Tasks as Three Steps not One

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  • Quote: – By: Jerome K. JeromeWillpower
  • Article: I’ve had this one in my files so long I can no longer find the source. The more you can break down a task into steps the greater chance of completion. One strep at a time and we can get there.

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“I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.”

The characteristic of great innovators and great companies is they see a space that others do not. They don’t just listen to what people tell them; they actually invent something new, something that you didn’t know you needed, but the moment you see it, you say, ‘I must have it.’
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Treat Every Task as Three Steps, Not One

Most managers complain of not having enough time. They rush through tasks so they can move on to the next thing. But this kind of haste creates more chaos than it avoids. Instead, approach every task in three parts:

  1. Prep-Do-Review. Spend a minute or two, or even a few seconds, thinking about what you’re going to do before you do it. Ask yourself what you’re trying to accomplish and who should be involved.
  2. Then, do the task.
  3. Once completed, think about what you did and what happened. What did you learn? What will you do differently? Being thoughtful allows you to accomplish more with each task. You may not be crossing things off your to-do list faster, but you’ll find you have more control over the results.

 

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Increased Success in 5 Stages

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  • Quote: ― Author Unknown

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The best way to succeed in this world is to act on the advice you give to others.

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Successful people schedule these 5 activities into all of their days

Looking at the way successful people schedule their days can help you alter your own schedule so that you can maximize your success every day of the year. With the help of studies conducted on high-achievers, we have pointed out five activities that successful people schedule into their daily routines so that you can catch a glimpse and learn a few things from people who have already seen success.

 

1) “The Morning Ritual.”

When you get your morning ritual down, you can start your day out with the same strong foundation every time you open your eyes. “Laura Vanderkam studied the schedules of high achievers,” and she discovered a few things that you may find useful. “They rise early. Almost all have a morning ritual.” The reason you want to wake up early is so that you can get your mind on the right track before any outside influences can push in and change your course of action for the day. “Before demands are made on you. Before your goals for the day have competition.” Getting your goals in line and your day in control helps you truly take charge of your day in the fashion that you want.

2) “Important Work First Thing – With No Distractions.”

Your work that is the most pressing deserves the best of your attention. “Research shows that 2.5 to 4 hours after waking is when your brain is sharpest.” This means that when you get into the office, your first few hours are pivotal to your success for the day. They are the hours when your mind has the potential to be the clearest, the most focused. “Studies show that alertness and memory, the ability to think clearly and to learn, can vary between 15 and 30 percent over the course of a day. Most of us are sharpest some two-and-a-half to four hours after waking.” Rather than scheduling all of your meetings for the morning so you can get them out of the way, schedule your time to do your work in the mornings and hold your meetings for later. Allow the problems of the day to sit on hold while you use clarity and a fresh mind to tackle the work that requires the most thinking first thing in the morning.

3) “Regroup When You Slow Down.”

The next thing that all successful people schedule into their day is time to regroup when their mind needs to take a break. Rather than attempting to push through the energy drop, they take a moment to reset their mind. “What you need next is a mini-version of your morning ritual. Review your goals and the progress you’ve made this morning.” The reason you want to stop and look back on the work you’ve done is two-fold. On one hand, you want to be able to look and see the progress you have made so you can re-evaluate what you need to do with the rest of your day. “Harvard research shows nothing is more motivating than progress.” Allow yourself some time to check out your progress for that boost of energy, and then re-apply yourself to your goals for the rest of your workday.

 

4) “Meetings, Calls and People Stuff in The Afternoon.”

If your energy in the morning is going to be spent on your own work, your energy in the afternoon can be spent on other activities that involve conversations with other people. “When energy is high, that’s when you want to focus on creative, challenging work. When energy is low, do busy work.” Therefore, you have the ability to do the busy work when your mind is less sharp. In fact, “Research shows the afternoon really is the best time for meetings – specifically, 3pm.” So stop scheduling your meetings for first thing in the morning and allow the afternoon to take up the space for that. In fact, “When tasks are dull and you’re feeling distractible, friends can make you more productive.” So the meetings you are in can actually be helpful in the afternoons, yet could be distracting in the mornings.

