6 Positive Thinking Habits to Start Using Today

6 Positive Thinking Habits to Start Using Today

Do you ever envy people who are constantly positive and radiating sunshine – no matter what – and wonder how on earth they do it? Well, the truth is that anyone can become that optimistic. While there are obviously times when the going gets tough and our attitudes are tested, research shows that happiness is actually akin to a skill. Just like you learned to ride a bike or excel at your career, you can practice and strengthen positivity daily. Here are some of the positive thinking habits to start using today: Avoid complainers Nobody enjoys complainers, but besides giving us a headache, research shows that complainers are quite contagious. Their negative attitude can actually spread, and the effects are quite serious, since unnecessary complaining has measurable effects on our brain power. Sure, you can’t completely avoid this (and sometimes, complaining is downright necessary), but the next time everyone in the office is airing their dirty laundry, think twice about joining in. Keep a gratitude journal Entrepreneurs such as Oprah Winfrey and Arianna Huffington swear by a gratitude journal as one of their positive thinking habits. That’s because it’s a research-backed way to reflect on your blessings daily, and it leads to a slew of benefits, like better health, productivity and mental strength. To start reaping the benefits, write down and reflect on five things you’re grateful of weekly. They can range from small (a good Frappuccino) to sublime (the support of friends). Before you know it, you’ll start seeing the positive side of every week. Smile a little more Smiling does more than make you look happy; it...
5 Toxic Thoughts You Should Drop to Boost Your Success

5 Toxic Thoughts You Should Drop to Boost Your Success

Your own thoughts are a powerful tool. Everything from your confidence to your happiness all depend on your mindset and thinking. So even when you’re working at full steam, and crossing your T’s and dotting your I’s, toxic thoughts can insidiously drag you down. That might sound a little negative, but the good news is that you’re completely in control of your thinking. You can change you success for the better without even lifting a finger (and how awesome is that?). Here are some toxic thoughts that you might encounter; start shifting these today and see how far they take you: Comparing yourself to others None other than Theodore Roosevelt said “Comparison is the thief of joy.” Getting inspiration from others is one thing, but comparison becomes a problem when you start asking “why aren’t I that successful?” If these toxic thoughts start creeping up, realize that your journey isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon. It just plain doesn’t make sense to compare your unique success blueprint to someone else’s. Comparison is also the thief of your wealth. When you start keeping up with the Jones’s, you start spending money on frivolous purchases instead of building financial success. When you realize that true financial luxury means freedom (not credit card debt from a designer handbag), you’ll be happier and wealthier because of it. Needing to always be right Nobody’s perfect. Take it from Barbara Corcoran, the Shark Tank mogul and founder of Corcoran Realty, who said “my best successes came on the heels of failures.” Of course, you should always aim for your best and final work. But if...
6 Work-Life Balance Tips to Steal from the Ultra-Successful

6 Work-Life Balance Tips to Steal from the Ultra-Successful

When we’re doing amazing and important things, we usually accept that increased stress and reduced relaxation are part of the equation. After all, getting stuff done in today’s world requires a little bit of a sacrifice, right? What you may not realize is how big of a price you pay by ignoring your work life balance. New studies show that stress (literally) shrinks your brain and reduces your productivity on all cylinders. That’s not to mention the devastating health effects. The best defense against all these ailments is a healthy work life balance. It won’t only restore harmony, but will result in better results during the limited time you’re taking on the world at work. If some of the most successful people in the world can achieve this successful work-life balance, you can too. Here are some of their tips to steal: Don’t neglect time for yourself Shark Tank entrepreneur Damon John spends almost every weekend catching bass at his lakeside cabin. And he’s after something more than a big catch, because studies show that spending time alone is vital for recharging your batteries. Many of us make the mistake of spending our limited free time with friends or family. While time with loved ones is important, you’re never truly recharging if you’re constantly expending your energy in a social environment. So even if it’s just for ten minutes, you should pencil in some time to pamper just yourself daily. Exercise Vogue editor Anna Wintour plays tennis while Richard Branson does Kitesurfing (among other crazy activities) to find a healthy work-life balance.  They realized that exercise doesn’t only have physical...
3 Nighttime Rituals that Will Change Your Life

