“Secrets of a Positive Attitude”

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Are you constantly bombarded by thoughts of negativity? Plagued by feelings of insecurity? Do you see everything in a negative manner? The reason for this lies deep within your heart. You are what you mentally and spiritually eat. If a person drinks alchohol on a daily basis, odds are their body will be affected in some way. They may have liver issues, develop cancer or incur some other type of health problem directly related to the amount of alcohol they have consumed. In the same way, a person who constantly feeds themselves negative thoughts will simply turn into a negative person.

This is the time to go on a diet. A diet of positive attitude food. You have to literally stop feeding your mind negative things. Ask yourself is this thought negative or positive or negative? What do negative thoughts look like? Well, they start with can’t rather than can, no as opposed to yes, will and not won’t. The Bible which is the greatest self help book ever written, speaks about taking every thought captive. The problem in our society has become that our thoughts have taken us captive. We have begun to let our thoughts control us.

A great way to know what we are negative about is to ask those people who are closest to us. You can ask your spouse
or another person in your life who really knows you how they would rate your attitude on a scale of 1 to 10. 10 being super positive and 1 super negative. Ask this person to be totally honest with you. You will benefit from their honesty even if it causes you pain. Ask this person what it is that you specifically say that they perceive as negative. Write down what they say and look at the actual words. Now is the time to be honest with yourself. Those words are a reflection of what is inside you. They are who you are. The great thing is that you can change. It is as simple as making a choice to do so. You must decide to replace the thoughts of negativity with thoughts of positivity. Decide what words you will change the negative words on your paper to. Once you have done this, make an effort to insert these new positive thoughts in your mind. You will begin to notice a positive change taking place in your life. Your family, friends and co-workers will all notice it as well. They may not know what is different about you. But they will know that you are not the same person that you were.

The items which are causing negativity in your life could very well be the news, movies, constantly replaying tragedy in your mind and the list could go on. These things should be eliminated if you want your new mental health regimen to be a success. The news is very negative and does not help someone who is trying to rid their mind of such thoughts. When you are feeding yourself thoughts of death from a war or gunshot or car accident visually the outcome will be negative. I do believe there is a time to grieve over the death of a loved one. However, if a person constantly replays this negative event in their minds it can lead to depression. The person who has passed away is not coming back and we must close that chapter in our lives and move on to the next chapter. This is a difficult task which can only be done by making a decision to proceed with our own life, no matter how hard this may be.

You can do it. You can and will have a positive attitude, if you simply take the steps outlined above. You do not have to be what you were in the past. You can be different in the future. The choice is yours. I know you will make a positive one.


Effective Goal Setting

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Goal setting is a powerful tool in leading whatever endeavor into its reaching its final and full potential.

But goal setting should effective enough than when this goal reaches its fulfillment, the goal itself becomes the fruit.

With the advent of the fever created by a book by Dan Brown, stories suddenly became the focal point of everything. Everything started in a story, they say. When God created the world; it is a story. The other side of this, i.e., evolution, is also a story. Jesus’ mission is also a story. And His supposed relationship with Mary Magdalene is a story in itself.

But in all of these, there is a singular tie that binds all of these elements. What is the goal of the Creator in creating the world? Is it a finished or an on-going goal? What was the original goal of Charles Darwin in setting forth the evolution theory? And Dan Brown, setting aside his writing talents, what was his real goal in coming out with such a book?

Everything else being equal, an effective goal setting strategy will spell the difference.

But how to do it?

1. Be clear. If you want a clear and tangible result, then set a clear and tangible goal. When people around you are sometimes confused of what you’re up to, what makes you think that what you really want is clear to you, even without a clear goal. Your whole being, all of your senses, should be one in achieving your goal.

2. Be positive. Goals, right from the start, should be positive. It’s common to see “tips” in almost everything to be set in two folds: the do’s, and the don’ts. You wont need the don’ts. It will only confuse your goal and is in violation of the first principle.

