The Problem Is Not The Problem

The Problem Is Not The Problem

 

Problems get in the way of us doing things. They create stumbling blocks or insurmountable mountains. They make us feel like we can never get where we need to go.

 

It’s true if you wait for a problem to go away or hope it will go away or decide there’s nothing you can do about it and give up, then yes, the problem will definitely stop you from achieving your goal.

 

However, what if you decided to think of each problem as an opportunity. An opportunity to try a different approach. To talk to different people. To learn something new.

 

So often things that start out as problems turn out to be inspirations. They lead to things and situations that are better than our original plan.

 

Life and how you feel about it and what you get out of it are all a matter of perspective. When you run into a problem. Instead of worrying about how you’re going to get around it, search for the opportunity buried inside it. You might find buried treasure.

 

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Looking For A Job Where You Can Grow?

Looking For A Job Where You Can Grow?

Never Stop Learning sign

 

Some people are just looking for a job where they can do their thing, go home and pursue other interests outside of work. Others are looking for something a little more challenging. Work where they can continue to learn and expand on their knowledge base.

 

If you’re into working for a company where you can grow, personally and professionally, check out 26 Companies Where You Never Stop Learning from The Muse.

What I Do Defines Me – Motivation Monday

What I Do Defines Me - Motivation Monday

What impresses you when you first meet someone? The car they drive? The Neighbourhood they live in? The clothes they wear? Those are the sorts of things that might grab your attention in the first few seconds, but after you’ve known someone for a while the exteriors matter less.

You start to pay more attention to what they do, how they treat others, their work ethic, their concern for the things they believe in.

Who are the people that impress you most? Are you impressed by what they have or what they do? Do you have a boss or a co-worker who always goes out of his or her way to help others? A neighbour who shovels the walk of the elderly couple across the way? A friend who drops by with a pot of soup when you’re sick? Those are the people we respect. The people we care about. The people we should strive to be.

When Commissioner Gordon shines the bat light in the sky he’s not doing it to summon a guy in a bat suit, he’s doing it to summon the person who he knows will help his city.

The outside stuff is cool, but ultimately, it’s transient. The things that make a lasting impression, the things that define us are the things we do.

Motivating Millennials

Motivating Millennials

 

Up until ten or fifteen years ago, corporate work structure hadn’t changed much. People came in, moved through the ranks, got promoted based on seniority, communicated through hierarchical structures. However millennials are not like the workers that came before them. They’re a generation who’ve grown up in a world of instant access to everything. They share information and tips, ideas and thoughts. They’re about crowd sourcing and putting themselves out there on You Tube or Instagram and making a name for themselves based on their own initiative.

 

They’re inspired and creative and hungry to make their mark. How do you entice them to make their mark with you?

 

Encourage communication

Millennials come in with fresh eyes and fresh perspectives. They’re eager and motivated. By having an open communication policy where ideas are welcome regardless of how long someone has been part of the organization or how much responsibility they may have, millennials will feel heard and appreciated. They’ll be more likely to give you their full attention and enthusiasm.

 

Provide opportunities for professional growth

Because millennials are so determined to make their mark without having to go through an arbitrary twenty years in the system, give them opportunities to expand themselves. Offer workshops, training sessions, conference calls with people who can help and inspire them. The more you give them, the more they’ll give you back.

 

Fulfillment through side projects

There’s nothing like the pride of accomplishing something from start to finish to motivate someone. That something doesn’t have to be huge, but trusting someone with a side project they can make their own, giving them recognition for their efforts, privately and publicly is just the sort of boost that will encourage millennials to strive even harder.

 

Millennials may not be willing to follow in the footsteps of those who came before them, but with the right kind of encouragement, oh the places they’ll go!

 

Gratitude Is The Parent Of All Virtues

Gratitude Is The Parent Of All Virtues

 

How much of a factor does gratitude play in your life? You probably say thank you when someone opens a door for you or when someone overtly goes out of their way to do something nice.

 

Gratitude builds on itself

Did you know the more gratitude you bring into your life, the more reasons you’ll find to be grateful? The more you notice the good things, the better you’ll feel. The happier you feel, the more likely you’ll be willing to go that extra mile to achieve the success you’re after. That’s because by actually noticing and acknowledging the good things in your life you are focusing your attention on the good and in the process taking your attention away from the negatives. Do it enough and you can actually rewire your brain to pay more attention to what’s good than to what’s bad.

 

Pay it forward

It’s easy to remember to feel grateful when an overt reason is staring you in the face. The key to deep gratitude is to spend some time each day finding reasons to be grateful. We don’t mean you should make up reasons to be grateful, we mean to actually take five or ten minutes at the end of each day to think back and recognize where the good was and who helped bring about that good. After you’ve recognized what you’re grateful for go ahead and let people know. Spread the gratitude.

 

Sometimes the difference between a mediocre day and a great day is a change of perspective. From a grateful perspective every day is better. Gratitude truly is the parent of all virtues.

Motivation Keys

Motivation Keys

 

Making Your Motivation Stick

Every one of us has goals. The question is do we have the motivation to make them stick? Incorporate these six keys into your life and you’ll create motivation superglue!

 

Ambition

Everyone has dreams and wishes for their future. The thing that wakes dreams up out of their stupor is ambition. No matter how hard you dream or visualize that future you say you want, you’re going to need to fuel your days with ambition. That ambition pushes you to create goals, to go out and meet people, to learn more. It makes you see where the holes in your experience lie and fill them.

 

Expectancy

Hoping for success is passive. Expecting success is aggressive. If you wait around passively hoping for the best, then if the best ever decides to show up it won’t be any time soon. If however you expect success at every corner, then you are actively going to get yourself out onto those corners to search for it!

 

 

Focus

In order to get where you need to go, you need to know where you’re going. Focus gives you the ability to stay the course. By focusing on daily, weekly, monthly goals you set on the way to your achievement you are far less likely to stray from your objectives than someone without focus.

 

 

Effort

No matter how much ambition you have and focus and expectancy, if you don’t put in the effort you will never achieve your objectives. Effort is the ability to do what needs doing everyday, no matter how you feel about it. It’s the ability to ignore the whispering invitations in your head to rest today and work a little harder tomorrow. The great thing about effort, is it feeds on itself. The more effort you put in today, the more effort you’ll want to put in tomorrow.

 

Attitude

Everyone had bad days. Days that are a succession of things gone wrong. Sometimes those days can stretch out into weeks when you’re working toward a goal and things consistently don’t work out your way. The attitude you have towards those days and your ultimate goal is going to determine whether you’re able to forge ahead or whether you decide to slow down, or worse stop striving altogether.

 

The best thing about attitude is it’s completely within your control. (That might also be the worst thing about attitude!) No matter what is happening on the outside, you have the ability to re-frame it and see the possible positives. You certainly don’t have control over what happens to you. You do have control over how you react to it.

 

 

Environment

You may not realize just how much of an impact your environment has on your attitude and your focus, but environment can set you up for success or keep you rooted in an unmotivated spot. Your environment means the way you set up your desk, whether you keep it cluttered or clean. It also includes the people you associate with. Attitude is contagious. If you want to stay motivated, surround yourself with motivated people!