3 Nighttime Rituals that Will Change Your Life

Starting your day off with success begins the night before. As you’re well aware, having a good night’s rest is the difference between becoming an extra on The Walking Dead and a Wonder Woman in the office. If you’re out and about until three a.m., there’s no morning routine out there that can restore your day back to full productivity. That’s why successful people rely on nighttime rituals to kick-start their days off right, while ensuring some much-needed time for fun and relaxation. Here are 3 of their nighttime rituals you should adopt tonight: Disconnect from work Michael Woodward, Ph.D., organizational psychologist and author of “The YOU Plan,” says, “The last thing you need is to be lying in bed thinking about an email you just read from that overzealous boss who spends all their waking hours coming up with random requests driven by little more than a momentary impulse.” As tempting as it is to burn the midnight oil at work, let’s face it; after a full day, you’re about as productive as a sloth come nighttime. That’s not to mention that opening an email will set off a chain reaction of work-related worries; which is not what the doctor ordered for relaxing into a deep sleep. Instead, consider shutting down your phone/tablet/laptop as one of your must-have nighttime rituals. If you absolutely need your phone, consider putting it on airplane mode or fooling with the settings until all work-related notifications are banished. Reflect Do you ever crawl into bed and start worrying about a slip-up or the bad things that might happen tomorrow? It happens to everyone, but there is...
5 Surefire Ways to Boost Momentum During the Workday

5 Surefire Ways to Boost Momentum During the Workday

While coffee may be everyone’s saving grace at four p.m. on a workday, sometimes it just doesn’t do the trick. You may feel physically more awake, however your mindset isn’t where it should be. Sometimes a shift in mentality toward the positive, or a moment away from that desk is all you need to find new momentum during a tiring afternoon, week, or even month. Here are five ways to boost momentum at work. Have a personal interaction London School of Economics Professor Nattavudh Powdthavee finds that a meaningful, personal interaction with another individual has as much impact on happiness as gaining an extra $142,000 per year. This is pretty incredible. Start making time throughout the workday for small interactions, whether they are over coffee in the morning, or at lunch later in the day. Even the smallest exchange can become one of the biggest ways to boost momentum during the day. Start small When you’re faced with a big project that seems daunting and time-consuming, try beginning with the first small step toward progress that you can think of. Make it productive, instead of answering all of those “pressing” emails and pushing away the important work, try focusing specifically on one thing at a time that you can finish. Instead of thinking of the project as a whole, think in terms of completing each separate task and doing them well. This way you won’t feel overwhelmed, and therefore more inclined to procrastinate. Think about three things you’re grateful for Research done at the University of Pennsylvania led by Martin E.P. Seligman found that taking a moment every day to think...
3 Painless Ways to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

3 Painless Ways to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

You’ve definitely been told at various points in your life that you need to break out of your comfort zone and try something new. Maybe you’ve been at a restaurant and have been nervous to try a new dish. Maybe you’ve been in the same position at the same job for too many years, and now it’s time for a bigger change. In any one of these cases, it’s probably time to break out in order to really succeed. You simply can’t find new successes without trying new things. That’s not to mention that studies have linked breaking out of your comfort zone with increased productivity, creativity, and lowered stress. Even though it might not appear to be “comfortable”, there are some painless ways to step out of your comfort zone: Take baby steps Even US Olympians and Navy SEALs rely on baby-steps to achieve their huge goals and step out of their comfort zones. That’s because Harvard research suggests that breaking down your goals into tiny, daily steps is the easiest way to reach those huge successes. Rather than jumping into the deep end (literally or figuratively), take a few steps out of the shallow end today. If you’re thinking of opening a business, for instance, Forbes suggests you “interview one business owner.”  Before you know it, you’ll have taken huge leaps and your comfort zone will be a faraway distant memory. Be curious Ginny Rometty, CEO of IBM, once said “The most important thing for any of us to be in our jobs is curious.” If you’re not sure where to take baby-steps, take a page from Rometty and...