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fulfilled500We all desire recognition for a job well done, especially as members of a team. As a team, each person works together toward a common goal. Now instead of working together, imagine a team where each person was only interested in their own, separate little interests. Would you be able to get anything done? Of course not!

When you’re working within a team you have to put personal interests aside and focus on the collective. If you don’t, tempers flare and trouble ensues. Teams composed of members who can’t put differences aside don’t win. Put simply: you won’t achieve the success you want if you aren’t focused on the common goal.

United We Stand – Teamwork Tips

The key strategy to boost office morale and team productivity is to stand strong behind your common goal. By creating a unified front, you will be able to work together, instead of pulling apart.

Here are some teamwork tips:

=> Appoint a team leader to oversee the progress and to keep everyone motivated to finish the project on time.

=> Assign jobs according to the strengths of each team member. People naturally procrastinate when faced with a daunting task they’re uncomfortable with, so divide the work accordingly.

=> Praise team members for a job well done. Acknowledge each person’s hard work and dedication and be sure to pass along any positive feedback from clients or upper level management.

=> Set up a team reward upon successful completion of a project. Money doesn’t have to be the only motivating factor to spur your team. Maybe it’s time-off, a gift basket, or a trophy.

Get an Attitude of Gratitude in Your Office

How can tension within the office be turned around? Gratitude. Yes, it really is that simple! Each member needs to felt appreciated for his or her contributions and value added to the team.

=> Imagine a football team. If the quarterback isn’t grateful for the offensive line who blocks for him, the wide receivers who catch his passes, and the running backs who he can hand off the ball to, he will not have confidence in his teammates. This lack of confidence will show up as miscommunications, blown plays and lost games. The same things happen in the office!

In reality, an office setting is very much like being on a football team. You have to show gratitude to the:

=> Administrative assistants who keep things organized and flowing

=> Salesmen who bring in new profits for the company

=> Human resources representatives who bring in new talent for you to work with

=> Marketers who make the company known

=> Managers who coach, inspire, and lead

=> Staff who tackle the finer details and makes things happen

Everyone plays an important part of the team, which is why we all need to appreciate one another in order to get things done! After all, without each other, where would you be?

Gratitude Leads to Effective Teamwork

Once you’re grateful for the skills and talents of your team members, you’ll begin to appreciate how each part of the puzzle is important for the overall success of the team. You may even discover a renewed excitement about your job and all the projects your team can accomplish.

=> Let others in the office know how you appreciate their time, talents, and hard work. Send out emails or mention specific names in the company newsletter. Let your team know you care about them as people and not just as workers.

=> Encourage your workers to start up office clubs or activities that everyone can enjoy as a group. Doing so will help you get to know each other on a more casual basis.

Remember: it all starts with acknowledging how grateful you are for the talents of those around you. So take a moment today to say “Thank You!”

Success is for everyone. Some people are afraid of success because they think that it is only meant for a selected few, but that is not true at all.

In fact, success can be achieved by anyone, if they want it badly enough. If you have the right attitude, success can easily be yours. Just as a chef who is trying to cook up a dish will need to have the right ingredients, so should you, if you are planning to meet your own success.

Try visualizing your way to success. One of the quickest ways to reach your goals is by closing your eyes and imagining that you already have. Visualizing your future success in vivid detail can help you to start feeling more successful right now. As a result, your behaviors and actions will change, reflecting a newfound confidence in your abilities. This confidence, coupled with a clear vision of what you want to achieve, will help you reach your goals with ease.

TIP! Having a plan for your personal development goals can be the difference between success and failure. A plan allows you to take those smaller components of your goal and plot them out, giving you individual successes to celebrate while keeping your eye on the ultimate prize.

If you want to achieve success, give yourself a bigger chance by:

Believing in yourself. To be able to achieve great heights for yourself, you have to believe in your power to do things and make things happen. Even if everything seems impossible and all the signs are pointing to your failure, you have to believe that you are powerful enough to see things through that no amount of trouble can ever shake you and discourage you from getting what you want.

Prioritize your goals, and value the best things in your life. If you’re working towards specific ends, be sure to weigh its importance against other obligations in your life. This will enable you to develop a practical timeline for personal goals and encourages confidence in your successes. Success will taste so much sweeter if you make your goals manageable!

TIP! When you complete things in your life, you should surround yourself with proof of your success. Rather than throwing away the proof of your progress, simply surround yourself with proof of your success to create a peaceful life.

Having a clear vision of what you really want in life. Ask yourself what you want to be and what you want to achieve. By knowing this, you give yourself and your journey a better direction. More importantly, when you are doing something you want to do, you will do all you can to get there. Fulfillment will mean so much more because it is more personal and definitely straight to the heart.

