3 Ways in Which the Holiday Spirit Can Inspire Your Success 71

3 Ways in Which the Holiday Spirit Can Inspire Your Success

The following article is a guest post.

December truly is a magical month. It marks the end of the year, but it comes with the biggest of celebrations and it sets an immense potential for an outstanding start to the new year.

Whether good or bad, our year ends with fireworks, champagne, and absolute joy, as this is the highlight of the New Year’s celebrations. And what leads up to that is the most wonderful holiday of the year, Christmas.

And there is so much more to it than getting gifts from Santa Claus. Christmas is a time of reflection, a time when we are inclined to see the good in people, but most importantly, in ourselves. And doing good can fill us with something extremely important – hope.

This is the absolute ideal basis for success because it inspires us to achieve greatness.  In this article, we are going to tell you about the five main ways in which the spirit of the holidays can inspire you to reach success.

1. Positive Thinking and Inner Harmony.

If we listened to carols and made a Christmas tree every single month, then the entire holiday would lose its impact. Since this happens only once a year, it has the potency to fill you with a general inner feeling of good.

The preparation process that comes into play, from every ornament in the house to the holiday meal we make is extremely exciting and heart-filling. The main reason is that we have something to look forward to, which provides us with a very special type of excitement.

As a direct consequence of this excitement, there is an aura of positive thinking that is the ideal medium for achieving our goals. We can reach our full potential when the stress is gone and we can base our ideas on positive grounds. So, pay special attention to the ideas you get this time of year because they might lead you to greatness. 

2. Having Hope and Living in the Moment.

Once the wheels for holiday cheer are in motion, we are filled with something truly wonderful, and that is hope. The light at the end of the tunnel that may have seemed far away at times is now within reach, and based on this newly discovered burst of hope, we can do things that are outside of our comfort zone.

For instance, while we may be reluctant to put in a lottery ticket during the year, at Christmas, we are inclined to believe in a good outcome. This makes the holidays the perfect time to play the lottery because a hopeful mindset may be exactly what lies between you and those big prizes you’ve been reading about for years now.

It is essential that you use this hope to fuel your plans for the future, and the lottery is the best example for that. Buying a lottery ticket is taking a leap of faith, so what better moment to do it then the time of year of all possibility?

3. Doing that Good Deed and Paying It Forward.

At Christmas, we are inspired by so many people who want to do good. If you stop and look around, you will find a great many campaigns meant to come to the aid of those in need that are underway during the holidays.

You may be surprised by how good it will make you feel if you actually do lend a helping hand. You probably won’t feel pride for it, but you might just find that it can fix some of those inner issues that you’ve been fighting for a while now because it replaces the bad with something good. 

This makes your good deed a mutually beneficial act because you will have some benefits to reap at the end of the day as well. So, give it a try! Build yourself some good karma out there and you will feel the difference in what you accomplish.

As you can see, there is immense magic in this wonderful time of the year, and it is all up to you to boost this potential as much as possible. Let that positive energy fuel your enthusiasm, and take a chance this winter! You will see just how far it will get you! Happy holidays!

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9 Ways to Handle Change in Your Life [Infographic] 5

9 Ways to Handle Change in Your Life [Infographic]

When a big change happens in your life, it doesn’t have to be a negative change to have a huge impact on you.

Change causes uncertainty and our brains and bodies react to uncertainty by trying to protect us with the release of fight or flight chemicals and hormones.

The downside to this is that living with these for an extended time results in elevated heart rate and affects your digestion, immune systems and blood flow.

But there are ways you can regain control over your life even in the midst of big changes.

The first is to take a step back and reflect on what’s actually happening and what your involvement is, which will help you to understand and find perspective on the situation. Hopefully, this will enable you to find the opportunities that every change in your life brings, rather than obsessing over any short-term negative impacts.

It may also help you to allow yourself a transition period where you adjust to the changes. But with a firm deadline by which you expect to have moved on and settled into the new routine. Even if it doesn’t quite work out that way, it will still push you towards visualizing the end of the uncertainty, which will prepare you to make it happen sooner rather than later.

On a more basic level, you need to remember to look after yourself during this time of change and the related stresses.

It can be too easy to fall into bad habits like neglecting your own simple needs, like a good night’s sleep and staying active and eating right when you are going through something like this. Having a day in your pajamas eating ice cream out of the tub is fine. But your body needs sleep, exercise and nutrition to keep you healthy.

Routine can be a comfort when it feels like everything in your life is changing.

So try and stick to some simple ones like walking your dog every morning or going to a regular gym class to give your life some stability and consistency.

You also need the help and support of those around you. And having a strong support network is crucial when it comes to coping with big changes in your life. This means family and friends, but you could also seek out people going through similar experiences by looking online. There may well be communities who you can talk to and get helpful tips from.

Most importantly of all, you need to be aware of when you need more than just the love and support of other people to help you cope with stress and uncertainty. If you start to feel like your mental health is really suffering, or you have been feeling the symptoms of stress for more than a couple of months, you need to go and talk to a health professional to get the help you need to bounce back.

You can read more practical tips about dealing with change and the symptoms it causes in this infographic from Pounds to Pocket.