Even the most motivated, positive and productive people go through periods where their “Edge” is dulled and they are floundering and that can quickly drain away motivation and confidence. For some people it is stagnation in their career or simply an insurmountable workload. Sometimes personal issues such as divorce, loss, family demands or a sense of “losing yourself” in the demands of work and life leave you feeling overwhelmed.
Some people love to be miserable and it doesn’t matter what is going on in their lives, they are going to complain, be negative or be “the glass is half full” kind of person. Learn to stand firm and not get drawn into their drama or negativity
Whether you are trying to ditch the chips and cookies from your life, stop impulse purchases on EBay or quit smoking, breaking a habit can seem nearly impossible.
Part of the problem is we rely on willpower and if we fail, we feel weak and disappointed in ourselves. This often leads us to do the very thing we are trying to quit. The other reason we may fail is because we rely too much on our own motivation and let’s face it, what seems like a good enough motivation the night before can leave us feeling distinctly unmotivated when the rubber meets the road the next day!
Leaders can be found in every segment of our lives: matriarchs in our families, CEOs leading the organizations we work for and support and social leaders leading change in our communities. However, not all leadership is created equally. Poor leadership can often be glaringly obvious when characterized by traits such as: arrogance, denial, poor communication and disorganization…leading to diminished commitment from the followers, dysfunction and failure. In contrast, strong leadership is characterized by collaboration, honesty, passion, effective communication, and “buy-in” from others.
We all want to live our best life. But what does that look like? Here are 5 commandments that while on the surface, seem fundamental and easy, they make take a little practice. The results will amaze you!
Forging healthy relationships can be a challenge and learning to recognize genuine people, whether in our personal or professional relationships, can help us to feel more secure and allow us to practice the required vulnerability it takes to really connect with people.
Some people struggle to be genuine themselves, what does it mean to be genuine and how do you allow yourself to be vulnerable to being genuine? Genuine people have a high sense of self-awareness and are more objective about themselves… they try to observe themselves.
Fear is a natural and sometimes appropriate human emotion. The trick with fear is not to let it consume you and to distinguish when it’s a tool that is helping to keep you safe and guiding you towards good choices and when it is simply undermining your peace of mind and quality of life.
When you feel like your fear is taking over, follow these 5 steps:
The original goal of social media was to provide new ways for users to create and maintain relationships and no one can argue social media is a raging success by nearly any standards. I would venture to say, early social media pioneers had no idea how they would impact our lives.
Anger is a natural human emotion. In and of itself, anger is not bad, may be well founded, and can even be a motivating factor for bringing about positive change. For example, the end of slavery, women having the right to vote, laws to protect children and holding drunk drivers accountable for their actions all came about because enough people were angry enough to organize and demand change.
Remember, the children’s book, "Alexander and the Terrible Horrible Very Bad Day"? Unfortunately, we all have at least an occasional day when it seems the world is conspiring against us. When it’s happening, it’s easy to feel like there is nothing we can do, but wait for it to be over. While most things in life are out of our control, you always have more control than you think and bad days or no different. Changing your mind will change your day, but sometimes you need a little help… here are 5 ways to help you get it turned around.