Monday, October 31, 2011

Message of the week

Sharing Tips for Success With Your Employees


By Rachael A Marifosque

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6572181


A caring employer will always ensure that his staff members are well-compensated and motivated to be the best they can be. Happy employees equal quality output. Go the extra mile by sharing tips for success with your staff so they can continue to improve and set higher goals for themselves. Here are ways you can coach them:

• Set up a Team-Building Day for them. Choose a day, preferably a Friday, when everyone's workload allows them to take the day off and get together for a fun and educational company experience. The weekend after the activity will also allow them to rest and reflect on what they learned on that day.

• Incorporate activities into that day which will allow everyone to honestly assess themselves as individuals and as a team. Ask them if they have any personal or professional goals they would like to achieve.

• Present a slideshow of famous and wealthy achievers quoting their tips for success. Encourage your staff to give their opinions on those personalities and which of those tips are applicable to them.

• Share your own story to add a personal touch to the presentation - like how you started your business, how you worked your way up, and the challenges you encountered. Hearing their own boss relate to everyday struggles and succeed in the end will inspire them to want to develop the same work ethic and values you have. And that's exactly what you would want to instill in them.

• Include suggestions on how to deal with stumbling blocks when giving out tips for success. Some people have the notion that hard work alone will guarantee a smooth journey. On the contrary, the road to success is paved with challenges. Let them know that you did not get to where you are now by simply breezing through life. Give examples of what you did to solve your biggest challenges. This will show them that while these challenges seemed insurmountable, this did not stop you from persevering.

• Teach them the SWOT analysis. SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. This strategic planning method will help them assess their goals and the ways they can attain them, including what to expect as they work towards them. There are templates available online which you can print out and hand out to your employees.

• Ask them to note down their SWOTs as honestly as they can, and read them aloud during the sharing session when others can give their opinions and advice applicable to the peer's goals. It will be a great opportunity to hear more tips for success from people who may have excellent ideas. Who knows, the next brilliant innovator might be among your own staff!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Your Marketing Approach


By Yura Bryant

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6642329


You say your products and services are vast superior to your competitors. You say you are the answer to the problems within your marketplace. You say you should be receiving a flood of business but this is not the case. You seem to be stuck in a frustrating state of both confidence and doubtfulness. As an entrepreneur myself, trust that I share your same sentiments and pain. What needs to be examined thoroughly is your approach towards the marketplace and how effective or ineffective the nature of your marketing approach is.

Marketing has become both very inexpensive and complex. With the huge advancements in technology and the vast amount of resources that make marketing affordable to all budgets, effectiveness becomes a crucial issue. As social networking sites have become increasingly popular due to the ease of garnering attention amazingly fast, many people still find themselves disconnected from their selected target market. Whether it be due to a lack of knowledge about their target market, a lack of focus and detail towards their marketing plan, or a lack of balance and effectiveness within their marketing platforms; many entrepreneurs seem to stumble in their marketing approach.

I have compiled a list of 5 initiatives I believe can help better structure your marketing plan and produce an effective marketing approach.

1) Know Your Target Market

The glaring mistake many entrepreneurs seem to make when designing their marketing plan and approach is not defining who their selected market of focus is. This is a definite NO; marketing requires thorough planning and a knowledgeable understanding of your marketplace. This means marketing in a broad range hoping to attract anyone's attention is not a favorable approach.

Analyze your marketplace and locate areas that are lacking the proper efficiency and attention towards the consumer. This will begin to shape your designated target within the marketplace and provides an insight into how to garner the wanted attention towards your business. When you do know your target market and have identified their needs, develop their desired products and services that will enable interaction. Remember though, human behavior and interaction is very complex and confusing so never be content with current findings and insights. Always perform continual research in order to stay relevant with your target market and in order to stay in pace or ahead of your competition.

2) Engage Your Audience

It is not enough to be well-educated about your target market; they need to be educated about you and your business. In today's current times you have numerous resources at hand to engage your audience. From traditional methods such as radio to the growing strength of online tactics, your marketing tools are numerous. The key is to develop the most effective manner of attracting your target market. People seek out information in different ways so place your marketing initiatives in various platforms that help to attract the differences in information attainment preferences.

When engaging with your audience, you want to create a community atmosphere that helps create anticipation for your next move. A perfect example would be Apple with the strong cultural following they have developed. Their design of products tailored to the wants of their consumers, mixed with excellent customer service and great marketing has driven their phenomenal growth and appeal. What to take away from a company such as Apple is that marketing is made up of different sections and each section must work efficiently in order to create huge success. Also shown from Apple is marketing is about the effectiveness of your engagement with the marketplace and creating the atmosphere of what next excellent products and services to be expected from your business. So keep in mind that engagement is a never-ending process and every chance for interaction should be used to educate and inform your target market about your capabilities.

3) Balance Your Platforms

You have numerous platforms at hand to place your marketing initiatives within; the question is which platforms to choose. Many entrepreneurs stretch themselves beyond their limit by trying to interact in every capacity of communication available, wrong idea. You are doing nothing great but greatly harming your effectiveness by diluting your presence. Being all over the place requires too much time and energy that is likely being extracted from time needed to work. From the study of your target market you should be aware of the forms of communication that attracts their attention. Have your marketing initiatives segmented into 3-5 sections that will help to carve out your presence within your marketplace. Ex: social media, community events, blogging, networking.

Try to operate in different segments while balancing your time wisely in order to administer effective engagement. Make your presence known and strong by being effective in each chosen area with precision in your communication and your appearance. Assure your target market that your products and services are exceptional, which will require great persistence in order to break through the uncertainty. This is where the balancing of your marketing efforts creates value. By having a plan in place designed with "controlled" initiatives, you allow yourself the flexibility to oversee the effectiveness of your different approaches within each given area.

4) Play to Your Strengths

Which segment of your marketing approach is working best for you in gaining recognition? Whichever initiatives are creating the best value and feedback for you should receive a greater percentage of your allocated time. By playing to your strengths you help to create more beneficial interaction with your more engaging audience. By keeping this stronger marketing segment content and engaged you increase your possibility of greater expansion within the marketplace. People tend to share content and information they find appealing and word of mouth is a golden marketing tool. Remember never to become complacent when you find success, just as your muscles require exercise to develop, your marketing will require some redesigning to remain effective.

Do not abandon or overlook your weaker marketing segments. Try to find out what is causing the lack of interaction and fine-tune your initial presentation. Presentation is vital in the marketing process, so your current presentation may be weak or unappealing. You do not necessarily have to be equally strong in each of your marketing segments but make the commitment to not put a half-hearted effort in any of your initiatives which drop the quality of your appearance.

5) Live by Your Message

A fake message can only last for so long. Be authentic and true to what you say and live by what you preach. Make sure all your platforms convey the same message and speak directly about your capabilities that differentiate you from your competitors. It is imperative that what you deliver through marketing can be traced back to how you operate in your business operations. If you preach efficiency, operate within it; whatever you proclaim be sure it is feasible and attainable. In business reputation is everything so do not make the dire mistake of being branded as deceptive and unreliable.

Marketing requires engaging the marketplace through informative sometimes bold initiatives. Be sure you communicate effectively and not erratically. Stay true to your designated purpose and do not venture off your path widely just to be more "attractive". While it is necessary to make beneficial changes do not confuse your target market with mixed messages. You will attract the desired attention to yourself by being authentic and creating value through excellent products and services.

Marketing is a very important tool for every business but for an entrepreneur it is vital. Differentiate yourself from the competition with a well planned marketing approach that attracts the attention of your target market. Excellent products and services create more value towards your marketing efforts so do not neglect work when seeking out customers. Engage your target market with beneficial information and interaction and your marketing initiatives will see positive gains.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

FOCUS - An Evolution of Success


By Taiwo Oluseye Owolabi

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6066319


The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them. Always, life remains the same but the living the difference; it is not were you live, but how you live it.

