Over the past year I’ve noticed an interesting cause of procrastination in both my clients and myself. Sometimes we procrastinate because it has become soooo hard to do something to reach a goal that we subconsciously decide it’s not worth trying. And because we feel that it’s too hard to achieve our goal, we find … Continue reading What If Your Life Were Easy?
If you don’t really expect much from your New Year’s resolutions—or you’ve given up making them entirely—try this technique. It whittles away at what’s going on below the surface that’s keeping you stuck. There’s a reason your resolutions usually don’t work, and it has nothing to do with how motivated you are to make a … Continue reading A Way to Make Your Resolutions Work
When you think about yourself in your work, do you see yourself as successful, competent, professional, just the way you want others to see you? If your answer is “yes,” then this tip is not for you. But if you see yourself in any other way—e.g., as a little kid in the corporate grown-up’s world, … Continue reading 3 Simple Ways to Build Up The Businessperson Inside You
In my last two tips I’ve described the benefits you get from using optimistic explanations when you have setbacks in your business (“What Optimism Will Get You”) and what the elements of such an optimistic explanation are (“The Elements of Optimism That Can Unblock You”). I have culled this information for business owners from Martin … Continue reading How To Get Optimistic
Last week I started a series on the practical application of Martin Seligman’s Learned Optimism to improve your results in your work. Last week in my post What Optimisim Will Get You I explained why using an optimistic approach can get you past some of your blocks and when to use it. This week I’ll … Continue reading The Elements of Optimism That Can Unblock You
I’m back! I took a few weeks off to follow Stephen Covey’s advice to “sharpen the saw” (and maybe get a little downtime in to increase my creativity), and now I feel ready to get back to work in a big way. While I was away, I spent some time re-reading an oldie but goodie, … Continue reading What Optimism Will Get You
Perfectionism is a block many people have that masquerades as a positive attribute. We often think that the drive to be perfect in what we do and who we are pushes us to achieve more in our work. It does, to a certain extent. More often, though, it slows us down or even keeps us … Continue reading A Simple Way to Escape the Perfectionism Trap
One of my clients, “Angie,” is making an important presentation this week. It's high profile, and she would like to impress a number of higher-ups in her company who are attending. This is a great opportunity, and it comes with a lot of stress. Now I know Angie. She will come through this experience with … Continue reading The Best Way to Prepare for a High-Pressure Event
While you are going through your workday, how do you think about yourself? Do you think things like “Yes! I am so good at this. I’ve really got what it takes to succeed here!” Or is it more like “Who am I kidding? How did I ever think I could pull this off?!” Let’s really … Continue reading Your Negative Self-Talk Is Slowing You Down—Change It!
Last week I promised to tell you about something that can increase your productivity thirty-one percent. Here it is! A month or so ago someone sent me a link to a video of a TEDTalk by Shawn Achor, a former professor at Harvard who went on to found a corporate strategy firm that researches and … Continue reading Get a Happiness Advantage