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Wednesday
Jan212015

Easy Ways to Build Great Habits

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” This statement penned by author Jim Ryun speaks to how you can find long-term success in both your professional and personal life. It takes time to make something a habit, and it certainly is a difficult thing to do. In the spirit of making resolutions for the New Year, we give you a few suggestions to help you make a habit out of your desired behaviors.

  • Make time to do it. As obvious as this idea may seem, so many people neglect to take this important first step. For example, if you plan to make exercise a part of your daily routine, you need to set aside a specific time to do that. Look realistically at your schedule and lifestyle to set yourself up for success. Someone who has the most energy and motivation at the beginning of the day would do well to carve out the first 15-30 minutes of the morning for a workout. Establishing the time beforehand will encourage you to stick to your goal and encourage you to continue.
  • Connect habits you already have to new habits you’d like to adopt. If your exercise goal is to spend 20 minutes on the treadmill once a day, then incorporate that into something you already do every day. If you always sit down to watch the 5:00 news every night, then spend that time on the treadmill in front of the television instead of sitting on the couch. Or if you always check your email at a certain time, work your exercise into, before, or after it. You’ll have a better chance at sticking to your desired behavior this way.
  • Make it as convenient for yourself as possible. If you want to exercise first thing in the morning before work, set out your clothes and equipment, fill your water bottle, and cue up your music the night before so you can roll out of bed and get right to it. You’ll have less of an excuse to skip it if it’s easy and convenient to accomplish.
  • Keep a calendar to chart your progress and reward yourself for meeting milestones. In order to stay motivated, you need to set goals and keep track of your progress. Set some benchmarks ahead of time and record them on a calendar, either digitally or on paper. Every time you reach a milestone, reward yourself in a way that will encourage you to keep going. Make the reward enjoyable and guilt-free so that you continue working toward your next benchmark and reward.

When developing good habits, do everything you can to set yourself up for success. Plan ahead, be realistic about your lifestyle, and track your progress. What great habits would you like to build in 2015? Which of our suggestions will be the most helpful to you? Please share your ideas in our comments section!

Source: DSF – Direct Selling Education Foundation, January 8, 2015
(http://www.dsef.org/2015/01/08/easy-ways-to-build-great-habits/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheDSEF+%28Direct

Monday
Jan122015

Workplace Violence

Workplace violence can be any act of physical violence, threats of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening, disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site. Workplace violence can affect or involve employees, visitors, contractors, and other non-employees. A number of different actions in the work environment can trigger or cause workplace violence. It may even be the result of no-work related situations such as domestic violence or “road rage”. Workplace violence can be inflicted by an abusive employee, manager, or even a stranger. Whatever the cause or whoever the perpetrator, workplace violence is not to be accepted or tolerated.

The following are warning indicators of potential workplace violence:

• Intimidating, harassing, bullying, belligerent, or other inappropriate and aggressive behavior.
• Numerous conflicts with customers, co-workers, or supervisors.
• Brining a weapon to the workplace (unless necessary for the job), making inappropriate references to guns, or making idle threats about using a weapon to harm someone.
• Statements showing fascination with incidents of workplace violence, statements indicating approval of the use of violence to resolve a problem, or statements indicating identification with perpetrators of workplace homicides.
• Statements indicating desperation (over family, financial, and other personal problems) to the point of contemplating suicide.
• Direct or veiled threats of harm.
• Substance abuse.
• Extreme changes in normal behaviors.

 

Once you have noticed a subordinate, co-worker, or customer showing any signs of the above indicators, you should take the following steps:

• If you are a co-worker, you should notify the employee’s supervisor immediately of your observations.
• If it is a customer, notify your supervisor immediately.
• If it is your subordinate, then you should evaluate the situation by taking into consideration what may be causing the employees problems.
• If it is your supervisor, notify that person’s manager.


It is very important to respond appropriately, i.e., not to overreact but also not to ignore a situation. Sometimes that may be difficult to determine. Managers should discuss the situation with expert resource staff to get help in determining how best to handle the situation.