 

5) “A Relaxing Evening.”

“Though successful people do work long hours, the greats almost all take the evening off to recharge.” You want to work hard, and you will likely work a lot, if you want to be successful. However, just like any type of energy – you need to refuel in order to meet your maximum level of productivity the next day. “According to the American Psychological Association, the most effective stress-relief strategies are exercising or playing sports, praying or attending a religious service, reading, listening to music, spending time with friends or family, getting a massage, going outside for a walk, meditating or doing yoga, and spending time with a creative hobby.” Allow yourself the evening to engage in these stress-reducing activities so that you can lower your stress levels and recharge your batteries before they’re needed to work at maximum productivity levels the next day.

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Integrity Defined in 8 Great Quotes

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  • Quote: ― Zig Ziglar
  • Article: Have you noticed that if you break integrity down it could look like “in grit”? Just what does integrity mean? A path in integrity is often not an easy path. So much can be avoided if we choose another way. We may even get grit on us. But the high road is the safest and best way.  Here are eight quotes selected from Success.com’s web sit that helped to focus me as definitions of integrety. (http://www.success.com/article/what-does-integrity-mean-anyway)

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It is true that integrity alone won’t make you a leader, but without integrity you will never be one.

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“Somebody once said that in looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence and energy. And if you don’t have the first, the other two will kill you. You think about it; it’s true. If you hire somebody without [integrity], you really want them to be dumb and lazy.”
—Warren Buffett
Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson“Integrity has no need of rules.”
—Albert Camus“Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.”
—Samuel Johnson“There is no such thing as a minor lapse of integrity.”
—Tom Peters

“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.”
—Albert Einstein

“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.”
—Abraham Lincoln

“I believe in integrity. Dogs have it. Humans are sometimes lacking it.”
—Cesar Millan

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I Am a Happy Person by Choice

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  • Quote: – Adapted from the movie “Matrix Reloaded”
  • Article: My shortest blog ever. But maybe also one of the most meaningful. I hope you think so.

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“We are not here to make the the choice but to understand why we made the choice. The fact that we made the choice is a given.”

The characteristic of great innovators and great companies is they see a space that others do not. They don’t just listen to what people tell them; they actually invent something new, something that you didn’t know you needed, but the moment you see it, you say, ‘I must have it.’
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I am a Happy Person in Four Steps

1. I am a happy person. (Say It.)

2. I choose to be happy. (Act like it.)

3. I will not let other people’s choices determine my happiness. (Avoid it.)

4. Who has my power? (Hold it.)

After this, ask your self the why for each step.

 

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5 Things to Leave Behind to Get Ahead

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  • Quote: ― Unknown — BUT GREAT.

 

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Gratitude turns what we have into enough.

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5 Things You Must Leave Behind to Get Ahead

Written by Marc Chernoff

Some things are part of your history, but not a part of your destiny.

You can never change things by holding on to the existing reality.  To get ahead in life, you have to leave some things behind and build a new model for living that makes the existing model obsolete.

You must make a firm decision that you’re going to make a change too.  It won’t always happen naturally or automatically.  Sometimes you will have to rise up against the wind and say, “I don’t care how hard this is!  I don’t care how disappointed I am!  I’m not going to let this get the best of me!  I’m leaving this behind and moving forward with my life!”

Ready?

Starting today, it’s time to leave behind…

1.  What could have been, or should have happened, but didn’t.

Before you can truly live today a part of you has to die first.  You must completely let go of what could have been, how you should have behaved and what you wish you would have done differently.  You must accept the fact that you can’t change your past experiences, the opinions others once had of you, or the immediate outcomes from their choices or yours.

When you embrace the present truth then you will begin to understand and feel the true power of forgiveness as it relates to others and yourself.  From this new awareness you will be free to take the next best step forward.

2.  The habit of making excuses rather than decisions.

There is always a lie embedded between a promise you made to yourself and the excuses for why you haven’t followed through.  To rush into explanations of any kind is always a sign of weakness.

