Saturday, November 22, 2008

Worry, worry, worry.

Lately I have taken to "brooding" the hubster sez.

Or to put it simply I haz a sad...

I am stressed at work, at home, and I just can't seem to shake it...
Everyone I talk with is stressed and sad. I imagine this must be what the country felt like during the great Depression.

I just found this article today. I am going to try it. Maybe this will kick the brooding out of my head for a while. I will keep you all posted...

Judy Pace Christie: Replace worry with gratitude for added success

Most of the people I encounter these days aren't in the mood for a challenge. They are busy and tired, worried about their 401(k)s and credit cards and how secure their businesses or jobs really are.

But maybe this is just the time for a challenge, the one I issue today — to replace worry and fear with gratitude during this Thanksgiving season. And then to hang onto the change into the new year.

During the past few years, I've discovered that worry and gratitude do not mix. In fact, I'd go so far as to say they are mutually exclusive. So, to get rid of worry and fear, heap on the gratitude.

Why should this matter in your work life?

Owning a business, managing a payroll, juggling projects, raising money, watching expenses, recruiting volunteers, doing an excellent job at work — all take energy and even courage. In this shaky season, it's easy to be fearful and forget to be grateful.

By deliberately becoming more thankful, you put your worries and fears in perspective. While the negatives in your life don't magically disappear, they become less powerful. Take a small step or two and see if it doesn't make a difference. Then take a few more.

You may find this simple attitude shift can help your business or organization flourish — because you build on the good that is already in place.

During the next week, take a few steps toward thanksgiving. To consider:

-- Start each day with a list of things you're thankful for, at work and home. Get specific. Go deep.

-- Notice the goodness in those you work with and overlook some of their foibles.

-- Expect good things to happen and don't fret over much when things go awry.

-- List all the things that have unfolded well in your business, organization or career this year. (Even in tough economic times, so many things are going right for so many.)

-- Say thanks every day for unlikely blessings, until your mental tone changes. Look for the good. Turn over daily rocks and see what goodness lies beneath.

As you develop this thankful perspective, look for these benefits:

-- The people around you will act more positively. As you give thanks, it wears off.

-- You'll observe previously overlooked details about your business, things you've done right, trends headed in the right direction. Instead of obsessing on what didn't work, you'll find yourself proud of what has gone right.

-- The people who work with you, for you, near you will suddenly be so much more helpful. Well, actually, they won't be more helpful, but they will seem more helpful. You'll realize how much they do for you each week. When you stop to give thanks, you see that you couldn't do it alone "» and that many step in to help out.

-- Cool opportunities appear. I call this possibility thinking — you are open to what might be available, what could unfold.

-- You see your business or nonprofit with new eyes. A fresh look can be like a deep, cleansing breath.

-- You realize anew how much you do have, despite what you might have lost or let slip away.

-- You set the stage for a more enjoyable holiday season. Thanksgiving is just the beginning of what has become a sprint to the New Year. Entering the season giving thanks can change your perspective and help you say no to frenzy, which can be extremely potent in your business or organization. The world needs this immensely, and you can be a leader here.

Replace your worries with gratitude — and see what happens.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Judy Pace Christie is a local consultant and author. She owns Judy Christie Consulting Services LLC and helps clients with strategies for meaningful life and work. Her book "Hurry Less, Worry Less at Christmastime: Having the Holiday Season You Long For" discusses how to develop a thankful heart. Contact Judy at

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