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5 Habits of People With Remarkable Willpower

Willpower is not something you either have or you don't.


Sure, some people may be more self-disciplined than you. Some people may be better at resisting temptation than you. But that's probably not because they were born with some certain special something inside them--instead, they've found ways to store up their willpower and use it when it really matters.


They have remarkable willpower not because they have more of it, but because they've learned how to best use what they have.


Here's how you can, too.


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Be clear about what is important and foc us your willpower on that.

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4twenty2's curator insight, May 20, 2014 4:31 AM

Willpower - its all about getting the hardest things out of the way when you are at your mental peak, keeping in mind your long term goals and taking breaks to refuel your sugar levels.  Doing all these things will help you have the stamina to tackle the hardest of tasks without resorting to "I'll start tomorrow" 

donhornsby's curator insight, May 20, 2014 8:30 AM

(From the article): Create reminders of long-term goals. You want to build a bigger company, but when you're mentally tired, it's easy to rationalize doing less than your best. You want to lose weight, but when you're mentally tired, it's easy to rationalize that you'll start tomorrow. You want to better engage with your employees, but when you're mentally tired, it's easy to rationalize that you really need to work on that proposal instead.

 

Mental fatigue makes you take the easy way out--even though the easy way takes you the wrong way.

Graeme Reid's curator insight, May 20, 2014 8:06 PM

Some good tips to work on your willpower - remove temptation and reduce your choices.

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Ten skills for the modern manager | TrainingZone.co.uk

Ten skills for the modern manager | TrainingZone.co.uk | Positive futures | Scoop.it

By developing these 10 skills you will not only stand out in the recruitment process, you will also be more likely to move quickly up the career ladder. Whatever role you are looking for these skills will be an asset to both you and your employer.

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Interesting list, although I think a few dimensions such as knowledge sharing and collaborative mindset could also be usefully included.

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Say 'Best Practice' again, I dare you.

Say 'Best Practice' again, I dare you. | Positive futures | Scoop.it

I no longer use or accept the phrase 'Best Practice' as I don't think it serves creativity, productivity, or innovation. Am I wrong to think this way? I'd love to hear your opinion in the comments below.


Via Karl Wabst
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All practices need context - best practices assume universality. Good practice is much better.

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Karl Wabst's curator insight, May 18, 2014 7:51 PM

Once everyone adopts best practices, they become the new average. It is your choice to stop at average. It was your choice to stop innovating. Don’t blame best practices for your failure. It is a poor workman who blames his tools.

Jacqui Hogan's comment, May 21, 2014 10:29 AM
Best Practice is fine, provided you keep updating it to account for new best practice. It should also never be the only practice.
Jacqui Hogan's curator insight, May 21, 2014 10:32 AM

'Best Practice' is fine provided you keep updating it to account for new best practice. It gives you a framework.  If you don't keep it fresh, it will become 'the old practice we still use because we can't change'.

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Inspiration isn't just a word, it's a call to action

Inspiration isn't just a word, it's a call to action | Positive futures | Scoop.it

THE passing of 19-year-old Stephen Sutton was a sad moment for those of us who never knew him, so I cannot begin to imagine the heartache suffered by those privileged to share the short life of this special young man.

In trying to sum up a maelstrom of emotions after her son’s bravery had touched millions, his mother Jane wrote: “My heart is bursting with pride but breaking with pain.”

As others paid tribute, the word most often used to describe Stephen was “inspirational”.

But what do we mean when we use it? And, rather than just being a word we reach for when we are in awe, can it ever have a lasting legacy? I suppose we base our views on whether someone’s actions are inspiring or not on how we would react in similar circumstances.

David Hain's insight:

Stephen made his fate into a mission to change a world he was about to leave. We need to act on our inspirations to leave our legacy!

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Why some thrive and others wither under stress

Why some thrive and others wither under stress | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Scientists look at the personality traits that contribute to resiliency, a quality that can be learned.

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John Michel's curator insight, May 11, 2014 2:55 PM

Great info about how we can position ourselves to flourish and thrive...regardless of our circumstances. 

Christian Burris's curator insight, May 21, 2014 2:24 PM

Good article for #smallbiz owners and #entrepreneurs.  As a #smallbiz owner, I have certainly seen my fair share of stress.

