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How Thinking Like a Professional Athlete Can Help You Become a Power Player

On the surface, professional sports looks like a completely different world than the one you inhabit in the office. If you look deeper, however, you’ll find the two share plenty of commonalities: a demanding schedule, fierce competition, and unrelenting pressure to excel. To thrive in their super-charged environment, elite athletes rely on a host of mind-training tricks, most of which work as well in business as they do on the playing field. If you want to win big in the boardroom, the three athlete-approved lessons below are the perfect place to start. Be Fearless Even when the odds are stacked against them, athletes are always in it to win it. It’s tougher to place first when you think of yourself as a solid third, so…

8 Ways to Improve Your Business Life

Now and then we all get that feeling that we should be doing better. We put this pressure on our selves on purpose because we feel it is time for us to grow. Personal growth is often something that can take the backseat to priorities at work and at home. We are swept up in taking care of our kids, our friends, our cars, that we are distracted from taking care of ourselves. However, it is vital to have a feeling of satisfaction both at home and at the workplace. Often we are so settled into our daily routines that we are unsure where we can improve. We could be exercising more, eating better foods, or managing our finances more economically. We could be reading,…

March Update

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10 Lessons for the Coming Year

[fusion_builder_container background_color=”” background_image=”” background_parallax=”none” enable_mobile=”no” parallax_speed=”0.3″ background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” video_url=”” video_aspect_ratio=”16:9″ video_webm=”” video_mp4=”” video_ogv=”” video_preview_image=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_opacity=”0.5″ video_mute=”yes” video_loop=”yes” fade=”no” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding_top=”20″ padding_bottom=”20″ padding_left=”0″ padding_right=”0″ hundred_percent=”no” equal_height_columns=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” menu_anchor=”” class=”” id=””][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ last=”yes” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_position=”all” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””][fusion_text] Over the past 20 years on the job, there have been plenty of times when I thought achieving the next objective was going to radically change my life. And though the accomplishments were good, truth be told, none of them lived up to my expectations. Slowly, I began to concede that maybe the experience or the thing I was hoping for wasn’t really what I needed after all. So I…

Avoid Burnout with these Actionable Steps

Avoid Work Burnout There comes a time in everyone’s work life when they consider a career change. Perhaps they feel stuck in one industry, or feel burned out from the past decade of work. So what can you do today to relieve some of the stress felt when considering a career change? How to Know Knowing when you’re ready for a career change can be challenging decision to make. There are times when work can just going through a slump and your unhappiness can dissipate shortly. But there are also times when you are completely burned out and need to make a change for your sanity’s sake. When work life begins to interfere with your personal life and creates an unhappy mental state, it may…

Be The Outcome You’re Inspiring

Teamwork

Leadership is one of those ubiquitous topics in business. We recognize the term and use it frequently in our discussions of things we need more of. We gather in seminars and in off-sites to discuss it. We develop anagrams and exercises to better define it. And we watch inspirational videos to feel it. Still, leadership seems to evade us when we could benefit from it the most – on a regular day at work with our team. Here are a few reminders to make leadership part of your daily perspective.   It All Begins With Trust In The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team (and the corresponding workshop, The 5 Behaviors of a Cohesive Team), Patrick Lencioni describes trust as the foundation of the teamwork pyramid that supports all other team dynamics.   Trust…

6 Ways of Living More Mindfully

Slow Down – Often our lives are filled with event after event. Meeting after meeting. Errand after errand. We are running here and there, and doing this and that and often forget the little things which just makes our day just that much harder. Whether it’s a report at work, or a bag at the grocery, things always seem to slip through the cracks. One method to avoid letting these things slip through the cracks is to slow down. Spending an extra 15 minutes in the office to tidy up, or organize your notes, or even clean out the mini-fridge may seem frivolous, but it could be during that time that you realized you forgot to email a client back or you come up with…

Mindfulness Themes in Action

Incorporating mindfulness into an organization’s culture encourages growth, emotional intelligence, creativity, innovation and the capacity to respond to challenges with an open mind and decisive action. Some organizations have difficulty accepting the term “mindfulness” – and if it’s throwing you off for any reason then let me suggest that you look past the word itself and instead consider these three core themes: intention, attention, and attitude. These themes are not stages, not building blocks, and they don’t happen in any particular order. While it’s often helpful to discuss them individually, these themes are actually interwoven into an overall and ongoing process where each theme informs and empowers the others. Intention involves knowing why we’re paying attention. It includes reflecting on our values, our goals, our…

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