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1) Are You Holding Yourself Back by Judging Others?
2) Are Your Habits Helping or Hurting You?
3) Banish Clutter and Leave Stress Behind
4) Break Free From Crippling Self-Doubts With These 3 Tips
5) Discover How Your Hobby Can Advance Your Career
6) Discover Why Hope is Power

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  1. 1. Are You Holding Yourself Back by Judging Others? Are You Holding Yourself Back by Judging Others? To judge others is to form a critical opinion about them. For example, you may decide that your neighbor down the street is an ineffective parent because she’s known to indulge her children or chooses to avoid disciplining them. If you notice that you’re spending more time having strong opinions about others than you are thinking about your own life, you may be “copping out” and not confronting your own resolvable issues. Consider these points: 1. Avoid focusing on the negative. Focusing on the negative impacts your emotional self in undesirable ways. Negative thoughts make you feel more pessimistic about life. In short, judging others negatively affects you! 2. Think about how satisfied you are with your own life. When you’re floundering, you might project those feelings onto others by judging them. 3. Maybe you lack faith in yourself. If you struggle to believe in yourself, maybe you’re reflecting those doubts onto others to avoid confronting your own issues. 4. Judging others may mean that you want to control the situation. Do you believe that others ought to behave just like you, react to situations like you would, and feel like you do? If so, why do you think that? 5. Assess how much time and effort you spend focusing on your own character defects.We all have something about ourselves that could stand some 1 Discover more free tools at
  2. 2. alteration. Looking carefully within yourself promotes self-understanding. It also helps you identify what things you’d like to change. 6. Determine how you can best use your energy.Does judging others or looking within yourself deserve your attention? If you target something you dislike in others, what are the chances you can do anything about it? If you discover something about yourself you dislike, you can more likely use your energies to change it. 7. Decide if you’re happy with who you are. Evaluating yourself in an honest way is important. Locating the source of unhappiness within you can lead to a brighter pathway, and decrease your yearning to judge others. 8. Realize that nobody’s perfect. Being critical of others seems to be a common element of the human condition. Whether we can ever completely obliterate our compelling urges to judge remains to be seen. Oprah once said, “When you know better, you do better.” If you recognize that some of your comments spring from a part of you that wants to judge, it can serve as a deterrent to your future judging behavior. 9. Ask yourself, “How can I live the life I deserve if I’m too focused on others?” Creating your dream existence takes considerable consistency, focus, and time. 10. Recognize when it’s okay to acknowledge bothersome traits in others. It’s important to be reminded that there are situations when it’s wise to identify things in others that trouble you. Maybe you’re thinking about becoming friends with someone. But then, you observe them engaging in behaviors that make you feel uncomfortable. Your judgment may be telling you to avoid pursuing the friendship. 2 Discover more free tools at
  3. 3. Listen to that internal judge at times like these. Just avoid getting carried away with being too judgmental or critical of others. You can become a vital, positive individual who focuses your efforts on constructing the life you desire. Letting go of the urge to judge others will provide you with the time and energy necessary to enhance your own life’s journey. Tune back in to your own psyche and enjoy a rich life. Powered by TCPDF ( 3 Discover more free tools at
  4. 4. Are Your Habits Helping or Hurting You? Are Your Habits Helping or Hurting You? A habit is described as something you do over and over again, automatically, without thinking about it. We’re all profoundly affected by the habits in our lives. At times, we mindlessly repeat behaviors related to our home lives, work personas, and relationships. When a certain situation occurs, you do the familiar behavior. Since your life is largely made up of habits, it makes sense those habits can be supportive of your personal wants, values, and relationships. They can also thwart your efforts to live the life of your dreams. Do your habits help or hurt you? Ponder these points to determine whether your habits support or sabotage you: 1. Link your habits to your goals. When you establish ways of behaving that are aligned with your goals, then your habits are helpful. For example, you floss daily and brush your teeth three times a day with an electric toothbrush because your goal is to have the prettiest smile possible. 2. Keep track of a new routine to help make it a habit. For example, maybe you’ve decided you’d like to lose twenty pounds and have fitter body tone. So, you plan to walk thirty minutes five days a week and do twenty push-ups or twenty crunches three days a week. How can you keep track of your habits from day to day? To ensure you’re working on your fitness goals, write a “W” on your calendar when you walk and place an “X” on the days you do calisthenics. 1 Discover more free tools at
