Hello friends throughout the world:

 This is a scary time in our little corner of the world right now.  Many friends and family are concerned and worried as jobs are lost, houses are not selling and groceries are getting more expensive than ever.

Many parents try to keep the realities of life from their children, preferring to worry about it privately.  However, as a parent educator, I can tell you that the children are much more worried about you than they would be about the truth.

Have a family council, and explain that even though there will be some changes, your family is safe and will always love each other.  Then commit to doing the next 7 steps every day for a month, and I guarantee, you will feel better and your financial outlook will too.

  1. Get up every morning determined to have a good day

  2. Stand
    up and start walking
    . Exercise will get your pulse pumping and remind you that you are alive, human and have options in life. Your best ideas will come to you when you are walking and active.
  3. Suit
    Up and look professional.
      Even if you are staying home, shower, shave and get dressed.
  4. Show
    Up and do at least 5 projects.
    Make a list of projects, set the timer on the kitchen stove for 45 minutes and focus on that one project without interruption. When the timer goes off, walk around, get a snack, go to the bathroom and then set the timer again for 45 minutes. Use one of the focus periods to read email or the paper, but only do that in that specific period.
  5. Think
    Up and Stay Positive .
      If negative thoughts appear in your mind, think of a stop sign and then say out loud "I can do this. I have done other things that were hard and I can do this."
  6. Say
    what you really want-
    Not what you want right now (which is to go back to
    bed and watch television all day) but what you really want (which is to make X amount of money, take
    your family to DisneyLand, and retire at
  7. Leave
    the  how and when details to God.

You can do this, one day at a time.  I challenge you to do this for 30 days and then let me know how it works. If you do, I will send you a free book by Zig Zigler or one of mine on building self confidence.

You are not alone.  We are a community of support who want the best for you and your family.

With love,

Judy H. Wright aka Auntie Artichoke, family relationship coach and author

PS:  If you need assistance in regaining self confidence and courage, please check out http://www.EncourageSelfConfidence.com 

PPS:  Also, please join us each Thursday for a Free radio show and teleclass on various aspects of family relationships and communication.  To see the schedule, go to http://www.ArtichokePress.com

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