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20 Time Management Lessons

20 Time Management Lessons | Positive futures | Scoop.it

When you’re just starting your career, you need all the help you can get managing your time. Even when you’re working hard, you could be wasting a tremendous amount of time by trying to multitask or focusing too much on minute details.

Montreal-based designer Étienne Garbugli has struggled with all of that. But as he got older, he learned how to manage his time and workload more effectively. Today, he’s a consultant and entrepreneur, and recently published his first book, “Lean B2B: Build Products Businesses Want.”

Last year, he collected some of his favourite lessons in the SlideShare presentation “26 Time Management Hacks I Wish I’d Known At 20.” In December, SlideShare named it the “Most Liked” presentation of 2013.


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Key takeaway - there's always time, time is dictated by your priorities, so your time management is more about you than your workload!

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, May 9, 2014 9:12 PM


Just because you work hard, and put long hours into your business, doesn't mean that you are making effective use of the time you have available to you.


More likely than not, hard work and long hours in combination, usually signifies that a business owner needs to learn some effective time management lessons.


This excellent article, suggests that even when working hard business owners can waste a tremendous amount of time by trying to multitask or focusing too much on minute details, and it offers 20 great tips to assist anyone to become more productive.

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Top 15 Insights About Neuroplasticity, Emotions and Lifelong Learning

Top 15 Insights About Neuroplasticity, Emotions and Lifelong Learning | Positive futures | Scoop.it

What does mod­ern brain and mind science have to offer to improve edu­ca­tion, health and qual­ity of life? Here you have some of the most pop­u­lar high­lights about neuroplasticity, emotion and cognition from my book The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fit­ness, cour­tesy of the thou­sands of read­ers enjoy­ing and anno­tat­ing the Kin­dle edi­tion of the book.


Via Anne Leong, Create Wise Leader
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Learn­ing is phys­i­cal -  the mod­i­fi­ca­tion, growth, and prun­ing of our neu­ronal net­works, through experience."

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Female Directors and Their Impact on Strategic Change

Female Directors and Their Impact on Strategic Change | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Bottom LineAs companies continually strive to improve the diversity of their boards, a new study finds that female directors provide the greatest impetus for change in times of good performance.

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Turns out that the timing of female directors' reign is most crucial to it's success.

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The C-suite: Time for version 3.0?

The C-suite: Time for version 3.0? | Positive futures | Scoop.it

If the original top leadership group of a handful of general managers constituted “version 1.0” of the C-suite, the prevalence of functional specialists puts us solidly in the “2.0” era. The problem is that this model is ill-matched to a business environment in which companies must transform themselves, and continue transforming themselves, to remain competitive. In the new era of globalization, teams of functionally oriented executives sometimes struggle to formulate and act on integrated, coherent strategies for future success.


For many businesses, it’s time for another reconfiguration of the top leadership team—here comes C-suite 3.0.

David Hain's insight:

Deloitte outlines need for C-Suite alignment and coherence and describes command and control as outdated.  Woo hoo!

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Nuru International Featured on Major News Networks ABC

Nuru International Featured on Major News Networks ABC | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Nuru International, founded by former U.S. Marine Jake Harriman, has recently been featured on major news network ABC. With their dedication to ending world poverty and their practical, self-sustaining model to accomplish it, it is no wonder Nuru International is making headlines.

 

Former U.S. Marine Jake Harriman, after witnessing the horrors of war, decided he wanted to have a greater impact on the war on terror, fighting what he believes to be a leading contributor to terrorism; extreme poverty. Nuru’s website features numerous archived posts on the many causes of poverty, including failing agricultural programs and lack of education. Learn more about what causes poverty at www.nuruinternational.org/blog/tag/cause-and-effects-of-poverty/


This drive to have a greater impact led Harriman to gain a degree from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. With his degree he created an organization that would ultimately combat the global problem of poverty.

 

Nuru’s goal is to go into poverty stricken communities and build a working model with community leaders over the course of seven years. When Nuru exits, they will leave behind a self-sustaining community, independent of all Nuru expat staff and donations.

 

Nuru plans to accomplish this through four different programs focused on agriculture, economic development, healthcare and education. Learn more about Nuru’s fight against extreme poverty at www.nuruinternational.org.

