How To Be More Patient – 5 Tips

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If you are working on a big project, are following through with action steps toward your goals, or when you are in need of
change that just does not seem to happen, you need patience. Patience in those hard times is often a hard thing to have, yet with the practice of the following 5 steps, you can be patient, even during those trying times.

1. Examine your schedule. Are your expectations for when things are to be done realistic? Have you given yourself enough time to truly finish the task at hand (or have given others enough time to follow through)? If you adjust your schedule to a more realistic approach, anger and frustration often disappear on their own. I can understand, wanting to set tight deadlines, but there is only so much work that can be truly done within a certain time frame. Be mindful of that, when you set your schedule.
2. Make those deadlines concrete. Once you know that you have arranged your schedule to a workable timeline, stick with it. Work on only the projects that need your attention now, and are to be completed first, rather than going back and forth between ideas. Even if it might seem at times tedious work to do, to take action steps on the same project every day, you will get more done in the long run.
3. Recognize the partial wins and celebrate them. Instead of waiting for the project or projects to be completed, allow yourself some celebratory moments for milestones within that project. Not only will that reinforce your patience to make it all the way to the end, but it also shows you how much you have already accomplished, a feeling that can give you the continued motivation to stick with your goal
4. Allow yourself some time during the day where you can rest – may it be by drinking a cup of tea, or going for a walk, or meditating. Clearing your mind not only will give you a better perspective on the tasks at hand, you will feel more refreshed, and ready to concentrate efficiently on your project
5. Use affirmations – either memorize or write them on a little index card that you can take with you in your purse or pocket.
Affirmations repeated often can have a stress-reducing effect, especially when you feel that you are about to loose your patience.
Try the following affirmations or write your own:

  • I choose to be patient with and kind to myself today
  • My patience is an attribute
  • I have much patience and understandingI possess deep patience
  • I now have the patience I’ve admired in others
  • Today I stay patient through all things
  • I have patience to spare
  • I find the time to be patient today
  • I am the epitome of patience
  • I am patient with myself and others today
  • I am patient with allowing myself to forgive myself
  • I am patient with my lack of patience
  • I remain patient in all areas of my life today

Source: The Book of Affirmations (Sharon Elaine)

Extra tip: Try some adult coloring books as a relaxation and stress-reduction tool:

Adult Coloring Book: Relaxation Templates for Meditation and Calming (Volume 1)

 

Have a wonderful day!

 

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The Girl – A Five Sentence Flash Fiction

Flash Fiction: The Girl

The spunk in her eyes surprised me.
I thought the torture he had put her through would have already taken all of her will, broken her and made her a heap of injured flesh, but instead she looked at me as if she was about to take me on, with the determination to win.
I suppressed my smile, and the flicker of pride, to look professional, after all, our cover could not be blown.
How otherwise would I be able to save her from the monster, in whom’s hands she had fallen?
I reached out toward her, half expecting a move back, but also ready for her to attack, while I whispered, “Let me get you out of this hell.”

Copyright Claudia H. Blanton 2015

This post was inspired by this week’s Five Sentence Flash Fiction writing prompt “Spunk”, by Lillie McFerrin. Find out what others wrote this week here

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A Creative Way To Support Nepal

I woke up to another set of devastating news about Nepal, as once again an Earthquake hit the area. Those poor people who are still trying to find a way to survive the first quake, have been devastated once more.

The call for people to donate has been strong, but if you have not had a chance to donate to the Red Cross or any other help organization, please consider the campaign that Zazzle has started. At no point does Zazzle or anyone promoting the campaign receive any compensation, unlike when we promote other people’s work. So purchasing something through this campaign will benefit the people of Nepal directly. Let me quote Zazzle staff here:

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Book Review: Getting Things Done by David Allen (2015 Edition)

Getting Things Done - A Book Review

Title: Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

Author: David Allen

Genre: Self-Help

Publisher: Penguin Group

Release Date: March 17th, 2015

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Getting Things Done is the classic under the organizing books, the most effective system for those who have to deal with a lot of incoming information and are having a hard time with how to process it all.
GTD as many lovingly refer to this system, has helped many since its original publication, me included, and I was very excited to see that there was an updated version of the same book. Just as before, I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking to get back into control of their incoming information. This is not just for the high-level executive, but also very valuable for the small business owner, to the housewife running her home. If you do not have the original book, get the new version now

(Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review)

Co-Creating At It’s Best by Dr. Wayne Dyer and Ester Hicks – A Book Review

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Title: Co-creating at Its Best: A Conversation Between Master Teachers

Author: Dr. Wayne Dyer and Ester Hicks

Genre: Self-Help/Law of Attraction

Release Date: December 2nd, 2014

Publisher: Hay House

Rating: 3/5 Stars

I am a huge fan of Abraham, so I was really exited to hear of a new book by Esther Hicks, and even more so in combination with Dr. Dyer.
While I enjoyed their conversation, I found it lacking something new. If you have read their books, listened to their recordings or been to their shows, both Ester and Dr. Dyer are not bringing anything new to the table at this point, something that really is a different twist, or a different approach, or sparks more than just a moderate interest. I would recommend this book only for the fans of these two, but not as a stand-alone book, even less so as an introduction to the subject matter of co-creation, or to the energy named “Abraham”.

