Achieve More and Eliminate Stress

Achieve More and Eliminate Stress

It was 4 pm. I had three pages of tasks left to finish. I could feel the acid churning in my stomach. I grabbed a box of tums and sighed in despair. I felt like a hamster running on a wheel.

I had started with a dream to achieve something great with my company. I was working hard and getting lots done. But for some reason I wasn’t happy. Soon my productivity decreased. I was having health issues due to the stress and my relationships were going downhill.

That is when I realized I was so busy focusing on my goal that I had lost sight of the reasons why I was trying to reach it. This issue is common with business owners. That is why so many get divorced and develop serious health issues while building their business.

Worse still is when they reach their goal and still feel unfulfilled. Their drive ended up being an attempt to fill a void.

I’ve found the easiest way to be fulfilled, avoid burnout and increase my productivity is to be balanced in all areas of my life. For most of us there are six main areas that need attention in our lives.

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Four Types of People to Avoid (Are You One?)

Four Types of People to Avoid (Are You One?)

There are four types of people I do not tolerate in my life. It does not matter if they are co-workers, business partners, friends, strangers, clients or even family members.

  1. Those who lie. Even small white lies. One of the things I love about my wife is that she is brutally honest… even when it comes at my expense. Those who lie or lie by omission are IMMEDIATELY removed from my inner circle. It shows a bad sense of character and weakness to me.
  2. Those who gossip at someone else’s expense. Of course everyone is curious about others, it is human nature, but when talking about someone behind their back is negative it serves no purpose and it is just wasted breath.
  3. People who are negative and put others down really get under my skin. They only see the bad instead of the good and have a hard time being happy because their rules to achieve happiness are so hard to meet. Most of them seem to have a sense of learned helplessness.
  4. Hypocrites. This one grates on my nerves the most. Walk your talk or shut up. And you better not even think of trying to tell me what to do.

While I understand the psychology behind why they do what they do, I still don’t want to be around them or have them a part of my life.

For example:  talking bad about someone else to feel better about yourself happens because it is easier to try to tear someone down then go up to their level. I even understand that most of the time this is a subconscious trigger for them and they will deny it as the reason if you confront them with it. They will make excuses to justify their behavior.

Once I lose respect for someone it is very difficult for them to get it back.

If you find yourself being one of the four types above, really take a look at why you are acting that way. I bet it boils down to wanting to feel liked and accepted; or to feel a level of power when you really feel a sense of weakness or helplessness. Jealously is also a feeling of being less superior to someone else, so it definitely falls within these categories.

The best way to combat these negative triggers and environmental responses is to:

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