Stand strong!  Life is a continuous exercise in creative problem solving.  A mistake or a delay doesn’t become a failure until you refuse to correct it.  Thus, most long-term failures are simply the outcomes from people who make continuous excuses instead of decisions, even though they know better.  Don’t be one of them.

Decide to do what you have to do, for yourself.  Trust me, in a year from now, you will wish you had started today.  (Angel and I discuss this in more detail in the “Goals and Success” chapter of 1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently.)

3.  Relationship situations that shrink you.

You have to admit, to a certain extent, you have spent too much of your life trying to shrink yourself.  Trying to bend in half.  Trying to become smaller.  Quieter.  Less sensitive.  Less opinionated.  Less YOU.  Because you didn’t want to be too much or push people away.  You wanted to fit in.  You wanted people to like you.  You wanted to make a good impression.  You wanted to be wanted.

So for years, you sacrificed yourself for the sake of making other people happy.  And for years, you suffered.  Let this be your wake-up call…

The primary reason that a toxic relationship situation holds you back has little to do with what the other person does directly to you; instead, it’s about how you have to constantly shrink yourself to conform to the situation.  The pain and toxicity festers when you choose to shrink.

When you choose to pull back, say less, or restrain your magnificence in any way out of fear, out of logic, or out of the cleverness to survive in a relationship, this spells trouble.

So it’s not about them, really, it’s about your response to them.

The next opportunity you have to spend time with this person (no matter how necessary, obligatory or comfortable it may seem), ask yourself:

Will I have to shrink to make this work, or is this a situation where I can grow?

Call on your courage and logic when you answer this question.  And give yourself some space if that’s what you need to grow.

4.  Old lies you’re still holding on to and living through.

There are absolutely no guarantees when you finally come clean and practice honesty with people.  Sometimes you lose what you once had.  Sometimes you don’t win love and trust back.  Sometimes your mistakes cut ties.  Sometimes you break your own heart in the process.  Sometimes you lose your footing and your way.  Sometimes you end up feeling worse off than you did before.  But even a step or two backward, after making a wrong turn, is a step in the right direction.  You walk away from every act of honesty with a heart free from lies and regret.  You have closure, one way or the other, and this helps you in the long run.

Over time, you heal and find yourself living a life that’s far from the mental torture chamber you once lived in.  This path to freedom and happiness is the scariest one you will ever navigate.  However, it is the path that ultimately saves your life.  (Read Loving What Is.)

5.  The idea that you have to be perfectly OK all the time.

Even if it’s true that you’re growing and healing, and that it will be OK… it’s not always OK right now, and sometimes that’s all we can see and feel when we’re in the midst of a difficult life event.  Sometimes NOT being OK is all we can register inside our tired minds and aching hearts.  This feeling is normal.  This emotion is human.

The truth is, it’s not OK when someone you love is no longer living and breathing and giving their gifts to the world.  It’s not OK when everything falls apart and you’re buried deep in the debris of a life you had planned for.  It’s not OK when the bank accounts are nearly at zero, with no sign of a promising income opportunity.  It’s not OK when someone you trust betrays you and breaks your heart.  It’s not OK when you’re exhausted to the point you can’t get yourself out of bed in the morning.  It’s not okay when you’re swimming in failure or shame or a grief like you’ve never known.

Whatever your challenges are, sometimes it’s simply NOT OK right now.  And that, above all, is more than OK.

Yes, be OK with not being OK all the time.  Those with the strength to succeed in the long run are the ones who lay a firm foundation of growth with the bricks that life has thrown at them.  Don’t be afraid to fall apart for a little while, because when it happens, the situation will open an opportunity for you to grow and rebuild yourself into the brilliant human being you are capable of being.

 

 

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Trust your Intuition – 7 Helpful Steps

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  • Quote: – Francis of Assisi
  • Article: Jack Canfield has given us a lot. Things to do, methodologies to do it and maybe most of all, reasons to do it. This article hit me in the second half of the title — “take soul-inspired action.” We are an accumulation of our experiences, advice from others, our readings and what I believe is more important than all the others put together — inspiration. I will leave it to you to determine what you believe the source of the inspiration may be. For me, I deeply believe in divine inspiration (as well as a wife who is often a conduit for that inspiration. Thank you Dianne.) By the way, note that only one of the 5 light bulbs are lit. Such it is with our ideas being successful. I just wish my ratio of ideas to success was so efficient.

