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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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Four Simple Ways You Can Tune Your Mindset to Career Success

Does Your Mindset Serve You Well? Are you struggling to find success and realize your career goals? One possible reason may have to do with your mindset. Do you really believe you can achieve career success? Does your behavior reflect success? If you want to achieve your career goals, you must work on developing a mindset for success. A growth mindset (the belief that you have unlimited growth based on your efforts) is what separates …

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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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How To Know Whether You Have A Toxic Mindset

You Absolutely Have To Change Your Mindset When You Do This How you view yourself influences your happiness. For example, when most of your thoughts about yourself are negative, you are probably unhappy with your life. In time, your perception becomes your reality. So changing your mindset can make a huge difference in your life. A negative mindset tends to cloud your judgment. A negative frame of mind makes it difficult to distinguish the origin …

The Cost of Missed Opportunities

During the early years of my image consulting business, a producer for a nationally syndicated television show invited me to appear on the show as an “expert”.  I was excited and accepted the invite. However, I started to second-guess myself and began to fear being on the show. . I began to wonder whether I was ready for the big league as I had only been in business for about a month.  At the time, I didn’t even have a …

Don’t Be A Hostage: How to Overcome Your Fear

“Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark, professionals built the Titanic.”  Unknown Are You A Hostage to Fear? The kind of fear doesn’t matter; whether it’s fear of failure, fear of the unknown, fear of rejection or fear of success (yes-there are those that are afraid to succeed; I’ll save that topic for another time); its paralyzing.  Fear can stop you in your tracks.The good news is that you don’t …

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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 …

Stay in the Game

I love the Olympics – – the opening and closing ceremonies, the competitions, the athletes (who train for years to reach this pinnacle of success) going for the gold for their perspective countries.  What inspire me are the stories of what the athletes endured to make it to the games.   I am enamored by the courage and determination of each athlete as they embark on their journey to achieve their dreams. Besides consistent practice and …

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