Being responsible enough to take make a decision for yourself and face situations on your own. Some people are quick to make decisions for their lives without even thinking of the consequence of their actions. When something goes wrong, they are quick to turn away from what has happened, and try to wash their hands off of all the dirt and guilt.

A great tip for personal development is to always share your success. If you do not share your success, it is not real success because you are not inspiring others to achieve their goals. Real success comes by telling others about what you have accomplished and inspiring them to succeed with their goals.

TIP! One characteristic that everyone should strive to implement more in their daily lives is humility. This is extremely important to personal development.

Writing a perfect plan. A plan is your blueprint for success. If you write a well-thought plan your claim over success will be stronger because a plan will enable you to take calculated steps towards your goal. Writing a plan strengthens your journey. It gives you a sense of purpose. It gives you a formidable reason.

Taking action and making things happen. Writing a plan is one thing, taking action is another. It does not really matter how good your plan is. If you are not going to do anything about it, it will always remain a plan and nothing else. Your good ideas are good for nothing unless you take action now. You can dream about success but until you take that step to make things happen, success will forever be in your dreams.

Develop your body so that it becomes helpful to your success. You might have to work a lot so make sure your body is up to the task. Exercise regularly and go to a doctor at least once a year for a complete check-up. Take care of your body and it won’t get in your way.

Being grateful for what you have. Sometimes success is not really about winning. A lot of people get to the acme of their dreams but this does not automatically award them great happiness and satisfaction. Instead of feeling complete, they feel that something is missing and what they do not realize is that what is missing is the feeling gratefulness. They are on top but they are not satisfied and they will always try to fill in the void, and they will not be able to do it until they learn to appreciate life, be grateful for what they have and learn to give back.

Hard work equates to increased chances of success. And if you really wish to achieve great things in your life, then you ought to work hard. But you see, being a hard worker is not only enough.

You need to be highly productive and being productive means that you make proper use of your time, by doing and working at things that will bring you closer to your goal. This article aims to show you five great ways to be more productive.

Set goals for yourself. It is always important to have goals. If you want to get somewhere and be somebody, it important to set goals that you will work for. It is also nice to write a schedule that will help you achieve the bigger picture. Writing a time table is good because it will guide you through your day-to-day activities efficiently. So that you can make sure that you have all your tasks covered and that you do no miss anything in your agenda, having a written schedule is good. You can refer to it and never lose track of what it is you are supposed to do for the day.

Prioritize. It is very important for you to know your priorities. In a day, you can probably think of dozens of things to do, but you should know which ones are most important and which ones are worth putting off until the next day. You can make a list that will arrange things according to highest and lowest priority so you do not end up doing the things that are down the list, just because they are the easier to do. Do what is most important first, so you can accomplish more at the end of the day.

Stop doing unnecessary things on the Internet. The internet is a great creation but a lot of hours get wasted online. With social networking sites eating up hours of precious time, it is important for you to be able to determine how much time is enough for your daily Internet use. It is best to set rules for yourself, especially if you are just starting out. Eventually these rules and protocols will be in your system, and you will no longer be online longer than necessary.

Be flexible. Even if you try your hardest, there will be problems that will come up, all of a sudden, and when this happens, you have to always be prepared for these. A lot of people get disoriented when something comes up, and will need to recollect themselves before they can move on, which is not really a good way to deal with it. You need to be prepared for change, to be able to cope effectively with anything that comes your way, good or bad. Every moment you waste worrying is time lost, so know how to easily cope.

Be proactive. Take responsibility and do not be afraid to accept challenges. When you begin a task, strive to tackle it positively so that you will always be in your best form. Some people detest new challenges because they are not prepared. Instead, embrace it and think of it as new opportunities to shine and show off what you can do.

~ Living Life Abundantly

“Love is more than a noun — it is a verb; it is more than a feeling — it is caring, sharing, helping, sacrificing.” —Mohandas K. Gandhi

There are countless characteristics that a person should equip himself or herself with, in order to attain success. A number of these things are pretty much obvious. Hard work is one of them and it need not be explained; if you are hardworking then you go beyond natural talent and ability. Hard working people exceed most expectations and this is a good trait to have.

One trait, however, that may not make sense to a lot of people is sacrifice. You need to realize that sacrifice is a lot of things. It is about enduring all, it is about letting go of personal wants and needs. it is about swallowing your pride. It takes a lot for people to understand the true meaning of sacrifice, but if you are able to totally grasp what it means, you will see what it can do to your life and to your goals.

The Many Faces of Sacrifice

There are so many levels of sacrifice that needs to be made when you are working your way to the top. Some of these may not mean much to you but you have to understand how important it is if you seriously want to make something out of yourself.