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“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
The characteristic of great innovators and great companies is they see a space that others do not. They don’t just listen to what people tell them; they actually invent something new, something that you didn’t know you needed, but the moment you see it, you say, ‘I must have it.’
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7 Tips to Strengthen Your Intuition and Take Soul-Inspired Action – America’s Leading Authority On Creating Success And Personal Fulfillment – Jack Canfield

Here are seven tips on how to develop your intuition and leverage it to make wiser, more soul-inspired decisions for your life.

1. Recognize when your intuition speaks

First of all, in order to be able to use your intuition, you must able to recognize it when it speaks to you. Intuition usually isn’t loud or demanding – it’s subtle and communicates in different ways for different people.

For example, you may receive visual messages, such as images that appear in quick flashes or visions that unfold slowly, like a movie.

Your intuition might speak to you as a hunch, a thought, or in words. You may even be able to enter into a dialogue with your intuition to get more information and clarity.

Alternatively, your intuition may speak to you in physical sensations, such as goose bumps, discomfort in your gut, a feeling of relief, or a sour taste in your mouth.

You may receive intuitive messages through your emotions, such as feelings of uneasiness or confusion when your inner wisdom is steering you away from something – or feelings of euphoria and profound peace when you’re being guided down a path that will lead you to greater personal joy and abundance.

Sometimes intuition messages are simply a deep sense of knowing and certainty. If you’ve ever felt that you knew something to be true in the depths of your heart or soul, chances are it was a message from your intuition.

2. Deepen your intuition through meditation

In order to access your intuition, you need to deepen your connection to it – and meditation is an excellent tool for this. Regular meditation will help you clear your mind of distractions and teach you how to better recognize the subtle impulses from within.

I recommend you set aside time each day to meditate on your own, or use guided meditations such as those found in my Awakening Power program.

It doesn’t have to be long – even 10 minutes a day will yield powerful results and will make it much easier for you to notice your intuition when it speaks to you through words, images, emotions, or physical sensations.

3. Dedicate time to listen to your intuition each day

Life is busy, and in the rush to cross off items on our daily to-do lists, it’s easy to forget to stop and tune into our higher intelligence. But your most valuable wisdom comes when you are most open to receiving it.

That’s why I encourage you to devote time every day – multiple times a day, if necessary – to consciously give your intuition center stage. This is especially important when you’re being asked to make any important decisions. Be sure to take some time to sit with your intuition and look inside yourself for the answers before you choose which path to take.

4. Ask questions

Receiving wisdom from your intuition shouldn’t be a passive experience. Get specific about the information you need and what kind of answers you’re looking for. The more clearly you pose your questions to your innate wisdom, the clearer the answers will be.

5. Write down your answers

Intuitive messages are subtle and can fade from your conscious mind very quickly unless you take action to record them. In fact, neuroscience research indicates that intuitive insights not captured within 37 seconds will likely never be recalled again.

Journal writing is a highly effective way to access your intuition and capture its wisdom. I suggest you make a regular practice of journaling for just five or ten minutes a day – you’ll be amazed at the clarity of what comes through!

6. Take immediate action

The Universe rewards those who take action – and so does your intuition. When you act on the information you receive from your inner source of wisdom, you open the channel between your subconscious and conscious mind even wider and will receive more intuitive messages that are stronger and easier for you to hear and act on.

7. Trust yourself

The more faith you demonstrate in your intuition, the greater the results will be.

Whether you want to make better decisions, solve problems faster, or create winning plans for your life, you will achieve your goals faster and more effectively when you tune into your intuition and listen to what your inner wisdom has to say.

Trusting your intuition is all about trusting yourself – and the more trust you place in yourself, the more success you will have.