3. Prioritize. If you’re up to something bigger, and even a simple one, chances are that you must come up with a list of several goals. But be aware that multiple goal setting sometimes doesn’t work. You should have priorities. Put at the top of your list very few goals that are doable at the moment.

4. Classify your goals. Most probably, you really have one goal. But since you’re only one of the more than six billion souls inhabiting this planet, you will need to have several goals to help you achieve your ultimate goal. Thus, you will need to classify these several goals into (a) goals that will lead directly to the final goal, and (b) goals that will help in beating the odds that prevent you from realizing your final goal. Concentrate on the first type of classification.

5. Be positive. Believe in your goal. It is common to hear people saying keep your goal to an achievable level. Start with small things. Don’t harbor goals that are too big. But hey, this will limit your creativity right from the start. It’s true that you must have a list of your goals but it doesn’t mean that this couldn’t be changed. Even the U.S. Constitution has its amendments.

On this note, its good to touch on a little of this much abused set-realistic-goals mantra. If you would concentrate on this, you would soon realize that your goal is undoable because you’re bound to come across with a person with goals that contradicts your goal. When this happens, you only need to go back to your master list, what was the final goal? Then re-arrange the smaller goals that were supposed to lead you to the ultimate goal. Goal setting is more effective in this way.

It is true that goals that are too high need an equally huge investment in your part, but this is nevertheless doable. What you need actually is a little bit of rearrangement among your smaller goals.


Time Management and Goal Setting

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There are practically two types of people on the workplace. The first type of corporate workers would be those who always find sufficient and ample time to easily do things that should be done.The second type of workers would be those who are always cramming to complete tasks or work things out at the last minute.

A thorough analysis of the situations of the two types of workers would certainly lead you to the idea that the two differ from each other through their time management practices.

As such, time management is very important, especially to people in the workplace who are always bombarded by heavy work loads and different tasks. Each person for sure has his or her own other life aspects like social, life, sex life, family life and spiritual life. Each individual has his or her own set of priorities.

That is why effective time management would really be necessary so people would easily and effectively meet targets and beat deadlines with greater ease.

But it is to be noted that efficient and effective time management would
have to entail a greater skill, that is, effective goal setting.

Goal setting and time management

Goal setting and time management are two different concepts, but they are practically inter-related and inter-twined.

Time management would not be effective and achievable without goal setting.

Goal setting, for its part, needs effective time management skills for it to be successfully achieved.

Remember, when managing your time, the first thing you should attend to would be assessing or setting out your list of priorities. Doing so would enable you to carry out tasks that need to be carried out first than the others.

It would be impossible for anyone to set priorities without first setting goals. Priorities are things that should be given primary and foremost focus and attention. The same goes for goals.

Priorities and goals are almost the same in a way that both are the ultimate targets and aims of each individual.

Some useful tips to set goals and manage time:

Here are several simple, logical and practical tips and guidelines to help you set goals and eventually manage your time better.

ï Set specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely goals. Remember the acronym SMART to simplify and unify all these. By doing so, bear in mind always your goals and arrange your schedule in a way that the achievement of these goals would be attained.

ï Determine the things or activities that need to be done or carried out in order to attain priorities and goals. By doing so, you would inevitably consider and think about the time frame needed to perform the tasks.

ï When arranging your schedule, make sure that the set of activities related to attaining the goals would not conflict with any other important appointments or activities. Make a time table so no deadlines, appointments or important dates would be forgotten or missed out. That could be a great start up to effective time management.

ï Assess yourself during goal setting. Humbly and honestly determine your skills, talents, competency and capacity to carry out your desired outcome or goals. Doing so would enable you to estimate the time it would take for you to attain and achieve your goals.

Overall, make sure you focus on your goals and ensure that you always remember the tasks that need to be done and completed on time, so the goals would be achieved also on time.


Turn Your Hobby Into A Profitable Business

If you’re passionate about computers, know the ins and outs of fashion, or handle the camera like a pro, you may be on your way to making a living out of your favorite pastime. Turning your hobby into a profitable business may not be fast and easy, but being able to work on what you enjoy the most is extremely rewarding. Here are a few tips to help you make some cash out of your hobby.

