Four Simple Ways to Increase Your Happiness

Many people spend their whole lives searching for happiness, constantly looking for the perfect situation that they believe will make them happy. Others have found that happiness is really a choice that one has to make regardless of their current place in life. After all, we are human beings. We are not going to be naturally happy all of the time. We are triggered by negative people and events within our environment. Much of this is beyond our control, which can leave people feeling helpless and unhappy.

However, the truth of the matter is that happiness is within your grasp. If you open your mind and embrace these four simple practices, your level of happiness grow significantly.

FOCUS ON GRATITUDE

We hear so much about gratitude and being thankful for what we have, but there is so much truth to this. If you are truly grateful, you will find it difficult to be unhappy. There is always someone who wishes they had what you have in your life. Perhaps you are too focused on the one or...

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Shift Your Focus To Achieve Happiness and Success

Most people will search their whole lives to achieve happiness and success. In fact, most think that achieving one will often lead to the other, but this is not always the case. Many successful people can rattle off a long list of accomplishments, yet they still find there is something missing throughout their journey to the top—perhaps a feeling of happiness. Similarly, happy people may feel content with many aspects of their lives, yet they may wonder what else they could achieve to push their success to the next level.

The problem in all of this is that many times, we seek out the short-term accomplishments—the small wins that will make us feel good right away. The trouble with this is that we are too quick to jump to the next short-term challenge. You reach a goal. You feel fulfilled for a time, but soon you find yourself unsatisfied yet again. A new goal enters your mind and you charge forward. You achieve that goal, and then onto the next. Soon, you’ll find...

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The Key to Greater Professional Performance

It seems that everywhere you turn, business professionals and entrepreneurs are being pushed to put in long hours and devote every bit of themselves to their work.  And why not?  These motivated individuals are attracted to the hustle.  They are fueled by the idea of achievement and will stop at nothing to reach their goals.

However, this dedication can often come at the expense of the entrepreneur’s personal life.  They can become so wrapped up in their professional world that their family life or personal relationships may begin to suffer.  This can be even more frustrating when business is slow.  The focus and action surrounding their work may become frantic and desperate, as the entrepreneur tries to maintain an upward trajectory and sense of control.

Truthfully, being successful professionally is not an all or nothing game.  In fact, you may be surprised to learn that the secret to achieving greater professional performance is dedicating...

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3 Simple Steps to Improve Your Decision-Making Ability

For some individuals, decision-making can be a challenge.  People may feel this way for a variety of reasons.  Perhaps they are lacking confidence in their knowledge about the situation or problem and don’t feel as though they are making the most informed decision possible.  Other times, they may be bombarded by information from a number of sources, perhaps conflicting informants, and have difficulty discerning what is best.  And of course, many struggle with decision-making simply because there are so many decisions to be made, ranging from simple choices such as what to eat for breakfast to those with great implications in a complex business deal.  We are constantly consumed by the need to make a choice, and the correct one, of course.  This can become overwhelming for many and can lead to analysis paralysis, or the choice to take no action rather than risk possibly choosing the incorrect option.  However, inaction can be detrimental to...

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Three Ways to Maintain Momentum in the New Year

A new year means fresh beginnings—an opportunity to start over or plot a new course.  Believe it or not, we're almost halfway through 2017, and chances are you may have lost sight of some of these goals that were previously at the forefront of your mind. Life gets in the way and you may have become preoccupied with everyday distractions.  You may be running low on time and energy.  Here we are five months later and you're wondering what happened.  What happened to your motivation?  What happened to that drive to succeed?  What happened to all of the steps you were going to take to ensure this year would be different?

Don’t worry--it's not too late to turn things around.  You can still make this year different than all the others.  If you want to revive your excitement to succeed, adopt these three keys to maintaining your momentum.

 


REMEMBER YOUR WHY

We know we need to stay close to our “why,”...

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Put Yourself at the Top of Your Priority List

We live in a non-stop society where everyone is constantly on the go.  If it’s not responsibilities at work, it’s managing the demands at home.  Once those are all satisfied, there is hardly any time left for yourself.  This is not an ideal way to function, yet it is the way that many of us live on a daily basis.  The truth is we don’t know how to manage our time properly.  We are stretched to our limits, but we continue to push on.  Why?  We tend to prioritize others instead of focusing on our own needs.  As human beings, we are inclined to focus on caring for those around us.  However, if we don’t take care of ourselves properly, we cannot adequately serve others in our world, both personally and professionally.  Personally, I always consider myself as my first and main client.  If I do not ensure my own safety, wellness, and health, I cannot help others at the highest level possible.

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4 Key Strategies To Help Navigate Life’s Ups and Downs

Just a couple of weeks ago, I was involved in a serious car accident. It was an incredibly frightening experience, but thankfully no one was seriously injured. However, in just a matter of moments, my circumstances were changed in a significant way. This is life, isn’t it? You can have an established plan in mind, you are ready to take action, and then…something unexpected. In my case, it was this car accident. That morning began like any other. My schedule was filled with client coaching sessions and other meetings, yet it all suddenly had to take a backseat to the current crisis.

Just a few days ago, I learned that the car insurance company had classified my brand new car as totaled from the accident. Not good. However, now I get to shop for another new car. Much better, wouldn’t you say?

First you’re down, then you’re up. Then you’re down again, and in just a short amount of time, you’re back on top. Life is known for its ups and downs....

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The Secret To Having a Focused and Successful Work Day

We all want to be successful at work. Though we try our best each day, we know that some days are more fruitful than others. Sometimes it’s a matter of unexpected tasks appearing on our to-do lists. Other times, personal demands may pull us away from the professional tasks at hand. As both business professionals and human beings, this is to be expected. Even when outside factors are not infringing upon our productivity, there is another element to be considered—us. Many times, we are the ones who are stimulating our own success or lack thereof, simply due to our amount of preparation for the day ahead.

While many know the importance that a smooth and purposeful morning plays in a day’s success, preparation completed the evening prior is equally as important. The key is to take meaningful steps during both times, which will set you on the path to a focused and successful work day.

 

MORNING RITUALS
The most successful people will tell you that the central...

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