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Five Defining Characteristics of Great CEOs
Want to know how to measure CEO performance. Look at financial results, sure, but great CEOs have 5 defining personal characteristics.

Self-Confidence Is The Key To Personal And Professional Success
We’re born with high levels of confidence in certain areas and not in others. And it’s different for all of us. But we’ll need different levels of confidence depending on what we want to do with our lives.

Dream Grabbing! Finding the motivation to go after your dream
How to set goals, and take action, keep motivated.

3 Secrets to Developing Superior People Skills
The secrets are: If What You Are Doing Is Not Working Change Your Approach, Learn From People Who Get Results, and Invest In Your Future.

9 Ways to Motivate Yourself When You Just Don't Feel Like It
No matter how much you love your dream and no matter how much you love your work, there are going to be tasks along the way that you really don't want to do. Those pieces of work that we hate doing can be the very ones that sabotage our success.

Feelings and Attitudes
Are feelings and attitudes the same thing or different? Does one cause the other to happen? Which one has more power over how we respond? Does the person experiencing them have any choice in the matter? What if they are in conflict?

How to Talk to Yourself When You Want to be Motivated to Create the Life of Your Dreams
When it comes to motivating yourself to be a better person, to do better at work or to create a happier family life you need to understand the importance of taking control of your self talk.

8 Step Basic Goal Achievement Theory
ere is an 8-part theory of goal achievement.  If you follow them, the world is your oyster!

Your Personal Strategic Plan
The world has become a complicated place in which to live. A personal strategic plan can help you get clarity and focus on your own preferred future. This article shows you how to create your Personal Strategic Plan.

5 Characteristics of a Professional
You inspire others, both personally and professionally, through your actions and the environment you create. When you are professionally accountable, people watch what you're doing as well as listening to what you're saying.

Built to Last
Is the organization you're building and the YOU you're building something that will endure the test of time? When you build a better you, your success is assured. As the business climate changes, as skills become obsolete, as our culture evolves, you’ll be poised to take advantage of opportunities as they arise—and even create your own—because you’re a visionary.

Listen, Pause, Clarify & Validate
We all know that listening is even more important than speaking when it comes to good communication. But how DO we really listen?

CEO Isolation
You've heard the phrase, "It's lonely at the top". When you are the Chief Executive Officer of the company, who do you talk to about really important issues? Running an enterprise should be challenging, exciting, rewarding and fun. It doesn't have to be lonely at the top.

Letting Go
Look at your appointment calendar. See any "white space" there? If you're like most busy CEOs and business professionals, you are booked non-stop for meetings, luncheons, dinner meetings, charity functions, planning sessions and... Well, you get the idea. This article is about how to create more-than-enough time to do the things you want and need to do.

Finding the Magic
Imagine if you could spend most of your time doing what makes you happy, where time flies and where it's easy for you. Conventional wisdom says you should work on improving your weaknesses. What a waste of time, talent and opportunity. Successful entrepreneurs throughout history have achieved greatness by focusing on their strengths. This article helps you discover your natural talents.

A New Approach to New Year's Resolutions
The New Year is traditionally a time to reflect on where we are in our lives and to think about improvements that we'd like to make. It seems obvious that the first step in choosing appropriate New Year's Resolutions should be to define specific goals for what we want to achieve in the coming year.

Never Forget a Name Again
After much research, study, and practice my memory improved to the point where now people frequently ask how I am able to remember the names of so many people. Here are my secrets. Practice them and in no time you too will be able to impress others with your remarkable memory.

How to Get Organized and Stay Organized in 2003
Tips for the New Year.

Getting organized is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. If you are looking to get out from under the clutter and get your schedule in order, here are some quick tips.

The Simple Steps To Reaching Your Goals
The only difference between setting goals for your business or career, and setting personal goals is the subject matter. With commitment and persistence, and setting goals, your life can be any way you want it.

Misplaced Your Priorities?
The message here is to think about how you put your time, your energy, and your resources into one thing that agreeably needs to be done  - but at the expense of something that was more important to you.

