Forgetting These 7 Little Things Makes Every Day More Stressful


It never ceases to amaze me when I’m faced with the reality of how easily I lose sight of the truth – I catch myself stressing out over something silly, even though I know better.  And I know I’m not alone in my forgetfulness.  So much happens in our lives – so much chaos and distraction – that we often forget the important things we learned long ago.  Busy days and demanding obligations have a tendency to put our minds on autopilot, making us more reactive and less mindful every step of the way.

Therefore, some of life’s most important lessons need to be reviewed to be remembered.

Keep this short list handy and give it a read any time you catch yourself in one of those inevitable, forgetful moments of stress and frustration…

1.  You can’t lift a thousand pounds all at once.  Yet you can easily lift one pound a thousand times.  Tiny, repeated efforts will get you there.
Have you ever felt incredibly overwhelmed?

Challenge yourself throughout the day to focus solely on the sip (task, step, etc.) you’re actually taking.

Honestly, that’s all life is – small, positive actions that you take moment by moment, and then one day when you look back it all adds up to something worthwhile – something that’s often far better, and different, than what you had imagined when you started.

2.  When things aren’t adding up in your life, begin subtracting.  Life gets a lot simpler when you clear the clutter that makes it complicated.
The most common form of clutter in our lives?


Let’s do a little less… and make the less we do count for even more.

3.  The most powerful weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.  Train your mind to see the good in everything.

Being positive and seeing the good does not mean ignoring the negative.  Being positive and seeing the good means overcoming the negative.  There is a big difference between the two.

4.  Happiness is letting go of what you assume your life is supposed to be like right now and sincerely embracing it for everything that it is.
Holding on can be painful.  Holding on can directly contribute to stress, health complications, unhappiness, depressive thoughts, relationship problems, and so on.

But we can get out of our own way, and find harmony, by letting go.

5.  If the grass looks greener on the other side, it might just be life reminding you to water the grass you’re standing on.


6.  When people are rude and judgmental to you, smile and choose not to react.  Travel the high road.  Keep your peace.  Do so, and you take all their power away.
7.  You cannot control exactly what happens in life, but you can control how you respond to it all.  In your response is your greatest power.
If there’s one thing all six of the previous points have in common, it’s the importance of responding to life’s surprises and challenges more effectively.  When you can let go of needless ideals, judgments, and self-pity parties, you give yourself the space required to respond to life’s difficult situations more effectively… and that changes everything.

Source: by Marc Chernoff


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