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Master (Life) Gardening 101: Those Dreams Aren’t Going to Grow Themselves

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Think about the first time you planted a garden. You started by tilling the soil. You might have added compost to bolster the nutrients in the ground. You placed the plants, gently resting them in their new spaces, and filling the remaining bits of each hole with healthy soil. You might have placed mulch around the tender plants and given your new garden a good, healthy initial watering. If that’s the last you tended to your garden, it likely didn’t thrive. If there’s one thing even the most novice of gardeners knows it’s this: gardening is an ongoing process. As…

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“Who has Time for Vacation?” You do!

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The person standing in line behind you at the coffee shop is prattling on about her upcoming vacation plans. Her trip sounds just like the recent ad you lingered over earlier that morning. Her friend chimes in with the details of her pending getaway. It seems to be that time of year when time-off requests are as common as trips to the water cooler. “Must be nice,” you think. “Who really has time for such things? Certainly not me.” Your calendar is chock-full of commitments. There’s work – both your full-time job and the side-gig you’re trying to get off…

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6 Post-Fail Steps to Rebuild Your Confidence

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You had a brilliant idea. It really was brilliant. You did your homework. You crafted a solid pitch. The boss gave you the green light to go ahead and put your plan into action. You worked at it. You honed it. This was your baby and it was going to be awesome. And then it wasn’t. It fell flat. What was pure genius on paper didn’t translate through execution. It happens. You know it happens. You’re a champion of others who are willing to take risks and try to move the ball further down the field. Speed bumps and flops,…

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Words Matter: Change What You Say to Squash Stress

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You’ve got a lot on your plate. It feels like every time you get your arms wrapped around your responsibilities, something new gets added. “I’m overwhelmed” you hear yourself saying. As the words leave your lips, the weight of them settles on your shoulders. It’s true, you think. You are the living, breathing embodiment of stress. “I just can’t fathom how I’m going to handle another thing,” you confess. Another weight presses down on you. Take a deep breath and a good, hard look at your word choice.  The language you use and the tone in which you use it…

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6 Tips to Get Back in the Groove After Time-off

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It’s been days since you last sat at your desk. Your inbox is stuffed to the gills with emails you haven’t even considered looking at during that time. Your staff is hoping to grab a few minutes with you to catch you up on a whatever they’ve been working on while you’ve been gone. Your first cup of coffee hasn’t even had time to get cold and you’re already overwhelmed. Whether you were out of the office for vacation, a business-related trip, or the flu knocked you out of commission for a stretch, coming back to the office after a…

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Up Your Game with These Productivity Tools

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Your phone is buzzing. There’s something new demanding your attention. Your email inbox if shooting off new message notifications with wild abandon. Your social media alerts you to important new content faster than you keep up. Yes, it’s true, tech can certainly be a drain on your time. It’s easy to get distracted by the stuff on your devices (granted, that latest cat video was pretty awesome.) On the other hand, technology can be a productivity game changer. Apps that help you organize your to-do list, manage your schedule, keep track of important ideas that popped up in the middle…

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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 “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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More than Child’s Play: The Benefits of Letting Loose and Having Fun

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You’re staring intently at the space on the table in front of you. The others sitting with you are also focused on the same space to you. You frown. Rub your temple. “Hmm,” you mutter. Then it hits you. “Yes!” You’ve got the solution!  No, you didn’t just solve a work-related conundrum. You’re plunking a set of wooden tiles down on the Scrabble board to turn someone else’s “ox” contribution into “orthodox.” Even better, one of those letters now rests on a triple-word-score tile. Eureka! Sound familiar? If not, you need to keep reading. The word “play” often conjures up…

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