Living through each day isn't just enough if we aren't making a good living out of each day that passes us by. We've all been giving 365days in a year to make a living, but only few have truly been able to make that true living. It isn't acquiring all the success in the world but living comfortably. Those who have been deprived of wealth or being able to live comfortably in life haven't wished for it that way neither was it God's will for their lives. It has always being God's will to create men of success but not all men have truly been able to live in the reality of his will.

The successful and the unsuccessful men both dreamt of what they shall someday become but only those successful were able to follow through. The "WHY" isn't because they were better off but because not all men focus on their intended course. We live in a world today filled with distractions, struggles and overwhelming odds, and being able to follow through with our aims in life, we need focus.

Focus is what a man needs to visualize and to attain his goals, thus, making the best of any situation in life.

WHAT IS FOCUS?

The dictionary has defined focus as a centre of interest or activity and also the concentration of attention. The activity at which ones concentration flows together with the attention, the mind, the thoughts and the whole being of oneself onto a particular course demonstrates FOCUS. It is giving up other things to see the goal of one task being achieved.

Men who have defining goals and great ideas been set and planned for success, but failed to work-out is an impression of absence of focus. Success planned in the absence of focus leads to waste of time and energy. Also, when planning a goal or planning for success, it is very significant to couple ones motive and objectives together with a reasonable amount of focus, thus, allowing the possible positive outcomes.

There are several others who had aims and focus, but still, failed along line and others at the verge of its accomplishments. The reason why a man who had focus on working towards his goals failed is because he could not maintain persistent concentration. Focus is much more than concentration of attention, it is maintaining persistent concentration over-time.

Do you have a desired place to get to, or becoming what you intend? Perhaps, as an entrepreneur; you are thinking of setting the new business pace on a peak? Or wanting to become a high flying student, but having doubts if things are actually going to work out? Of course it will, if you have a good proportion of determination and focus in yourself. Remember, everything invented today was once declared impossible.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

MAY THIS DIWALI BRING JOY, HAPPINESS AND PROSPERITY TO YOUR LIFE - STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART!!!! - MOHNISH NAIR & MAPLE DREAMS

Employee Responsibility


Employee Responsibility
By Madan Pandia
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Madan_Pandia



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Responsibility of Employee to the Organization

The new and existing employees that are hired in an organization have a certain responsibility towards the organization, society, and the nation, at large. Therefore, it is important to induct the 'right' employees in the organization. The traits that these employees personify include teamwork, integrity, commitment, and work ethic.

Roles & Responsibilities for Employees

1. Do Early Homework: Every employee is responsible for understanding the work allotted and determining if it is appropriate for him. He/she should make sure whether he/she has mastered the skills required to perform the task completely. If he/she is not sure about how to handle the work allotted to them they should talk with their superiors and get suggestions and directions in fulfilling the work allotted to him/her. This will help the employee in building good relations with not only their superiors also with their colleagues.

2. Plan with the Manager: Having a proper work schedule or time table for the work allotted to the employee helps the employee in Time Management and reaching the deadlines in time Also, when a new work is allotted

3. Use Available Resources and take responsibility: The employees should have sense of responsibility towards the resources of the Organization. As a part of the Organization every employee is equally responsible for the long life of the existing resources, for which smooth usage and suggestions for usage is required, which in case is not provided should be requested for.

4. Participation: Active listening and participation in teams will ensure that all employees become good team players and work with unity towards common goals of the Organization. Whenever a new work is being allotted all the Employees should be eager enough to take the initiative rather than trying to avoid newer tasks. This will facilitate in employees learning new skills and reaching the Organizational goals with much effectiveness.

5. Be Punctual And Regular: The Prime responsibilities of every employee must be Punctuality and Regularity. You can be better organized by being punctual and regular. Unwanted and unexpected work delays can be dealt effectively

6. Cleanliness is Next To Godliness: One should maintain the cleanliness of their desk, and also premises of the Organization. If you and your premises are clean you will find it more encouraging to work and also it is convenient to work for other employees.

7. Washroom: Please use the washrooms bearing in mind that you are not the only person who is using it. See to it you don't spill the water across the wash basin when you are using it same with the premises of wash room. Health and Hygiene of you and others should be your prime concern.
8. Cost effectiveness: The employees should develop the habit of cost saving work style and put stress on waste control methods with maximum output.

9. Creative thinking and suggestion: The employee should always think upon the improvement of work efficiency and organizational development.

Please be organized,disciplined and contribute to the growth of the Organization. Everyone grows with the Organization. So, Organizational Growth is the Growth of individual and nation.

M.L. Pandia - MA, LLB, PGDPM

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Message of the week

Exciting and Inspirational Goal Setting


By Lisa C Phillips

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6428415


Ready? Pick up a pen and make yourself comfortable.

Step 1 - Choose an area of your life that you would like to set a goal in. This could be anything from relationships, health, family, friendships, finances etc. Now write down what you are NOT happy with when it comes to this area of your life.

Health Example: Overweight, lack of motivation to exercise, clothes too tight, insufficient time / energy to exercise, eating too much junk food, eating between meals, find it difficult to stick to your weight loss program.

Emotional Example - Worry what people think. Feel guilty. Lack of confidence. Just don't feel happy with life.

Financial Example - In debt, lack of savings, waste too much money, don't earn enough money.

Step 2 - Write down how you REALLY would like things to be! Don't hold back - Go for your perfect outcome!

Health Example: Lose 10kg easily, feel motivated to exercise, find it easy to eat healthy meals, feeling great inside and out, look and feel fabulous and sexy.

Emotional Example: Feel confident, speak up for myself, happy in who I am, love and accept myself. Loving Life!

Financial Example: Save $100 per week, stick to my budget, pay rise of $$$ per month

Step 3: Set a realistic date for when you want to achieve your goal.

Step 4: Write a goal using positive language and make it exciting! Try to be as specific as you can. E.g. Include target weight and desired weight loss amount / amount you want to save etc.

Health Goal Example: It is June 1st 2010 and I am so happy now that I have achieved my target goal weight of 75kg. I found really easy to lose 10kg and I love the way I now look and feel. I have plenty of energy and time in my day to exercise and enjoy working out at least 3 times a week for a minimum of 40 minutes. I feel so confident and I love looking at myself in the mirror admiring my new body shape. I find it so easy to both cook and eat healthy meals. I look and feel fantastic!

Emotional Goal example: It is July 23rd and I feel so happy and light. My self esteem is growing every day and I feel very confident in all situations. I am assertive and honour my emotions. I love and accept myself and always take time to nurture and take care of myself. I never beat myself up but always speak kindly and lovingly to myself and others. I look forward to what every day brings.

Financial Goal: It is Nov 2010 and I find it easy to save over $100 per week. My salary is 150k per year and I love what I do. I have cleared all of my debt easily and feel so free and liberated. I love sticking to my budget and enjoy watching my savings grow. I give and receive money easily and my money works hard for me.

Step 4 - Visualise!

When you have written your goal, take time to visualise. Sit quietly and imagine how your life is now that you have achieved your goal. How do you look and feel? See yourself with a big happy smile on your face!

Step 5 - Read your goal every day
Try laminating your goal and placing it in the shower where you can read it at least once a day. The more you read it, the more you will achieve it.

Step 6 - Use positive thoughts.

Try repeating the following statements first thing in the morning or while you are working out. Repeated positive statement will help dispel any negative thoughts you have about yourself and will support the achievement of your goals.

• I deserve to achieve my goal and I accept it now

• I find it easy to exercise three times a week

• I am my perfect weight

• I can do it!

