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8 Positive Affirmations You Need to Motivate and Energize Yourself

I’m a big believer in both vocal and visual affirmation. It’s a great way to quickly boost your mood and outlook because regardless of what type of work you do, there will always be something that stresses you out so take some time out of your day to reflect. If you can recall sometime in your life where you have been really successful and visualize that in your mind, that will really help you – trust me! For me personally, its sports. I was a keen rugby player during my school days so I am able to look back and visualize my good performances to help lift my mood. However, in the absence of visual affirmations, below are 8 statements (use whatever is relevant to you) you can use to elevate yourself.

“Nothing is that paramount.”

‘My scars show strength, not weakness.”

“I can stay positive when others are negative.”

“Going through pain will make me wiser.”

“Even when I am struggling I am moving forward.”

‘Fear changes nothing.”

“The best option is to keep on going.”

“Kick back, relax and stay focused.”

Image Credit: Bill Davenport

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Talent management and retention in a changing world

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The economic changes brought about by the global financial crisis have reshaped the business world. This is a challenge of considerable importance for way human capital is developed and managed.  Successful talent management begins with a proper understanding of how people work effectively and more importantly what it is that makes them tick. Built on to this is the notion that people are motivated by different things. According to renowned author Daniel Pink, there are three things that motivate workers:

 

1)      Workers want to be given autonomy – they want to be in control of their time

2)      Mastery – workers want to make a contribution at work

3)      Workers want to make a contribution likened to a broader purpose in the company

The key takeaway for companies is that they must synchronize these three motivations with their own goals. If these three fit well, a winning situation is created. However, companies also need to address the issue of staff retention. Compensation is not the only reason to ensure employees stay happy and committed. Daniel Pink’s analysis of employee motivation, highlight non – financial factors as being increasingly important in dictating the motivation of employees in a post crisis world.

However, in practical terms the focus must also be on the economic cost. It costs more to hire a new worker than to train an existing worker, so the focus must be on retention. The time has come for companies to think of employee retention in an innovative light.

Socio – economic factors have radically altered the make-up of the average workforce that will impact a company’s recruitment and retention practices. People work across international boundaries and live longer. The work forces of the future will probably be made up of a 20 something, a 40 something and a 60 something worker. Multi – generational teams will be more prominent in the years to come. Companies need to actively think of creating balanced workforces that are rich in both age and experience, and focus on the human side of management. By adopting such practices, companies will be better prepared to meet tomorrow’s challenges.

Top 10 Life Survival Tips for the Realist

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Life can be pretty stressful. On an emotional level though, stress is dangerous and really begins to set in and manifest itself in all sorts of unpleasant forms. Here are ten tips to keep things simple and manageable.

  1. Be yourself – Don’t become a clone of somebody else. Take strength from your individuality. If there is pressure to perform, don’t try to imitate others or else you might end up failing. Find out what works best for you and stick to it.
  2. If things aren’t working out – Things get worse before they get better and often bad news comes together. Remember that you have to have darkness for the dawn to come so be patient.
  3. Don’t strive for perfection – Sometimes it is sensible not to aim for the number 1 spot. Not positioning yourself to be number 1, would probably mean that you would never have to suffer from being knocked off the top so play it nice and easy.
  4. Don’t give up – The sooner you realise that success is tied to not giving up the better. Throwing in the towel is a lot easier so be the person who persists and responds when the going gets tough
  5. Don’t be averse to change -Some people hate change and as a result miss out on potential opportunities. Simply making a few adjustments to the way you think, or to your skills may open you up to a plethora of opportunities that otherwise might not arise.
  6. Happiness comes in small increments – Don’t expect to get quick outcomes when you put in the hard work. The path to success is littered with obstacles, small and large. Whatever you do though, make sure to celebrate the slightest successes in your life as that will get you into a happy, motivational mindset.
  7. Do something that doesn’t come easy – If you don’t go beyond your comfort zone, you won’t go very far. The difference between successful people and the not so successful is their ability to make sacrifices with their comfort zone. Push yourself to get what you really want
  8. Have a plan in life and aim for it – It really is very important to have some sort of goal in your life. Ask yourself what really matters to you in your life and have the end in mind i.e. what do you want to achieve by the time you reach 50. Goals can be perfect motivators and help create a disciplined mindset.
  9. Don’t be fazed by others – If somebody at work says something negative about you or takes a dig at you, don’t take it seriously. It might be that they see you from an entirely different perspective or are probably envious about you in some way. Either way, learn how to develop a thick skin.
  10. Take life as it comes – There’s no need to live life 100 mph. Slow down and take each day as it comes, and don’t try to over analyse life. If you get caught up in it, you are going to set yourself up to fail.