This book was provided to me by Netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Improve Your Memory Every Day

Improve Your Memory Every Day - A Review

Title: Improve Your Memory Every Day

Author: Robert Allen

Publisher: Pavilion Books

Release Date: February 16th, 2015

Genre: Non-Fiction Adult/ Self-Help

Rating: 3/5 Stars

The idea of the book is great, even the illustrations are kind of fun, but what turned me off about this book, is the tone of the Author which at times sounded condescending. That is a shame because the individual tasks and ideas to improve the memory are valuable, and easy to follow, with clear instructions and clearly defined objectives, even if they are nothing new. Because of this slight down talk and underestimation of the readers intelligence, I could never truly enjoy the book, not with the depth it deserved. Minor adjustments in wording, and approach could have turned this volume from a book I would not recommend, to one that would spark some interest.

Book Review: How To Succeed With Continuous Improvement by J. Ahlstroem

Book Review: How To Succeed With Continuous Movement

Title: How to Succeed with Continuous Improvement
Author: Joakim Ahlstroem
Genre: Self-help/Business & Investing
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
Rating: 3/5 Stars
If you run a business, specifically one that involves more than just your family, this book has value. What it is not, is a self-improvement book for those of us, who are looking for a book based on personal improvement that is for the everyday person.
But even then, with the exception of one concept, this book only repeats the techniques of what others have been already covering over the last few years, truly great coaches like Tony Robbins, or lifestyle experts like Tim Ferris. What both are capable off, unlike the Author of this book, is to speak to everyone, no matter if they own their own companies, are thinking about creating their own business or are working for a cooperation. That relatability is lacking in this book.
That said, this book is written concise and to the point. It has its value in the space of self-improvement and coaching, it just isn’t for a more general audience.

(Disclaimer: This book has been given to me by the Publisher, via NetGalley, in return for an honest review)

Book Review: The Freemind Experience by Tom Fortes Mayer

Book Review: The Freemind Experience
Title: The Freemind Experience
Author: Tom Fortes Meyer
Publisher: Watkins Publishing
Release Date: Feb. 17th, 2015
Rating: 3/5 Stars
“If you live for truth and love, you will be provided for” – The Freemind Experience
There are many self-help books that promise a sure-fire way to create happiness and contentment in your life. The premise of this book is in that case no different.
Written in a conversational style, this book did not create a different experience for me, than the masses that already overflow the genre of self-help books in their various forms. In order to stand out, an Author has to deliver something either new, or in such an interesting style that it gets the reader’s attention from the beginning, while this book only produces a smile and a yawn, as the Author shares through many – and not very interesting stories –  how he teaches his clients and himself to become a better version of himself.
Instead of creating happiness and contentment, I was left with the feeling of having lost precious time, I could have used in a more productive way, then reading this book. If you are looking for a high quality, and informational wake up call, to serve the reader to better understand oneself and to grow through that experience, you are better off reading a different book of this genre. There are many of them out there, this is not one of them.
(disclaimer: I have been given an advanced copy of this book, by the publisher in return for an honest review, via NetGalley)

Book Review: E-Cubed by Pam Grout

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Title: E-Cubed

Author: Pam Grout

Publishing Date: September 16th, 2014

Publisher: Hay House

Rating: 5/5 Stars

I have been a fan of Pam Grout since her first book in the series E-Squared, which was enjoyable and fun to follow along, but E-Cubed is actually better than the first! More personal than the original, it relies on personal transformation rather on mere demonstration, and therefore has a more spiritual quality to it, while staying true to her style, humor and wit. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in learning or refreshing their spiritual Law of Attraction practice.

Book Review: The Miracle Morning – Self-Help Book Experiment Part 2

 

Title: The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (before 8 AM)
Author: Hal Elrod
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Rating: 5/5 Stars

The Miracle Morning - A Book Review

Like I wrote yesterday, I am in the midst of not just reviewing, but also implementing some of the self-help books that are on my desk (or computer).

Currently I am working on “The Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod, and examine if a morning routine change can really change ones live, or at least have a large impact upon it.

But first to the review:

The Promise: To deliver a system, with clear steps on how to change your morning routine in an effective ritual, that will influence your life, and allow you to reach for your goals.

The book actually delivers on that promise. With clear, precise wording and examples, Hal allows you to create an easy to follow morning routine – that is, if you make the decision to commit to getting up earlier, and do the actual exercise. This is not a book for someone who is looking for a quick fix, but it is a book that will shake up your routine, if you let it.

It gives you precise ideas on how getting up earlier is possible, without feeling sleep deprived. It also gives you very clear instructions on how to implement some of the daily steps we all know we should be taking, such as meditation, exercise, affirmations and visualization. Do we usually follow through? No, but he even has a solution to that – accountability via partners (you can find your own, or join his community for free), and a printout routine tracker, which allows you to keep track of your new-found routine.

The Result: I started this challenge this morning (actually last night, as he suggests some preparation-steps to ensure a smooth morning routine), so I can not yet report on the long-term effects. What I can comment on thought is, that his suggestions of affirming a smooth morning, without feeling tired worked for well for me.

The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine – Mike Murdock

Beyond this book, I have decided to focus on what other authors and coaches think about morning routines. Those have ranged from the comical (Abraham suggesting to take a nap), to the well structures – Tony Robbins calls the morning routine “The Hour of Power”. I will post and try some of these out – not the nap part.

Which brings me to a question: What is your morning routine like? Do you rush out of the house, or do you take time for meditation and other techniques? What is the most important part of your routine? Until yesterday, I would have answered the last question with coffee, but now I am changing it to accountability.

What’s yours?