Choosing, not changing how you live your life
Have you set any goals recently, and if so, how are they going? Are you still fired up and raring to go? Or has daily life got in the way? In setting goals for your life, would it be easier to choose to create a new way of being, rather than forcing yourself to change?

The Power of Focus
What one thing is often missing for many people who want to be successful? The tendency is to spread yourself too thin and 'try' to do everything. This often results in you not achieving what you say you want.

To Choose or Not To Choose…Taking Charge of Your Business
Choice has power. Not having choice makes you feel stuck, like a victim, and like there are no options. Is that the perspective from which you want to run your business? Surely not.

The Top 5 Reasons Most People Fail at Achieving Their Goals .. and How to Fix Them
In this article, I’ve identified the Top 5 reasons people fail at achieving their goals. You may find that one, two, or even all five of these relate to your life and experience with goal setting.

Anger means, 'The juice is flowing again!'
Anger can be an intuitive signal. In her Advanced Energy Anatomy tapes, Carolyn Myss says that anger can be a sign of claiming your power. I agree.

Setting Goals Keeps All Your Geese In A Row
Goals are not black and white. Resolutions, on the other hand, take on the huge task of making a change in one bold move. An examination of the difference between making resolutions and setting goals. Geese example included!

Goals... or Dreams
We all have dreams. But do we really set goals to achieve them. Everyone knows that goal setting works, but almost nobody uses goal setting.

Lessons From An Accidental Entrepreneur
Most of us are soldiers in the army of business. Even when we do strike out on our own, deliberately seeking to set new rules and have greater control of our lives, our time and our work, we nonetheless find ourselves trapped by rules of success.

What It Takes to Finally Get On With Your Dreams
It seems to me there is only one real and proper way to live a joyful life, and that is to do the thing you are meant to be doing. There are people out there who make it seem like rolling out of bed. But I know from experience -- pursuing your dream ain't always so easy.

Leadership Lessons: Piloting in Turbulent Times
Learn valuable leadership lessons about piloting in turbulence. The article offers practical lessons for handling the fear and resultant anxiety that come with unexpected and unwanted change. 

Hate It? Gotta Do It? Whatcha Gonna Do?
I'm sure you have things on your "to-do" list you don't like to do. If they're big, we need to look at a different career or job, but if they're small, here are some ways to manage around a weakness.

Six Roadblocks that Can Nail Your Dream (But Only If You Let Them)
Pursuing your dream can be oddly tricky. You’d think mere desire, alone, would be all you need to pursue your dreams in earnest. But if you have a mind, you may hit roadblocks.

Examples of Reptilian Behavior in the Workplace
The reptilian brain, our oldest brain, operates at the level of survival instinct. It's the life of easy choices -- Can I eat it? Will it eat me? Can I mate with it?

Fake It 'Til You Make It? If that’s your strategy for success, we NEED to talk!
When you’re faking it, you KNOW it. And your constant awareness of “acting” or being “fake” actually takes you out of the energy and momentum of making the changes you need to make. You are being constantly reminded that you haven’t made it yet. That’s just the way the brain works.

The Top 10 Strategies for Becoming the Leader That Others Want to Follow
One of the most important qualities of a great leader for the future will be his or her ability to get along with people, to show compassion, and to make others feel good about themselves.

Check Up! Are You Ready To Take On a New Challenge?
Despite what we have conned ourselves into believing, the majority of our problems are optional. Most of our existing problems don’t just happen, aren’t randomly selective of us and tend to be reoccurring.

Dick Bakers Magic Words: My Workplace Miracle
These words changed my life. They inspired me with belief in myself. This belief in what I can do sustains me. It sustained me through many crucibles. Through many crucibles in the years that followed.

Whose Fault Was It Anyway?
One of the hardest things for some people to do is to accept the blame for something they did, as in admit they made a mistake. This has to do with authenticity, with being honest with yourself, and with your self-esteem.

How Well Do You Handle Disappointment?
You are going to experience disappointment at some point in your life. There’s no escaping it. The only thing we can do is to learn how to handle disappointment before it handles us.

