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Cultivating an “I Can” Attitude

Cultivating an “I Can” Attitude

If you don’t believe in yourself, how could you possibly get anyone else to? Sometimes we are our own worst enemies when it comes to having the faith and motivation it takes to overcome obstacles. The best thing you can do to combat this is to put constant effort toward keeping your self-confidence high. That’s hard to do though especially through tough times when you feel like the whole world is working against you. It’s often a case of just …

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30 Affirmations to Help You Banish Stress

30 Affirmations to Help You Banish Stress

Stress (I’m talking about emotional stress here) comes from unmanaged negative thoughts. These thoughts immediately trigger the stress response, and if you habitually think negative thoughts you’re creating a situation where you’re chronically stressed. But by teaching yourself to STOP the bullet train of negative thoughts and instead to choose empowering, optimistic and happy thoughts, you can release most of the stress in your everyday life. This does not mean that you will be in denial of your problems, it …

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Relatives Stressing You Out?

Relatives Stressing You Out?

Family gatherings, or even dealing with your immediate family, can be stressful. Sometimes you may feel that you’re in the Spanish Inquisition, being grilled by people on something you don’t want to talk about… or you dread having to cope with being a peacemaker when feuds are brewing or exploding. You know that familiar stress response and you dread it. Irritating family members can’t always be escaped by leaving the situation, so here are ways to cope when relatives are …

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How a Simple Routine Leads to Success

How a Simple Routine Leads to Success

You may be wondering if there’s one thing – one simple routine – that successful people do, that you may not be doing. Yes, there is. If you practice this one thing, you will be amazed at how quickly and effectively you reach your goals. That routine is… WRITE IT DOWN. So simple, and so effective… The great achievers always find a way to put their thoughts to paper (or electronic paper). The human working memory is quite short, and …

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The Hydration/Productivity Connection

The Hydration/Productivity Connection

Did you know there’s a hugely important connection between hydration and productivity? Once you know how necessary water is to mental clarity and the energy you need to stay on task, you’ll never hold off on taking a drink of water again! Normally, the body will lose 2-3 quarts or liters of water every day through evaporation, breathing, urine and sweat, and through the digestive system. Many of us get so caught up in the daily routine that we forget …

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The Secret to Calming Down FAST

The Secret to Calming Down FAST

Have you ever been so completely overwhelmed that you became paralyzed by it – unable to take action, while freaking out and having an anxiety or panic attack at the same time? I recently had that happen. Things piled up and piled up just before I went on vacation (as they always seem to!), a couple of crises erupted, and with every new thing on my to-do list I got a little more freaked out. How was I going to …

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Meditation – Your Secret to Success!

Meditation – Your Secret to Success!

Fortune 500 top executives share something in common – something that goes beyond talent, money, connections, skills or luck they need to succeed. They meditate. It might seem counterintuitive, to “sit and do nothing” for 20 minutes a day (or longer), especially when you’re a busy executive running an international organization. But meditation has been proven to help clarify thoughts, improve cognitive functioning, increase creativity, regulate moods, along with many more benefits. Meditation may well be the determining factor in …

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Procrastinating? You’re Just Scared!

Procrastinating? You’re Just Scared!

Procrastination is the worst dream destroyer and it makes life a heck of a lot harder than it has to be. How many wonderful things do you put off “until the time is right”? How much unfinished business is hanging over your head, nagging at you day and night? If you want to get something done, you have to take action. So if you find yourself procrastinating on something – whether it’s paying bills, making a call to someone who …

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Journal Your Way to Greater Achievements

Journal Your Way to Greater Achievements

“Always carry a notebook. And I mean always. The short-term memory only retains information for three minutes; unless it is committed to paper you can lose an idea for ever.” – Will Self You don’t need a paper notebook in this age of technology but you definitely need something on which to record your fleeting brilliant ideas. But more than just a repository for ideas, a journal can help you achieve any goal, solve any problem and change your life …

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5 Tips for Coping With Parenting Stress

5 Tips for Coping With Parenting Stress

As if life isn’t stressful enough, we bring children into our lives and then, the fun doubles and so does the stress – if we let it. One of the most challenging things about parenting is being a great role model to the kids. They are always watching and mimicking, and even the stuff you think they don’t see… they SEE. If we handle our own stress in unhealthy ways – by yelling, being irritable, blaming, blowing our tops… then …

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