Reduce stress – reduce feelings of stress that result in anger. Here is another tip in reducing stress. Know what your mission is – what your goal is – where you are wanting to go and why. If someone is having an argument with a friend and your goal is to be able to stay friends, you may want to find a way to make peace with them. You may find a way to compromise, even changing the things that you do that might be annoying to the other person. This may require looking at the situation from the other persons point of view.
It is very easy for all of us to get so tied up with “life” or “day to day” activities that we forget the beg picture. The big picture view though will help us to cope with what is seeming to be stressful. While all of us have different kind of goals – it is important that we do the following:
- Decide what our goals are for any given situation or acquaintance.
- Don’t get locked into any one path. Look at situations with the “what if I tried this” attitude.
- Be open-minded to possibilities to unlock solutions you have not thought of before.
Knowing what you want and deciding how you can reach them, you may find yourself ignoring distractions more and feeling less stressed. A psychologist once said, “When you are waist deep in alligators, it is hard to recall your original reason for wanting to drain the swamp.” When you know your end goal – you may learn to expect to see “alligators” and with the expectation will come less stress.
In the world that we live, our day to day lives are busy beyond belief. The question that we want to ask ourselves is, “Are we achieving, are we being productive and reaching our goals and vision?” Recently in teaching the class, Excellence in Leadership, we talked about habits that we have that we would like to change. One that came up for everyone of the students was – procrastination. How do we achieve a productive life without becoming overwhelmed to a point of paralysis?
First we must recognize that activity is not accomplishment. For many of us we have to do list that is a mile long, and for some of us we get to the end of the day and feel like we did not get anything done on our list. Here is the suggestion that came out of our discussion that I felt is worth sharing with our community. Continue reading “Excellence in Leadership: Vision without procrastination”
Each month we define and discuss a word of character development with all of our students.
This month the word is Vision and will be defined this way.
Young students: Vision means: I can see my goals! (in my imagination)
Older students: Vision means to clearly imagine my goals as if I’ve already achieved them.
Here are the worksheets for our students:
Vision Tiger Tot worksheet Vision 5/6 worksheet Vision 7-12 worksheet Vision Adult / Teens worksheet
If you would like to see how we will deal with this subject with our students please follow our discussions here during the month of January or come in and try a class.