Winning Cooperation

One word of praise backed up by evidence (to show it’s not just flattery) gets more cooperation than asking for what you need, a word of criticism or pressure.

When people receive sincere praise they are more likely to be open to the needs of others.

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Getting the Best of Stress

There are two main causes of stress.

Fear and worry.

Fear is not rational.  Most fears never become reality.  Expose fear as an accelerator of what probably will never happen.

Worry is based on real circumstances that can be mitigated by eliminating the fear factor.

Most of the things that cause stress are worst case scenarios gone wild.

Focusing on best case outcomes goes a long way to putting stress in a more manageable place.

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Finding Yourself

To find yourself, lose yourself.

Break the mold.

Take a different path.

Let go.

The irony of getting back in touch with what you want, who you want to be and where you want to go requires less searching and more losing yourself in the myriad of possibilities.

Letting go of the search opens doors.

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Waiting and Worrying

Waiting is the multiplier of stress and anxiety.

Whatever the concern, the longer the wait for resolution, the more intense things get.

Waiting for an outcome can rarely be accelerated.

Do, don’t stew to keep anxiety from making an uncomfortable situation worse.

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Good Days

  1. Think of three things or people you are thankful for before getting out of bed.
  2. Don’t postpone joy.  Take time to celebrate each and every thing that makes you happy when it happens.
  3. Get rid of a bad mood by taking the focus off of your problem and help someone with theirs.
  4. Never let someone with a negative mood take your mood hostage.
  5. Happy days aren’t automatic.  It takes focus on things that create them.

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