LA 082: How to Make Your Work Meaningful or Meaningless?

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Even in the direst circumstances, people seek out their purpose in life: Viktor Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning 1

Jill superwoman shadow1.pngHuman beings have a deep, innate desire to find meaning in their lives. We want to matter. For some, it is to leave a legacy, to put a ding in the universe, or to enjoy the satisfaction of a job well done. For others, it is about success, reputation or recognition. For many who have found their true meaning, they know it's about others and less about self. And yet for...

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LA 081: What To Do When You Are Not Truly Appreciated (And Get Your Own Back!)

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I'm going to take a wild guess here that your work and your life has become more demanding.

Furthermore, I can be pretty certain that you feel under-valued.

I'll even dare to suggest that your pay is not the main issue in feeling under-valued, rather it's because it seems that no-one truly appreciates the value you deliver.

Something deep inside our pysche screams out to be appreciated. When we're not appreciated, then our satisfaction with life, with our job, with ourselves, is...

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LA 020 How to align yourself to getting things done—and enjoy success

LA Headers 960x640 (11)I've always been fascinated why some people seem to achieve incredible goals seemingly effortlessly, while others give up along the way, and others may as well have not set any goals because they have achieved very little.

Have you set yourself a SMART goal and still not achieved it?

Goal setting, we know is a powerful tool in helping us focus on a specific objective and put our energy and resources towards achieving it. But did you know that human beings align themselves to achieving their...

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LA 077: Let Go and Gain Control

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One thing that separates the calm and joyful person from the stressed and depressed is a useful balance something known as the locus of control.

Let Go and Gain Control podcast cover.jpgSomeone with an internal locus of control believes that he or she can influence events and their outcomes, while someone with an external locus of control blames outside forces for everything.

In general terms, if you believe that everything is beyond or outside your control, then you are likely to be more anxious, highly stressed and quick...

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LA 077: Selah!

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Every day you are busy.

Emails fill your inbox, some of them might even matter. Your todo list gets ticked off... or not. You attend meetings, deal with clients, chat with the boss, communicate with colleagues, deal with crises, handle problems, worry about tomorrow, think about yesterday, fret over a sick child ... and the list goes on.

If you are disciplined, you get to the gym or exercise at least 3 times a week and keep a wary eye on your diet, and make sure that you get enough...

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LA 076: Are Your Succeeding or Merely Surviving?

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When you ask someone what they want from life, most people will tell you that they want to be happy.

Push a little bit more and they will tell you they want to do something useful or meaningful, make a difference, leave a legacy, or fulfil a calling.

We call that succeeding.

That is, the activities we undertake every day provide us with personal happiness or satisfaction and have long term benefits for yourself and/or other people.

Some people are happy because they do something...

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LA 075: Why Joy @ Work Matters

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Imagine that someone created a red pill that adds years to your life; it reduces the risk of having a heart attack or stroke; cuts your risk of Alzheimer's disease by more than fifty percent; helps you relax during the day and sleep better at night; it doubles your chances of staying drug and alcohol free after treatment; activates your natural killer cells; diminishes your inflammatory cells; increase your good cholesterol (HDL); and it repairs your DNA.

What if this imaginary red...

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How do I leverage my Influencing Style? The Trust/Respect Matrix

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The 15-inch blade flew perilously close to my left ear, and the Chef's knife thumped into the door behind me. I was told, in no uncertain terms, that my days in his pastry kitchen were over. I couldn't possibly repeat the actual words, but if you think that Gordon Ramsey cusses, I can assure you that even he has a comparatively mild turn of phrase.

Chef was right of course. I was useless in the pastry kitchen.

I still am. My croissants could be used to break rocks in a quarry. My...

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