Source: Kristin VanSoest (http://www.safetyresources.com/news-blog/short-read-workplace-violence) September 23, 2014

Monday
Jan052015

Positive Motivation for Decluttering in 2015

As 2014 comes to a close, it’s a good time to reflect back on the last year. Did you accomplish what you wanted to? How do you feel about your current life, health, home, and stress levels? Specifically, how do you think the clutter and organization of your home may affect your feelings about your day-to-day life and accomplishments?

I know at my house, I see a direct correlation between my productivity and my organization. While I don’t mind living with a little happy chaos around the house, too much clutter holds me back from so many things I might aspire to do. It can weigh me down. I believe that disorganization and excess clutter contributes to so many issues and struggles that occur in our home and life.

So if simplifying could benefit our life, why is it that we have such a hard time letting go of the clutter? We can become emotionally attached to things, or simply feel overwhelmed by all the decisions involved in letting things go. Sometimes it feels easier just to avoid having to make those decisions. Yet, when we think about the kind of life we want, it makes sense to devote the time necessary to make those life-changing decisions.

 

Checking monthly activities in the calendar

 

The commitment to get organized in 2015 will impact our lives in many healthy ways. I find it very helpful to visualize the kind of life I want to live in the upcoming year, and how decluttering and better organization in life will set me up with the confidence I need to achieve my goals and make positive changes.

Here is a prediction of how we might feel at the end of 2015 if we decide to let go of clutter, establish better habits, and get organized. Since seeing the potential positive outcome in black and white is helpful for me, perhaps it will be helpful for you as well!

If we get rid of clutter, we will:

1. Feel more positive

2. Be less stressed

3. Have more free time

4. Be happier with our home

5. Enjoy more time with people we love

6. Be more hospitable

7. Reach more goals

8. Feel less frazzled

9. Be in better financial shape

10. Be more organized

What are some ways that clutter might be holding you back? How would your life improve if you got serious about decluttering and made a commitment to getting organized this year?

Source: Melissa, Michaels (http://www.unclebobs.com/the-decluttered-home/index.php/positive-motivation-decluttering-2015.html) January 2015

Friday
Jan022015

4 EASY Steps to Reach Your New Year’s Goals & Perform Better in 2015

Do you want to make 2015 the best and most successful year of your life?

I want to explain what you can do to make it happen! These tips are very practical and easy to do, but they will be greatly beneficial to your success. Keep reading and I will show you how… 

How to Reach Your Goals in 2015

One of your most valuable financial assets is your earning power. They call it your human capital or your intellectual property. What you have to do is constantly increase your earning ability.

Image climbing a ladder. When you start climbing in your career and most people have no earning ability, but after 10 or 20 years some are earning 20 to 50 times more than others! Even though they started out in the same spot.

What’s Their Secret?

The difference was that the top people based on years of research have continually learned new skills as they go through their careers. Like climbing a ladder. Every new skill increases your ability to get great results. It increases the value of your contribution. It increases your ability to earn more money.

If you want to earn more money in and accomplish your goals in 2015, create more value. It’s as simple as that.

How do you make 2015 a Great Year?

The only way you can create more value for yourself in 2015 is to learn and apply new skills that allow you to get better results. Results that people will pay you more and more to get.

1) How to Write Goals For 2015

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Some people don’t know where to start and wonder how to write goals. Ask yourself this question…

“Where do I want to be in 12 months?” 

Write down 10 goals that you want to accomplish in the next 12 months of 2015. Look at your goals that you have written down and think to yourself, “If I could wave a magic wand, which one goal would have the greatest impact on my life.”  For most of us it’s a financial goal.

For some of us it might be a fitness goal, a relationship goal, or a business goal, but for most of us it is a financial goal. You can still use these tips on any goal.

2) Focus On One Skill At a Time

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Write it down very clearly and set a date. Then make a list of everything that you can do to achieve this goal. Then, the next question you want to ask is,

“What one skill will help me the most to achieve this goal?”

Think about all of the skills that you have and find out one skill. Focus on learning one skill that can help you achieve your most important goal.

This formula is the reason why people go from the bottom to the top of anything. The most successful people are very clear on where you want to go.