 

For businesses wishing to aid in the fight against poverty, Nuru Social Enterprises allows them to invest a fixed, small amount of capital into a given country to enable one district (6,750 families or approximately 33,750 people) to reach financial sustainability.

 

Learn more about Nuru’s social innovation at www.nuruinternational.org/model


About Us

 

Nuru International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending extreme poverty in remote, rural areas around the world. Rather than simply providing temporary relief, Nuru equips local leaders with the tools and knowledge they need to lift themselves out of extreme poverty forever.

 

Kim Do
Nuru International
16400 Pacific Coast Hwy. Suite 218
Huntington Beach, California 92649
(949) 667-0796
press@nuruinternational.org
http://www.nuruinternational.org/


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Much to learn from this organisation.  Nuru, by the way, means 'light'.

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10 Things Super Successful People Do During Lunch

10 Things Super Successful People Do During Lunch | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Before you spend another lunch scarfing down food at your desk with your eyes glued to your computer screen, here's some food for thought.

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A Multidisciplinary Approach to Mind and Consciousness

A Multidisciplinary Approach to Mind and Consciousness | Positive futures | Scoop.it

In the last 400 years physics has achieved great success, in theory and experimentation, determining the structure of matter and energy. The next great step in the evolution of science will be exploring the role of mind and consciousness in the universe, employing mathematics and fundamental theoretical constructs to yield specific predictions. Based on recent findings in biological autonomy, we propose to approach consciousness from the key aspect of decision-making. 


Via Alessandro Cerboni, Philippe Vallat
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Physics, spirituality and timeless life skills seem to be increasingly coming together. There should be mystery left for a while though!

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Philippe Vallat's curator insight, May 7, 2014 11:22 AM

Some quotes:

  • if biological decision-making occurs through the quantum-vacuum and the Universe as a whole can be regarded as conscious or equivalently living, then decision-making can also occur through the autonomy of a living Universe.
  • At present, it is generally conceded that we do not know how our minds interact with our bodies.
  • the phenomenon of intuition seems to be related to cellular and universal consciousness as basic ingredients of organismal mind
  • living organisms, including the human, are first of all
    systems of consciousness capable of making decisions.


Philippe Vallat's curator insight, May 7, 2014 11:24 AM

Some quotes:

  • if biological decision-making occurs through the quantum-vacuum and the Universe as a whole can be regarded as conscious or equivalently living, then decision-making can also occur through the autonomy of a living Universe.
  • At present, it is generally conceded that we do not know how our minds interact with our bodies.
  • the phenomenon of intuition seems to be related to cellular and universal consciousness as basic ingredients of organismal mind
  • living organisms, including the human, are first of all systems of consciousness capable of making decisions.


Eli Levine's curator insight, May 7, 2014 3:45 PM

We are all one with the universe, regardless of our superficial or substantive differences.

 

A shame that this universe could raise so many people who are so incapable of living within it for a very long time.  Then again, isn't that what evolution works out over time?

We're a very young species and if we don't die off in the meantime, we will be stronger than before, especially if we identify, isolate and care for those who are not really fit for living, in spite of being otherwise functional, thanks to their brains and behaviors that prove to be dangerous to themselves and dangerous to others in the long and short terms.

 

It's time we take our mental health seriously, because we are all human and are all working with a second hand perspective of the world.  Some people's views are more accurate and helpful than others.

 

Think about it. 

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Girls face a well-being crisis: new data on well-being piles pressure on Gove - NPC

Girls face a well-being crisis: new data on well-being piles pressure on Gove - NPC | Positive futures | Scoop.it

New data, published today by the charity think tank NPC, shows how levels of well-being fall among children in the UK as they go through their teens, with girls feeling increasingly unhappy about their lives at school, at home and among their friends.

Anne Kazimirski, Deputy Head of Measurement and Evaluation at NPC, said:

There is a powerful message for government and charities to take from this data. It isn’t just that that young people are struggling, but that different children will have different needs. What works for boys as they struggle through childhood, for example, may not work at all for girls. If Michael Gove ploughs on without paying attention to these sorts of questions, the need for carefully-tailored help may be overlooked entirely.

