A Surprising Stress Solution Secret

I never thought I would be thanking God for feeling stress, fear or anxiety, but I am here to tell you I do. It is a gift. It is a loud danger sign I have come to appreciate and respect. I don’t fight it anymore, I am grateful when it shows up.

How can stress be a positive protector to help you prune out the poisonous people, places and things in your life? What can you do to transform the trouble of today into the triumph of tomorrow? Is there a secret?

This was the topic of a recent discussion I had with Lauren Miller for her Stress Solutions University program.

Imagine for a moment you are driving to meet a friend. You get in the car and probably encounter a red light, slow down for a stop sign, or yield into a rotary. Do you for one moment yell at the red light, resent the stop sign, or get angry because you have to yield? No. You are grateful these signs exist to help protect you from the very real potential danger and destruction of a car accident. You are thankful someone placed these signals across your journey to help protect you from disaster. You humbly accept and follow the rules of the road as a positive part of your everyday travel.

In the same way, God gives you intuitive signals in your five senses to help navigate you safely through life.

The stress you feel when someone betrays you, the anxiety that overwhelms you in a work environment, the sick feeling in your stomach about a decision you have been procrastinating to face. These are all hidden gifts you need to unwrap. God is trying to help you be safe from danger. Stop and pay attention.

How can the feeling of fear or stress become a friend?

  1. Stop and immediately acknowledge and accept your feeling of stress. Notice where and how you are feeling stress in your body.
  2.  Thank God for giving you a sign to protect yourself from danger. Take a power pause.
  3.  Sit in silence with your feelings and ask, “What can I learn from this?” Discover yourself, you’re worth it.
  4.  Recognize that if you are feeling stress, anxiety, fear or confusion, you need to change direction from the source or trigger of these negative emotions. Protect yourself.
  5.  What new actions can you create as a result of this new awareness? What new choices are now available to you? You always have a choice.
  6. Ask God, pray, and/or meditate for the grace, wisdom and courage to implement one of these new options which brings you the most peace. Compassion for yourself is your quickest cure.
  7.  Remember, you don’t need to understand how God is showing up with this message for you to benefit from its’ effects. You use a lot of things in your day that you don’t understand how they work, but you don’t boycott using them because you don’t understand how the results are achieved. Trust.

Consider each seed of stress you despise, can be a source of strength which helps you a grow a great life you love.

 

 

Deb Scott, BA, CPC is a four time award winning author of, The Sky is Green & the Grass is Blue, and a top rated best podcaster winner for, The Best People We Know Show, with over 1 million global listeners. Deb spent twenty years as a cardiovascular surgical specialist, winning numerous awards for outstanding sales and leadership skills.  In her personal life, Deb battled sexual abuse, others’ alcoholism, dysfunctional relationships, depression, was the sole caregiver to both her parents who fought cancer to their death, and even experienced financial devastation.  Today, Deb helps people turn things around in their business, or the business of living, with the discovery of the amazing you.

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When Things Seem to be at Their Worst – Remember this…..

(As Featured in Simple Steps to Real Change Magazine)

Anyone who tells you they don’t have a bad day now and then, or some tough moments of struggle, or has all the answers, is a liar. Run away as fast as you can in the opposite direction.

The truth is, as long as you are living on planet earth in the skin suit, you are going to have to deal with some amount of pain, sorrow and sadness. In situations such as these, it is important to remember this: there is always a big picture.

How can remembering there is a bigger picture in the immediate moment of unhappiness help to alleviate your pain? How can this one awareness transform the horrible into the tolerable, or even acceptable? How can this belief help you feel better when you are in the midst of feeling your worst?

Consider your current difficulty is the catalyst for a change which elevates you in two years to begin the new business you have yearned to create for over a decade. Consider your current difficulty is the catalyst for change which elevates you to understand your true vocation is to share your story with the world and write your book. Consider your current difficulty is the catalyst for change which elevates you to break free from fear and the demons of doubt holding you back from enjoying your own company regardless of outside opinions. Consider all the possibilities!

My point is this:
In the moment of your greatest pain you will never feel the future joy of your
authentic happiness.
 

Just us darkness and light can never coexist together in the same moment; the seeds of change will never be a visible harvest which has fully blossomed. One must end for the other to begin. It’s all a process.

Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.

If you can stop to consider you don’t know what you don’t know, you don’t know if your perception of a bad thing in the present moment will not transform into a beautiful success of magnificent joy in the future. You just don’t know!

Here are a few simple steps to help you squeeze out the good in the midst of the bad.

