Don’t sweat the small stuff…celebrate it!

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It’s that time of year again. A time for us to shift our focus from the myriad of seemingly unending things that consume us on a daily basis to take a breath, stop and truly appreciate the things that are going right.

But, seriously, how many of us are able to honestly focus on the “good” and to “count our blessings” day in and day out?

With the breakneck speed at which life throws things at us every moment of every day, how are we supposed to throw all of that aside and just, well, be grateful?

By celebrating the small stuff—that’s how.

When “life” seems overwhelming, it’s easy for us to feel overworked, overwhelmed and overstimulated.  After all, there’s just SO much coming at us from every direction—social media, family, news, work, friends, community—not to mention our own inner self-talk that seems bent on convincing us that we are abject failures at everything we do.

The key is not to try and turn all of that off.  It’s not going away anyway, so why try to trick yourself into believing that it doesn’t exist? 

Instead of slathering everything around you in a healthy heaping of “I’m so grateful” syrup for the holidays, instead look at the things that you get to deal with from a standpoint of celebration rather than forced gratitude or worse yet, resigned acceptance.

I know you just gave me a MAJOR side eye at that last statement, so let me explain.

When I ended up flat on my back for nine months recovering from three major surgeries in three and half weeks and a fourteen-day hospital stay, I did NOT look at my existence at that time as something to be “grateful” for.  Was I happy to be alive? YES.  Was I thankful that I still had the use of all of my limbs and could walk (gingerly for short distances), talk and think? OF COURSE.  But like anyone else in that situation, the feelings of gratefulness were sometimes overshadowed by the bouts of pain, the discomfort that jarred my body every time I moved and the excruciating migraines that left me bedridden and worn out.

So instead of thinking less of myself because I was—well—human; I instead adopted a different approach.  Whenever I was tempted to stress out about the things that were happening to me and around me, I instead found something to celebrate.

Hit with a migraine after walking too far?  I celebrated the fact that I made it ten steps further than last time. 

Battling anxiety that my bank account was dwindling at a faster rate than I could replenish it? I celebrated the fact that I had made a decision to use this time productively to write a book and rework my business model so I could attract the ideal client for me to be successful.

Success and failure begin in the mind.

The way that we think about situations and circumstances do more to determine our ultimate outcome than any program or motivational sayings.  The bottom line is that what you think does matter.  So if you spend your time worrying about what is and what will be instead of celebrating the things that are, then you’re going to have a much harder time being happy and being successful.

I offer this suggestion as something that you can do as a part of your everyday living—not just something that you adopt during the holidays or special occasions because “tis the season”. 

You live your life a day at a time, all year.  Why not start celebrating how absolutely fan-frickin-tastic you are and how each and every day you totally RAWK at something—even if that something is being alive and being YOU?

Try it—and then celebrate the fact that you tried.

Keisha A Rivers is a strategist specializing in assisting clients to achieve personal and professional success by enhancing their knowledge of self, knowledge of strategies and knowledge of systems. Her Released & Ready Series enables clients to reflect on their patterns, redirect their path, refine their thinking, rejuvenate their spirit and release themselves to act.

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