How to take a break from work (and not feel guilty)

This article is about how to stay motivated at work.
good advice and I hope it helps.

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How to step outside of your comfort zone at work

Many people expect other people or circumstances to motivate them at work. Perhaps we all need to take responsibility for our own motivation.

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One way to Live Longer


I have found the answer to eternal life. Well maybe not eternal, but certainly a long one.Dog Tired of Phone Calls

But first let me ask you; don’t you just hate it when people say ‘What’s wrong with you today, you don’t look very happy?’

Maybe you don’t feel like smiling on that particular day, for no particular reason. Or maybe you feel like punching them in the nose.

However, a report in American Psychologist states that:

Smiling and being agreeable influences the length of people’s lives in a positive way – Bow Wow!

On the other hand, being grumpy increases the likelihood of a violent death, heart disease, cancer etc – oh dear! And punching someone on the nose may result in a violent death!

If DC says it; it must be true

Dale Carnegie in his book – How to Win Friends and Influence People, says: ‘People who smile tend to manage…

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How to get more sales using the motivational five factors of success

For many years I’ve been fascinated by what makes people successful in their life, MS2-250whatever it is they do for a living.

I’ve read biographies, watched people being interviewed on television, studied newspaper and magazine profiles and spoken to many people who are successful in their fields of activity.

I’ve been going on the premise that if I want to be successful then I need to do what successful people do.

When these people are asked about success they usually define it as something that’s personal to them; a feeling of contentment, achievement or happiness.

However, what I’m interested in is, how do they get to that state?

The conclusion I’ve come to is that there are five basic characteristics that successful people have. I like to call them –

The Five Factors of Success:

  1. Mind Control

They have the ability to run their own mind. They don’t let other people or circumstances run it for them. They reprogram their negative conditioning. They raise their level of self-esteem and they develop a positive attitude through continual positive self-talk. They don’t react – they think!

  1. Belief

Successful people have a passion for what they believe in. They know what they want out of life and they achieve it by motivating themselves. They have vision.

  1. Energy

They have lots of vroom! They manage stress and they know how to relax.

  1. Rapport

They have the ability to communicate and get on with people, and to persuade people to accept their point of view.

  1. Courage to act

People who make a success of what they do are willing to try. They’re prepared to make mistakes, to assert themselves and not get too concerned about what others might think.

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Are you intelligent?

I am always intrigued by people who are described as ‘intelligent.’Mind On / Off

What does this mean and why is it so valued. That’s why I was so interested in the studies of Howard Gardener, a psychologist at Harvard University. Gardner’s Theory of multiple intelligences states that not only do human beings have many different ways to learn and process information, but that these are independent of each other; leading to multiple intelligences as opposed to a general intelligence among correlated abilities. In 1999 Gardner listed seven intelligences:

Linguistic intelligence

This concerns language and how we use it. Writers, poets, lawyers and speakers are among those that Howard Gardner sees as having high linguistic intelligence.

Logical-mathematical intelligence

This is associated with calculation and logical reasoning. This intelligence is most often associated with scientific and mathematical thinking.

Musical intelligence

To do with musical appreciation as well as performing and composing music.

Bodily-kinaesthetic intelligence

Associated with physical skills like sport, dancing and other aspects of movement.

Spatial intelligence

To do with art and design, as well as finding your way around

Interpersonal intelligence

To with interacting with people socially and sensitively. It’s concerned with the capacity to understand the intentions, motivations and desires of other people. Educators, salespeople, religious and political leaders and counsellors all need a well-developed interpersonal intelligence.

Intrapersonal intelligence

To do with understanding yourself, to appreciate your feelings, fears, motivations and abilities.

So the next time some tells you about a so called intelligent person, ask what they know about design, or the ability to deal with other people, or what musical instrument do they play?

Always remember that you have qualities and skills that other people do not have and you should be proud of these and believe in yourself. When you look at this list, you may realise that you are much more intelligent than you think.

There is no such thing as Intelligence; one has intelligence of this or that. One must have intelligence only for what one is doingEdgar Degas

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Daily motivation (25 photos)

Well – this blog is about motivation, so you need to check this out.

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8 Behaviors to Avoid to Keep You Motivated

This DocMentation blog is about motivation. So hopefully this article will help keep you motivated.