Write down what you have learned from this (enter here) experience.

Example:
I have learned to not trust this person’s word – only their actions.
List the qualities you have appreciated in yourself in this experience.

Example:
I acted with honesty and integrity in this situation and I had the courage to communicate with this person with respect.
Make a promise to yourself of a good change you will implement immediately because of this experience.

Example:
I will accept people as they are and not try to change them. I will keep the focus on myself.

So remember, when you feel like all hope is lost, remember your feelings have nothing to do with the fact you have truly gained your ultimate greatness.                                                                                                                                                                   

 

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Best 7 Steps to Live a Happy Life Right Now

I sometimes feel we rush through life grasping to capture future happiness in exchange for the good life we already own. We chase what might or might not be for what already is. Could it be we are dying to live that beautiful life?

I recently had a hospice medical doctor on the radio show who challenges each of us to consider the possibility many of our most “noble” desires to attain success are surreptitiously leading us right over the cliff to death.

Karen Wyatt, MD researched this notion by collecting a review of her many patients on deaths door, asking them what lessons mattered to them the most. In retrospect, what did they wish they had done or not done to live an everyday existence overflowing with peace, joy and personal fulfillment? These real life experiences were threaded together by these seven rules and how to accomplish each on a daily basis:

1. Suffering – embrace your difficulties.
2. Love – let your heart be broken.
3. Forgiveness – hold no resentments.
4. Paradise – dwell in the present moment.
5. Purpose – manifest your highest potential.
6. Surrender – let go of expectations.
7. Impermanence – face your fear.

So are you dying to live your beautiful life? Are you buying the lies of counterfeit happiness in exchange for the genuine gifts you have yet to unwrap? Is the value of your precious life worth considering a change in values and/or priorities?

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Deb Scott, BA, CPC

Deb is Author of the National Four time Award Winner in: Self-Help | Motivation | Best New Non-Fiction | Self-Improvement; The Sky is Green and The Grass is Blue - , and a featured host of the popular Best People We Know Show! on Blog Talk Radio, with over 750K global listeners, over 300 shows, and top rated in 18 categories.

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10 Tips to Making Good Decisions

By Certified Coaches
Deb Scott and Elizabeth Hamilton Gaurino

 

“Should I, or shouldn’t I?”

The question is not if you must make decisions, but how to make  good decisions.

As part of our Call in Coaching series, we cover this topic with listeners.

Here are our Top 10 Tips to Make Good Decisions.

 

 Making Good Decisions

 

1  Write down the Objective.

What is it you ultimately want to accomplish.  Get a new job, move or start a business is not specific enough.  The objective should be clearly stated in a way which describes the benefits of achieving the goal.  “I want to move to a warm climate where I can engage in outdoor activities year round and simply my life with a lower cost of living.”  VS “I want to move.”

2.  Collect Facts:  Good AND Bad

Do your Homework and gather all the information, good and bad, like and dislike.  You are not making the decision here, just a sound assessment of all your options for consideration.  There is no rush to get through this critical step.  Researcher Paul Nutt states, “Only 1 in 10 decisions is urgent. Only 1 in 100 is a crisis. You have time to reflect.”   The more time you take to gather all the information, the better your decision is likely to be.

3. List Possible Consequences of Decision

Brain storm all the possible outcomes of each decision and choice.  Detach from the emotion – focus on all the possibilities.  What would happen if? How would I feel if?   Listing extreme positives and negatives at this stage is a good idea.

4. Do a Gut Check

Now that you have completed the above steps, sit in a quiet spot where you will not be disturbed and visualize each scenario you have listed.  How does you gut feel?  Is your stomach in knots?  Is your heart beating with excitement?  Pay attentions to what your body is telling you and write it down.

5. Don’t Over Think

Avoid placing judgement on what you have written down.  Be open to the fact you might not know, what you don’t know.

6.  Make the Decision

Review the good work you have completed and tabulate what choice brings you the most favorable results, along with the most positive physical gut reaction.  These facts will lead you to the best choice.  remember, the best choice is not the perfect choice.  There is no perfect choice.

7. Stick with Your Decision

Once you have made your decision, trust the process.  Follow-through to the end, because you don’t want to give up 5 minutes before the miracle.

8.  Give Yourself Permission to Navigate the Unexpected

Be sensible in the sense you must give yourself permission to navigate differently in the event of an unexpected crisis.  Obviously ‘life is happening while you make other plans’, so know that even the best thought out plan will be altered in the face of earth quakes and funerals.

