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When the Road to Success May Be a Slow Moving One

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You are excited and you should be. You’ve mapped out a fantastic plan for your future. You’ve got measurable, attainable goals. You’ve got a plan to achieve them. You’re ready to leap hurdles and tackle roadblocks. You’re on a mission, and you’re headed toward success. The one thing you may be lacking is patience. You’re in it for the long haul (assuming the long haul isn’t all that long!). Overnight success is a misnomer, however. These things take time. How do you hang tight and maintain enthusiasm when progress is slow? Set micro-goals There’s a reason a football field is…

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Moving from the Home Stretch to the Finish Line

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You can see the finish line. You can’t quite touch it yet. You’re not that close. You can see it, though. It’s right there on the horizon.  As you’re counting off how many more paces you’ll make to get through the last few miles, you must admit, you’re getting tired. You feel your energy starting to wane. Your enthusiasm is sagging. You want a break, and at the same time, you want to push through to the end. If we were talking about a running marathon, we’d delve into tips on how to push through the pain and pace yourself…

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Dream a New Dream: There’s No Such Thing as too Late

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“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” ~  C.S. Lewis By the time Vera Wang turned 40 and was preparing for her wedding, she was already an accomplished figure skater and fashion editor. After having difficulty finding a wedding dress she was happy with, she decided to design her own and commissioned a dressmaker to make it. She opened her first bridal boutique a year later. Julia Child, a name synonymous with great food, was 39 years old when she published her first cookbook, and 51 when she made her television debut….

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Give Your Brain a Time-Out

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Your mind is busy turning over the tasks you need to complete for a series of looming deadlines. This train of thought skips ahead to the colleague you’re mentoring and then on to the department you manage.  You volunteered to run bingo night at your child’s school, which pushes its way to the forefront of your mind.  There’s the family outing you’ve been looking forward to, as well. You make a mental note to carve out time for the gym because you recognize that a little ‘me-time’ is important. There’s work. There’s play. There’s personal fulfillment. There’s family time. You…

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Are we there yet? Tips to staying the long, meandering course.

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It’s easy in the early days. You’ve set your goal. You’re pumped and ready to go. You see the finish line on the horizon and you’re pushing with exuberance toward it. Then reality sets in and you realize that this quest may take you longer than you first thought. Before you get discouraged, let me share an important goal-getting fact with you: The length of time your process takes is not important. What is important is that you stay connected with your goals and dreams. What is imperative is that you keep moving forward. Let’s assume you know this. The…

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Stop Juggling: 6 Steps to Setting Priorities

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Are you a juggler? My guess is you’re trying to be. There are work tasks to be completed, a home to keep up, maybe a few kids to shuffle around – and that’s not even beginning to touch upon the commitments you have outside of work and family. Even if you’re successfully managing to keep all these proverbial balls in the air without dropping one, odds are you’re feeling the stress and exhaustion of overwhelm. It’s time to put aside the juggling and prioritize your tasks. 1: Be honest about your time. Today, we seem to wear being busy to…

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Leaders, Your Attitude is Contagious. Make it a Good One.

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A positive attitude can attract exactly what you desire in your career and in your life. As a leader, your attitude can also influence your organization. Think of the familiar saying, “When you smile, the whole world smiles with you.” Your attitude sets the tone. The good news is your attitude is also a choice. What exactly is a positive attitude? First, let’s be clear about what it’s not. Leaders with positive attitudes don’t ignore challenges or set-backs. Nor do they act like rose-colored-glasses-wearing cheerleaders. Instead, they: * Are optimists sporting a healthy dose of realism. * See problems as…

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