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 For 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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10 Practical Things You Can Do To Increase Your Confidence

Our level of confidence has a major impact on the decisions we make, the risks we are willing to take, and ultimately, the results we create in our lives. To put it simply, confidence really comes down to who we are really being in the world and whether we’re willing to pursue what’s important to us — our dreams.

Having a high level of confidence is important because it reveals to the world how we operate plus it also influences the opinions others have of us. Chances are that if you portray a strong level of confidence, you will attract others who also have a strong level of confidence.

One distinction that needs to be made is that being confident can also be perceived as being arrogant, being abrupt or even rude. While other people’s opinions of us should not matter, I believe it is important to be respectful of others and behave in a way that reveals who we truly are.

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7 Surefire Ways To Become Mentally Stronger

There is one certainty in life and that is, things don’t always go to plan or work out as we want them to. When we have experiences that we were not expecting, those experiences can derail us and even cause us stress, discomfort or prevent us from following our dreams if we’re not careful.

This is why being mentally strong can help us deal with life’s unexpected events. It can be dealing with loss of employment, a relationship breakdown, death of a loved one, or not knowing what we want to do in life. If we’re mentally strong, then we’ll be able to handle anything that comes our way.

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If You Watch TV, Here Are 30 Ideas To Help You Be Productive At The Same Time

Watching television can be a benefit but it can also be a huge distraction. With more and more new programs being introduced plus the number of channels available seemingly increasing all the time, if we’re not disciplined, we can end up wasting our most precious resource — our time!

I’ve heard television being referred to as many things including the income reduction box or the idiot box. There have been all sorts of research done on people’s television watching habits and preferences which have revealed that in most developed countries, an adult watches an average of three hours of television per day. That equates to over 20 hours per week and over 1,000 hours per year. That is a lot of time to spend in front of a box, doing nothing!

For most of us, television is a part of our lives so it will be extremely difficult to cut television out completely. If you’re one of the lucky few who can or have been able to remove television completely from your life, then congratulations! I certainly admire you for the decision you’ve made. But for the rest of us, getting rid of television may not be so easy therefore it will be useful to get other things done while we’re watching television.

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When You Let Go Of These 10 Things, Your Life Will Continue To Get Better

We all want to have freedom and the feeling that life is getting better all the time. We desire to live life to the fullest however it is easy for our desires to hit hurdles or roadblocks based on the choices and decisions we make every day.

The interesting thing is sometimes we may not even be aware of how our behaviours, through the choices and decisions we make, dictate the reality we create and what we experience each day. It’s the things that have become a part of our identity and who we have become that could be our biggest enemy.

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7 Things You Can Do To Sharpen Your Ability To Focus

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that in order to be efficient, productive or effective, we must master the ability to focus. Yet for busy business owners and entrepreneurs, this can often be quite challenging.

We know about the importance of staying focused because what we focus on expands or grows. Yet staying focused is something we tend to struggle with. Why is that?

Fortunately for me, I realised the importance of being able to focus on what’s important early in my business. In fact, when I first started my business, I named it Focused On…® because I knew that staying focused on the important things in business or life was a critical skill I needed to develop.

My first experience with focusing on a major project in my business was when I wrote my first book, Hoops and Freedom. For five months, I worked on nothing else except writing my book. I even hand-wrote the whole book. Each day, my aim was to write a minimum of five pages. Most days I exceeded my target however there were days when I could only write two pages. However, having a sole focus allowed me to complete writing the book in only five months, which was a good achievement for me considering I had never written a book before. That was the power of staying focused.

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15 Ways You Can Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone Every Day

We are all creatures of comfort and familiarity. Whenever we step outside our comfort zone, sometimes also referred to as our familiar zone, we experience a level of discomfort or unease.

On such occasions, we can either challenge ourselves and keep moving forward, or we can retreat and step back into our comfort zone. If we want to continue to develop and grow, then we must be willing to step out of our comfort zone on a consistent basis.

The good thing is stepping out of our comfort zone doesn’t necessarily have to be something gigantic. I personally think it’s wiser to build up our confidence to challenge ourselves gradually and then over time, we can attempt the more challenging things like changing careers, starting a new business, or relocating to a different state or country.

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