7 Destructive Habits You Need to Eliminate From Your Daily Routine

7 Destructive Habits You Need to Eliminate From Your Daily Routine

The internet is chock full of daily habits that will help your routine, but what about bad habits? Because habits are so ingrained into our daily routines, we often don’t notice how harmful ones sneak in and ruin our success. Try eliminating the following habits from your life and see how your success in business and in life improve: It’s time to end procrastination. When “tomorrow syndrome” starts to rear its ugly head, it’s easy to get caught up in its effects and delay projects till the last millisecond. Before you know it, procrastination can cause looming deadlines to snowball, and destroy productivity and motivation in the process. Instead of procrastinating, the experts recommend you take on bite-sized chunks of a project. This can remove the intimidation factor and get the ball rolling towards productivity with minimal effort. For instance, if you have to build a whole website, consider setting a simple goal of designing the logo. It will be hard to go back to your bad professional habits once you start being productive instead. You need to (actually) listen. With a million and a half things going on, it’s easy to get distracted when listening to others (especially if it’s a boring topic). However, as uninteresting as the conversation might be, you should know that listening has been called one of the make-or-break factors for successful leadership. So if you want to up your success, replace these bad professional habits with active listening. Instead of nodding off, consider both showing the speaker that you’re interested (nodding, agreeing, etc.) and actually making an effort to understand (by asking questions...
5 Bad Professional Habits You Need to Drop to Become Ultra-Successful

5 Bad Professional Habits You Need to Drop to Become Ultra-Successful

The New Year is a perfect time to rejuvenate your success, and adopt new routines to surge forward. That’s all well and good, but what about your bad professional habits? We often become so ingrained in our routines that we fail to notice the ones that are dragging us down. So this New Year, we’re inviting you to look at your bad habits, and drop them like, well…bad habits. It won’t be a cakewalk, but it will allow you to replace your harmful routines with positive outcomes. Start shifting these behaviors today and you’ll be amazed at just how far you get in 2017: Procrastinating When “tomorrow syndrome” starts to rear its ugly head, it’s easy to get caught up in its effects and delay projects ‘till the last millisecond. Before you know it, procrastination can cause looming deadlines to snowball, and destroy productivity and motivation in the process. Instead of procrastinating, the experts recommend you take on bite-sized chunks of a project. This can remove the intimidation factor, and get the ball rolling towards productivity with minimal effort. For instance, if you have to build a whole website, consider setting a simple goal of designing the logo. It will be hard to go back to your bad professional habits once you start being productive instead. Distracted listening With a million and a half things going on, it’s easy to get distracted when listening to others (especially if it’s a boring topic). However, as uninteresting as the conversation might be, you should know that listening has been attributed as one of the make-or-break factors for successful leadership. So if...
5 Surefire Ways to Crush Your Goals This Year

5 Surefire Ways to Crush Your Goals This Year

It seems like just yesterday we were planning our 2016 New Year’s parties and making resolutions. For most of us, this year flew by in the blink of an eye. If you’re wondering where the time went, and you missed some of the goals you set this year, you aren’t alone. In fact, research by the University of Scranton has found that only 8% of people actually reach their resolutions. Well, now is the time to set new goals for yourself and actually reach them instead of wishing. Here are 5 ways to crush your goals this year: Get specific about your intentions When life gets in the way, new goals are usually the first thing to get brushed to the wayside. That’s why studies have found you need to be specific about when and where you achieve your goals. For instance, it’s been found that setting a specific time to go to the gym daily will double your chances of sticking to a fitness routine. Whether its learning to code or speaking a new language, put the goal in your calendar (or iPhone), to make sure it gets done. Take baby steps Weightlifters don’t begin training with 500 pound weights; they start small and work themselves up. If you’re an ambitious person, you might be making the equivalent mistake of trying for too heavy of a goal all at once. We’re not saying you shouldn’t shoot for the stars (you should!), but to reach them, you need to set mini-goals along the way. For example, if you want to start a new career, make a goal of applying...
5 Ways to Stay Self-Motivated Every Single Day

