1 Finding its True Meaning…not a time for evaluation nor criticism. I must share with you that it is not humanly possible not to think about all those memorable times with loved ones whom you have shared past holiday seasons. There are regrets perhaps and for some a happy time and for some of you ,sadness. Think of, if you can a happy, surprised, good surprised moment you recall or something totally silly or funny about this holiday if you just have to return to the past. A meditative moment has been noted to reduce stress. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and those most celebrated gift -giving days are not so far in the distant!  So go ahead and deck the halls for goodness sake! Actually not just yet, there’s Thanksgiving!

Perhaps there’s a special bulb you have made for the Christmas tree….a song that you like though you can’t really carry a tune…if you can handle a comedy live show ..definitely attend….we all could use a laugh or two… invest time in helping others or visiting someone less fortunate than you. I will leave it up to you to find your meaning for such a holiday celebrated by many throughout the world in their own way.

 2 Logistics: Travel, Budgetary, and Social Arrangements:  plan Ask yourself if it’s going to be stretch or strain on your budget about the  purchase of gifts? So you’re in that unemployment boat that millions find themselves this holiday season, so what? Don’t give up, keep looking for that job! However don’t accept any factitious and or real credit cards! It’s not your money. Do shop for bargains …they’re out there? Plan months ahead for that holiday plane or train or bus ticket? Travel safe? Check your tires and an overall check-up of your car?  Get ample rest before and after your trip or holiday vacation.

 Get physically and emotionally ready: Am I ready for this. Holidays are not immune of past events and moments in one’s life that are not always happy times. Keep in mind that you will most likely cross family and friends and past admirers during this time. Try  keeping those times separate. Not a time to evaluate though you are approaching the end of another year. Give praise and gratitude ..there’s much to be simply thankful for. Find a gym or a yoga class ..exercise is so important for relieving stress. Eat lots of veggies and fruit. Get and give lots of hugs but stay away from the common cold and all other communicable viruses if possible.

4 It will come and go…. Visualize what would blow your top off? Don’t go there then. You do have the ability to dummy down some of those in the past memorable stressful experiences.

 5 Most importantly: Find time for self….take a break from all the hustle and demands placed upon oneself during this particular time of year  (find a good book to read)  take an impromptu walk/ stay away from the tv/ stay away from big crowds/drink lots of water and juice….minimize your alcohol content(take it from me…alcohol does not alleviate stress!)….give thanks often no matter what your faith or religion happens to be….take a nap in the middle of the day… stay away from last years holiday experience… perhaps I didn’t cover anything that would truly help you alleviate what’s placing so much stress in your life but at least for the moment you were forced to tread somewhere beyond yourself to a world of possibilities when it comes of thinking and getting ready for one if not the biggest holiday seasons of the year! Show a little gratitude starting with Thanksgiving. This will lower your stress tremendously as you plan your celebrations next month.

 Lastly, don’t drink and drive….find a designated driver or hide the keys.  Remember, it’s not always about you or me or where and how quickly we need to get there.

 Oh, by the way…an early Happy New Year  to you all !

 Curt Canada- Board Certified Coach at Adapting2change in Washington DC coaches clients in areas of  personal, workplace, and leadership development f2f and via  Skype and web-conferencing.

Why Your 30 Second Pitch Is So Important?.

As we approach mid-summer, we can re- create new plans and expectations for our lives. Here a few powerful tips on how to unleash all that you are capable of so that you can ensure happiness and success during these hot and steamy days whether you are changing careers or looking for a job, relocating, or entering or leaving a relationship.

1. Know and Honor Your Values

A fulfilling life is one in which the most important beliefs and values you have are honored each and every day of your life. Your values are already there inside of you. When your values are expressed, life feels more fulfilling. It’s important to recognize the connection between the values you possess and the choices you make in your life. Those choices are filled with positive potential for you when your values are honored.

2. Move Past Your Limiting Beliefs

Self-limiting beliefs are those things you believe about yourself that place limitations on your abilities. They may be conscious or unconscious. Limitations are actually a part of the mind. In reality we have no limitations. Determination always finds a way around obstacles. Henry Ford once said, “If you think you can, or if you think you can’t – you’re right!” It all depends on what you believe about yourself. Unless you begin recognizing your own limiting beliefs and choose not to accept them, they will cause you to fail. When you align the true core of who you are with your goals, you can tap into your fullest potential.

3. Take on Successful Strategies

Success leaves an abundance of clues in its wake. Identify someone who is successful in the same things you want then model what they are doing. What you want could be a great business, relationship or a fit body. Remember, they aren’t lucky; they just have strategies that work.

4. Intensify Your Will Power

Willpower is the ability to exert one’s will over one’s actions. Willpower manifests as inner firmness, decisiveness, determination, resolution and persistence. It’s inevitable that life will hit us with some sort of crushing blow. If you face it head on, it will give you the psychological strength. View it as a gift and find a way to use it.

5. Give to Get

The meaning of our lives is shaped by what we give, not what we get. Many people want to get before they give. Over the long haul, this outlook never works. Instead, focus on creating value for others because when you do this, you will get a return that far exceeds your investment.

Curt Canada is an Executive ,Leadership, Career,and Life Coach at FindingYourZenith in Washington DC.

How many times can you recall someone saying ‘ I’ve never seen  or heard anything like that?” 

It seems as though very few things we here and experience are shocking anymore!

Anyway, there are so many stories and events happening simultaneously that we know nothing about  and the stories and events that get noticed and reported to us in the news. I find so fascinating and amazing the brain’s ability to either retrieve,store, or simply let certain thoughts drift off into space.

