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Monday Morning Mojo- Preparing For A Stress-Free Holiday Season

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

A challenge for the upcoming holiday season

 

This holiday season, try to think about things a little bit differently. There is nothing wrong with wrapping presents, decorating, and trying to make the holidays magical—but try to keep in mind that these things are not worth your happiness. If you plan too much or try to take on too many tasks, you might start to feel burnt out. This can lead to stress,frustration, and resentment. You might find yourself more unhappy than happy during what is supposed to be the ‘most wonderful time of the year.’

 

This year,try to keep things in perspective. Have a meeting with your spouse and children, and try to figure out what is really important to everyone. Odds are good that everyone will agree that they would rather have a stress-free holiday season than a ‘commercialized’ one—which can be a very healthy thing to hear if you usually pressure yourself to deliver something that, in all actuality,doesn't matter that much to the rest of your family.

 

 

Above all else, try to remember that the holidays should be about relaxing, having fun,and spending time with the people you love. Do this in the manner that fits best with your life, and try not to feel pressured by magazine covers and commercials that tell you that it has to be a certain way to be ‘magical’.

Monday Morning Mojo: Take Control of Your Life

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

“Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.” ― Bill Gates

 

Many people  fail to realize how much they can truly accomplish with such a mindset. When you set your mind to a goal and decide that nothing is going to stop you, then you will probably begin to realize that living with intention is the first step to achieving what you really want.

 

Choosing success is not just about getting things done, though. It’s also about making a plan and moving toward it. You need a road map, or you’re going to get lost and wander in circles.

 

Choose today not to let anything stand in your way

I have a challenge for you. Today, look in the mirror and imagine where you want to be tomorrow. Next, think about where you want to be in a week. Where do you want to be in a month, a year, and a decade from now? Where do you want to be when you retire?

 

If you can think it, then you can achieve it—but you’re never going to make any progress if you don’t choose to stop settling for defeat. Stop allowing things to hinder you! Stop making allowances for negative people and experiences. Stop giving life permission to keep you from moving forward.

 

Remember, success is a choice. Obtaining your goals is a choice. You can either continue to keep moving, or you can settle and stop. If you keep moving, then there is no limit to how far you can go. But if you stop and give up, then keep in mind that there is also no limit to how much time you can spend sitting in one place.

 

The choice is yours—so choose to take control.

Monday Morning Mojo: 3 Habits of Extremely Effective Communicators

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”

― George Bernard Shaw, Leadership Skills for Managers

 

It’s definitely true that communication is an art acquired over years of practice and self-awareness—but it’s also possible to get much better at it by adopting a few very basic ideas.

 

In this post we’re going to share three communication habits that everyone should try! Learning and acquiring such habits for yourself might take work and effort—but they will more than pay off in the end by helping you to build bridges to other people instead of walls.

 

Habit Number 1: Find a way to empathize

If you don’t legitimately care about the individual in front of you, then you’re going to have a very difficult time communicating with any real positivity.

 

Did you know that only 7% of communication is accomplished through words? 38% is accomplished through other vocal elements, while a whopping 55% is accomplished through non-verbal cues, gestures, and actions.

 

But how are you going to be able to keep all of this in line when having a conversation? How can you keep from seeming negative if your goal is to be positive?

 

As it turns out, the easiest way to keep verbal and non-verbal expressions in the ‘positive’ range is to empathize with the person on the other end of the conversation. If you can find a way to care about them, then you will automatically come off as a more caring and positive individual.

 

Habit Number 2: Listen and understand before speaking

While it can admittedly be difficult to listen to someone else when we feel that we have something meaningful to say, doing so can do a world of good for both your relationships and for your abilities as a communicator.

 

People will respect you more if you listen. You will also relate to them more effectively if you know exactly what their thought processes are and can find it within yourself to attempt to understand them as a person.  

 

Habit Number 3: Use the word ‘I’ instead of the word ‘you’

This is a simple trick that can really help you to avoid building walls between yourself and other people. You might feel like saying this:

 

“Why are you doing that? You are going to mess that up!”

 

But instead, try wording it to paint the word ‘I’ as the focal point.

I really appreciate your hard work, but I feel like doing it that way might not work quite as well.”

 

 

Sometimes, changing your wording to be less abrasive or abrupt can make a huge difference to the people around you.

Monday Morning Mojo: Rediscovering the Power Of Productive Habits

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

“Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny.”

― Mahatma Gandhi 

 

Habits are usually emotional

One thing that we need to realize about habits is that they tend to be emotional. You might not think of it this way, but waiting until the last moment to get up after hitting the snooze button a dozen times and then rushing off to work to be consistently five minutes late might actually be an emotional dependency that you will need to resolve before you can hope to enact the newer habit of getting up early. This is not always the case, but it can be significant—and it is important that you evaluate such possibilities as you go about the process of adopting newer and better habits for yourself.

 

Habits take time to get used to

It is also important to realize that habits will take time to get used to. Some say that a good habit takes 30 days to form before you will consider it automatic—and there is a lot of truth to this. The problem oftentimes is that a lot of people give up within just a week or two when they start to experience the strain of changing their schedule.

 

In the end, forming better habits can be a gateway to becoming more successful. Whether you want to exercise more, get up earlier for work, get more sleep, make more time for family, cut down on wasted time, etc., habit are the vehicle by which we make ourselves better and increase our odds of success.

 

Just always remember that if you can change your habits, you can change your life—because that is often all that it takes.

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