1. Assess your skills: As a hobbyist, you are passionate and excited about your subject of interest. You try to learn as much as you can, and keep up with the latest trends and developments on your hobby. This is a great place to start, but do you really have what it takes to become a professional? Are you committed and detail-oriented? Do you have the technical knowledge required to deal with complicated situations? What about your management and communication skills? There’s much more to running a business than merely enjoying what you do, so you need to be sure that you are up for the task.

2. Research the Market: Before even starting to lay out your business plan, you need to know whether the products or services you are offering are in demand. For example, if you are a butterfly collector, you may have a hard time finding a market –and, therefore, customers– willing to pay for your skills. No customers means no income, which will inevitably lead to an unsuccessful business. Now, you don’t want to invest time, effort, and money on a venture that is doomed to fail right from the start.

3. Set Goals: It’s not entirely impossible for you to just start marketing your skills and see where that takes you, but a clear understanding of what you are trying to achieve will make it easier for you to track your progress. Turning your hobby into a full-time job requires a different, more aggressive approach than trying to make a few extra bucks on your spare time. Determine the amount of time you are willing to work and the income you expect to earn.

4. Deal with paperwork: Doing business is not just about advertising and making money; it also involves registering with the IRS, filing taxes, and other tedious tasks. Should you choose to ignore these tasks, you may find yourself in legal trouble. If you find it hard to deal with this aspect of your business, you can always hire an accountant to do it for you.

5. Start Advertising: When you start a business from scratch, the hardest part is to get potential customers to know you, and trust you. Your family and friends probably already know how passionate you are about your hobby, so let them know that you are going pro. They might be able to refer you to a few of their acquaintances. Social networks are also great places to advertise your business, but make sure you use them wisely. Instead of advertising your business in your regular account, create a new page that will look more professional and attractive. You can also print business cards to hand out whenever you meet new people.

Turning your hobby into a successful business may take some time and effort, but being able to work on what you enjoy the most is highly rewarding. Don’t be disappointed if you don’t see immediate results. Take things slow, make good choices, and you will be on your way to creating your own profitable business.


Six Major Characteristics of Successful Men

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Successful men are not born that way; they train themselves to be successful. There are particular characteristics they develop that make them victorious in life, many of which they purposefully build on. Knowing what these characteristics are will give you a starting point should you try to follow their example.

Perseverance
Men who are successful persist in their endeavors to thrive. They don’t sit on their laurels and wait for opportunities to come their way; they forge ahead and work hard. Even when the world seems to be against them, they insist that their dreams are worthwhile and they follow them.

Learning
Successful men are like efficient voice recognition software; they learn from their mistakes and refine their skills. They see failures as opportunities to learn and expand their knowledge. The more often they fail, the more successful they eventually become.

Role-play
Before they become successful, they act as though they have already made it. They do their best to surround themselves with other people who are successful, and they behave like them. Successful men know that they need to project the right image and carry themselves well. They walk the walk and talk the talk.

Work ethic
Very few men are successful without the right work ethic. Most put a massive amount of man-hours into each day. Sometimes they work late into the evening, and even when they aren’t working, they constantly have their eye on the ball. Their next business deal ruminates in their head as they fall asleep, and they include useful contacts in their party guest lists.

Financial order
To be successful, men who reach the top keep their finances in order. They know exactly how much money they are making, where it’s coming from and what their budget is. They also plan their finances and work towards goals.

Information storage
Successful men make notes and file information. They remember names and know which useful contacts to pull out of the hat at the right time. In addition, they observe their competitors and recognize strategies successful people who work in their sector use and which fail.

If you want to be a successful man, adopt the six major characteristics of the successful men who have gone before you. Persevere, welcome challenges and learn from other successful people. Additionally, work hard, keep your finances in order and store information that will come to your aid in the future. Being successful may take time, but remember that half the fun of being a success is the work it takes to get there.


Working at Home: Dress for Success!

