Jeff Davidson Work-Life Balance Expert

Jeff Davidson is "The Work-Life Balance Expert®" and the premier thought leader on work-life balance, integration, and harmony. Jeff speaks to organizations that seek to enhance their overall productivity by improving the effectiveness of their people. He is the author of Breathing Space, Simpler Living, Dial it Down, and Everyday Project Management. Visit www.BreathingSpace.com or call 919-932-1996 for more information on Jeff's keynote speeches and seminars.

 
The Second Half of Your Year: Tumultous Will Events Happen

The Second Half of Your Year: Tumultous Will Events Happen

We can't guard against the unknown, but we can do our best with what we have.

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14 Signs that You're Too Tired

14 Signs that You're Too Tired

Based on what you do on an average day, it is understandable that sometimes you feel very tired, but when is the tired feeling that you have bordering on danger?

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Resilience: The Antidote to Adversity

Resilience: The Antidote to Adversity

Having resilience is fundamental to dealing with upheaval in our professional or personal lives.

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Your Untapped Power via Those You Know

Your Untapped Power via Those You Know

As people have known for ages, there is something encouraging, stimulating, and even inspiring about being affiliated with others.

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When the Going Gets Tough, Maintain Perspective

When the Going Gets Tough, Maintain Perspective

Upon an unexpected setback at work, some people fall into a “justice trap.” They think that somehow a cosmic sense of justice will prevail.

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In Hot Pursuit of a Goal

In Hot Pursuit of a Goal

 If you intend to achieve the goals you set for yourself, your goals need to be:

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Positive Words for Positive People

Positive Words for Positive People

Much has been written on affirmations and it's often misunderstood.

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Holding Public Office

Holding Public Office

Running for or holding public office these days is no light task.

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Everyone Begins Somewhere

Everyone Begins Somewhere

If you feel some days as if you’re making little or no progress on your chosen goal, take heart: The world is full of people who followed a sequential approach to achieving fabulous goals.

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For High Productivty, Take a Nap

For High Productivty, Take a Nap

A study by researchers Sara Mednick, Denise Cai, Jennifer Kanady, and Sean Drummond published in Behavioural Brain Research (2008) found that naps are better than caffeine for improving verbal memory, motor skills, and perceptual learning.

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How to be a Workaholic

How to be a Workaholic

You know the scenario: get to work on time, do your job effectively, come home on time, and hopefully have a life for the rest of the day.

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Taming the Information Overload Tiger

Taming the Information Overload Tiger

The unprecedented proliferation of information-generating technology within the last generation has led to a world with no end to clutter, new data, and overloaded workers.

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Your Free Time is Valuable

Your Free Time is Valuable

Our free time matters, but leisure, as a concept for many people, is on the rocks.

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Tips from The 60 Second Self-Starter

Tips from The 60 Second Self-Starter

At some point throughout your days and your weeks, procrastination is something with which you will grapple.

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Live Long and Prosper

Live Long and Prosper

Recent research in the field of genetics challenges the long-held belief that our lifespan is largely determined by hereditary factors.

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You Gotta Give Hugs!

You Gotta Give Hugs!

At the end of the 1940s, researchers initiated a long-term study of 379 kindergartners to learn what factors in raising children would impact their adult life.

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How Well Do You Bounce Back from Adversity?

How Well Do You Bounce Back from Adversity?

Resilience has been described as the ability to bounce back from adversity. 

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The Compelling Present

The Compelling Present

The average person is bombarded daily by more information than he or she can even comprehend.

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Why East Coast Workers are Blurry Eyed on Monday Morning

Why East Coast Workers are Blurry Eyed on Monday Morning

Take a good look at the list below. What do all these events, listed in reverse order of occurrence, have in common? The answer: they all occur on Sunday evening. 

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Live to Fight Another Day

Live to Fight Another Day

In our careers and lives, we are subject to highs and lows nearly all the time.

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Electric Vehicles and the Tyranny of the Latest

Electric Vehicles and the Tyranny of the Latest

A word meme on the internet got me to thinking about how wedded we are, often unnecessarily, to what's new and what's highly touted.

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14 Signs of Having Breathing Space in Your Life Again

14 Signs of Having Breathing Space in Your Life Again

Have you been caught up in the rush, rush world of trying to get more done?

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Five Observations Work-life Balance

Five Observations About Work-life Balance

Here are five observations about work-life balance for career professionals, each followed by four quick tips to reinforce desired behavior:

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Finding Meaning in Each Day's Activities

Finding Meaning in Each Day's Activities

In her book, My Grandfather's Blessings, Rachel Remen tells a story about a doctor who had to deliver a baby in the hallway of the emergency room area.

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Provocative Questions to Get You Moving

Provocative Questions to Get You Moving

Suppose I asked you four questions to make you pause, think about what’s really important, perhaps take some action steps, and get you moving in a positive direction. What might I ask?

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A Month Full to Streamline Your Life

A Month Full to Streamline Your Life

As March beckons, here is an observation a day to streamline your life and have a greater sense of breathing space:

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Seven Ways to Succeed as a Project Manager

Seven Ways to Succeed as a Project Manager

Becoming a successful project manager requires a unique blend of skills, adaptability, and strategic thinking.

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College Baseball is Painfully Slow

College Baseball is Painfully Slow

The need for reform in college baseball is evident, as lengthy games and slow play are causing a decline in fan interest.

