Change

The only thing that is a constant force in our lives is change. If it is relentlessly happening to us at every turn, then what makes it so difficult to maneuver? Adjusting to new norms is actually the norm in today’s fast pace world we live in. The difficulty in coping with change stems from the inconsistency and the gap between what is our current reality and what is yet to be or become our new reality. It is your perception, attitude and view regarding the change that starts to create either an acceptance or resistance cycle to what is taking place. There are also two core categories of change; change that is forced upon us unexpectedly by our environment, the circumstances around us or the people in our lives; change that is of our own making through the...

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Perseverance

Perseverance sounds like a complex and convoluted word. But is it? The formal definition is “steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success “. Somehow the definition itself still sounds complicated. Lets break it down and grasp it better. In its simplest form, perseverance is the ability to carrying on and to keep moving forward regardless of setbacks. It relates to being able to stay bold and defiant against the odds and not giving up in order to get to a desired outcome. Examining the lives of respected accomplished individuals; a common characteristic that they all share that seems to have been a great contributing factor to their achievements is their perseverance. Success inevitably arrives for those that move past their...

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Happiness

  Our emotional intelligence (EI) can have a direct impact on the level of happiness we experience in our life and visa-versa. Research studies have shown that EI is a significant predictor of happiness. A UK study found that happier individuals were better able to regulate their emotions and that happiness resulted in an increase in the level of self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, social-awareness and social-skills. Happiness itself is based on how we view the events and circumstances of our lives. The definition relates to a state of well being that is defined and characterized by positive or pleasant emotions. The typical emotions associated with the state of happiness range from contentment to intense joy. The question arises as to whether...

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Emotional Intelligence (EI)

  If you want to focus on expanding your growth potential, one area to consider, that reaps a high return on investment is emotional intelligence (EI). Armed with hard-core technical skills and know how to support setting your goals and achieving them is great, however what can derail you on your road to success are your emotions. How you react to your own emotions and those of others around you can stop you in your tracks or help to propel you forward. EI relates to your ability to recognize not only how you feel in a given situation but also how other people around you are feeling. Emotional Quotient (EQ) is about how you use those feelings to help guide both your thinking and behaviour to navigate towards a positive appropriate outcome. We all have a...

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Celebrate

Once deadlines have been met and results achieved – all that is left is to CELEBRATE! Anything that requires time and effort to get through or finish is worthy of a party! Drudging through all the distractions, staying focused and finally achieving your goal is definitely a cause for celebration to help publically acknowledge your success! Celebrations can take place anytime and are not restricted to commemorating only victories over deadlines. Reaching a milestone, rewarding service related achievement (employee of the month, long-term service recognition), marking major transitions (people join or leave your team), basically ANYTIME is a good time! They help to boost morale, build up the team, and also improve employee engagement. Celebration shouldn’t be a...

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Goals

Ready, set, go? Not so fast, where or what are you setting off to go or to do? Are you focused on the right goal? Setting goals is not a straightforward, static one-time activity. To be successful in achieving your goals it is important to constantly review, redefine and refine them! Traditionally we have all heard about the SMART approach to setting and getting to your goals: But lets challenge this SMART approach so that it is more relevant for this day and age and redefine what it means to be smarter in todays environment. Now more than ever, we need to be mindful of how we go about being smarter. Regardless if we are setting personal goals related to health, finances, relationships or self-development or organizational goals related to growing and...

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