The Enemy Of Success Is Fear

The Enemy Of Success Is Fear

Attitude and Mindset, Featured
There are always obstacles to success, but the biggest barrier is one that people put up for themselves. In many cases we know what needs to be done to achieve our goals, but we let fear dictate what we do. Fear of losing what we already have, fear of failure, fear of ridicule, the list goes on but it all boils down to being afraid. While fear is a useful as an alarm for danger, letting it decide your actions is almost a guarantee of failure. It's okay to have fear, but you can't give it control. THe first step in dealing with your fear is identifying it. What exactly is it that scares you? When you identify your fear you find it is not as scary as it seems.…
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4 Signs That You’re An Entrepreneur At Heart

4 Signs That You’re An Entrepreneur At Heart

Attitude and Mindset, Featured
It hits everyone at one time or another. The idea that you should leave your job and start a business of your own. IS it a momentary whim or are you really an entrepreneur? Entrepreneurs have certain traits in common. Before you jump off into your own venture, see if you match these traits. They are not the end all and be all of being an entrepreneur, but having these traits is a good sign that you can be happy as an entrepreneur. 1. Entrepreneurs are passionate, inside and outside of work. Whatever they immerse themselves in, entrepreneurs typically invest fully and passionately. This extends beyond business building into many aspects of life outside the workplace. 2. Entrepreneurs are committed to building businesses, not just coming up with great ideas.…
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Balancing Mindfulness

Balancing Mindfulness

Attitude and Mindset, Evaluate, Featured
Mindfulness is sweeping corporate culture. It's the hot buzzword of the moment. It's practice brings great benefits. However it is not the ned all and be all. It needs to be balanced in order for you to succeed. What does this mean? Let's start with what mindfulness is. Mindfulness is the act of being in the moment. It is focusing on what you are doing right now. In practice most people focus on their breathing to clear their minds, but you can focus on any activity you are doing. It is about being aware of yourself, your activity and your surroundings in that moment. It is a great way to resent your mind and stay focused. What do we mean that it needs to be balanced. Like most things, people…
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To Build Resilience, Write Down What You’re Grateful For

To Build Resilience, Write Down What You’re Grateful For

Attitude and Mindset, Featured
When it comes to building your emotional resilience, nothing does more good than maintaining a positive outlook and regularly expressing gratitude. These two actions have been shown to decrease anxiety, reduce symptoms of illness, and improve the quality of your sleep. But it’s not enough to be optimistic and say “thank you” a lot. You can increase the effect of these activities by keeping a record of your positive interactions, events, and memories. Maintain a simple list of things you’re grateful for or are looking forward to in a paper notebook, or enter them into a spreadsheet. There are even digital gratitude journals you can download and use. Find a regular time — say, first thing in the morning or at the end of the workday — to review and…
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How To Stop Caring About What Others Think

Attitude and Mindset, Featured
We are hard-wired to want validation from others. Scientists found that babies’ emotions are often drawn from the emotions of those around them. As we get older, relying on others for validation can be toxic and limiting. Doing what you know to be right, regardless of what other's think, is a liberating experience. Here are some tips to separate yourself from the need of others' validation. Accept that external validation is a bad habit. Whether its daily affirmations or a simple acceptance, you need to remind yourself that your opinion of yourself is the most important. Just like any bad habit, reliance on the opinion of others can be broken.Make a list of your convictions. Start with 10 things that are important to you when it comes to character.Having a list…
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Define Your Success

Define Your Success

Attitude and Mindset, Featured, Improvement, Process
Everybody says they want to succeed. Whether it is their home life, their job, or their business, people want to be successful. Most of them never feel that are successful for one simple reason. They have not defined what success is. Success means different things to different people. For some it can mean running their own company. For others it means having the time to spend with their family. For still more it can be having the financial freedom not to worry about bills. No two peopled fine success exactly the same way. The first step to being successful is to define what it means to you. Take the time to figure out what success looks like to you. Close your eyes and try to imagine what you would be…
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Keep Your Positive Attitude

Keep Your Positive Attitude

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Life's obstacles are limitless, however we can limit our stress levels by maintaining a positive attitude. Everyone encounters new challenges every day. Reacting with a positive attitude is the only way to minimize negative impacts and maximize joy. Dale Carnegie said, "It isn't what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it." Here are some ways to choose a positive attitude. Don't consume gloom and doom. Every reporter recognizes that, "If a story bleeds, it leads." Newswires are full of tragedies, political and economical upheaval, and all sorts of stories that cause a person to cringe. Some film footage is so graphic, it's hard to picture anything else during the entire…
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You Are More Than Your Job

You Are More Than Your Job

Attitude and Mindset, Featured
Your job is just that — a job. Maybe you’re a “senior analyst” at work, but in life you’re much more than that. Your worth as a person is not tied to your position on the org chart. So when someone criticizes a report you wrote or a presentation you gave, remind yourself that they’re criticizing the report or the presentation, not you. Being passionate about your job is great — but there are limits. If you become so wrapped up in your professional identity that setbacks at work affect your self-worth, that’s a problem. Keep a healthy perspective by distinguishing who you are from what you do. By shifting your perspective this way, you build resilience and protect your self-esteem from challenges and even failures (which are inevitable, after…
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In Hectic Times, Use Habits To Stay Grounded

In Hectic Times, Use Habits To Stay Grounded

Attitude and Mindset, Featured
When your life is disrupted by a big life event — a job change, a baby, a relative’s illness — how do you maintain your focus and well-being? Add some stability to an unstable time by making sure you have habits that align with your long-term goals. Harvard Business Review recommends thinking about the five to 10 things you need to do every week to keep your life on track, and write a list of them. Many critical habits fall into one of four areas: personal reflection, professional reflection, relationships, and health (both physical and mental). You should also think about how you’ll create accountability for yourself. Will you post the list where you’ll see it often? Use an app to set reminders? Check in with a friend each week?…
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Leaders Need To Learn How To Take Criticism

Leaders Need To Learn How To Take Criticism

Attitude and Mindset, Featured
If you’re in a leadership position, you need to know how to take criticism well. Being resilient will help you stay focused on what the company needs, rather than on the naysayers. One strategy is to prepare how to handle criticism. Brainstorm several ways to respond to criticism and write them down for reference. It can be hard to know what to say in the moment, so general responses will ensure you have something ready. They could include: “Thank you for sharing your point of view. I’d like to consider it more and get back to you” or “Let me repeat what you said, to make sure I understood you.” Another good strategy is to remind yourself that the criticism may be aimed at your role rather than at you…
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