5 Ways to Stay Self-Motivated Every Single Day

Coffee might be your saving grace to get through the workday, but caffeine on its own won’t cut it in the long-run. To stay passionate and excited about work, you’re going to need to harness your inner motivation. It’s stronger than a shot of espresso, and it can keep you going on even the most sleep-deprived and toughest of days. We won’t keep you in suspense; here’s how you can stay self-motivated every single day: Practice humility. Surprisingly, humility can go a long way toward keeping you motivated. Oprah Winfrey may be one of the world’s most powerful and accomplished women, but she takes the hype surrounding her with a grain of salt. “There’s this part of me that’s afraid of what will happen if I believe it all,” she has said. Even Oprah has bad press days — so she’s learned that by staying humble she can keep her internal motivation going, no matter what happens. You too can follow in Winfrey’s footsteps and keep that entrepreneurial flame flickering by keeping your head low and not relying on the validation of others. Remember your strengths The inimitable Mary Kay Ash once said, “Within yourself lies everything you ever dreamed of being.” Being an entrepreneur isn’t for the faint of heart, and it’s likely that you jumped in because you had the talent, drive, and enthusiasm to make things happen. If you’re feeling down on yourself, take some time to examine those fantastic traits that got you where you are. If you need an extra-strength boost of motivation, consider journaling those talents. Celebrate the little wins We’re sorry to be the ones...
3 Habits That Will Make You Mentally Tough and Ultra-Successful

3 Habits That Will Make You Mentally Tough and Ultra-Successful

Champions don’t always have perfect victories. Most of the time, they encounter plenty of road bumps and obstacles on their way to success. Winners succeed when life throws inevitable curveballs their way because they have the mental toughness to keep going. They have the strength and grit to never give up, and the confidence in their beliefs to make it past the finish line. You can adopt that same attitude, and become mentally tough too, with some small tweaks to your routine: Practice the 40% rule  The Navy SEALs, who have a thing or two to say about being mentally tough, swear by the 40% rule to stay determined. It was developed by David Goggins, a Navy SEAL Veteran and Ironman triathlete, who said that: “When your mind is telling you you’re done, you’re really only 40 percent done.” This is more than just a motivational statement: science backs up that we’re often more physically and mentally capable than we believe. For instance, researchers found that subjects who were given a placebo but told it was caffeine were able to lift significantly more weight than those who were really given caffeine. When your mind is telling you “no”, push yourself just a little further; where you get to eventually will surprise you. Create tiny daily goals Mark Spitz, a USA Olympic gold medalist in swimming, said, “I’m trying to do the best I can. I’m not concerned with tomorrow, but with what goes on today.” Sometimes it’s difficult to focus on the big picture, like completing SEALs training or making it to the Olympics. So instead, these competitors set daily goals. They select one or two things that they want to accomplish that day to bring...
5 Powerful Ways to Restore Your Confidence

5 Powerful Ways to Restore Your Confidence

All you need is confidence, and the doors of opportunity will burst wide open. After all, you need to believe in yourself before anyone else will. However, having unshakable confidence can be easier said than done. When you’re living boldly, there will be road bumps and slip-ups, and your confidence reserves can start running on empty. That’s why trailblazing entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs find ways to build their confidence daily. Without further ado, here are the ways to restore your confidence constantly: Celebrate on paper It’s easy to dwell on your slip-ups and forget all the fantastic things you’re accomplishing. The cold hard truth is that people recognizing you for the latter can be far and between. That’s why you need to become your own best cheerleader. An easy way to restore your confidence and celebrate those daily wins is to write them down. After work, jot down 5 great things you did that very day. They can be big wins, or small victories; the key is that you’re starting to notice your own greatness. Science says this act of journaling has a plethora of confidence boosting benefits. Fake it ‘till you make it Yep, it’s a well-worn cliché, but you know what? There’s plenty of truth to it. Harvard Professor and Ted Talk star Amy Cuddy found that those with extreme confidence initially just acted the part – like dressing better and having powerful body language. If you start feigning confidence, you too will eventually develop genuine self-belief. Go for the small wins Confidence isn’t an all or nothing scenario—instead, it’s built a brick at a time. As author...