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Stay Motivated at Work

Everyone needs motivation to do their best in the workplace. It can be difficult to wake up every day, commute to work and settle in at your desk five days a week for forty hours a week and still maintain a certain amount of success.

We have all had days when motivation escapes us. Maybe we aren’t feeling well that day or a personal matter interferes with our concentration on the work in front of us. This is normal, but there are ways to avoid these distractions to stay focused and motivated in the office.

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What does success mean to you ?

What is success and what does success really mean to you? It’s important to clarify your thoughts, goals and desires before you can achieve success! You can’t work towards something passionately when you aren’t sure what the end result will be.

Success means many different things to different people. Unfortunately, the tendency is to view monetary gain as success. However, financial wealth is only a small part of overall success.

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Ring in Spring with New Rejuvenation

Wintertime is a stunningly beautiful time of year. With snow-capped mountains and icicles forming on tree branches, there is just so much natural beauty to behold! However, with arctic temperatures and lack of warm sunshine, this can also be the least inspiring time of year. The harsh winter climate can take its toll on us physically and mentally.

During the colder months, do you tend to lose sight of your goals as you become absorbed by the dreariness and drabness of the air around you? If so, Spring is your opportunity to wake up and feel rejuvenated!

Springtime is the perfect season for placing renewed focus on your goals. As the dreariness starts to wear away and natural, warm beauty starts to peep through the clouds, your mission can be to gain inspiration from what’s around you and set out to pick up where you left off with a new outlook.

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Achieve Your Goals Through Visuals

There are beliefs that visuals can help a person understand a concept or even help a person remember things.  That is why schools are using visuals to help students understand a certain topic.  Even in the workplace, visuals are being used; such as mind-maps to replace normal note taking.

With this understand, you can also use visual reminders of your goals, dreams, and aspirations to help keep you focused on what’s important to you.

Throughout life’s daily crises, stresses, and distractions, visual reminders can help you remember the big picture. They can help you overcome challenges and move forward each day toward achieving the life you truly desire.

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Stop Sabotaging Your Success

Do you find yourself repeating behaviors that sabotage your success? Are you ready to put your limiting behavior to rest in favor of a better outlook and greater fulfillment?

You must know what is sabotaging your journey to success.  Being aware of these is an important step forward.  Thus, the first step to the success you crave is being able to recognize the limiting beliefs that stand in the way of your success. Once you do, you can banish those beliefs in favor of more empowering ones.

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Overcoming Challenges to Reach Your Goals

In my previous posts, we discussed about Setting New Year Goals and Resolutions, pitfalls to avoid while setting goals and making SMART goals.  The next objective would be to plan to achieve these goals that you set.

If the goal you’ve set is worthwhile, expect some resistance. Any significant goal in your life can only be reached by overcoming challenges along the way.  At each obstacle along the way, you can choose to either give up or press forward. You will succeed if you resolve to rise to the challenge, instead of sitting on the sidelines of life.

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Making SMART Goals

One of the best ways to guarantee goal-setting success is to ensure that each of your goals or New Year’s resolutions fits the SMART formula. SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. When your goals have these characteristics, you are much likelier to achieve them.

Setting short term, medium term, and long term goals for yourself is a key to success in your life. If there are things that you want to achieve or ways that you want to grow, setting goals as stepping stones is an important part of getting there. more »

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Make Your Dreams Come True

I believe you have heard of a saying, I quote “Vision without action is a Dream, Action without Vision is a Nightmare”.  Surely, you have big plans for your future. However, a plan is just a dream without action to get the ball rolling towards your desired result. It’s time to put your fears and indecisiveness aside and pursue the reality that you know you deserve! more »

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Moving Forward Into The New Year

If the last twelve months brought excess stress, strained relationships, calamity, or upheaval to your life, you may be thinking “Good riddance” as you end this tumultuous year. Rather than allowing the New Year to be a reminder of all the things that went wrong this past year, embrace it as a brand new opportunity to put the past behind you and move joyfully forward.

In order to close out one year and start another in a positive way, you must let go of any negative thoughts you’ve been harboring about the events of last year. Avoid thinking that nothing will change in the New Year, or that things will always be undesirable. A New Year is a clean slate. What happened is in the past and before you lies a new future.

The key is to set your mind on how things will be better this year. By focusing your mind on what you want, as opposed to what you don’t want, you’ll be able to see last year’s setbacks in a different light. Seeing a setback as a challenge that you can overcome, even if it takes some time, will allow you to continue moving forward, even when things aren’t going your way.

