As we flip the calendar to the second half of 2013, which of the following best describes the fulfillment of the resolutions you made at the beginning of the year?
1. I stayed on track and am continuing to make progress.
2. I kept up for a while but then fell back into old routines.
3. I will tell you as soon as I remember what they were.
While we often start out with the best intentions, serious change can be difficult. If you’re having trouble on July 1 living up to what you promised yourself on January 1, take a moment to examine why.
Even if you have no plans of moving on to another job, you can personally and professionally benefit from breathing new life into your current job. Here are four ways to motivate yourself professionally and move forward on the path to success.
Who do you talk to the most each day? Your spouse? Your best friend? Your boss? Wrong. The person you converse with the most each day is yourself. In fact, we talk to ourselves at the rate of 150-300 words a minute or, put another way, nearly 50,000 thoughts per day!
With our “self-talk” bombarding us constantly, it is important that what is being said is positive. You wouldn’t put up with a co-worker continuously doubting your abilities or ridiculing your choices, so why stand for self-put-downs?
Whether you thought he was brave or just plain crazy, there’s no denying aerialist Nik Wallenda captured everyone’s attention when he completed a high-wire trek over the Grand Canyon on Sunday night. While walking on a 2-inch steel cable 1,500 feet above the ground may not be your typical day at the office, his pursuit of success in his chosen field has elements any worker can emulate:
Your boss has decided to try some team-building activities to boost office morale – and you’re in charge of generating ideas. Here’s how to come up with a list that will please him while not making your co-workers feel they are being pressured into “forced” fun:
While experts routinely stress the importance of networking, many people make excuses to avoid it – especially during the summer. Rather than rationalize that you’ll make a full-scale effort in the fall, go with the flow of the season. You might be surprised at the results.
A great thing about warmer weather is the chance to get outdoors. Is your alma mater hosting a picnic or your neighborhood having a block party? The setting may help you to relax and mingle more than usual (and being able to network without having to wear business attire is certainly appealing).
If you haven’t had the opportunity to watch any of the National Spelling Bee, don’t despair. The championship round is being televised tonight on ESPN, and you’ll be amazed at the talents of these young word wizards. While I’m guessing you haven’t used last year’s winning word, guetapens, in any recent correspondence, there is plenty for everybody to take away from the competition – and not just a richer vocabulary. Here are four lessons adults can learn from spelling bee contestants:
Research shows that happy employees are better workers. According to this article, increasing happiness levels can raise sales by 37%, productivity by 31%, and accuracy on tasks by 19%. In addition, happy workers tend to have fewer health problems and report a higher quality of life.
Just as you wouldn’t set out for a trip without planning how to get to your destination, failure to think about how to reach your goals can keep you from arriving there in a timely manner. Career coach Deborah Brown-Volkman, president of Surpass Your Dreams, Inc., offers these strategies for an effective journey:
Graduation season is upon us and with it words of wisdom from those who have already set out in the “real” world. Truth be told, we could all use a little pep talk from time to time, so here are some thoughts from actual commencement speeches:
“Develop your own compass, and trust it. Take risks, dare to fail, remember the first person through the wall always gets hurt.” – Aaron Sorkin, screenwriter and producer (Syracuse University, 2012)