The Challenge: Having a negative attitude keeps us from being happy and impacts the people we interact with.
The Science: Science tells us that having a positive attitude has a direct connection with happiness and success.
The Solution: Make positivity a habit by making these small adjustments to your daily life and mindset!
Our life is a reflection of our attitude. Without even noticing it, it can be easy to become negative and cynical towards the world as we are continuously exposed to tragedy and injustice in the media and as we experience our own heartache and distress.
Not only is a negative attitude preventing you from fully enjoying your life, it can have a significant impact on your environment. The energy a person brings with them is contagious. One of the best things you can offer your family, organization or community is your positive attitude.
In the wise words of Michael Jackson, “If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change.” As creatures of habit, by making small adjustments to your daily life and mindset, positive habits can be formed to make yourself and everyone you interact with happier. Here is a list of 10 habits that can turn a gloomy outlook into an effortlessly optimistic attitude. Read more
By Kristin Wong
Goals are easy to set but hard to reach, and maintaining your motivation is everything (which is why focusing on a system is so much better than focusing on the goal itself). A recent study published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology sheds some light on what motivates us best.
Researchers looked at how subjects handled their goal-setting, depending on how far along they were in accomplishing the goal. Specifically, they looked at two different styles of motivation: promotion and prevention. Read more
Let’s face it: it’s not all that difficult to start a fitness routine. After all, most of us have done it more than once.
The trouble, of course, comes with sticking with it. All too often, our initial enthusiasm and energy wanes, we get distracted by other things going on in our lives, or we don’t think we’re seeing results quickly enough — and we throw in the towel. Read more
Many people have resolutions on the brain during this time of year. But it’s one thing to set goals — network more, learn to meditate, or get better at writing — and quite another to actually accomplish them. What are the right kinds of resolutions to make? How do you stay motivated? How do you turn your intentions into reality? Read more
A former Olympic athlete interviewed a group of gold medalists. He asked every athlete what he or she did when the pain came. As a gold medal winner himself, he knew you didn’t get a gold medal without pain. He wasn’t surprised to find that every athlete had a plan.
While your goals may not be Olympic-size, I guarantee that at some point pursuing your goals will get tough. Obstacles, resistance, and surprises are inevitable and unavoidable. You need a plan for the pain of hard goals. Here are three things you can do to keep you from giving up and going for the gold! Read more
By Blair Singer
I am a big believer that an attitude of gratitude goes a long way in helping you realize your hopes and dreams, and enjoy your life’s journey along the way. Gratitude helps you fully enjoy the experience of attaining that which you desire. By being grateful for that which you have, you pause to reflect on the happiness, joy, love, peace and other positive things that what you are grateful for bring to your life. This allows you to be present for your own happiness, instead of letting challenges and unimportant distractions steal your experience of these positive things away from you. Read more
As a business coach, I find that the start of the year is always a great time because clients are full of optimism and ready to set bold new goals or create inspiring visions for their futures.
And while I love to help them set these goals, it’s worth noting that University of Scranton research suggests that just 8 percent of people achieve their New Year’s goals. That is deflating.
The majority of people fail for the same reasons, and they repeat these same mistakes year after year. Read more
By Jenny Katz
It’s the first week of January, and some people have already given up on New Year’s resolutions they made just before midnight on the 31st. Setting goals, no matter how small, is an important part of living a fulfilled and productive life. Those who set goals are more successful, whether that’s earning a promotion or getting a six pack. However, there’s a lot more going on than just thinking and doing. Read more
Do these sound like promises you’ve made to yourself?
Once I get the promotion, I’ll feel like my career is on track.
After this busy period, I won’t have to work so much and can spend time doing things I enjoy.
When I make six-figures, I’ll be financially secure enough to move across the country/start a family/write a book.
In our goal-oriented society, setting an objective to work toward is often a powerful motivator that drives professional and personal progress. Read more
By Nic Ferguson
Being honest, my biggest challenge is self-discipline — or lack of! And it’s an area I grow more aware of and want to challenge daily.
The trouble is, I find it hard to do what I say I want to do! For example, my intention was to write from 5.30am this morning, and guess what, it’s just gone 6am.
This isn’t uncommon for me and it gets on my nerves. Or rather, I should say, I get on my nerves. Self-discipline has been the biggest obstacle in the pursuit of my goals. Read more