Adding Joy to Your Life When Feeling Down

ABC Method

The holidays bring about many different feelings and emotions.

For some, this is a season filled with joy and happiness, for others though it can be a difficult, lonely time of year.

If you find yourself feeling down or, for lack of a better word, blah, think of my simple ABC method.

  1. Accomplishments
  2. Blessings
  3. Catalysts

It works like this, you make three lists.  One labeled Accomplishments, the second Blessings, and third, Catalysts.

Next I want you to write down any accomplishments you achieved recently.  This could be anything from increasing your revenue to a simple thing like perfecting your apple pie recipe or perhaps you’ve increased your fitness level.  These past “woo hoo moments” are a wonderful way to remind yourself of the joy and success you’ve experienced through hard work.

The Blessings list pays homage to what you are currently thankful and grateful for.  Were you able to provide a wonderful Thanksgiving meal for your family?  Are your children happy and healthy?  Did you get to spend time with an old friend?  Do you have a great group of team members that help support your business?  All of those go on your list.

My favorite part of this exercise is the C list.  First, what a cool word, “Catalyst.”  It means “something that incites activity.”  That’s exactly what we’re going for to help jump start you and get you out of any rut you may be in!  What are you looking forward to or are excited about?  For me, I would list things like: Helping more business owners grow and accomplish their goals by creating a life and business they truly enjoy, Continue on my journey of improved health by working out 5 days a week and on a daily basis to practice being “in the moment”, especially when sharing time with my little man, DJ.

After completing this exercise, I promise you will be re-energized and ready to take on the world.  So when in doubt remember your ABCs… Accomplishments, Blessings, and Catalysts.

If you feel so inclined please share your ABC list with us in the comments below!

To Your Continued and Ever Growing Success, Dana

PS – If you are READY and WILLING to create a plan for 2016 that is filled with new accomplishments and reasons to celebrate, contact me today by clicking here for your Complimentary Strategy Call before the year ends – let’s get you on the right track BEFORE the new year starts!

5 Ways to Define Success

define successWe’re all after one thing in life… success.  But what exactly is that?

Is success all about the big paycheck, fancy cars, giant homes, elaborate vacations, gadgets and toys?  If your answer is yes to that question, than answer me this: would you deem yourself unsuccessful if all of that money and “stuff” were taken out of the equation?

We live in a culture where wealth is synonymous with success, and if we don’t accomplish anything than we therefore cannot be called successful.

That’s simply not true, because every single person on Earth has a different definition of success.

If you want to succeed, you must first define what success is for you.

Here are five ways to define success…

1. Give ’em something to talk about

“Success is not having to describe what’s been accomplished… others do it for you.”
~ Deborah Hopkins, Chief Innovation Officer of Citibank.

To many people the opinion of others is the highest form of success.  They believe if you are viewed from the outside as someone who “has it all” or are the envy of others, success is yours.

2. Balancing act

“Balance, peace and joy are the fruit of a successful life.
It starts with recognizing your talents and finding ways to serve others by using them.”
~Thomas Kinkade, Artist

Some would say a truly successful person is one who has managed to find that perfect balance between work and home life.  After all this really is an enviable talent not many possess… the holy grail if you will of life.

If a job is all-consuming, with no time for family, friends, exercise, hobbies, many would deem this an unsuccessful life.

3.  Achieving goals

“The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” ~John Maxwell, Author & Motivational Speaker

Success can be defined as effectiveness as well.  Are you completing projects, meeting deadlines and adding immense value to those projects on a regular basis?

Many see themselves as successful when they are consistently making things happen… their participation is integral to the final result/ultimate goal of a project or venture.

4.  Happily ever after

“Success is not the key to happiness.  Happiness is the key to success.  If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” ~ Albert Schweitzer, Philosopher

Another popular definition of success is the joy one finds in his or her job.  Some people believe success is when your career brings a smile to your face and feeds your soul; your work adds to your overall happiness.   Do what you love and love what you do.

5. Leave a legacy

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi, Activist

What will people say about you when you’re no longer here?  Some would say success is how much good they contributed to the world.  Making a difference equals the ultimate success for many.

I believe that we’re selling ourselves short if we define success simply as monetary gain.  Success is so much more than the things we buy and fill our homes with.  The above examples are just a few of the many possible ways to look at and analyze the meaning of success.

How do you define success, what does it mean to you?  If you are ready to not only define what success means to you, you are ready to create more of it, schedule your complimentary Strategy Call with me today and let’s make it happen.

To your continued and ever growing success,

Dana