5 Things You Need to Give Up to Be Happy

5 Things You Need to Give Up to Be Happy

Many of us put the pedal to the metal when it comes to seeking happiness. We seek new things and experiences to develop a positive outlook, thinking it will come “someday” – once we get that “must have” purse or land that new job. It seems counterintuitive, but your happiness is just as dependent on giving up things. Our routines are so ingrained that we fail to notice the negative parts that we can already shed. Instead of waiting, you can harness happiness and a winning attitude by giving up the negative aspects of your routine now. Take a look at these things you need to give up, and see how they impact your day-to-day attitude: Give up FOMO If you think being a successful entrepreneur means saying “yes” to every opportunity, you’re doing it wrong. The best entrepreneurs take smart, calculated risks instead of embracing every opportunity that presents itself. If the idea of passing up on these opportunities fills you with FOMO (fear of missing out), just take a tip from Sir Richard Branson. “Business opportunities are like buses,” he once said. “There’s always another one coming.” Rather than dwelling on the opportunities that pass you by, realize that there’s another one right down the road. Give up comparison “Comparison is the thief of joy,” Theodore Roosevelt once said, and he made a great point about being happy. Feeling competition from others is never beneficial. Hopefully, you’re already trying your hardest, and negative thoughts will never help you perform better. Stop waiting for praise from others I’m sorry to be the one to break this to you, but nobody will take the... read more
Unlock The Surprising Key to Mental Strength

Unlock The Surprising Key to Mental Strength

Often, when we want to be mentally tough, we adopt a “tough it out” approach. That is we try to endure through hard-hitting times, and emerge as a stronger person as a result. That’s all well and good, but new scientific research has revealed that recharging is just as, if not more important, for mental strength. As Shawn Achor put it in Harvard Business Review, “Resilience is how you recharge, not how you endure.” So as a busy, productive person, how can you recharge daily? If you can’t move to a tropical beach, there are still ways to avoid burnout and unlock mental strength in your normal routine: Actually leave the office How often do you actually leave the office? We’re going to bet that while you probably physically exit you workplace daily, you don’t check out mentally nearly as much. It doesn’t matter if you’re in your bed or in a cubicle; if your mind is still focused on work, you’re not truly recharging. That’s why the experts recommend making a conscious effort to focus your mind on recharging outside of the workplace. Science calls this “external recovery.” It involves making a conscious effort to do something mentally relaxing outside of your work zone. This doesn’t mean you have to schedule in time for mindless TV – it can involve anything from an educational podcast to reading a great book. Unplug Although your iPhone might seem like part of your body at this point, unplugging digitally is another key to mental strength. Not only does being on your phone constantly deplete your precious mental resources, HBR recommends using the technology... read more
6 Ways to Make Your Job Feel Inspiring and Fresh Again

6 Ways to Make Your Job Feel Inspiring and Fresh Again

Sometimes, it’s easy to get dragged down in your responsibilities and the daily repetition at work. It’s times like these where you might feel that passionate flame dwindling, and stop getting those “aha” moments of inspiration. If you ever find yourself feeling in a rut at work, you need an inspiration intervention! Because who has the time to wait for inspiration to strike again? Getting inspired and finding passion in your career is within your grasp and easily accessible; it just takes a little elbow grease sometimes. Here’s how some super-successful people find a daily dose of inspiration to help them stay on track, and you can too: Create a New Project Is there something you’ve been doing the same way forever because, “that’s the way it’s done around here?” The good news is you don’t have to wait for a new project to fall into your lap to make your job exciting. There’s limitless opportunities to improve what’s already there; so get your thinking cap on and get inspired. Once you have an idea, pitch it to your manager and ask to spearhead the project. You’ll enjoy the challenge of developing and executing something new – and who knows what skills and inspiration you’ll uncover? Take on Additional Responsibilities Not looking to reinvent the wheel? If you don’t have the resources to plan your own project, lend a hand on an existing initiative or add a new responsibility to your wheelhouse. If you want more work to mix things up, but aren’t sure how to manage it with your schedule, try finding an extra hour a day for... read more
How to Create a Brand New Chapter in Your Life–Starting Today

How to Create a Brand New Chapter in Your Life–Starting Today

When you fall into the same routine, creating sweeping, gargantuan change in your life seems like a pipe dream. The good news, however, is that instead of sticking to the same old habits; you can create a brand new chapter in your life, starting today. There are proven techniques to supercharge your path to success, and plenty of entrepreneurs and successful people have done it before. Here are a few ways to push the “reset” button and create that life you wanted. Start using these habits and you’ll see that anything really is possible: Practice being your future self According to Peter Bregman, CEO and leadership expert, in Harvard Business Review, “You need to spend time on the future even when there are more important things to do in the present and even when there is no immediate apparent return to your efforts.” Quite simply, if you want to become an ideal version of yourself, you need to practice being it. Think of your life in terms of playing the piano; you don’t wake up one day playing in Carnegie Hall–you get there with consistent practice. Despite all the responsibilities and daily details, you need to make this a non-negotiable habit. Spend just a few hours a week practicing your future life, and you’ll be amazed at how quick it becomes a reality. Destroy your comfort zone Your comfort zone has the word “comfort” in it for a reason—we’re naturally hardwired to avoid danger and discomfort in our lives. However, even leaving the couch has some inherent danger to it. As CEO of IBM Ginny Rommety once said, “growth and... read more
6 Smart Ways to Keep a Positive Attitude at Work (No Matter What)

6 Smart Ways to Keep a Positive Attitude at Work (No Matter What)

Even if you’re a positive person, work can throw you some curveballs that destroy your cheery attitude and your productivity. Everything from bad leadership to horrible workloads can throw off your mojo and interfere with your winning attitude that got you there in the first place. So, how do you stay productive, creative and – most importantly – happy, despite all this? Thankfully plenty of successful people have been in your shoes (or flats) and gotten through it with some proven ways to keep a positive attitude at work. Try these habits, and you’ll always have a smile on your face: 1. Think you’re unstoppable. In the early 20th century, the typical American woman didn’t wear makeup, but that didn’t stop Elizabeth Arden. By sticking with her dream of bringing makeup from the stage into daily life, she built a worldwide empire. While others thought she was crazy, she relied on this unstoppable mentality to rake in the dollars. When you view yourself as unstoppable and everything as possible, you can stay motivated and keep a positive attitude at work through both the ups and downs. You’ll be amazed at the doors that open up when you start believing that you can accomplish anything. 2. Smile Smiling does more than make you look happy. It tricks your body into thinking you’re happy, and releases a flood of feel-good neurochemicals into your body in the process. Faking it ’til you make it has other benefits as well. Think about walking into an office full of angry people. Did it bring you down a little? If you answered “yes,” it’s because visible moods are contagious, including smiling. So... read more
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... read more
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... read more
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... read more
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... read more
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... read more