Hey, folks, from windy, chilly Chicago!
Thanksgiving has come and gone - on to Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, etc. Where has 2009 gone? It seems, as we get older, time moves faster.
Or, is it just me?
Have you Affirmations? Those little two or three sentence positive statements you say to your self each day to get you "up?"
Most folks don't! They let life happen to them, and, marvel when things go well, despair when things go a bit rough, or worse.
No even keel. No steadiness. Just riding the ups and downs of an-often stressful world of business.
Our Team Members state Affirmations every single day! We at first required it - then, after a while, we didn't have to. For all of us on the Team, saying affirmations just comes naturally. Every week. Every day.
And on those days when we're forced to miss reading our Daily Affirmations, we feel as if something is missing. Like getting up in the morning without brushing your teeth. Or showering. Or exercising.
Affirmations, for us, are the fuel that keep us going. The extra oomph to get us over the hump.
Each day, some pray. We . . . AFFIRM!
These days, our Team reads daily from Chellie Campbell's book, "The Wealthy Spirit." The book has exactly 365 pages, and 365 Affirmations - one each day.
It was kind of ironic that yesterday's affirmation came on the day of our Weekly Team Meeting to brainstorm our Business and Professional Goals for 2010. You see, few in business write down their goals, nor to they Affirm. We do both!
On Page 278 of "The Wealthy Spirit," Campbell explains the seeds of the Roller Coaster Ride that defines many people's lives.
Paraphrasing, she states that, often times, when things go wrong, it's human nature to key in on your own deficiencies. The negative things that happen to everyone. Everyone!
Focusing on the negative seems to create even more stress, and less productivity. People working around you, and those who share your life, sense your unease. They're concerned, often put off. Afraid of you, even. They might try to avoid you and your negative energy.
You've reached the "famine period," as Campbell calls it. Everyone has been there - especially over the last year or so . . . yes?
Then, by sheer force of will, or, when you just get tired of feeling sorry for yourself, you consciously try to snap out of it. Using initiative, you try to do something to break you out of that funk. You might take a professional class. Take up a hobby. Read a new book. Talk to a mentor, or help someone new.
Your life starts to improve. You do better. Feel brighter. Make some money. Things are looking up!
Then, invariably, the downward cycle starts again. A business deal fails. Your computer crashes. You get into a silly argument with your spouse, or your son or daughter. A client insults you.
And, once again . . . "famine" is back.
How to stem this frustrating cycle?
For us, it has been to AFFIRM, no matter what! Always. Every day!
And that is a hard habit to keep up. But you've gotta do it!
When things are going well, you often feel as if you don't need "silly affirmations." When things are looking bleak, you are often tempted to say, "what good will affirmations do anyway?"
But Chellie Campbell says you have to keep those affirmations up. Every day. Non-stop. To keep that even keel. And avoid that ole' roller coaster ride that so many in stressful professions seem to jump on daily, monthly, and for most of their careers.
Make sense? Thought it did!
What say you?
DEAN & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO