6 Healthy Alternatives for Boosting Your Brain Power at Work

Let’s face it – life is hectic, and work can often be one of the most hectic parts of your life, especially if you’re running your own business. When you’re one of the few people responsible for the day-to-day operations of an entire company, or even worse when you’re a one-person show, one thing that can easily suffer is your nutrition.

That’s a definite problem, because good nutrition is a key component in keeping you healthy and making sure you’re at the top of your game. As an entrepreneur you want everything to be running as optimally as possible. However, our own health often gets overlooked when it comes to diet. The food you eat can literally slow you down or boost your energy and brain power.

…even mild dehydration in men reduced vigilance and memory and increased tension, anxiety, and fatigue…

Taking some time to focus on your own well-being can help you get even more out of your business. It’s difficult to be a good leader if you’re being bogged down mentally with a poor diet that may be affecting everything from your energy levels to your mood. If you find yourself snacking on chips and downing soda or coffee throughout your workday, consider some of these alternatives that are not only healthier for you, but will help improve your work performance as well:

Water
Hydration is always important, and keeping yourself properly hydrated during work hours is much more of a necessity than you may think. Did you know that a recent study published in British Journal of Nutrition found that even mild dehydration in men reduced vigilance and memory and increased tension, anxiety, and fatigue? Dehydration (and we’re talking mild dehydration, not close-to-death dehydration) has been linked to decreased memory, anxiety and increased tension – things you certainly don’t need more of in the workplace. Additionally, try to avoid sugary processed foods and soda, as they can contribute to dehydration.

Vegetable Juice
Chances are, you’re not going to bring a bag of fresh vegetables with you to the office every day. Instead, try substituting a low sodium vegetable juice as a way to still get many of the vitamins and minerals that veggies can provide. As for what kinds of vegetable you include? Well, that’s up to you. Tomatoes are a good source of antioxidants, and kale is rich in vitamins A, C and K, calcium, lutein, iron and dietary fiber.

Green Tea with Lemon
Green tea is a great healthy drink, and can be served hot or iced, making it particularly adaptable to your mood or the time of year. Green tea is rich in antioxidants, and adding lemon only increases its benefits. The citrus helps increase the body’s ability to absorb the nutrients from the tea – some studies show as much as 600% increase in absorption! In addition, lemon is very high in vitamin C, adding even more benefit to the tea.

Almonds
Almonds are among the best nuts you can eat, and the benefits are great indeed. Almonds are low in calories but high in calcium, fiber and vitamin E. Even better, the fat in almonds is monounsaturated, which can contribute to lower cholesterol. Avoid nuts roasted in oil, and instead go for raw or dry-roasted nuts. Also, try to refrain from buying large tubs of almonds, as the easy availability can easily cause you to overeat.

Blueberries
If you’ve “been around the block” when it comes to eating healthy, chances are you’ve been told many, many times about the wonders of blueberries. Well, get ready to hear it again because they made this list, too! Blueberries are low in calories and high in fiber and antioxidants. In addition, blueberries may be the perfect work snack, since studies have shown that they’re good for your eyes and also great for your short-term memory!

Salmon
If you’re trying to stay healthy, a trip to the nearest fast food joint at lunch is going to counteract any healthy snacking you’re doing on the clock. Instead, try preparing lunch the night before and taking it with you to work. Salmon is an excellent choice of meat, especially if your normal diet contains too much red meat. The omega-3 fatty acids in salmon will help keep your mind sharp during the day, and can help prevent blood clots. The vitamins and minerals in salmon also work as a natural antidepressant, which can greatly improve your workday!

Do you have a go-to snack that helps you get through your day? Share it in the comments below! – source: http://www.theselfemployed.com

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Does Bringing Lunch to Work *Really* Save You Money?

