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Here’s how to turn a “Have to” into a “Want to”

Be honest.

Do you find yourself thinking, “I have to do this! while deep inside you are dragging, resisting, or avoiding every possible step to actually do the task at hand?  

Do you ever think, “they are making me do this?”  “They”  could be your teacher assigning you homework, your boss giving you an undesirable project, your parents requiring some family obligation, or your church group, friends, or the I.R.S. requiring some action on your part.

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Amateur or Pro – How committed are you to your work?

“There is a difference between interest and commitment.
When you are interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient.
When you are committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.”

~ Kenneth Blanchard

This concept of interest vs commitment, hobby vs career, amateur vs professional are important dichotomies to consider when you reflect on what gives meaning and purpose to your life. They encourage you to consider where you are spending your most precious resource: your time.

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Raise Your Mood with these Proven Steps

Discouraged, apathetic, or disillusioned?  Has our political system left you feeling down?

Here are six habits designed to improve your mood:

1.   Listen to upbeat music like Mozart.

Music has long been a part of our human culture. Research studies show that there is a direct link between listening to music and enhancing your health and your mood.

In a study of 80 patients undergoing urological surgery “half the patients were randomly assigned to wear headphones that played slow movements from Mozart piano sonatas, while the other half wore headphones that did not play music.

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Two important behavior norms for any team

Have you ever worked on a team where several people, or even one person, dominates the group discussion?

Perhaps there are times when you are afraid to articulate an idea or opinion because  “the boss”, parent, or a colleague will challenge you and devalue your idea.

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Vulnerability and Trust: Do you have the courage to go there?

Researcher- storyteller Brené Brown advocates that living bravely actually requires us to lean into our discomfort and to be vulnerable. Her research shows that those who are willing to experience risk, emotional exposure, and uncertainty have greater self-worthiness and courage.  

The paradox of courage is that you become stronger when you are vulnerable and at the same time you increase your connection with others when you expose your authentic self. This requires trust.

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Reach your full potential with GRIT

Are you convinced that successful people are accomplished because they are highly talented in a particular area?

Angela Duckworth in her book GRIT: The Power of Passion and Perseverance describes countless research studies demonstrating that individuals who rise to the top exhibit both passion and grit to achieve their goals.  In other words, talent is really derived from the willingness to put in continuous extra effort to practice, practice practice.

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7 Ways to Combat Your Inner Critic

Do you ever find yourself listening to your inner critic gremlin beating down your self-worth and self-esteem?  

The other day as I was putting milk in the pantry instead of the refrigerator,  I caught myself saying “what a goon-head!”

Maybe these sound familiar to you:

  • “I can’t believe I just did that! I am so stupid”
  • “OMG, I am such a idiot!”
  • “I am such a loser”

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Top 10 Career Books

1.  What Color Is Your Parachute? 2017 A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers, by Richard N Bolles

2. What Color is Your Parachute? A Guild to Rethinking Resumes: Write a Winning Resume and Cover Letter and Land Your Dream Interview, by Richard N. Bolles

3.  What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful by Marshall Goldsmith

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How to use your values to guide your career and other life decisions.

“‘Cheshire Cat,’ asked Alice. ‘Would you tell me please, which way I ought to go from here?’ ‘That depends a good deal on where you want to go,’ said the Cat. ‘I don’t much care where,’ said Alice. ‘Then it doesn’t matter where you go,’ said the Cat.” –Lewis Carrol

Sometimes we feel completely lost and can’t find our way forward.

Or we feel stuck at a job that no longer feeds our soul.

Or maybe we are caught making a hard decision between two very compelling opportunities.

A way through those murky moments and tough decisions is to step back and use your values to guide you forward.

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Conquer your distraction with these simple habits

Are Facebook, Snapchat, Pinterest, Linkedin, Instagram and Twitter screen-sucking your time away from important tasks and goals?

Now more than ever human nature is being wired for distraction making it increasingly difficult to maintain focus on a task for more than just a few minutes.

In our mushrooming digital world, technology is hijacking our most precious asset – our time.  Most of us are bombarded with various beeps, chirps and push notifications from our technological devices “demanding” our immediate attention.  Pop-ups and sponsored advertisements appear constantly in news feeds and on websites.  Social media companies are driving our addiction to stay online all the time.  

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