Keeping Perspective: When Bad Things Happen That Are Not Life Threatening

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Look for the good and let the bad things come on their own.
(Spanish Proverb)

The very first thing to question is how important is this in the overall scheme of life? Compared to all of the things that have happened, are happening, and could happen in my life – how bad is this? Is it something that will impact the rest of my life? Is it temporary? Although the pain may not feel like it’s temporary, it usually is. It’s important to get a perspective. If your car has been stolen, that’s a major nuisance that will cost you time and money to replace, but how does that compare to a diagnosis of cancer? If your marriage is ending, it can be extremely painful, but your life will continue no matter how bleak circumstances may seem. So wouldn’t it be easier to find a way to transcend the pain and move on, let go, and take away the power from the negativity? Wouldn’t it be more pleasant to look at the ‘bright side’? and yes! There always is a flip side! Continue reading

Make Motivation Stick

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One does not give a gift without a motive (Malian proverb).                                          

Motivation is the elusive elixir. Not only does it help people do good work, and do it faster, but it also helps them feel good about it while they’re doing it. Yet motivation always seems temporary, fleeting. We call a meeting, bring in a motivational speaker, and fire up the team. Yet, we know it won’t last.

What if we could make it last? What if we could make it easy for everyone on your team to stay motivated day in and day out, regardless of what was going on around them? You could expect higher levels of performance from everyone and create a team with an unstoppable can-do attitude.

Despite its elusive nature, motivation is rather simple to understand. Motivation can be defined as a concerted effort to produce a desired result. So let’s think about that for a moment. Why would anyone make a concerted effort to produce a result? Continue reading

How to Make it Big In Spite of Your Challenges

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The most stupid chicken always challenges the wildcat.
(Bantu Proverb)

Imagine for a moment it’s five years from now and you are still making the same income (or just a little more), living in the same home or apartment. You are in debt. You are barely supporting yourself and your family. And you are frustrated with the way things are.

You say, “Wait a minute now. This is not positive thinking! I was expecting your article to be motivational.” Well, it is. You see, most people often take action when they are desperate. Unfortunately, they sometimes take action when it is too late.

The good thing is, I can assure you that the above scenario will never happen to you. How do I know? Although I don’t know you, I am certain we have kindred spirits. You belong to a special category of winners. Or you wouldn’t be reading this. Continue reading

Hey Me! Get Out Of My Way

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If you don’t keep a pace with your companions, perhaps it is 

because you hear a different drummer. Let yourself step

 to the music you hear,  however measured  or far away. 

How often it is we give up wanting to do something even before we give ourselves an honest chance of succeeding…

Perhaps, we begin writing our autobiography. We get the table of contents and the introduction written, then we let it sit because we don’t think anyone will care.

We begin a diet over a weekend. Within a couple of days, we are back to our normal habits because we didn’t see any immediate results.

Maybe we want to start a desktop publishing business. We get it started and the clients start coming in sooner than we expected. Because of our past experiences where we have been so good at what we did, we only remember getting bombarded with more and more work when we wish we could have taken a break. We may see how this can end up, so we slack off and let the business of our dreams fade away. Continue reading

A few Ways to Fight Pessimism

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Is your glass half-full or half-empty? 

Some people are naturally pessimistic and are happy being so. They view themselves as pragmatic and as having a better sense of reality. Then there are those of us who feel weighed down by negativity and wish that we could be more optimistic. This is completely possible. It all lies in the way we perceive things… Continue reading

Rebirth from the Ashes

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The court official in one life has seven rebirths as a beggar.      (Chinese Proverb)

The legend of the phoenix can actually be found in several belief systems. It can be traced back to ancient Egypt when it was then known as “Bennu” or Bynw”, a symbol of the sun god Osiris. Osiris was resurrected to life from serving as ruler of the underworld.

Whether this mystical bird is attributed to the Chinese “Feng-huang”, the Jewish “Milcham” or even an emblem of Christ, the legend remains the same?After serving its life cycle, the phoenix builds a nest and then by the sun and the friction of its own wings, is consumed by fire. It is inevitably reborn from the very ashes. The phoenix is therefore symbolic of resurrection, immortality, and my personal favourite – triumph over adversity. I has been said repeatedly that there are two types of people in this world: “marathoners” and “sprinters”. Both are ambitious at heart. They set a goal and will pursue it zealously. Continue reading

Stop Squeaking! Align Yourself for Business Success!

business-success.jpgEven for a remarkable business owner like you, from time to time, you may still loose motivation in continuing the expansion of a service or product line. At time, you may seem to have a hard time figuring out why this once fantastic business that got you so excited every morning is making you feel like a heavy weight now.

Remember the last time you heard that squeaky sound in your car? What happened? Parts are not in alignment and there was no lubricant, so there was tension, there was unpleasant sound. If you don’t fix it fast, there is going to be smoke and there is going to be you in frustration.

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4 Powerful Ways To Fire Up Your Motivation

motivation_on_high.jpgIt’s so difficult to go on when everything seems to fail, isn’t
it? Are there times in your life when you really want to call
it “quits” because you just can’t see any good results from all
the hard work you’ve done?

Hold your horses!

Never ever think of giving up. Winners never quit and quitters never win. Take all negative words out of your mental dictionary and focus on the solutions with utmost conviction and patience. The battle is never lost until you’ve abandon your vision.

But what if you’re really exhausted physically, mentally, and most of all emotionally? Here are some sources of motivation to prompt you in reaching the peak of accomplishment.

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Taking The Leap

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Look before you leap (Traditional Proverb).

Every four years, February gives us a whole 24 hours of bonus footage to add to our year. Many people take this opportunity to “do something special” with their extra day. But why wait for Leap Day? Why not celebrate the “leaps” and risks we take every day when we venture outside of our comfort zone or work to improve our lives?
Of course change, especially life-altering change, is bone-shakingly frightening sometimes. The whole concept is fraught with a veritable minefield of “what ifs” that can be hard for us to see and get past in order to reach the destination point where our dreams lie. So I offer you the following “what ifs” along with some answers to help you take that leap, whatever it may be, and land safely on the other side!

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Ten Tips to Create More Life for Your Life

pozitive_man.jpgWhen people begin to investigate career change, often they don’t want a new career at all. They love their career — but they also want time for creating a life outside work. As a lifetime leisure-seeker, I’ve created ten tips to help you get started on the quest for “more time in your life — and more fun.”

1. Decide where leisure ranks on your list of values. Are you working to pay for something that you don’t value very much?

2. Seize moments during the day, evening, lunchtime and weekend. Time management guru Alan Lakein calls this the “Swiss cheese method:” using the holes. Think “fun” in fifteen-minute segments.

3. Buy leisure time. Hiring a teenager to mow your lawn may give you an hour or more, depending on the size of your property. Get even more creative. For a price, your pet-sitter might be persuaded to take Fluffy to the vet and Fido to the groomer.

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