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Today Is National Letting Go of Stuff Day – Celebrate!

March 28, 2013

Today, March 28, 2013, is the day for all of us – you, me, and everyone we know – to begin the process of letting go of stuff in our lives.

National Letting Go of Stuff Day is a great day to begin the journey of change in your life.

This is a day to identify what you want to change (let go) and improve about your life, make the claim to improve it, and create a plan to move forward.

Next year, on this same day (fourth Thursday in March), you will be able to measure your success and progress as to how well you did with letting go of stuff in your life.

Today, as you begin your Letting Go of Stuff® Journey, founder Darren L Johnson is asking that you join us today on Facebook. Enjoy the posts, links, and take a moment to “like” that page. That way, when we announce the details of the 2014 National Letting Go of Stuff Day Cruise, you will not miss out.

The proceeds of the cruise will go toward supporting those who have survived domestic violence.

Join us on Facebook today – right now – and show your support for this important day and cause.

Two Tips To Let Go and Reduce Stress At Work

November 9, 2012

Two “Letting Go of Stuff” tips to reduce stress at work:

Tip One – Have a walking meeting
Tip Two – Take a responsible play break from your work

Tip One
Have A Walking Meeting

Instead of holding your meetings in the same old conference room and breathing the same old stale air, take a walk. Get everyone together, have them bring their pads & pens, and head outside for some fresh air. A walking meeting can be exhilarating and reduces stress. It also gets the creative juices flowing.

If there is a park nearby, go there. If not, have everyone drive to the nearest park. Its a healthy alternative to having a meeting at a restaurant and less time consuming.

Schedule the morning meeting at the park rather than the office. Once everyone arrives, take a walk and take care of business at the same time.

If you have a balcony outside the office, then take some chairs out there and have the meeting. The goal is to do something vastly different to help reduce the stress and pressure of every day woes; and that will spark creative thinking. In the process, morale will also increase, which is a great benefit.

Tip Two
Take Responsible Play Breaks Every Two Hours

Since 1994, I have worked from home. In doing so, not only is it important to be disciplined and focused, it is equally important to take what I call “play breaks.” These “play breaks” last about three to five minutes. For example, I have a trampoline that I will jump on for about five minutes several times a day. Do something that will shift your focus and increase the oxygen to your brain. That focus shift and fresh oxygen to the brain will make a big difference in your day. Remember, it is okay to take a break, as long as it is done responsibly.

Prior to 1994, when I worked in an office setting outside the home, I kept little toys that I could easily play with in between doing my work. It helped. It also reduced stress in big way. Examples of little toys are a yo-yo, bouncy balls, squeeze toys, 3-5 pound dumb bells (for a smart person like you), and the like.

If you have an active game you enjoy like, basketball or air hockey, then get a small goal that hangs on the door of the office and shoot some hoops from time to time (or use a trash can). For the entire office, get an air hockey game (or the like) and put it in the break room. It will help to increase the morale of the employees if they can take “play breaks,” while at work.

As long as deadlines are being met for clients and the play breaks taken responsibly, there is no harm in having a fun “play break” items in the office break room for folks to enjoy. It can be a morale booster.

Letting Go and Weight Loss – The Connection

April 25, 2011

Click HERE to get the UPDATED post about the ICE CREAM Story

THE STORY
I had a client who was really trying hard to lose weight. She counted calories. She had tried all of the most popular weight loss programs out there. She was tired, ragged, and worn out in her attempt to find something that worked. Every program she tried – in the long run, just didn’t work.

A couple of weight loss programs worked at first, but then – after a month or two – she just gained the weight right back. And with some of the programs, she not only gained what she had loss right back, she gained even more weight. Sheesh! She was frustrated to no end.

ONE CHALLENGE
One of the reasons for her inability to lose weight was because of her mindset. In her minds eye, she saw herself having challenges. She never created an image of herself – getting thinner. She had no vision of herself losing the weight she wanted. She did not even have an image of her being successful in the process – in any way. The vision she had was of her struggling to lose weight. She saw herself not losing weight. She had no clear vision of how she would look after losing weight. THEREFORE, the decisions that she made, subconsciously, were centered around NOT losing weight and failing in the weight loss programs that she tried. This was her vision.

ONE SOLUTION
Through a coached process of visioning – she was able to create a NEW vision of herself. One that allowed her to, in her mind’s eye, see herself succeeding. In her vision she was

  • thinner
  • happy
  • stress free
  • eating what she wanted
  • eating when she wanted
  • more attractive and appealing to her husband (he could not keep his hands off her)
  • was a source of inspiration to her friends and family
  • felt like the queen weight loss expert

We used a picture from her past in the visioning exercise. Afterward she posted copies of the picture – in her house, car, office, bathroom, on the fridge and oven doors, and by the door going out to the garage. We had to work hard at her not hating the pictures, but loving them.

Sometimes we get angry at pictures from the past that remind us of what we DO NOT HAVE. That anger creates blockage to getting what we want. Its best to love that part of your past. LET GO OF THE ANGER.

LOVE who you are today, by embracing you were yesterday.

You can do this…
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Until The Nest Post… take care.

Darren


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