Friday, October 31, 2014

Winning Ways Advice Column by Marge Powers

Stop Settling for Less and Upgrade Your Life!

Welcome to the next ‘New thought of the Week and Upgrade Your Life’ Series.  This 12 week series will give you valuable ‘New Thought’ Information and Advice that will help you learn how to enjoy the Holidays that are fast approaching.  We hope our advice will open you up to a new way of celebrating them.

Ah yes, the Holidays, they’re supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, and as you know they can have a way of turning into a very stressful time.  The holiday season can often bring unwelcome guests, an overwhelming array of demands, parties, shopping, baking, cleaning, socializing and entertaining to name just a few. Or perhaps you may be spending the Holidays alone and are feeling a little lonely or depressed.  But whatever the source of your angst, family dynamics, financing, lack of self-confidence, or painful memories, etc…you are certainly not alone and there ARE solutions.

Therefore, I’ve devised some simple and practical tips and fixes that are included in this 12 week series so you can learn how to minimize the stress that accompanies the holiday celebrations.  You may even end up enjoying them more than you thought you could.  J

Bottom Line:  In writing out this series, I’m simply shedding some light on some common habits that can make all the difference for you during the Holidays.  A great deal of human happiness is due to Intentional Activity.  It is possible for us to significantly increase our happiness simply by altering what we choose to do every day.  And usually much of what we do, we do on autopilot based on your thinking, beliefs, and habits

Try these ideas and suggestions to remind you that the people who want to be happy during the Holidays have incorporated this mindset into their thoughts and behavior the following:

They don’t attach themselves to every success and failure - #5 Series

 Happy people are often successful in the long run for one simple reason:  they think about success and failure differently.  They don’t take everything that goes wrong personally, and they don’t get a big head when everything goes right either.  Follow in their footsteps.  Be a humble, life-long learner.  Never let success get to your head and never let failure get to your heart—just do the best in completing your Holiday chores—you don’t have to be perfect.

Happy People develop strategies for coping in hard times.

A happy life and a meaningful life are not necessarily the same thing.  It is hard to be happy when you are having challenges during the Holidays.  But who lives longer and fares better after problems?   How you respond emotionally to the hard times during this busy time is what shapes your character.  Remember, you become what you believe.  Look at things objectively.  Find the lesson and move forward.  Don’t let a hard lesson harden your heart for too long. 

Magic Morsel Tips:  It’s important that you make sure you Plan ahead.  It works great if you remember to set aside specific days for shopping, baking, visiting friends and other activities.  Plan your menus and then make your shopping list.  That will help prevent last-minute scrambling to buy forgotten ingredients.  And make sure to line up help for party prep and cleanup…don’t do it all yourself.


Marge has over 30 years’ experience as a Master NLP Life Learning Coach.  She has written many books in on personal development, career planning, job searching, and retiring issues. These books may be reviewed or purchased on her website listed below.  Contact her if you would like a free bonus eBook, have questions or interested in a free coaching session.   See contact information below:

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