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Like many people who are tired of long commutes, endless meetings, and answering to unreasonable bosses, you might dream of trading in your dress or button-down shirt and tie for more comfortable work-at-home attire such as a sweatshirt and jeans. The ability to wear whatever you want is certainly a perk of running a business from home; however, throwing on a rumpled shirt and a pair of well-worn jeans might not be the best option.

It’s easy enough to get into the habit of dressing casually, particularly if you have ditched an office job for a solitary pursuit such as website designing or freelance writing. Still, you should think twice before giving all of your dress clothes to your local thrift store.

Dressing professionally while working at home offers several important benefits:

1) It helps you separate your work life from your personal life. Anyone who has worked from home for very long will tell you that the line between work life and home life can become blurry rather quickly. The temptation to step away from your work to clean the kitchen, play with the cat, or fold the laundry that’s piling up on your sofa can cost you valuable work time and cause you to feel like you’re working during every waking hour. Likewise, giving in to the temptation to slip away for a mid-afternoon nap cuts into your productive hours and drags out your work day.

Donning professional attire helps create separation between being at home and being at work, even when it all happens in the same place. By opting for a shirt and tie, a dress, or a shirt and slacks, you shift your mentality to a work mindset, which makes home distractions less powerful.

2) Dressing in office attire helps you feel like a professional. When you work at home, you likely field comments from family members, friends, and neighbors about your lack of a “real job.” Although about 30 percent of all Americans spend at least part of their working hours in home offices, society perceives work-at-home jobs and businesses as less important than traditional employment. Other factors, such as the proximity of your main living space to your home office, can also make you forget that you are a professional.

Dressing as though you are headed to a brick-and-mortar office can make you feel better about your work-at-home career. It improves your attitude toward your work, which increases your motivation level and allows you to work more efficiently. This, in turn, enhances your productivity, which gives you the opportunity to earn more money.

3) Showing up to your home office in professional attire leaves you ready for surprises that might come your way. Suppose you log in to your work laptop, open your email, and discover that a client wants to meet with you later in the morning. You won’t have to scramble to iron a shirt and dress pants to make it to your meeting on time.

Even if you never meet with clients face to face, you probably at least occasionally communicate with clients via video chat. Attending an online video chat session in a dress or a suit and tie presents you in a positive light, particularly if the chat is impromptu or scheduled on short notice. The client will view you as a well-prepared, serious professional, and will be comfortable with trusting you with her project.

Dressing for success in the work-at-home world takes more time and effort than simply rolling out of bed, grabbing a cup of coffee, and heading to your home office in your pajamas. Opting for professional attire, though, can help your work day go smoothly, keep you in a business mindset, and ensure that you are ready for whatever your work day brings. It might even help silence neighbors, family members, and friends who think you spend your entire day playing video games and raiding the refrigerator.


5 Ways to Boost Your Self-Esteem

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High self-esteem and confidence are not things that come naturally to most of us, but they are important in every walk of life from dating to succeeding in the workplace. Most people can improve their lives quite significantly if they work on boosting their self-esteem. Here are some of the most effective ways to do so.

1 – Focus on Your Skills and Qualities

We all have something that we’re good at, and you shouldn’t have to think too hard to find something that you have to be proud of. Whether it is a past university of college achievement, a highly immersive and rewarding trip around the world or an excellent level of knowledge in a specific area, you should be able to come up with a list of your strengths. Focus on your skills and qualities and don’t be afraid to use them to advertise yourself in a job interview, a date or any other situation.

2 – Make Yourself More Presentable

Making yourself more presentable can make you feel a great deal more confident but, most importantly, others will be likely to see you in a more positive light. If you think that it is time to smarten yourself up or at least get a change of image, then consider doing so. Wear your best clothes and those which you feel most comfortable and confident in. It might sound like typical fashion advertising, but it is also worth noting that wearing brand names gets you more attention as well.

3 – Spend Time around Positive People

There are certain types of people who, intentionally or unintentionally, bring others down. Whether they are consistently miserable or otherwise unsociable or even deliberately offensive just for the sake of it, such individuals need to be avoided as much as possible if you are to start feeling better about yourself. Surrounding yourself by positive people and those who appreciate you as a person will help to boost your self-esteem immeasurably.

