5 Reasons Why Smiling Can Make You A Better Leader

Do you know it actually takes more effort to frown or scowl than it is to smile? When we smile, we actually use less muscles than when we are angry or upset.

If that is the case, then doesn’t it make sense to smile more? Why is it that leaders find it challenging to smile more often?

When I had a corporate career, prior to having a managerial or leadership role, I was a very relaxed, happy-go-lucky person. I certainly was happier and smiled a lot more when interacting with my work colleagues. When I was promoted to a managerial role and had overall responsibility for a manufacturing site, the way I interacted with others certainly changed. I was now more serious, tense and felt the pressure of being in charge of the success or failure of the site.


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10 Things You Could Do If You Get Up Earlier

I am an early riser. It is a habit that I have developed over many years. There are many mornings I’d rather just stay in bed and sleep longer. However getting up earlier has been extremely beneficial for me.

I do realise that not everyone prefers getting up earlier. There are many who prefer to stay up late up and get things done at night. While one preference may not be any better than the other, it comes down to knowing when you work best and setting up habits that support you in being the most productive you can be.


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10 Excuses That May Be Holding You Back From Living Your Dreams

Everyone has a dream. Whether it is to go on a vacation around the world or start a new career or buy that dream home, we all know what we’d love to do.

However when we look at how many people are actually living their dreams, it is quite sad that so few are fortunate enough to doing the things they’d love to. And what’s even sadder is the majority of people have settled for the life they know and have bought into their excuses as to why they cannot be living their dreams.


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5 Reasons Why Problems Should Be Welcomed

Life would be a whole lot easier if we didn’t have problems, right? Not having problems would mean less stress, things or projects would get done a lot quicker and life would be so much simpler.

What if we could look at problems from a different perspective? Rather than trying to get rid or problems, what if we started to welcome problems? If we did that, could it actually help us?


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5 Ways You’re Telling Others Your Time Isn’t Valuable

The one thing we all have in common is that we have the same amount of time each day. How we use our time impacts just about everything we do and accomplish in life. Time really is the most important resource we have.

We all get 24 hours each day. Most adults sleep between six to eight hours per night. If we use six hours of sleep per night, that means an adult has 18 waking hours per day, which equates to 1,080 minutes per day or 64,800 seconds per day. So, how do you use the time available to you each day?

When it comes to valuing time, how would you rate yourself? Would you say you place a high value on your time? Or do you allow external conditions and demands to dictate what you do each day?


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How To Get Through The Middle Stages Of A Project

Starting a new project is usually filled with excitement and a sense of what could be possible. For entrepreneurs and business owners, doing something new is one of the things that is most appealing about being in business.

The same also applies to completing a project. The reward for the effort, time and energy invested in a project can be a great motivator to get the project finished.

There is another stage all projects must get through and that is the middle stage. This stage can be long, unappealing, repetitive and even uninspiring at times. The harsh reality is most projects struggle and even come to an end at this stage. The middle stage is where most of the important activities take place and is the most difficult to get through.


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15 Signs That You Are Already Successful

Oftentimes, in the pursuit of success, it can be easy to lose sight of what we’ve already accomplished and the successes we’ve had in life. It is very common, especially in the western world, to be constantly striving for more no matter how much we’ve already achieved.

And since we set such high standards for ourselves and have high expectations for the success we want in life, when we fail to reach those lofty standards or expectations, we may feel disappointed or feel like we have failed.

However, if we stop and reflect, it won’t be hard to come up with a list of many things that are working well in our lives. Some of these things could be those we take for granted like our health, or having a roof over our heads.


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5 Ways To Avoid Procrastination

Do you ever have days when you’re totally in the flow and you can effortlessly get things done? But do you have days when you just can’t seem to focus and find yourself getting distracted easily?

Even the most disciplined or focused individuals get distracted which results in a loss of productivity and performance and can lead to frustration.

A common example of this is usually after we’ve had a positive or exciting experience. During the actual event itself, we are energised, motivated and totally involved with the present experience. However, after the event, there is a period where the “high” of the event still remains but pretty soon, that high fades away and things go back to normal.


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5 Ways To Become A Great Conversationalist

Having spent a few days at a conference recently, I had the opportunity to connect with many people of different ages, different backgrounds and different experiences. I observed how people interacted with each other and the types of conversations they had.

Naturally, most of the conversations were around the theme and information shared at the conference. The interesting thing was that I found it easier to have conversations with some people but with others, the conversations didn’t flow as freely or as naturally as I had expected it to.


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How To Make A Comeback After A Major Setback

When I first started my personal development journey, the ones that were doing well in the industry all seemed to have one thing in common — they all had books on their area of expertise.

I thought having my own book would benefit me too so when I transitioned out of my corporate career, I took a few months off to write my first book. While I did not find the writing part of the book difficult, the challenge I had was I did not know much about marketing or the book publishing industry. I self-published my first book, Hoops and Freedom however I wasn’t able to sell as many copies as I wanted to. I eventually learned that writing a book is only 10% of the process. The other 90% is in getting the book out to readers. In fact, in the first year after the book came out, I sold less than 500 copies. I didn’t feel very successful as an author.


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