5 Things To Consider Doing Next Year If You Have Not Made Much Progress This Year

Every year, we kick off the New Year with renewed enthusiasm and the notion that this year is going to be different. It’s like we give ourselves permission to make changes because we want things to be better.

The reality is most of us do not follow through on what we had originally set out to do and before we know it, another year has passed us by which can leave us feeling disappointed, discouraged and even, sad.

If you’re like me, you do not want to make the same mistakes again in the New Year!

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My Top Ten Favourite Books Of All Time

From time to time, I get asked to name which book has had the biggest impact on my life. While it is challenging to narrow it down to one book, what I thought I’d do in this post is to share my favourite ten books.

Since it’s almost the holiday season, this can be a really good time to read these books, if you haven’t yet done so.

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5 Reasons Why Being Busy May Not Be Working For You

Consider this scenario — you’ve just met a friend you haven’t seen for a while and they ask you how things are with you. Based on your current situation, how will you respond? Will you say you’ve been very busy lately?

If that’s the case, then you’re not alone. In our fast-paced world, the majority of people are overstretched, overcommitted and overwhelmed with all the things they have going on in their lives. It has even reached the point where we are constantly exhausted.

The scary thing is that being exhausted is almost like a status symbol. If we’re not busy or overwhelmed, then we must not be doing anything important.

Unfortunately that behaviour is not good for us long-term.

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Is Company Loyalty Affecting The Choices You Have In Life?

One of the most common paradigms that has been around for a long time is to get a “good” job with a company and if you work hard enough and show loyalty to a company, you will be rewarded through job promotions, higher pay and better benefits. Plus if you show loyalty, you will be given job security.

In recent times, especially over the last couple of decades, that paradigm has been challenged and there are some risky downsides to be operating from that paradigm. I think this idea of job security is a thing of the past.

Why do I say that?

Having experienced and also witnessed company restructuring, downsizing or rightsizing throughout my career, I’ve seen firsthand how it affects people and how they respond when change is forced upon them.

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5 Ways To Make The Last Month Of The Year Count

It is hard to believe that we’re now into the last month of the year. I don’t know about you but to me, the years seem to be going by quicker and quicker the older I get! Is there a message in that?

How has this year turned out for you? Did you accomplish the things you wanted to?

Traditionally, most of us start to wind down and take our foot of the gas pedal as we move into the festive season. On the other hand, some of us may be feeling burned out or run down after a long year and just want the year to be over.

The good news is there is still a month left and a lot can be done in this last month of the year.

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How To Prevent Negative Thoughts From Decreasing Your Ability To Get Things Done

Our thoughts control almost everything we do or don’t do in life. Research indicates that on average, most adults have anywhere between 50,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day. Depending on your upbringing and your environment, your thoughts will either empower or disempower you.

Most of us were exposed or conditioned negatively in some way or another. If those who were responsible for raising us had a negative outlook on life, then the chances are that we were also programmed to have a negative outlook on life.

It is quite interesting that most of the things we have negative thoughts toward like worry, anxiety or fear about something, very rarely comes true. And even if any of our concerns do end up coming true, then most times we’re able to handle the situation better than we thought we could.

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7 Things You Should Not Apologize For Even Though It May Feel Like You Should

Isn’t it a strange thing that we’ve been conditioned to apologize for things we think may affect others even if it’s something important to us? Consider for a moment the last time you apologized to someone — was it for something you did wrong or was it for something you felt obliged to apologize for, even though it wasn’t your fault?

I know in the past, I have apologized for things like:

  • Not attending social events.
  • Taking time to do things that were important to me.
  • Not getting involved in other people’s personal issues.

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5 Things To Do When Dealing With Unexpected Change

It has been said that the one constant in life is change. Our world and our lives are constantly changing. Just reflect on your last five years and think about all the changes you have experienced and seen in the world…

Technology has changed, your physical appearance has changed, the people around you may have changed, and the way you do your work or run your business may have also changed.

If change is all around us, why is it difficult for us to deal with change? There is a common perception that people resist change however I have learned that people actually resist change only when it is not their choice. The fact that we willingly change everyday is proof that we don’t always resist change but when we are dealing with something that makes us uncomfortable, resistance can come up.

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If You Want To Become Better At Making Decisions, Then Apply These Things

One of the main cause of stress, conflict and procrastination is our inability to make good decisions. Let’s face it — we are faced with many decisions from the time we get up each day. It can be what clothes to wear, what to have for breakfast or lunch, or what to do during the day.

Being able to make decisions may seem like such a simple thing yet it’s not uncommon to find that many people struggle with making decisions. In the book, Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill revealed, after analysing thousands of men and women, that one of the major causes of failure in life was due to people’s inability to make decisions.

On the other hand, those who were highly successful had the habit of reaching decisions promptly, and changing these decisions very slowly, if at all. Those who failed to accumulate any significant wealth had the habit of reaching decisions very slowly and changing their decisions quickly and often.

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5 Risky Repercussions Of Working Too Hard

Being a business owner or entrepreneur, we all know too well the things we need to do to run our businesses. It is quite ironic that so many people get into business because they want the flexibility of working when they want to, however the reality is business owners tend to work more days and longer hours than when they worked for someone else.

Even after owning and running a business for over a decade now, this is still an area I struggle with. The desire to get things done for my business often overrules the things I know I should do instead. I recently had a painful reminder of this.

In my high school and university days, I used to play a lot of basketball and anyone who has played basketball for long periods of time know the effect that has on the knees. I always thought I would have problems with my knees later on in life however I never actually had my knees examined.

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