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Motivating Yourself and Your Employees

Need some help staying motivated or motivating your employees? These articles will help you and your team maintain a positive attitude and keep working toward success even when things get tough.

Rainy Day Inspiration

Are you having trouble reaching your goals? Here's a bit of inspiration to help you remember the key to success on those real or figurative rainy days in your life.

6 Strategies to Overcome Adversity

Even in good times, there's enough difficulty to go around for everyone. But the last few years' economic problems have made for more adversity than many of us have seen in a lifetime. Here are six strategies you can use to equip yourself to win even when your troubles seem insurmountable.

 7 Ways to Inspire Your Employees

An inspired employee gives his or her all to their employer, and is constantly striving to be and do their best; to use their skills and talents to their full potential. Here are 7 different ways you can inspire your employees.

Tune Up Your Trade Show Staff

Are your sales people burnt out? Working a trade show is hard. Keeping your team motivated can be even harder, especially during a busy exhibit season. Here are several ways to keep them enthusiastic and motivated.

Glass Half Full or Half Empty?

Leaders who understand the power of their own viewpoint do not become victims of circumstance. Rather, they identify the challenges and the opportunities which are presented to them at the moment - whatever the adversity.

The Power of Recognition

How can you increase productivity, enhance morale, and improve retention - without spending any money? Simply recognizing employees for a job well done can do a lot more than you'd expect. Here are 10 no-cost ways of improving employee performance.

Getting Around the Bases
Just as crossing home plate in baseball is what ultimately counts, it's the actions we take in life that make us successful. But to get to home plate, you have to round the bases. Read more >>


Resiliency Lessons from the Chilean Mine Triumph
A worldwide web of viewers watched 33 miners being pulled to the surface following a 600,000 ton cave-in that happened nearly one-half mile below the ground on a barren plain in southern Chile. Besides showcasing the tenacity of rescuers and the miracle of technology, the miners themselves offer dramatic lessons in resiliency that anyone can learn.

How Anxiety and Discomfort Contribute to Growth
If you find yourself spinning your wheels and not really going anywhere, what is really holding you back? More often than not anxiety and discomfort are found lurking in the shadows, and believe it or not, that's not necessarily a bad thing. Read more >>

Ways to Stay Positive about Your Business in a World Full of Negativity
Starting a business - or just keeping one running for that matter - takes a lot of energy. If the people you come into contact with all think you're crazy or doomed for failure, it's bound to take a toll on you. Here are five things you can do to combat that negativity.

Even the Bad Times Are Good 
It's easy to get stuck in a negative mindset during tough times. But focusing on the bad doesn't help bring about things that are good. Here's why you should seek to keep a positive outlook in spite of your current circumstances.

12 Simple Steps to Avoiding Burnout
Many people experience burnout at some point in their lives. Business owners and the self-employed are even more likely to fall prey to burnout because the buck stops with them. If you feel as if you’re starting to burn out here are some things you can do to avoid it.

Rejected? Throw a Party!
Being in business means taking risks... but that opens the door to rejection. So how can you cope with rejection and take the risks that ultimately will lead to success? Christine Comaford-Lynch, author of Rules for Renegades, says the answer is to throw a party. Read more >>

3 Tips for Getting Past Fear of Failure
When you face obstacles in your business it can lead to frustration and fear, neither of which are helpful emotions when you're trying to grow a small business. Here are three things you can do to get past those rough patches so you can keep your business growing.

Lead Your Best Life
Are you dissatisfied with your life? Would you like to accomplish more in life and business than you do now? Learn the eight drivers that can help you to lead your best life in an excerpt from The Source of Leadership.

Living and Working with Purpose
Do you like your job? Is it fulfilling? Or is it just a paycheck? In this excerpt from Luck by Design by Richard Goldman, find out how changing your beliefs can give you a totally new outlook. Read more >>

7 Steps to Rebuild Trust in Your Workplace
The Great Recession rocked workplaces everywhere, and now it’s time to rebuild trust. But how? Start here, with a proven seven-step process for leaders.

Mayday! Why You Should Ask for Help
Americans everywhere report overwhelming levels of stress at home and on the job, yet help is often right there -- just for the asking. In Mayday!, author M. Nora Klaver debunks some common cultural myths and provides an essential primer for asking for help -- not as a last resort, but as a daily routine that can ease and enhance your life. Read an excerpt here >>

Despite Turbulent Times, Optimism Makes Sense
All around us friends are unemployed, businesses are struggling, retirement funds are dwindling and the media assures us that there are no signs of improvement. Yet in the midst of our troubles, we are not prone to throw in the towel. Read more >> 

5 Steps to Kickstart Your Confidence
Confidence is a mesmerizing quality. When we have it we don’t think about it. When we don’t have it we want it, and when we observe it we admire it. Here are five simple steps to increase your confidence in yourself.

