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Have a Fabulous Workday: 10 Tricks

Have a Fabulous Workday: 10 Tricks
Want to have the best workday ever? Day after day? It's not as difficult as you think. These 10 tweaks to your everyday behavior will virtually guarantee you a day that's not just enjoyable but allows you to get more done than you ever thought possible. 1. It's easier to achieve and maintain a positive attitude if you have a "library" of positive thoughts in your head, so you can draw upon them if the day doesn't go exactly as you'd prefer. 2. Always remember that there's a deeper reason why you go to work and why you chose your current role. 3. Most people waste their commute time listening to the news or (worse, especially if they're driving) making calls, texting, or answering emails. 4. It's likely, if you followed the first three steps, that you'll already be smiling. It doesn't matter if it feels fake: Research has shown that even the most forced of smiles genuinely reduces stress and makes you happier. 5. 6. 7. 8. Long hours are simply a bad idea. 9. 10. But What About ... Related:  productivity

» 25 Killer Actions to Boost Your Self-Confidence Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit. – E.E. Cummings By Leo Babauta One of the things that held me back from pursuing my dreams for many years was fear of failure … and the lack of self-confidence that I needed to overcome that fear. It’s something we all face, to some degree, I think. The key question: how do you overcome that fear? By working on your self-confidence and self-esteem. I still have those fears, undoubtedly. This post was inspired by reader Nick from Finland, who asked for an article about self-worth and self-confidence: Many of the things you propose make people feel better about themselves and actually help building self-confidence. Truer words have never been spoken. As an aside, I know that some people make a strong distinction between self-esteem and self-confidence. You can do this by taking control of your life, and taking control of your self-confidence. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Hate Networking? 3 Ways to Get Over It Here's how to make networking work for you--and your business. Getty 648 in Share Connect with Evernote: Please Login to Connect Your Account with Evernote Networking is at the top of the list of things that make me the most uncomfortable. Most people who know me are surprised to learn this, because I am a consummate extrovert, but, in truth, I find it daunting to talk to people I have never met, and I hate pretending to be interested in people who are clearly networking to social climb. Consider these three ideas to take the discomfort out of networking and use it to create real value for your business: Listening is the best way to start a conversation. Most people think about networking from the perspective of what they are going to say. Honesty begets honesty. Networking tends to bring out the braggarts, the people for whom everything is going just great: stellar sales, smooth cash flow, and growth potential to last a lifetime. Everyone has something interesting to impart.

Building Great Teams (If you missed it, here’s post #1) The Single Most Sabotaging Force of Team Perfor mance When a duck falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to fly alone. Left out of formation for too long it will eventually tire out and drop out completely. We see this happen on sports teams when one player tries to showboat and carry the game. You saw Mark Cuban on our November cover of SUCCESS. Meanwhile the Dallas Mavericks, while they obviously had good players, didn’t have nearly the individual superstar/celebrity talent the Heat had. While the Miami Heat had more ‘eagles,’ let’s say, the Dallas Mavericks played as a unified flock, or team, and beat the Heat decisively. I have shared the keynote presentation I did for the EXPERTS Industry Association. Think about it.

How to Learn Like a Genius By Win Wenger, Ph.D. Source: Project Renaissance All of you reading this: You have brains enough to run a galaxy. What are you doing with them? One of the most frequently used paths to genius: find a knack that works for you. How to Learn Through a Periscope We had enrolled our 4-year-old daughter in a neighborhood swim team, not for the sake of competing but simply for safety reasons, to ensure she would be competent in the water. In the play Camelot, Merlin was working with Arthur, the young to-be king of England, at a point where Arthur was imagining himself to be a hawk. Like projecting your view through a periscope: let some aspect or part of you "become" a whole, distinct person who happens to be the world's greatest genius in what you are trying to learn. Your "quick-hit" suggestion for this frame ... Imagine Being a Genius Hold onto the feeling of that particular genius while you are working at whatever you are seeking to learn. Understanding is the key here. By Win Wenger.

Quotes | Top "Those who give, receive. Those who take, are taken from. When you give something to someone, you also give it to yourself. What you're expressing to others you're also expressing towards yourself. The words you use about yourself creates the image you have of yourself. (click to see entire quote) "Those who give, receive. Schools don't teach this. some thoughts... Build Trust: 6 Foolproof Steps to Train Employees Want to trust your employees to do the job right? Train them like you would teach them to drive. shutterstock images 56 in Share Connect with Evernote: Please Login to Connect Your Account with Evernote Building trust in an employee is very much like teaching someone to drive. So how do you create that trust with an employee? 1. When a new employee joins our team, he spends a significant amount of time learning our products. 2. Just because an employee has been successful on the written road test does not mean he is ready to drive. 3. Driving is difficult at first because it requires the use of many skills at once. 4. You will never know if someone can actually drive until you let him do it. 5. At this point, the employee trusts that he knows enough about our product, procedure, and mission to be able to drive without a problem from point A to point B. 6. Once the new rep is out on the road, I fully expect he may have some minor fender benders along the way.

Strive For Work-Life Integration, Not Balance Late one night I pulled out of the parking garage at the small airport near my home. There were no cars behind me as I handed my ticket over to the lady in the booth, so I asked if she ever felt trapped in the tiny enclosure. “Never,” she answered. “I’m a writer, and it’s only busy here when a flight comes in. This stuck with me for a couple reasons. Our goal is to help managers and leaders stop trying to balance the mythical scales so that work and family demands and rewards are exactly even. A snapshot of this concept could be applied to the lady in the ticket booth, whom I later learned is named Kate. Understanding Your Behavior Research shows that a critical aspect of integrating work/life facets is the degree to which you manage family interrupting work or work interrupting family. Maybe you are more of a Separator and you tend to keep these tasks separated into defined blocks of time. Consider Kate’s situation. Discovering Your Identity Taking Back Control

The Top 10 Things Successful People Do To Reach Their Dreams Our bookshelves are lined with habits that successful people do on a daily basis. We read about them and implement them into our routines and practices. Quite often these practices improve our productivity and make our lives better as a result. But that’s not what this article is about. It’s not about what successful people do, but what they did. Here’s a brief study of 10 things that these hungry and unstoppable people did to see the success they all eventually achieved. The 10 Things Successful People Live By Before They Make It 1. We all have two voices. We also have the voice that tells us to take a break, to think about what’s on TV, or to visit a site that we like to visit that entertains us – whether it’s or facebook. In life we’re the victim of injustice from time to time. Nelson Mandela could have used his unjust imprisonment as an excuse to give into his anger. Listen to your excuses. 2. Yes we can make money when we have the primary goal of making money. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.