My three year old granddaughter enjoys profound stress relief because she can read, to you, four of her books word for word. How is that possible?

Let me explain

My granddaughter will ask you to read the same story to her over and over again. She is very persistent and usually finds someone to read her favorite books to her. She is really excited that she can also read her four books to you, and when she finishes reading to you she says “I did it.”

Mary came to see me and complained that she needs to be focused. I had given Mary specific exercises to do. Like my granddaughter when Mary was consistent and repetitive in doing her exercises she got excellent results.

In my discussion with Mary she admitted that she was cheating on herself by not doing the simple exercises consistently because the exercise required effort. Mary also admitted that if she were doing the exercise for her partner instead of herself maybe she would do them more often.

I guess the difference between my granddaughter and Mary is that my granddaughter enjoys reading her favorite books while Mary saw doing the exercise as a chore or homework. You may think that to do exercises repeatedly is boring.

However, if you look at the big picture you may realized that you need a lot of repetition of small task initially. This repetition of small tasks is like learning the letters of the alphabet and when you learn the letters of the alphabet, and then you can learn to make words and then sentences.

As these small tasks are accomplished you will feel more confident (like my granddaughter) and then maybe get in the habit of enjoying doing and finishing small tasks, one at a time so that you can be amazed at how focused you have become.

So what is the moral of the story?

Staying focused on doing the small task repeatedly with a purpose. You can always find fun in the most boring chores if you relax and look hard enough.

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Cecil McIntosh, The EYC™ Stress Relaxation Expert with 14 years of experience helping Entrepreneurs like you, stay focused, get more done and find more time, so that you can live in the moment. He is a published author of many audio Relaxation Programs using accelerated learning approaches and a Teacher, NLP Trainer and Coach. You can reach Cecil at

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