What Is Your Body Saying During Your Interview?

You’ve done all your preparation. You know all about the company you’re applying to and you feel good about what you have to say about yourself and your experience. You’ve got what comes out of your mouth covered – but what about the rest of you?

95% of what you communicate is nonverbal. It’s important to ensure your body language is a confident and sure as the language you use verbally.

 

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A Health Career Starts With A Healthy Body

a healthy career starts with a healthy body

 

You might think you’re doing the best thing in the world for your life by concentrating all your energy on your career, but if you neglect your body not only will your health suffer, so too will that career you’re working so hard to establish.

 

Exercise increases productivity

The head at the top of a strong, healthy body is more focused, more creative, and better attuned to assess the options before it; not to mention less prone to the debilitating diseases of a sedentary lifestyle. You may not be great at sports, and you may feel like the gym is some sort of torture chamber, but that should in no way deter you from getting the exercise your body so very much craves. Check out these six reasons why exercise can supercharge your productivity.

 

Create an exercise routine

If you like going to the gym, then make a point of going. The exercise will benefit your body, mind and spirit. If you like sports then get yourself on some sort of team where you can add practices and games to your routine. If the thought of exercise makes you want to walk slowly the other way, then walk! Get up half an hour earlier and walk, or bike. What about rollerblades, do they appeal to you? It really doesn’t matter what you do as long as you do something. The key is getting into a routine where movement is part of your day. That won’t happen by simply agreeing with what you read. It will happen by building the exercise you love/don’t hate into your days.

 

Get up a little earlier and greet the sun for a morning walk. See if you can get a friend to become your walking/jogging/biking/rollerblading partner to keep you both accountable.

 

If none of that appeals to you, here are 101 ways to exercise without going to the gym from a women’s health.

 

Until you get into a routine, the thought of exercising everyday can be a little overwhelming. But remember, you’re not just doing this for your body, you’re doing it for your career, for mental clarity, better decision-making skills, and increased energy.

 

Once finding opportunities to move becomes a habit, and you start seeing the benefits in every aspect of your life, you’ll look forward to it!

How Do The Extraordinary Do It?

How Do The Extraordinary Do It?

 

Of course every person that’s ever lived is a unique example of what it’s like to be a human being living here on this Earth. Some are better at music, some at math, some are super smart technically while others excel at working with their hands, yet most of us run somewhere within the regular pack.  There are some people however, that excel so far beyond the rest of us that they’re outside of the pack altogether. Can some of the success of the extraordinary be attributed to their daily routines? Perhaps?

 

Check out The Daily Routines of the World’s Creative Geniuses from upliftconnect.com

Why You Should Keep A Journal

why you should keep a journal

 

When we say “journal” there’s a good chance you probably immediately think of middle school girls. However, deep teenage secrets are only one small use for the fantastic resource called journal. Here are a few other ones.

 

Keep track of important information

 

 

If you keep a running log of what happens each day, you have an excellent resource to go back and look at whenever you need it. When did I start on that assignment? What day did she say I needed to have this in by? What was the name of that new person I met a few days ago? With a journal all of these things easily accessible in the same place.

 

To-do lists

 

To-do lists are one of the all time best ways of keeping track of what needs doing and motivating yourself to do them. Oftentimes when we don’t write down our objectives they fall through the cracks of the day. After writing out the day’s progress and events, a journal is the perfect place to jot down a to-do list for the next day. That way when you wake up, you have the tasks of the day right there in front of you without having to wrack your brain trying to remember exactly what you wanted/needed to do.

 

Venting

 

As you are probably aware, it is a fantastically bad idea to complain about your job to A) a blog B) a co-worker C) anyone who might spread what you said back to a blog, a co-worker, or anyone else with any affiliation with your job.

 

You need to vent. No problem, just keep it between yourself and the pages of your journal. You remain classy, and all your negative thoughts about a boss who doesn’t listen, and a coworker who can’t seem to stay away from the garlic are out of your system and into the sympathetic pages of your journal.

Moving Up From Average To Very Successful

Moving Up From Average To Very Successful

 

Ever wonder exactly what the difference is between your average person and the very successful? It’s probably a lot simpler than you think. Success isn’t simply a question of how smart the person is, or how persuasive they are, or how knowledgeable they are. When it comes down to it, the difference between average results and stupendous results is how much work the person puts towards those results.

 

Less talk more action

Successful people don’t talk about working hard or think about working hard. They work. Really, really hard. They determine exactly what they need to do to succeed then put themselves on a strict course of doing. In the words of Thomas Edison, “There is no substitute for hard work.”

 

Realize time is precious

The average person wastes huge swaths of their time. They come in a little later. They work a little slower. They leave a little earlier. Then when they are actually supposed to be working they find more ways to waste time with idle chitchat and aimless busy work as opposed to focused real work.

 

The very successful do the opposite. Instead of coming in later, they come in earlier. Instead of working slower they search out ways to work more effectively, and yes, they stay later. Instead of staring at the clock in anticipation of when they can stop working, they look at it in anticipation of how much more they can squeeze into the hours they’ve got. They realize there’s no shortcut to the top, but with more dedication and perseverance and more hard work, they can get there sooner.

 

Thomas Edison, the man who failed a thousand times before successfully inventing the light bulb is an authority on hard work. When asked how he felt about a thousand failures he said, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”

Afraid To Ask?

Afraid To Ask?

 

How often have you needed help or advice but refrained from asking? What stops you? The fear of rejection? Embarrassment? The conviction that the best way to do something is to do it yourself?

 

If help is easily given, most people are more than willing to offer it. More than that they enjoy helping when and where they can because help is a cycle. I help you, you help me. We all grow and succeed by helping each other.

 

Amanda Palmer is a self proclaimed “Rock Star” who made it pretty big in the indie scene when she raised over a million dollars in under a month from her fanbase of about

20,000 people. She attributes her success to being an excellent asker.

 

 

Amanda Palmer’s Ted Talk, “The Art of Asking,” is about the value of asking for help, and how the person helping you is actually repaid in how good it feels to help another person. She also wrote a book about the same topic.

 

According to Amanda, asking and giving is a never ending cycle. Askers are the best givers because they know what it’s like the be on the other side. And if they can, people genuinely want to give. The problem is so many of us have a problem with asking.

 

We don’t like asking for help or for money because it makes us feel guilty or ashamed for needing the help. But it shouldn’t. Because the day will come when someone will ask you and it’s the best feeling in the world to be able to return the favor to someone else.

 

Career related asking

One of the best things you can do as far as your career is concerned is to learn to ask. Ask people for help if you’re confused, don’t just blindly hope for the best. If you’re looking to learn something new or want to try something different, ask someone who’s already successful in that field if they’ll mentor you. If you need someone to take your shift, ask them. If you need to borrow a little money from a friend, just ask.

 

As long as you don’t abuse the asking privilege more often than not you’ll find the answer is “yes”. No one will think less of you for asking. We all need help sometimes. And we’re all in the position to provide help sometimes.

 

Positive physical effects of asking

On a more scientific note, asking actually has awesome effects on the brain. If you want someone to like you more, all you have to do is ask them for a small favor. Even if

they don’t like you, they’ll likely do it to not be a jerk.

 

Once they do it, their brain assumes they must like you, otherwise they wouldn’t be doing you this favor. So, they, in turn, like you better.

 

Asking and helping create bonding relationships

Asking and helping bonds people together. We love to help each other. It’s in our nature. We evolved to want to make sure everyone is okay. It makes all of us feel safe and secure and good about ourselves and each other.

 

 

So, next time you need help, don’t just push through it yourself. Give yourself a little nudge and ask. The worst they can say is no.