Seeing Problems in a New Way
I've recently had a major shift in the way I view problems. I used to see them as impediments in the path of accomplishment. Now, I see them as opportunities to get better—chances to be unique in the marketplace.

Ten Thousand Failures
The ability to accept so-called failure simply as information and then make corrections without self-invalidation is rare. However, it is a critical key to success. Accepting defeat or criticism is never easy, but it is those people who take feedback and make corrections who create lasting success.

What Does Adversity Do For You?
Doesn't it just seem that the more you try to get things accomplished, the more problems and obstacles that somehow, just crop up and are required to be dealt with along the way? Becoming a success doesn't just happen.

Is Your Self Confidence Based on What You Have Accomplished?
Do you ever find that your level of self confidence tends to go up and down like the stock market? Or perhaps it even goes up and down along with the stock market! Here is a story about a Japanese businessman that might give you a new perspective.

The Art of Gratefulness
What we focus on expands. If we focus on the problems in our lives, they tend to increase. If we focus on the good things we already have, they too, have a tendency to grow.

How Full is Your Cup?
Sometimes what we know interferes with what we could learn. The author shares a story that shows us how we need to empty our "cup" before we can fill it with knowledge.

Your System for Living Life on Purpose, With Purpose
Every new bit of information I learn helps me be more successful in what I aim towards. Having a good, solid understanding of how I need to get there and what influences that, is critical, in my view, to being effective. That’s where the whole concept of life or success 'systems' comes in.

Everyone, at some point in their lives has listened to their little voice cautioning them against following a certain action. If you frequently question what you do and think, and veer away from making decisions, then you may be stopping yourself from reaching your fullest potential. You may be slowly squeezing the special creative energy and inspiration inside of you that makes you unique, into a tight knot that needs to desperately unravel.

Failure is Not an Option
More important than setting goals, more than following a plan, more than shooting for the moon, is your mindset. Ask people who have succeeded online how they did it, and they are sure to tell you that they had to. That's right -- they HAD to. Why? Because failure is not an option.

How Core Values Yield Transcendent Performance
Every great person was once a neophyte.  How successful professionals, rise from obscurity to success to significance?

Persisting With Bulldog Determination
There are many starters in life - but very few finish what they start. When the going gets tough, most people fold. They don’t persist hard enough or persevere long enough. They don’t have a red-hot flaming burning desire to succeed.

How To Spring Ahead Now
Every great achievement since the dawn of history starts as an impossible dream. Every great achiever, with fire in his or her belly, braves the insurmountable, slays the dragons——and does the “impossible.”

A Dream that Will Catch Your Heart
Is your dream big enough -- important enough -- to capture your heart? If so, you will pursue it with abandon and will surprise even yourself at how successful you can be!

Where Greatness Begins!
One of the laws of the Universe is that everything must start somewhere, which usually means a small beginning.

Perseverance Lead To Walt Disney's Greatest Success!
Walt Disney spent his whole working career dealing with tough-minded bankers, demanding stockholders and difficult employees. But through his travails when Disney had a dream he understood the perseverance needed to carry it through.

The Amazing Formula That Can Make You A Success!
There is a special formula that makes people successful. Unfortunately, you can't buy the formula. But if you could, it would be hotter than "Viagra!"

Willingness Pays Off
When it comes to goal setting, and actually more importantly, goal achieving, there are numerous things involved. Like knowledge of how-to, and having the right tools, and the support of others. But there's probably no more important ingredient in Goal Achieving than willingness.

The Most Powerful Wealth Building Secrets Known
Simply being aware of these 9 mental factors will make you far more prone to success, starting right now.

Getting Out of Your Own Way
Success or failure is not the result of any particular circumstance or situation, but rather it is dependant on what we choose to do, or not to do.

6 Steps to Living Your Dreams
What are dreams? Dreams are soul food. Dreams are things that give us hope. And when they come true, they often give us joy and happiness. Dreams are important for us to hold onto, and to follow.

