How to Set Effective Goals

We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better. 

- JK Rowling 

 

Are you having a COVID-life crisis? Here’s how to use this transition time to reflect and set effective goals 

The idea of a mid-life crisis isn’t news to anyone, even the idea of a quarter-life crisis is gaining acceptance in popular psychology. These both describe periods in our...

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The Power of Positive Emotions

Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy. 
-Guillaume Apollinaire 

 

The arts are filled with tales of happiness; composers, poets, artists, dancers, song-writers and story-tellers have been capturing the nuances of this positive emotion since the very dawn of our species. But what have the sciences had to say on the topic? 

 

The scientific study of the positive aspects of the human experience has...

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Everyone needs a mentor in life

Sometimes people come into your life for a moment, a day, or a lifetime. It matters not the time they spent with you, but how they impacted your life in that time. - Unknown

 

If I asked you to picture a mentor, can you tell me what they look like? A wise greying gentleman like Mr Miyagi or Gandalf the Grey, or maybe a little more rugged like Robyn Williams in Good Will Hunting or real-life businessman Mark Bouris? Keen Disney fans might be screaming out examples like Yoda, Jiminy...

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Listen to understand, not to reply

The biggest communication problem is we do not listen to understand. We listen to reply. 

― Stephen R. Covey [Author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.]

 

There are numerous ways we send and receive messages to each other; we text, we Snapchat, we post stories, we blog, we vlog, we share photos, we comment, we tweet and retweet, we click like and love, we post gifs and memes, we update our status and tell Facebook what’s on our mind, but are all these messages really...

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We must find the time to enjoy our connections

The best solutions will be found through loving thoughts and perhaps a good cup of coffee.
- Jen Vondenbrink

 

Sometimes even the finest translators come up against words that defy translation. While we try our best, some translations can never quite match the significance and sentiment captured by a foreign culture. For instance, Google translate will tell you quite succinctly that fika is the Swedish translation of ‘have coffee’, but in truth this little four-letter word...

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Unlock your love language to deepen connections

A great relationship is about 2 things: First, appreciating the similarities and second, respecting the differences.
-Unknown

 

Whether it’s a new subject at school, learning the ins and outs of a new work program, or absorbing the latest headlines and updates for current affairs, most people understand that there are individual differences in the ways we learn and retain new information. Some people learn better through visual information, while others prefer written words, or...

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“Oh, we are in big trouble here.” 

These were the first few words that went through my mind when restrictions started to be put in place. From businesses being forced to work from home, all the way through to schools closing their doors. Our revenue for the foreseeable future had all but been lost. 

However, my words were not directed towards my business, my first initial thoughts were for all of humanity - we’re all in big trouble here. The proposed restrictions brought with them exponential levels of...

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Leadership is not something you can simply gain

leadership workplace May 11, 2020

“Leadership recognised is leadership created.”
-- Drew Dudley

 

Too often the idea of a ‘Leadership’ is confused with authority, with rank, and with being amongst the elite. So let’s set the record straight, right here right now. Leadership is not something you gain or that can be given to you. Leadership is earned by the actions you make, the connections you create, and the passions you inspire in others.

Great leaders help people change for the better.

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The virus will impact the physical health of many of us, it will impact the mental health of all of us.

Taking care of myself doesn’t mean ‘me first’. It means ‘me too.’
- L.R. Knost

 

We wake up to daily tallies of those suffering with or succumbing to the symptoms of this spreading disease, and we’re there for our community, doing our part to help those who are vulnerable. We hear about the catastrophic economic fall-out, and we’re there for our friends as they share their financial fears now that they’ve lost their job. We hear the social...

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The only moment you can control is the present

"Ships don’t sink because of the water around them. They sink because of the water that gets in them. Don’t let what’s happening around you get inside you and weigh you down."

 

Given the thousands of people who have recently been stood down or let go entirely from their jobs thanks to the economic effects of COVID-19, it can feel nearly impossible to not let what’s going on in the world weigh you down.  

On top of the financial strain unemployment...

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