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Measures of well being show difficult teenage years, especially for girls.  Are we raising positive adults the best way?

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The Best Leaders Are Humble Leaders

The Best Leaders Are Humble Leaders | Positive futures | Scoop.it

In a global marketplace where problems are increasingly complex, no one person will ever have all the answers. That’s why Google’s SVP of People Operations, Lazlo Bock, says humility is one of the traits he’s looking for in new hires. “Your end goal,” explained Bock, “is what can we do together to problem-solve. I’ve contributed my piece, and then I step back.” And it is not just humility in creating space for others to contribute, says Bock—it’s “intellectual humility. Without humility, you are unable to learn.”

recent Catalyst study backs this up, showing that humility is one of four critical leadership factors for creating an environment where employees from different demographic backgrounds feel included

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New research suggests that altruism makes employees more innovative and engaged.

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You and Your CEO May Have the Same Problem

You and Your CEO May Have the Same Problem | Positive futures | Scoop.it

You know the feeling… you’re stuck in a bad place. Maybe your boss is taking credit for your work, maybe your relationship is in a rut, perhaps the business you started three years ago is going…nowhere.

David Hain's insight:

"People in groups always feel stuck in the middle. They feel powerless to change things. Even senior executives and CEOs often feel this way." We're all human first.

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Bird by Bird: Anne Lamott’s Timeless Advice on Writing and Why Perfectionism Kills Creativity

Bird by Bird: Anne Lamott’s Timeless Advice on Writing and Why Perfectionism Kills Creativity | Positive futures | Scoop.it
"Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life."

Anne Lamott'

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The Science Behind Compassion: Center for Social Innovation (CSI), Dr. James Doty, Director, Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism

The Science Behind Compassion: Center for Social Innovation (CSI), Dr. James Doty, Director, Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Download  1 hour 13 minutes,

At the Stanford Social Innovation Review’s Nonprofit Management Institute, Dr. James Doty criticizes Silicon Valley’s reluctance to attribute success to support and goodwill in favor of personal genius.


He argues for the necessity of altruism and funding for both societal and individual benefit.


Drawing on his expertise as a neurosurgeon, Doty highlights the mental and physical health benefits that result from compassion. Referencing a “compassion deficit” among the wealthy, he addresses their general fear of “wasting” funds, despite access to vast resources. Finally, using his personal story as an example of the importance of social entrepreneurship and funding support,


Doty urges listeners to consider whether the

amount of emphasis our society places

on compassion is enough.


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As You Start Your Career, Focus on People Skills

As You Start Your Career, Focus on People Skills | Positive futures | Scoop.it
All across the country, this year’s soon-to-be graduates are revving up to start their careers. You may be one of them. You’re already thinking about what you’ll do when get into your new position.
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Digital Learning Futures: 3 Things About Future Learning

Discover what the future of learning looks like from Steve Wheeler who works for the Institute of Education at Plymouth University.



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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, May 10, 2014 3:36 AM

You can follow Steve on Twitter here: @timbuckteeth


Watch a video with Steve talking about digital learning futures here

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8 Really Effective Tricks to Boost Your Courage

8 Really Effective Tricks to Boost Your Courage | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Is fear holding you back from trying something new or going after what you really want? Here are some ways to get past it.

 

I hate fear. Fear has cost me a hefty sum in dental bills from grinding my teeth. Fear interferes with sleep, digestion, and many other things that make life worth living. When you examine some of the worst things human beings have done, you'll often find fear as the root cause. There's no doubt about it: Fear sucks.

 

Here's what's worked best for me over the years. (And if you've found something else that works, I'd love to hear it!)

1. Ask yourself: Should I take action to solve this fear?


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"Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear." ~ Mark Twain



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The Learning Factor's curator insight, May 8, 2014 7:26 PM

No doubt about it, fear sucks. Here's how to put it in its place.

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Seven Things Great Employers Do (That Others Don't)

Seven Things Great Employers Do (That Others Don't) | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Workers who are actively disengaged outnumber their engaged colleagues by an overwhelming factor of 2:1.

The good news is that there are companies out there bucking the trend, and we've discovered how. We studied 32 exemplary companies (collectively employing 600,000 people) across seven industries, including healthcare, financial services, hospitality, manufacturing, and retail. At these companies, the engaged workers outnumber actively disengaged workers by a 9:1 ratio.

