Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Baggage Claim...

When we fly, we normally pay to check our baggage.

Personally, we pay dearly when we continue to check our own personal baggage: perceived faults, perceived past failures, perceived unmet expectations, perceived inferiorities, and on and on and on...  Notice, I use the word "perceived" because personal baggage is exactly that - recurring Automatic Negative Thoughts ("ANTs" for short). "ANTs" come from your own inner critic - they are false self-judgments that are your worst enemy.

Realize that "ANTs" are normal - that's the first step in overcoming them. Also realize that they are not reality unless you choose to let them be. The definition of "reality" never included the words "perceived" or "judgment". So why not work on changing your thought process from "ANTs" to positive thoughts? It is work but it is worth it. We have talked in past blogs about the power of practicing Gratitude. To review, start by writing your Victory Log (a list of accomplishments and every great thing that has ever happened to you), read it often, and then start a daily Gratitude Journal to list everything you are grateful for, day by day. Negative thoughts will not go away but they can be overpowered (de-emphasized) by practicing gratitude daily. Give it a try!

Travel through your life WITHOUT personal baggage - have a great flight!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Practice "Rule #6"
If you Google "Rule #6", you will find the following story. It really puts everything into perspective and is worth practicing... Enjoy!

"Two prime ministers are sitting in a room discussing affairs of state. Suddenly a man bursts in, apoplectic with fury, shouting and stamping and banging his fist on the desk. The resident prime minister admonishes him: "Peter," he says, "kindly remember Rule Number 6," whereupon Peter is instantly restored to complete calm, apologizes, and withdraws. The politicians return to their conversation, only to be interrupted yet again twenty minutes later by an hysterical woman gesticulating wildly, her hair flying. Again the intruder is greeted with the words: "Marie, please remember Rule Number 6." Complete calm descends once more, and she too withdraws with a bow and an apology. When the scene is repeated for a third time, the visiting prime minister addresses his colleague: "My dear friend, I've seen many things in my life, but never anything as remarkable as this. Would you be willing to share with me the secret of Rule Number 6?" "Very simple," replies the resident prime minister. "Rule Number 6 is 'Don't take yourself so damn seriously.'" "Ah," says his visitor, "that is a fine rule." After a moment of pondering, he inquires, "And what, may I ask, are the other rules?"
 "There aren't any."

Chip, the Happiness and Success GPS, is a speaker, trainer, facilitator, consultant and NETWORKING EXPERT. Everything I do is customized for the group or business I that am working with so let's brainstorm  - call me anytime at 860-673-4006 - coffee's on me!

Upcoming Events:

Personal/Professional Development and Relationships Building
Co-Facilitators and Presenters: Rick Forgay and Chip Janiszewski
Thursday, October 22, 2015: 7:30-9:30 a.m.
Copper Beech Institute (Holy Family Retreat Ctr.) - 303 Tunxis Road - West Hartford, CT 06107
Cost: $15 (pre-register), $20 at the door - Refreshments will be served 
Table Top Exhibits Available: $45 (includes admission - supply is limited)

Wednesday, October 28: Addressing "How You REALLY Feel About Money..." - "The "Happiness and Success Series"
Networking, Holistic Education and Group Exercises

Guest Presenter: Jacqueline Kane - The Bowen Healing Center
Wednesday, October 28, 2015: 5:30 - 7:30 PM
West Hartford Senior Center - 15 Starkel Road - West Hartford, CT 06117
Cost: $20 (pre-register), $25 at the door - Includes light refreshments