The struggle to save money at lunch is very, very real. It’s just so easy to run to your favorite salad spot down the street—and you’re convinced whatever you get there will always taste way better than anything you could bring from home. Besides, would youreally be saving that much cash if you brought lunch every day? With the help of three brave women, we set out to answer that very question. Check out the results of their week-long experiment:

The Grocery Guru
Alexandria Butler, Program Manager at NetApp and Freelance Writer

“At the beginning of the week, I went to the grocery store searching for ‘healthy’ ingredients that would be delicious and convenient to prepare, but I quickly realized that all of the healthy and delicious options require some pre-planning. After I went back home to find recipes that would still be good after a couple of days, I decided on three recipes to keep me going throughout the week. On the first day of bringing my own lunch, I decided to avoid all dining halls and ate at my desk. Each time someone passed by with a slice of pizza or a burger from downstairs, though, I cringed. Yes, my homemade risotto was delicious, but I was itching for something extra when my Tupperware container was empty. When I switched things up on Day 3 and brought a salad, I was much more excited to eat my meal. Plus, everyone was coming to my desk asking for tips on saving money at lunch. I felt like a guru! A word to the wise? Eat breakfast to avoid getting hungry earlier in the day. Then you won’t feel the need to binge in the dining hall midday.”

The Bottom Line: “I usually average $15 for lunch, or $75 a week. I saved $17 this week by making my own food. This may not seem significant, but if I did this for a month, I would save $300!”

[Related: How to Eat Healthy on a Budget]

The Lunchtime Worker
Jacqueline V. Twillie, Career Advisor and Leader of Local Levo Atlanta

“The biggest thing I learned this week is that if I plan to bring lunch to work, it needs to be savory so that I’ll actually eat it. On the first day, I brought chicken salad and crackers. I was full but not satisfied, so I walked to a local farmers’ market and purchased walnuts. I was satisfied with them, but I knew it was a mental thing. On Day 2, I brought leftover roast chicken and a mixed green salad, but I didn’t want to eat it so I just didn’t eat at all. I didn’t want my lunch the next two days, either, so I ended up buying bags of chips from the office cafe. I found that if I don’t go out for lunch, I don’t take a lunch break and I work through the hour.”

The Bottom Line: “I usually have lunch meetings and I turned down or rescheduled the meetings due to this experiment, but I would usually spend around $12 for lunch. I saved at least $40 this week on lunch, but I ate less healthy than I typically do.”

[Related: Quick and Healthy Fixes for Cubicle Snacking]

The Part-Time Buyer
Jenny Groza, Senior Editor at Levo

“For my lunches this week, I brought either tilapia and potatoes or pasta salad. I always crave sugar after lunch and get kind of headache-y without it, so I also tried to bring yogurt as an afternoon snack to combat that. After eating my lunch, I was always full but not satisfied. I felt like nothing I brought was that good. I should have spent more time prepping food the night before, but I didn’t get home until late every night and my lunches suffered because of it. If I make something for dinner then I’ll be satisfied with leftovers for lunch the next day, but I feel like I’m torturing myself when I make a big vat of pasta salad and then have to eat it for lunch three or four days in a row.”

The Bottom Line: “I like bringing in lunch—saving money makes me happy—but I need to plan ahead more. I usually try to bring in lunch at least twice a week, but when I buy, I usually spend $12 per lunch. By bringing lunch every day, I saved maybe $15. But if I had planned ahead more, I think I could have saved more money.”

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How to Take a Personal Day and *Not* Feel Guilty

A personal day is a rare day for many young professionals. While many strive to increase productivity, networking skills, and job performance in their careers, it is often forgotten how impactful a well-used personal day off can also be.

Only when the deadlines, events, and social obligations become too exhausting, does the personal day finally get added to the calendar. And that might be too late. Instead of waiting until you need to reset any mental and physical burnout, take a personal day soon, and pay attention to the ways you can make the most out of this special day.

Try one of these four tips to maximize your personal day off and re-emerge back at work with a renewed mindset.

1. Identify your goal feeling.

Business and life coach, Danielle LaPorte, introduces a new way of thinking about goals, saying: “You’re not chasing the goal itself, you’re actually chasing a feeling.” {Click to Tweet} In other words, goals are intrinsically motivated by the feelings we get when we achieve them, rather than by the actual goal itself. That feeling is unique to you, and your values or needs.

At the start of your personal day, identify the feelings you want to experience by the end. Do you want to feel productive, relaxed, inspired, creative, or adventurous?

When you capture a clear idea of the feeling you are creating, the plans and the choices you make help pave your way towards that goal. For example, if the goal feeling is to be relaxed, you might go for a morning run, spend an afternoon at the museum, or plan for dinner at your favorite restaurant—or all of the above!

Your goal feeling can also help you determine whether or not you should spend the day solo or with others. No matter what tasks you want to accomplish or enjoy, this goal feeling can help eliminate unaligned activities or people, and prioritize other ideas. {Click to Tweet}

2. Section your day into different parts.

Anyone familiar with Parkinson’s Law—“work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”—will recognize that it applies to our free time, as well as to our work. On that note, it is possible to spend an entire day watching Netflix if that is the time we’ve given ourselves to do so.

