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7 Hot Tips for Self Improvement Part 1

Have you ever imagined that life could be a lot better and more fulfilling than yours is right now? Are you eager to learn a self improvement technique that will make it so?

Getting What You Really Want

Everyone wants something in life, love, money, success, recognition ... Yet too many people fail to realize their desires, and nearly all of them for the same reason.  They seem to go whichever way the wheel turns, as if they have no control over their situation.  If their vehicle takes them to places they never intended to be, or crashes into the brickwall of utter despair, that's just the cruelty of fate.

Ten Tips to Create More Life for Your Life

When people begin to investigate career change, often they don't want a new career at all. They love their career -- but they also want time for creating a life outside work. As a lifetime leisure-seeker, I've created ten tips to help you get started on the quest for "more time in your life -- and more fun."

If It Feels Good, It Must Be Right

Copyright © 2003 Priya Shah

Taking The Leap

Every four years, February gives us a whole 24 hours of bonus footage to add to our year. Many people take this opportunity to "do something special" with their extra day. But why wait for Leap Day? Why not celebrate the "leaps" and risks we take every day when we venture outside of our comfort zone or work to improve our lives? Of course change, especially life-altering change, is bone-shakingly frightening sometimes. The whole concept is fraught with a veritable minefield of "what ifs" that can be hard for us to see and get past in order to reach the destination point where our dreams lie. So I offer you the following "what ifs" along with some answers to help you take that leap, whatever it may be, and land safely on the other side!

4 Powerful Ways To Fire Up Your Motivation

It's so difficult to go on when everything seems to fail, isn't it?  Are there times in your life when you really want to callit "quits" because you just can't see any good results from allthe hard work you've done?

Stop Squeaking! Align Yourself for Business Success!

Even for a remarkable business owner like you, from time to time, you may still loose motivation in continuing the expansion of a service or product line. At time, you may seem to have a hard time figuring out why this once fantastic business that got you so excited every morning is making you feel like a heavy weight now.

Rebirth from the Ashes

The legend of the phoenix can actually be found in several belief systems. It can be traced back to ancient Egypt when it was then known as ?Bennu? or Bynw?, a symbol of the sun god Osiris.  Osiris was resurrected to life from serving as ruler of the underworld. Whether this mystical bird is attributed to the Chinese ?Feng-huang?, the Jewish ?Milcham? or even an emblem of Christ, the legend remains the same?   After serving its life cycle, the phoenix builds a nest and then by the sun and the friction of its own wings, is consumed by fire. It is inevitably reborn from the very ashes. The phoenix is therefore symbolic of resurrection, immortality, and my personal favourite - triumph over adversity.   I has been said repeatedly that there are two types of people in this world:  ?marathoners? and  ?sprinters?. Both are ambitious at heart. They set a goal and will pursue it zealously. The only difference is that a sprinter expects to see immediate results and if they do not receive those results, they may get discouraged and give up all together.  A marathoner on the other hand, can get side tracked, knocked down, and trampled on, but will refocus and redirect when necessary in order to meet their ultimate goal.   For example, a woman who had planned to lose thirty pounds in three months may be disappointed upon realizing that after the first month, she has only lost six.  She had obviously expected to see faster results.  But if that same woman takes into consideration that she is more toned or has more stamina, she may alter her official goal. She may decide ?I want to go down a few dress sizes?, or ?I want to be able to incorporate fitness and nutrition into my lifestyle permanently.?  Along the way, she may miss a few morning jogs or go off her so-called diet, but above all, she is patient with herself.   Patience is essential. It?s important to accept that results are not always immediate. Sometimes, they aren?t even tangible. But by just going through the necessary steps, you are on your way, whether you realize it or not.  Afterall, the journey of 1000 miles begins with one step. Accepting that the process is slow will likely prevent you from giving up.  By altering your original goal, you haven?t fallen short. You?ve simply become aware enough to realize when and where to strategize.    It is very important not to perceive set-backs as failures. Coming down hard on yourself can even crush your spirit.  Within your spirit lies your innermost dreams, desires, and your attitude toward life. It was Benjamin Franklin who said, ?Some people die at twenty-five and aren?t buried until they are seventy-five?.   Some of us passively sit back and watch the rest of life go on because we feel we have had too many set-backs or let-downs to furthur pursue our dreams.  Then there are those of us who have felt defeated at one point, but after getting side-tracked, knocked down, and trampled upon, rise up more determined to succeed than ever.

5 Ways to Fight Pessimism

Some people are naturally pessimistic and are happy being so.  They view themselves as pragmatic and as having a better sense of reality.  Then there are those of us who feel weighed down by negativity and wish that we could be more optimistic.  This is completely possible. It all lies in the way we perceive things...   1.                  Stress management When we conceal our anxieties, they only build.  Each concern can snowball into a feeling of being overwhelmed. Each person has their own way of letting off steam.  This varies from exercise, to listening to music, to reading a good book.  More of us are beginning to realize how important proper stress management is to both our physical and mental health.     2.                  Constant reality checks It is sometimes necessary to debate the validity of your concerns to determine whether they are rational or not.  This is called self-rationalization and one of the most recognized methods is the worst case scenario. This is when you consider the worst possible situation, then go on to consider whether it is likely to happen.   For example, a loved one said they would call once they arrived by subway to a certain destination. They should have reached that destination 15 minutes ago. You may dream up scenarios of there being a train accident or some other frightful incident took place. But after a little thought, you find that it?s more probable that they either have yet to reach their stop or they will simply call you when it is convenient for them. You never want to leap to conclusions and cause yourself unnecessary stress.     3.                  Support of friends and family Friends and family are usually more than willing to provide you with a much needed reality check.  Not everyone is fortunate enough to have close friends and family members to confide in though.  It is detrimental to find some type of support when you are feeling extremely confused or overwhelmed.  This support may have to come from a trusted co-worker or a member of a support group. Sometimes all it takes is another person?s point of view to put things into perspective.     4.                  Own your feelings Accept that you have complete control over your perceptions and internal responses.  You may not have control over what happened on your commute to work that upset you.  But you are able to decide whether you become relieved when the day is finally over, or frustrated, claiming you are always being dealt a bad hand.