  5. 5. Then, once a week, weigh yourself and jot down your weight on the calendar. Visuals help establish good habits. In this case, one glance at your calendar keeps you up to date on your progress toward your goal. 3. Figure out why you have certain habits. Maybe you eat a doughnut or other high-fat snack when you’re at work. You see the treat, pick it up, and eat it. You rarely pay attention to the motivation behind this habit. Are you hungry? Maybe you skipped breakfast. Perhaps you’re snacking simply because the co-worker you’re taking a break with is snacking. Maybe it’s because you rarely keep unhealthy snacks at home so when you see them, you grab one. If one of your habits isn’t doing anything positive for you, consider that it’s sabotaging you in some way. 4. Eliminate habits that are making you feel embarrassed or angry. If feelings of negativity surround one of your habits, it’s likely hurting you. To illustrate, consider the habit of smoking. As much as you’re driven to do it, you recognize that it isn’t positive or helpful. Do you feel ashamed and frustrated with yourself because you engage in the behavior? If this is the case, investigate your habit further. How do you really feel about it? Would you like to disengage from the behavior and stop it? An automatic behavior that leaves you feeling negatively about yourself is interfering with your efforts to live a happy life. 2 Discover more free tools at
  6. 6. 5. Replace one habit with another. Rather than trying to stop a negative habit, it may be easier to replace it with a positive habit. Ask yourself how you can change or replace the targeted behavior. Referring back to the smoking example, think about what else you could do instead. You could have a piece of sugarless gum or candy. Maybe you want to try nicotine patches to curb your desire to smoke. When you become more conscious of your habits, you can decide whether they’re helping you or keeping you from moving forward and living a healthy, prosperous life. Make the decision to fill your life with as many positive habits as possible, so you can move closer to achieving the life you deserve. Powered by TCPDF ( 3 Discover more free tools at
  7. 7. Banish Clutter and Leave Stress Behind Banish Clutter and Leave Stress Behind Deadlines, financial difficulties, and competing responsibilities are some well-known causes of stress in our lives. Research shows that clutter can also be a hidden cause of stress at home and work. Experiencing less stress in your life may be as simple as getting rid of your excess stuff! A 2011 study at the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute examined the effect of clutter on the brain. According to the study, "Interactions of Top-Down and Bottom-Up Mechanisms in Human Visual Cortex," clutter does more than take up space in our homes and offices: Clutter limits the brain's ability to focus and process information. Individuals that limit clutter in their home and work environment are less irritable, less distracted, and more productive. Try these steps to pare down and organize your belongings: 1. Start small. If you've been living with too much stuff for a long time, you probably feel overwhelmed at the thought of going through your things. Maybe you’re uncertain about how to even begin. Get started by setting small cleaning and organizing goals. Avoid setting an unrealistic goal of cleaning your whole house overnight. Set small goals, like organizing a desk or closet. As you experience success on a small scale, you’ll receive the boost in confidence that you need to continue your efforts. Once you've established order to a small space, keep going. Build upon 1 Discover more free tools at
  8. 8. your success. After your drawers and closets, focus on cleaning an entire room. Clean and organize one room at a time until your entire home is filled only with necessary items that you use on a regular basis. Keep your closets and drawers organized by adopting a "one in, one out" rule. Get rid of one old item each time you buy something new. 2. Be ruthless. If you haven't worn or used an item in a year or longer, do you really still need it? Get rid of duplicate items, as well as worn out and broken items that you haven’t fixed. Items received as gifts from loved ones can be particularly difficult to part with, especially if the loved one is now deceased. Take the time to acknowledge your loss, but realize that holding on to your loved one's possessions won’t bring them back. One option that may make it easier to part with an item and honor your loved one's memory, is to sell the item and donate the proceeds to their favorite charity. If you feel guilty at the thought of throwing an item away, consider donating it if it's still in good condition. This boosts your energy and self-esteem, in addition to getting rid of your clutter! 3. Straighten the focal points of your bedroom, living room, and kitchen at the start of each day. Set the tone for your day by spending 15 minutes straightening the central areas of your home each morning. Make your bed, wash any dirty dishes, and eliminate clutter from the living room, counters, and kitchen table. Reverse this strategy at work, and clear your desk before you leave at the end of the day. By removing the clutter from these key areas, you’ll feel more calm and relaxed when you return. 2 Discover more free tools at