I happened to watch my favorite   NBA  basketball team last evening and yes they won (San Antonio Spurs) but what stood out in my mind was the effort both teams displayed.  I give credit to all the others organs in my body that played a role in such a gratifying moment. On the other hand, the last two weeks took it toll on all the not so great information my brain happened to retrieve such as the news about the Volcano in Iceland that affected our entire Planet, the mining disaster in West Virginia , the failed landing and plane crash that took the lives of the President of Poland, his wife, and countless dignitary,and the men lost at sea on an offshore oil rig.

 You get the picture! What about the countless circuits and pathways and liquid mass that transport all the smells,sensations, and new and old knowledge? Almost similar to the ebb and flow of water in the ocean, our thoughts  surface and quickly subside while others linger longer into the sunset and night.

Awestruck…..because at the end of the day you can’t help but say “Wow.”

 Visit this site to learn more exciting facts about the human brain at  http://akorra.com/2010/03/12/top-10-interesting-facts-about-the-human-brain/

“Now you know why it is so important that we get eight hours of sleep?” Send me your comments and  let me know what your brain is thinking!

                                                    Awestruck

Curt Canada is an Executive , Leadership Development, Career, and Life Coach in Washington , DC. Learn more about the coaching services Curt  provides . Visit   his website at …www.curtcanada.com

Grasping for Straws!

July 3, 2009

Copy of lulu project 031June 2009 has produced a myriad of  expected and unexpected news events of either the death of movie stars, the sudden loss of musical icons such as Michael Jackson, and the plane crash of Air France Flight 447. However, we continue to co-exist amongst the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in which has recently escalated and the sudden train accident here in Washington DC. 

I will stop here because it is no way possible for me to account and post all the events that has led to the death of one our mortal acquaintances. This week has left me a little grasping for straws. One can’t help but reflect on their existence.

It ‘s that yin and yang thing, that beginning and ending thing, that starting and stopping thing, that evitable appointment with our creator thang!  I don’t know about you but it just makes you think about the true meaning of life in which for each of us is different. Quite frankly, the news media strives on such events. It’s what they do best covering all events throughout the world . Anyway,I’m grasping for straws  reflecting back on particularly what I was doing during the beginning careers of those famous people that left us this week. I find myself trying to account for how time has seemingly past by. Life’s chores and new experiences  are sometimes our best friend; well you know what I mean; following a favorite movie or tv series, rebuilding or painting the outside of your house, planning a vacation, visiting a friend you haven’t seen in a long time, starting your first vegetable garden, taking a day off from work just to appreciate your surroundings, walking with the dog, reading a book, saying i love you to that special person(s) in your life,visiting someone in the hospital unknown to you, or just simply saying  hi and how are you and really mean it! 

I will end my post today thinking of yes  how beautiful and courageous  Farrah Fawcett was and the creative , mysterious warmth, and humble  personality of Michael Jackson, Karl Malden and his detective series on the tube , and the recent Yemini airplane accident that killed about 152 people leaving miraculously a 13 year old female survivor. This is exactly what all our days are about!

So we move forward despite a continued troubling global economy and wars in various places allowing a moment  to reflect on life’s beauty, helping others less fortunate when we can, and giving thanks ! Life and death are so intertwined that it leaves those left behind sometimes “grasping for straws.”

Curt Canada is a personal development coach and consultant at Finding Your Zenith in Washington D.C.

Expressing Thanks!

April 27, 2009

   Filling Your Gratitude  Basket

Curt Canada MSW

 

I know that we are all inundated with news events that have placed so much stress on us! Our questionable economy, foreclosures, health scare regarding the swine flu, and continued job loss has us overwhelmed.

Today’s article hopefully will bring some light, energy, and personal strength during seemingly tough times!

 

The practice of gratitude as a tool for happiness has been in the mainstream for years. Long-term studies support gratitude’s effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak performance in sports and business, a higher sense of well-being, and a faster rate of recovery from surgery.

 

But while we may acknowledge gratitude’s many benefits, it still can be difficult to sustain. So many of us are trained to notice what is broken, undone or lacking in our lives. And for gratitude to meet its full healing potential in our lives, it needs to become more than just a Thanksgiving word. We have to learn a new way of looking at things, a new habit. And that can take some time.

 

That’s why practicing gratitude makes so much sense. When we practice giving thanks for all we have, instead of complaining about what we lack, we give ourselves the chance to see all of life as an opportunity and a blessing.

 

Remember that gratitude isn’t a blindly optimistic approach in which the bad things in life are whitewashed or ignored. It’s more a matter of where we put our focus and attention. Pain and injustice exist in this world, but when we focus on the gifts of life, we gain a feeling of well-being. Gratitude balances us and gives us hope.

 

There are many things to be grateful for: Spring Tiger Lilies, legs that work, friends who listen and really hear, chocolate, family , tomatoes, afternoon thunderstorm, the ability to read, roses, our health, butterflies, new fresh spring grass! What’s on your list?

 

Some Ways to Practice Gratitude

 

  Keep a gratitude journal in which you list things for which you are thankful. You can make daily, weekly or monthly lists. Greater frequency may be better for creating a new habit, but just keeping that journal where you can see it will remind you to think in a grateful way.

 

  Make a gratitude collage by drawing or pasting pictures.

 

  Practice gratitude around the dinner table or make it part of your nighttime routine.

 

  Make a game of finding the hidden blessing in a challenging situation.

 

  When you feel like complaining, make a gratitude list instead. You may be amazed by how much better you feel.

 

  Notice how gratitude is impacting your life. Write about it, sing about it, express thanks for gratitude.

 

As you practice, an inner shift begins to occur, and you may be delighted to discover how content and hopeful you are feeling. That sense of fulfillment is gratitude at work . Thank you so much for visiting me and reading my blog!

 

Curt Canada MSW provides coaching and consulting at Finding Your Zenith

 in Washington, D.C.    www.findingyourzenith.com

 

 

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