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For Your Life To Change You Must Change!

We've all heard it so many times, whether it's coming from us or somebody we associate with; "I need a change in my life." But then nobody ever does anything about it, they just continue to complain!

Let me ask you this: What has your complaining of focus on what is not working in your life gotten you so far; probably not much if anything. So instead of continuing to dwell on the negative and complaining, why not start taking some positive action towards changing your situation?

It's a safe bet that if you continue to do the same things, you will continue to receive the same results. Some call this the definition of insanity; performing the same tasks over and over and expecting different results! It just doesn't happen that way!

Jim Rohn says that in order for things to change, you must change. "Your income can increase, but you must grow out to where it is, or it will quickly come back to where you are."

The best way to picture this is by grabbing a rubber band. Now, stretch it out as far as you can without breaking it. What happens when you let it go? It goes right back to where it was!

Now let's take this a step further: Stretch out the rubber band and before letting it go this time, insert a glass inside the rubber band's open area. What happens now? This time is only retracts as far as the glass lets it go!

See, you can stretch out the rubber band (your income) and make it larger, but unless you insert something in there to keep it that size (your personal growth), as soon as you let go it comes right back to its original size.

So how do you grow personally? You must grow personally through the consistent use of personal development tools and resources. Every single day you should be setting time aside first thing in the morning to work on yourself. Whatever it is that you do first thing in the morning is going to set your course for the rest of your day. Go over your goals, visualise, meditate and repeat positive affirmations.

Personal Development and growth is not something that is going to occur overnight, so don't expect that. Actually, others will notice changes in you before you even know that they have occurred. They will notice changes in your attitude, how you respond to different situations, etc. And you will notice that you are feeling different somehow ... maybe ... successful, or that you really CAN do the things you want and that they ARE actually possible? By the time you look back a few years from now, you won’t even recognise the “old” you.

I do personal development every single day. First thing in the morning I jog for at least an hour and then I meditate and set my intentions for the day by reviewing my goals and visualising how I would like to experience my day.

My mentor says that "A mind once expanded can never contract." He couldn't be more on target!

So take the time to develop your mind and grow yourself. Read, listen to audio CDs, and watch Personal Development video sessions. Do a couple of these or do them all, but do them every single day without fail! The changes in yourself, your income, and in your life will be phenomenal!

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Employee Motivation

Employee motivation is the combination of fulfilling the employee's needs and expectations from work and the workplace factors that enable employee motivation - or not. These variables make motivating employees challenging.

Employers understand that they need to provide a work environment that creates motivation in people. But, many employers fail to understand the significance of motivation in accomplishing their mission and vision. Even when they understand the importance of motivation, they lack the skill and knowledge to provide a work environment that fosters employee motivation.

As a leader in your organisation it is critical to provide direction to employees through staff motivation. Staff motivation is seldom an easy task as it involves working with a number of personalities and who come from different personal situations that can sometime be brought into their workplace. It is important to realize that all employees have outside factors in their day to day lives and this in turn can affect your staff motivation, as a leader it is your duty to keep your staff motivation high which in turn will provide a more efficient workplace.

Staff motivation is an integral part of modern corporates in South Africa, that cannot be overlooked by decision makers and leaders of companies. To get the most out of your employees it is critical to keep staff motivation high, as this leads to higher productivity throughout an organization. Learn some tips to keep your staff motivation at an optimal level.

When properly used staff motivation can be a vital tool to get the most out of your employees. It is important for people in the position of decision making to let your employees know when they do a nice job by using positive words, as this will benefit the entire company through a total team effort. But simultaneously employees must know that with reassurance comes high expectations and it will be up to them to meet those expectations, staff motivation can accomplish this task.

Staff and employees require to know that they are doing a nice job or else staff motivation will suffer. When you staff knows that they have done a nice job and you've clearly indicated this through a positive but firm tone not only shows your commitment as a leader but also shows your compassion resulting in a boost of staff motivation. Public recognition is always a great tool to boost your staff recognition by letting your employees know they are doing a nice job. Nothing feels better than your boss publicly acknowledging a job well done, it is important to let your employees know this to keep staff motivation high.

The best corporate managers in are always looking for ways to boost their staffs productivity. It takes hard work, patience, understanding and dedication to get the most out of your employees. Keeping your staff motivation and productivity high will be a measuring stick of your performance and success as a manager. Improvising and adapting to situations are a few traits a manger must have to get the most out of employees keep staff motivation high and be productive as possible for the company as a whole.

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4 Ways to Start Off Your Week with Less Stress

4 Ways to Start Off Your Week with Less Stress

Chronic stress can zap your energy and undermine your health. If tensions build up throughout the week, you may have trouble resting and recharging on your days off. Then, you start the next week tired out from the start.

Break the cycle with this 4-step plan to squash stress before it accumulates. Start your week off feeling peaceful and relaxed.

Practice Relaxation

1.      Slow down. Do you rush around from Monday to Friday trying to meet deadlines at work and deliver your kids to soccer practice on time? Wake up early and leave a gap between appointments. Pause to collect your thoughts, and listen to birds sing.