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3 Toxic Beliefs Most People Think Are Normal

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  • Quote: ― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief
  • Article: By: “Marc and Angel Hack Life” <angelc@marcandangel.com>  When I think of cost of toxic beliefsToxic1 it comes down for me to the lost of time. The toxic thoughts leading to lost opportunities, relationships and happiness are able to be recovered as we change the mindsets and the activities necessary to remove that which is toxic to us from our lives. The following article gives three touch points we can work on to help us from falling into the pit of toxicity that may be waiting for us and the certainty of the lost time in opportunity as we deal with the consequences of embracing the toxic. With awareness we can avoid the trap of escalation in toxic influences and find the path to the positive.

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“I guess humans like to watch a little destruction. Sand castles, houses of cards, that’s where they begin. Their great skills is their capacity to escalate.”

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3 Toxic Beliefs Most People Think Are Normal

Let me distract you for a moment and give you something important to think about…

When I was in my late teens and early twenties, I had tunnel vision and expected life to be a certain way. I studied my failures until I lost sight of my successes. I surrendered my dreams to feel a sense of comfort. I held tight to my fears and shielded myself from love and happiness by refusing to put myself out there. And as I did all of this, I sat back and wondered why life was so miserable.

Obviously, I was very lost. My own toxic beliefs and ensuing behaviors had gotten the best of me. But after some extensive soul-searching, lots of reading, and diligent daily practice, I learned to do things differently, and I found myself again. I tell you this because I know you struggle with similar inner demons – we all do. Sometimes the ideas and habits we get comfortable with end up killing us inside.

As a veteran life coach who has now spent the better part of a decade coaching thousands of people online and offline, I now realize that many of the toxic beliefs I struggled with earlier in life are actually quite common. I have literally seen the same toxic beliefs surface in the lives of new clients over and over again. Here are three of the most common ones you need to be aware of:

1. The past is indicative of the present.

When things aren’t going well there is a tendency to extrapolate and assume the future holds more of the same. For some strange reason, this doesn’t happen as much when things are going well. Remaining in the moment is much easier when we’re experiencing joy. A laugh, a smile and a warm fuzzy feeling are fleeting and we know it. But when we’re depressed, struggling, or fearful, it’s easy to heap on more pain by assuming tomorrow will be just like today. This is a cyclic, self-fulfilling prophecy. If you don’t allow yourself to move past what happened, what was said, what was felt, you will look at your present and future through that same dirty lens, and nothing will be able to breach your foggy judgment. You will keep on justifying, reliving, and fueling a perception that shouldn’t have existed in the first place.

2. It’s too late to make changes.

Life is not a straight line. There isn’t one right path for you or anyone else. And there isn’t a set timeline of milestones. But sometimes the pressure coming from peers, family, work, and society in general is enough to make us feel completely broken inside. If we don’t have the “right” job, relationship, lifestyle, and so forth, by a certain age or timeframe, we assume we’re somehow broken. And that’s not true at all. You’re allowed to backtrack. You’re allowed to figure out what inspires you at different stages of your life. You’re allowed extra time when you need it. Life is meant to be a series of zigs and zags. It should look like a mess, but a beautiful mess. It shows that you have changed and grown. You’ve had your ups and downs. You went down one path, but decided to change course… perhaps on many occasions. That’s how life should be. Life is a continuous experience of independent present moments and choices. So whatever situation you are in right now, just know that it can change if you want it to. It’s up to you. You just have to choose something new.

3. Being vulnerable is dangerous.

We are all afraid to say too much, to feel too deeply, to let people know what they mean to us. But this isn’t healthy. Love is vulnerability. Happiness is vulnerability. The risk of being vulnerable is the price of opening yourself up to beauty and opportunity. Being vulnerable is not about showing the parts of you that are polished; it’s about revealing the unpolished parts you would rather keep hidden from the world. It’s about looking out into the world with an honest, open heart and saying, “This is me! Take me or leave me!” Of course, it’s hard to consciously choose vulnerability. Why? Because the stakes are high. But the truth is, nothing worthwhile in this world is a safe bet. Since love and happiness are born out of our willingness to be vulnerable – to be open to something wonderful that could be taken away from us – when you hide from your vulnerability, you automatically hide from everything you ever wanted in life.

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