Communication and Changing Your Mindset

Older theories about intelligence dictate to us that we are born a “certain way.” We have certain traits that others do not possess, others have certain traits that we do not possess, and that is that. There is no room for growth or expansion. Our intelligence is as it always was and there is no room for improvement. However, today, we know better. We know that we have the ability to change our mindset and, therefore, improve our capacity for learning in leaps and bounds. No longer is the status quo necessary. We can grow and strive to achieve more academically and, therefore, in life. Choose Your Words Carefully Each one of us go through our days speaking our mind, saying things without giving it much thought and sometimes even holding things in and not speaking up for ourselves only to berate ourselves later on for doing so. If you take a moment to recognize and record the words you use daily, you may come to realize that the words you choose might directly relate to…
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How to Build Trust with Your Clients When You Really Want to Hide

Building trust with your clients is essential for maintaining effective long-term relationships with them. However, some business leaders struggle with building these types of relationships. There are many reasons this can be a struggle: Lack of confidence in your abilities Low self-confidence Imposter syndrome (you may feel as though you’ve lucked into success and haven’t really earned it) You’re holding back because you’re afraid they won’t find you worthy Any one of these fears can create a wall between you and your clients that prevents you both from the type of relationship and results you desire, especially if you’re trying to hide essential parts of who you are from your client. Fear can be devastating to your attempts to build trust but there are things you can do to stop hiding from your clients and build the type of trusting relationship you both deserve. Be Responsive Whether your clients call, send emails, send text messages, or fill out help …
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Five Signs Of A Legitimate Home Business Opportunity

Are you actively seeking out a legitimate home business opportunity? If so, you’re probably concerned about avoiding those options that are not on the “up and up”. Here, we’ve compiled the top five signs of a legitimate home business opportunity to help you weed out the good from the bad. #5: References are Readily Available Any legitimate home business opportunity that you explore should be able to provide you with references from other franchisees or owners. Without such contacts, it would be quite difficult (if not impossible) for you to gauge what working with the business will be like. Always ask for a list of at least five references; a legitimate home business opportunity won’t hesitate to comply. And make sure to follow-up with each person, asking pertinent questions about the organization and writing down each answer. #4: Every Aspect of Ownership is Spelled Out If you’re unclear about any aspect of the company, then you might not be working with a le…
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ARE YOU YOUR OWN WORST ENEMY?

Obstacles. Hurdles. Barriers. Roadblocks. These are all common sights along the road to achievement. If you have ever worked towards a goal that most people would label as “unrealistic”, then you have undoubtedly faced one challenge after another. In fact, when you reach the point where you feel like giving up, that is usually when things get even tougher. Believe it or not, these external obstacles are actually the easy part. They are obvious. We can examine them and devise a plan to work through them or around them. For example, if you want to start a business but lack the funding, there are a variety of tangible action steps you can take to resolve your funding issues. The real barriers to success are the internal roadblocks. This is where it gets difficult. This is where you battle your own self doubts, worries and feelings of unworthiness. You may have the best work ethic in the world. You may have the strictest discipline and self control. But if your mind is …
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How to Build a Team of “A” Players

You really can’t do it all alone. No small business becomes a big business with a single person at the wheel. It takes a team of experts to scale your efforts. The problem is, building that team brings its own stress. How can you know who to trust? Where will you find the time to train? What if you can’t afford to outsource? These and other questions are what prevent entrepreneurs just like you from turning a good business idea into a 6- or even 7-figure empire. Here’s what to do about it. Know Your Personal Work Style & Preferences Not everyone works in a similar style. Some people love to touch base by phone, while others prefer email. Some people require lots of direction and step-by-step guidance, others work better when they can figure it out on their own. No way is right or wrong, but if you’re a phone person and you hire an email lover, there’s going to be conflict. Look for team members who are a fit with your preferred work style, and you’ll be…
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Presentations Come in All Shapes and Sizes

There is more than one type of presentation that can be given to an audience. The purpose of each might be different, with the main goal being to influence the audience in some way. Below are some tips on how to get it right, as well as a list of some of the common types of presentations you might be asked to participate in throughout your life. Some you may have already tackled. Getting It Right Presentations are a way of communicating information to others. The best way to approach these presentations is to plan for them. As soon as you accept the challenge, preparation begins. Regardless of the type of talk, here are a few things to keep in mind. * Length of time – This dictates how much detail will be included. * Topic – If you choose your own, make sure that you get information on the target audience. If you are given one, research it thoroughly for important facts to include. * Outline – Plan what will be included in the presentation so you stay on topic. …
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Show Her the Money!