• I am relaxed and stress free

• My self esteem is growing every day

• I am debt free

• I save money easily

• I love and approve of myself

Remember too that your goals will change as time goes on so make sure you adjust them on a regular basis.

Step 7 - TAKE ACTION!!!! Look at your goal and work out what steps you can take to achieve you goal. Set yourself mini targets of things you can achieve each week.

Health Example - Get gym membership, plan meals, only have healthy foods in house, Join fitness club / weight watchers, leave work early and exercise.

Emotional Example - Practise affirmations, do a course, read a self esteem book, meditate, do exercise, do one nice thing for self every day

Financial Example - Set up a savings account and direct debit, set self a budget, update resume, speak to manager about what you can do to obtain pay rise.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Five Secrets to Unlimited Motivation


By Joseph W Scott

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6637632


5 secrets for unlimited Motivation

In life we need energy to live, to exist and to do things with our life and with others. Yet sometimes we can miss life through talking ourselves out of it. Just like this:

• I just can't be bothered
• It's just too much effort, I'm tired
• It's not worth it, who cares
• Sure, one of these days...
• Yes, I know that I should, but...

Sound familiar? If this is you, and you are saying this to yourself and or to others, you are lacking one of the key ingredients in the recipe of life, MOTIVATION:
MOTIVATION; the psychological feature that arouses an individual to action toward a wanted goal; the reason for the action

So, we can define motivation but does that help? Usually not enough! What is this thing called 'motivation'? Where do you find it? How can we get motivated?

The first secret to share here is Secret No.1 'motivation is not a thing' it is not a noun. You will never trip over motivation that someone has left in the bathroom, nor will you find a chunk of it in the fridge! Has anyone ever bought a kilo of motivation from the shop? I think not!

If that is the case, then what is motivation, how can we be motivated and more importantly how can we motivate ourselves? Would you like unlimited motivation, does this interest you? If so, read on because that is the design of this article.

Motivation is a set of thinking strategies or processes that we run for ourselves... Did you notice what you just read? '...That we run ourselves! What does this mean? It means that we are responsible for how motivated or not we are! It means there is no point looking to another to provide motivation for us; in fact it is impossible for another person to motivate us, only we can decide what is or is not motivational to us. So Secret No.2 to motivation is 'we are responsible for the amount of motivation we have'. Can you start to sense the power you have over yourself when you take responsibility for you?

What is it that drives us to feel motivated? What drives motivation? Further, how does motivation drive us toward what we want, need or believe? What is this fuel? The answer brings us to secret No. 3, 'emotions are the fuel of motivation' and ultimately are what drive us! Let us take a look at how emotions 'drive or move us to action, the best place to start may be with the word 'emotion'.

E-motion, as we look more closely at this word we can see its structure.

'E-nergy in motion';(e motion). Our emotions are our energy. Typically we can put emotions' into three distinctive categories:
• Positive
• Neutral
• Negative

As we can define our emotions into these three simple types, then what does that also say about our energy? Well, we can make the same distinctions for our types of energy; positive, neutral and negative energy. This leads us to Secret No.4 'People are motivated and can motivate themselves using these 3 different types of energy' so can you!

The affect of positive emotion often gives us the energy to move toward what we want or need, we somehow feel pulled or drawn (motivated). As we experience neutral emotions we can 'take it or leave it' and with negative emotions we experience discomfort, a form of pain and we (are motivated) try to get or move away from the cause of such. We can represent this with a diagram:

The Axis of Motivation

Whether we move away from the pain and consequences or toward the good feelings or outcomes in our life, both create energy that we put into motion to do something. This is motivation. Now what this gives us is a strategy for developing unlimited motivation for anything we want to do or have in life.

Typically, human beings have a preference to which end of the motivational axis they motivate or get motivated by. We can ask ourselves some questions to identify our own preference for getting motivated. Ask yourself the following questions and notice if you are motivated toward what you want or away from what you don't want:

I get out of bed in the morning;
1. Because I have to (away from)
2. Because I want to start the day (toward)

I take my medicine regularly;
1. Because I want to be well and live life as fully as I can (toward)
2. Because if I don't I will become ill or possibly die (away from)

When asked I will go out and socialise with others;
1. Because I like to meet and be with other people (toward)
2. Because it is rude not too and I don't want to upset anyone (away from)

I keep my home tidy;
1. Because I like it like that (toward)
2. Because I get moaned at if I don't, or someone unexpected may come round (away from)

I understand that regular exercise is healthy for you;
1. And I exercise because I want to get the health benefits from it (toward)
2. And I exercise because if I don't my health may get worse (away from)

I do things;
1. Because I can
2. Because I have to

How many 'towards' or 'away from' did you identify with? Most people will find themselves using motivation at just one end of the axis, either mainly toward or mainly away from.

Now that you have this understanding on how YOU are typically motivated, we can move to Secret No.5.

This secret is the one that brings all the other secrets together and will show you how to get unlimited amounts of motivation for the rest of your life! Secret No.5 says 'Combine both away from and toward energies at the same time and you will create a personal motivation that propels you into action'! By becoming aware of the other energy available to you, at the other end of the motivation axis you can ramp up the emotional motivation to get you to take action, to feel motivated and finally in control of you!

Either now or later, take 5 minutes to take yourself through the unlimited motivation pattern below. These x simple questions can be applied to anything that you need more motivation for, any time, anywhere. After you have used this pattern a couple of times you will be motivating yourself and possibly other like an expert!

The Unlimited Amounts of Motivation Pattern


1. Identify something in your life you want to have or be more motivated about (This can be anything, getting out more, going to the gym, or doing the housework, anything...)
2. Once you have identified something, write it down so you don't forget what you are working on
3. Notice your current motivation style associated with this activity, are you motivated away from or toward? If you are away from read and ask yourself part A, if you are toward, read and ask yourself part B

Part A, You are moving away from the pain or consequences, but you can put up with it for awhile. First notice how real the discomfort is, what else could be a problem or even more painful if you don't take action on this.

To add even more energy to your motivation notice what you will get that is good or pleasurable once you have taken the action or started the activity. Notice how good it feels and how good it will feel when you have completed this activity... So as you experience all of this about that activity, notice just how much energy you have for taking the step to be doing it... Go do it then!

Part B, You are moving toward the activity, but it doesn't pull on you enough to take any action. First notice just what attracts or pulls you toward it in the first place, that's right, now as you think about that, ask yourself, what is important to me about this...

What does the importance of this mean to you, how do you feel about it now, knowing this? Just imagine what it would mean if you never did this, you would never realise this meaning and its importance. It could be the start of procrastinating on other important and meaningful things in life, you wouldn't want that to be true would you? Be with this awareness, notice the heightened pleasure and possible pain if you don't act on this as soon as you can... Just now, notice HOW much energy and motivation you know have for this... Get on with it then!

Five Secrets to Unlimited Motivation


By Joseph W Scott

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6637632


5 secrets for unlimited Motivation

In life we need energy to live, to exist and to do things with our life and with others. Yet sometimes we can miss life through talking ourselves out of it. Just like this:

• I just can't be bothered
• It's just too much effort, I'm tired
• It's not worth it, who cares
• Sure, one of these days...
• Yes, I know that I should, but...

Sound familiar? If this is you, and you are saying this to yourself and or to others, you are lacking one of the key ingredients in the recipe of life, MOTIVATION:
MOTIVATION; the psychological feature that arouses an individual to action toward a wanted goal; the reason for the action

So, we can define motivation but does that help? Usually not enough! What is this thing called 'motivation'? Where do you find it? How can we get motivated?

