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Quote Of The Day

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new” #Change #Focus #Motivation #Quote

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Quote Of The Day

“He who is different from me does not impoverish me – he enriches me. Our unity is constituted in something higher than ourselves – in Man… For no man seeks to hear his own echo, or to find his reflection in the glass.” #Diversity #Life Lessons

― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
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How To Master Procrastination And The Roaring Lion That Devours Your Good Intentions

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If only I could master that demon of procrastination that goes about like a roaring lion and devours all my good intentions”

~ Aaron Spelling

I am a procrastinator. Are you? It turns out, about one in five people procrastinate. Joseph Ferrari, a professor of Psychology at DePaul University and a leader in this field, found in his research that we are all guilty of procrastination, but 20 percent have a chronic issue.

Today I am wallowing in the depths of procrastination, and it feels similar to having my car stuck in the mud, and I can’t quite get it out. I’m almost there; maybe this last effort will do it.

Each day is different, and I know tomorrow will be better, I’ll get it done tomorrow. That is what we tell ourselves anyway, but it does not always work that way. Procrastinating can be a habit if we let it.

I have to be focused on a task to be successful. It is easy to do the things that do not challenge us, but when we are intimidated by a project, or even what should be a simple task, we put it off. We find excuses to wait until later in the day, or even until tomorrow, or next week.

The greatest amount of wasted time is the time not getting started.”

Dawson Trotman

When there is something you are avoiding – Do it first. We usually are the most productive first thing in the morning. We are rested, have more energy, and are more focused on getting work done. It makes sense to focus and do the hardest thing first.

Sometimes we cannot complete the whole task in one morning, so we want to put it off until tomorrow. Do a reset. Go to lunch, and then go back to work and begin your day again. Divide your day into two equal parts, and treat each half equally. Change your viewpoint about afternoons. We tend to treat the afternoon as the end of the day, and we slack off. We are wasting time. Don’t do that. You should be just as productive in the afternoons as you are in the mornings.

Stop doing the things that distract you; set an allotted time for them, do them, and then stop until another assigned time. Look at your email, and then forget about it until a specified time in the day. It is not necessary to continually check your email. The same goes for your cell phone; shut it off. check it on your own time, such as lunch and after work. Avoid the internet. It is easy to get sucked into the latest news, Facebook, Twitter, etc. If you have to do research fine; do that and then shut it off. It is a time-waster.

Break the project down into separate tasks. Sometimes, we are overwhelmed, and we do not know where to start. It is easy to procrastinate when we may be frightened to move forward. By dividing the project into smaller sections, it will not look so intimidating. Start with the first step and complete that, then move on to the next. When you do this, you are making the task at hand much easier to do, and before you know it, the project will be complete.

When you are a perfectionist and want any project you are involved in, or responsible for, to reflect your values; they must be perfect. You believe your self worth will be at risk if the project does not meet your standards. Because of this, you may procrastinate and put it off as long as you can. Having high standards is good, but you also are responsible for seeing the projects finished. Just do it and move on to the next.

“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”

– Abraham Lincoln

In the long run, procrastination is not a good thing. It will always be there if we do not address it, and it can overrun our lives, both professionally and personally.

If you procrastinate at work, it will affect your performance. Either you don’t complete projects on time, or if you rush to complete them to meet a deadline, your work will not be up to par. Both will affect you negatively at work.

Your personal life can also be affected. Procrastinating over life decisions can be detrimental to your relationships, your education, your financial success, and even your health.

You may spend days, months, and eventually, years staying in place and then realize that you are letting time slip through your fingers, and you have missed opportunities.

As with most everything in life, we can make an effort and take the necessary steps to stop procrastinating. It is an effort and one we have to continue to work on. Make a new habit and stop procrastination.

“My advice is to never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.”

– Charles Dickens

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Quote Of The Day

“Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” #Success #Motivation #Quote

– Dale Carnegie
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Quote Of The Day

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There are two primary choices in life; to accept conditions as they exist, or to accept the responsibility for changing them.

~ Aldous Huxley

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The Psychological Effect Of Appearance And Communication Skills On Each Of Us

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Are you aware of the effect you have when you walk into a room full of people?

“The time men spend in trying to impress others they could spend in doing the things by which others would be impressed.”

~ Frank Romer

When someone walks into a room, all eyes will turn, and within seconds a judgment will be made.

Sometimes it is “Wowser, look at him!” Other times you look away; not impressed.

What sparks the “Wow” response? Why does your gaze linger? Is it the clothes, or is it something else? What do you see and what do you feel?

Sometimes there is an essence, a magnetism; maybe a sexual response.

Certainly, the clothes matter and in business, you will hear the statement, “dress for success” often. There is a psychological reason for it. Your clothing affects how you act and feel. When you dress well, and you know you look good, your confidence level is higher, and you perform better. Your appearance will also have a psychological effect on others; the people you work with, your customers, and virtually anyone in the room.

The English idiom “don’t judge a book by its cover” is a metaphorical phrase that means one shouldn’t prejudge the worth or value of something by its outward appearance alone.

What we wear paints a picture, but the image we present is so much more than the clothes we wear.

When you walk into a room, you do so with intent. What is lurking inside that veneered cover? What else is important?

What happens when you have a conversation and have to answer a question? Your response and your ability to articulate can make or break you. If your appearance is a facade, you are in trouble; that essence you gave off just evaporated into thin air.

