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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Focus

You tackled your distractions, cleared them to the curb and NOW you are ready. Ready to start again with a renewed sense of focus, putting your attention to what matters. When you focus things become clear. Distractions disappear and our attention becomes centred and concentrated on the task at hand. Once we focus we unleash the creative energy within us, connecting to the task at hand. Focusing is not about keeping up with your to do list. It is about turning up the internal volume and shutting out the external distractions, tuning into your internal voice and energy to turn on your inner creativity. As soon as we are truly in focus we begin to embrace the task at hand. We throw all of ourselves, not just our attention into the task! We gain clarity about what...

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Momentum – Keep on Moving!

A common challenge in fresh starts is maintaining momentum. Soon after the excitement of starting fresh comes the lull that if not addressed, could easily turn into stagnation. No one likes that feeling of being stuck. That is where gathering momentum comes in handy.  Just how do you get momentum? Think back to your high school formulas. When it comes to measuring movement you take into consideration both the speed and magnitude. () It’s about how fast you move and the extent or degree of how much effort or energy you put into it! Once you start moving it’s easier to keep moving. When you wake up in the morning it takes time and maybe a couple of cups of java to get you in your groove. But to just get going is not enough. To have true momentum requires more than...

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