The simple reason you are failing to be successful

Overcoming obstacles to achieve realistic yet challenging personal and business goals creates a tremendous sense of satisfaction, yet many people get in the way of their own success by consistently engaging in self-sabotaging habits. "It is one thing to have big aspirations -- it is another to achieve them," writes motivational public speaker and self-development author Brian Tracy. Here, he shares a video highlighting four of the most common obstacles to accomplishing goals and how making chang...
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The simple secrets of setting goals and actually sticking to them

Achieving important life goals is a challenge and we often get in the way of our own success. Making plans for the future and how we're going to change our lives for the better is the easy part; building new habits and overcoming adversity is more difficult. And we're prone to giving up at the first hurdle if we focus on the destination rather than the journey that will get us there, says Emre Kadıoğlu. In this blog post, he shares some top tips for creating a journey you'll enjoy by embrac...
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The paradox of behavior change

In a culture that encourages us to aspire to lofty goals, we often underestimate how hard it is to achieve them. To reach our goals we need to form new habits and forming new habits means having to make changes in our behavior. When we fail to establish new habits, it's because we try change too much too quickly, says James Clear. Even when you're making a change for the better, "the faster you try to change, the more likely you are to backslide, says Clear. Here, he shares how effecti...
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This simple mental diagram can help you discover your ultimate goal in life

It's easy to feel overwhelmed when you seem to have too many goals—and having conflicting or competing goal undermines your ability to achieve any of them. If you feel like you're being pulled in all directions, you need to take time to reflect on what matters most to you and prioritize your goals. Here Ruth Umoh shares University of Pennsylvania psychology professor Angela Duckworth's technique for establishing your priorities, identifying your top-level goal and making the right decisions to e...
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Achieve your goals: Research reveals a simple trick that doubles your chances for success

It's less than two months since many of us made our New Year resolutions. And if you're one of the many people whose goals have already fallen by the wayside, you may be wondering where your motivation has gone. It takes dedication and commitment to accomplish goals, and relying on willpower and motivation alone isn't enough to keep you on track. Here, James Clear reveals how researchers discovered the "one thing" that makes it more likely for you to stick to your goals, why motivation isn't the...
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15 productivity hacks successful CEOs and founders use to get more done

It's hard to achieve your desired goals when they involve making significant changes in behaviour, and if you want to boost your productivity you need to change the behaviors that are holding you back. Although there's no single strategy that works for everyone, there are some very effective tools and techniques that can help you identify your priorities, improve your focus and maintain your productivity. From making Parkinson's Law work to your advantage, to using Francesco Cirillo's Pomodoro t...
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How to set clear and actionable goals for your business

Although some businesses can stand still and survive, to really thrive they need to keep moving. And to keep your business moving forward, you need to have goals. By regularly reviewing your progress against defined targets you can assess how well the business is performing and look for opportunities to develop and grow. Yet many business owners struggle with achieving business targets, writes Jennifer Quinn. To help you get clear on the goals you want to prioritize and build good business habit...
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This ancient habit will maximize your focus

The world around you has evolved much quicker than your brain has. Life's no longer about constantly having to avoid being eaten by predators or other immediate threats to your survival. Yet even in the absence of any real danger, your nervous system still triggers the acute stress response—commonly known as the fight-or-flight response—when you have a presentation, job interview, exam, or uncomfortable social situation to contend with. Being constantly fearful, worried and stressed diminishes y...
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Why you’re failing to meet your goals (and what to do about it)

Goals are your stepping-stones to a more successful, happier life. Whether they're big or small, goals point you in the direction you want to go and working on them gives you a sense of purpose. The most important benefit of having goals however, is what you learn and the person you become on the way to achieving them. No matter how well intentioned, simply writing a list of things you want to achieve isn't enough. You need to be fully committed to working on your goals and by paying a...
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How to get in the zone and be more productive (Infographic)

Many people still consider multitasking a vital skill for boosting your productivity, despite a number of studies showing that it's making you less productive instead. The evidence suggests that constantly switching from one task to another impacts both your ability to focus and the quality of your work. Conversely, when you become fully immersed in what you're doing you're able to accomplish more in less time. To help boost your productivity, here are some top tips for getting into the zon...
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