9.  Review and Assess

Take time to review and asses your progress often.  This will encourage you to continue when you are able to validate positive results, and tweak your direction as needed to maintain forward momentum.

10. No Regrets

Regardless of what you expected your decision to create, congratulate yourself that you made the best decision possible with the information you had available to you at the time.  There is not a person alive, and especially some of the greatest successes in history, who hasn’t had the opportunity to learn from a decision.

Following these 10 tips allows you to follow a logical process of consequences based on completion of each task.  The answers unfold naturally for you, rather than you struggling to make something fit where it does not belong.

 

 The Rational Planning Model

 

“The rational planning model is the process of realizing a problem, establishing and evaluating planning criteria, creating alternatives, implementing alternatives, and monitoring progress of the alternatives. It is used in designing neighborhoods, cities, and regions. The rational planning model is central in the development of modern urban planning and transportation planning.”

Remember, good decision-making is a skill, and like any skill it can be learned.  The more you practice this process of good decision-making, the more skilled you will become at making good decisions every day!

 

Clear the Fear

Are you one of the 5 million estimated Americans who experiences the emotional and often devastating effects of fear related stress?

“According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 19 million people in the United States alone suffer from mental illnesses that involve irrational fear responses. These disorders include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.”

Clear the Fear

Do you ever feel paralyzed by fear?
Fear to change yourself, your career, your relationships?
Fear to try something new?
Fear of failure, loss or even what people might think of you?

Yes, everyone experiences fear to some degree, but not everyone uses fear as a stepping stone instead of a stumbling block.

 

Making Fear a Friend.

At the end of this article our goal is to provide you with tangible tools to:

1. Accurately define what Fear is and what Fear is not.

2. Understand Clinical Data about Fear and Successful Studies how to Overcome Fear.

3. Exercises to help you Clear the Fear from a negative obstacle into a positive opportunity.

 

Are you Born with Fear?

By definition, everyone experiences fear. “It is a distressing negative sensation induced by a perceived threat. It is a basic survival mechanism occurring in response to a specific stimulus, such as pain or the threat of danger.” Fear is a necessary survival mechanism in all human beings.

Anxiety- is future-oriented fear because we cannot control what will happen next.

Panic- is becoming intimidated by something that reminds a person of their fear, creating an alarm response.

Physiological changes in the body associated with fear, the “fight or flight” response, can include:

Rapid heart rate
Increased blood pressure
Tightening of muscles
Increased sweating

 

Good Fear VS Bad Fear

Good fear serves a good purpose. For example, if you have to give a major presentation to a group of professionals at your place of work, fear can motivate you to sharpen your skills to practice and deliver an excellent presentation.

Bad Fear is when fear becomes irrational and excessive, it can become crippling and instigate a cascade of destructive feelings, thoughts and behaviors.

 

Name a personal experience of Good Fear and Bad Fear below:

Good Fear____________________________________________________

Bad Fear_____________________________________________________

 

Creating Fear

“In the 1920s, American psychologist John Watson taught an infant to fear white rats. “Little Albert” had no fear of the laboratory’s test animals. He showed joy at the sight of the white rats especially and always reached out for them. Watson and his assistant taught Albert to be terrified of white rats. They used Pavlovian (classical) conditioning, pairing a neutral stimulus (the rat) with a negative effect. Whenever Albert reached for one of the rats, they created a terrifyingly loud noise right behind the 11-month-old child. Not only did Albert very quickly learn to fear the white rats, crying and moving away whenever he saw one, but he also started to cry in the presence of other furry animals and a Santa Claus mask with a white beard.”

“Like Little Albert’s fear of white rats, a person’s fear of dogs is most likely a conditioned response. Perhaps he was bitten by a dog when he was three years old. Twenty years later, the person’s brain (the amygdala in particular) still associates the sight of a dog with the pain of a bite.”

 

Clearing the Fear

Fear extinction is creating a positive conditioned response that counteracts the negative fear response, usually involving exposure to an outside stimuli. However, scientists have discovered ” stimulating a protein called NMDA (N-methyl D-asparate) in the amygdala can enhance fear extinction.”

Identify a fear you want to eliminate and re-frame:

_____________________________________________________________

"I Want to Clear Away this Fear"

Kerry Ressler, associate professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Emory University is studying the biology of fear. And the impact of a neurotrophic factor known as BDNF. “We’re studying how the biology of the brain is changed by the environment, and how these changes underlie memories and experiences.”

