The mindset you need to create a great presentation


You can create and deliver an engaging presentationWe frequently look at a finished product and enjoy it for what it gives us, forgetting — or perhaps never realizing — all the work involved.

And it doesn’t matter what the product is. It could be a car, a movie, clothing, a ballet, a song, this blog post, whatever. And, yes, even a presentation.

When the product reaches an especially high level of craftsmanship, it’s even easier to take it for granted. When it looks effortless, it looks easy. We sometimes even tell ourselves, “That’s easy. I can do that.”

But we can fail to appreciate the countless hours of planning, research, rehearsing, performing, building, and re-building — a lot of hard work — that went into making the final product look “easy.”

It’s frequently not until we try our own hand at it that we realize the mastery involved. [Read more…]

How to get out of your own way


Don't let limiting beliefs stop you“As you work to overcome your self-created limitations, talk to your subconscious, telling it that instead of reacting, you’re now going to respond with conscious choices.”
Wayne Dyer

It’s critical to understand that, ultimately, our biggest obstacles are our self-limiting beliefs.

This may be the single most important idea to grapple with as we imagine the kind of life we want. It’s frequently the only thing standing between us and success.

Success isn’t really about knowing how to do something. Everything we need is already inside of us and everything we need to know is out there waiting for us to pick it up. [Read more…]

Why do I procrastinate?


What am I waiting for?It’s easy to give in to fear and not act.

If we don’t act, we say to ourselves, we can spare ourselves the anxiety of having to face a less-than-perfect self.

If we do act, and it doesn’t go well, we’re forced to acknowledge we’re not perfect and risk shame, guilt, and other uncomfortable emotions.

But once we choose to realize that perfection, procrastination, and blaming are no-win situations, we can move forward. [Read more…]

How to recover from burnout


Burnout doesn't have to take overBurnout is caused by long-term stress driven by a large gap between your expectations and realities. This often creates the illusion that you don’t have a choice anymore.

You’ve been making so many judgments from a place of being totally stressed out that you think it’s either normal or out of your control. When you’re clear about your beliefs, values, priorities, and whether you’re
driven by an internal or external locus of control, you’ll have a much better idea how to respond to things that happen around you.

Whether you realize it or not, you get to choose how you respond to each and every event that happens. [Read more…]

1 small change to transform your time management

Everything in our lives is connected

The various segments of your life, like your finances, relationships, physical well-being, and career, are all connected and make a whole. If you change one, it will impact the others. Turbocharging your time by developing a good system is about positively impacting your highest priorities with the least amount of energy.

Creating a system will help you get much more done than if you don’t have one. Think about some of the biggest systems we have: government and corporate bureaucracies. While many of us think of the word “bureaucracy” negatively, the fact is they are systems that coordinate and accomplish huge projects.

The parts of a system, by definition, are interconnected and influence each other. Changing one part of a system will affect other parts, even if you can’t see a direct connection. It’s critical to keep that in mind, whether at work or at home. [Read more…]