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Applying yourself

Applying yourself

Applying yourself

People often demonstrate their suitability for a job by the amount of effort & enthusiasm they invest to get it.

If you put in a minimal amount of effort to get a job, expect a minimal amount of results.

Never underestimate the power of a well written cover letter. Your cover letter is one place where what you say and how you say it can make you to stand out more than applicants who have more experience or better qualifications. Because, it’s easier to train people to do a job than it is to train them to be passionate or enthusiastic about it.

If you know you need to change your life for the better…

If you know you need to change your life for the better...

Unless you’ve specifically hired someone in your life to do it, it’s not someone else’s job to look out for you. It’s not someone else’s job to protect you from things that may do you harm. It’s not someone else’s job to keep you healthy. It’s not someone else’s job to make sure you do everything you want to do in life. These things are your responsibility.

If you’ve veered off course in life or you’re doing things you know are bad for you, it’s up to you to change that.

The only person stopping you from bettering yourself is you.

If you know you need to change your life for the better, focus on what you can do to change it and start today.

 

Maintain your self-control

Maintain your self-control

 

In social media circles (and beyond), it’s a common tactic for those on one side of an argument to say things with the purpose of provoking anger on the other.

It’s important to recognize that if someone can make you lose your self-control, they control you. Especially if your lack of self-control leads to behavior that can be used against you.

Light your own fire

Light your own fire

When one’s motivation is dependent on external sources, the moment those sources are absent is the moment one’s motivation begins to fade. This is because motivation is a state of mind.

And if a particular state of one’s mind is dependent on the availability of things it doesn’t always have control over, it can be difficult to attain the state of mind associated with those things when they’re unavailable.

This is why it’s important to learn how to develop the mental discipline necessary to be one’s own source of motivation. When one is able to motivate themselves, they light a kind of fire that can burn indefinitely.

Originally Published on: Apr 29, 2015 @ 09:05

Saying what needs to be said

Saying what needs to be said

It’s good to have a gentle soul. It’s good to care. It’s good to empathize.

But there’s a reason why coaches don’t always speak at the same volume with the same tone of voice.

Having the greatest positive impact and having the greatest number of friends are often at odds with each other.

Often, what people think they want and what they actually need are not one and the same.

Sometimes the words people need to hear in order to make the greatest positive difference in their lives are not soft & gentle, but instead, communicated in a way that hit them like a kick in the ass.

If you speak bluntly at times, you won’t please everyone, but your message will be far more effective than if you always try to.

It is far more respectful to your audience to say what needs to be said than it is to always water down what you want to communicate to the point that it is no longer effective.

The best coaches, the best bosses, the best CEOs in the world don’t do their jobs effectively by always telling people what they want to hear. They do their best jobs by making the greatest positive impact and saying what needs to be said.

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Originally Published on: Jul 12, 2015 @ 12:06

Building the world where your future self resides

Building the world where your future self resides

Your current lifestyle, routines & habits are building the world where your future self resides.

By failing to be mindful of how your present-day actions affect the world that your future self has to live in, you’re far more likely to end up with a life that you neither wanted or planned for.

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