Even the happiest people have challenges. Just like you, at times they struggle and feel beat down. The difference is that they get back up again and focus on solutions rather than problems.

Focus on Letting Go of the Past

When you release what you’re struggling with from the closing year, you free yourself to move forward without its heavy trappings. Even if something hurt you or made you upset, and even if people were unfair to you or treated you wrongly, today can be a new day for you.

There are several ways to let go of past hurts. Experiment until you find what works for you. The good news is that if you keep trying different approaches, you’ll find something that helps you succeed in this endeavor.

Try the following for a new, fresh perspective and direction:

  • Visualize your hurts and worries as balloons, and release them to the sky.
  • Make a list of the upsetting events from the last year and set the list on fire.
  • If you’re religious, pray and ask for release from the pain or challenges you face.
  • Spend time in quiet reflection so you can find more peace in your life.
  • Take the time to consciously forgive others for what they did, even if it’s hard to do.
  • Be honest about any changes you could make to improve the quality of your life.

Move Forward Into the New Year

Once you’ve found the right way for you to let go of the last year, it’s time to get ready for the new one.

What do you want to do in the New Year? What are your goals, plans, and dreams? Write them down. Take a look at them. Have you left anything out? Have you added things that really belong to others and what they want for your life?

Adjust your list to reflect what matters the most to you. Prioritize it with your most important objectives at the top. Break down your list into manageable segments, with small steps that you can accomplish one by one, and then you can move forward with the confidence to achieve great success in the New Year.

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New Year’s Resolutions to Consider

It is end of the year again and it is a great time to set goals and resolutions for the upcoming year, to improve ourselves or for personal growth.  The goals you set can contribute greatly towards helping you live the live you desire.

Below are 4 types of New Year’s resolutions to help you determine what resolutions you want to set to ring in a happy and fruitful new year.  You should set whatever goals you want to achieve in the upcoming year.  Below is just a guide to help you along.

1.     Health improvements.

Health is one of the most important factor in life.  Health can being you happiness, energy, enthusiasm and vitality in everything you want to do.  Make sure you set specific targets and actions that will provide you the results you wanted.

For example, rather than stating that you want to lose 25 pounds next year, try to find achievable goals that will help you lose weight. Set resolutions such as enrolling in a yoga class, trying three new types of aerobics, or going for a walk each day after dinner.

Resolve to bring new experiences into your life. Set goals about new foods that you want to try, eating 3 more vegetable servings each day, or growing your own organic vegetables.

These goals are more fun to reach, but they’ll contribute to the same end result.

2.     Financial improvements.

This is another important resolution that many people make every year.  As discuss previously, the goals and resolutions should be specific targets and actions.

For example, a good resolution should be “save $10,000 in savings by saving 10% of my salary and put in extra 3 hours at work each week”.  This example indicates the goal which is to save $10,000 by the end of the year.  It also states what can be done to achieve the goal; that is by saving 10% of the salary as well as working harder.

Bear in mind that resolutions need to be realistic and achievable.  Try to avoid setting unrealistic and vague resolutions.

Or make a list of specific money-saving actions like the above that you’d like to incorporate into your daily life and add a new action to your routine each week. By the end of the year, you’ll be an automatic money-saving machine!

3.     Creative endeavors.

Creative goals can absolutely lead to personal enrichment and development. What interests you? Set resolutions to try new things, experience new places, challenge your comfort zone, and learn about yourself all at the same time.

To get you started, consider resolutions to try new crafts or creative projects, start writing in a journal, take up pottery, or a variety of other creative endeavors. Create a resolution to try a new recipe at least once a month. Or fashion a resolution to hand-make every Christmas gift you give, starting at the beginning of the year!

4.     Intellectual endeavors.

Intellectual New Year’s resolutions can also benefit you in many different ways. Elect to take a course or seminar on a topic interests you, such as photography, scrapbooking, auto repair, or entrepreneurship.

Challenge yourself to read ten non-fiction books about subjects that interest you, or resolve to participate in an intellectual challenge like NaNoWriMo, November’s “National Novel Writing Month.

New Year’s resolutions are a great way to find new ways to challenge yourself.

Above all else, choose New Year’s resolution goals that actually interest you and that are achievable for you. Resolve to do things that will be enjoyable, while also improving your life as a whole.

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