In my last post, I touched briefly on the concept that stress starts in your mind.
Who you are: your choices, your beliefs, your memories, your preferences, your moods, your desires, your level of sadness and disillusionment, your level of happiness and contentment…it all begins and ends in your mind. That’s why it’s so important to be very particular about what you allow your mind to focus on, even for a few minutes . . .
If your mind lingers on thoughts that are positive in nature, full of hope and possibilities, more “puzzle pieces” will reflect these encouraging and uplifting portions of your mind’s picture. You will be more likely to see tough situations as a challenge to be met and conquered, not something that will conquer you. You will search for the viable options, the possibilities for overcoming any issues that come your way.
If your mind lingers on thoughts that are negative in nature, full of hopelessness and futility, more “puzzle pieces” will reflect these discouraging and downtrodden portions of your mind’s picture. You will be more likely to see tough situations as a challenge that just cannot be overcome, that they will overpower you. You won’t earnestly search for options or possibilities because you’ve created a picture of a victim, one who has no control and no alternatives.
So, are we on the fast train through the holidays?
Only if you allow your mind to be cluttered by “puzzle pieces” that reflect those types of thoughts! Remember, you are driving the train. You are the engineer, the conductor, the ticket taker, the caboose man… You control where the train is going to go, how many stops it’s going to make, how fast it’s going to travel, how many people will be allowed on board…
If the holidays are too hectic for you, slow it down. Remember, you are driving the train! Look at your options. Find a different way of doing things. Be more particular about just how much cooking you are going to do, just how many decorations you need to keep you from feeling like the Grinch, just how many parties and other holiday activities you really want to participate in…
Or, decide in your mind that “the craziness” is actually something that you would miss if you didn’t participate in all of the activities, that it’s only for a few weeks, and that it’s not really that bad. Remember, you are driving the train! You are collecting and creating the “puzzle pieces” that will form your holiday picture.
You control where the train is going to go, how many stops it’s going to make, how fast it’s going to travel, how many people will be allowed on board…
You decide if this is going to be just another crazy, stress-filled holiday season OR if you are going to enjoy the season because you’ve chosen the “puzzle pieces” that will help you create the holiday picture you desire.
I don’t know about you, but I’m looking mighty cute in my engineer’s hat! I’m picking my “puzzle pieces” carefully and looking forward to the completed picture!