5 Small Steps That Lead to Great Achievements
Shifting Your Vision into Reality

How can you make the most of this year so that you can end it feeling just as high as at the start? Get out paper and a pen, check out the tips below, and create your blue print for a year to remember.

Prioritizing Your Day To Accomplish More
Prioritizing is a very important function of being organized. It is another method that puts you in control of your work responsibilities. In order to effectively prioritize, learn to recognize the difference between the important, the urgent and the unnecessary.

Quiet Time - The Greatest Technique of Time Management
Quiet time is a very effective tool in your workbox. By committing to quiet time every day, you are being proactive, and taking control of how to make the best use of your time, which is a part of being organized.

How I Squeeze 26 Hours Out Of Every Day!
If you're like me, good time management skills and tools are an absolute necessity. Here's my "extreme time management system." Adopt it as your own and you'll feel like you've gained several hours a day. It's how I squeeze 26 hours out of every day.

Confidence in Living Out Your Dreams
Confidence affects your ability to move forward and make a career change and being in the wrong career for a period of time can negatively impact your confidence. In this article, learn ten steps you can take to bolster your confidence.

Creating your vision for your business, career, & life.
Get clear, focused and specific then get results creating the career or business you want

The Power of Expectations
Expectations are a part of the universe that makes thing happen, both negatively and positively. Like atomic particles, universal forces cannot be explained, but plugging into them creates some kind of energy. You don't have to be able to see it or understand it to use it.

The Power of Choice
Choice empowers you, consciously and subconsciously. The meta-message is that you could choose differently. You may not hear this at the conscious level, but at the subconscious level, you do.

Create the Life of Your Dreams: Oxygen Thinking, Optimum Living
All the written plans in the world, all the inscribed goals, dreams and desires won't even make good wallpaper if the first action isn't taken. Instead of putting off doing what you know you must, dedicate each day to working your plan to get better and to move closer to your goals.

Live For The Journey, Not The Destination
Goals can blind you to the real joy in life... the journey! Coleen Sykora lives full-time in a recreational vehicle, a lifestyle that focuses on the journey. Learn why you should be on guard against letting goals become a liability rather than an asset during your journey.

What to Do When You Feel Like Quitting
Practical tips on how to wrestle the dream-killing demons we all share into submission.

Motivating Yourself When You Don't Want To Do Something
When you don't feel like doing something, how do you get yourself motivated? Here are some tips.

Motivating Ourselves in Hard Times
The tough get going when the going gets tough, but that doesn't mean it's easy...Sweet are the adversities when we can grow and learn through hard times, keep our faith and hope in the future, and find good in every thing.

Tips for Relighting After Burnout: Energizing Self and Others
The current environment brings additional stress to our homes and offices. You all probably know some of the symptoms. Here are but a few. Check them off and then consider some actions.

Getting in Control
In a world where “too much to do and too little time” is a common mantra, there’s a sense that everyone and everything has more control over our day than we do.

Be Here Now
Time. We spend it, lose it, waste it, and manage it. We’re told to make time, use time, take time and, if we’ve had a run-in with the law, we might even “do” time.

The 9 Key Distinctions of Enlightened Entrepreneurs!
Enlightened Entrepreneurs approach life and business from a perspective that is new, fresh, and rather unorthodox. The differences are subtle, yet significant, and lead to tremendous success. These distinctions are  are QUANTUM SHIFTS in how you will approach your business, your personal life, your relationships, etc. - for the rest of your life! 

Writing A Resume for Yourself!
The reason you want to create a resume for yourself is so you have your entire work history and accomplishments handy, including dates. This document is for your eyes only, but will serve several purposes.

5 Ways To Get Experience In A Newly-Acquired Skill
How CAN you get experience in a newly-acquired skill? And, how can you get that experience, and still maintain control and flexibility over your schedule? Here are five creative, flexible options you can use to get the experience you need.

Brainpower For The Overwhelmed
Most of us are now in situations in which we are bombarded by so many demands for our attention that our brains close down. It’s a phenomenon of our time. Our brains, evolved over eons to respond to our environment and each other are exponentially being taxed by the growth in information and technology.

