Motivational Speaker Expert Sandy Olson Has Tips For Dealing With Challenging Relatives.

Sandy Olson, Speaker and Owner of Pathway to Success, a motivational company knows the holidays bring people together who only meet this time of year and helps by offering behavioral tips for the most challenging situations.

Frederick, MD – November 09, 2017 – Sandy Olson, owner and speaker with Pathway to Success, a motivation company, recently published an article on her website titled Holiday Survival Tips.” Ms. Olson acknowledges the challenging moments during the holidays when buttons get pushed and tempers tend to flare.

Olson writes, “For some people, the holidays are not simply a series of joyful fa-la-la-la-la la-la-la-la’s.” “In fact,” she says, “there are those times when you get together with the family when inevitably one special family member says something that makes you see red. Intellectually you know you should be able to handle those moments differently than you have in the past.” She continues adding, “Sometimes you can, but other times, it’s as if you’ve been harboring a lifetime of resentment and you can’t seem to prevent yourself from unleashing your anger.”

Olson suggest, “How about taking a different approach this year?” She adds, “Prepare yourself to have a completely new experience. In fact, why not pretend that you are meeting your relatives (or that special one) for the first time. Imagine they are long lost friends. See if you can completely forget the past and look at your family through new eyes.”

According to Olson, “Breathing helps slow the heart and brings oxygen into your entire body.” This is why she suggests pausing before responding and, “Take a breath, in through the nose, out through the nose. Make a conscious choice instead of reacting as if you are on autopilot. Take two breaths if you can.” Then, she adds, “Think of something kind you can say either in response to what was said or on a completely different topic. Maybe you can compliment them on what they are wearing, their hairdo or their glowing complexion. Pausing before you speak is a very effective tool.”

Olson writes, “You may think it a good idea to down a drink before getting together with your family or as soon as you arrive.” She continues adding, “Numbing your feelings is not exactly the best way to stay present enough to say something kind. And, remember that alcohol always contributes to making a bad situation worse.”

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About Sandy Olson:

Sandy Olson founded Pathway to Success to use her experience as a successful businessperson to help clients reach their full potential by inspiring them to make positive changes in both their personal and professional lives. She has trained with Jack Canfield to bring his book, The Success Principles ™, to life through customized inspirational and motivational presentations for individuals and organizations.

Her RE/MAX Results real estate firm is the largest in the Frederick, MD area, and grew from three individuals to over 120 Independent Contractors and Employees, all during the worst real estate recession of our time. She instills the knowledge and inspiration from The Success Principles ™ in both herself and her organization.

Sandy graduated from Mount Saint Mary’s University with a B.S. Degree in Business Administration. She has various designations, including Graduate of the Realtor Institute, Certified Residential Broker, and Certified Negotiation Expert. Sandy’s brokerage firm was honored with the RE/MAX Central Atlantic Region Brokerage of the Year Award for 2014.






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