  9. 9. Having too much stuff is visually distracting and it adds to your daily stress level. Following these simple steps will contribute to greater feelings of serenity in your life as you say “goodbye” to clutter. Powered by TCPDF ( 3 Discover more free tools at
  10. 10. BREAK FREE FROM CRIPPLING Self-Doubts With These 3 Tips Break Free From Crippling Self-Doubts With These 3 Tips Poor self-esteem and a lack of self-confidence can be just as damaging to our lives as being overconfident or arrogant. Do you harbor insecurities about your true abilities and worth? If so, this doubt is holding you back from reaching your full potential. Luckily, you don’t have to let fear keep you from achieving your dreams and ambitions in life. There are steps you can take that will help you build your confidence, face your fears, and become free of self-doubt. Try these tips to erase your self-doubt, gain confidence, and succeed: 1. Reflect on your past success. It's natural to feel a bit nervous if you've just been given a new task or responsibility. If you start to doubt your abilities, reflect on your past achievements and feel confident that your prior successes will carry over into this new area. Even if you have some lingering doubts, be confident with the knowledge that you wouldn’t be in this new position if others didn’t think you were up to the challenge. Seeking additional skill training in an area that matches or compliments your new duties can give you confidence in your new role. Be willing to ask others for advice and guidance as you adjust to your new role. Their feedback can help you increase your skills and boost your self-esteem. 2. Learn to change your negative self-talk into positive affirmations. Our brains are constantly working to fulfill our inner thoughts and beliefs. When you’re overwhelmed with self-doubt, chances are that you’re subconsciously listening 1 Discover more free tools at
  11. 11. to negative self-talk from your brain. Take control of your inner voice and turn a negative into a positive by replacing your doubts with positive affirmations! Rather than focusing on your limitations, focus on what you can do. Capitalize on your strengths and write out 10 statements that affirm who you are at the core of your being. Then record how your strength and abilities will help you achieve your task or goal. Start each day by repeating your daily affirmations. Then, repeat them whenever you start to worry or feel self-doubt. 3. Gain perspective by finding cheerleaders, mentors, and other guides. Do you have a difficult time maintaining a positive sense of self-worth? It’s critical that you take time to connect and build relationships with those that build you up, rather than tear you down. Seek out mentors for your personal and professional life that can give you an unbiased opinion on what you’re doing well in various areas. They can also provide insight on what you could change to move forward. Build relationships with friends and family members that encourage and rejuvenate you with their positive energy. Minimize contact with those who are overly critical, jealous, or negative. They just drain your energy and bring you down. By surrounding yourself with positive individuals, you’ll receive the boost of energy and confidence you need to power through your moments of self-doubt. You’ll then begin to achieve your goals and dreams, rather than holding yourself back! Everyone faces self-doubt and insecurities from time to time. Practicing these tips can help you defeat self-doubt once and for all. Powered by TCPDF ( 2 Discover more free tools at
  12. 12. Discover How Your Hobby Can Advance Your Career Discover How Your Hobby Can Advance Your Career If you need one more good reason to get a hobby, do it for your career prospects. A recent study found that what you do in your leisure time could make you a more valuable employee. People who use their free time creatively performed better at solving problems at work and were more helpful to their colleagues, according to researchers at San Francisco State University. They believe creative activities stimulate learning and help people to feel energized and engaged. Ready to make the connection between your hobby and your career? Consider these suggestions about using your hobby to get ahead at the office. How to Choose a Hobby That Could Help Your Career 1. Focus on the mission. Think about how your pastimes align with the company mission. A sustainable architecture firm might appreciate your organic garden. 2. Connect with your colleagues.Relationships play a big role in job satisfaction. Accept your coworkers’ invitation when they ask you to join them for a game of badminton. 3. Review your job responsibilities.Do your hobby and your professional position have anything in common? You might be juggling numbers at work for budgeting and at home for Sudoku. 4. Showcase your strengths and achievements.We’re often drawn to hobbies 1 Discover more free tools at
