Do you ever wish you had more time to do everything? Have you had days that were busy but inefficient? Would you like to be highly productive, feel accomplished at the end of each day, with even time to spare?
The following are ten tips to help master your time, excerpted from my book (click on title): “The Seven Keys to Life Success”, and interspersed with thoughtful quotes, many of which from well-known, successful individuals who have (obviously) made good use of their time. Read more
Grit is the willingness to do whatever is needed to achieve long-term goals. Angela Duckworth at the University of Pennsylvania has been researching how grit correlates with activities like reaching the final rounds of the U.S. National Spelling Bee, or surviving the grueling first summer of training at West Point. She has found that being gritty is a better predictor of success than high IQ or SAT scores.
So, how do we become grittier? Is it even possible? Yes, it’s possible. How do I know this? I don’t, but I’m putting my money on the two techniques that I have used in my grittiest moments: outsourcing the decision to get started, and crafting an epic narrative. Read more
Confidence and sense of self are based on accomplishments, and are built on a foundation of good habits. As Maya Angelou said, “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do and and liking how you do it.” You like who you are by knowing who you are, living by your values and practicing habits that help fulfill your potential, and make you a better family member and friend. But how do you get to that place? By building good habits, and having the discipline to practice them every day.
Here are eight habits that will help improve your life: Read more
Stuck Moment: After a few weeks of gung-ho enthusiasm, we’re tempted to slip back into old habits and give up our resolutions.
You have to admire the enthusiasm that washes over us every January. It’s like we’re scrubbed shiny-clean with aspiration to make our lives better. Plus, we know we’re not the only ones trying to shed holiday pounds or master Twitter or finally launch a new business — giving us a nice boost from the camaraderie department.
Sometimes fresh zeal and plenty of company are enough to reach the finish line. But, not usually. This is a big “but,” because when we fall short, it’s easy to blame our willpower or circumstance, and be done with it. “Okay,” we say. “I’m too tired at night to cook, so it’s another year of ordering takeout. I can afford it. Sort of.” Sigh.
Not okay, because we haven’t given ourselves a decent run at it. Achieving a goal is not simply a matter of grin-and-bear-it endurance. Actually, it’s the opposite of that. Read more
Feeling good about yourself makes you more attractive to others. And as you love yourself, your life becomes less burdensome and relationships become easier and more spontaneous. You don’t spend your time second-guessing what others are thinking about you or where you stand in your various relationships. When you have an internal sturdiness deep within your core, you’re able to adapt easily to the inevitable ups and downs that come with relationships.
Here are five ways you can feel better about yourself—and make yourself more attractive to others: 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