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You are the Master Gardener of Your Life

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As the days have gotten longer and warmer, backyard gardeners have rolled up their sleeves and plunged their hands into soil to prepare for the new growing season. Before plants were placed in the ground, those with the greenest of thumbs began their task by testing the soil to determine what supplements were needed to support the plants they want to grow. They were also thinking about which plantings work well together, not just aesthetically, but chemically as well. Studies have shown that some plants impart certain nutrients to the soil that others thrive on. So, knowing how two plants…

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8 Benefits Your Mentor is Reaping

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Having a mentor is invaluable. You know that. You’ve built your network to include several mentors who support, guide, and encourage you. You’ve reaped the rewards. Your mentor(s) has expertly walked that delicate balance of inspiring you while simultaneously helping to keep you grounded. You have no doubt that you have gotten where you are today due in part to your mentor. What you might not realize, however, is that the mentor-mentee relationship is one of mutual benefit. Your support network gets as much benefit out of helping guide you as you get from it. Improved Listening Skills Good mentors…

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Off-Target on Your Career Goals? Try Some Spring Cleaning

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As the calendar transitions from the waning days of one year into the dawning freshness of a new one, there’s a lot of chatter about setting new goals and making resolutions. Then we settle into our routines. By the second week of February, 80% of us have cast aside those January 1st plans. Perhaps the idea that renewal can only come once a year makes us rush into changes without doing the prep work to make sure they stick. Here’s the good news: There is no shortage of opportunities to make a new run at things. You just have to…

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Circle of Support: 6 Players to Recruit for “Team You”

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“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” ~ John Donne You know the phrase, “No man is an island.” You may not realize that the sage observation dates back to 1624 when John Donne, the founder of the Metaphysical Poets, wrote it in Meditation 17 (Devotions upon Emergent Occasions). Donne knew then, as hopefully you do today, that we are part of something much bigger than ourselves. While this certainly makes us think twice about what role we’re playing in the world at large, it’s also…

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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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