by Alejandra Peraza de Halvorssen
edited by Erik Halvorssen
Tips and ideas on parenting picked up along the journey of
raising five great kids
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Head of the Family During Difficult Times
World crisis, financial crisis, heightened violence, health issues- you look around and see all these problems and you are the head of the family. Scary, right?
I was reading an excellent book on sales in difficult times: "If You're Not First, You're Last" by Grant Cardone, where he writes about getting immobilized by bad news, when things are not going well: a family member hospitalized, financial crisis in the family and how suddenly you can find yourself doing little more than being worried, scared and unproductive.
He recommends that when things tighten up, you must be more disciplined, structured, and constructive with the time you have. Here are some other great recommendations that work for difficult times (and for excellent times as well):
Keep to a "power schedule" packed with constructive and productive things to do.
Take extracare of the your health, your intellect, and your spirit. Organize a schedule with time to pray, time to exercise and time to work. Set a specific time to go to bed at night and wake up in the morning.
Talk about positive things or don't talk at all. Mentioning a list of bad things going on around you will only get you depressed.
Read the news don't watch them on TV; usually TV news channels go over and over the same bad news, and is only one not a thousand. There are more good news out there but it doesn't sell to tell how well things are going on.
Spend quality time with your family.
Things are not so bad. Count your blessings. Be positive.