Spending During the Holidays

Tis the Season for gifts and spending…be careful!

Bad money-management habits, especially during the holidays often affect people’s relationships with others. Conflicts over money can cause stress in families and marriages. Disputes about money are among the leading causes of divorce.  Try not to go into debt during the gift buying frenzy of Christmas commercialism.

A good way to make the right spending decisions is to develop goals and shopping objectives.  Better yet, invite your friends over for a nice warm cup of cocoa instead of giving him an expensive gift you’ll regret when the credit card bill comes in January.

Cheers to spending less and celebrating more during the holidays!

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Stress

Stress in life is inevitable…how we deal with it is our choice.

Crows looking into our house through the skylight after watching the movie The Birds ~ stress becomes a photo opportunity.

Have a safe Halloween and beware of the scary costumes that provoke fear related stress!

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Transition

first-career-transitionAutumn is a time of transition, summer is over, kids return to school, the days are shorter and there is something in the air that feels like change.

It’s not easy at first, but as we transition into our new schedules, friendships and responsibilities we begin to realize our potential to achieve something new and exciting.

“To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly” Henri Bergson

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Mistakes

Believe that as long as you learn from your mistakes then it is not wasted time. There will be setbacks in your life and career path. Your attitude towards failure will determine how successful you become. Do not lament over your mistakes. Unless you’re perfect, you will make mistakes. Learn from them knowing that each mistake is a lesson as you work towards your goals.

Failure Is The Best Teacher!  Learn from your mistakes and move on!

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Praise and Thanks

10339719_533386520099167_5778151843578661704_nPeople want to feel what they do makes a difference.

Continuous, supportive communication from managers, supervisors, associates and on the personal end family and friends is too often under emphasized.  It is a major, major motivator.

Say thanks and don’t forget the art of sending a card through the good old postal system or via an online service such as Send Out Cards.

Recognition is so easy to do and so inexpensive to distribute that there is simply no excuse for not doing it.

Compensation is what you give people for doing the job they were hired to do.  Recognition, on the other hand, celebrates an effort beyond the call of duty.

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Procrastination

We are all procrastinators to some degree.  We postpone or delay until some future time something we have already decided to do.  There are a variety of reasons why we procrastinate.

  • To escape an overwhelming or unpleasant task.
  • To excuse poor quality work.
  • To gain sympathy.
  • To get someone else to do the job.
  • To protect a weak self-image.
  • To avoid change.
  • To avoid the realization that the task or opportunity is no longer appropriate to our needs.

But we pay an enormous price for the ‘luxury’ of putting it off.  Perhaps the greatest price is putting off living in the present, which in turn blocks our sense of fulfillment.  Other costs of procrastinating include the boredom of inactivity, the anxiety of working under extreme deadline pressures, the emptiness of “safe” but impotent goals, the constant frustration of unresolved problems, and poor interpersonal relationship which result from our crippled approach to life.

When procrastinating, we are at rest, and the hardest part is getting started.  Once in motion, our momentum tends to keep us going.

Don’t quit ~ get the job done!

 

 

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Listening

Listening

Ways to listen with compassion, understanding and intention:

  • Be present and give speaker your full attention. Don’t drift off into your own thoughts.
  • Show interest, be generous, encourage the speaker.  Make eye contact, nod.
  • Listen with your heart as well as your ears.
  • Make it safe for the speaker to share her thoughts and feelings.
  • Listen to every word without interrupting or wishing to speak yourself.
  • When the speaker is finished, acknowledge what you heard without judging or correcting.

“I felt it shelter to speak to you.” ~ Emily Dickinson

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