“Don’t worry about a thing, every little thing is gonna be alright.” – Bob Marley, Three Little Birds
This week my local Starbucks went from Falling Leaves to Holiday cups faster than Psy’s music career.
Lowes has their fake Christmas trees displayed likes it’s December 23rd.
The HOLIDAY CHAOS has begun.
The end of the year brings more DEMANDS.
We have PRESSURE to:
- CLOSE OUT projects.
- Bring in SALES.
- PLAN for the coming year.
- VISIT Aunt Betty.
It’s enough to make a Buddhist monk reach for the Ativan.
How do we STAY CALM in the middle of chaos?
STAYING CALM is a skill set we all need to develop.
Calmness is a MINDSET that can be learned, practiced and refined.
STAYING CALM under pressure will improve all aspects of our lives.
HOW TO STAY CALM:
All the requests for our TIME and ATTENTION can not be met.
PRIORITIZING reduces anxiety and keeps us focused on what’s important.
Trying to make everyone happy is a recipe for failure.
Jim Collins wrote in Good To Great, “If you have more than 3 priorities, you don’t have any.”
It’s easier to STAY CALM when we are centered on our PRIORITIES.
CONTROL THE CONTROLLABLES
STAYING CALM comes from knowing the difference between what’s in our control and what’s not.
NFL Coach Andy Reid said, “Figure out what you can control. That’s your next move.”
What’s in your CONTROL?
Sometimes the only way out is through action.
Tony Robbins said, “Nothing succeeds like massive action.”
Action crushes anxiety.
Be like Nike – “JUST DO IT”.
FIND YOUR OWN ZEN
Calmness comes from within.
We each need to find our own ZEN.
It may be the YOGA mat, spinning class, or taking a walk on a brisk autumn day as the leaves fall around you.
Each of us has to find our own methods that help us STAY CALM.
Eben Pagan wrote, “The calmest person in the room is the most powerful.”
Life throws constant OBSTACLES.
It’s easy to lose our peace of mind.
When chaos shows up:
- Control the Controllables.
- Take Action.
- Find Your Own Zen.
Everything we need is already inside of us.
Time to let it show…