taken
towards greater well-being.
The world just doesnít respond to our requests as quickly as
we would like.
You have heard the joke that goes like this: How do
you make God laugh? Tell him your plans.
The point is that in order to create new and bold changes in
our lives we need to let go of the old and tired behaviors that no longer
support the new self we are proclaiming to be.
Some examples of old behaviors may be:
- Rather than respond in the same old patterns of negativity
when people let us down we can choose to take a deep breath and choose a new
positive thought. This is called reframing.
- Rather than get stressed or fearful when things arenít
happening on our time line we can relax take action on what we have control
over. For example if someone doesnít get back to you on a promised deadline
make the phone call or send the email and then let it go.
- Rather than complain about low energy or how little time
you have for exercise, schedule in a 30 minute walk into your daily schedule.
- Rather then get impatient with certain areas of your life
such as finding the perfect relationships or wishing your partner would
change- do something that serves your well being go for a massage, join a new
exercise activity such as a boot camp, sign up for something you would never
normally do such as a cooking class.
Itís time for some spring cleaning and to spring forward with
renewed energy, excitement and focus. Happy Spring!
About the Author
Cheryl Cran, CSP President of Synthesis at Work Inc. works with organizations
in significantly increasing productivity and profitability through communication
strategies that improve employee performance, leverage team synergy and build
extraordinary leaders. Many of Synthesis at Work's clients are award winning
industry leaders. www.cherylcran.com
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2007-08-22 23:29:12 in Personal Articles