Sacrifice your social life. A lot of people think that they are able to accomplish great things while they go about partying like a college freshman every night. They think that they can juggle things efficiently, but they do not know that there are some things that need to be let go sometimes. It does not mean that you have to say goodbye to your friends and forget a little relaxation and night out. What is important here is that you are able to prioritize. If you have an important meeting the next day, then you should not be getting yourself intoxicated and hung over for the next morning.

Sacrifice relationships. Yes, relationships are important and no one can live alone, that is true. But when you are setting yourself for a journey, you have to be a little wiser and not be limited by the strings of relationships. Again, it does not mean that you have to dismiss relationships from your life, but you need to learn how to separate work from relationships — to be able to identify between boundaries. Do not compromise your journey by making the mistake of not knowing where to draw the line between your career and your personal relationships.

Sacrifice luxury. Many of the rich and famous have gotten to where they are now, first by knowing how to handle their money. If you want to be rich, do not live a lavish life especially when you are still building your path to success. Learn how to save your money and prioritize your expenses. You do not have to embrace all the luxury in the world, instead make profitable investments that you can benefit from. You need to learn to live within your means, especially if you are still on your way. Do not throw your money by making impulsive purchases.

Making sacrifices can be painful and hard, but you have to think of it this way: at the end of it all, you will have accomplished something for yourself, and the sacrifice will all be worth it.

~ Living Life Abundantly

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An Optimist is a person that has a positive outlook on life. Sometimes being optimistic is easier said than done. Here a 10 things you can do every day to be an Optimist…

Commit Yourself:

  1. To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
  2. To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.
  3. To make all of your friends feel that there is something special in them.
  4. To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
  5. To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.
  6. To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
  7. To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
  8. To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
  9. To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
  10. To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit presence of trouble.

~~~Optimist International~~~

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I believe in myself.
I believe in those who work with me.
I believe in my employer.
I believe in my friends.
I believe in my family.

I believe that God will lend me everything I need with which to succeed if I do my best to earn it through faithful and honest service.

I believe in prayer and I will never close my eyes in sleep without praying for divine guidance to the end that I will be patient with other people and tolerant with those who do not believe as I do.

I believe that success is the result of intelligent effort and does not depend upon luck or sharp practices or double-crossing friends, fellow men or my employer.

I believe I will get out of life exactly what I put into it, therefore I will be careful to conduct myself toward others as I would want them to act toward me.

I will not slander those whom I do not like.

I will not slight my work no matter what I may see others doing.

I will render the best service of which I am capable because I have pledged myself to succeed in life and I know that success is always the result of conscientious and efficient effort.

Finally, I will forgive those who offend me because I realize that I shall sometimes offend others and I will need their forgiveness.

This is what Living Life Abundantly is about…

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This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Motivation

Motivation Increases Self Esteem

When it comes to motivation, you will notice that it does more than get you going. It gets you to the point where you are able to accept the things way they are and reach out for better things. There are so many reasons why you should try to find something that motivates you so that you can in the end be happier with who you are and with your life.

The first way that motivation will increase your self esteem is for the fact that it gets to look at the way things are. With motivation you will find there are times when you will be able to look at your life with a clear head and then be able to decide what and where you would like to go from there.

The second way that motivation will increase your self esteem is for the fact that once things start to work out for you, you will feel good about yourself. You will begin to notice a change in your attitude about life and you’ll actually be able to enjoy life. You will just feel better about yourself because you will see the opportunity for change that you have. You’ll be able to appreciate the fact that you can do things and you will feel more eager to put yourself out there and reach for bigger and better things.

The third way that motivation will increase your self esteem is that it will give you courage. From the success that you will find from your self motivation you will be able to push yourself to go for other things that you may not have thought about and you’ll also push yourself to think about all the things that you might want to look into. Things that you might want to pursue in the future. This is a great way of living because you can begin to find the things that truly make you happy. You’ll feel like a success because you’ll be successful in your own personal achievements.

Another thing about motivation is that it will make you see things in a positive light. When things begin to go great and everything ends up the way you plan it to be, you’ll feel better about yourself and about everything in your life. You’ll begin to change the way you think from a negative light to a positive light. Everything will seem to change because you are thinking differently. When you begin to think positive you are able to respect others and to appreciate the smaller things in life.

Motivation is very important because you won’t be able to succeed in anything that you wish until you are able to drive yourself. You need motivation in your life so that you have a reason to do more with your life. It is what makes you want to change into a better person.

Without motivation there are a lot of things in life that would seem meaningless. Motivation makes you feel better about yourself because you will become full of hopefulness. When you are motivated to do something, there is a great sense that you can achieve these things. That is what makes it worth doing; knowing and believing that you are fully capable of doing something that you truly desire.

Motivation is a great feeling, however, you just need to find the right thing to get you going. All you need to do is find something that you can be passionate about. Motivation will increase your self-esteem and self awareness.