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5 Reasons Why It’s Hard to Be Grateful

The holidays are coming. This is the time of year when we’re reminded to be kind and good and most of all, grateful. If you’re reading this, then you’re probably like most of us; you have a lot to be grateful for. We hear all the time about the power of gratitude and how it contributes to a happy, healthy and purposeful life. But realistically, if you’re like me, you probably spend far more time complaining about what you don’t have and what’s not right, than you do about what you do have and what’s going well. So why is that? Why is it so hard to stay in a conscious state of gratefulness about everything that’s good in our lives? Why is it so […]

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Get After It…Now!

  “People are strange: They are constantly angered by trivial things, but on a major matter like totally wasting their lives, they hardly seem to notice.” – Charles Bukowski Yes, people are strange. You, me, and everyone else – we’re all guilty of wasting our lives. We sweat the small stuff while losing sight of our dreams. If you’re lucky, you’ll realize this before it’s too late and not have to spend those final moments wondering “if only?” I can’t think of anything that fills me with such dread. Me? I’m dreaming of enjoying a passive income from the vista of a tropical beach; in one hand a great book, in the other, strong local rum. I’ll buy a pet monkey and slurp spicy noodles […]

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A Little Bit of Gratitude, Everyday!

How many struggles have you encountered this week? How many times have you bounced back quickly from each one? Struggles are a part of everyday life, especially if you’re in sales. Each time you walk in a new door, you don’t know who you’re going to face, how you should address their concerns about your product, or what rebuttals you need to have ready. Living with so many variables is a touchy way to live. Yes, you do your homework, but until you’re in the trenches and have come face-to-face with their situation, you don’t really know who they are or what they need to hear. Then, say you don’t close. There’s another struggle (or three) because you have a quota to reach this week […]

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3 Improv Comedy Tricks To Supercharge Your Social Life

Picture this: You’re standing on stage in front of thousands of people. You have no script, no props, no set design, no director telling you what to do or how to do it, not even a story you’re supposed to tell. It’s just you, your scene partner, and maybe a couple of chairs. The two of you have to create the script, props, set design, direction, story, AND make everyone in the audience laugh their asses off. Welcome to the world of improv comedy. Improv is scary, but it’s also exhilarating. Kinda like meeting new people, right? Well, in case you aren’t the best socializer or networker in the world, here’s 3 neat tricks you can use to boost your social capital, brought to you […]

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Feel Less Awkward With This Simple Technique

We’ve all had that moment when we just don’t know what to say. That lull in conversation coupled with an awkward silence can make anyone feel uncomfortable. One of my most prominent memories in awkward conversation is what I call, the curse of the empty drink. I’d be at a bar with an empty drink in hand, and when I didn’t know what to say or thought I sounded lame, I would take another sip of my empty drink. I still cringe whenever I hear someone slurping their drink. It would have been easier to just go get another drink, but I felt like I was doing something in that moment other than saying nothing, noticing my heart rate going up, feeling my palms sweat, […]

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The First Step To Change

I would forgive you for reading a few personal development blog posts and coming away from the experience more troubled than relieved. After all, *Why don’t you own a business? *Isn’t it about time you traveled the world? Those things will happen, of course — right after you sign up for the email list. Phew. Thank God all I have to do to solve my problems is click a button. In a perfect world, right? Actually, it’s not so far off The most frustrating aspect of the you-don’t-just-click-a-button-to-solve-your-problems world is…the truth isn’t that different. Small changes in personal behavior do lead to big changes. You hear it all the time because it’s true: the most challenging barriers to personal change are self-created. Humans have a […]

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Get Rid of Morning Anxiety with 10 Easy Positive Affirmations

“What is love? Love is the absence of judgement. ~Dalai Lama.” Do you wake up with morning anxiety, feelings of stress and tension even before facing your day? Did you know that when you first rouse out of sleep, you are your most vulnerable and most susceptible to worry and anxiety and stress? And did you know that you can heal your morning anxiety quickly and easily with the right tool? Millions of people experience morning anxiety of some level. On the surface, it may seem harmless. But if you continue to ignore it, the anxiety will build up tension and stress in your system over the years and can adversely affect your health and mental well-being. Plus, getting rid of this anxiety is entirely […]

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Are You Doing What It Takes To Be Great?

The Universal Truth about Fear: it affects everyone one of us. But when was the last time we stopped to really analyze our fears? Not only to see what they are but also to see what they stop us from becoming. How many opportunities do we miss out on by avoiding things we’re afraid of? The reality is we’ll never know. There could be life-changing jobs, friendships and business connections, just waiting to be taken or formed. And that’s the scary side effect of letting fear control our lives: we never know what we’re truly capable of achieving. We risk years of regret, what-ifs, and should-have-dones by giving fear the keys and letting it decide our ultimate destination. Despite all its uncertainty, fear does make […]

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Have a Life Fit for Pharrell

You went to work today dreading it. And what happened? Did a magical unicorn come and drop a bomb of happy on you? No. Your boss called you in his office, first thing, and asks why you made a decision you made last week. He proceeds to rip you a new one, so before you walk out of his office, you’re left feeling even smaller than you did when you walked in to work this morning. Or maybe you got up on the wrong side of the bed (because hey! that happens every other day), went to the fridge and found someone had finished all the milk, so you had to eat dry cereal since you were out of Sprite, too. Thus setting the tone […]

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7 Tips for Handling Annoying Coworkers

If getting up at the crack of dawn, fighting for the hot water in the shower, then spending hours in traffic only to arrive at a job you despise wasn’t bad enough, many of us have to deal with yet another factor when it comes to getting through our workday with some level of sanity: other coworkers. Unfortunately, not everyone in the world is happy, and often their negativity can cause us high levels of stress. If you are struggling to maintain your sanity in a workplace filled with coworkers who may be annoying, depressing, or downright rude to you, below are seven tips to make your 9-5 a little more bearable. 1.Keep Calm. Those little signs reminding you to Keep Calm and Carry On […]

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