Is there really free money for my small business? This is the question many women entrepreneurs ask themselves when starting their businesses and when they need capital to expand or revamp their growing companies.

Are you a female entrepreneur in need of a small business or business grant? Are you in need of free money to begin a business but don’t know where to start? If these questions have crossed your mind of late don’t worry because there IS hope for your business.  It comes in the form of grants, scholarships and loans.  None of which is necessarily easy to obtain and yet, they are not impossible either. The biggest challenge is where to find them?  And how to go about getting them once you do?

These grants, loans and scholarships come in many forms. From private investors, to banks to corporations, to associations, to governments. For instance, if you live in …

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Finding Positive Role Models For A Better You

Having a positive role model makes a big difference in your general outlook on life. It doesn’t matter who it is, or whether it’s one person or several. The important thing is they motivate and inspire you to do better. The value of finding positive role models for a better you is much more than having someone to look up to. It helps you live a more rewarding, fulfilling life. In this article, we’ll talk about the benefits of having role models. We’ll also tell you what makes a good role model and how they can help you build a successful life. The Importance of Having a Role Model The novelist, Oliver Goldsmith, once said, “People seldom improve when they have no other role model but themselves to copy.” He’s 100% correct. You know you have a good role model when they have a strong set of core values. They’re also willing to accept their mistakes and learn from them. Positive role models influence our decisions for the better. When we’re going through a hard t…
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Top Questions to Ask before Launching Your Own Business

If you have decided to launch a business, you have made a very courageous choice. There are many things you need to know before launching a new business. There is inventory to take into consideration, initial start-up cost and upkeep, hiring employees, sales, marketing...and the list goes on extensively. Here are some top questions you need to ask yourself before launching your own business. Are you launching this business for the right reasons? Sometimes an individual or a group of individuals will launch a business because they think it is expected of them or because it is a family tradition to do so. Other reasons are simply for the monetary benefits. With high hopes of making tons of money, sometimes a new entrepreneur may lose sight of his or her customer. Once you examine your motives behind starting up a new business, go on to the next important question. Once you know what type of business you want to begin, ask yourself who your target audience is. Knowing tha…
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WHY BEING REALISTIC HOLDS YOU BACK

If you want to be certain that you will never face a challenge or find yourself in a difficult bind, then it is very important to have tame and realistic goals. Goals that you know you can achieve with minimal effort and hardship. However, if you want to have any degree of excitement and experience real growth in your life, then you’re going to have to make plans and set goals that other people will very likely label as unrealistic. These kind of goals often come with a high degree of risk. You rarely know how you are going to achieve them until you get started. And more often than not, the result you achieve will not be exactly what you set out to do in the first place. Many of the famous entertainers, doctors and scientists that we admire in our society today became well known because they achieved unrealistic goals. They had the courage to set the goals and the perseverance to bring them into reality. Unrealistic goal setters tend to be happier, more positive people. The…
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How Better Self-Care Can Lead To Success

Self-care is often brushed aside for things seen as more important; business meetings, social commitments, family obligations. While these things are important (and can in some cases contribute to self-care), it is important that we take time to ourselves when we need it. This personal investment will not be for nothing; in fact, self-care is important if we want to optimise our performance in any area of our lives. Taking the time to maintain our physical, emotional and mental health can lead to success in many ways. Helps us to maintain perspective Self-care, regardless of the form, allows us the time to reflect and therefore better understand ourselves as individuals. We are better able to identify our triggers and put things in to perspective, rearranging our priorities to understand what is important and what isn’t. This perspective contributes to a healthier life as we understand where stress is justified and where we should be more relaxed. Helps us to keep positi…
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5 Tips For Better Self-Care

It can be difficult to make time for self-care in our busy schedules. We run from one commitment to another, filling every gap in our life with work, study, family and social events. The chaos of modern life makes it even more important that we take the time to care for our individual wellbeing, both physically and mentally. If you are struggling with your own self-care, consider these five tips to improve your habits. 1. Add self-care to your normal routine When planning your weekly schedule, make sure that you have time for self-care. Cementing its place in your routine means that you will be more likely to commit to self-care as you will have allocated time specifically reserved for it. The more often you practice self-care, the more it will become a habit and part of your regular life. 2. Do what suits you Self-care looks for different for everyone. Some people enjoy getting outdoors, others like catching up with friends and some people prefer sitting at home losing the…
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5 Reasons Setting Goals is Important in Every Area of Life