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12 Tips for Writing Your Memoir

12 Tips for Writing Your Memoir

Are you among the legions of individuals who suspect that they might have the makings of a good memoir, waiting to make its way onto the page?

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Can Anyone be Spiritual? Yes

Can Anyone be Spiritual? Yes

Traditionally, society has tended to regard those who attend some type of religious service on a regular basis as spiritual. If you're among them, more power to you.

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When to Check in for Your Flight

When to Check in for Your Flight

On the face of it, checking in for your flight seems pretty simple – follow the time instructions listed on your boarding pass.

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Make Your Day Go A Little Bit Better

Make Your Day Go A Little Bit Better

Not every day can be sparkling but there are some simple things you can do to make things go a little smoother.

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Choices You Can Make About Aging

Choices You Can Make About Aging

Wanting to stay young is a universal desire for many people.

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Simple Steps and Observations about Managing Stress

Simple Steps and Observations about Managing Stress

At least half the battle in alleviating stress is simply becoming more aware of how you react to situations. 

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 The Anatomy of an Attempted Swindle

The Anatomy of an Attempted Swindle

In the age of the Internet it's far too easy to be swindled, but long before then, my friend Eric almost got taken to the cleaners in a rental situation.

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Welcome to Ford Motor Company

Welcome to Ford Motor Company

I quit my first post-college job feeling that there was more for me to do in the business world than sell calculators.

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Sleep, the Nightly Elixir for Good Health

Sleep, the Nightly Elixir for Good Health

When we get good sleep, our body undergoes dozens and dozens of repairs each night.

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Breathing Space Principles for Honoring Your Resolutions

Breathing Space Principles for Honoring Your Resolutions

Post your resolutions on your bathroom mirror or wherever you'll automatically notice them as you start each day.

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More Breathing Space Tips for January

More Breathing Space Tips for January

On each trip to the supermarket, shop for at least two food items that are new to you or your family.

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Breathing Space Tips for January

Breathing Space Tips for January

Wow, another year! They keep on coming don't they? Here are some tips to start off the year that might make a difference long after January.

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Nobody Gets Enough Rest

Nobody Gets Enough Rest

Many individuals have this week off from work.

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 Random Acts of Kindness

Random Acts of Kindness

We’ve all heard the phrase, “random acts of kindness.”

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Eight Ways to Simplify Your Life

Eight Ways to Simplify Your Life

In today's fast-paced and digitally connected world, life can often become overwhelming.

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Knowledge is Power: How to Spot Trends

Knowledge is Power: How to Spot Trends

To be overloaded by information and communication everyday is frustrating, but not inevitable.

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Pursuing Goals Effectively

Pursuing Goals Effectively

In less than two weeks, we welcome a new year.

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Breathing Space Principles for Enjoying the Holidays

Breathing Space Principles for Enjoying the Holidays

   * Remember, you're in charge of what kind of holiday you're going to have--not Madison Avenue, Currier and Ives, or any other manufactured notion of what your life should include.

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Breathing Space Tips: Holiday Entertaining

Breathing Space Tips: Holiday Entertaining

    * Go food shopping for the incidentals – canned cranberry sauce, soft drinks, napkins, etc.– long before you have to get them. You can hide them, they'll keep, and you'll have far less items to be concerned about.

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Have a Little Breathing Space for Christmas

Have a Little Breathing Space for Christmas

Are you feeling the pinch as we inch toward the big holiday?

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Living in Real Time

Living in Real Time

Are you living in real time or are you trying to catch up?

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Do You Have Any Mentors and Do You Acknowledge Them?

Do You Have Any Mentors and Do You Acknowledge Them?

Each December, for many decades I have annually bestowed on honorary award: the Jeff Davidson "Mentor of the Year." I know, being a mentor to little old me is not a big deal in the world.

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Lessons to Learn from Taylor Swift

Lessons to Learn from Taylor Swift

It’s official, Taylor Swift is now a billionaire. Not bad for age 33.

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What if the Afterlife Comes After This Life?

What if the Afterlife Comes After This Life?

Until recently, I held the view that when you die, it is the end.

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Learning About Connecticut History, Late in the Game

Learning About Connecticut History, Late in the Game

I grew up in Connecticut and all of my schooling was there. Were we told about any of the innovations and inventions, below, in school?

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Those Were the Daze

Those Were the Daze

The song Those Were the Days sung by Mary Hopkins, was written by Gene Raskin, who put English lyrics to the original Russian song, Dorogoi Dlinnoyu, written by Boris Fomin.

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The Comforting Effects of My Blown Money Roster

The Comforting Effects of My Blown Money Roster

When it came to making wise expenditures, I had a particularly bad year in 2013.

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Share Your Dreams

Share Your Dreams

When you've set out to achieve a goal, it's easy to become discouraged somewhere along the way.

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Genteel Euphemisms for Terms That Are All Too Familiar

Genteel Euphemisms for Terms That Are All Too Familiar

Just for fun, here are some euphemisms for everyday terms, described in more eloquent language perhaps than they merit:

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My Big Adventure with a “Writers’ Group”

My Big Adventure with a “Writers’ Group”

I am in a chain bookstore in the Raleigh, NC Triangle.

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The Corporate Quest for Work-Life Balance

The Corporate Quest for Work-Life Balance

The corporate quest for work-life balance has gained prominence.

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Partners in Success

Partners in Success

Both at work and away from it, partners have achieved some pretty remarkable things.

