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  • Hey, it's Marie Forleo and you are watching MarieTV, the place to be to create a business and life you love.

  • And today I want to let you in on a little trick that I've been using to completely obliterate stress.

  • Now, to give credit where credit is due, this is all thanks to my man Josh.

  • So earlier this year we were in LA and it was really, really warm out.

  • I mean, it wasn't just nice, it was Marie-warm. I'm talking flip flop weather.

  • Anyway, I was pacing around and I was venting about something stressful that was happening in our business.

  • Now, my venting is usually pretty loud and it's R-rated.

  • So when I got off the phone Josh naturally asked, "Is everything ok?" And I said, "You know what?

  • Everything is amazing except for this one little thing that's causing us so much stress, and taking up so much time and it's driving me bonkers.”

  • Now, my man Josh knows me really well and he also knows I'm a problem solver and I love doable.

  • So he gave me one. He said, “You know what, Marie? You should keep a stress log.”

  • And I said, “Hm, go on.”

  • He said, you know, "You should write down everything that's stressing you out.

  • You should make a list." Because he also knows I love to make lists.

  • So immediately I knew this stress log idea was genius and here's 4 reasons why.

  • Number one, it's cathartic. So you've heard of exorcisms, right?

  • Well, this is a way to give yourself an instant stressorcism.

  • You get to purge all of your stress demons out of your head and down onto the page,

  • and it’s also a place that you can go to dump your stress and deal with it strategically,

  • so you don't have to always keep your stress living in your head or in your body.

  • Number two, it causes shrinkage. And when it comes to stress, that is a good thing.

  • You know, when all of us get stressed out it can feel like everything in our life is stressful.

  • It's almost as if we have this huge amorphous blob over our life and we can't seem to manage it

  • But the moment that we write down exactly what's stressing us out,

  • all of a sudden that big blob shrinks down to these manageable little peanuts.

  • Makes it really kind of cool. It's a lot easier, of course, to say,

  • "You know what? I have these 3 things that are stressing me out right now," rather than, "OMG, my whole life is so stressful."

  • Number three, it's actionable, and this is my favorite part, so when I write something down in my stress log

  • immediately my mind goes to work on how I can start to actually solve that problem.

  • So right there on the page I start working out the strategies that I can take and then I share them with my team and we see if we can bring them to life.

  • Now, the cool thing here is if you can't solve a problem completely, ask yourself:

  • What can you change about your attitude or your approach so that you don't continue to stress yourself out about it?

  • Number four is it gives me power.

  • So knowing that I have a specific place to write down my stresses and I have a system to deal with them,

  • that gives me a sense of power and strength that I just didn't have before. I know it might sound silly

  • but now when something stresses me out I actually get excited to go write it down in my stress log

  • because I feel like, "You know what, little stress? I own you. You can't stress me out anymore.

  • In fact, your little stress ass is gonna be grass."

  • So point is, I would highly encourage you to experiment with your own stress log if this sounds like a good idea.

  • You can do it in a little notebook or you can do it digitally,

  • it doesn't matter, but it all does come down to remembering this tweetable.

  • Writing it down kicks stress outta town.

  • So now I would love to hear from you. Let's have some fun with this stress log idea starting right now.

  • So in the comments below identify one specific thing that's stressing you out in your business or your life

  • and then tell me 3 possible solutions that would help you fix it.

  • I cannot emphasize this enough. Writing this stuff down is so empowering.

  • What you're gonna see is whatever stresses you doesn't have to be this constant thorn in your side.

  • You can do something about it.

  • Whether you find a permanent solution or you experiment with some things or you just need to change your attitude or your approach.

  • Do your best to be as specific and detailed as possible.

  • Now, as always, the best discussions happen after the episode over at MarieForleo.com,

  • so go on over there and leave a comment now.

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  • Stay on your game and keep going for your dreams because the world needs that special gift that only you have.

  • Thank you so much for watching and I'll catch you next time on MarieTV.

Hey, it's Marie Forleo and you are watching MarieTV, the place to be to create a business and life you love.

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