Fortunately, with this knowledge, a 24-hour personal day can be divided into 3-4 parts, each scheduled with light reminders to switch into a new activity. That way, the day doesn’t only become a series of naps and snacks (unless that is your goal, of course).

To take it a step further, pay attention to your consumption versus creation ratio. Though this topic is often discussed by artists or entrepreneurs for balancing getting things done with finding inspiration, the theory of consumption versus creation can apply to anyone taking a personal day, as well. To do this, try to keep an even ratio between consuming (e.g., watching shows, listening to podcasts, shopping), and creating (e.g., making dinner, writing, doing a DIY project). Maintaining a balanced consume versus create ratio can keep your brain agile, even while relaxing. You may even discover new ideas or solutions to improve your daily work and life.

3. Change your environment and your habits.

Often, personal days are scheduled because we need time away from our routine to recalibrate, refresh, and get more clarity. {Click to Tweet}

It’s likely that you have identified habits or situations you want to improve in your daily life or work. B.J. Fogg, Director of Stanford Persuasive Lab, identified in his in-depth studies on habit-forming that, “There’s just one way to radically change your behavior: radically change your environment”.

Whether this means taking your work or play to a new area, or exploring your neighborhood, new environments are proven to help you think expansively, re-evaluate your habits, and retrain yourself to build new ones.

For example, maybe your office or home office has become a place filled with unhealthy habits. Visit a few different places to explore and take note of how you feel in each environment. See how you could replicate the environment in which you felt the most balanced, and brainstorm new triggers for healthier habits.

Simple ideas like buying plants, keeping food in a separate room, or re-arranging your office layout can result in big improvements. Spend your personal day away in a new environment to bring renewed energy and ideas into your space.

4. Plan personal time.

Finally, use your time away from the office to bake more personal plans into your next week, month, or year. This is the perfect time to research flights for a trip abroad, reach out to a volunteer organization, or set up an appointment with your doctor.

Taking this step can ensure that you prioritize yourself even as you head back to work, and new requests and obligations come in.

Setting aside time to rest and reflect is crucial for long-term success in work and life. And the benefits of incorporating these tips will expand into your normal routine!

This article was originally published on Career Contessa. – source: http://www.levo.com
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3 Powerful Life Lessons From the Multi Millionaire “Tim Ferriss”

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Tim Ferriss (if you’re not familiar with his work) is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best selling author, an angel investor in companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Uber, and Evernote, a blogging/podcasting extraordinaire with more than 1 million monthly visitors to his site, and the first American to hold a Guinness World Record in tango.

He’s one of the only people in the world whose other accomplishments completely dwarf the fact that he’s a Princeton alumnus.

But aside from his laundry list of achievements, Tim is also the world’s leading authority on Lifestyle Design.

What exactly is that? An entirely new and rapidly growing category of blogs, businesses and books focused on challenging traditional assumptions and living a richer life.

In his debut novel, The 4-Hour Workweek, Ferriss begs the question: Why should you have to wait until you’ve worked 40+ years and you’re 65 years-old to start traveling, spending quality time with friends and family, and taking up new hobbies?

Why not live the life you want right now? Why not enjoy every waking moment to the fullest?

Ferris firmly believes in turning the traditional American retirement plan upside down. And rather than deferring all your happiness to the future (65+ years old), he presents the case for us to streamline our lives,build our own business, find joy, travel the world and be passionate today.

As we gear up for the New Year with resolutions and goal setting on our mind, it may be time to revisit a few of the powerful life lessons embedded in his timeless classic, The 4-Hour Workweek.

By applying Ferriss’s philosophies to our next-year’s goals, we’re certain to kick start the year off right and catapult ourselves to greater levels of success.

So let’s dive right in and begin designing the lives we want, TODAY, using these potent principles.

1. 80/20 your way to success

Otherwise known as Pareto’s Law, the 80/20 rule says that 80 percent of the results for any given activitycome from just 20 percent of the inputs. This is the foundation for many of Ferriss’ guiding tenants. One example of the rule in action for entrepreneurs is 80 percent of your business’s revenue typically comes from just 20 percent of your client/customer base.