  13. 13. that enable us to develop our innate talents. Employers will notice that you’re a strategic thinker if you tell them about your tournament bridge winnings. 5. Be memorable.In today’s job market, you may need to distinguish yourself in a large pool of candidates. A recruiter is more likely to remember your name if you tell them a funny story about your baseball card collection. 6. Express your personality.Focus on something you’re passionate about so it will be easy to sound articulate and engaged. 7. Act cool.At the same time, it’s always good to keep up with trends. Be open to designing your first videogame diorama. How to Use Your Hobby to Help Your Career 1. Edit your resume. Depending on the positon, add a hobbies section to your resume. Include it only when it appears relevant. 2. Mention it at your interview.Some questions provide an opening to discuss your hobby. When a reviewer asks what you do with your free time, you’ll have a better answer than watching TV. 3. Put on a show.Hobbies come in handy for the office talent show. Reveal your musical talent on the piano. 4. Share with your coworkers. Whatever activities you enjoy, you probably have expertise, goods, or services that your coworkers would appreciate. Baked goods usually top the list. 2 Discover more free tools at
  14. 14. 5. Personalize your staff bio. Let your clients get to know the real you. They may enjoy finding out that their graphic designer also illustrates his own comic books. 6. Create side income.Some people turn their hobbies into full time jobs. Starting off gradually is a good way to test your earning potential while you hold onto your current paycheck. 7. Extend your network.The best leads tend to come from friends of friends and acquaintances. If all your LinkedIn connections are accountants, your leisure pursuits could help you to meet more hair stylists and foreign diplomats. 8. Achieve life balance.Best of all, a hobby widens your experiences and knowledge. You’ll gain exposure to things you may never see around the office. Of course, your hobby is rewarding in itself even if your boss doesn’t share your enthusiasm for carving turtles out of watermelons. Advancing your career is just a bonus compared to the deeper benefits of learning about yourself and becoming more accomplished. Powered by TCPDF ( 3 Discover more free tools at
  15. 15. DISCOVER WHY HOPE IS POWER Discover Why Hope is Power One of the most impactful feelings you’ll ever experience is hope. Hope occurs when we center our expectations on something. Your hope is like a wish for something to happen. And there’s power in those wishes! Consider these points to increase your power with hope: 1. Hope plants a seed. Whenever you yearn for something, having hope is an implication that it could actually occur. Hope can germinate into a whole new existence. Your life’s journey can be enhanced simply by having hope. 2. In order to feel hopeful, honesty is required. We’ve all experienced times when we were fooling ourselves about something, such as a relationship or work situation. But to have hope, we’re forced to be honest about what we’ve done to create the challenge. Only if you tell yourself the truth about a trying situation can you proceed ahead and experience hope. 3. Hope produces a “can do” spirit. For example, if you want your relationship to be better, you can draw upon the hope within you. That desire to want a deepened, more connected partnership is rooted in a hope that you can put the relationship back on track. The next step is then to ask yourself, “What can I do to make the relationship grow?” Hope cultivates a personal sense of responsibility and 1 Discover more free tools at
  16. 16. ownership. Only then do you have the power to convince yourself that you can truly affect a change in your own life. 4. Hope often leads you to the answer. When you’re clueless about how to resolve a difficult issue, you “resort” to hoping the issue will be solved somehow. Your thoughts begin to meander through all the ins and outs of figuring out the challenge. Before you know it, you’ve hit on something that might help the situation. 5. Hope cultivates your imagination. Creativity and imagination are necessary when you’re hoping for something to grow or change in a positive way. You stretch yourself by considering resolutions you hadn’t considered before. 6. Hope enhances your personal commitment to the issue at hand. When you’ve thought enough about a vexing challenge, you’re likely committed to overcoming that challenge. Personal commitment sets you up to sharpen your focus and find a way to create the end result you desire. 7. Hope springs from within you. The purest form of strength and power in your life emerges solely from within you. Only your own thoughts and desires are needed. Hope is free and available to you at any time you wish to tap into it. 8. Hope allows you to accept and forgive others. Many times, the path you seek can only be paved by your complete acceptance of others and your ability to forgive them. We’ll all be exposed to those who annoy or bewilder us. And unfortunately, we’ll be hurt by the actions and words of others at some 2 Discover more free tools at
  17. 17. point or another. However, having hope encourages us to move past these positions of powerlessness and discover the true strength of our character. Possessing hope enables you to perform challenging acts and believe the unbelievable. The good life you deserve can be attained by striving to have hope. Let go of your self-doubt and negativity. Discover your power by embracing all the riches hope can deliver. Powered by TCPDF ( 3 Discover more free tools at