This time of year the holidays are a time of great joy but may also be a time of stress. Outside influence can cause you to create expectations that are drawn on the canvas of other people's values and not your own. This can happen any time. Every day is full of noise. You have external noise - the chatter of people, traffic, planes trains, music, animals, industry. And you have internal noise - your own headtrash telling you to worry, feel guilty, get busy, relax, exercise, volunteer, forgive, forget, get more, let go.
When do you actually sit alone in a place without any visual or auditory distractions and calm your mind enough to hear nothing but silence? It's difficult to do. Try it - for 15 minutes. Imagine that a giant eraser wipes away any distracting thought or image that enters your mind. Then listen to what comes your way. Allow only silence and nature to penetrate your mind. Listen to the silence. Hear what you haven't heard before? What are you called to? What are the new possibilities? What is the wisdom?
Blessed wishes for a very happy and safe holiday season! Do something that is meaningful and special for you.
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Mary Lee Gannon is the president of StartingOverNow.com - Transforming People and Organizations with Goals-to-Results. With more than 16 years of experience as a CEO of organizations with up to $26 million in assets, Mary Lee coaches executives and organizations with a Goals-Accountability-Results system. Read testimonials from her clients. She is a graduate of The Duquesne University Professional Coaching Program and an alumnus of the 2010 Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital Coaching in Medicine & Leadership Conference. Her personal turnaround came as a stay-at-home mother with four children under seven-years-old who endured a divorce that took she and the children from the country club life to public assistance from where she rose to the level of CEO to support her family. Areas of Specialty: Strategic Planning / Board Development / Executive Coaching / Healthcare / Public Relations / Meeting Facilitation / Leadership / Productivity / Life/Career Transition. Her book "Starting Over - 25 Rules for When You've Bottomed Out" is available in bookstores and from online booksellers.
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