  1. Turn off your phone. Try to disconnect for at least an hour each day. Connect with family and friends face-to face instead of texting.
  2. Pray and meditate. For many adults, spiritual traditions are the ultimate source of stability and contentment. Study inspirational texts and contemplate how they relate to your personal challenges.
  3. Express your creativity. Whatever your beliefs, you can blow off steam by engaging in arts and crafts. Play the piano or knit your husband a sweater.
  4. Live mindfully. Studies show that humans aren’t very good at multitasking, and jumping from one subject to another creates anxiety. Focus on the present moment to accomplish more with less effort.

Think Positive

1.      Edit your self talk. Treat yourself with compassion. Acknowledge your fears and losses. Encourage yourself to keep striving.

  1. Cultivate gratitude. Remembering our blessings reminds us of our connection to each other and the divine. The world instantly looks a lot friendlier, and that’s reassuring.
  2. Let go of expectations. Of course, many outcomes in life are beyond our control. Base your confidence on your ability to adapt to setbacks and changing circumstances. Accept uncertainty, and take pleasure in the opportunity to learn and stretch your skills.

  3. Laugh it off. Most of the things that make us uneasy have their funny side. Look for the humor in really bad parking or kitchen remodeling jobs that go way over schedule.

 Take Care of Yourself

1.      Exercise regularly. Physical activity is good for your body and mind. In addition to burning calories, a run through the park will dissolve stress. Find a variety of workouts you enjoy so you can look forward to ice skating or volley ball.

  1. Eat a nutritious diet. Diet plays an important role in keeping us resilient and able to deal with stress. Get most of your calories from vegetables and fruits, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Reward yourself with theater tickets instead of second helpings of dessert.
  2. Sleep well. Your body uses sleep as a time to heal the physical inflammation caused by stress. Go to bed and rise at about the same time each day. Darken your bedroom or wear ear plugs if lights and noise are disturbing your slumbers.

 Simplify Your Routines

1.      Clear away clutter. Clean and spacious settings make it easier to relax. Gather up items you no longer use. Donate them to charity or sell them online. As a bonus, you’ll be able to complete your housework in less time, eliminating another common source of stress.

  1. Buy less. Prevent clutter from gaining a foothold by consuming less. Figure out how many shoes and electronic gadgets you really need.
  2. Eliminate unnecessary tasks. Streamline your schedule too. Focus on your most important priorities, and avoid taking on other obligations.

Cut stress off at the source. Begin your week with simple habits and easy decisions that protect your peace of mind. You’ll feel less frazzled and more alive each day.

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A 10 Minute Guide to Brushing Up Your Management Skills

A 10 Minute Guide to Brushing Up Your Management Skills

Maybe you dream about moving up into a management position. You'll soon find that many employers are seeking all the traditional hard skills along with more intangible qualities. The good news is that most of these capabilities are things you can learn with practice.
Take a look at what qualifications you need to advance to the C-suite and how to develop those skills.

Hard Skills for Management Positions

1. Understand finance. You'll need to be able to use accounting information to guide your decision-making as a manager. Learn to budget, manage cash flow, read balance sheets, and interpret profit/loss statements.

2. Master operations. Much of your work will involve planning and organizing the daily workload. Be prepared to manage projects and address any issues that arise.

3. Study marketing and sales. Customers are the lifeblood of any company. Whatever department you work in, you'll be helping to manage customers and increase sales.

4. Integrate technology. Similarly, technology is an important part of any manager's job. Stay updated on developments which impact your industry and take advantage of opportunities for automation.

5. Focus on business performance. Even junior executives may be expected to be savvy about corporate intelligence these days. Understand how to set the correct metrics for your company and work towards strategic goals.

Soft Skills for Management Positions

1. Enhance communications. Communication skills build healthy relationships so employees feel valued and strive to do their best. Set clear expectations. Be generous with feedback and praise.

2. Build teams. Your success depends on your whole team, as well as your individual efforts. Find top talent and encourage them to stay. Build rapport so you know how to inspire each team member. Be respectful and resolve conflicts promptly.

3. Delegate with ease. Putting a solid team in place gives you room to back off and let them take charge of their own responsibilities. Demonstrate your trust while being accessible to answer questions and talk things over.

4. Give presentations. You'll probably be called upon to collect and synthesize information for your boss and other stakeholders. Over time, you'll gain confidence even when you face a tough audience.

5. Commit to excellence. Superior execution is the most dependable way to make you and your business stand out. Become comfortable with constant change and continue to enhance the company.

How to Brush up Your Management Skills

1. Take initiative at work. Use your current position to start climbing up to management levels. Ask a coworker if they want assistance with a special project that will give you valuable experience, or step up and propose a new initiative to your boss where you can take a leading role.

2. Pursue freelance assignments. Keep an eye out for short-term contract work that you can add to your list of experiences. Just remember to check your company policies so you can avoid any conflict with your day job.

3. Volunteer your services. Volunteering is much more than stuffing envelopes. You can gain exposure to any area, from public relations to forecasting revenue. Get more involved in the local chapter of your professional association or check out charitable organizations and political campaigns you want to support.

4. Continue your education. Go back to school to complete a degree or certificate. Community colleges and university continuing education departments are experts at accommodating professionals who are working and going to school at the same time.

A managerial role could be your opportunity to shine. Oversee the work of others and help lead your company to even greater success. Careful planning and focused efforts will enable you to take on greater responsibility, develop your own talents, and coach others, all while living out your dream.

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