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Is Your Definition of Winning Really Failure in Disguise?

The concept of winning is all around us. There’s political races, athletic competitions, contests, academic contests, cooking contests, eating contests. You name it. And in these contests, there’s always a winner. In the workplace, many consider themselves winners when they achieve the title. For some, it’s the money and for others, it’s power. So, what does winning really mean? Is it really about obtaining the external benefits? The accolades are very nice and there’s nothing …

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How To Silence Your Inner Critic in Four Steps

Whether you are successful or not, everyone has an inner critic. The voice in your head that judges, doubts and belittles you. The voice that is always telling you that you’re not good enough. The difference with successful people is that they have learned to ignore their inner critic. They understand that what they say to themselves matter. They eliminated the negative self-talk. Unfortunately, your inner critic stops you from pursuing the life you truly …

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How to Change From A Fixed Mindset to A Growth Mindset

In her book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Carol Dweck detailed the differences between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. Individuals with a fixed mindset believe their basic abilities, talents, and skills are limited and so they seek to validate themselves. Conversely, individuals with a growth mindset think that their ability comes from their efforts and so they focus on developing themselves. If you have difficulty sticking with good habits or learning new …

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Three Things You Should Do Immediately When You Are Criticized

No matter who you are or what you do in life, there will always be someone who will criticize you. It doesn’t’ matter whether you’re a writer, an artist, a designer, a chef, or an executive. No matter what career you choose, there will always be criticism. That can be a huge problem if you receive criticism well or you are easily offended. This could really hurt your career and ultimately, your ability to develop …

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Who Really Cares About What People Think About You?

In today’s climate where civility has seemingly taken a back seat to “being real (as one leader described his profane-laced response to a question),” let’s get back to the basics of what to do when confronted with crude and rude behavior. In this first post of this series, let’s explore whether we should even care about what people think about us. You find out at work that someone was talking crazy about you. It was …

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Here is A Surefire Way to Boost Your Confidence

As someone who is about her business, one of the first things to knowing your power is to focus on your strengths. And an awesome way to do that is to make a list of your strengths and natural abilities. Looking at your list can make you say “Wow, I really am good!” So how do you make your list? Start by asking your friends, colleagues and other people you know for feedback on your strengths …

How to Feel Confident Around Your Boss

Build a strong relationship with your boss and take charge of your career Managers are interested in employees who will help them accomplish the many goals that are often set for their teams. I would say that self-starters, initiative takers, independent, results-oriented individuals are often in demand. If your supervisor had a hand in hiring you, rest assured that he/she already thinks well of you. Now that you’re hired, it’s up to you. Performing well …

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Who Do You Think You Are?

Freedom Principle #1: Know Your Worth – Show up to Work As Yourself Every Day In a society where it appears at times that opinions are rampant and truth is an afterthought, it’s imperative to understand who you are. Stereotypes, biases and other prejudgments can leave you feeling as if you are unqualified and afraid to take advantage of opportunities. When you lack confidence in who you are and what you bring to the table, you will …

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Why You Must Break Your Rules

Rules are in just about every facet of life. There are family rules, school rules, societal rules, organizational rules, religious rules, just to name a few. Rules are used to create order and exercise authority and as a guide for conduct and procedures. One may argue that rules are necessary for a thriving society. And this may very well be true. However, rules can also become a form of a prison if not reviewed for …

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Build Your Confidence – Go For The Gold!

  It’s Time to Go For Your Gold Medal In the last post, I offered 5 things to do now to build confidence (See post). Here are additional actions to keep the momentum: Keep A Journal Maintaining a journal is a confidence booster as it allows you to chart your progress and offers encouragement. Celebrate Small Successes. The destination to a long journey begins with a single step.   Take time to celebrate the milestones as …

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