“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”
â€• Andy Warhol.
Change is more than nickels and dimes. In fact, things will always be changing to some degree….not just the foliage. And what better time is there to think about positive change?
To simplify some solutions for creating change, you can be reminded daily by a few keys on your computer, smartphone, or iPad keyboard. Here goes:
1. SAVE. On our electronic devices, we want to hold on to valuable work-related projects, photos, songs, website links, and other important stuff. We should even back it up in the clouds or on a disk. In life, whatever’s working for us should also be saved, tweaked, and nurtured. You know the old saying: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Just make sure that it’s really working. Checking out the results will give you a clear answer.
2. DELETE. If there are thoughts, things, relationships, or habits that are draining you of your energy and spirit, it’s time to press the delete button. Things can become dated, dusty, dangerous, worn out, or useless in a flash. Look at how fast the current version of the iPhone becomes old news. It can be a challenge to let go and delete, but when we do, we make space for something better.
3. REFRESH. A weekend away, a power nap, a good laugh, a cold drink, a good workoutâ€• these are all refreshing. No matter what cool ride you drive, if it has a motor it needs fuel to keep going. And for a motor to run smoothly, it needs care and maintenance. To embrace change we need to face it with a refreshed, updated perspective. It makes change much easier. Often, the more we slow down, the more we get done with a renewed focus.
Change is constant and can be a challenge. Arnold Bennett says “Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.” Stick with it. Overcome the fear of the unknown and rock forward a step at a time. You’ll be glad you did!
By Carol Grace Anderson
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
William Butler Yeats
Let’s be real. We all want to get or keep our zest for life, our passion to grow and be productive, but most of us aren’t fired up 24/7. C’mon that’s unrealistic, of course. But we can kick it up a notch by avoiding three simple spark stealers:
1. Delaying. Inertia keeps us stuck. Action makes things happen. My Grandma used to say, “Well begun is half done!” It’s true that getting started increases motivation to keep going forward. It’s the snowball effect. What have you been putting off that would get your spark back? Drop all those excuses and start now by taking that first step.
2. Constant busy-ness. On the other hand, don’t expect that doing more will always result in more of what you want. Constant doing can wear you down and reduce the quality of your productivity. Slowing down is rejuvenating and can help you to refocus and get more accomplished. Balance is an ongoing challenge, but it’s vital!
3. Worry. Behaviorists say that up to 97% of what we worry about never happens. What a waste! We weren’t filled with worry at birth, it was learned. The good news? It can be unlearned. When you start to focus and take action on things in life that you can control, you’ll find that, with practice, you can wipeout worry and get on with the good stuff.
Life is a series of moments. Hope you’ll make the most of yours and keep fired up!
When we were kids we were full of wonder, energy, and excitement. Then the grown ups got involved. We heard things like “Sit down. Grow up. Be quiet!” They meant well… but there went the fun.
I remember running barefoot through green fields when we visited Grandma at the dairy farm. It smelled like spring and felt so free. And at Christmas I jumped for joy after opening that pretty, pink jewelry box. I think it cost $1.99. I’m sure you have some joyful memories too.
We can bring some of that fun factor back and still be responsible adults. It’s all about our choices. We can always “act our age” or free up our perception and allow more fun to seep in.
Here are 3 things you can do:
1. Decide that you will be more childlike more often. Go ahead. It may take some practice to get in the groove. Try dancing around the room to some rockin’ music to get started.
2. Discover things that remind you of fun and joy you had as a kid. Visit the zoo with friends or family, ride a bike, go to the circus, get a paint set and go crazy.
3. Devote yourself to sticking to it until it becomes a habit. Fun is a powerful stress reliever. It enhances our mood, improves our creativity, and even raises our productivity. Zappos and Google are two examples of wildly successful companies that encourage employees to have fun at work. It pays off!
Life is short. Savor the moments. Throwing fun into the mix will help you to keep fired up!