5 Ways to Banish Stress

starsStress happens.

However, you do not have to allow stressful situations to implode your peace of mind. You can manage stress and the events that may precipitate stress for you which are personal to your personality. There are definite coping strategies which help you to live a life stress-free.

Life is not meant to be a stress rehearsal.

Fill your life with harmonious, healthy thoughts and experiences. Make a mantra for your life which banishes stress. One that I use is simply: love, joy, and peace. 

Effort is taken every day to not allow anything or anyone to violate the love, joy and peace that is integral to my well-being.

Actually, one’s well-being is intrinsic to the well-being of others too. When you feel good, you share good and that good which then expands to heal the world. Life is bestowed upon everyone; make sure you inculcate what is good so that you expose good to others. Good begets good. Good can banish stress

Five Secrets to a Stress-Free Life:

  1. Pay attention. Really listen to and hear your feelings. Release stress by tuning your mind to what you are feeling right now. The more attentive you are to your true feelings, the faster you recognize negative energy and can stop stress triggers from invading your intrinsic peace.
  2. Be still. Activity is over-valued. Stop and smell the evergreens, slow down and notice the beauty around you. Listen to the bees or watch a butterfly graciously wing its flight. Meditate on the things that are joyous and peaceful. Draw a Mandela or walk a labyrinth. Slow your pace, seek tranquility.
  3. Connect deep. Connect with others, go beyond polite conversation and build a deep association with someone in your life. You will likely find that blending your life with another in a non-sexual friendship improves your outlook and resolves the stress inducing emptiness of isolation.
  4. Get involved. Make a life investment in something or someone. Fight apathy. Instead of accepting a problem as unsolvable, seek a solution. Become a one person drummer, others will gain courage from your passionate conviction and soon a change movement will gain momentum.
  5. Love life. The practice of loving life, in spite of turmoil, minimizes stress. Bless your stress with omniscient love, ever-present, ever-lasting. Devote the majority of your energy to loving life, feel the eruption of gratitude. Give thanks, give love. Love your life!

Keep it simple.

Simplify your emotions so that your soul can breathe. Inhale deep breaths of calm, restfulness, kindness and joy.  Exhale harshness and seek balance, tenderness and gentle grace. Stress is a learned response to events or situations that alarm your inner good. Go with the flow, walk along with the soothing waves in your life. Restore relaxation, take it slow and easy. Live an intentional stress-free life.

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Business Resolutions for 2011

If you resolve to be in business in 2011, then these resolutions can solidify your efforts to keep the doors open.

Resolution 1: Love your customers/clients. Oftentimes business owners, large and small, eventually neglect their primary money stream usually because they get busy and mis-direct their focus on operations. A stay-in-business rule is to nurture your customers/clients with attention and appreciation.

Resolution 2: Streamline operations. Take a hard look at how you operate your business. Look for industrial efficiency in every process you use.  When, not if,  you find redundancy modify the process right away. Streamlining saves money, but more importantly it allows you to stay customer focused and lean.

Resolution 3: Consult. Now that you have returned your business focus to your customers and have evaluated the efficiency of your operations the next resolution should be to consult with staff, customers, and other stakeholders to find out even more ways to retain your customer base but to expand your market share. You get what you request and reward.  Use performance management listening mechanisms such as:

  • Become an “undercover boss”
  • face-to-face meetings with key players in the company,
  • surveys to all stakeholders that include incentives so that you really get a listening pulse about your business
  • benchmark research – know your competition and work to gain an edge

Howard Schultz summarizes the point this way, “You can’t expect your employees to exceed the expectations of your customers if you don’t exceed the expectations of management.”

Resolution 4: Study your business mission statement. Often a corporate mission statement is overlooked. Why? Because it becomes like white paper on white walls – you just pass it by even though it is posted right in front of your eyes. Make it your business mission resolution to “see” your mission statement every day and make a comparison with what you say is of value to your business and what you are actually doing. If your business is out of alignment with the mission statement do one of two things: 1. Get back in alignment or 2. modify your mission to reflect the changed direction of your business.

Resolution 5: Enjoy what you do. The honorable way to maintain a healthy business and a healthy you is to live with two principles: the highest ethics and integrity and balance. Superior business leaders know that integrity in all things is the best policy. Ask yourself if you are in complete integrity with your word, within your personal life, with your customers and staff, with yourself. If you find any area of integrity misalignment, fix it! Last, ask yourself if you are in balance – do you take vacation, are you happy, do you like being a business owner? The answer to these pivotal questions formulate the solid base for all of your business resolutions for 2011.

Your business will exceed growth and profit expectations in 2011 with strong resolutions. Be resolute. Work your business, using these resolutions, and it will work for you.