4 – Have an Idol

There is nothing wrong with having someone to look up to, someone to inspire you and someone who you consider to be an idol and a role model – provided, of course, that it is not the latest B-grade celebrity who’s just lost all of their money and gone into rehab. Consider those who have achieved what you want to achieve in life and strive to better yourself using them as an inspiration. At the same time, however, do not consider yourself to be in competition with those you consider to be role models.

5 – Know Your Limits

It is also important to know your limits and remember that, no matter how hard we try, we can never be perfect even in our strongest areas – there will always be room for improvement. There also comes a point where it might be best to try something new entirely rather than dwelling too much on our inherent limitations. That being said, there is also a fine line between giving up on something and giving it a good enough chance that you can proudly state that you tried, didn’t make it and went on to excel at something more suitable to you.


Time Blocking: An Entrepreneur’s Alternative to Task Lists

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Time management is a challenge for millions of entrepreneurs around the world. When you first took the plunge into the entrepreneurial lifestyle, you probably thought that you would have plenty of time to complete your work tasks, manage household duties, and even enjoy life. Without a time management system, though, your business duties can easily devour your entire day, leaving you stressed out and wondering why you ever decided to become your own boss.

Entrepreneurs typically use task lists in an effort to keep themselves on track. Unfortunately, this only reminds you of what you need to accomplish. It doesn’t establish a framework that documents how you will achieve your goals. Staring at a lengthy “to do” list can leave you overwhelmed and creates a sense of anxiety that can actually diminish your productivity.

Time blocking is an effective alternative to task lists. As the name suggests, this strategy involves scheduling specific blocks of time to tend to entrepreneurial tasks. During a particular time block, you work only on the activity assigned to that block – and nothing else. Time blocking offers several advantages over creating task lists:

1) It creates a sense of urgency and focus. Suppose you schedule social media marketing between 10 AM and 11 AM. In order to stay on track, you must complete all of your social media activities within this time block. This reduces the temptation to play Facebook games, check the refrigerator for leftover pizza, or respond to a client’s “urgent” email.

2) Blocking provides a blueprint for achieving specific goals. If you want to write a book on health insurance to offer your clients, for example, you could schedule a two-hour block each day for writing. This allows you to estimate how long it will take you to complete the book. It also helps keep your book writing project on track so that it is not still in the “idea” stage six months from now.

3) It eliminates the need for multitasking. Almost all entrepreneurs are guilty of trying to complete multiple tasks at once. If you’re trying to consult with a client via telephone and design another client’s logo at the same time, though, chances are good that you’re not doing either task as well as you could be. When you block out a chunk of time for each activity, you can give every task your full attention. This increases productivity, reduces stress, and dramatically improves the quality of your work.

Here are some tips to help you get the most out of time blocking:

1) Identify the task that represents your highest priority, and get it done first. If you know that you’ll have to spend four hours each day working on an important client’s website to get it done by the end of the week, assign this task to the first four hours of each day. You won’t have to spend the rest of the day worrying about whether you will meet the client’s deadline. With the most important task out of the way, you’ll feel more relaxed and ready to tackle other activities.

2) Set your day’s schedule first thing in the morning. You can get a jump on your day by getting up 30 minutes early and establishing time blocks for your work day while you sip your first cup of coffee or tea. By the time your work day begins, you’ll already have a blueprint for achieving your day’s goals.

3) Schedule routine tasks around time-sensitive events. For example, you might have a video chat with a vendor scheduled at 2 PM and a child’s soccer game to attend at 5 PM. Use these time-sensitive events to plan other tasks that don’t have to be completed during a set time period.

4) Set blocks of time for rest and recreation. All work and no rest can quickly lead to entrepreneurial burnout. Make sure you schedule time to rejuvenate so that you can remain focused and energized during work periods.

It may take a little time to adjust your thinking and move from task lists to time blocking; however, making this adjustment can reward you with decreased stress, higher productivity, and greater entrepreneurial success.


