by Skip Cohen
I'm a huge Melody Beattie fan, and it's been awhile since I shared any of her thoughts for the day. Yesterday's motivational reading really hit home, If you've read a few of my recent posts about going off the grid, and taking a break, then you already know my mindset.
What I loved about "freeing my soul" yesterday was the way her thoughts apply to so many of us in business. Whether it's pressure from somebody else, or stress we create ourselves, her point really was helpful. Maybe it will be for you as well.
If you're interested in reading more of her books, just click on the book on the left. You can't just feed your body three times a day - you need to feed your mind and heart as well!
Wishing everybody a wonderful weekend and hopefully dry wherever you are!
by Melody Beattie
Get Our from Under the Gun
How often in life, in the busy world around us, we begin to feel as though we're "under the gun." Daily pressures can mount until our body feels as though someone is actually pointing a gun at us saying, "Hurry. Finish. Do this or else." That feeling is not conducive to joy, creativity, or doing our best. That attitude creates stress, some times unbearable stress.
Some of us have lived under the gun so long we're not even aware of it. But our bodies are. We feel tense, stressed, frightened on edge. Many of us have felt that way so long we've gotten used to it. "That's just how it is," we say with resignation.
But that's not how it needs to be. Gently take the gun away from whoever is pointing it at you. Lay it on the table. Tell that person the task will get done, the situation will come about much better, much more creatively, much more timely without the gun. Mot importantly, tell yourself that, too.
Acknowledge commitments. Acknowledge the
necessity of timely accomplishment of tasks. Then
acknowledge the way and wisdom of the hear with
joy. It will see you through to get everything done,
and you won't have be under the gun.
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