Finding Balance and Meaning in a Nine-to-Five World
If you sense the "something is just not right" in your work life consider that what you may actually be sensing is a gap between your "being" and your "doing" that is causing you discomfort. By following these 8 simple guidelines, you will have found a way to integrate spiritual common sense (being) with exceptional workplace behavior and business performance (doing). Read more >>

Improve Your Self-Talk
Self-talk is our internal dialog -- the words we say to ourselves. These words reflect and create our emotional-physiological states. We can feel confident or nervous, motivated or discouraged, often depending on what we tell ourselves. Read more >>

Letting Go of Your Bananas (Book Excerpt)
Do you feel you've fallen short of your career potential? Do you think you sometimes sabotage yourself at work? In Letting Go of Your Bananas, Dr. Daniel T. Drubin helps readers identify what he terms the "rotten bananas"--unhealthy habits, relationships, jobs, and beliefs--that are holding them back. Read an excerpt here >>

Defining Your Purpose
Who are you and why are you here? Here are some questions to help you begin to clarify your life purpose

Confronting Your Fears
Is fear holding you back from starting a business? Or do you already own a business and find yourself paralyzed by the fear of losing it in this crummy economy? Read what mega-success Donald Trump says about fear in this excerpt from his latest book, Think Like a Champion.

Bouncing Back
When life throws you a huge curve, you can let it get the best of you or you can bounce back. This entrepreneur learned some very important lessons about life and business as she fought to bounce back from her fight with cancer. Read more >>

Reduce Your Stress This Holiday Season
The most joyful time of the year is upon us. Yet for many, it is also the most stressful time of the year. Before you find yourself knee deep in turkey and dressing, holiday parties, and shopping, shopping, and even more shopping, heed these tips for reducing holiday stress.

Putting Meaning in Your Life
Do you ever feel you should be doing more with your life? Well, you're not alone. Read some of the myths and truths about finding your calling in life.

Defining Your Purpose
Who are you and why are you here? Here are some questions to help you begin to clarify your life purpose. Read more >>

Knowing Your Strengths
One of the surest paths to happiness is to know your strengths and build your life around them. Start your path to happiness by learning to recognize your own strengths and talents.

When Work Becomes Play
Are you doing exactly what you want to do everyday, or are you trudging through, just trying to get to the weekend? If it's the latter, then it's time for you to choose to do what you want. Read this article to get step-by-step help for taking back your life.

Bring the Joy Back to Your Life
Is it possible to age yet keep the sense of wonder we had as children and experience the joy of being alive every day? In his new book, Second Innocence, author John Izzo tackles four key areas of human experience (daily life, work, love, and faith) and will lead you to new perspectives on your own life and provide thought-provoking insights for reclaiming the innocence, idealism, and wonder that we often associate with youth. Read an excerpt here >>

Maintaining Your Motivation
Most people come away from conferences and training seminars with enthusiasm and excitement which inevitably translates into a more enjoyable workplace and higher sales. But when you're self-employed, you attend such events seldom, if at all. Here are tips for maintaining your own personal motivation, even when you don't have a corporate office.

Book Excerpt: Midlife Crisis at 30
As the generation that came of age after the most visible glass ceilings had been broken, Gen-X/Y women were raised to believe in futures without limitations. Yet, as journalists Lia Macko and Kerry Rubin reveal in their fascinating investigation, many women have distorted the well-intentioned empowerment messages of their youth and are quietly blaming themselves when they fail to overcome the very real obstacles that still exist in our society. Read an excerpt here >> 

Success Doesn't Equal Happiness
Hoping for a better future is a normal, human trait. But what is the down side of counting on these expectations for our happiness? Read more >>

Toot Your Own Horn
Remaining quiet about yourself or, worse, downplaying your successes leads to being underappreciated, or even allowing others to take credit for your achievements. When done with grace and style, bragging promotes your best asset-you! Read more >> 

Can Failure Breed Success?
Do you ever find that your level of self confidence tends to go up and down like the stock market? Or perhaps it even goes up and down along with the stock market! Here is a story about a Japanese businessman that might give you a new perspective.


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