To understand what drives that tremendous advantage, we looked for contrasts between these businesses and a much larger set of companies we know to be struggling to turn around bland and uninspiring workplaces. We found seven elements in place at the companies with spirited employees that are notably lacking in the others. Are all of the seven causes of high performance? No doubt at least some of them involve virtuous circles. But as a recipe for an engaged workforce, these are ingredients we feel confident in recommending

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Gallup research discovers the magnificent 7 practices that lead to massively increased engagement - note no gimmicks or fads!

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The Best Way to Predict Your Future - Jesse Lyn Stoner

The Best Way to Predict Your Future - Jesse Lyn Stoner | Positive futures | Scoop.it

“The best way to predict your future is to create it.” – This popular quote is attributed to Peter Drucker. But what does it really mean? Do you muscle your way into the future, constructing your life as though it’s a project? If you try to do that, you’ll be disappointed.

The real meaning behind this statement is that we need to assume responsibility for our lives and the future we want to impact.

It starts with focusing on the reality you create right now, which is shaped by what you focus your attention on and the images you hold in your mind.

David Hain's insight:

"As a rule, we find what we look for; we achieve what we get ready for." ~ JC Penney, with thanks to @JesseLynnStoner for the good advice.

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4 Reasons Your Ideal Career Path is Wrong

4 Reasons Your Ideal Career Path is Wrong | Positive futures | Scoop.it
I'm going to tell you something you probably don’t want to hear. Are you ready?Your ideal career path is wrong.Now, before you start second guessing yourself, consider this: Do you plan on keeping

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Look at life as a series of gigs that build skills, networks and values - don't expect a job for life!

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John Michel's curator insight, May 7, 2014 5:54 PM

When you look into your future, remember there is no cookie-cutter version of your career. Unless it's your plan to stick with the same job for the next 40 years, you'll need to embrace change. However, if you’re like most professionals these days, you can expect to stay in the same job for about four years.


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The Culture of Tell: The art of asking instead of telling.

The Culture of Tell: The art of asking instead of telling. | Positive futures | Scoop.it

We take it for granted that telling is more valued than asking. 


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Pull beats push most of the time in managing relationships - seek first to understand!

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donhornsby's curator insight, May 7, 2014 9:25 AM

(From the article): Finally, nothing is more frustrating to listeners than to be told things or given advice that they already know and/ or have already thought of and dismissed as impractical. It makes you feel demeaned when you realize that the teller thinks you have not already thought of this yourself. But, paradoxically, telling is so ingrained that we don’t think about this issue when we are about to tell someone something. Before we give advice, do we really consider whether or not the person to whom we are telling this might have already thought of it? I suspect that we all do much more telling than we should. - See more at: http://leadingwithquestions.com/latest-news/the-culture-of-tell/#sthash.Sp4LUIaj.dpuf

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 7, 2014 1:07 PM

Asking questions and waiting for answers is incredibly challenging work. Too often, we lose sight of this in the busyness of work. I found it was important to ask, listen, wait, and create spaces for students. It was easy to tell them what good questions were, but modeling it was more important and hard work.

Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, May 27, 2014 10:39 AM

From the article {relevant in the light of the election climate we had recently):

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In presidential pre-election debates we only care who won and often base that decision not on who did the best analysis of the issues but who looked most presidential in front of the cameras and who turned the best phrase or made the most clever put-down. - See more at: http://leadingwithquestions.com/latest-news/the-culture-of-tell/#sthash.ds2ZHLSk.dpuf>>;
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40 Little Ways to Find Happiness in What You Already Have

40 Little Ways to Find Happiness in What You Already Have | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living (Look for and Appreciative the Lessons and 39 more ways http://t.co/fJ1a1ORwoJ
#askEOC #business #consultant http://t.co/ncLweEIaIE)...

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donhornsby's curator insight, May 7, 2014 7:51 AM

A nice list to review and ponder today...

 

(From the article): 

Stop looking for external validation. – You don’t have control over what others think about you, but you do have control over how you decide to internalize their opinions.  Leave them to their own judgments.  Don’t feel threatened and don’t conform just to please them.  Let others love you for who you are, and not for who they want you to be.