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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

10 Strategies for Being Your Best Without the Stress

1. Give yourself permission to focus on one thing at a time.

2. Be Still to Distil Priorities. Observe moments of quietness at various time throughout your day in order to extract the most important things from everything.  Choose to give your attention and energy to what matters most.

3. Live From Acceptance not For Acceptance. Much unnecessary stress is related to our over-pleasing and over-working to gain acceptance. Find your acceptance in God's love for you and your love for yourself, and you don't have to look for it anyplace else.

4. Say Yes to No. There is nothing healthy, honourable, or spiritual about trying to be all things to all people all the time. Learn to decline to really shine.

5. Stop Outfitting People in the Wardrobe of Your Expectations. See persons for who they are, and escape the disappointment of their not being who you want them to be.

6. Plan the Play and Play the Plan. Progress hinges on planning, but creative and exciting progress happens as we freely adapt and adjust when things don't go according to plan.

7. Crush the Rush.  Create “speed-bumps” in your day: moments of grace when you intentionally pause to reconnect with yourself and the world around you.  You may be surprised to discover that the deep inner satisfaction you miss in the steady race is found in this small grace.

8. Don’t Settle for an Earlier Version of Yourself. Some stress comes not from our being busy, but from our being bored. Explore new horizons; expand into new territories. Be new on purpose.  Turn stress into thrill!

9. Aspire from a Place of Peace. In your striving to achieve, take time to feel the gentle breeze of contentment. Onward and upward, with an abiding inward peace of mind.

10. Rest to Give Your Best. There are few things in life more dynamic than a rested soul. Rest leads to peace; peace leads to clarity; clarity leads to creativity.