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February 16, 2020

R.E.L.A.X…..  Aaron Rodgers made this statement several years ago as the famed Green Bay Packers got off to a rough start in their season.  The fans, the local media were all over him, everyone doubting.  Sure enough, as if out of a Disney movie, Rodgers goes on to lead them into the playoffs.  RELAX…ha, that’s easier said than done, so how about adding-  “Stop, Drop and Roll”.

There is certainly no shortage of NOISE today: a 24 hour news cycle, social media, expanded media, a dysfunctional political system, the list goes on.  My hope is to give you an easy way to keep your sanity and stay focused on your goals and dreams.   Whether it be fretting over the ongoing political environment, an ‘impending’ market correction, or the latest gripe on social media, Relax – take a deep breath and Stop, Drop and Roll –

Early in my corporate life, I was taught the Bucket Philosophy:

  • Bucket 1 are issues/actions you can control
  • Bucket 2 are issues/actions you can influence
  • Bucket 3 are issues/actions you can neither influence nor control

This was a common language often used by leaders to remind me to stay focused on the activities and actions I could control(and frankly what mattered), and disregard the NOISE.  Noise was doubters, noise was haters, noise was all of the ‘stuff’ going on around me that could distract me from the activities I needed to stay focused on to be successful.  Noise wasn’t always an external factor.  Noise is likely different for all of us, distracting none the less.  

So the next time you find yourself falling prey to the noise, RELAX – Stop, Drop and Roll – Ask yourself these simple questions:

  1. Can I control this situation/item?
  2. Does this ‘really’ matter or am I just annoyed?
  3. Can I change it?  If so, how?
  4. What can/should I focus on instead?

25 years of active observation tells me the people who stay focused on Bucket 1 items and have the ability to put Bucket 2 and 3 in their place are the happiest!  It’s hard to be happy with yourself or anyone else around you if you give all the control away 😊

So the next time you find yourself getting heated up over …. <<insert NOISE here>>  RELAX, take a deep breath and Stop, Drop and Roll.  RELAX….


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Kile Lewis

Kile Lewis


Kile co-founded oXYGen Financial in answer to increasing requests from successful young people - Generation X and Generation Y investors, families, and entrepreneurs - for financial planning and advice matched to their unique needs. oXYGen Financial is a financial and lifestyle management company that understands that life isn't about income statements and balance sheets.

Kile is no stranger to the Financial Services Industry, having spent 15 years as both an executive and financial advisor for the 3rd largest broker dealer in the country. He amassed tremendous competencies in leadership and financial planning through his 15 years of tenure in both of those roles.

After earning his Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgia State University in 1994, Kile joined then, American Express Financial Advisors in Dallas, Texas. He quickly rose through the ranks of his advisor peers and was promoted to his first leadership position in 1997. Promoted to Field Vice President in 2002, he led one of the top offices for Ameriprise the years 2003 through 2006 and was awarded the Ameriprise Outstanding Leader Award in 2006. Through his eleven plus years of leadership, Kile has personally hired and developed hundreds of advisors and leaders.

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