Ferriss argues that you should eliminate the 80 percent of things you’re doing that aren’t yielding significant results. And instead you should focus exclusively on the 20 percent of activities that are. In doing so, you free up A TON of your time to focus on duplicating those actions/clients/processes that yield high returns. The 80/20 rule works in the opposite way as well.

Normally, you’ll see that 80 percent of your problems in business or in life come from just 20 percent of the people and clients you interact with.

Remove the 20 percent, and the majority of your problems disappear. Especially as we gear up for the New Year and new goals this principle can be very powerful in terms of showing us the best areas to focus on for maximum results.

However, 80/20 isn’t set in stone; it’s simply a starting point for your analysis. Sometimes you’ll find the ratio to be even higher at 90/10 or even 99/1. Whatever the case, you can channel your energy and stop wasting time on fruitless goals with this in your arsenal.

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2. Never underestimate the impact of time and mobility on your happiness

A lot people (especially us entrepreneurial types) like to think that money alone will make us happier. Even if we intellectually know that money by itself doesn’t lead to happiness, we still have a tendency—year after year—to make higher income one of our top goals.

This can be very powerful and beneficial, IF done the right way. But for most of us, we just arbitrarily pick an income goal that’s higher than the last year. Instead, we should be picking an income or revenue goal that allows to do the things we want with our lives.

What does that mean? Here’s an example: Let’s say we run an online merchandising business that typically profits $100,000 per year. At that level, let’s say the owner spends 30 hours per week on the business and has time to take three, 2-week vacations throughout the year. The business stays running and automated just fine. However, what most people would do in this situation is raise the goal above $100,000 in profit to $200,000 in profit. Now, instead of 30 hours per week, let’s say the owner spends 80 hours per week on the business (more time acquiring new clients, dealing with customers, and processing orders) and has ZERO time for a vacation.

Which life would you prefer? If we truly look at it, the person making $200K is poorer in terms of time and mobility than the person making $100K. Now am I saying you shouldn’t be ambitious and raise your goals?Absolutely not! But what you MUST always do is consider WHY you want the goals your setting. If your income is going to provide a certain lifestyle for you, but achieving that level of income doesn’t allow you ANY free time, should you really have that goal? We must always remember that being in control of our own time and destiny is essential to long-term happiness, and understanding this is crucial for setting your next year’s goals.

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3. Always push yourself outside your comfort zone.

Throughout the 4-Hour Workweek, Ferriss lists Comfort Challenges at the end of nearly every chapter.

These challenges range from walking up and getting a guy or girl’s phone number to testing your skills in negotiation at flea markets.

Why did Tim choose to scatter these throughout his book? He summarizes the answer in this quote:

“Success can be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations you’re willing to have.”

Essentially, he’s saying get outside your comfort zone and keep pushing yourself. That’s how 26 out of 27 publishers turned down Ferriss’ idea before he finally got his book published—he kept pushing past doubt and his comfort zone. And when his book launched, it became an instant best seller.

Ferriss’ message for entrepreneurs is you have to get outside your comfort zones and develop socially so you can effectively present and sell your ideas and concepts. But more importantly, the key to a rich life is connecting with people and forging lasting friendships. To do that you have to know how to talk to anyone, with confidence and be persuasive. If your 2015 goals don’t include an element of that, you should revisit and refine them until they do.

Crush it in 2015! And if you haven’t already pick up a copy of The 4-Hour Workweek or any other of Tim Ferriss’ masterpieces.

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PANIC AND ANXIETY ATTACKS WHILE DRIVING

One of the more common questions I am asked is how to cope with anxiety while driving. Ranging from fear of being caught in traffic to crossing waterway bridges‚ people have many different fears in this area.

Often the anxiety stems from a fear of being trapped in the vehicle in gridlock traffic or losing control of the vehicle and causing a collision.

Needless to say‚ even though they may have been battling with a driving phobia for many years‚ almost all of the people I have consulted with have not had their fears of a mishap occur. Let’s look at the primary fear‚ that of having an accident due to the distractions of possible panic attacks while driving.

Most people will work themselves into a state of high anxiety even before they have pulled out of their driveway with imagined scenes of causing ten car collisions on the highway because they “freaked out” and collided with another vehicle.

If you have such concerns‚ the first important thing to begin with is a review of your driving history.

Have you been a reckless driver in the past? Have you had a history of bad driving?