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Friendships: Vital in Business

Friendships: Vital in Business

Making new friends in business is easier and more rewarding than you might think.

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Cruising in Quiet

Cruising in Quiet

If you've ever been on a cruise vacation you know that despite all your travel planning, expenses, and careful considerations, and on top of everything that the cruise line itself does for you, the people in the cabin next door can make or break your vacation.

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Excel in Your Career!

Excel in Your Career!

To excel in your career, set clear goals. Keep learning and work hard. Build a professional network. Be adaptable and communicate well.

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A Long-Distance Reunion

A Long-Distance Reunion

A milestone anniversary is approaching for me and my college buddies.

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Are You Considering a Coach?

Are You Considering a Coach?

Most professional and Olympic athletes have personal coaches to help them cope with competition and play their game to their maximum potential.

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Breathing Techniques to Reduce Stress

Breathing Techniques to Reduce Stress

People are feeling more stress these days, all day long.

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How to Get in the Zone

How to Get in the Zone

Some people call it "being in the zone."

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Optimize, not Maximize, Your Use of Time

Optimize, not Maximize, Your Use of Time

If you feel as if time races by too quickly, your quest is to optimize, but not maximize the hours in your day.

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The Rollercoaster of Life

The Rollercoaster of Life

You will have many experiences in life; some joyful, some frightening, some profound, and most forgettable.

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Disorganization Is Costly to Your Career

Disorganization Is Costly to Your Career

Success in your career often hinges on more than just your skills and qualifications. It also depends on your ability to stay organized and efficient.

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100% Certainty That We’ll be On the Ground

100% Certainty That We’ll be On the Ground

Call me superstitious – actually I'm not – but go ahead, anyway.

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Unnecessarily Overwhelmed and Exhausted

Unnecessarily Overwhelmed and Exhausted

As I travel around the country speaking to organizations, I am struck by the number of people in my audiences who seem perpetually overwhelmed.

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You Deserve a Break Today

You Deserve a Break Today

No, I do not suggest buying a meal at a fast food restaurant.

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Your Daily Commute, Only Better

Your Daily Commute, Only Better

Daily commutes in and around your metro area can be a drag but you have options that might make each journey more palatable.

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 Delegate or Fall Behind

Delegate or Fall Behind

In today's fast-paced world, the choice is clear: delegate tasks or risk falling behind.

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The Advantage of Not Being the First

The Advantage of Not Being the First

Thomas Edison was not the first to discover or invent electric lights.

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Profiling For Fun and Profit

Profiling For Fun and Profit

In the early 1990s, an extraordinary achievement unfolded in the world of Domino's Pizza that held profound implications for businesses and careers alike.

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Dress Codes Matter

Dress Codes Matter

A flurry of articles and recent studies reveal that 'dress down' days in the workplace have not boosted worker productivity or morale.

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Recovering from a Devastating Medical Malpractice Injury or Illness

Recovering from a Devastating Medical Malpractice Injury or Illness

When someone has been the victim of medical malpractice, particularly when it has been debilitating, it's not difficult to plunge into a cycle of despair.

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The Narcissistic Book Reviewer

The Narcissistic Book Reviewer

Did you hear the one about the narcissistic reviewer who requests a book and then says one of her first tests as it arrives in the mailbox is, "Just how eager am I to read it?"

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Notes from General Colin Powell

Notes from General Colin Powell

"As I travel around the country, I invite questions from my audiences," Powell noted. "They seem to be searching for a guiding star.  They see order breaking down.  I don’t have all the answers, but I do have a few 'rules' that I try to live by.":

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The Wisdom of Making Your Boss Look Good

The Wisdom of Making Your Boss Look Good

Making your boss look good can only reflect favorably on you.

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Staying Productive While in Flight

Staying Productive While in Flight

When you are flying, want to get work done, and told to put your cell phone in airplane mode, you might think that your productivity will suffer.

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An Effective Line-Item Complaint Letter

An Effective Line-Item Complaint Letter

In the course of your professional and personal activities you will encounter vendors who let you down.

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Keeping it All in Perspective

Keeping it All in Perspective

On some days, it seems as if there is simply too much to handle.

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The Value of Making Your Product or Service Seem to be Scarce

The Value of Making Your Product or Service Seem to be Scarce

Mindy Weinstein, Ph. D., is the reigning subject matter expert on scarcity marketing.

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Don't Dawdle with Low Probability Prospects

Don't Dawdle with Low Probability Prospects

In my earlier career as a management consultant, I frequently assisted small business owners and career professionals with marketing and sales.

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Stress: Seemingly Bad, Sometimes Good

Stress: Seemingly Bad, Sometimes Good

To control the negative effects of stress in your life, it’s vital to understand how it affects your body and how you can manage stress in different areas of your life.  

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Optimism Matters

Optimism Matters

Research reveals that some people are apparently born optimistic -- such people naturally exude optimism to the utter bewilderment of the rest of the population.

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Concentrate For a More Productive Day

Concentrate For a More Productive Day

Concentration is the ability to focus attention voluntarily, to ignore irrelevant stimuli, and to fix power and effort to a single goal.

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Ten Techniques for Overcoming Information Overload

Ten Techniques for Overcoming Information Overload

We are confronted by staggering amounts of new information every day.

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Just the Way You Are

Just the Way You Are

Piggy-backing on original words and music to the song Just the Way You Are by Billy Joel, with the same title, here is my parody:

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When Wronged by a Service Provider

When Wronged by a Service Provider

In our quest to be good consumers, when we have been wronged by a service provider, it is often necessary to precisely document our grievances, and submit our protest to the vendor as soon as possible.