So don’t let the pressures of life run you down. Making the adjustments above will allow you minimise the stressors and instead you will focus on the things that truly matter to you and make you happy.

The Most Inspiring Success Principle You Will Ever Read and Need

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How do you motivate yourself?  For some people motivation flows naturally like a river. For others it is an elusive element in their lives. One thing I have learnt is that no matter how hard things get and in times of great need, it is often the words of others that can trigger a spark in you that can kick start your motivation and allow you to bounce back.  A blog post by Srini Rao (www.theskooloflife.com) has done just that for me. His post “Tips for Navigating the Waters of Life” is a tremendously inspiring and no nonsense look at dealing with life’s challenges. Below is a summarized version of the key points in his post.

Instincts

  • Your instincts are almost always right
  • Your instincts are the higher self speaking
  • If you go against instinct you are likely to land yourself in a complete mess

 Be Wary of the Steps You Take

  • If you decide on something, be absolutely 100 per cent sure you can see it through
  • Know when it’s just time to bail out when you feel you can’t manage it

Be Present

  • Don’t worry about getting ahead of others, focus on what you are doing right now – play your own game
  • Be present and the rest will take care of itself
  • Being in the present will allow you to achieve peak performance
  • Don’t focus too much on the future and don’t get caught up in the past, this is a recipe for mediocrity

Erase Failure and Get Back Up

  • You’re ability to deal with failure and setback will determine whether or not you have what it takes to achieve what you are truly capable of in your life
  • Often the second wave of opportunity is better than the first so don’t beat yourself up. Your friends are on their first wave of opportunity
  • If you keep critiquing yourself with others then you are likely miss out on the second wave of opportunity which is often better than the first

Be Patient

  • There is no need to live life 100 mph, just slow down because you will get where you want to go much faster and you are less likely to suffer a setback

Small is Better

  • Don’t make gigantic leaps because it is the small things in life that make the big difference and you will spend less effort for more results

 Timing is Important

  • Take advantage of opportunities that may not be present in the good times.
  • Tough economic times often drive people towards innovation and breakthrough and this just happens to be timing at work

Wave Selection is the Key

  • The key to success in any area of life is dependent on the choices you make so choose wisely
  • Catching the right wave will enable you to catch one wave after another
  • Choose the wrong wave and you will have to endure a hard time and work extra hard to pull your head out of the water

Laugh and Smile Everyday

  • The age old saying, ‘laughter is the best medicine’ is still true
  • It is a medicine that you won’t find in any pharmacy and costs you absolutely nothing

Srini’s analogy of viewing life’s opportunities and chances as waves provides a fresh and sensible way of looking at life.  This may be the only success principle you need to follow. It has certainly allowed me to look at life from a different perspective, and it may do the same for you too.

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Get the right mix to create the right team

Lizard BalanceHuman capital is one of the most critical areas of a business. In the midst of the talent war, it is now even more important than technology. What is even more important is the caliber of people in a company and the competencies they bring to the table. People are now are the main driver of a business. If companies are to thrive, they must take responsibility for realizing the potential of their staff. They must ensure that any training brings about clearly identifiable and measurable improvements in relevant skills and boosts productivity. However, a pre-condition for this is to have a balanced workforce. A quote by Management Today magazine (2006) captures the essence of this balance by indicating that, “to work well, any company needs a variety of functions – if they unite, it is a premiership side.” A strong team therefore, is made up of a balance of styles. Here are four teamwork styles and their characteristics:

TEAM STYLE 1: Routine Keeper – Tracks details, monitors deadlines, handles paperwork, keeps minutes.

TEAM STYLE 2: People Person – Communicates on multiple levels, builds relationships, brokers solutions, resolves conflicts.

TEAM STYLE 3: Analyst – Evaluates costs, risks and ROI of various options.

TEAM STYLE 4: Visionary – Sees the bigger picture, creates compelling business visions, keeps ahead of trends, thinks outside the box, takes advantage of opportunities.

A lack of styles in any company is likely lead to problems which is precisely why many people working together on teams have differences of opinion. So a company must put in place effective recruiting practices in line with its business objectives. Built on to this is a need for a proper understanding of how each individual works and more importantly what motivates them. When this happens, the company is on course to creating a good team with the right balance of skills and aptitudes.