Stumbling Blocks into Stepping Stones

The Prevention magazine article “What are you afraid of?: 8 secrets that make fear disappear” offers these tips for dealing with everyday fears:

  1. It doesn’t matter why you’re scared.
    Knowing why you’ve developed a particular fear doesn’t do much to help you overcome it, and it delays your progress in areas that will actually help you become less afraid. Stop trying to figure it out.
  2. Learn about the thing you fear.
    Uncertainty is a huge component of fear: Developing an understanding of what you’re afraid of goes a long way toward erasing that fear.
  3. Train.
    If there’s something you’re afraid to try because it seems scary or difficult, start small and work in steps. Slowly building familiarity with a scary subject makes it more manageable.
  4. Find someone who is not afraid.
    If there’s something you’re afraid of, find someone who is not afraid of that thing and spend time with that person. Take her along when you try to conquer your fear — it’ll be much easier.
  5. Talk about it.
    Sharing your fear out loud can make it seem much less daunting.
  6. Play mind games with yourself.
    If you’re afraid of speaking in front of groups, it’s probably because you think the audience is going to judge you. Try imagining the audience members naked — being the only clothed person in the room puts you in the position of judgment.
  7. Stop looking at the grand scheme.
    Think only about each successive step. If you’re afraid of heights, don’t think about being on the fortieth floor of a building. Just think about getting your foot in the lobby.
  8. Seek help.
    Fear is not a simple emotion. If you’re having trouble overcoming your fear on your own, find a professional to help you. There are lots of treatments for fear out there, and no good reason not to try them under the guidance of someone with training and experience

 

Accepting fear is part of the human condition, being able to identify good fear from bad fear, understanding the science behind the cycle of fear, and what you can do to reframe your fear to work for you, instead of against you, is all possible for you with a little help from your friends.

Love and Blessings,

Deb Scott, BA, CPC  and Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino, BA, CPC

 

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

 

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Elizabeth is the CEO and Founder of The Best Ever You Network and the host of top-rated “Best Ever You Show” on Blog Talk Radio. Elizabeth is a certified professional life coach, journalist, actress/on-air personality and author. Her two award winning children’s books “Blueberry – A Cat’s Eye View of Maine” (2009) and “Pinky Doodle Bug” (2011) are available where books are sold. Elizabeth and her husband Peter have been married for 13 years and have 4 boys.

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Dumping the Drama!

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The Assassination Procrastination Project

If you are anything like me,you have battled the destructive disease of procrastination.   

A deadly ill indeed, this dream killer is often associated with false feeding demons of doubt. It is the worst kind of self-sabotage known to any imaginative mind, and begs an antibiotic which successfully solves the symptoms of delaying your delightful destiny.“Procrastination is the kidnapper of souls and the recruiting-officer of hell.” ~ Edward Irving

Stop the Insanity!

Do you suffer symptoms of procrastination?

  1.  I’m just waiting for the perfect time to start.
  2. I hate doing this, I’ll just wait until tomorrow.
  3. I just don’t know where to begin, I am feeling so stressed and overwhelmed.
  4. This is just beyond my ability to ever finish.
  5. If I can’t do it perfectly, it isn’t worth doing.

If you answered yes to any of these, and have decided there is a better way to live your life, read on.

Take your procrastination medicine.

You don’t need Mary Popins to tell you, “A little bit of sugar helps the medicine go down,” so here’s three terrific tips to sweeten your motivation to end procrastination.

  1. Feel the Fruit of Finishing:
    Enter the classroom of silence. Visualize the result of continuing to procrastinate on your target issue. How do you feel? Invigorated or depleted? Energized or empty? Now, visualize finishing your task at hand. How does your head and heart feel now? Do you feel lighter, brighter and more happy? Thinking and feeling the result of your two choices – to procrastinate or not to procrastinate – is a quick and easy way to identify what choice to choose.
  2. Keep your Image of Completion Front and Center:
    A picture is worth a thousand words, and finding an image of the feeling you experienced in your visualization of completing your task at hand, is key. A magazine photo, card, or stick figure will do, just make sure it consistently ignites the positive feeling you want to achieve. Strategically place this picture in places you will see throughout your day, and trust the process to unfold. You can read more about this effort I call ‘successful sabotage’ by clicking here.
  3. Spiral Down the Solution into Small Successes:
    Don’t get stuck in the over-thinking it muck. What are the small things you need to accomplish to achieve the big thing? Break it down, and then break it down into smaller more manageable efforts again. Don’t be attached or overly concerned with your main goal, simply focus on the success of completing the small task at hand in this present moment. Do each step well along the way, and before you know it, the entire journey will be complete!

Celebrate the Baby Steps You Take Along the Way!

