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“If Only” You Could Put These Excuses Aside: 4 Roadblocks to Your Success

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“If only…” How many times has that simple phrase interrupted your dreams? You’d open your own shop, if only you had the funds and business acumen to get started in retail. You’d launch your own consulting firm, if only you had the contacts to help you get it off the ground. You’d pursue your climb up the corporate ladder if only you had the time. “If only…” Ready for a game changing truth? Everything that comes after “if only” is an excuse born of fear and not a roadblock. That’s not say the road to your dreams will be an…

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6 Questions to Ask Before You Pursue Your Goals

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From the turn of a page on our calendars to new chapters of life spurred by graduations and career changes, we’re presented with a litany of opportunities to set new goals for ourselves. Expanding our potential, however, is rooted in setting the right attainable goals. Stretching to the type of goal that grows into a life you love takes more effort than your typical resolution-setting process. Before you leap into identifying where you think you should be headed in the short and long term, take a moment to ask yourself these questions. What is important to me? Lose weight. Get…

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Destination Success: The Journey Matters

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How do you define success? It seems like a pretty straightforward question, right? As a word, success has a clear definition: The accomplishment of an aim or purpose. Your personal definition of success may be identified by meeting certain life and career goals. Success could come in the form of a job title or a salary bracket. It could be something you identify by a measure of fiscal comfort, your relationships with others, or some other tangible component of life. No matter the specifics, however, you always come back to that dictionary definition. You set a goal. You met that…

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6 “Better than Coffee” Tricks to Boost Your Hustle and Bustle

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Remember when you sat down and mapped out your goals and objectives with a target deadline that lie in the seemingly distant future? You had great plans. You bolted out of the gate with gusto. Full steam ahead! Things were going to be spectacular. Then life sort of happened. You got delayed here. You were tripped up over there. Things didn’t move so swiftly. Or maybe they did. Maybe you’ve been gunning along just fine but as you get closer to your finish line, the stress started to mount. You forgot to factor in year-end business obligations and holiday social…

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Grateful for the Fall? Three Lessons to Learn from Failure

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Gratitude. All around you people are listing the things for which they are grateful. A warm glow emanates from them. After all, there’s something warm and fuzzy about appreciating what you have, what you’ve achieved, and where you’re headed. Right? Except right now you’re having trouble feeling the love. That bright idea you’ve been nursing and pursing all year is a big flop. It’s hard to feel gracious when you’re disappointed that your plans are D.O.A. It’s not helping that the well-meaning around you are quoting Winston Churchill, “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm,”…

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Gratitude is Good for You: 6 Reasons Your Career Needs a “Thank You”

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Gratitude is good for you.  Researchers who have studied the matter have found that those who focus on what they are thankful for tend to be more optimistic, happier, and healthier.  Sounds great, right? Wait, there’s more good news. Gratitude isn’t just good for your personal life. It can also enhance your professional life and here’s how: Gratitude is a team player Researchers Adam Grant and Francesca Gino wanted to know how a simple “thank you” impacted work teams. Through a series of four experiments, they found that individuals were willing to take on extra tasks when they felt appreciated….

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We’re Not in This Alone: 5 Reasons You Need a Mentor

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“If I hadn’t had mentors, I wouldn’t be here today. I am a product of great mentoring and great coaching.” ~ Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo You are creative. You are brilliant. You are a force to be reckoned with. You’re breathing life into your own business or you’re contributing to someone else’s; either way, you’re a successful professional with great ideas and immense potential. You’ve got a handle on it, right? You don’t need a guide. You’re self-navigating like a pro. Listen, as a woman who leads the second largest food and beverage business in the world, it’s safe…

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Not all To-Do lists are created equal: 7 Tips to Getting It Right

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If there’s one thing all good missives about productivity have in common, it’s the to-do list. Of course, jotting down the tasks that need to be completed is a good idea. Having a running list of your responsibilities and their associated deadlines at your fingertips is a natural way to keep track of them (and to keep you on track to complete them!). The mistake in these articles, however, is assuming you know how to craft the sort of to-do list that makes a difference. Believe it or not, there is a right and wrong way to get yourself organized…

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It’s Back-to-School Season for You, Too!

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Currently, retailers are loaded to the gills with crisp, clean notebooks, unsharpened pencils lined neatly in their box, packages of loose leaf paper, and stacks of untouched Post-Its. This is a time where children and adults alike are caught in between the emotions inherent in seeing summer’s waning days inch toward a close and a new school year ripe with possibility about to dawn. As a kid, perhaps this time of year meant trying on new corduroys and sweaters. It meant pushing your feet into the not-yet-broken-in leather of clean, white sneakers.  You waited patiently, more or less, for the…

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The Questions that Lead to Personal Growth

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Here’s a bit of simple advice: Listen more and ask lots of questions. Success isn’t born out of having all the answers. Success comes from being open to asking the right questions, and listening for the right answers.  Sometimes that means learning from others; sometimes, as you’ll see in the list of questions that follow, it means being more attune to what your own heart is saying.  If you want to grab that brass ring, make a habit of asking these questions more often. Will this move me closer to my goals? We’re all terribly busy. There are some things…

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