Friday, December 30, 2016

Sending much love and appreciation to all!  May 2017 be filled with an abundance of peace and love. I came across the below article from a colleague of mine and thought I would share as it says it all!

Eight Habits that Changed My Life

  1. Show Kindness: Be kind to everyone you come in contact with, from your boss to your barista.  Simply appreciate others for who they are, not what you would like them to be or what they can do for you.  Find surprising ways to bless others with a unexpected tip or word of encouragement.  Put aside your personal agenda and look at interruptions in your day as opportunities to serve others. 
  2. First things First: Do your most important tasks first thing in the morning.  Start with an intention and prayer and then move on to the tasks that matter most.  Don’t get caught in the urgent by default like most people do.  Be deliberate instead of just responding to the crises that come your way. 
  3. Say No: Stop saying “yes” to every request that comes your way.   Practice saying “let me think about it” before an automatic yes comes from your lips.   Process important decisions for at least twenty-four hours and sleep on it before committing.  Agree to only what is in line with your main mission.  What is your mission?  Define what you enjoy the most and do the best and then stick to it. 
  4. Recharge:  Go to bed every night with enough time to get eight hours of sleep and wake up refreshed, preferably early. 
  5. Move: Make time for activity every day.   Try something new….free weights in the morning, yoga at lunch or a leisurely stroll in the evening.  Better yet, grab a friend or your spouse and enjoy great company and conversation while you work-out.  
  6. Simple Joys:  Find joy in simple things that don’t cost you anything at all… a gorgeous sunrise, the sensation of cool grass on your bare feet, a snowflake on your tongue, playing fetch with your dog,  the gentle touch of a loved one, or the smile of a stranger.  Many of the things that make our life most satisfying are free!
  7. Eliminate! Get rid of what no longer serves you… make a habit of cleaning out closets and other spaces in your home.  Without intervention, junk accumulates and wastes our precious brain power and energy.  Don’t be afraid to give things away, especially things of value.  There is no greater joy than sharing what God has blessed you with.   This practice will ultimately free you from reliance on material things in your life, too.  Need motivation? Check out the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
  8. Practice Gratitude: Perhaps the most powerful habit is gratitude… Be grateful every day and make it a habit, like brushing your teeth.  Before you fall asleep, list at least three things you are grateful for every single day.  Did you know that the two qualities most predictive of life-long happiness are gratitude and life-long learning? 

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