How To Keep A Positive Attitude

How To Keep A Positive Attitude

Attitude and Mindset, Featured
Having a positive attitude has many benefits. Coaches talk about the importance of a positive attitude and scientific studies have found that it benefits your health and general well-being. How do you get a positive mindset and keep it as you handle the daily onslaught of news, tasks and stress? Here are some exercises for you to do to build and maintain a positive mindset. Daily Gratitude: There is always something to be thankful for, even if it is as simple as being able to get up in the morning. Take a few moments to focus on the positive things in your life and be grateful for them Eat Well, Drink Well and Sleep Well: A positive mindset starts with feeling good. The easiest way to do this is eat…
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How Companies Can Profit From A “Growth Mindset”

How Companies Can Profit From A “Growth Mindset”

Attitude and Mindset, Featured
Carol Dweck is a Stanford psychology professor,well known for her work on the power of mindsets to promote or discourage academic achievement and innovation. She’s famously seen an important distinction between people who view success as an outgrowth of talent that is inborn and immutable – those with a fixed mindset – and people who view failure as a chance to learn from mistakes and develop new skills – those with a growth mindset. Extending her work from individuals to companies, she conducted a survey of employees working for seven Fortune 1,000 companies. The survey results suggest that organizations similarly exhibit fixed or growth mindsets. Those in the fixed camp depend more on star workers, whom they tend to hire from outside, placing great stock on educational pedigree. Those with…
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The Tale Of Eeyore and Tigger

The Tale Of Eeyore and Tigger

Attitude and Mindset, Featured
In the stories of Winnie The Pooh and his friends there are two diametrically opposed characters: Eeyore and Tigger. We all have Eeyores and Tiggers in our lives. The pessimist and the optimist, the two see every situation through their own perspectives. Eeyore obviously is a pessimist. He believes there isn't a point to trying anything. Very little makes him happy. Tigger, on the other hand, finds great enjoyment in everything. Trying new things is an adventure. Tigger has a positive mindset while Eeyore has a negative one. It is important to note, that both characters represent extremes. Tigger's irrational exuberance makes him careless and prone to get into trouble. Eeyore is cautious, careful to avoid situations he can't handle. They both have characteristics that would make them annoying to…
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Freelancers, Always Get Terms in Writing

Freelancers, Always Get Terms in Writing

Attitude and Mindset, Evaluate, Featured
More and more people working side hustles and moving into freelancing. It is expected that the number of people that identify themselves as self-employed will increase by 300% over the next two years. It is important for new freelancers to change their mindset from that of an employee to that of an employer. That means remembering to watch things like contracts, cash flow, and returns. One of the most stressful things about being self-employed is managing your cash flow. It’s especially difficult if clients don’t pay you on time. You can avoid most problems by putting a contract in place before you start an assignment. Don’t believe a handshake will suffice, even if you’re working with friends. Informal agreements are the source of almost every payment problem, so be sure…
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Manage Your Stress By Monitoring Your Body’s Reactions To It

Manage Your Stress By Monitoring Your Body’s Reactions To It

Attitude and Mindset, Evaluate, Featured
Stress is a part of life. It can hinder you or it can help you , depending on how you react to it. Stress affects your body in different ways and understanding that can help you understand how you are reacting and how stress affects you. Harvard Business Review recommends the following steps to monitor your stress: Take an Inventory. Once a day, pause what you’re doing, and turn your attention to yourself. Ask yourself: What’s on my mind? What do I feel? Is my body calm or agitated — what physical sensations do I notice? Label Your Thoughts and Feelings. Once a day, tune in closely to your thoughts or emotions. Detach a bit from having the thoughts or feelings, and label them. For example, if you’re thinking “things like…
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Do Well By Doing Good

Do Well By Doing Good

Attitude and Mindset, Featured
Many small businesspeople have the desire to help their communities. Most think that once they've reached a certain level of revenues, they'll be able to give back. The key to helping out and succeeding in business is not waiting. Doing good brings not only the satisfaction of having made a difference, but it brings business success as well. Here's how: Exposure: Being part of a non-profit or community program exposes you to people you may not have met. They may not be your target audience, but they may know people who are. The people you are meeting are getting to know as someone who is out there helping people. Because of this, they are more likely to recommend you. Partnerships: In addition to recommending you, getting to know people on a charitable…
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Don’t Stretch Yourself Too Thin

Don’t Stretch Yourself Too Thin

Attitude and Mindset, Featured, Focus
You are a superstar. Everyone knows it. You are the one to turn to when something needs to be done. This usually results in an abundance of requests for assistance. You want to help everyone, but saying yes to everyone isn't helping them. Worst of all it is not only detrimental to the people you're trying to help, it's bad for you. Stretching yourself too thin affects the work you are doing and your physical and mental well-being. When you pile too much into your schedule: You do not focus on any one task, as you are trying to juggle multiple deadlines. This results in the work being completed with a lower level of quality than you would otherwise provide. Worse, you could miss the deadline all together and not…
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Don’t Let Stress Lead to Bad Decisions

Don’t Let Stress Lead to Bad Decisions

Attitude and Mindset, Featured
It’s hard to think clearly when you’re under stress. Your blood pressure and heart rate rise, adrenaline and cortisol flood your body, and your survival instincts kick in — all of which interfere with decision making. To avoid making bad decisions when you’re stressed, pay careful attention to your physical symptoms. We all have an inner “lookout” that helps us monitor our reactions. Tap into that part of your mind and look for physical sensations or emotions that indicate your stress level is rising: a tightness in your stomach a feeling of anxiety or panic. By noticing these reactions, you can hold yourself back from acting rashly. For example, when you get an annoying email, and you notice that you’re irritated, you can hold off on replying until you’ve calmed…
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Stop Procrastinating By Breaking Down A Project

Stop Procrastinating By Breaking Down A Project

Attitude and Mindset, Featured, Improvement
We all have tasks that we put off and put off, but actually accomplishing them is rarely as bad as we expect. Sometimes beating procrastination is about just getting over the initial hurdle. Instead of forcing yourself to tackle the entire task at once, focus on the first piece of it. Start by thinking about the task and your resistance to it, and then find a time period that you’d be willing to commit. Could you focus on the task for an hour? What about 30 minutes? Shorten the amount of time to something that doesn’t make you resist getting started. Then figure out the bare minimum you can do — writing a few paragraphs, reading a few pages, or whatever won’t make you return to your procrastinating ways. Once…
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Establish An Evening Routine To Put the Workday Behind You

Establish An Evening Routine To Put the Workday Behind You

Attitude and Mindset, Featured, Process
It can be tough to leave work behind when you go home for the day. With email, cell phones, etc. it seems we're never away from work. However, it is crucial for your mental well-being and your productivity that you turn off and give yourself some time to recharge., Having a routine can help. Before you leave work, do the the following: Complete one positive action. It could be making a short phone call, signing a document, or responding to an email. Doing this allows you to end your day on a positive note of completion, and you’ll have one less thing to do the following morning. Then do a specific action that symbolizes the end of your workday. It might be locking your office door, turning off your computer,…
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