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Notes on Living Your Life Out Loud

Notes on Living Your Life Out Loud

Living Your Life Out Loud by Sally Raspberry and Padi Selwin (Pocket Books) takes an innovative approach to helping you get the most out of life.

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Watch Your Language

Watch Your Language

When I was 24 and had just completed an MBA at the University of Connecticut, Graduate School of Business.

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You Don’t Have What it Takes

You Don’t Have What it Takes

When I left my first consulting position, I cast a wide net, seeking to land a job with a larger consulting firm.

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Personal Rallying Cries

Personal Rallying Cries

Nearly every day, we are subject to highs and lows. Things are going well, happiness ensues, and we’re not conscious of the time.

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Diminishing Your Self-induced Stress

Diminishing Your Self-induced Stress

Stress is a constant factor in the lives of nearly all career professionals.

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Your Physical Shell and Your Life

Your Physical Shell and Your Life

You are born, and you receive a physical shell, namely your body.

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Titlerama

Titlerama

You've got this great idea for an article, a new product offering, a new service offering, a flier, a brochure, a podcast, or what have you.

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Online Directories

Online Directories

If you're just starting a business, or you've been in business for a while, you'll probably be interested in ways that you can list your business and services on the Internet.

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Life is One Experience After Another

Life is One Experience After Another

You will have many experiences in life; some joyful, some frightening, some profound, and most forgettable.

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You Can't Change Upbringing, You Can Change Your Perspective

You Can't Change Upbringing, You Can Change Your Perspective

Whether it was by your parents or parent surrogates, someone raised you.

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 Phone Use While Driving is a Risky Maneuver

Phone Use While Driving is a Risky Maneuver

No community that values safety, its citizens, and especially its children can allow the use of cell phones by drivers. 

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Inspiration from Caitlin Clarke

Inspiration from Caitlin Clarke

As a University of Connecticut alumnus, naturally I was aware two years ago of the phenomenal freshman season of Paige Bueckers.

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Heaven on Earth, for Yourself

Heaven on Earth, for Yourself

What would your life be like if you had the ability to drop back when you wanted or needed to do so?

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Delegating: Inform, Empower, and Monitor

Delegating: Inform, Empower, and Monitor

The first time you delegate anything to anyone, painstakingly walk them through exactly what you want them to achieve.

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Offer Them 17 Reasons

Offer Them 17 Reasons

In my career as a professional speaker, I’ve addressed 1060 conferences, conventions, and meetings.

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Elaborating on Eight Dysphemisms

Elaborating on Eight Dysphemisms

A "euphemism" is the substitution of an agreeable or inoffensive expression for one that might suggest something more bluntly or offend others, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

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Handicapped Parking for the Privileged

Handicapped Parking for the Privileged

Do you feel the same way that I do about able-bodied couples who have a handicapped parking permit?

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50 Recommended Books

50 Recommended Books

Suppose you were marooned on a desert island and, as it turns out, you could have 50 of your favorite books, as long as they were, say, 10 years or older. What would you choose?

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The Pleasure of Living Without Health Concerns

The Pleasure of Living Without Health Concerns

One Wednesday afternoon after work, when I probably should have had a large glass of water before taking off, I left my office and proceeded towards the School of Ballet and met my daughter who was finishing her class. I had already been walking for 20 or 25 minutes when I decided to go up the hill. It is a steep climb on the order of 30 or 35 degrees. I vigorously proceeded up the hill about 450 steps, then made my way down, and finally walked out to the main road.

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Breathing Space for March

Breathing Space for March

March is nearly the start of spring for some, and the continuation of winter for others.

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Dreams Interpreted

Dreams Interpreted

I attended a session recently on dream interpretation, taught by someone who explains dreams to clients for a living.

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State Your Case and Win

State Your Case and Win

Years ago, when I was a full-time management consultant supervising a staff of eight, I had two young women on my team who had, in fact, nearly similar capabilities.

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Maintaining Perspective in Turbulent Times

Maintaining Perspective in Turbulent Times

These are times that try a career professional's souls! Everything is put on hold or up in the air.

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I Fought the Clock

I Fought the Clock

Employing the original theme of I Fought the Law, music by Sonny Curtis of the Crickets, and popularized by the Bobby Fuller Four in 1966, here is my creation, I Fought the Clock.

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Spring Has Not Arrived, This is an Anomaly

Spring Has Not Arrived, This is an Anomaly

Here, in the last few days of February, 2023, it is excessively warm in Raleigh. One afternoon, the temperature reached 80, followed by 84 the next day which set an all-time record.

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Your Potential Ally in a Store

Your Potential Ally in a Store

Years back, I walked into a wholesale outlet store in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia and began looking around.

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21 Factors That Speed up Your Sense of Time, Part 3

21 Factors That Speed up Your Sense of Time, Part 3

 A continual lament that I hear when speaking to groups at conventions and conferences is, “I don’t have enough time. It seems to fly by.”  

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21 Factors That Speed up Your Sense of Time - Part 2

21 Factors That Speed up Your Sense of Time - Part 2

No one can grant you an extra hour or two each day; even if someone could, the 25- or 26-hour day might eventually become insufficient as well.

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21 Factors That Speed up Your Sense of Time

21 Factors That Speed up Your Sense of Time

We’re already into the second month of the new year! Wouldn’t it be great if there were a way to have it not fly by so quickly?