The first secret to share here is Secret No.1 'motivation is not a thing' it is not a noun. You will never trip over motivation that someone has left in the bathroom, nor will you find a chunk of it in the fridge! Has anyone ever bought a kilo of motivation from the shop? I think not!

If that is the case, then what is motivation, how can we be motivated and more importantly how can we motivate ourselves? Would you like unlimited motivation, does this interest you? If so, read on because that is the design of this article.

Motivation is a set of thinking strategies or processes that we run for ourselves... Did you notice what you just read? '...That we run ourselves! What does this mean? It means that we are responsible for how motivated or not we are! It means there is no point looking to another to provide motivation for us; in fact it is impossible for another person to motivate us, only we can decide what is or is not motivational to us. So Secret No.2 to motivation is 'we are responsible for the amount of motivation we have'. Can you start to sense the power you have over yourself when you take responsibility for you?

What is it that drives us to feel motivated? What drives motivation? Further, how does motivation drive us toward what we want, need or believe? What is this fuel? The answer brings us to secret No. 3, 'emotions are the fuel of motivation' and ultimately are what drive us! Let us take a look at how emotions 'drive or move us to action, the best place to start may be with the word 'emotion'.

E-motion, as we look more closely at this word we can see its structure.

'E-nergy in motion';(e motion). Our emotions are our energy. Typically we can put emotions' into three distinctive categories:
• Positive
• Neutral
• Negative

As we can define our emotions into these three simple types, then what does that also say about our energy? Well, we can make the same distinctions for our types of energy; positive, neutral and negative energy. This leads us to Secret No.4 'People are motivated and can motivate themselves using these 3 different types of energy' so can you!

The affect of positive emotion often gives us the energy to move toward what we want or need, we somehow feel pulled or drawn (motivated). As we experience neutral emotions we can 'take it or leave it' and with negative emotions we experience discomfort, a form of pain and we (are motivated) try to get or move away from the cause of such. We can represent this with a diagram:

The Axis of Motivation

Whether we move away from the pain and consequences or toward the good feelings or outcomes in our life, both create energy that we put into motion to do something. This is motivation. Now what this gives us is a strategy for developing unlimited motivation for anything we want to do or have in life.

Typically, human beings have a preference to which end of the motivational axis they motivate or get motivated by. We can ask ourselves some questions to identify our own preference for getting motivated. Ask yourself the following questions and notice if you are motivated toward what you want or away from what you don't want:

I get out of bed in the morning;
1. Because I have to (away from)
2. Because I want to start the day (toward)

I take my medicine regularly;
1. Because I want to be well and live life as fully as I can (toward)
2. Because if I don't I will become ill or possibly die (away from)

When asked I will go out and socialise with others;
1. Because I like to meet and be with other people (toward)
2. Because it is rude not too and I don't want to upset anyone (away from)

I keep my home tidy;
1. Because I like it like that (toward)
2. Because I get moaned at if I don't, or someone unexpected may come round (away from)

I understand that regular exercise is healthy for you;
1. And I exercise because I want to get the health benefits from it (toward)
2. And I exercise because if I don't my health may get worse (away from)

I do things;
1. Because I can
2. Because I have to

How many 'towards' or 'away from' did you identify with? Most people will find themselves using motivation at just one end of the axis, either mainly toward or mainly away from.

Now that you have this understanding on how YOU are typically motivated, we can move to Secret No.5.

This secret is the one that brings all the other secrets together and will show you how to get unlimited amounts of motivation for the rest of your life! Secret No.5 says 'Combine both away from and toward energies at the same time and you will create a personal motivation that propels you into action'! By becoming aware of the other energy available to you, at the other end of the motivation axis you can ramp up the emotional motivation to get you to take action, to feel motivated and finally in control of you!

Either now or later, take 5 minutes to take yourself through the unlimited motivation pattern below. These x simple questions can be applied to anything that you need more motivation for, any time, anywhere. After you have used this pattern a couple of times you will be motivating yourself and possibly other like an expert!

The Unlimited Amounts of Motivation Pattern

1. Identify something in your life you want to have or be more motivated about (This can be anything, getting out more, going to the gym, or doing the housework, anything...)
2. Once you have identified something, write it down so you don't forget what you are working on
3. Notice your current motivation style associated with this activity, are you motivated away from or toward? If you are away from read and ask yourself part A, if you are toward, read and ask yourself part B

Part A, You are moving away from the pain or consequences, but you can put up with it for awhile. First notice how real the discomfort is, what else could be a problem or even more painful if you don't take action on this.

To add even more energy to your motivation notice what you will get that is good or pleasurable once you have taken the action or started the activity. Notice how good it feels and how good it will feel when you have completed this activity... So as you experience all of this about that activity, notice just how much energy you have for taking the step to be doing it... Go do it then!

Part B, You are moving toward the activity, but it doesn't pull on you enough to take any action. First notice just what attracts or pulls you toward it in the first place, that's right, now as you think about that, ask yourself, what is important to me about this...

What does the importance of this mean to you, how do you feel about it now, knowing this? Just imagine what it would mean if you never did this, you would never realise this meaning and its importance. It could be the start of procrastinating on other important and meaningful things in life, you wouldn't want that to be true would you? Be with this awareness, notice the heightened pleasure and possible pain if you don't act on this as soon as you can... Just now, notice HOW much energy and motivation you know have for this... Get on with it then!

Congratulate yourself on doing or starting the activity, notice how well you can motivate you to take the actions that are important to you. Notice the sense of independence and pride you have for yourself as you read this and start to take the first steps to becoming expert at developing your own motivation, imagine the possibilities you now have for your life...now.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Be A Problem Solver


By Amy Rick

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6504980


Unbelievable, but true. The secret to success is being a problem solver. That is at the heart of business. The more problems you solve, the more service you provide, the higher the income you will earn. It sounds so simple. Why do so few people apply this concept? I am not sure, but I would assume it is because it involves hard work. They are looking for an easy secret to success. Turns out it all comes down to being totally focused on providing excellent service. Work on your mindset, skills and fitness and you will be more able to access solutions to problems, therefore, helping others and benefiting financially yourself. To reiterate the point, focus on giving and you will receive. Do not have an agenda. Give freely and the law of the universe will kick into high gear in your life. Abundance will come to you with ease and joy.

One of the largest problems facing the world these days is economic. What is the solution to this challenge? I feel it is becoming an entrepreneur. Being your own boss. People are being laid off like crazy these days. I have experienced this myself three times and I got fed up and did something about it in my own life. I learned how to become and entrepreneur. I took work, dedication and perspiration, but it has been worth it. Totally worth it.

The world has changed. Job security is a thing of the past. Who are the people that always thrive in any situation? Those who provide value to others. Another way of saying this is the problem solvers. People are looking for solutions. If they see you have the solutions, they will flock to you without any convincing or coercing. Being of service never goes out of style. It never grows old. Master this mindset and prosper.

The beauty of this way of looking at business and life is that it is very effective. But it does require you to give first and hope to receive later. There is no guarantee. You must have faith in your goals and move forward with certainty in your mind. The picture must be clear in your visualization first before it can appear in your life. This is a mental and emotional process. You must believe first and you will get to your destination with brevity. Don't take my word for it. Apply it in your life and see what happens. This is a way of life and will not produce results overnight. Do not focus on results, but rather fall in love with the process of doing this and your dream life will show up for you en masse.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

5 Tips to Keep You Creatively Fresh


By Mike Bindrup

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6551528


As content creators, we are faced with the constant challenge to create on demand. Let's face it, we all have days that we don't want to get out of bed, let alone create the newest marketing masterpiece for an important campaign. Here are 5 tips to keep you from creative burnout.

