Work at home & small business tips + inspiration
The magical power of focus
“Always remember, your focus determines your reality.”
Can you speed it up?
It's a huge limiting belief to assume that going faster means you’re doing something wrong and creating too much stress.
Be specific to maximize your chances for happiness
The paradox of happiness is that chasing it may actually make us less happy, a Stanford researcher says.
Brain battles over short-term rewards, long-term goals
If it feels like one part of your brain is battling another, it probably is, according to a study published in Science.
When mom is the CEO at home, workplace ambitions take a back seat
It's often said that women can have it all - motherhood and a career. But a study suggests that women who rule the household have less energy for or interest in being a rising star in the workplace.
Achieving fame, wealth and beauty are psychological dead ends, study says
If you think having loads of money, fetching looks, or the admiration of many will improve your life -- think again.
The basics of creating a marketing plan
We all know marketing is key to small business survival and success, but it can be overwhelming to know what to do to be an effective marketer.
The 3 do-what-you-love conundrums
I make a living doing what I love, and doing what you love for a living is fantastic.
How to achieve without goals
Let’s say you have an agenda, and every time one of you wandered off the agenda, you forced yourself to get back on it. Would the conversation be better or worse, with a set outcome?
8 ways to motivate yourself to reach your goals
One of the biggest challenges in meeting any goal, whether it be related to productivity, waking early, changing a habit, exercising, or just becoming happier, is finding the motivation to stick with it.
Giving it 200 percent: Marketing your product
A common mistake people make is that they’ll spend 500 hours creating a product and then 20 hours promoting it. Then they wonder why no one is buying.
Trade secrets: How freelancers can land more virtual jobs
As an increasing number of freelancers depend on the virtual workplace, how can they make themselves more attractive to potential employers?
20 ways to sustain motivation when you’re struggling
It's hard to keep yourself going when you don’t feel the same excitement as you did in the beginning.
Task master: Categorizing rewards improves motivation
What truly inspires individuals to perform at their very best?
How your interests can turn into successes
Maintaining an interest in the goals you pursue can improve your work and reduce burnout, according to research from Duke University.
How ambitious goals lead to greater satisfaction
A study by assistant marketing professor finds people are more satisfied if they set ambitious goals, as opposed to conservative goals.
The secret to being incredibly creative
To truly tap into your creative nature, you only have to realize one thing...
How to make Facebook work for your business
Does your small business maintain a Facebook page? Are you thinking about venturing into social media with a presence on this ever-growing social network?
What’s a mindmap? Get some examples
What is a mind map? Put simply, it's a type of diagram, used to help you outline information in a visual format. But really, a mindmap can be anything you need it to be.
No pain, no gain also applies to happiness
People who work hard at improving a skill or ability may experience stress in the moment, but experience greater happiness on a daily basis and longer term. Here's why.
Seeing progress toward your goal will help you achieve it
Whether you are swimming in the Olympics or saving for a vacation, being able to see progress toward your goal will help you reach it.
One key to setting goals you will actually achieve
When people consider a particular goal, they often worry about the time commitment: 'If I start a business now, it could take years to make it profitable.' Such thoughts reveal a total misunderstanding of the nature of time.
How & why you might want to create a belief board
If you don’t believe you’ll succeed, then some parts of you will resist your goal, and your progress will be frustratingly slow.
Gretchen Rubin of The Happiness Project on taking the plunge
Gretchen Rubin is a published author who wrote 'The Happiness Project' -- a memoir about how test-driving every principle, tip, theory, and scientific study she could find -- whether from Aristotle or St Therese or Martin Seligman or Oprah.
How motivated are you? Depends on your personality
For some people, neither the carrot nor the stick will serve as a motivational tool
Why you must be absolutely clear when setting goals
First, you must decide exactly what it is you want to accomplish. And secondly, you must determine what price you'll have to pay to get it, and then resolve to pay that price.
Success isn’t a competition: How boosting others can help you in the long run
How does someone else’s success mean anything bad for you?
16 ways to get motivated when you’re in a slump
Even the most motivated of us can feel unmotivated at times. In fact, sometimes we get into such a slump that even thinking about making positive changes seems too difficult.
Keep your goals in front of you to jump-start the day
Keep refreshing your goals in your mind, so you think about them often. Here are some ways to do just that.
Being specific, not flexible, helps you achieve your goals
Worried you won't meet your goal? According to research, you'll be more likely to succeed if you make specific plans to implement it.
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