Ultimately, you have to love yourself enough to know you are worth the effort! The world needs you, and getting things done which helps you be your best, can have a domino effect to help others be their best too.

If you plant only ‘If’s” and “someday’s” in your garden of life today, don’t be surprised when “nothing” is all that grows tomorrow. Planting seeds of “completion” today,  confidently guarantees you will inevitably grow a happy future of sunshine smiles in all your tomorrows.

“You may delay, but time will not.” ~Benjamin Franklin

 
 
Deb Scott, BA, CPC
Deb is Author of the 2 x National Award Winning Book The Sky is Green and The Grass is Blue – turning your upside down world right side up!, a Certified Professional Coach at Discover the Amazing YOU! Coaching, and host of the hit new Best People We Know Show! On Blog Talk Radio. Self Help Radio.
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Goal Setting – 3 Simple Steps to Becoming Your Absolute Best!

As seen in Best Ever YOU! Magazine

Make it Happen!

Okay, who doesn’t want to be their best? I mean really, anyone who wants to be truly happy, understands reaching your full potential is a prerequisite to being your BEST EVER YOU! Being your best naturally includes striving for excellence, living your passion, and achieving your personal goals.

What will accomplishing your goals do for you?

1. Increase your self-esteem.
2. Inspire daily living.
3. Make a difference in the world.

Setting goals is to be your very best, is the most unselfish act you could ever do. Why? Because when you are at your best, you are more likely to be an effective instrument to help others be their very best too.

3 Simple Steps to Achieving Your Goals

1. Create a Goal Mission Statement
Define your goal – and WHY you want to make it happen.

If you don’t know where you want to go, then it won’t matter what you do. You must have a clearly written goal complimented by the benefits resulting from achieving the goal.

“I want more more money,” is a goal, but not one you are sure to stay motivated in achieving if you don’t have the passion to power the momentum on a daily basis. Having more money is usually a byproduct of something else you are striving to accomplish.

“I want more money so I can do more marketing in my business to reach more people to inspire them to start theirs,” is a clearly defined goal with a mission statement.

Write down yours…

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Write it Down - Make it Happen

2. Visualize the Experience
How do you feel – Create the experience of achieving your goal.

Studies show your mind can’t tell the difference between a real experience and the one you imagine. It is critical you experience in your body, the feeling of achieving your dream in order to keep you focused in attaining the desired result.

New actions are inspired by the new feelings you want to experience. These new feelings are a result of new thoughts. You need to connect your goal to a feeling which is real for you. A specific tangible result.

Engaging all your 5 senses is a game changer. How do you feel? What do you see? What do you hear? Identify what is happening around you when you achieve the benefit of your goal.

In the example given above, this might look like, “A new client is approaching me in a sold out seminar event, enthusiastically thanking me for helping her move from fear to faith and start her own business.” Wow! I feel lighter than air!

Now your turn..
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Alive in Your Mind

3. Sabotage Yourself for Success
Surround yourself daily with people, resources, and images which Inspire.

Consider this mind vitamin therapy to feed your whole soul. You must have discipline to take your positive energy, to remain empowered to follow your goal to completion.

Organizing your day to help you build your success in every way,is what this step is all about. Place pictures, affirmations, quotes, or any item which consistently ignites a feelingof excitement towards achieving your goal, in places your will inevitably visit throughout your day. A bathroom mirror when brushing your teeth in the morning, your car going to work, your computer, or even by your coffee pot. Wherever you know you will be going, or whatever you will be doing, is the perfect place for your successful sabotage reminder.

In the example we’ve been using, this might look like taking a magazine picture which reminds you of how it will feel to hear someone come up to you and tell you that you changed their life. It might be your favorite quote taped to your fridge which states, “If we don not change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed.”

What is your successful sabotage tool(s) and where will you place it(them)?

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I'm Worth the Effort!

You can never review often enough the progress you’re making toward achieving your goal – nor celebrate the little success along the way.

Statistics prove people who are having fun are more likely to persevere in any activity. Keep your focus on the “Why” you want to achieve your goal, the benefits to you and others, and keep that visualization and emotional good feelings front and center throughout your day.

Remember, if you don’t share your unique brilliance in the world, who will?

 

WOW! I want that!

Deb Scott, BA, CPC is author of the award winning motivational book The Sky is Green and The Grass is Blue - Turning your upside down world right side up!, a certified professional coach at Discover the Amazing YOU! Coaching, and radio host of the new hit Best People We Know Radio Show! on Blog Talk Radio.  Deb can help you step into your greatness today!