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If you drop a frog in a pot of boiling water, it will instantly try to climb out. However…if you gently place it in a pot of lukewarm water and turn the heat on low, it will float there calmly. As the water gradually heats up, the frog is unaware of its deadly changing environment and before long it boils to death. Many of us have been like that boiling frog - too afraid to jump out of a bad situation. So we simmer until we eventually succumb to a toxic environment. One of my biggest regrets in my corporate.

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  “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill You’ve received a mostly positive review, with one criticism that ruins your day and sticks with you months later. Sound familiar? As humans we tend to accentuate the negatives. Psychologists call it negativity bias. Our selective memory harbors negative encounters more than positive ones because they provoke more intense reactions, which makes us more timid and less willing to take risks. Thankfully, we can take steps to overcome our negative propensity so we can escape the disease of pessimism without.

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Isabelle left a voice mail on her friend’s answering machine. “I need to talk! I am in trouble!” After retrieving the message, her friend ran down the backstairs of their apartment complex and pounded on Isabelle’s door. Isabelle pulled the door open and smiled, a drift of cinnamon wafted from the mouth of the coffee cup in her hand. “What’s the crisis?” her breathless friend asked. “I saw a picture of Martin and it triggered every hurtful emotion,” Isabelle answered. “That was three years ago!” her friend said, not a little perturbed. What do you think is Isabelle’s problem? It’s.

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Money, or the lack of it, can cause tremendous stress, whether at home or in your business - especially this time of year when buying gifts. If you're a baby boomer or generation x'er you might be surprised that millennials are better at managing their finances than your generation. When compared to baby boomers, people between the ages of 18 and 33 were more likely to track expenses and stick to a budget, a 2015 survey by T. Rowe Price found. Sixty-seven percent of young people follow a budget, compared to 55% of boomers. And still 30% of young people.

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“On your mark, get set, go!” With that send-off, Ida and her fellow competitors began racing to the finish line along the asphalt track. All the racers finished except Ida, who hardly moved an inch. The judge instantly declared Ida as the last-place finisher—the loser—and poor Ida lived most of her life thinking she was a failure. Then one day someone placed Ida in a pool to compete. Ida won!—because Ida was actually a water turtle. Ida, like all of us, was uniquely designed to function for a purpose, but only if fitted in the right place. Our singularity makes.

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Staying the right course requires choosing wise counselors and accountability partners. George Washington surrounded himself with a close circle of friends like Hamilton and Jefferson to help him weigh decisions. Only after heeding his mother’s advice and that of his close circle did Washington decide not to follow his childhood dream of joining the British navy, and instead went on to become commander in chief of the entire military forces of the United States of America. Throughout history, people who made a difference have done so not by themselves but through the counsel of others. The people with whom we.

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During some days, do you feel that there’s something deeper you could be a doing? Do you feel the pull towards something but you can’t exactly pin it down—it eludes you and frustrates you? You've probably heard stories from people who have lived out their calling; the Steve Jobs of the world who jumped headfirst into his purpose to pioneer the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s. Deep down you wish you had this “knowing” to pull you forward. Honestly, you do: it just takes a little digging to uncover the truth. Think of uncovering your purpose like the work of.

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In a PACEsetters' survey of over 200 professionals from various companies across a broad spectrum, from around the world, this simple question was posed: "Has integrity stayed the same, increased, or decreased over the past ten years?" Over 80% in this group answered that integrity has "decreased." Time and again we find that the general consensus believes society's character and integrity are waning in favor of expediency. We only have to look at daily news headlines to see how integrity, once applauded and highly valued, has become degraded and devalued at an alarming rate. Compromises in character and integrity have.

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Results are usually not perfect the first time you try something. In a world with shifting goals and expectations, people are often forced to get the job done with less than adequate preparation. If you’re the type of person who feels uncomfortable when you can’t be your best at something or when things don’t go according to plan, you’ll always be subject to feeling disappointed when situations fall out of your control. According to experts, one of the best ways to deal with life’s disappointments and the anxiety they cause is to be resilient. Resilience is defined by the ability.

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Telling people, “You’re just lucky you have a job” certainly does not qualify as motivation. Neither does using intimidation. In the idiom of 'the carrot and the stick' - motivation happens through offering a combination of rewards and punishment to induce behavior. We now understand that neither carrots or sticks work. Good leaders help people motivate themselves, as reinforced by Daniel Pink in Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us (Riverhead Hardcover). Pink notes research about what’s called the self-determination theory, which argues that "we have three innate psychological needs—competence, autonomy, and relatedness. When these needs are satisfied, we’re.

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