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Notes from A Strategy for Winning by Carl Mays

Notes from A Strategy for Winning by Carl Mays

Anyone can be a winner, but it's amazing how few people take advantage of their opportunities to succeed.

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Speak Geek, or at Least Fake It

Speak Geek, or at Least Fake It

By now you know that URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator.

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Win Back Your Time in February, One Tip Per Day

Win Back Your Time in February, One Tip Per Day

February is a short month, but in the 28 days that follow, by making small steps, you can reclaim your time.

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Notes from Permission to Win, by Ray Pelletier

Notes from Permission to Win, by Ray Pelletier

The formula for winning in life, whether you're in jail or in chemotherapy or in a championship locker room or in the executive suite, is intuitive and instinctive. It's within everyone of us...

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Your Future is on the Horizon

Your Future is on the Horizon

Take the lessons you’ve learned, and carry on with life.

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75 Vital One-Sentence Tips on Reducing Stress

75 Vital One-Sentence Tips on Reducing Stress

At least half the battle in alleviating stress is simply becoming more aware of how you react to situations.

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When to Go to Bed

When to Go to Bed

In his now hard to find book, The 24-Hour Society, Dr. Martin Moore-Ede, a former professor at Harvard Medical School, and a renowned authority on human circadian rhythm and its disruption by exposure to light, emphasizes an important rule about sleep: Go to bed when you're tired, not when you think you should. 

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Is It Time to Adopt a New Sport?

Is It Time to Adopt a New Sport?

It's a new year, is it time to adopt a new sport?

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Increase the Positive Vibes in Your Life

Increase the Positive Vibes in Your Life

Would you like to increase the positive vibes in your life? Here's a simple way: perform three acts of goodness a day.

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Your Vast Potential, at Any Age!

Your Vast Potential, at Any Age!

In case you've already passed a certain age and are thinking, "I have this big dream, but I'm too old," take heart.

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Motivation in Small Packages

Motivation in Small Packages

I’ve spoken to nearly 1064 audiences at conventions, conferences, and meetings, and have had the opportunity to hear probably 800 other speakers as well.

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 Leave Work Feeling Fine

Leave Work Feeling Fine

The notion of staying longer after work to be more productive is a fallacy that will keep you chasing the clock.

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Paper Trails and One-Day Voting Work Best for Election Integrity

Paper Trails and One-Day Voting Work Best for Election Integrity

Here is a key question: In a democracy, what is more important, employing the latest sophisticated electronic equipment which does not provide a paper trail, or having an accurate vote count where both sides can agree on the actual votes for each candidate?

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A Compelling Challenge Confronting Humanity: Population Growth

A Compelling Challenge Confronting Humanity: Population Growth

Many people know that the Green New Deal misses the mark and that dire claims of global warming often fall far short.

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Succeeding in a Time of Whirlwind Change

Succeeding in a Time of Whirlwind Change

Everywhere you look, many life-long career professionals are losing confidence in their ability to stay competitive in our rapidly changing world.

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Everybody Starts Someplace

Everybody Starts Someplace

If you feel some days as if you’re making little or no progress on your chosen goal, take heart: The world is full of people who followed a sequential approach to achieving fabulous goals.

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Multi-tasking Muddles Performance

Multi-tasking Muddles Performance

As a myriad of technological wonders increasingly dominate our professional lives, it becomes harder and harder to concentrate on any single item.

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Stay Vibrant While You Sit

Stay Vibrant While You Sit

Have you read the grim news? The more you sit the worse it is for you.

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You Can Find the Time to Stay Fit

You Can Find the Time to Stay Fit

With all that competes for your attention, and all of your daily and weekly responsibilities, is there not a moment to spare?

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Tackle Errands Effectively to Free Up Your Time

Tackle Errands Effectively to Free Up Your Time

Many people have only a limited time away from work in a given week.

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Breathing Space for Late October and November

Breathing Space for Late October and November

Late October is an excellent month to be outdoors.

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Your Breath – Your Life

Your Breath – Your Life

Breathing is as essential to human life as food and water.

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Breathing Space for October

Breathing Space for October

October is an excellent month to be outdoors.

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Toward a More Spiritual You

Toward a More Spiritual You

All week long you can practice being more spiritual that add up quickly to your being a more spiritual person.

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Recharge Yourself to Be More Productive

Recharge Yourself to Be More Productive

When you feel as if you're not being as productive as you could be, or that you have strayed from your desired path, ask yourself: "What is the most effective use of my time?"

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Business Meal Maneuvering

Business Meal Maneuvering

Did you know that in some of the more swanky dining establishments, waiters are directed to place the check in front of the party who made the reservation?

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Breathing Space for Autumn

Breathing Space for Autumn

As summer gives way to autumn, use the season to enhance your breathing space.

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Wean Yourself from Your Electronic Leash

Wean Yourself From Your Electronic Leash

In audience after audience, I am confronted by executives in all types of industries who cannot bear to be away from their mobile devices for any protracted period.

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Dating In The Age of Social Media

Dating In The Age of Social Media

For any relationship of consequence, given that the chemistry is there, character is largely the make or break factor.

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Working with Your Organic Clock

Working with Your Organic Clock

In a Time Magazine feature titled, "Drowsy America," the director of Stanford University's sleep center concluded most adults ”no longer know what it feels like to be fully alert."