Most phobic drivers in fact have clean driving records and have never even been in a minor road incident. Anxious drivers are not a deadly hazard on the road, in fact‚ they can be a lot more vigilant than many ordinary drivers who after a long day in the office are virtually asleep at the wheel.

When looking at the biology of anxiety‚ by virtue of his or her condition‚ an anxious driver has a high level of sensory alertness. This level of alertness keeps the driver aware of any potential hazards and focused on the task of driving‚ not daydreaming‚ chatting‚ or rooting around in the glove compartment.

This of course is not to suggest that anxious driving is the ideal way to commute‚ but I believe it is important to make this point because so many chastise themselves for being anxious in their cars.

If you are generally a good driver‚ then before you set out in your car, take confidence in that and reaffirm that fact to yourself.

Acknowledging and reaffirming that you are a capable driver will go some way toward alleviating this concern.

The second major concern of most phobic drivers is the fear of being trapped in the car in some manner. By this I mean‚ being caught in traffic‚ on busy three–laned motorways‚ on long bridges‚ or even stopping at red lights.

When allowed to‚ the mind will run away with this fear and will imagine all kinds of deadly scenarios where you might feel cornered or trapped in your vehicle with no assistance available should you experience a major panic attack while driving.

The important thing here is to curb these fears before they take root by offering yourself viable solutions to any of these scenarios and not letting your mind trick you into believing there is a trap ahead.

Is there really any situation where you truly are trapped with no means of escape? No‚ of course there isn’t.

Eventually‚ traffic always moves, it does not remain grid locked forever. There is flow‚ and there is always an exit. This may mean having to figure the exit out for yourself‚ but never let these thoughts corner you into thinking that there is no escape.

When you counteract these fears with logical solutions‚ you undermine the control that fear holds over you. You begin to see the bluff it is playing to keep you petrified of what could potentially happen out there in the traffic.

Your mind may rebel and come up with the worst possible scenario you may get “stuck in‚” but again‚ is this really the terrifying trap you imagine it to be? Be careful not to let these thoughts trap your thoughts.

Every minute of the day‚ people’s cars break down in traffic. These drivers have no option but to put on the hazard lights and leave the vehicle. It’s not going anywhere. There you are‚ that’s an exit‚ albeit an extreme one.

By using my technique‚ it never needs to come to that. In fact‚ you are going to learn how driving can actually be an enjoyable experience once again.

To finish‚ I want to give you some affirmations you can use while out driving. These can be repeated silently or out loud and will help relax and center your mind‚ keeping you focused on driving well:

– “I am a competent driver and always arrive at my destination safely”

– “I am calm‚ alert‚ and in full control while driving”

I hope you have found some useful information in this article, for more information on how to cope with panic attacks click here! – source: http://womenslife.today

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Words By Zig Ziglar

Frequently, we’ve become so pragmatic that we fail to be effective. Years ago the editor of the Dallas Morning News pointed out to the sportswriters that „Bill“ was not a suitable substitute for „William,“ and „Charlie“ was not a suitable substitute for „Charles.“

Taking him literally, one of the sportswriters, in the heyday of Doak Walker of Southern Methodist University, wrote about an important game. In his story he pointed out that in the third quarter Doak Walker had left the game with a „Charles horse.“ I think you’ll agree that the story lost some meaning with the use of „Charles.“

Perhaps the ultimate absurdity occurred in an article in a national publication when the writer set up the computer to analyze Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Incidentally, that address contains 362 words and 302 of them are one syllable. It’s simple and direct but powerful and effective.

The computer, however, made some recommendations about how the speech really should have been given. For example, instead of saying, „Four score and seven years,“ the computer deemed that approach too wordy and suggested, „Eighty-seven years.“ The efficiency in the reduction is obvious, but the loss of effectiveness, power, drama, and passion is even more obvious.

When Lincoln said, „We are engaged in a great civil war,“ the computer questioned whether the word great was justified. This despite the fact that our nation suffered 646,392 casualties, including 364,511 deaths. The computer stated that the sentences were too long, and it criticized the statement that we could never forget what happened at Gettysburg as being negative.

I think you’ll agree that eloquence and drama, combined with passion, logic, and common sense, are far more effective in inspiring people to do great things than technical correctness.

