Sunday, November 23, 2014

Thriving through the Holidays
Written by Jim Rohn

Thanksgiving is close, and December festivities are right behind it. I believe our holiday times should be wonderful and filled with lasting and enjoyable moments and memories. So how can we ensure that we come out of the holidays in January with great memories of the past couple of months? Here are six thoughts that will help you enjoy the holidays the way they were intended to be experienced:

1. Be temperate.
Enjoy the food. Enjoy the treats. Enjoy the busy schedule of activities and parties. But also be disciplined enough to know when to hold back, when to say no. When we go overboard, we regret it and lose the opportunity to fully experience that moment. But when we enjoy a little and refrain from going too far, we can enjoy all that little piece of time has to offer.

2. Lower your expectations.
Much of the frustration people experience from the holidays is from setting their expectations too high. They expect presents to be perfect and when they aren't, they get frustrated or disappointed. Instead of having huge expectations this holiday season, just take it as it comes and delight in what you can.

3. Enjoy what you can and ignore the rest.
You can't control other people or their actions. If a family member pushes the limits of your patience, ignore that and instead focus on how much you can relish the time you have with other family members. If things don't go perfectly—which they won't—then enjoy what you can and let the rest slide. You will feel a lot better about life if you can take all things a little easier.

4. Stay out of debt.
Debt is a killer. It will steal your enjoyment of life. Be sure to stay within your financial boundaries this holiday season. The last thing you want is to start the new year with a deeper burden financially. You don't have to impress anyone; just buy gifts that you can afford and express your heartfelt feeling in the giving.

5. Take time for yourself.
Take time to read. Take a long bath if that relaxes you. Take a walk. Spend some quiet time in front of a fire. Don't rush through the holidays and zap all of your energy. Your mind and body need to be reenergized, so be sure to take time to do so.

6. Focus on your spiritual life.
Ultimately, no matter what tradition you come from, the holidays are historically days in which we focus on the spiritual side of life. But our culture today tends to stay away from a focus on the spiritual, and that has even crept into our holidays. Be sure to place an emphasis on building your faith and growing in that area. This will help keep you grounded and able to deal with anything that may come your way.

Jim Rohn, America's Foremost Business Philosopher, reprinted with permission from Jim Rohn International © 2014. As a world-renowned author and success expert, Jim Rohn touched millions of lives during his 46-year career as a motivational speaker and messenger of positive life change. For more information on Jim and his popular personal achievement resources or to subscribe to the weekly Jim Rohn Newsletter, visit www.JimRohn.com.
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