Learn Something New to Relieve Some Stress

Learn Something New to Relieve Some Stress

Attitude and Mindset, Featured, Improvement
Many people handle work stress by buckling down and powering through. But that’s not a great way to actually relieve your anxiety. Instead, Harvard Business School recommends that you try reframing the stressful situation as a learning opportunity. Learning something new adds to your skill set and knowledge, and helps you develop feelings of competency and growth, which can alleviate feelings of stress. You can also learn with others. For example, rather than just wrestling with a challenge in your head, get input from colleagues. Discussing a stressful situation with them can reveal hidden insights, either from their backgrounds or from the questions and perspectives they’ll offer. And don’t think of learning as an additional layer of work; think of it as a break from the hard work of getting…
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Pump Yourself Up Before A Presentation

Pump Yourself Up Before A Presentation

Attitude and Mindset, Communication, Featured
Giving a talk in front of an audience can be stressful, and our bodies react to that stress in different ways. If you’re someone who gets jittery and anxious, or whose energy levels flatline, try an exertion ritual before your next presentation. The ritual is just what it sounds like: You exert yourself in order to get your heart moving, feel in touch with your body, and boost your energy. You might do a brief workout before heading to the venue, dance in your hotel room, or even jump up and down backstage. An exertion ritual can amp you up while also reducing your levels of stress hormones. It can be especially helpful if you’re presenting at a high-energy event like a sales conference, or if you feel ambivalent about…
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Say Thank You For Routine Things

Say Thank You For Routine Things

Attitude and Mindset, Featured
There is far too little praise and appreciation in most work environments. Even those who are good about giving positive feedback can tend to reserve it for "above and beyond" moments. Yet, the routine work that people are expected to do every day often goes unnoticed and underappreciated. Many motivational speakers will talk about the “law of attraction.” It simply means you get what you give. If express gratitude, you get results that will call for you to express more gratitude. Genuine gratitude goes a long way in engaging people and binding them together. Don’t assume that people know you appreciate them. Once a week, say thank you to someone for doing what they do for you. A supplier who always delivers on time, your accountant who keeps you for…
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Mindset Advice From Steve Jobs

Mindset Advice From Steve Jobs

Attitude and Mindset, Featured
Steve Jobs was a master at focusing on details and making all the small pieces form a big picture. The ability to connect the dots is critical to achieving large goals. Jobs summed up how he was able to do it in a quote. You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.You have to trust in something -- your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life. Your ability to belief in something, whether it is yourself, a higher power, karma or whatever provides you with the ability to move forward with a positive mindset. It…
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The Power Of Possibility

The Power Of Possibility

Attitude and Mindset, Communication, Featured
As the holiday season comes to a close, I want you to think about the feeling you had when you held your holiday gift. I don't mean after you opened it. What were you feeling as you held the still wrapped gift. When you looked at it without knowing what it was, what did you feel? There's an excitement. It could be anything. This is the power of possibility. How can you use the power of possibility in your business? The best example of its use was Steve Jobs in his Apple product unveilings. Everything was kept very close to the vest. Viewers waited with bated breath as he uttered the words, "One more thing." The anticipation was palpable. Can you generate that feeling in your customers? While most of…
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Yes Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus

Yes Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus

Attitude and Mindset, Featured
In 1897, eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church stands as a reminder of what the Christmas season is all about. It has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial, and we present it here as our Christmas gift to our readers and as our hope that people will take the meaning of the season to heart and keep it all year long. DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, ‘If you see it in THE SUN it’s so.’ Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus? VIRGINIA O’HANLON. 115 WEST…
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Are You In Your Comfort Zone Or Your Compliant Zone?

Are You In Your Comfort Zone Or Your Compliant Zone?

Attitude and Mindset, Featured
We are often told that we need to get out of our comfort zone. Is it really your comfort zone you're in or your compliant zone?  Your compliant zone is very similar to your comfort zone. The main difference is why you stay there. Your comfort zone is about avoiding personal risk. Your compliant zone is about doing what you think you're supposed to do. This can be what you think your boss wants, what your parents instilled in you or what another authority figure has drummed into you. Are you seeing a pattern? Your comfort zone is about avoiding risk while your compliant zone is about pleasing other people. Getting out of these zones takes different methods. To break out of your comfort zone, you need to make yourself…
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What Goes Into Your Pencil?

What Goes Into Your Pencil?

Attitude and Mindset, Communication, Customer, Featured
When was the last time you really thought about your pencil? It sits on your desk until you need it. Let's face it, you probably take it for granted. Take a moment and think about what had to happen for that pencil to get to you. Graphite had to be mined and refined. Lumber has to be chopped down and milled. The graphite and wood have to be transported to the factory. The pencil is manufactured, packaged and shipped to the retailer. That's all before you purchase it and it arrives at your desk. Why are we examining a pencil? That pencil is just like your business. Your customers don't know what goes into the products or services you provide them with. They don't know how you agonized over each…
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Why We Need Capitalism

Why We Need Capitalism

Attitude and Mindset, Featured
by Eric Lopkin While there are many people spouting the values of socialism today, as business people we are ultimately reliant on capitalism for our well being. No matter what your political opinions, privately owned businesses are creations of capitalism. That doesn't mean that your business shouldn't be active in building your community. In fact, building your community is part of corporate responsibility and goes a long way to helping you connect with your community and consequently potential customers. Capitalism is necessary for the success of our way of life. What those preaching socialism fail to understand is socialism requires decisions be made by a few leaders. This eliminates diversity and all the benefits of diversity. There is also a bigger issue. Despite classic definitions of the economic models, today's…
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When You Make A Mistake, Forgive Yourself

When You Make A Mistake, Forgive Yourself

Attitude and Mindset, Featured
If a friend tells you about an ordeal they’re facing or a mistake they’ve made, how do you typically respond? In all likelihood, you offer kindness and comfort. But how do you treat yourself when you make a big mistake? You’re probably much tougher — springing to self-criticism, hiding in embarrassment, or ruminating on your perceived shortcomings. The next time you face a setback, try taking a self-compassion break. As soon as you notice that you’re upset or under stress, see if you can locate where the emotional discomfort resides your body. Where do you feel it the most? Then admit to yourself, “This is hard” or “Other people feel this way too.” If you’re having trouble finding the right language, it can help to imagine what you might say…
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