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 Chronic Tiredness is Your Doing

Chronic Tiredness is Your Doing

Chronic tiredness is characterized by extreme fatigue that lasts for at least six months.

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Effective Delegators Achieve Momentum

Effective Delegators Achieve Momentum

Working with your staff would be a cakewalk if the only tasks you ever requested of them were simple to tackle, easy to complete and well within their capabilities.

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Napping, if You Can

Napping, If You Can

When you're tired, napping increases your alertness for the rest of the day.

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Delegation as an Ongoing Phenomena

Delegation as an Ongoing Phenomena

For much of your career, you’ve read or heard that one of the key approaches to getting things done is to delegate effectively.

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Take Charge of Your Reading to Rise in Your Career

Take Charge of Your Reading to Rise in Your Career

To establish and maintain your reputation as an authority in a chosen field, you need to ingest relevant information soon after it becomes available.

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 A Proactive Approach to Accomplishing More

A Proactive Approach to Accomplishing More

Consider the activities you undertake when you move to a new town.

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Work-life Balance and the Five Mega Realities

Work-life Balance and the Five Mega Realities

In the 1st edition of my Breathing Space which appeared in 1990, I discussed five major trends -- what I called mega-realities -- that influenced every aspect of our being, and from which no one was immune. Briefly, these five mega-realities include:

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The Less You Owe, the More You Live

The Less You Owe, the More You Live

Think back to your high school and college history classes: can you recall a nation in the history of the earth that accumulated huge deficits over a prolonged period of time, lacked a concerted effort towards reducing these deficits, yet was able to sustain economic prosperity for its citizens?  

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Using Voice Recognition Software

Using Voice Recognition Software

If you want to be more productive in your office and make optimal use of your travel time, I've found that there is no better way than to use your cellphone as a pocket dictator.

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Three Realities of Life

Three Realities of Life

Sitting right where you are, with the fact that the world gains more than a quarter million people per day enables you to safely predict the following:

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Sleep is the Simple Key to Good Health

Sleep is the Simple Key to Good Health

At Stanford University, the founder of the University's Sleep Center, Dr. Edward C. Dement, who passed away at 91 in January 2020, once said, "Most Americans no longer know what it feels like to be fully alert."

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Beware of People Who Tell You What You Need

Beware of People Who Tell You What You Need

I attended a social gathering downtown. Arriving early, few others had arrived.

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Taking Calculated Risks to Enhance Your People Skills

Taking Calculated Risks to Enhance Your People Skills

Deborah Benton, author of the classic book, Lions Don’t Need to Roar, finds that while it’s essential to be competent in one’s position, inspire confidence in others, act accordingly in business situations most people don’t make it to the top, or anywhere near there. 

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Dawdle Now, Pay Later

Dawdle Now, Pay Later

A huge variety of product offerings doesn’t aid us.

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Breathing Space for April

Breathing Space for April

As we approach the month's half-way mark, here are some ideas to make the second half better than the first.

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Novel Ideas for Spring Cleaning

Novel Ideas for Spring Cleaning

If Spring cleaning seems like too big a task, maybe it’s time to adopt some new strategies to the annual ritual:

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The Attention Economy

The Attention Economy

The Attention Economy, by Thomas Davenport and John Beck is a classic.

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130 Things for Which to Be Grateful

130 Things for Which to Be Grateful

Whether it’s a person, object, form of entertainment, place, or concept, everyone can be grateful for many things. I asked around and found out some of the things for which people express gratitude.

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Prevailing Amidst all the Distractions

Prevailing Amidst all the Distractions

Over the last decade or more, you likely have found yourself being interrupted in the course of a work day with greater frequency.

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Three Acts a Day

Three Acts a Day

Would you like to increase the positive vibes in your life?

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The Millionaire Mind Set

The Millionaire Mind Set

Millionaire Mind Set by Dr. Thomas J. Stanley (Andrews McMeel) bears consideration even if you don’t have the goal of becoming a millionaire.

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Become More Impactful: Eliminate Ambiguity

Become More Impactful: Eliminate Ambiguity

“What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger” is the title of a Kelly Clarkson song.

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February is a Short Month: Stay Focused, Stay Balanced

February is a Short Month: Stay Focused, Stay Balanced

February is a short month, both in the number of calendar days, and in the length of the days themselves.

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Liberty and Security: Axioms of a Questionable Nature

Liberty and Security: Axioms of a Questionable Nature

So much of what we read, think, and repeat is not exactly correct!

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Tip Toeing Through the Tulips?

Tip Toeing Through the Tulips?

Everybody, everywhere, nearly all the time has about 6 to 8 significant problems, which could involve relationships, health, career, finances, or unresolved traumas and dramas.

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 Job Stress Blues

Job Stress Blues

A growing number of career professionals think that they're in an industry that uniquely contributes to stress.

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Pace Yourself for the Long Haul

Pace Yourself for the Long Haul

You are going to live much longer than you think; perhaps you'll reach 100. One day, you might take time off to travel the world.

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Dead Men Do Tell Tales

Dead Men Do Tell Tales

I found the words of Dr. William R. Maples, Ph.D., in describing suicide victims to be poignant.

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Reflecting On The Credentials of Educators

Reflecting On The Credentials of Educators

I attended a lecture by one of the most well-known authors and speakers in America.

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Remain Positive in the Face of Change

Remain Positive in the Face of Change

So far, 2022 does not seem much different from 2021.

