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Gain Time by Asking 'Can I Change It?'


This Week's Simple Tip

Do you ever find your mind all over the place and lacking direction? Sometimes it happens when you seem to have too much on your plate, but it can also happen when you are down in the dumps and have no idea which way to turn. Ask yourself one simple question about each thing you are feeling stuck about: "Can I change it?" If your answer is YES, start working on steps to make the change. If your answer is NO, don't put any more time or energy into the thought. You'll be surprised how much time we waste worrying about things from the PAST that we cannot change, or things from the FUTURE that may or may not happen.

This Week's Focus

This week, make it a point to list the things that have you 'stuck.' Next to each, write down either 'CANNOT CHANGE' or 'CAN CHANGE.' Focus your work on those where you can make a difference!

Click on the serenity sticky to print, cut and post on your bathroom mirror to remind you of this week’s focus. Good luck!

Little Serenity Tidbits

1. The Serenity Prayer is a simple plea of hope for direction. Use it as a guideline for everyday life, and you'll enjoy not only more calm, but more free time as well since you won't be wasting time worrying unnecessarily!

2. Sometimes it is hard to let go of the things we cannot change. Here's a little trick that might help. Buy a helium balloon at the dollar store, and use a Sharpie to write one or two words that depict what you need to let go of. Go outside, close your eyes, and consciously let it go.


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