(1) CHANGE UP YOUR ROUTINE

We are all creatures of habit. We drive to work the same way everyday, we park in the same area of the parking lot, we order the same item on the menu, we listen to the same music. Like it or not, our humanistic side craves stability and frequency as much as it craves creative expression. You need to interrupt your stagnant pattern. You need to try to do something different. Try to drive to work a different way. Listen to music you would not normally listen to. Change the channel to something you have never seen. It will give you a new perspective.

(2) CHANGE YOUR SURROUNDINGS

Move your desk. Change the decor where you work. Add a plant, change your chair. Take your laptop to your local coffee-house and work for the day. Work at the kitchen table for a change. I like to work on the back patio or in the garage from time to time. Just try a change of surroundings, you will be impressed how effective it can be.

(3) TAKE A FIELD TRIP

If you are feeling bogged down creatively, go somewhere where you can have some new creative stimuli. Try a museum. Go window shopping at a mall you don't normally frequent. Get out in nature and just be there experience it. Go to the park and just walk around. Forget about work for a couple of hours and I like to go to the bookstore and look at all the creative books.

(4) SLEEP ON IT

Research indicates that if you are not getting at least 6 hours of sleep a night, you are putting your health in jeopardy. Everyone needs sleep. Try getting a little extra at night. I know that most creatives are insomniacs who knock out some of their best work while burning the midnight oil (Myself included - It is nearly midnight as I write this). Try to go to bed at 9pm. Get up early and work on the project then. If you can't pull the 6 hours at night, take small naps during the day. Don't sleep longer than 30 minutes to avoid becoming groggy. Get a sleep mask and listen to relaxing music before bed and you will sleep deeper and better.

(5) DO A MEDIA FAST

In our social media connected world, we live in a stream of constant noise. I read a book by Tim Ferriss, called the "4-Hour Workweek"; he suggests a one-week media fast: no TV viewing, no news, no magazines, no social media, & no internet. Once you remove the noise from your daily life, you begin to think differently. You have added clarity and focus.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Goal Setting - How to Hit the Target Every Time, Without Fail!


By Christopher Fitzpatrick

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Christopher_Fitzpatrick


Goal Setting Exercises

You can begin your personal goal setting process by simply listing out a wide range of things that you will like to achieve in every aspect of your life such as in your career, health, studies, spiritual life etc.

Please note: During the goal setting exercises, you will not set any type of limit on the cost of achieving the things you want to achieve or thinking that you have a pretty slim chance of ever achieving your goals.

Take a plain sheet of paper and start writing until you have about one hundred things scribbled down on the paper. You can decide to call it your "Goal List" or whatever you decide to call it. Just take a pen and write.

Doing this interesting goal setting exercises is one way you can easily hit the target when setting goals for your future success.

· Write down a list of 10 places or countries you would love to visit before you pass on (die).

· Write out a list of 10 events that you would love to experience personally - what events would you consider very awesome that you would keep talking about them for the rest of your life.

· Write down 10 skills that you really wish to acquire, whether it is to boost your career or personal development.

· Write down what you want your dream home to be like. Simply describe your dream home - in your goal setting list for dream home, you can describe what color you want your home to be, how many bedrooms, the neighborhood you want to live in, how many square feet etc.

· Write down how much money you want to earn per anum

· At what age you wish to retire from your chosen career

· Write down your ideal weight and how many miles you would be interested in running, swimming or cycling with considerable ease.

Goal setting will help you to turn your dreams into achievable goals. You can begin your goal setting process simply by coming up with a list of dreams that you want to come true. Success does not happen by access, you will need to set your goals, plan and work towards achieving them.

From your list, you can choose 10 very exciting things that you want to achieve and then add time limit. Then, go back and set halfway or intermediate goals for each of them. Lastly, write down short term goals that will contribute to achieving the intermediate goals and eventually the long-term goals.

You need to know that there is no limit to goal setting, just ensure that you write out the goals that you will be completely committed to achieving.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

THE LAST LAP - FREE BUSINESS SESSION

Time Management Tips - Learn How to Plan Your Day


By Mary Segers

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6598886


Learning How to Plan Your Day

Consists of a few key factors which are easy to master but which will require some thinking...I know, painful...and then daily practice.

Some people would advise planning the night before for the next day and some would advise taking a few minutes in the morning to plan your day. At the far reaches of reality (at least reality if there is anyone else in your life who may upset your carefully-laid plans) are those who propose planning each day at the beginning of the month.

Regardless, all plans for the day should have at least 2 basic elements and these are:

A.) What you need to get done

B.) What you want to get done


A to-do list containing the above 2 things organized into something functional yet workable should provide a good foundation for effectively planning your day.

Now that you have an idea of what you want to accomplish on paper follow these principles to make your day as productive as possible in both areas.

First, Learn to Prioritize Your Tasks

And make sure to plan the tasks which will require the most mental effort to correspond with the time when you have the most mental effort to give...i.e., when you are the freshest. This will vary with different people depending on if you're a night owl, a morning person, or...I've never met this creature if they exist at all...an afternoon person.

Second, Know Thyself

And try to work with your personality and type as much as possible. I can be either a morning person (and we're talking early...like 4:21am) or I can be a night owl and just be going to bed at that time. I've done both.

Most people, however, are either/or. They're one or the other.

Find out which you are and use it for all it's worth. You will get so much more done.

Third, Learn How to Combine Tasks

For instance, ones that require focus can be done at the same time as those requiring less focus. Common pairings that I personally do include:

· Laundry while writing or cooking

· Learning by listening to mp3s while walking

· Cooking while checking email

· Returning phone calls while cooking

· Cleaning the bathroom while supervising little ones bathing

· Helping with schoolwork while doing maintenance tasks on the computer (i.e., defragging, check disc, back-ups)

Are you one who is always complaining about not having the time to exercise? How about not having the time to read? Well, with some forethought, you could do both at the same time by listening to an iPod while exercising.

I do it and see lots of other people doing it.

Fourth, Learn How to Combine Errands When Possible

My Unschooler goes to an afterschool program. I may have errands to do that could be done in the morning but I prefer to combine them with either before or after I drop her off. That way I'm only leaving the house once instead of (possibly) multiple times.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Message of the week

Steve Jobs on the Importance of Self Trust and Trust


By Suzanne F Jones

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6609200


The very sad news came yesterday of the death of a true visionary. Steve Jobs of Apple passed away at 56 years old. In reading his bio, it became more clear to me than ever the importance of self trust and doing what you love. After creating his own company, the well known 'Apple' he would eventually be phased out by his fellow executives.they suggested Jobs was hurting Apple. Jobs claims he was fired and stated he wanted to just leave the area. For months he didn't know what to do, but in that time realized this was his passion. His one true love. He could not walk away from it no matter how hard he tried.

So he started another company which later was bought by Apple therefore reinstating Jobs back into the executive role.

At his Commencement speech at Stanford in 2005, Jobs told the students first and foremost 'You've got to find what you love.'

Here Jobs talks about his venture in College and the fortitude and self trust that we know allowed him to became the success he is. "After six months, I couldn't see the value in it [College]. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time, but looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made.

Following his intuition Steve Jobs did not need to know the 'how.' All he needed to know was this didn't feel right to or for him. That was it. No palm reader, no psychic intervention. He listened to his intuition and trusted it would guide him. It is really that simple. Although Steve Jobs is an intellect, who one would think would let his rational mind get in the way of this decision, it didn't. Steve just knew.

From that moment on Steve recounts how every random event or decision made after that all came into play whilst creating the the infamous Apple computer.

Note Steve also said this decision was 'scary' but he still trusted himself. Here is the key. Scary can also be interpreted as uncomfortable. It is the uncomfortable that keeps us still. If we want to do better and be better, but don't like to get uncomfortable, how do we expect things to be different?