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Concentration Makes for a More Productive Day

Concentration Makes for a More Productive Day

As we take time out for the holidays, we have, perhaps, a moment to contemplate the power of concentration.

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Accelerate Your Goals for a Winning Career

Accelerate Your Goals for a Winning Career

Between Christmas and the first week of the New Years is a great time for reflection, especially for career issues.

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Putting Your Career in High Gear

Putting Your Career in High Gear

As you progress in your career, the goals and aspirations that you had during earlier years often don't match the ones that you now have.

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Smile and the World Smiles Back

Smile and the World Smiles Back

If you smile at someone, they tend to smile back.

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How You Feel is Your Choice

How You Feel is Your Choice

You're stalled in traffic on the interstate highway on a sweltering day in August when your car's air conditioner conks out.

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Interruptions Don't Have to Ruin Your Day

Interruptions Don't Have to Ruin Your Day

Over the last ten years, you have found yourself being interrupted in the course of a work day with greater frequency.

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Cybersecurity: A Brief Checklist Handling a PC Virus Attack

Cybersecurity: A Brief Checklist Handling a PC Virus Attack

Here are some tips to handle a computer (PC) virus attack.

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The Genius of Making Your Boss Look Good

The Genius of Making Your Boss Look Good

Making your boss look good can only reflect favorably on you.

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The Masses Discover Yoga

The Masses Discover Yoga

The practice of yoga goes back to 3000 B.C.

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Reinvigorating Your Perspective

Reinvigorating Your Perspective

Rachel Remen, in her book My Grandfather's Blessings, tells a story about a doctor who had to deliver a baby in the hallway of the emergency room area.

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Ways to Avoid Job Burnout

Ways to Avoid Job Burnout

In this ever-changing society, individuals are experiencing more pressures and stressors.

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Less Stressful Airport Arrivals

3 Tips For Less Stressful Airport Arrivals

Now that more people are taking to the skies, depending upon whom you consult – gate agents, TSA officials, airline officials, airport spokespersons, and veteran travelers – you’ll receive a variety of responses as to when to arrive at the airport.

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Work-life Balance Has Six Components

Work-life Balance Has Six Components

In the 1st edition of my Breathing Space which appeared in 1990, I discussed five major trends -- what I called mega-realities -- that influenced every aspect of our being, and from which no one was immune. Briefly, these five mega-realities include:

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Remaining At Your Best When Presenting, In Person or Via the Web

Remaining At Your Best When Presenting, In Person or Via the Web

Something out of the ordinary could happen every other time you stand in front of a group.

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Micro-Tasking For Effective Performance

Micro-Tasking For Effective Performance

Much has been discussed about multitasking and fortunately, much of what has been written exposes the myth that multitasking represents.

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Reap the Benefits of the Road Less Traveled

Reap the Benefits of the Road Less Traveled

You've earned a vacation after many months of solid work.

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Fewer Interruptions, Greater Wellness

Fewer Interruptions, Greater Wellness

In computer science, an interruption is a signal to a computing device that halts the execution of a program in progress so that some other action can proceed.

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Devise a Reward, then Conquer

Devise a Reward, Then Conquer

Much of human behavioral psychology can be explained by the simple phrase “behavior that is rewarded is repeated.”

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Bounce Back from Adversity

Bounce Back from Adversity

Resilience has been described as the ability to bounce back from adversity.

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Leave Work Feeling Fine

Leave Work Feeling Fine

The notion of staying longer after work to be more productive is a fallacy that will keep you chasing the clock.

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Talking in the Midst of Wonderland

Talking in the Midst of Wonderland

In November 2015, I was privileged to speak on board the ship the Ruby Princess, which sailed to several ports in Australia and for New Zealand.

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Trees Fall, Love Lives On

Trees Fall, Love Lives On

I grew up in Bloomfield Connecticut until I graduated from high school, then attended college and got a job.

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Multitasking Leads to Lower Productive

Multitasking Leads to Lower Productivity

Dividing your attention to complete multiple activities at once can make you less effective at everything you're doing.

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Work Out or Bag Out

Work Out or Bag Out

There's no denying that you often face demanding, high pressure tasks, but that's no excuse for lack of exercise.

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Work-life Balance, Integration, and Harmony is the Issue of Our Era

Work-life Balance, Integration, and Harmony is the Issue of Our Era

Organizations everywhere proudly proclaim that their people are their most important assets.

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 Sleep: The Magic Elixir to Good Health

Sleep: The Magic Elixir to Good Health

At Stanford University, the founder of the University's Sleep Center, Dr. Edward C. Dement, once said, "Most Americans no longer know what it feels like to be fully alert."

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 Caffeine and Other Impediments to Sleep

Caffeine and Other Impediments to Sleep

Based on a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, you need to be cautious as to when you stop consuming caffeine.

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 Deep Breathing and the Quality of Life

Deep Breathing and the Quality of Life

Inhale, exhale. Breathing is as essential to human life as food and water.

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Use Your Cell Phone Wisely, For Greater Peace of Mind

Use Your Cell Phone Wisely, For Greater Peace of Mind

More and more people are spending countless hours per week using the internet, email, cell phones, and instant messenger connections.

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Extricate Yourself From Complexity Traps

Extricate Yourself From Complexity Traps

Complexity confounds us. Debilitates us. It is frustrating.

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 For High Productivity, Take a Nap!

For High Productivity, Take a Nap!

