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Change your habits at home and increase your job satisfaction

Self-awareness is the key to success. What you may think is an immutable personality trait could be a habit you've formed over time and habits can be changed.  Self-awareness helps you see how your habits permeate every aspect of your life, identify self-defeating habits and learn to "practice better habits to get better results" at work, in your relationships, and in life. Success almost always comes from what you do every single day, not from what you do once a month or onc...
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How to change your life in 30 days

Your identity isn't fixed; it's malleable. And your identity follows your behaviors. So to redefine yourself "all you have to do is consistently and boldly reshape your behavior," writes Benjamin P. Hardy. Although changing a core personality trait may be difficult, you can start by adopting the behaviors associated with the desired trait. When you consistently replace your old behaviors with the desired behaviors, you'll adapt to your new behaviors and begin to identify with them. Here, Hardy s...
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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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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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Resolutions revisited: 5 steps to reenergize your money life

For many of us, New Year's resolutions are all about creating new habits for self-improvement and living a happier healthier life. However, especially if you struggled to make an early December payday stretch to the end of January, it might be worth revisiting your resolutions to include getting your finances in better shape. Even when your day-to-day finances are running smoothly there may be debts you want to clear or a nest egg you want to start building. Here, financial planner Michael F. Ka...
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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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How to use mindfulness to manage your money better

Although 'mindfulness' and 'meditation' go hand-in-hand, they're not the same thing. Mindfulness meditation is one of several forms of mediation and although meditation is the most direct way to cultivate mindfulness, you can bring mindfulness to your daily activities without the meditation. Mindfulness means bringing your full awareness in a non-judgmental way to whatever you're experiencing, to be fully present in the moment. And, according to mindfulness coaches, regular practice offers numer...
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4 business practices that will improve your personal life, too

Although we start out with good intentions, New Year resolutions aren't always effective at producing lasting change and many of us slip back into our old habits by mid-February. Small business experts Doug and Polly White suggest adopting the key practices that help successful businesses achieve their goals. Here, they share how to create a plan, build an effective support system, improve your processes, and measure your progress to help you change your habits, achieve your personal goals, and ...
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EQ can make you wealthy and successful, according to science-here's how to build yours

While knowledge, skills and effort are all important factors, success in business, in your career and in life, depends far more on building strong interpersonal relationships. And a high level of emotional intelligence (EQ) goes hand-in-hand with the ability to build strong relationships. Being able to recognize and manage your own emotional responses and motivation helps you to better understand other people's emotional state and reactions. It also allows you to examine business situations and ...
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12 lessons from 'How to Win Friends & Influence People' — a book Warren Buffett credits with transforming his life

Since Dale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People" was first published in the 1930s, it has sold more than 30 million copies, spawned an entire industry devoted to self-improvement, and continues to be a best seller. The world Carnegie wrote for has changed significantly, yet his essential message is still relevant today and many successful people—including Warren Buffet—give Carnegie considerable credit for their success. Although many of his recommendations may seem common se...
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