You must have a very clear goal. Then you must be very clear about the skills you must acquire that will get you there. When you acquire new skills, it helps you climb the ladder of success, every new step of the ladder you increases your earning potential.

When you increase your earning ability, you open up new opportunities for yourself. Keep adding new skills and keep growing to achieve your most important goal.

3) Manage Your Time

time-management-2015

Today we are overwhelmed with too much to do and too little time.

You must plan everyday in advance… 

The simplest way to do this is to make a list of everything that you have to do in your coming day. If you are going to invest your time into anything, you want to do the thing that gives you the greatest return on energy, or your mental and physical energy.

Some people work all day and make a few dollars and some people work all day and make hundreds and thousands of dollars.

Which one do you want to be?

Make a list of everything that you have to do in the coming day and identify your most important task. Which one item will have the greatest value in your work? The greatest value in achieving your main goal? Work on this task first. Work on it until it is 100% complete.

4) How to Develop a Good Habit in 2015

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Start each day by completing a task first thing in the morning. This is one of the great psychological tricks of success…

Start and complete one task, first thing in the morning.

If you’re going to complete a task in the morning, start and complete your most important task! Do that everyday before you do anything else. Repeat this over and over again for 3 weeks and you will develop a habit.

Conclusion

Focus on your most important goal in 2015 by developing skills to achieve it. Manage your time by completing the most important tasks first and develop a new habit of completing your most important task first.

If you do follow these 4 tips, I promise that you will have great success in 2015 and develop great habits for years to come.

Source: Tracy, Brian (http://www.briantracy.com/blog/personal-success/4-easy-tips-to-perform-better-and-reach-your-goals/) December 10, 2014

Friday
Jan022015

DREAMS ARE ADJUSTABLE

I once wanted to be a teacher. In fact, until I was about 23 years old, I thought that was going to be my future. Then I taught, and found it wasn’t for me. Not the teaching part, the public education administration part. It only took one example to show me public education was fundamentally broken.

The local museum in town had this great exhibit in for only two weeks, by chance my class was studying the same thing, what luck, I thought to myself, the kids will love this! I went to my principal and told her I wanted to take the kids to museum instead our annual trip to the zoo. “Can’t do that”, she said, “had to be approved a year in advance, but you can do it next year”. “It won’t be here next year, it’s a traveling exhibit, it’s only here this year.”, I explained. “Sorry, won’t happen”, she replied. “What if I got parents to do this after school, or on a weekend, and it wouldn’t cost anything?”, I pleaded. “Nope, can’t let you do it, don’t waste your energy on this”, she could see my rising frustration on something that made no sense.

So, we went to the zoo. The same zoo the kids went to every year, for the same tour, same learning, same cage animals, not even trying to get out.

The writing was on the wall for me, right then and there. These people didn’t really care about educating kids. They cared about following process and procedure. Even if it didn’t make sense. My dream of being an educator needed an adjustment.

My dream didn’t die, I just found a new way to scratch that itch. So many people believe if they didn’t reach their dream, that it dies. I think that’s just an easy way to getting out of doing the hard work. The hard work isn’t all that you put into reaching your dream. That is actually work you enjoy, you’re chasing your dream. The hard work starts when you can’t reach your dream, or you decide the dream you had is no longer the dream you want. The hard work starts the moment you adjust your dream to something else.

I truly believe people should chase their dreams for as long as they’re appropriate. Awesome, you want to play football in the NFL, that’s great! You’re now 38 years old and never made a roster, time to make an adjustment! How about working in some capacity in the NFL? Coaching? Marketing?

We give people a false sense that it’s alright to chase your dreams forever. We even give them examples of some 90 year old lady who ran her first marathon, or something like that. We encourage it. Never do we feel it’s appropriate to tell someone, “Hey, maybe it’s time to think about something else”. Maybe it’s time to adjust your dream. It’s okay. You won’t shrivel up and die. It’s just a dream, they’re adjustable.

Source: Sacket, Tim - http://www.timsackett.com/2014/12/17/dreams-are-adjustable/ (December 17, 2014)