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Finish the Year Feeling Accomplished

Check-off Those Final Goals

image2It’s essential to acknowledge your need for feeling accomplished. When we don’t truly feel like we are achieving our goals, burnout is definitely on the horizon. With the end of the year rapidly approaching, it’s important to pullout that old list of goals. While reviewing this list, there are several things to reflect on – not just what we have not accomplished.

First of all, it’s vital to remember that there will always be items on your goals list. This is good, as it keeps us aspiring for greater things! It might be helpful to consider your goals, not as a list, but as an “inventory.” Inventory simply referring to the fact that goals will be added and goals will be removed.

Here are three simple things to consider when assessing you goal inventory:

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Take some time to acknowledge and celebrate all the things that you accomplished so far this year – I’m sure it was no easy task! By taking a moment to celebrate your accomplishments, you are building a sense of pride and self-confidence. According Psych Central, pride and self-confidence “come from feeling dignified and important in what we do or have accomplished. It’s not about having an overwhelming sense of self-satisfaction, but having accomplished something that is valued and feeling proud about this. It may come along from a sense of purpose and meaning in our accomplishments, and offers an increase in confidence to expand the belief in our potential to do greater things.” (Read the blog “Celebrate You” for ideas on how to honor your accomplishments.)

image4TAKE STOCK (what is still obtainable)

The year is not over with yet! Take a moment to evaluate your goal inventory and determine which ones are still obtainable. Remember to be realistic and don’t set yourself up for failure with too many goals. (Read more about goal-setting in the blog “Put the spark back in your weight-loss.” Although this is specific to weight-loss, the principles can be applied to any goal.)

EVALUATE (what worked and what didn’t)

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Do not beat yourself up over any unaccomplished goals! It’s crucial to simply evaluate what worked, and what didn’t. What enabled you to accomplish the goals that you did? Equally as important, what prohibited you from accomplishing other goals? Be sure to be completely honest with yourself, as this will be paramount to not repeating encountering the same obstacles every time. It could be unrealistic goal setting, too many goals, not enough time, or simply that you did not make it as important as you had wanted to. Whatever the reasons may be, simply keep these in mind while you continue to move through your goal inventory. Remind yourself that unaccomplished goals are not failures. “True failure is when you fail and don’t learn your lesson.” Every unaccomplished goal is merely an opportunity to check, adjust and try something different. Repeating the same process over and over again and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity. Avoid the insanity, make changes, accomplish your goals, and feel proud and self-confident!

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Exercise Your Creative Muscle

gardeningOften times when thinking of being creative, thoughts of painting, sculpting and other elaborate forms of art are our first thoughts. However, what we don’t realize is there’s an opportunity for us to flex our creativity on a daily basis. Although fine arts such as painting and drawing are certainly creative forms, there are many other small ways to be creative – we just have to look for the opportunities. In scientific circles, these little instances of creativity are called “Little C.” This stands for little creative forms that we do every day, such as finding a new route to take home from work, loading the dishwasher differently or simply gardening. The simplest things can help flex that creative muscle. When was the last time your exercised your creativity?

Ruth Richards, psychology professor at Harvard Medical School states, “engaging in creative behaviors make us more dynamic, conscious, non-defensive, observant, collaborative and brave.” By exercising our creative muscle on a daily basis, we can create balance in our lives and create more time for you – allowing you to maximize your potential and productivity.

Top 5 Reasons to Exercise Your Creative Muscle:

1. Reduce Stress:

When we work creatively we calm down and go into an almost meditative state of mind. This creates an immediate reduction in stress levels.

2. Boost Self-Confidence:

For example, studies have shown that when we participate in creative activities with peers, the feedback given to each other builds self-respect by helping to learn to accept criticism and praise from others.

CreativeBrain3. Stimulate the brain – make thoughts and feelings more clear:

Researchers at Maharishi University of Management in Iowa and the University West in Sweden have found creativity lies at the root of innovation, entrepreneurship, competitiveness, and faster brain processing. The findings, highlight the brain’s ability to integrate and process problems and alternative solutions faster if its creative side is more highly developed.

piggy-bank4. Save Money:

By exploring our creative side, we can control/fill the need to impulse buy, as shopping is often a means of something to do.
5. Build Stronger Relationships:

When we are actively creating, we feel better about our relationships. We tend to be more generous to others. We have more to give because we have answered our urge to create.

 

creativityAs we get older, creativity plays a vital role in maintaining a happy and healthier lifestyle. In older adults, engaging in daily creative activities have been proven to…

Reduce the number of visits to a healthcare provider

Reduce the number of medications taken daily

Create a higher morale – more outgoing

Increase social activity – less lonely

Create a higher level of optimism

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4 Great Reasons to Be an Entrepreneur

entrepreneur light bulbOf course there are the obvious responses for what benefits from being an entrepreneur, such as being your own boss or flexible work schedule; but what about the freedom, feeling like an asset or enjoying your accomplishments, or simply doing something you have a passion for? For many people, it can seem scary to become an entrepreneur, and truth be told, it is – the key is to start small, build from there, and keep going. If you have the passion, the drive and the will, your perseverance will take you far. “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance,” Steve Jobs.

 

1. Freedom

When it comes to being an entrepreneur, many CEO’s of once small companies all agree that freedom and flexibility were at the top of their list when starting their own business. This freedom is achieved from gaining control over ones work life and begins to create a healthier balance for what drives you. Lori Greiner states, “Entrepreneurship is the way we take control of our lives….”

 

2. Be an Asset

Everyone wants to feel valued and appreciated wherever and for whomever they work for. Feeling valued in the workplace can be the distinct difference between disengagement and productivity. When you are working hard for your own reward, it is easier to feel valued and appreciated, as you’re not basing your values on someone else’s opinions and evaluations.

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3. Take Joy in Your Accomplishments

“That is what truly makes people happy, a sense of accomplishment,” says Pablo Palatnik, CEO at ShadesDaddy.com. “That’s why I do what I do every day, to accomplish my goals, and that means building a successful company.” Feelings of accomplishment help to build a greater self-esteem. Your sense of self-esteem depends on the feeling that you’re making progress toward all of your goals. This increase in your self-esteem leads to greater confidence. When a task is completed, no matter what, it gives a person a feeling of accomplishment and self-worth, which carries over to other aspects of life.

4. Love what you do?????????????????

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do,” Steve Jobs. According to Gallup’s State of the American Workplace Report, 70 percent of American workers are emotionally disconnected from their workplaces and less likely to be productive. Challenge yourself today and ask yourself, If money were no issue, what one thing would I love to do that would help drive my passion? What would I love to do for 40 plus hours a week and not feel drained at the end of the day?