Worry. We all know it zaps our energy, creativity, and resourcefulness, but we often feel helpless to do anything about it. Without taking action, however, worry can grow into an all consuming fog of anxiety and fear.
Personally, I’ve seen triggers that cause me to worry. There are certain situations in my business, for example, that whenever they come up, worry seems to set in like a plague. I get super negative and think worst case scenario – almost immediately.
Thankfully, I have a new practice that has been making a big difference.
Remembering someone’s name is important. It builds trust and rapport and strengthens the relationship. But many people are not good at it, and maybe they’ve never been, so they don’t even try any more.
I know. This was my story for years.
Thankfully, I’ve gotten much better. What was missing was a simple strategy and a little practice.
Not long ago, one of the pastors from our church stopped by to see us and pray for our new baby girl, Evelina. As we were talking, he was telling us about a project he and his family have been working on.
They call it Jesse’s Jar. The project helps children and families affected with special needs by selling quality products which are creatively packaged in Mason jars!
What I loved about our conversation was how he talked about his project. He was very excited and it was clear that he had a real vision for what they were doing.
Recently, I was listening to an interview with Hal Elrod, author of Miracle Morning. He talked about clarity and how it’s the foundation for all success.
“Clarity is the starting place of all success. And if you think of it, that would mean that extraordinary success requires extraordinary clarity. The problem is, most people go through life with a very mediocre level of clarity regarding specifically what they want for their lives.” – Hal Elrod
It’s just like my mentor, Dan Miller, says how 85% of the process of success is looking inward.
One morning while reading in my office, I heard a bird squawking very loudly outside my open window. In the past, I probably wouldn’t have heard it. But since I’ve been working on being more present, not only did I hear it, I decided to see what all the commotion was about.
As I write this post baby #2 is due any day. It has been quite a wild ride this time around with moving, and pregnancy, and a 2 year old. But Michael and I sat in our beautiful yard this afternoon and reveled in the fullness of where we are at in life.
It is wild and wonderful and we have never been more thankful to be on the journey together.
Jack Canfield was quoted as saying “If you want the fastest road to success, get married, start a family, and start a business.” Check, check, and check!