How to Avoid the Mistakes You Made This Year Next Year

4 Questions You Can Ask to Set Yourself Up For a Better New Year

It is very common, at this time of the year, for people to think back on the year they’ve had and start setting new resolutions or goals.

Previously, I’ve written about how to do an end-of-year review and start planning for the New Year. I’ve also shared the common mistakes people make when setting New Year’s resolutions and how to avoid them.

As we reflect back on our year, it’s not unusual to have mixed emotions. If we think we’ve had a good year, then we may experience emotions of satisfaction, joy and a sense of accomplishment. If we don’t think we’ve had a good year, then we may experience emotions of disappointment, regret or sadness, which can affect our outlook for the New Year.

This is one of the reasons why I believe it is extremely valuable to review our year so that we can build on the things we did well and identify the things we did not do well, so that we can come up with ways to improve in the New Year.

How to avoid making the same mistakes next year

How To Deal With People You Do Not Get Along With

Ways to Connect Better With People During the Holiday Season

If you are dreading meeting people you don’t like or get along with during the holiday season, then this TEDx talk by Kalina Silverman will provide some ideas on how you can connect better with anyone.



Action Step: Apply one of the ideas Kalina suggested next time you find yourself in a situation with people you don’t get along with.

Question: What was your biggest takeaway from the presentation?

You can leave a comment by clicking here.

How To Be Best Prepared For The Holiday Season

5 Tips That Will Make The End of Year Celebrations More Enjoyable

The end of the year is often a good time to wind down, relax and enjoy the rewards of our efforts with the people that matter most.

It can also be a time that generates additional stress because of the pressure to be prepared for the festive season. The expectation to get or give gifts can put a lot of pressure on people financially and emotionally. Expenses made during December usually have to be paid out in full or in part the following month.

Interestingly, people are more likely to have a physical or emotional breakdown during the holiday season than any other time during the year. If we’re not careful, the holiday season can put unnecessary pressure on personal and professional relationships, and also on our health and well-being.

If we don’t have a system to manage the additional workload, the festive season could become a burden rather than being a fun time in our lives. The better prepared we are, the better experience we’ll have during the festivities.


5 Signs That Will Reveal You Are Not Living The Life You Want

Things to be Aware of as You Reflect on the Year You’ve Had

As we approach the end of another year, it’s quite common for people to stop and reflect on how things are in their lives, and get ready to make some changes.

Having a regular practice of reviewing what we are doing in life is important because:

  • It will reveal whether we are making progress towards our goals or not.
  • It allows us the opportunity to course-correct if we are not on track.
  • It reconnects us to our priorities.
  • It can help eliminate what’s unnecessary from our lives.

During the process of reflection, if we are not living life the way we want to, we will become aware of things that may be uncomfortable or even painful. These are signs or yellow alerts suggesting we have to make changes in order to get the results we want.


How To Plan Your Priorities Better Now To Avoid An Emergency Later

Things You Can Do To Prevent Unnecessary Stress or Overwhelm

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where something became urgent because of poor planning?

It could have been meeting a deadline, starting a new project or achieving a particular goal? Think back to how you dealt with the situation.

What emotions did you experience? Maybe you:

  • Felt frustrated or angry with yourself or someone else.
  • Experienced an emotional breakdown.
  • Felt stressed and under pressure.
  • Found yourself with low levels of motivation.
  • Wanted to be left alone.

Any noteworthy achievement will require a certain level of preparation and planning, otherwise we will take a “see how it goes” or a “hit and miss” approach.


5 Life Lessons You Will Learn When You Face Your Greatest Fears

Why You Should Not Be Afraid To Challenge Yourself and Take Risks

It is quite normal that whenever we attempt something new or pursue a big goal, we will experience a certain level of fear.

We can either let our fears stop us from going for what we want, or we can continue moving forward despite feeling afraid. The truth is almost all of our fears are self-created.

In its simplest form, fear is an imagined negative consequence that may or may not occur in the future if we take a particular action. Basically, we scare ourselves by imagining negative outcomes to anything we want to do or experience in life.

Fear can often be disguised as:

  • Procrastination – not doing what needs to be done.
  • Avoidance – not willing to face a reality in life due to embarrassment, not wanting to be rejected or not knowing what’s ahead.
  • Distraction – allowing ourselves to get sidetracked from doing what really matters.
  • Perfectionism – not wanting to share what we have done for fear of criticism.

When we confront our fears, most times, we will find that they were totally made them up and things didn’t turn out to be as scary as we thought they would.

In the book, Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill suggests that, “Every adversity brings with it the seed of an equivalent advantage.”

If we can start viewing our challenges or fears from a different perspective, then we are bound to learn valuable lessons and grow in the process.


How To Strengthen Your Intuition In Order To Make Better Decisions

5 Simple Ways to Take More Advantage of One of Your Greatest Gifts

We have all been given the gift of intuition, however the majority of people are not aware of how to use it to their advantage.

Through our experiences in life, we tend to make most of our decisions according to what we see, hear, smell, taste or touch, and suppress one of our greatest gifts — our intuition.

What is Intuition?

A simple way to define intuition is it’s the voice we hear or images we “see” before our rational mind kicks in. The Latin origin of intuition defines it as “look or go within.”

Our intuition is like an internal GPS that is always guiding us in the right direction and subtly informing us of what is true for us in any given moment.

Albert Einstein once said, “I believe in intuitions and inspirations…I sometimes feel that I am right. I do not know that I am.”

Why Strengthen Your Intuition?

Once we learn how to strengthen our intuition and trust it more, we will:

  • Have a lot more clarity on what’s important to us.
  • Be less indecisive.
  • Feel more confident that what we are doing is beneficial to us in some way.
  • Experience less stress or overwhelm because of higher levels of clarity.
  • Have better daily interactions because we’re guided by a higher intelligence.

As the decisions we make control the quality of our results and our overall life, strengthening our intuition will help us make better decisions.


10 Important Signs You Need To Get A Coach In Your Life

Things to Consider if You Want to Make Big Improvements Personally or Professionally

One thing that is common amongst highly successful people is that they all have coaches, either in their personal or professional life.

Sports professionals have coaches, as do entrepreneurs, executives, working professionals and individuals. There are many types of coaches today and they include:

  • Health and nutritional coaches.
  • Relationships coaches.
  • Business coaches.
  • Leadership or executive coaches.
  • Financial coaches.
  • Sales coaches.
  • Sports coaches.

It is rare for people to achieve remarkable success on their own. The term “self-made” is often a fallacy because no one achieves anything without either learning from someone or getting assistance from others.


5 Ways To Easily Improve The Performance Of Your Team

Simple Ideas to Create Effective Teams that Won’t Cost Anything

Having well-functioning teams is critical for a business to have an advantage over its competition.

Just think of some of the more recognisable companies or brands in the world — we’ll find that they all have great teams driving their success. It is extremely rare for anyone or any business to achieve notable success without having highly productive and effective teams.

Oftentimes, when considering improving team performance, a lot of focus is given to different types or training, mentoring or coaching programs. While they are extremely valuable and should always be the foundation of any team improvement initiatives, in my experience, when businesses are under pressure to cut costs, one of the first areas that suffers is employee training.

As training is often seen as a cost rather than an investment in people, continually providing training programs may not be seen as the best solution during difficult times. There are other things that can be done to improve team performance that won’t cost anything.

When done well, not only will it result in bottom-line improvements to a business, it will also create a happier, more enjoyable work environment for team members.