Think about it. Knowing their power, use your words carefully. You’ll be a greater contributor to humankind.
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Zig Ziglar offers a free weekly newsletter filled with more of his inspiring stories as well as practical ideas to help you in the areas of sales, marketing, customer service, and related topics. You can subscribe to the Zig Ziglar Newsletter by sending going to http://www.zigziglar.com.

* Zig is the author of Secrets of Closing the Sale source: http://getmotivation.com

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10 Qualities That People With High Emotional Intelligence Have

What is that one quality which makes some people more successful than others? Could it be simple intelligence? Maybe. However, that doesn’t seem to be the whole story. According to recent studies, people of average IQ outperformed people with a high IQ.

Some say that Emotional Intelligence (EI) is a much more accurate predictor of success. Although EI is hard to define, there are some qualities that are typical of people with high Emotional Intelligence.

Here are 10 qualities that people with high emotional intelligence have:

1. Not a perfectionist

If you are emotionally intelligent, you know that perfection doesn’t exist. You reject frustration and sense of failure that accompany that constant striving for perfection. If you are aware that perfectionism will leave you hung up on shortcomings of others, as well as your own, you are emotionally mature. Striving to be perfect, you may be unable to enjoy your achievements.

 

2. You know your strengths and weaknesses

If your EI is of a high level, you know how to embrace your strengths and how to use them in such a way as to compensate for your weaknesses. At work and in your social life, you will deliberately choose situations which bring out your strengths so that you can succeed.  Whenever possible, you will also choose friends and co-workers who play to your strengths and help you with your weaknesses.

“Over the years, I’ve learned that a confident person doesn’t concentrate or focus on their weaknesses – they maximize their strengths.” – Joyce Meyer

3. Self-motivated

Your motivation comes from within and not from an external source. You do not require a reward to accomplish your goals because motivation comes from you. You are clear about your goals and you do not need reminders. Emotionally intelligent people are able to set tasks for themselves and work towards them on their own.

 

4. Have empathy for others

People with high emotional intelligence have a lot of empathy. That means you should be curious and genuinely interested in other people, have the ability to tune into body language and facial expressions to understand people’s emotions even without words.

Do you like asking questions to learn more about other people and their needs? If your answer is “no”, hurry up and learn to summarize what people tell you. Show your understanding. If your answer is “yes”, you must be an active listener which means your level of emotional intelligence is high.

 

5. You don’t focus on past mistakes

If you have high EI, you realize that there is nothing to be gained from holding on to the past. You are able to remember your mistakes well enough to learn from them, but you can keep them at a sufficient distance to avoid bogging down in negative memories and experiences. You realize that regret will hold you back from fully embracing the present.

 

6. Not easily distracted

You are able to be fully present in whatever tasks you’re doing. You focus on completing one task at a time and don’t allow other tasks or distractions to get in the way. You recognize the difference between multitasking and multi-focusing. You will not change your goals until they are accomplished. You are not derailed from your goals by things like social media or some negative thoughts.

 

7. Work-life balance

No matter how busy you are at work or at school, to be considered an emotionally intelligent person you have to recognize the importance of sparing time for some social life. You have good time management skills and realistic ideas of how long it will take you to accomplish things. You understand that you should work very hard to achieve success, but you also know that sometimes you have to be able to disconnect completely from work duties in order to recharge.

 

8. Know when to say no

Even though saying “no” may be difficult sometimes, you should know your limits and recognize that you can’t do everything. You don’t give into impulses. You don’t make any long-term commitments without thorough consideration first.

Emotionally intelligent people know how to give a vague response such as “maybe” or “I’ll think about it” in situations that require immediate rejection. To be emotionally intelligent one should decide on priorities and be aware that by refusing some commitments you will be given a chance to fully focus on tasks you already have.

 

9. Don’t fear change

Emotionally intelligent people know that fear of changes will hold them back and prevent from achieving their goals. Change is necessary for professional growth, stimulation, and success. One should always be prepared for a change that comes along, and be flexible enough to adapt whenever necessary.

When life comes to a standstill for too long, don’t let it bore you. Look for some dynamic forces needed to foster creativity, life energy and that way show your emotional intelligence. Emotionally intelligent people have a positive attitude towards change and recognizes that it leads to better things.

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”- George Bernard Shaw

10. Know how to manage your emotions

Emotionally intelligent people are able to name their emotions and figure out why something upsets them in order to take some positive actions and improve the situation. They know that anger needs to be properly channeled and directed towards situations and events rather than people.