Hey Me, Get Out Of My Way

Hey Me! Get Out Of My Way By David Stoddard   How often it is we give up wanting to do something even before we give ourselves an honest chance of succeeding.   Perhaps, we begin writing our autobiography. We get the table of contents and the introduction written, then we let it sit because we don't think anyone will care.   We begin a diet over a weekend. Within a couple of days, we are back to our normal habits because we didn't see any immediate results.   Maybe we want to start a desktop publishing business. We get it started and the clients start coming in sooner than we expected. Because of our past experiences where we have been so good at what we did, we only remember getting bombarded with more and more work when we wish we could have taken a break. We may see how this can end up, so we slack off and let the business of our dreams fade away.   Or maybe we have this idea of having our own place on the Internet. We create a page, then we have different ideas to put on it. Then we think of starting a business with it. Then we also want to have a newsletter for people. Then we want to do web pages for others. Then we go back and work on ways to get people to read our newsletter. But we need a better web site. So we start from scratch and the circle continues. Having too many things we would like to do can stop us as well.   Personally, I've become an expert at getting out of my own way when it comes to doing things. After all, I have gotten in my own way over and over and over again for years.   I still fit the last one. So many different areas that interest me, I have jumped from one thing to another to another. Like many of the books on the bookshelf at home, I don't think I have ever finished one of them all the way through.   We stop ourselves in any number of ways.   - I'm not good enough: Well, on Monday, a group of students will be given a lecture by the worst teacher. The worst actor will star in a made-for-television movie. And the worst boy band will put on a mini show for friends and family in their garage.   - No one will be interested: Just look around at some of the things you see on television or read in newspapers or books or magazines. It is amazing some things have lasted this long.   - I'm too old/young: Colonel Sanders was in his eighties when he began his Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant. Anne Frank was a young girl when she wrote her diary which is still published and read to this very day throughout the world.   - I don't know what I want to do: You may not know exactly what you want to do, but there is something in the back of your mind that is important. Especially if you know you're not happy in what you are doing now, you know there is more you want out of life.   - I want to do too much: No one says you can't do a little of everything. Just have to pick one that will set the groundwork for the others. Find what is the common thread in the things you would like, and start there. You can branch off once that foundation is in place.   - The universe is out to get me: Ummmmm. Not at all. Once you make up your mind and begin heading in some direction, the universe will open up in ways you can't see right now. People will come into your life, events will take place, and you will begin to see a bit further each day. But you have to make the first moves.   Motivational speaker Les Brown in his book "It's Not Over Until You Win," tells a story of a keynote speaker at a National Speakers Association conference he attended. The speaker was perhaps the worst speaker Les had ever heard. The man spoke in a monotone voice and was dull as a butter knife. By the end of his presentation, more than two-thirds of the audience had walked out.   The speaker, noticing this said something that pretty much sums up this column.   "The reason I am up here (Doing) and you are sitting down there (watching) is because I represent the thoughts you have rejected for yourself."   Give yourself a chance and get out of your own way.  

How to Make it Big In Spite of Your Challenges

Imagine for a moment it's five years from now and you are still making the same income (or just a little more), living in the same home or apartment. You are in debt. You are barely supporting yourself and your family. And you are frustrated with the way things are.

Make Motivation Stick

Motivation is the elusive elixir. Not only does it help people do good work, and do it faster, but it also helps them feel good about it while they're doing it. Yet motivation always seems temporary, fleeting. We call a meeting, bring in a motivational speaker, and fire up the team. Yet, we know it won't last.

Keeping Perspective: When Bad Things Happen That Are Not Life Threatening

The very first thing to question is how important is this in the overall scheme of life? Compared to all of the things that have happened, are happening, and could happen in my life - how bad is this? Is it something that will impact the rest of my life? Is it temporary? Although the pain may not feel like it?s temporary, it usually is. It?s important to get a perspective. If your car has been stolen, that?s a major nuisance that will cost you time and money to replace, but how does that compare to a diagnosis of cancer? If your marriage is ending, it can be extremely painful, but your life will continue no matter how bleak circumstances may seem. So wouldn?t it be easier to find a way to transcend the pain and move on, let go, and take away the power from the negativity? Wouldn?t it be more pleasant to look at the ?bright side?? and yes! There always is a flip side! It may not be one you believe in at the moment, it may not be where you want to focus, but there IS another perspective.

The Top Ten Strategies to Employ When You Feel Like Quitting

Ever feel like quitting?  "Are you kidding?" you ask, "A better question would be, 'How many times TODAY have I felt like quitting?' "  Sure.  We've all felt like "throwing in the towel" at one time or another.  If you haven't, I suggest that you check your pulse quickly.  And here's a real shocker for you: the notion that "winners never quit" is a crock!  Everyone - even "winners"- has not only felt like it, but has even quit at one time or another. 

Gaining Wisdom

Wisdom eludes me. The more I learn, the less I think I know. Maybe it's because when I learn something new I realize how much more there is to know. And by that I mean, how much we can know, not how much we must know. It's perpetual. I strive to learn more, but sometimes I feel I don't know enough.

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