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Do you often find yourself upset and stressed about your business day? You stroll into the office with a cup of java in your hand ready to greet the day and make your difference in the world. You’ve got great plans to accomplish many things today. And then, for whatever reason the day begins to unravel and takes on a different flow than you planned, bringing you upset, angst and stress. A scheduled appointment changes, the power goes out, you have a dreaded virus on your computer, and you lost some very important notes. You even start to wonder if you are really cut out for this business/career. And the slippery slope appears. Can you relate?

Take a moment to pause and remember the excitement and energy you felt as you began your business, or started in that new position. Creativity abounds, you experience endless energy, passion and commitment. You learn new things, create new strategies, meet new people, and expand your reach. It’s a time to remember and savor these thoughts and restore yourself to your purpose and who you are.

You have the ability to control your attitude and determine how your business day goes. It’s a matter of how you respond to whatever comes your way in any moment of the day. Choose joy. Bring joy to each conversation. Give your time freely. Smile. Create a Vision Board of the things, people, activities that bring you joy. Ask your clients and colleagues what brings them joy. When you shift your focus towards joy, then joy is what you’ll have.

Make it a joyful day!