Think Big: Goal Setting for Entrepreneurs

 

As an entrepreneur, you constantly deal with the challenge of structuring your time to complete the tasks required to run your business. Juggling multiple projects and dozens of tasks can be both cumbersome and exhausting. If you don’t manage your time efficiently, you might soon find yourself wishing you had never left your day job.

 

One of the main reasons entrepreneurs become frustrated is because they think in terms of tasks instead of goals. Of course, you have to break down large projects into manageable chunks, but if you’re only looking at the parts of a project, it’s easy to lose sight of the big picture.

 

Instead of starting each day by reviewing the tasks you need to complete, spend the first 30 minutes of your day assessing how much progress you have made toward each of your goals. This helps you determine which activities you need to spend your time on to achieve each objective. You can then use this information to plan your day so you don’t spend too long working on one goal at the expense of others that are equally important.

 

Grouping Goals By Time Frame

 

As an entrepreneur, you undoubtedly have many goals you want to achieve. Grouping them by time frame can help you organize your time efficiently to keep you on track. You can categorize them as long-range, mid-range, and short-range goals. Here are examples of each:

 

Long-range: These goals might include making enough money to erase all of your debt, retiring in the Greek Isles, or saving enough to buy your dream home without taking out a mortgage.

 

Mid-range: Earning $100,000 per year, cutting your credit card debt in half, and charging rates high enough to reduce your work time by 20 hours per week are all examples of mid-range goals.

 

Short-range: These goals are the ones most entrepreneurs focus on most heavily. They might include finishing a client’s project on time, launching a new promotional website, or completing an advertising campaign to promote your services.

 

It is important to focus primarily on short-range goals. They can facilitate achievement of mid-range goals, which can in turn allow you to realize long-term goals. Still, it is important to keep longer-range goals in mind and track short-term activity to make sure you are moving toward what you want to achieve in the future.

 

Prioritizing Your Goals

 

Grouping also allows you to prioritize your activities. If a particular activity does not effectively move you toward your long-range goals, it should not rank highly on your list of priorities. For example, suppose you want to launch a new website for your business, but your current website brings in as many clients as you can handle. Since building a new website will not move you closer to retirement in the Greek Isles, you should not put this activity ahead of other, more productive tasks.

 

Similarly, you can prioritize client projects based on how well they serve your long-range goals. Suppose you have landed a client who will offer you other, more lucrative projects in the future. Although a handful of smaller clients might pressure you for rapid project completion, you should focus your attention on your long-term client first, then spend time working on other, less important projects.

 

Thinking in terms of goals instead of tasks keeps your business moving forward. It also gives you the power to structure your work day in a manner that allows you to most efficiently meet your long-range objectives. Before you set tasks for your day, ask yourself if each activity will move you closer to your goals.

 


A Leader Should Have a Vision and Be Able to Cast It.

 

Vision is the primary and most important quality for a leader to possess. It is what leads and motivates him towards success – the fire that lights the road he will be traveling so he will not get lost along the journey. It is the sense of direction that draws him forward. A leader without a vision is like a traveler who has no direction as to where he is going.

Jeff Earlywine, a famous author, compares casting vision with fishing. He had made such comparison because that hobby of his was one of his greatest loves as a kid. That love, according to him, developed quickly because his family owned a little bait shop that was located near Toledo Bend Lake in Louisiana. Toledo Bend is known for its large bass and large quantity of crappies.

He soon found out that there is a lot more to fishing than just catching fish. Learning to cast a fishing lure into a tree-covered fish hole takes great skill. However, casting is just the start; you have to learn to make the lure look irresistible to the fish below, so irresistible that an attack is inevitable.

Casting a vision for your organization works much the same way – the vision should be effective, useful, and doable so that success would be easy to catch. It is the starting process that when done well would lead to a flourishing realization.

Therefore, to be a leader, you must have a vision. This vision is the same direction as yours that your people will walk through, having you to lead the way for them. Without a clear vision of what you want to do and where you want to go, you just cannot hope for anything to happen.