Stress is a Choice!

Why Worry - Stress is a choiceAfter being away most of last week at a conference, I am finding myself feeling a little stressed and overwhelmed with all that I want to do and implement over the next few days, weeks, and months. And I know from talking to many of you that you get stressed and overwhelmed at times too!

But, here’s the deal: stress is a choice. You can choose to be stressed, or you can choose to break the cycle. When you’re feeling stressed out, break the cycle by following these steps:

  1. Take a few deep breaths and relax your body.
  2. Then think about the words you’re saying to yourself and switch them into something more positive (check out last week’s video for more on this.
  3. Break projects down into specific tasks and schedule them – this will help calm you down because it reduces overwhelm and you know that you can get everything done if you keep on schedule (check out this video for more on scheduling and how to handle an out of control ‘to-do’ list).

We are in control of our emotions and our outcomes – when we embrace this and learn the proper tools, we can consciously change our moods to become calmer, happier, and more productive!

Read the short article below for more about how stress is a choice and how you can get back in control.

Stress is a Choice!

Several years ago while listening to my pastor give a Sunday sermon, he spoke about how life is made up of a series of choices. It made me realize that my hectic professional and personal life was of my choosing. Therefore, a life of stress had become my choice.

Many of us hurry through life going from one place to the next, focused on conquering the next mountain, making the next deal, running the next errand, and believing we will never have enough time to do all the things we need to get done. Yet, there is all the time in the world if we just realize that we are the creators of this life we choose to live. That’s right. Life is a series of choices and being free from stress is one of those choices.

Whether your business life is overly complicated or your personal life (or both), you have chosen this current system of chaos. The world is a tantalizing swirl of getting the next “fix,” tempting us to fit more and more things, people and processes into our lives, personally and professionally. And because we are so busy being busy, it’s easy to be lured into the fray, with our lengthy to-do lists. Yet, the greatest achievements have often come from the simplest of ideas and in the simplest forms.

To experience a simplified life, we first have to learn to slow down long enough to see through all the clutter. We need to realize that we are powerful magnets that attracted this life to ourselves—no matter what—good or bad.

My wish for you is that you commit to simplify and enroll others for support. Take out a blank sheet of paper and create the life you truly want to live—with less stress and complexity—one that is anchored by a clear sense of your unique and simple purpose.

An excerpt from Stress is a Choice by David Zerfoss

There you have it: short, sweet, and to the point. I encourage you to take a few moments and do that exercise now – get out a piece of paper & write down what you want your life to look and feel like. Then, if you’re feeling inspired, set aside some time to create a vision board (if you haven’t already!). This is how you bring your dreams into reality and create the life you want to live!

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Stress is a Choice! — 2 Comments

  1. Hi Lisa,

    Good article and an interesting concept. Never really thought about stress and anxiety in that way, but, it makes sense though.

    We do put ourselves in some stressful situations. If you want something bad enough you’ll go through hell and back to get it.

    I made a vision board a while back, but, I think I need to go back and change it. I believe that revising the vision board will, in a lot of ways, revise my thinking.

    I’m going to do that ASAP.

    Thanks for the info and an interesting article.
    Geri Richmond

    • Great observations Geri!
      I’m happy to hear that you’re going to revise your vision boards – I redo mine about every 6 months. Our vision is dynamic and changes as we do.
      Keep thinking and dreaming,

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