Reduce the Stress of Too Many Choices

>> Friday

If you feel stressed, you have too many goals. You don't need to have that many. You are reluctant to let go of some of your goals out of plain old, natural greed.

But you can calm that greed in yourself. And if you do, you will feel much more relaxed, until you slowly accumulate too many goals again, and then you'll have to trim them again.

If you do this kind of regular maintanence on your goals, you will not only feel more relaxed, you have more motivation. Read an article about this: Cultivating Fire: How to Keep Your Motivation High.

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What Is Bringing You Down Right Now?

>> Thursday

THINK OF SOMETHING bringing you down today. Just pick one thing interfering with you being in a great mood right now. If you're feeling great today, think of something that put you in a bad mood several times in the past.

Just pick one thing. Do this now... You have time (this is a short article).

Okay, now see if you can think of one thing you believe about it. What do you think is true about it?

Now ask yourself throughout the day today, "Am I SURE that's true?"

For example, John has a pain in his knee and it is bringing him down today. He believes it's a sign he's getting old. So he spends the day asking himself, "Am I SURE it is a sign I'm getting old?"

Try this today. It's a simple technique. You can do it while doing other things, so it doesn't need to take much of your time.

It is possible asking yourself if you're SURE it's true will make you feel uncertain about your belief. This is a good thing. The uncertainty will make you feel better. You might be surprised by that, but part of what's bringing you down is a negative assumption you're making, and when you put that assumption into question, the depressing effect of the assumption is eased and lightened, so you feel better.

Even if you think you're sure about your assumption to begin with, keep wondering, "Am I really sure that's true?"

Just wonder. Don't try to think positive. Don't try to make yourself believe something. Just wonder about it in a curious, interested way. I think you'll be surprised at how effective this very gentle technique is at improving your mood.

Learn more about this technique: Antivirus For Your Mind

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