If you struggle with the word or feeling of the word uncomfortable, it is time now to re frame it. Give it new meaning. Let yourself now feel the word uncomfortable as growth or advancement, or success. It is in fact the word comfortable that we may need to start viewing as the negative, in that it is comfort that keeps us still and silent.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

6 Ways Our Teams Can Get Better Every Day


By Dawn Redd

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6601587


Every coach's goal is that their players get better every day in practice...and that the improvement can be measured through success in games. Much of what happens in the athletic lives of our athletes is out of their control. Check out this article, "Focus on the Process", over at the Stronger Team Blog... the author talks about focusing on what we can control rather than those things that we can't. Let's look at six tools we can give to our athletes to give them more control over their athletic success and happiness.

6 ways to control the controllables


1.Focus. There are a million things going on in our student-athlete's lives. It's been my experience that athletes are usually some of the more engaged students on campus. They're involved in student government and various clubs. They are officers in their fraternities or sororities. They've got friendships and relationships to maintain. On top of all of that, they've got classes to study for, papers to write, and study groups to meet with. But for two hours a day, we need their undivided attention. We need them focused on the task at hand...which is twofold. To get better individually each day while contributing to the team goals. That's mental discipline and it's not always easy, but it's essential.


2.Attitude. Whether you've got a freshmen who came in with a lot of fanfare and will start immediately, or a junior who's yet to earn significant playing time...they've both got to have a team mindset. If your stud freshman is in the training room with neck problems because she can't hold up her gigantic head, then she's got a bad attitude. If your junior is griping in the locker room that she's better than one of the younger players, then she's causing problems with her bad attitude. Seeing the positives in any situation will not only make their individual experience better, but will make the team stronger.


3.Body Language. Every team has an Eeyore...the player that mopes when things don't go their way. I've tried to make my team understand that part of the burden of being on a team means helping to motivate your teammates each and every day. Being a Negative Nellie isn't a great way to keep a team's spirits up. Teammates should be able to look at one another and be motivated (not dragged down into the abyss) by what they see.


4.Effort. Even awful players can give great effort, because it has no tie to skill. Effort is a choice to be made every drill, every day, and every game. It's our job as the coach to make our teams understand that choosing not to give all out effort all of the time means they're choosing not to get better. And if they're choosing not to get better, then they're choosing to lose some winnable games. And if they're choosing to lose winnable games...why are they playing?


5.Thoughts. Thoughts are powerful. They tell us that we can get to the ball that seems out of reach. They tell us to increase our weight that we're lifting. They tell us to cheer on the struggling teammate. They tell us we can when it looks like we can't. Thoughts encourage us, they motivate us, they inspire us, they move us to action.


6.Communication. I don't know how many times I've had to articulate to a player that the only way her teammates know what's going on inside of her head is for her to speak. Whether it's being in a crappy mood from a bad test in a class or a ball that two people are making an effort for...communication solves a multitude of ills.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

15 Quick Tips - Remove Negative Thoughts


By Janet Erickson

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6592074


The other day I was wandering around the web looking for information about positive and negative thinking.

I found many articles that had great little snippets of advice on how to remove negative thoughts.

Below you will find a summary of some of the tips I found on how to deal with negative thinking.

1. One of the things I found that surprised me was that there seems to be studies that imply that negative thoughts have a greater impact on our lives then do positive ones. I suspect that the reason for this would be the emotions attached to these thoughts. I would think that the negative thoughts are super charged with emotions while the positive ones lack any strong feeling. This would mean that you need to have a lot more positive thoughts to counteract the negative. Also it would mean that you need to have a lot more emotions associated with your positive thoughts.

2. Since we know that we are prone to negative thinking always have some fall back positive thoughts to use to counter with.

3. Be aware that the negative thoughts are tenacious. They do not want to give up their hold on your life. When you realize that you are in a negative spiral just stop and smile at yourself. Be aware of what is happening and just kick those negative thoughts out of your mind.

4. Do things that make you happy. Do not give room in your mind for the negative.

5. When you find yourself angry at someone immediately change your point of view to the positive.

6. If you have heard the expression, "You are what you eat". Well you also are like the people you hang out with. If you hang out with negative people you will simply absorb their negative energy so remove negative energy from these people. Work very hard at being with positive people and you will find yourself becoming more positive.

7. Ban all negative words from your vocabulary.

8. You will find that helping others is a great way to help yourself. Helping the less fortunate will make it harder to keep negative thoughts in your mind.

9.
When you are stressed you are more likely to have negative thinking. Be aware of this and immediately change any negative words.

10. Pay attention to the good things in your life. Focus on gratitude.

11.
Look outside yourself for advice. When you are being attacked with negative thoughts asks friends and family for a little perspective.

12. Use the negative thinking as a way to be aware of what is going on in your life. If you start thinking negative thoughts look at what situations you were in that might have triggered them. If you can identify specific situations then you can either avoid them of be prepared to defend against negativity.

13. Reframe the thoughts you are having. Instead of thinking that "this situation is impossible" work at changing the thoughts to "this situation gives me a lot of challenges to use to grow".

14. Realize that you are not perfect and that neither is anyone else.

15. Know that you say things to yourself that you would never say to anyone else. Treat yourself at least as respectful and you would a stranger.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

How to Think of Creative Ideas


By Kev Llewellyn

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6516720


This is a technique for thinking up very good, creative ideas, you have most certainly used it yourself before but due to its simplicity and understated process you probably weren't aware you were.

An awareness of this process will help you to recreate the same conditions and access those Eureka moments whenever you need to. It will also help demystify the design process used by many top advertising agencies, copywriters, engineers, comedians and scientists. In fact Einstein professed to getting his best ideas while he was shaving (as a part of this process)... but don't worry if you are a lady because any form of distraction for your conscious mind will work; all is revealed below.

Simply follow these steps...

Step 1. Identify what it is that you need to achieve. Be absolute and as concrete as you can about this so that you are not leaving too many different directions for your mind to look in. Sometimes identifying what it is you need to achieve is what you need a big idea about, this is fine, just bring this knowledge to step two and take the whole project one level at a time.

Step 2. Research. This is the bit most of us tend to skimp on because the prospect of it really does seem mundane and often difficult to initiate. But it is imperative to your success. Like most unappealing tasks, it is also easier than you anticipate and can even be fun once you get started so make yourself a big mug of tea and jump head first into it.

Don't just research the direct topic but also research around it soaking up as much info as you can, the goal is to fill your brain to bursting point, feeding it up with even half related material. It might help if, as you go, you sketch out a simple research tree that shows the core topics with branches coming off that you discover may be related to the topic and will need your attention. Not only does it make your research more efficient and less frustrating but it also leaves a graphical imprint of your findings that support the next stages of the process.

Step 3. Do nothing. Leave the whole process and go do something else for a day, maybe a few days or even a week. Go to the cinema, see friends, do anything that keeps you from thinking about the problem you are trying to solve. You have to give your subconscious time to chew on all of the research you have assimilated and let it build connections between revelations and dismiss the irrelevant.

Eventually, like Einstein, your subconscious will work out what it all means and push the good stuff up to the surface, resulting in an epiphany while you are doing something that occupies your conscious mind. You just have to make sure that you keep an open mind and don't debunk ideas that may seem absurd because quite often these thoughts can be left field and unlike your usual, methodical conscious conclusions.

