We all know that the holidays can be very busy, stressful, and hectic. Family, money, and social obligations can all combine to leave us feeling depressed and anxious during the winter festivities. In fact, several national surveys have shown that there is a trend of increased stress and worry, starting around October and continuing on until right after the New Year.
Fall is often seen as a transitional season. The warmth and carefree fun of summer starts to cool down as we begin to draw ourselves inward in preparation for winter. As part of this transition, we also often start to look toward our goals for the upcoming year and how we can achieve them. There are many personal growth books that offer to help you improve yourself—from your intimate relationships to your physical health to your financial acumen.
Human beings are pack rats by nature. We are all attracted to collecting things, particularly bright, shiny objects. Believe it or not, some neurodevelopmental biology researchers think that the reason we are attracted to things that glitter and sparkle is actually a holdover from our Neanderthal roots.
Personal Growth The MOO factor is about the “margin of opportunity” that exists between where you are today and where you can be. It’s about the time you have left to accomplish your goals and fulfill your dreams. It’s your chance to win. You have short-term MOO of one day, one week, and one month, to longer-term MOO of months, years and a legacy. This is your time to be your best and maximize your potential. This period of time and what you accomplish in it is all about you and how you show up every day.
Practice Central You’ve probably traversed at least one intersection where you’re unsure how people navigate it safely. Most of the people make it through, sometimes there’s a bump or two, and sometimes you pray for safety and then are grateful for PIP insurance. In a figurative sense, those same intersections exist in your practice. You might not be sure how people do it. You might not be sure how to navigate through the place where your message got misunderstood, when it seemed so clear to you.