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I have a BOSS who is very kind and seems to get me to put just the right thing where it needs to be at that moment. HE's a wonderful BOSS. :)

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Sheri, How did you know I needed this today? Thanks! Janice

“We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
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Today I want you to re-focus your thoughts and negative energy.

While stress is a fact of life, you do have a choice in how you react.

When you're stressed, you tend to have oodles of energy. You really do! It may not feel like it, but let's think about it.



If you're stressed because of a conflict in your life, are you wasting your energy by fighting back or defending yourself?


If you're stressed out because of a looming deadline, are you wasting your energy by feeling anxious or worried?


Your energy is misdirected towards solving the symptoms instead of addressing the root problem. Doesn't this sound oh-so-familiar?


Stress is a good thing. Remember that bear we talked about in Lesson 1? Stress triggers a "fight or flight" response -- sending chemicals like adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol into our bloodstream. It's a burst of energy that gets us going and ensures our safety. But the key phrase is that it's a burst of energy, not a continual supply of never-ending energy.


This misunderstanding causes millions of people to burn themselves out quickly. If you are constantly stressed, you are damaging your body.



Use the energy that stress gives you wisely.


Stop focusing on the various problems or obstacles, instead, channel your energy into useful and productive thoughts and actions. Keep moving. It's so easy to think negative thoughts like "I can't get this done in time. It's too overwhelming!" When you do, you often end up anxious, fretting and, consequently, spinning your wheels.


If this is the case, you won't accomplish anything because your thinking is clouded with all the negatives reasons why you can't do it. It also keeps you in "stress mode", which can lead to headaches, muscle and back pain, and other stress side-effects.


Time for a little self-reflection.
Self-Reflection
How do you usually react to stress?
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Do you focus on barriers and obstacles?


If something is overwhelming, keep hacking at it with the proverbial chisel and, piece by piece, your masterpiece will be complete.

Speaking of a chisel and a masterpiece, the statue of David wasn't finished instantly. Michelangelo had to chisel his idea out of a slab of marble that had a finished weight of six tons. That's no easy task for an artist that was only 26 when he began his more than two-year sculpting journey. He could have given up due to stress or frustration -- after all, he was working with a poor quality slab of marble that was 17 ft tall -- but he didn't. Michelangelo certainly must have understood the challenges ahead of him, but he channeled his energy into the sculpture instead of feelings of anxiety or defeat.

You have plenty of built up energy every day. Allow yourself to harness the burst of energy that a stressful situation supplies and let it work for you, not against you.

(This is an excerpt from Chapter 7: Keep Moving in the ACQYR Stress Busters - Master Program.)

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When you're stressed, re-channel your negative energy into the positive to avoid burnout.


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