“Change is inevitable, growth is optional.”
I first started presenting seminars on CHANGE in 1991, which was another time of economic challenge, though not nearly as intense as this period. I understand this time period has been named: “The Great Recession.” I think I’ll reframe that to “The Great Opportunity.”
I don’t know how it is with you and the people in your lives these days, but what I’m noticing is “it’s (by “it” I mean everything) hitting the fan.” Just a few examples: economic struggle, job loss, break ups, re-negotiating relationships, addiction problems coming to the surface, health problems, aging, babies being born, illness, etc. Whew…let’s all take 10 deep breaths.
If you’re feeling wiped out by the enormity of change that’s occurring personally and culturally, you’re not alone.
The good news is that all of these life events provide us with the opportunity to choose whether we will react out of habitual fear patterns or learn to respond with love, care, compassion and kindness to ourselves and those around us.
Three Self-CARE Strategies to Thrive in Times of CHANGE:
1) Be aware of whether you’re at the beginning, middle or end of a change process. Transition starts with an ending, then a chaotic middle time, and finally a new beginning. It’s the middle time that feels the worst and where we need the most support – a friend, counselor, priest, journal, whatever works for you.
2) BE Gentle with yourself. This too shall pass. (My kitchen remodel WILL be done…before Thanksgiving.) For the Mind:Reframe negative self-talk to positive. For the body: Take 10 breaths, a walk or stretch. Don’t over-indulge any cravings. It just makes you feel worse. For the Spirit: Read an inspirational passage from your favorite spiritual book. For your Emotions:Try the TARA process in Intentional JOY (pg. 164), or Emotional Freedom Technique.
3) DO: Create an action plan based on what you need. For example: Less Money Available. List out expenses and income and
see what you can cut. A food budget hint: Make a menu, a list from the menu and shop at a discount grocer.
Paul Zane Pilzer, economist and bestselling author says that the most successful people today will not necessarily be the best but the fastest and I will add – the fastest to change. The great opportunity during these CHANGING times is to get very clear about what is most important to you and to take really good, loving care of yourself, no matter what you’re faced with.
I went on my first cruise in October and it was a blast. I now GET why people love to cruise. Everything is taken care of once you’re on board – from food to fun. With my girlfriends, I "cha-cha’d," line-danced, ate wonderful food, golf-carted around Catalina Island and toured Ensenada, Mexico. Next cruise for me is Alaska with my husband Dave.
Currently, Dave and I are remodeling our kitchen. I’d much rather cruise. I’m practicing ALL of my self-care strategies double time – breathing, humor, (some of you know the HA HA breath), tapping and staying focused on what I want – the vision of my new kitchen. Gratitude helps also. I’ll let you know next month how it’s gone.
And, on a business note – Amazon.com ordered 15 copies ofIntentional JOY in 1 week – a record. Thank you, thank you!
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Announcing: Money Magic Monthly Teleseminar: The Money Magic Seminar Sat. the 19th was a huge success. To support the excitement about learning how to blend the practical action steps we all need to make and deal with money AND to know how to collapse negative beliefs and create what you REALLY want I’m launching this monthly support group seminar.
The monthly Money Magic Teleseminar will be the 3rd Wed of each month, the next call being today, Weds. Nov. 18 at 7:00 – 7:45PT. You’ll be able to sign up for this on my website and I’ll send out announcements. The fee is $5.95 a month for the first 3 months and then $7.95. Ridiculously low fees for the amount of practical knowledge, and inspiration you’ll receive. If you can’t wait calland I’ll start a list for my V.A. who is putting all this together for me – thank you Carrie!!
I’m excited to announce my new BLOG and thank Carrie, my Web V.A. for all her technical support. Read it atwww.lynntelfordsahl.com/blog . The blog is about addiction and the purpose is to support those struggling with “lite” or “hard” addictions and to support the Amazon Bestseller launch.
Amazon Bestseller Launch for Intentional JOY
Tuesday Jan 12, 2010
I will be asking your support to buy a copy of IJ on this specific date. My goal is to sell 200 books that day and gain Bestseller status and that helps sell even more books. There will be LOTS of FREEBIES and bonuses attached to this offer and I’ll provide more details soon. Please mark your calendars. Thank you….