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8 paradoxical habits of wildly successful people

The best way to become successful is to emulate the practices of individuals who are already highly successful. Yet, discovering what differentiates those who achieve success from those who aspire to be successful isn't an easy task. And that's because the most successful people are "so complex that many of their defining qualities are paradoxical. Rather than an "either/or" set of static characteristics, they're more likely to demonstrate both," writes emotional intelligence expert an...
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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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6 habits of resilient people

 Some people take even the most trying circumstances in their stride while others can become overwhelmed by stress and anxiety. Especially when change is forced on you by unforeseen circumstances, you need to be resilient to keep moving forward. Resilience is what helps you recover from a negative experience, cope with adversity, overcome failure, or adapt to a new situation. "Understanding the key qualities of resilient people is the first step to cultivating that bounce-back quality ...
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How to achieve your goals the easy way (using the Kaizen approach)

It can be difficult to achieve a goal if you tend to focus on the end result itself rather than the system or habits that will help you achieve it, writes Mayo Oshin. It's easy to feel demoralized and give up when you've set a specific goal and you're making slow progress towards reaching it. Using kaizen—the Japanese philosophy and practice of continuous improvement—you focus on progression rather than the goal itself to stay motivated. Here, Oshin shares some tip tips for systematically a...
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The investment with the highest ROI is the one you make in yourself

An investment in yourself is the best kind you can ever make. Most of the time when people talk about investing they're referring to financial investment. There are other ways to invest in yourself however and, unlike other investments, they always pay off. When you spend time, effort, and money on improving your knowledge, learning a new skill, tapping into your creativity, or hiring a coach, there's always an opportunity for personal, professional or financia...
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5 self-sabotaging behaviors you should avoid

Self-sabotaging behaviors get in your way; they interfere with your long-term goals and hold you back from creating a successful, happy life. And you may be self-sabotaging without even realizing it. From binge-eating doughnuts after working out at the gym to procrastinating on an assignment when there's a deadline looming, there are countless ways you may be undermining your intent. Such habits aren't a deliberate attempt to ruin your chances of success however, they're a misguided form of...
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How to make better decisions by improving your intuition

Some people think of intuition as a mystical power, yet scientists who study the phenomenon say it's a genuine ability. It's our brain on autopilot, processing information outside of our conscious awareness, and our instincts often tell us what we need to know before our conscious thinking catches up. To make our best decisions we need a balance between intuition and rational thinking and this is a skill you can develop. Here, human behaviour professor and coach Melody Wilding shares the benefit...
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Our favorite personal development books, February 2018

Personal development is a lifelong process of understanding yourself, developing new, healthy habits, and improving your knowledge and skills to enhance every aspect of your life and achieve your fullest potential. Making a commitment to personal development is the first step on the path to personal fulfilment. Like many people, you may have started the year with plans to create a healthier, happier, more successful version of yourself. And like many people those plans may have already fallen by...
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Editor’s letter: Simon Sinek on fulfilling potential

Most of us start a new year full of optimism and enthusiasm as we strive to fulfil our potential and become the best possible version of ourselves. To fulfil your potential however, you need to focus on exploring your own interests and talents and this can put you in a difficult position when you have to juggle competing priorities. Although it may seem selfish to prioritise your needs over others, if you selflessly devote your time and energy to other people's needs you'll struggle to meet your...
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