goal setting

Finding Life – Changing Goals

by Karen Keller, Ph.D.

It’s the one constant fact of life: there is nothing constant except the beating of your own heart. Life changes as we grow older. Our priorities change as our life makes it through twists and turns. Some changes are momentous and many are small. But if we can’t learn to change our goals with the changes that happen in our lives, we may find ourselves becoming more and more frustrated with our inability to meet these goals. So how can you effectively change goals throughout various stages in your life?

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So many people are laboring under the impression that in order to be successful, you have to give up a little piece of your happiness. Whoever told you this is full of it, because I am a proud believer that we can all have a happiness and success at the same time.

Finding success and happiness at the same time isn’t necessarily the easiest thing in the world. It takes time and dedication and the ability to ask for what you deserve. And what we all deserve is a fulfilling career, right?

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If you’re reading this in your office (at home or work), stop for a moment and take a look at the desk in front of you. What do you see? Is it a mess of receipts, sticky notes, reminders, food wrappers, business cards and other clutter? Can you even see your desk through the mess? If you said yes, it’s ok. You aren’t alone. Many of us experience disorganization in our lives. We handle so many other tasks that keeping things organized is usually at the bottom of our list of things to do. But there are several reasons why staying organized should always be a priority in our lives.

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You know the saying, “Use it or lose it!” Well, today I’m talking about your influence. You’ve got to constantly be exercising your influence in all walks of life or it will atrophy, just like any other muscle. So what are five really great reasons for exercising your influence muscle?

Keep it strong. If you aren’t constantly using your influence, chances are it’s going to get weaker, just like any other muscle would. I’m not saying you’ve got to walk around flexing all day, every day, but it’s important to handle some weighty problems several times a week

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So much of getting ahead in business is all about using the influence you’ve built up over the course of your career and knowing when exactly to use it. Some of us, however, are a little shy about using our reputation and our influence to get what we want in our career. That’s when you have to be brave, step out of your comfort zone and use all of that influence you’ve earned! Just to help you know what situations are best for using your influence to get what you want, here are five great reasons to flex those influential muscles.

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