A study by researchers Sara Mednick, Denise Cai, Jennifer Kanady, and Sean Drummond published in Behavioural Brain Research (2008) found that naps are better than caffeine for improving verbal memory, motor skills, and perceptual learning.

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Putting Your Career in High Gear

Putting Your Career in High Gear

As you progress in your career, the goals and aspirations that you had during earlier years often don't match the ones that you now have. You might seek to take on more responsibility at work and to be paid more for your services. More Challenging Goals Here is an issue which is subjective and simply isn’t the same for everyone, yet there are common indicators that point to the right times to ‘up’ your goalsIf you’ve achieved some of your challenging goals in a fraction of the time you originally allocated, that’s a strong indication that you could set even more challenging goals, or keep them the same, but decrease the time frame for reaching them.Chip Eichelberger, formerly Tony Robbins’ International point man, has been a motivational speaker to 1000+ groups. He says that as your competence and expertise develop, and the ease with which you perform compared to others in your profession or industry is notable, that is as good a sign as any that it’s time to make your goals more challenging. Some notable examples will bring this topic to life. Oh, Oh, Oh, It’s Magic When Michigan State sophomore Magic Johnson won the NCAA basketball crown in 1979, he entered the NBA and became the starting guard for the Los Angeles Lakers. Among many other rookie stars that year, he sought to make his mark in the pro leagues, and be a major contributor to his team.During his first season, he received rave notices for his passing ability and leadership skills. During the NBA finals that year, against the Philadelphia 76ers, when All-Star center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was forced to miss the sixth and deciding game because of injury, Magic Johnson filled in at the center position.In an amazing performance, he scored 42 points and was named the finals MVP. As his Lakers team was crowned NBA champions, it was apparent even in his rookie season, that one championship for Magic wasn’t going to be enough. Any earlier goals he might have had regarding his performance, how the Lakers would fare, and what kind of champions they might be, suddenly became outdated. Consumer Advocacy Redefined Ralph Nader had been a one-man crusader for consumer rights in the middle of the last century. In the early 1960s, when he challenged the automobile industry through the court system and with his book, Unsafe at Any Speed, he was quickly hailed as a consumer advocate par excellence. The book, which went on to become a bestseller, documented the known risks and engineering shortcomings of the nation’s most popular selling cars.Whatever goals Nader had as a consumer advocate, following his sparkling victory in compelling the auto industry to increase its safety standards, soon became surpassed. Nader realized that one well-presented jury case was more impactful than 10,000+ protesters clanging on fences outside of General Motors headquarters.Not resting on his achievements, Nader initiated the Public Interest Resource Group (PIRG), which ultimately launched a branch in every state. He founded Common Cause, an organization and national magazine directed at illuminating the practices and procedures of special interest groups, in particular, when they ran contrary to the “common causes” that benefited so many more people.After that, Nader became an unbowed advocate of environmental protection. He relentlessly exposed corporate and multinational interests that appeared to act contrary to the wants and needs of larger society. In perspective, Nader’s whole career was one of choosing goals, and then by enlisting the dedication and support of legions of followers, – primarily volunteers, making his goals even more challenging.When everything inside of you cries out that you can reach your goals, and achieve even more, it is an appropriate time to make your goals more challenging. From His Dorm Room Michael Dell is the founder of Dell computers. As you might know, when he launched his company decades ago, it was from his college dormitory room! At many junctures throughout his career, in his 20s, 30s, 40s and now 50s, he has upped the ante in terms of the goals he has chosen.Today, this multimillionaire many times over sponsors one of the contests on the PGA golf tour, the Dell Technologies Championship. Dell has said that you don’t have to be a genius or visionary, or even a college graduate to be successful. “You simply need a framework and a dream.”

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Know, Like & Trust

Know, Like & Trust

If only a simple method was available to predict when you will make a strong connection with someone, be it in a business situation, social situation, or otherwise. 

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Backed Up to Kingdom Come

Backed Up to Kingdom Come

You receive alerts all the time urging you to install software updates for the equipment and software that you use.

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 Take this Day and Love it

Take this Day and Love it

 How many total days do you have to live? 24,000? Perhaps 32,000? Whatever the total, for many people, it's more than our counterparts of a generation ago.

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 Better Timing to Become More Effective

Better Timing to Become More Effective

Daily tasks can either drain or energize you.

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Five Ways to be a Breathing Space-Type Leader

Five Ways to be a Breathing Space-Type Leader

At predictable times throughout the year things can get pretty hectic in your career.

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 Grand Achievements Through the Ages

Grand Achievements Through the Ages

Besides being regarded as the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, what do these sites have in common: the Great Pyramid at Giza, Egypt; the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, in what is now Iraq; the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Greece; the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, Turkey; the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, in what is now Bodrum, Turkey; the Colossus of Rhodes in Greece; and the Lighthouse at Alexandria, Egypt?

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So Crucial to Well-Being: Work-life Balance, Integration, and Harmony

So Crucial to Well-Being: Work-life Balance, Integration, and Harmony

Organizations everywhere proudly proclaim that their people are their most important assets.

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The Shared Burden of Responsibility

The Shared Burden of Responsibility

When you add it all up – serfdom, indentured servitude, slavery, the Holocaust, genocide, ethnic cleansing, earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, dust bowls, pandemics, epidemics, famine, wars, human trafficking and every day skirmishes – it’s evident that a significant portion of the population has experienced, or has ancestors who have experienced horrendous times, conditions, or upbringings.

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