Computer Injury: No Laughing Matter
You might not think of computers as 'dangerous' machinery, but those of us who use them for sustained periods are at risk of doing ourselves serious injury.

The Top Ten Keys to Self-Confidence
If you have the keys to self-confidence, you'll be able to open doors. Doors of opportunity that you were convinced were locked—at least to you. Here are 10 keys.

This Emotion Is As Helpful As Ali-Baba And His Forty Thieves!
Are you afraid of your own best ideas? Do you ever have that cold chill run up your spine just about the time you feel you're ready to take hold of that golden opportunity that comes once in a lifetime?

Staying On Track
Anyone can do the things necessary to be successful and accomplish their goals. The challenge is to do them consistently. And that's what separates the winners from the also-rans. Staying on track day in and day out is what it takes to weave successful days into a successful life.

Our Self-Esteem
I know people who have too much confidence and self-pride, but I don't know ANYONE with too much self-esteem. Most people, in moments of profound honesty, will admit to a lack of self-esteem. They would like to feel better about themselves—more confident and capable—in short, to love themselves more.

Line up Your Thoughts, Feelings and Energies in Order to Accomplish Your Goals
Why is it that some things come easily to us and other goals seem so hard to attain? Often it's because we're conflicted—our feelings are working against us instead of working together.

There Are No Small Things
We never know when something we say or do will have a profound influence on another’s life. It’s common to think that we can’t make a difference. And it’s sad that most people don’t ever recognize what an important role they play—or COULD play. Most of us never get to see how things would be if we weren’t here doing what we do.

Ten Terrific Self-Motivating Tips
How can we motivate ourselves? In this article, the author outlines specific steps we can take to get ourselves moving in the right direction.

The Principle of Vacuum
In order to make room for what we want, we need to get rid of what we DON'T want. This is the principle of vacuum. Our lives fill up by choice or by default. And we need to choose.

Leaders are Readers
All readers are not leaders, but we can safely say with little exception, all leaders are readers. If that’s true, then why don’t more people read?

6 Things to Take for a Great Life
Most of us were raised to be good boys and girls, instructed to "ask politely" for the things we want. But life is tougher than that and sometimes requires that we take the things we need.

Intuition: The Entrepreneur's Secret Weapon
As an entrepreneur, your intuition is your secret weapon. Entrepreneurship requires risk taking, not to mention frequent forays into the unruly jungle of the unknown. Developing your intuition is critical to your entrepreneurial success. Sometimes it's all you've got.

10 Tips To Cope With Negative Emotions At Work
If you want to succeed in business, you need to know how to interact and communicate effectively with your employees, business partners, vendors, prospects, and customers. As a small business owner, this might involve rapid shifting from one type of language to another.

Measuring Your Worth
It has been said that your worth can best be measured by the benefits others have gained from your success. How do others benefit from your gains?

What Does Faith Have To Do With Marketing?
The faith in yourself that comes from TRULY KNOWING that you absolutely can and will achieve a goal that you want  is necessary so that you can conquer all the negativity that comes your way in a day. As long as you have faith in yourself, you can block the negative energy and divert the danger of it away from yourself.

Desire, Fuel for success: How to Keep it Alive and Burning Strong!
What is it that makes one man go where others don't dare tread, and that keeps him going even when the odds seem so insurmountable. When others around him expect the worst and obstacle upon obstacle cause him to wonder if perhaps, just perhaps, everybody might be right and he may just be crazy.

Embracing Change
Change is often very difficult for people to accept and yet it’s happening every minute. The only thing certain is change. When you find that things are not as you want them to be in your life, it’s time to get comfortable with change.

Positive Mental Attitude (PMA)
Some people are born with a constantly positive outlook on life, but most of us need to work on it. You must maintain a positive attitude to find the faith with which you can fulfill your destiny. You will not find any successful person who has not mastered this concept. Here are a few ideas to help you remain positive in your every day life.

Ten Steps to Overcoming Fear of Success!
Not everyone understands the concept of Fear of Success, but many people know exactly what that means. Others recognize it once the symptoms are described to them. It's something that affects an equal number of men and women, boys and girls.