Approach every situation rationally keeping your emotions in check. Be confident and secure enough to not get offended over trivial things. If someone teases you about something, learn to brush it off and even laugh along with them.

If you are one of the lucky folks who have high Emotional Intelligence, congratulations! You are likely to succeed in whatever you put your mind to. If you feel that those features described above are not quite peculiar to you, think about stuff you should work on. Even taking some simple steps toward self-improvement could make a big difference and reveal your self-awareness which is a constituent of Emotional Intelligence. – source: http://addicted2success.com
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5 Tried-and-True Ways to Land a Promotion This Fall

September’s just around the corner. What would you like to change in your life? F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote “life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall”—and it’s not hard to understand why. As the heat of summer gives way to clear air, it feels like we can get a fresh start on so many things—financial and personal.

Use the changing of seasons as motivation to make some changes at work, too. If you’re ready to progress in your career, here’s how you can take action now to get a promotion this fall.

[Related: Your Ultimate Checklist for Getting a Promotion]

1. Be honest with yourself.

The first step you should take is a small one back. Understand that no one is entitled to a promotion because of personal reasons or simply because you’ve met a few prerequisites that aren’t associated with your workload or skills (like working at the company for a set period of time). You need to earn your promotion—and yes, you also need to want it.

[Related: 3 Common Reasons You’re Not Getting Promoted]

Be honest with yourself: Do you want to accept more responsibility? Are you okay with a potentially heavier workload? Would you feel comfortable managing other people?

It’s important to ask these questions now and get clear on what your goals are. It’s okay to be interested in other aspects of work, or to focus on simply earning a raise rather than getting promoted.

2. Find a mentor.

If your goals focus on getting a promotion, find a mentor who can help get you there. This could be anyone, but they should be more experienced than you are and able to offer guidance and advice on how to develop your career.

[Related: 5 Inspiring College Grads to Connect With Today]

A good mentor will offer feedback, point out weakness and give suggestions on how to improve them, share knowledge, and support the growth of you as a professional as well as your career as a whole. She can potentially help you get a promotion by connecting you with influencers and other essential professionals at higher levels within your company or others.

These relationships are usually best when they develop organically, but that doesn’t mean you need to sit idly by and wait for a mentor to wander into your path. Be proactive about connecting with people you might enjoy having as mentors, and be sincere about building relationships with those people.

3. Show your work.

You’ll need to be able to prove that you’re capable of handling more responsibility and excelling in a bigger role to move forward at work. Don’t work quietly by yourself—whenever possible, show and share what you’ve accomplished with others and always be prepared to explain the value you add to the business.

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Don’t be afraid to speak up in meetings. Take new ideas to your supervisor. Request more responsibility in your current role, and go above and beyond in the work you produce. Show how you’re capable of growing and learning to the people in your company.

4. Keep it professional.

It should go without saying, but you need to be on your best professional behavior when you’re looking to get a promotion. That means not only completing your work and performing at a high level, but also avoiding office gossip or talking badly about your coworkers (or worse, your supervisors) to other employees.

Show that you’re committed to a high standard of work and resultsand a high standard of how you behave in the office.

5. Communicate.

Along those same lines of speaking up, sharing ideas, and showing the value you provide, you need to work on developing a good relationship with your boss—which means being able to communicate your goals at some point.

Your supervisor won’t necessarily know your desire for career advancement unless you share it, so keep her in the loop. At the same time, you can share your achievements and what you’ve accomplished in your current position to stay on her radar. When it’s time to promote, she’ll know who to rely on.

This article was originally published on GOGIRL Finance.

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Top 10 Richard Branson Quotes About Life and Success

I have been a fan of Richard Branson since I first read about him five years ago. I’m simply fascinated by entrepreneurs like him. Sir Richard Branson is definitely one of the most famous entrepreneurs and we can all learn something from him. That’s why today I’ve decided to share with you a small amount of his wisdom. So for your inspiration and delight, enjoy!

Top 10 Richard Branson Quotes About Life and Success

1. You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.

Richard Branson quote about life and failing

2. Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.

Richard Branson Quotes about business

3. If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later!

Richard Branson Quote about opportunity

4. Listen. Take the best. Leave the rest.

Richard branson quote about listening

5. Entrepreneurial business favours the open mind. It favours people whose optimism drives them to prepare for many possible futures, pretty much purely for the joy of doing so.

Richard Branson quote about entrepreneurs

 

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