I read an article today on being positive.
The article cited a study that heart disease patients with a positive attitude were 42% less likely to die over a five-year period than those with a negative attitude.
What's more, patients with a positive attitude were about twice as likely to exercise. In fact, a further analysis revealed that those with a positive attitude lived longer because they exercised.
So the question here is: Does a positive attitude give heart disease patients the motivation they need to exercise, or does exercise put you in a better mood?
There are studies to provide answers for both questions.
Despite all the studies, I will tell you to live a positive life, that means to have a positive attitude. Shift the paradigm and see things in positively. Half glass full!
My response has no real study or support, but rather just what is common sense.
What does having a positive attitude do for you?
Well first of all, you feel better, you are happier, people around you like you, they gravitate towards you, you perform better at work, you are more confident, you overcome troubles, you are in control of your destiny, you smile more, you are energized, your life is great!
It obviously doesn't stop there. Positive Attitude = Positive Life = Happiness.
And for me, part of success in life is finding that Happiness!
Are you positive today?
At the beginning of each day we
ask ourselves the same question – "How can I be more productive today?"
Truthfully, if you could figure out the exact recipe, you'd probably be a
billionaire; but keep reading and maybe you will get a few good ideas.
The first step to being more
productive is to become more organized. An easy way to accomplish this is to
create simple yet organized daily "to-do" lists each morning. Be sure to take
your time with this and write all work related tasks as well as any personal tasks
that need to completed that day. Writing your to-do list (vs. typing) is
preferred because it helps to imbed the items into your sub-conscious. Your
sub-conscious then assists you in making sure these tasks get completed!
After you have completed your daily
to-do list, it's a good idea to highlight the priority tasks and also identify
those things that you can delegate, thus freeing up more time for accomplishing
the more important money making actions.
Spending too much time on
unimportant or tasks that can be delegated is one of the biggest time wasters
around. And don't forget that priority tasks typically take up more time and
schedule your time accordingly.
Once you begin to tackle your
priority tasks and you are halfway through, take a few minutes to evaluate if
you are on track and headed in the right direction. That way you won't waste
valuable time. Re-assessing helps to determine if any alterations are needed
before you get too far along and discover you have gotten off track. This also
helps to assure that you do it right the first time and can then be finished.
If you discover that you are
procrastinating and unable to meet your deadlines on a regular basis, try
finding someone to be accountable to, or at the very least, set a kitchen timer
for 60-minutes and get as much done as you possibly can; then repeat.
Batch like activities such as
email, returning phone calls, and paperwork. This helps you to streamline these
activities and complete them faster with fewer interruptions.
Finally, kicking your
perfectionist habits allows you to focus only on those issues that benefit from
extreme attention to detail.
Determine what you're able to
change and avoid being frustrated over the things you can't.
We negotiate all of the time
and yet when it comes to negotiating a Salary or any kind of Contract,
negotiating suddenly becomes a challenge.
The following 9 tips should
1. Before you begin, have a
2. Think "win-win," not just "win"
3. Know what's really important to you and what's not
4. Listen more, talk less
5. Ask questions, lots of questions
6. Avoid negotiating just for the sake of a win
7. Analyze the offer before reacting
8. Prioritize what's important
9. Be informed and know what the issues are and be solution oriented
Mindset Issue #1 – You think it takes luck to create success
Do you look around you and see someone successful and say – Everything they touch turns to gold – they are so lucky? Do you ask yourself why you don’t catch a badly needed break?
Well, what you fail to realize is that luck is not the driving force behind success. Rather it is hard work, good decision-making, planning, and discipline.
Lucky people have created their luck, make no mistake about it.
Create your own luck
Mindset Issue #2 – You don’t trust your gut feelings
There are times when you just know things. You don’t know how or why, but you do. You might even feel it.
Call it intuition, a gut feeling, whatever you’d like; just pay attention and listen to it. Listen to what it’s saying and learn to trust your gut feeling
Super successful people have mastered this and aren’t afraid to listen. They’re believers.
Gut feelings often call upon all of your past learning stored deep down in your subconscious and help you to draw conclusions based on experiences.
Start trusting your intuition
Mindset Issue #3 – You lack strategic focus
Many of you are actually trying to do too many things at once and not having success. Why? Because it’s impossible!
You’re spreading yourself too thin. Try building a solid foundation with one, two, or even three things.
A lot of people build big things, but it doesn’t necessarily lead to more money.
Start by being great with a few things
Mindset Issue #4 -- You believe everything you hear and read
Don’t you know that today many stories you read are just an opinion? Know what is based on facts and what represents an opinion.
Be capable of forming your own opinion. There are so many uncertainties today that you need to be mindful about what you do with the information you’re taking in.
Know what’s real and what’s not
Mindset Issue #5 – You don’t value your time
So many of you spend a lot of time with prospects that will never become a customer or client. Maybe it’s because it makes you feel productive or important, who knows. For example, if you do a good job qualifying and somebody doesn’t pass the muster test, move on. Don’t tell yourself it might work out – it won’t.
Also, NEVER work without a written agreement – more often than not you’ll get burned – I see this over and over.
This is where knowing your value pays off. You only have so many hours – 1360 I believe – if you’re wasting them in one place, you lose your opportunities in another place.
And finally, know your hourly rate.
Start valuing your time beginning today