Wow! -- How to Make that Great First Impression
Here’s the top 10 tips to generate that "Wow" reaction we all love to hear. By focusing on these 10 tips, you can make it happen!

Citizens of The Land of Opportunity
You and I are the recipients of many precious gifts bought by others. Whatever our situations and backgrounds, we enjoy a freedom still only dreamed of in many parts of the world.

Yes You Can
Your success in any venture starts with your thoughts about it. If you think you can succeed (in losing weight, stopping smoking, securing a high-income- paying job, finding your ideal partner, etc, etc), you're already on your way to getting what you want.

How to Be So Successful and Happy You Don't Want to Retire
If you haven’t "found your passion" yet, I recommend coaching. You’ll never be successful or happy doing something you don’t love to do.

Take Control of Your Time and Take Control of Your Life
If you're ever going to take control of your life and make it grand, you'll need to start by taking control of your time. Without question, effective time management is fundamental to succeeding in any area of life. In fact, it is often the main difference between life's achievers and those who, although always busy, never get anywhere.

Managing Time to Accomplish More
Time is inelastic. Despite what some of us persist in believing, it will NOT magically expand to accommodate all we have to do. So, in order to maximize the time we have available, we have to spend it wisely. Here's how to do that.

Training Your Creative Self: Five Tips for Ultra-Creativity
Want to be able to turn on your creativity like a tap? You can. Follow these simple tips for ultra-creativity.

Affirm-Actions ... Stop Lying To Your Soul And Make It Real!
Positive words alone cannot change a world - your world. But, words combined with action can materialize a future of which, at one time, you could only dream.  

Good Mistakes
It's good to make mistakes. Mistakes are a clear sign that you are trying new things. When you are trying new things you are growing. If you never try anything new, how can you improve? How can you expand? How can you innovate? The simple answer is, "You can't."

Be Consistent To Be Successful!
Many folks have a tendency to first notice the places they have failed or are not doing enough. They think about what they have not done rather than what they have accomplished. They see their personal cups half-empty, rather than half-full.

The Secret Weapons of Success 
There are two things that will determine your success or failure in business. Actually, they will be the source of your rise or fall in life.

What You Think Upon Grows
Our thoughts are very powerful; they are our mental magic wands. What we dwell upon becomes our reality. This simple fact is what makes our thoughts so powerful.

What Is Success
A semi-humorous story that may inspire you to redefine what is success.

Ten Ways To Feel Good About Your Life
Feeling good about your life involves just 2 parts. One is to learn to think about yourself in healthy ways. This is a learned skill, not something that a lucky few were born with. The second part involves "making things happen". Seeing yourself being successful - at anything! - builds the blocks of confidence.

Invest in Yourself
There are many other things we can invest in, things we draw on in life and business to succeed. Too many people think they can get away without making these investments and then when they really need them, they're not there. You need to be investing in all these areas to build up a reserve to draw on when you need it.

A Good Idea: Staying Focused on Your Goal
One of the great challenges in life is to stay focused and not to go madly off in all directions. It makes so much sense, doesn't it? How is it, then, that most people do not find it easy to stay on track with their goals? After all, they chose their goals, so they must be appealing! 

The Amazing Power of Small Steps 
It's the small things in life that can drive you loco on any given day, isn't it? But it's also the small things in life that seem to make it all worthwhile. A hug from a child, making a new friend, a beautiful sunset, getting something on sale, hearing from a far away loved one.

Life by Design: Seven Steps to Becoming a Conscious Creator
Are you ready to create your life by design? Of course, you say, but just how do I do that? Aren't the circumstances of my life simply the ways things are? How do I influence what my life looks like? Aren't you someone who always says it is important to accept life exactly as it is? This, of course, is one of the divine paradoxes of the universe.

How To Find Your REAL Self Again
On the surface it seems an odd idea that you could actually be anything other than who you really are. But from the time we can talk, we're being programmed to "fit in". Here are 5 ideas to help you rediscover the real you.


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