Thursday, January 16, 2014

Reduce the Stress

I am the type of person who always planned everything step by step, minute by minute. It was all about being well organized. I made lists for everything -- trips had agendas -- errand runs would be mapped out -- time accounted for. I was managing my life, and being productive. It was about efficiency and getting things done quickly. But why did I need to get it done quickly? So I could start planning the next event. My life was spent making plans. I wasn't living a balanced life. If the plan didn't go off as intended I would be upset and disappointed, there was no time planned for happiness. Even if there was a little deviation from the plan it would set me off in a bad mood. That's not a stress that is needed in any person's life. It's wasted energy. I wasn't able to adapt to situations and this is essential to any kind of success or happiness in life.  

Realizing how this effected myself and family, I decided I needed to change my way of thinking. I needed to eradicate this stress and unhappiness from my life.  This is hard to do when you've spent your whole life living this way. 

Along with my other 2014 motto's -- Enjoy Life, Clean Eating, Get Healthy & Fit -- 
I have now adopted a new Motto Whatever Works. 

These are my guidelines: If things aren't going as planned, expected or hoped for I need to go with whatever works for me at the time.  Which means be flexible and adapt, be able to change course, don't worry about the norm --what everyone else is doing. Do what feels right for me -- and my family.  Not everything needs a detailed plan of action. Just a simple plan and the ability to adapt.  Change won't always be for the worse, sometimes it might surprise you in a good way.      

So just like Clint Eastwood said in the movie Heartbreak Ridge "Adapt, Improvise and Overcome". 

                 Jeep -- It's not Just an Adventure! It's a Good Life.


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