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Transcript of Book Report
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff
Learn To Live in the Present Moment
Do One Thing at a Time
Spend a Moment Everyday Thinking of Someone to Thank
Set aside quiet time, everyday DONT SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF.. Justine's Top 5 6. Remind Yourself That When You Die, Your "In Basket" Won't Be Empty Don't Sweat the Small Stuff...
and it's all small stuff Be aware of the snowball effect of thinking
Don't interrupt others
Imagine that everyone is enlightened but you
Ask yourself will this matter a year from now?
Patience What are your pet peeves? What grinds your gears? How do you normally respond? “We are dying from overthinking. We are slowly killing ourselves by thinking about everything. Think. Think. Think. You can never trust the human mind anyway. It's a death trap.”
― Anthony Hopkins creates problems embarrass yourself annoy other people become stressed out leads to depression substance abuse think big picture realize effects of over thinking compartmentalize time to think take action Richard Carlson, Ph.D. (5.16.61 to 12.13.06) was considered to be one of the foremost experts on happiness and stress reduction in the United States and around the world. As the author of thirty popular books including the runaway bestseller, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…and it’s all Small Stuff, he showed millions of people how not to let the small things in life get the best of them. About the Author: author, psychotherapist, and motivational speaker 53. See The Glass As Already Broken (And Everything Else Too) 63. count to ten 78. Cut Yourself Some Slack 94. Keep Asking Yourself "What's Really Important" >Many people wake up every day with the focus to get everything done on their to do list, but they lose focus of what is important, which is having fun and enjoying life.
>They may in fact lose the people they love because they put them off for their to do list.
>They think that the "to do" list is only temporary.... but they're wrong!
>As long as there is stuff on the "to do" list then that means that your time is in demand.
>Nothing is more important than your sense of happiness and inner peace as well as that of your loved ones.
>You have to remind yourself to enjoy life each step of the way and realize that the purpose of life isn't to get everything done.
>You will still have things to do when you are dead. Therefore someone else will get it done. >Buddhist teaching that offers a way of accepting and appreciating life as it is.
>Everything has a beginning and an end. A glass is created and it will break.
>When you expect something to break you're not as surprised or disappointed when it breaks.
>You feel grateful for the time you had with it.
>Take your favourite drinking glass (or any object), examine it and realize it beauty and what it does for you. Then imagine it shattered and broken
>Try and maintain the perspective that everything disintegrates and returns to its original form.
>Teaches one to make peace with the way things are. >When you feel yourself getting angry, take a long, deep inhalation and as you do this count from 1 to 10.
>Meditation exercise that helps clear you mind.
>Works with anger, stress and frustration. >Don't worry about being perfect. There will be many times when you lose it.
>Life is a process, one thing after the other. You just have to restart.
>See your mistakes as learning opportunities, don't let setbacks get you down.
>No one is perfect 100% of the time. Deal with it.
>Do your best to continuously move in the right direction, Learn to keep your perspective. >People get in such a hurry that they can lose sight of their priorities and goals.
>Ask this question to yourself and you may find yourself more present-moment oriented and in less of a hurry
>Get into the habit of taking a minute every morning to ask yourself "what's really important". Doing so can help align your actions with your goals and keep you focused and make more conscious decisions. Too many People do this instead of enjoying
life as it comes to them But they actually want this,
But it'll never happen Remain calm, serene, always in command of yourself. You will then find out how easy it is to get along.
-Paramahansa Yogananda "Your job is to try to determine what the people in your life are trying to teach you." Change your perspective from :
Why are they doing this? To:
What are they trying to teach me? Without patience, life is extremely frustrating See the innocence Create practice periods Makes people nervous, irritable and annoyed Marielee's top 5 Stop blaming others
Become an early riser
Become a less aggressive driver
Live this day as if it were your last it might just be
We as humans tend to blame others for our problems even if it really isn't. For example if we were to notice that there is a problem with our cars immediately after bringing it in for repair would we not blame the mechanic for doing a terrible job and or not fixing it right? I think so !
Here's how we should change to really improve our overall look on things..
Instead of getting frustrated when there's a mess, try just plainly cleaning it up instead of blaming the next one, you'll see how much better you'll really feel ! And watch your personal power come back to life! -Wake up 1-2 hours before your regular "wake up time".
(If it helps go to bed a bit early, it'll do you wonders)
- Take that time for "me" time either it be the gym, a solid book or even just plainly nothing.
- Most importantly enjoy every minute of it! You'll see how much more energy you'll have! - Stress less when on the road, (that's pretty obvious)
- Use driving time as relaxation time, throw in a good cd to
listen to make the drive better
- There's no need to be speed racer on the highway, you're putting yourself and everyone else around you in danger just think about it. - This is the last point in the book, we all act like we'll live forever, reality is we really wont.
This is something we need to think about, YOLO right?
Why stress over the little things, when we can enjoy them
I don't see why anyone would want to spend their whole lives stressing about nothing, unless of course they love it.
In the end you should live like every day may be your last because you never really know, appreciate everything around you everyday and most of all be thankful for everything you've got.
No one can be a better you then you!! We allow ourselves to get all worked up about things that are not that big of a deal.
We focus on the little problems and concerns and blow them way out of proportion.
So many people spend so much energy “sweating the small stuff” that they completely lose touch with the magic and beauty of life. John Lennon once said, “Life is what’s happening while we’re busy making other plans”. When we do too many things at once, its impossible to be present-moment oriented.
You not only lose out on much of the potential enjoyment of what your doing, but you also become far less focused and effective.
This exercise will remind you to do is focus on the good in life. Just RELAX!
- Let the little things enlighten your life don't let them ruin your day, it just isn't worth it.
-Don't be so uptight, realize people are what they are, and the world is just as all over the place ,these are things you'll never have your way you just got to make the best of it! As quotation from the book, which was originally said very well by Benajmin Franklin "Our limited perspective, our hopes and fears become our measure of life, and when circumstances don't fit our ideas, they become our difficulties" -Don't be so serious, learn to relax and enjoy your life! This is a simple strategy which may only take a few seconds to complete. Spending time alone helps balance the noise and confusion that infiltrate much of our day. We allow past problems and future concerns to dominate our present moments, so much that we end up anxious, frustrated, depressed, and hopeless. Just go with the flow :) God