Ideas developed this way tend to feel more impressive, often revealing simple but subtle insights. I think the best jokes tend to be the ones that have been born in the subconscious and often you can tell when a joke has been laboured over or if it seems to lack the steps the conscious mind would need to discover it.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Message of the week

Tips For Developing Concentration And Focus


By Raman Kuppuswamy

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6601628


Some of us feel that we always get extracted. This is a genuine feeling. We may be doing something important but suddenly, we may be distracted by a mail, a Facebook comment, etc. Distraction means "something that keeps you away from what you should be doing". You can never complete the task on hand on time if you get distracted like this. Therefore, it is imperative that you should learn how to concentrate better. Concentration is so powerful that you can completely transform your personality. You will get enormous power if you learn the right techniques to concentrate. The following few tips may be of help:

- This simple fact may surprise you but it is very much true. Physical exercises can help you to organize your mind and improve your concentration. It has been proved that when you are physically active, you become mentally conscious. So, by doing yoga or other exercises, you can improve your ability to be consciously more alert.

- The problem is that every one of us automatically concentrate on a thing we do not want. If you want to succeed in your life, you should change this. You should choose to get out of this by purposely concentrating only on that particular thing you want to achieve. So, you should always watch what you are thinking about and bring your mind back to the task on hand. You can practice and master this. When you focus on the thing you do or want, your productivity improves and success automatically comes to you. It will take time to practice this but as they say, "practice makes a man perfect". You can not expect instant miracles. You should work consistently and with patience.

- When you are working on something important, after some time, you may find that your mind is wandering. You may think that you need a break. So, when you consciously become aware of such a distraction, you should not take a break immediately. You should try to stretch a little more and try to focus on the task on hand. By pushing yourself gradually and stretching your limits without taking a break, you are in fact training your mind to gain more focus. In other words, you are increasing your mental stamina and strength.

- You may have many things to do. But, take one task and finish it fully before moving on to the next one. Of course, you should prioritize your tasks. If you try to do many things at a time, you will have many thoughts in your mind. You can not complete even a single task on time. So, you should practice this also for developing your concentration.

- There is a technique called "blinders technique" that will help you to focus on the task on hand. You may have observed the blinders of horses. Likewise, you should develop blinders for your brain also. Friends may disturb you, there may be phone calls and so on. But, if you practice this "blinders technique", you can certainly improve your focus. This is also easier said than done. Only by practicing consistently, you can achieve your aim.

- The most important point is that you should take breaks as regularly as possible. This is also a vital step for developing your concentration. But, breaks should not be very long because you may become lazy. Short breaks boost up your enthusiasm and you will feel re-energized to focus better.

- You should learn to make things interesting. "Act as if" principle is a good technique for making your tasks interesting. You should act as if you like the work. You will be amazed to see that after some time, you really start liking the work. This will keep your boredom away and you can improve your concentration.

- Working in short bursts will help to focus on your task. Experts have found out that a person of average capability can focus on a task for about 25 minutes. So, you can take a short break once every 20 minutes. But, during these 20 minutes, you should practice to work with your fullest attention and focus.

- You can find out the most comfortable posture that will help you to concentrate. Every person has his or her own comfortable posture that will help them to come out with maximum productivity.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Take Positive Action To Turn Dreams Into Reality


By Tom Cramer

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6548228


Dreaming and thinking about achieving big things is inspiring. But such positive thinking is effective only when you take an action. You might have all the knowledge in the world to do a particular thing but what is the use of that knowledge unless you act upon it?

After all, knowledge and skills can remain only pieces of information stored in your mind if you sit idle and do not utilize them to achieve your goal. Simply having knowledge and good thoughts will not take you anywhere. So in order to achieve your desired results and experience the personal development you would like to see in yourself, you have to combine knowledge with the necessary action.

Self help is the best fuel for growth

Of course, you need to have the vision in your mind regarding where you want to see yourself in the future. But all those thoughts and vision require conscious action from your side to turn your dreams into reality. Remember even the most successful people would not have reached their milestones without taking action.

Many of us avoid taking the initiative because of fear of losing. But keep in mind that the ultimate failure is not losing. Rather failure is the malady of not trying at all.

So take action no matter how small it is. You will be amazed to see that even the smallest of self help actions can have an impact. The idea is to keep moving forward.

Choose the more difficult option

For instance, you may aspire to take a business management course to give shape to your dream of becoming a successful business manager but are petrified of math. One option is to simply give up your dream and opt for another career. That is definitely the easy way out. The other option is to think positive, fight your fear of math, practice hard to upgrade your skills and get the help that you need.

The first and easier option will push you towards another career, while the second, more difficult option will help you build your dream career. Which one would you value more? To be stuck in a career you didn't want... or to feel good about building the career of your dreams?

No matter what your goal is, be it to launch your own company, become a fashion designer, a ballet dancer or finish your PhD... you have to keep taking consistent action towards your goal. Once you take the first step, it will be far easier for you to take the next step. But if you do nothing at all, nothing will be your result.

Success secret: Be ready for the big leap

The success secret of all successful people is that they don't just talk or visualize. They take action. When the going gets tough, they take small but steady steps... and when opportunity knocks, they are prepared to take the big jump. The key to success lies in consistently trying without quitting.

It is not a stroke of luck that brings success. It is the combination of vision with the required action... one step at a time. And don't lose heart when you start anything new. Always remember most beginnings are small and seem insignificant, but as you take each step toward your goal you become closer to achieving it.

It is extremely difficult in the beginning, so you need to push yourself and keep yourself motivated. Read inspiring self help books, encouraging quotes and watch inspirational sayings videos that offer ways to improve personal development and give you the necessary push to take action

Friday, October 7, 2011

Setting The Right Decisions


By Amuro Wesley

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6554670


When it comes to setting the right decisions, most people find it easy if they do not have problems and issues about the topic concerned. Otherwise they will certainly procrastinate and even let the matter drag over time. This is especially the case when the decisions require sacrifices - giving up what we have in exchange for what can save others' lives.

It can be hard for anybody. Friends, boyfriends and girlfriends, husbands and wives, parents and children. If the matter is not desperate and urgent, we can take time to consider before deciding in a better frame of mind. Otherwise, we must decide immediately. However one wrong decision in a heated moment may not be possible to alter the outcome whether good or bad.

If we stop and look back at the past, we tend to regret if what happened recently is from our bad decisions. From my experiences, we decide wrongly usually under pressure of the people around us. It can be our family, friends and relatives. Just because most of them think we should do this or that, we just decide for the sake of pleasing them and relieving ourselves from pressure and stress.

Because of this, I decided to provide you with invaluable advice that you can learn and put this into practice when facing such situations again:

1. Choice Among Alternatives

The first thing you need to remember about making decisions is that there is no right or wrong decision. All decisions - whether big or small - are just choices among alternatives.

2. Snap Decisions

However important decision making may be, it is advisable to avoid making snap decisions.

If decisions are easily reversible, you can act quickly. Otherwise, you need more time to think carefully.

3. Taking Notes

Taking notes is the next best alternative before deciding.

Write down all possible problems and solutions on a piece of paper or typing them on notepad enables you to have a clearer frame of mind.

Apart from those, do include all the pros and cons of your decision as well.

4. Review All Facts Thoroughly

Before making any decision, it is important to review all facts thoroughly.

Once you have done so, allow yourself time to think again before making your conclusion.

5. Make One Decision At A Time

Make one decision at a time rather than allowing all decisions to build up and force you to make them all immediately.

6. Stick To Your Decision

Once you have made up your mind, stick to your decision even if you are not totally certain if it is the right one or not.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Draw a Line Between Work and Free Time


By Tom Nomak

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6531954


Throughout the years the boundary between work and leisure has vanished. In the past everything used to be very simple. We used to work in factories for 8 hours or so and after that we went home to enjoy the family dinner or have a beer with our friends. There was no way to bring your work home ( at least in most cases). Everything was done in one single location with a specific set of tools that were available only at your workstation. A smith worked in his workshop a doctor practiced in his office and there was no other place that they would go to work.