When it comes to most areas of life, people tend to float around and embrace the idea of whatever happens, happens. But here are 5 reasons why setting goals is important, no matter what you’re talking about, whether it’s work, play, or even relationships. 1. Goals keep you focused. Imagine a ship setting sail without a destination in mind—as it traveled wherever the winds take it, supplies would eventually run out, and the crew would probably have to resort to cannibalism in order to survive. Okay, so maybe a lack of goal setting won’t yield such dire results, but you certainly won’t get anywhere specific if you don’t have a plan. Whether you’re talking about work, hobbies, or relationships, setting a goal will keep you moving towards success and fulfillment, without veering off course. 2. Goals help you make a plan of action. When you know how much you’ve accomplished, you can understand how much you need to achieve and pace yourself accordingly. For example, if yo…
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How To Communicate More Clearly

Communication is the foundation of everything we do. Whether you leave the house or not, you still communicate with others daily, be it online or in person. How well you get along with people hinges on how well you communicate. How successful you are in life hinges on how well you communicate. There are a few 'rules' that you can apply to all of your communications. Why? This is specifically for work or professional communication. Often, we waste a lot of time and energy communicating when we don't actually know why we're bothering. So, think about what you would like to accomplish? This can also be applied to your personal life, even idle chit-chat can have some type of purpose, whether it's bonding or getting to know someone. When others initiate a conversation, consider why it's taking place. If you can't understand why try to gently guide the dialogue to determine the why. The purpose of this is to focus and understand the why to avoid rabbit trails and side iss…
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Coping Strategies for Presentation Jitters

If you are not nervous before a presentation, then you are lying to yourself. Even a veteran speaker gets butterflies. Here are some strategies to assist with overcoming nerves that can sabotage your talk. Public speaking is a skill that everyone needs to cultivate, although most would rather be having a root canal instead. Why? People are fickle and frightening. An audience can turn as quickly as week-old bread. Whether it is a group of twenty or a group of 1,000, the dynamics of your presentation should stay the same. A stable foundation of how to reach your audience will give you the confidence to speak to any size crowd. That alone won’t be enough however. So, here are some coping strategies to tip the scales continually in your favor. How to Cope with Presentation Jitters 1. Get rid of your nervous energy – Instead of fidgeting on the stage for all to see, burn off some of that energy with exercise. Exercise releases those feel-good endorphins that calm mood and outloo…
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Follow Your Heart

If you want to be your own person then you will need to learn how to follow your heart. We all have those tugs and feelings that pull at our hearts, telling us where we want to go. Having the strength to follow them is different case altogether. In order to follow your heart you have to learn how to let go of certain things, and start acting upon your instincts and your desires. So how do you start following your heart? First you have to learn how to trust yourself, this means learning to accept you for who you are. Take a look at your life and see what circumstances have led you to where you are today. Is this the path that you want to be on? If not it is time to change course, and only you can give yourself permission to do this. It will not always be easy to follow your heart. You may end up upsetting or disappointing your family. May be you really don’t want the career your parents had hoped for. Or you heart’s desires may lead you to moving away from your family and …
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Lessons Men can Learn from Women in 2021

Lessons Men can Learn from Women in 2021 by Sara Simmonds As a Conscious Innovator and Impact Entrepreneur, my goal is empowering others to collectively rise. We have forgotten that the best ways humans perform is through collaboration, by empowering and shining a light on others, you are in turn, empowering and shining a light on yourself. Be direct, be honest, but be reassuring, create safe spaces where people share their feelings, their vulnerabilities. For too long, in a masculine view culture, it has not been deemed acceptable to share how we really feel, but what I find is the secret of your supercharged growth is through allowing fearful feelings of shame, self doubt, or worry. I encourage conscious leaders through my impact training: the "Your Real Power is You Mentorship Program" to share how they really feel, because when you address your fears, and look them in the eye, you can deal with them, and in your fears, are you secrets to supercharged growth, …
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Three Apps that Help Stressed Out People Sleep Like a Baby

Stress has a way of making itself known when we want to go to sleep. Somehow, we can shove our stressful thoughts aside most of the day but the moment we try to clear our minds and go to sleep, BAM- stressful thoughts overwhelm us. There are times when it’s really hard to clear our head and go to sleep. Thankfully, there are ways to help. Our smartphones are never very far away. They can be useful when it comes to reducing stress and helping us sleep. iPhone and Android have apps that help us better understand our sleep cycle and help us clear our minds and sleep better. Here are three apps worth trying. Headspace- The Headspace app’s tag line is Be Kind to your Mind. This mantra is perfect when stress tries to rob you of your sleep. This app has a variety of benefits including help to assess why you may not be sleeping, functions for power napping, and being mindful. The app is free for basics and charges a monthly fee for advanced features. Calm- The Calm app is one …
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