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‘Father of Singapore’ Lee Kuan Yew Dies at 91

I’m reblogging this as an admirer of Lee Kuan Yew, and what he did For Singapore

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“Smiley” the blind service dog is a motivation to all

As the owner of a Golden Retriever, I couldn’t resist reblogging this as motivation to us all.

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The Truth about Body Image and Your Motivation

Have you ever considered how much your body image, your personal packaging, Businessman Fixing Tiecontributes to your business and personal success?

The multi million pound cosmetics industry is acutely aware of the value of packaging. You’ll know this if you’ve ever bought anything from those glamorous ladies whose counters are always just inside the front door of Department Stores.

However, from time to time we’re presented with surveys about the creams we rub on our bodies which take years off our age and make our skin as soft as a baby’s bottie. The surveys tell us ‘Buy the cheap stuff or the own label one from the supermarket, because they’re all the same.’

But do we? Of course we don’t. Human beings are driven by emotions not logic and never more so when spending their money.

People buy with their eyes, we love packaging. The marketing and merchandising experts have it down to a fine art and know the colours and shapes that we’re most likely to buy. They then design their packaging accordingly and make sure it grabs our attention.

It does exactly what it says on the can

The product in the packaging has to do what it says it’ll do, however if it looks like it can do the business, then we’re more likely to believe it can.

It’s just the same with people. Whether we like it or not, people are likely to make judgments about us by our body image, the way we’re packaged.

They’ll then decide whether they like us, whether they’ll give us a job or even just believe what we say.

This seems to be so obvious. Yet I’ve seen professional speakers with scuffed shoes, business leaders with outdated suits and politicians wearing clothes that don’t fit them or suit their shape.

Seeing is believing

A few months ago I attended a function where an accountant was invited to speak about his business.

He told the assembled audience how efficient his business was and about their attention to detail.

However his tie was undone and his shirt looked like he was breaking it in for a smaller friend. His suit, though probably expensive, wasn’t the right colour for him and merely drew attention to the fact that its wearer liked his food.

All of the things he was saying were totally contradicted by his body image.

Lawyers, accountants, plumbers or software engineers; it doesn’t matter what you do, other people are very liable to make a judgment about your abilities by how you’re packaged.

Your colleagues and your boss will all make decisions about the quality of your work and your promotion prospects by your dress and body image.

It’s not what you say

There’s the famous story about the 1960’s pre-election television debates between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon. These debates were also heard on radio, which was much more popular at the time. After the debates a poll was taken of how TV and radio audiences had reacted to the two participants.

The radio audience voted for Nixon, however the TV audience voted overwhelmingly for Kennedy. The TV audience liked the look of Kennedy better than Nixon – they liked the packaging.

You never get a second chance

We also tend to make decisions very quickly about people we come into contact with. Psychologists have established that we subconsciously make around eleven decisions about other people within the first six seconds of meeting them.

Personnel managers have admitted in surveys to making a decision about a job applicant within the first thirty seconds of an interview, these decisions being made primarily on how the people looked and carried themselves.

How we look will confirm or contradict what we say. First impressions are also lasting impressions and take a lot of changing.

Impact image

Okay, so we can’t all have the perfect looks or the perfect body, whatever that is. It doesn’t matter what shape you are but it does matter how you package that shape, if you want to make an impact on other people.

How you package yourself can also make a huge difference to your self-confidence. Have you ever noticed how confident, self-assured and motivated you feel when you dress in something you feel good in? Particularly when someone genuinely compliments you.

How you dress can have a huge impact on how you carry yourself and project to other people.

The problem is that many of us don’t have a clue as to what really suits us and compliments our shape. This is why so many business people are turning to an image consultant to improve their personal impact.

This may seem like a costly luxury; however consider the cost of restricting your career or possibly not winning a new account.

Ask the family

So what do you do? Well you could ask your nearest and dearest to be honest with you and tell you what they really think about what you wear. The thing is, you really need to listen and take heed of what they say.

Buy some of the fashion magazines and keep up to date on the latest fashion. It can also help to find a good clothes store where the sales assistants will give unbiased advice.

It’s also important to look after the details. Do your spectacles suit your face? Are you in need of a more modern haircut? What does that cheap plastic watch say about you?

Men need to be careful about novelty ties and fancy socks with a business suit. Women need to take care with make-up, colours and perfume.

You may have a lot more to offer than a jar of anti wrinkle cream or a packet of cornflakes; however no one is going to pick you off the shelf if they don’t like your packaging.

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