Unfortunately these days are over. Since then we have experienced a technological revolution that changed our idea of work as well as the work conditions. In the past it was harder to work on the weekends because you would have to drive to the office. It was also much harder for the boss to reach the employees after working hours. If they were having a picnic then they were practically unreachable. The development in technology and a move towards information society have made it increasingly difficult to separate work and leisure. Drawing a line between those two is now very hard. Much harder than it was let's say 100 years ago.

At the moment it is not a problem to work even while commuting nor is it a problem to work at (or from) home. It seems like a giant leap forward but when you look closer you may notice that it actually brings more problems than benefits. Of course it is better for the employers but is it something employees can be happy about?

If you really enjoy your work then maybe you haven't even noticed anything but for most people this strong connection with their job is quite uncomfortable. Actually even the most dedicated workers need to have a life outside of work - it doesn't matter how much they love the job. In the same way everyone needs a break during the workday. If you find yourself losing track of time it may be a good idea to use a timer and designate certain periods of time for small breaks. Such a clear distinction between your job and free time is particularly important for freelancers and people working at home but basically this rule applies to everyone. Work hard, rest often.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Five Tips for Staying Positive in a Negative World


By Anthony Berry

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6580974


It can be hard to be positive if you feel insecure. With these five tips, you'll find new ways to focus on staying positive, which can help you feel more certain in these uncertain times.

Tip #1 for Staying Positive: Remain Grateful

Rough times can cause even the most joyous of people to lose sight of what they have, simply because they get caught up in the race to reach what they want. When we get blocked from that goal, instead of staying positive, we stress out and the negativity begins to creep in once more. Instead of getting angry that you did not get what you wanted when you wanted it, turn that energy around, and turn it into gratitude for what you have already gained or achieved.

Tip #2 for Staying Positive: Embrace Challenges

Rather than looking at anything that gets in your way as a negative, one trick to staying positive is to embrace that negative as a challenge. Life is not easy, and you would be a fool to believe that everything worth having should be easy to get. Instead of wallowing in self-pity, put your creativity to work in finding a way around the obstacle, rather than letting it defeat you. Life would be very boring if everything came easy.

Tip #3 for Staying Positive: Keep your Perspective

Everyone is experiencing tough times right now, but it should not be anyone's downfall. The world has gotten through worse messes than the economy before, especially during times of war, and the global community will eventually get through it again. If you keep your perspective on what positive thing or event may be waiting for you on the horizon, you will take a lot of the stress off of your shoulders. Don't worry about things that have not happened yet, when you need to concentrate on staying positive, and finding energizing ways to handle what has already happened.

Tip #4 for Staying Positive: Seek Inspiration

In times like these, the most positive exercise that you can do is to begin a search for inspiration. Walk into any library or bookstore, and you will find hundreds of volumes detailing the lives and missions of those who faced adversity and triumphed. Money is tight, and jobs are disappearing, but that has happened before. Everything works in cycles, running from highs to lows, and those cycles eventually will give birth to new ideas, new industries, and new ways of making do with what we have. Instead of focusing on the negatives, use your creativity and insight to find ways for staying positive and get beyond it. You may find a passion that will help you get everything you need in this life.

Tip #5 for Staying Positive: The best way to help yourself is to help others

Many industries are experiencing shortfalls right now, but did you know that there are sectors today that are not? Volunteerism is at an all-time high right now, and while many may be looking at it as another notch they can add to the old resume, many are doing it because it is a way of keeping themselves in a positive mindset. Nothing makes a body feel better than helping someone out and you can use those good feelings as fuel to keep yourself above the floodwaters as well.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Goal Setting Exercises Five Point Plan for Well Written Goals


By Ray Whittaker

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6418002


Goal setting exercises that are well-known and loved by many are really not all they're cracked up to be. Anyone who's worked in the corporate world will be familiar with the ubiquitous S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound) goals. Big corporations use these as part of their staff development procedures. But research carried out by Dr Edwin Locke and Dr Gary Latham on goal setting and motivation suggests that the S.M.A.R.T. goals don't really address the real needs of achievers. (see A Theory of Goal Setting and Task Performance (1990) - Locke and Latham)

Basing their research on Locke's goal setting theory, Locke and Latham discovered that there are five important factors in goal setting exercises that need to be in place for the goal to be motivational. Without these, goals tend to be forgotten, ignored or just not taken seriously. So here are the five factors to keep in mind whenever you embark on your own goal setting exercises:

1. Clarity
A clear goal is specific but is a specific goal clear? You might have a specific goal of speaking to 5 new customers this week but are you clear about what you're going to say? When you set out a goal clearly it is automatically both specific and measurable. You'll know whether you've achieved it or not. The SMART acronym covers the clarity of a goals by making them Specific, Measurable and Time-bound. So far so good!

2. Challenge
A goal must be challenging to motivate. A goal that is too easy is not worth having. We are not likely to pursue any goal that doesn't give you some sense of achievement. Of course, we do things every day that don't necessarily give us a sense of achievement but we don't set goals for them; we just do them. I wouldn't set a specific goal to drive to the supermarket for instance; I'd just go! I've known instances where people set SMART goals that just aren't challenging. It's usually not long before those goals get forgotten. A challenging goal still has to be achievable though.

3. Commitment
If you set a goal for yourself, it's pretty certain you're going to be committed to it. But if you're in a position where you want to set a goal for someone else, you need to be sure they are committed to it. How you do that depends on the individual people and situations involved. When you're going through goal setting exercises with others such as employees or contractors, you'll need to consider how you're going to get their commitment to achieving the goal.

4. Feedback
To stay motivated towards a goal, people need to know how well they are doing. It's important to have some way of monitoring progress toward the goal. And that information should be accessible to all concerned

5. Task Complexity
You could be forgiven for thinking that task complexity is the same a challenging. A complex task is likely to be challenging but it is not necessarily true that a challenging task would be complex. And a task that is too complex would have a detrimental effect on motivation to complete it. This is where the SMART goals have an advantage in emphasizing tasks should be achievable.

Monday, October 3, 2011

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Leadership Thinking - 7 Key And Essential Qualities Of An Ultimate Leader


By Bonnie Holscher

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6492705


It is very surprising that many individuals believe that just because they are in a supervisor position that they are a good leader. Unfortunately this is not the case more often that not. There is a huge difference between being a good and excellent leader and supervising a group of people and not all supervisors possess the qualities of a good leader.

A good leader is considerate and understands that not everyone has the stability and stamina in every endeavor as he or she does. Therefore making sure the team is taking care if is of an utmost importance.

A good leader is also a good follower. Not all leadership is at the front of the line. Sometimes allowing someone on the team to step forward with knowledge and ideas almost always contributes to the versatility of the team and the strength of its leader.

A good leader is fair to the circumstance and the individuals involved. How a leader handles reprimanding an individual on his team is a major indication of what kind of leader he or she is. Public reprimand is the instant sign of a poor leader. The inability to step back and support in decisions that may not have been first choice also indicates insecure leadership and a need to control. Control is not leadership.

A good leader know how to give, take and evaluate feedback. Feedback must not be personal and follow what worked, what did not work and what can be done different.

A good leader can make adjustments. He or she is adaptable and does not claim to know it all. Being able to reevaluate and redirect in the moment, indicates flexibility and a leaders willingness to trust what is.

A good leader communicates in a manner that is understood by others and redirects when necessary when communication is hindered. Should his team not clearly understand information and instruction, a good leader will reword and re-communicate until all on his team have a clear understanding of the task at hand and the method in which it will be accomplished.

A good leader knows when and when not to delegate. There are times when certain functions and duties should be and must be delegated to appropriate others and there are times when the function is one that requires that a leader handle his or herself. The key is to know the difference and proceed in a manner that creates success and victory.