A voice can also be magnetic and can draw someone in, relax, or excite them. The words you choose are essential and can show your knowledge and intelligence, but the tone of your voice is equally important. A clear, confident voice spoken in a well-modulated tone will have a positive impact on the listener.

As soon as you are in a conversation with someone, the ability to be a good listener is imperative. No discussion is one-sided. If you want to impress someone, stop talking, ask them a question, and let them talk. Watch the body language of the other person and ask them clarifying questions. Make eye contact and perhaps lean in toward the other person indicating your interest in them and their opinion.

The way you walk into the room and the way you speak is affected by your attitude. You have probably heard the term, “fake it till you make it.” I would not recommend attempting to fake your attitude. Your attitude shines through virtually everything you do. It shows in your facial expression, your eyes, your smile, body position, and movements, to name just a few. Your attitude is transparent. You cannot fake being positive or energetic. You can try, but I would not advise it. Organizations look for people who have a passion for life and show their enthusiasm through their actions and words. You cannot fake that!

We should all be excellent at communication, but we are not. Communication is a learned skill and no one is perfect. There are many simple techniques which you can practice each day to become better.

Some of the most common mistakes and the most irritating in my opinion are people who do not look at me when I am speaking. You can see that they are not listening and are already thinking about what they are going to say. Worse yet is being interrupted, or having someone walk away, while I am still talking. Yes, people do that!

Don’t do that. Instead, look for ways to improve.

Here a few tips:

  • Spend more time listening, not talking.
  • Focus on the other person, make eye contact, move toward them, not away.
  • Ask plenty of questions and then clarify their intent.
  • Never interrupt.
  • Avoid finishing someone’s sentence.
  • When you are unsure of what the other person is saying, pause when they are done speaking. Let them know you want to clarify and then ask them a question.
  • Do not think about what you are going to reply until the other person has stopped talking.

How you dress, your non-verbal cues, and how you speak are all integral parts of how you communicate. Do them each with great care. We take our suits to the dry cleaners and we press our shirts. We should do the same with our verbal and non-verbal communication skills.

“One man is more concerned with the impression he makes on the rest of mankind, another with the impression the rest of mankind makes on him.”

~ Arthur Schopenhauer

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This article was originally published at Medium.com, https://medium.com/@lindalatt

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Do You Set Daily Intentions? Why They Are Beneficial and Can Change Your Life

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“An unintentional life accepts everything and does nothing. An intentional life embraces only the things that will add to the mission of significance.”

― John C. Maxwell

There is a difference between having goals and having intentions.

We may have goals of what we would like to accomplish. Goals are specific and measurable and have a quantifiable ending point.

You set a goal, and it has a start date and an ending date. i.e., I am going to paint the house, and I am going to start today. I have to have it done by the end of the month.

Daily intentions are different because they are all about what you are doing now. Intentions give you purpose and help you remain focused.

Goals have a limit or an end-point; intentions do not.

Intentions are about your values and what you want to accomplish today and in your life. How are you going to contribute value to yourself, your workplace, your family, and friends? What matters most to you? Setting intentions and reflecting on them at the beginning of each day will help throughout your day.

An intention is more about your attitude toward life. I believe living with intention is being mindful, and it is more thought provoking, more emotional.

 “Our intention creates our reality.”

Wayne Dyer

Intentions are positive. They are related to your thoughts and values. Intentions made at the beginning of the day help you move through your day with a clear purpose. Setting intentions will make you more productive; they will give you better control of your life.

Living your life with intention is a practice, a way of life. Your intentions would be different than mine because everyone will have different views on how to live. We have different passions.

I believe the most challenging part of setting your intentions is self-reflection. We rush through each day, and we do not spend much time thinking about who we are and what we want out of life. That is why deciding on practicing intentions is so powerful.

Spend time with yourself in a quiet, safe space, close your eyes, and reflect. What is it you want? Where are you now and where do you want to be.

It is not necessary to start big; you can start with small intentions and reflect on those. Ease yourself into living a more self-focused life.

Write your intentions down and look at them every day. Read them before you go to bed so you can reflect on them and make it a practice of looking at them again in the morning; maybe when you have your coffee or when you are exercising.

I love the idea of creating something artistic such as a notebook or journal where you can add drawings and photos that symbolize your intentions, evoke emotions, and resonate internally. Something that will make you feel happy and content.

How do you feel? Be as specific as possible about what you want to happen and how you will feel when you accomplish it.

Think about your intentions, envision them, and relax. Do not let the process overwhelm you. Having a tangible written slip of paper, or a page on your computer, that you reference each day will allow you to go about each day without actually focusing on it like you would a goal. They will become an automatic part of your life.

So what would you choose as an intention for living your life every day?

Here are a few examples:

I will be happy today.

I will smile and enjoy laughter.

I will be open to success.

I will be financially stable.

I will always set a good example.

I will be a good writer.

I will be kind.

I will be calm.

By setting intentions, we are planting seeds in our minds. We plant the seeds, we tend to them every day, and then we let them grow. We internalize our intentions, and we absorb them. A mind is a powerful tool; use it and accept that human consciousness is powerful as well.

Being intentional is a choice. It is a way of thinking about what you want your life to be and becoming aware of the changes you need to make. It is a concept that can work if you allow it to. Live a mindful life and embrace your intentions. You can make your life better.

 “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”

— Maya Angelou

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