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5 Things You Can Do Right Now To Make It All Better

 

Living in the moment is all about living like there's no tomorrow. To do this, you must realize beauty in every moment, and in everyday activities. It’s a conscious act that requires participation, not just observation, but the reward is a richer, fuller life. This is your life, now live!

Live Graciously. If we share the mindset that all life revolves in a cycle, our actions cause reactions, and we get what we give in life, then we can agree on the importance of gratitude. It’s your opportunity to support the good in the world. We have one life: one chance to make our visit on this earth meaningful. Be thankful for where you are in every moment.

In action: Pick up a rock from outside, take a sharpie and write “gratitude” on one side. Leave it somewhere you often find yourself. Mine is on my key holder by my front door. As I leave and enter my home, I am reminded to live with gratitude. For my life, that day, that moment, and all those around me.

Live in the Moment. Realize that this moment, right this very moment that you’re reading this is in fact the most important moment of your life. Think about it; the past has already happened and the future has not come yet, so there’s no telling what could happen. The future is simply a series of nows.

In action: Stop reading. Close your eyes. Breathe.

Every now and then, escape reality. Life is tough; it’s busy and crazy and we all need a break. We all have different ways to let go of stress and just chill out. Make it part of your daily regimen to spend some time getting out of your head. Practice using your imagination. Ask yourself, “Would my 5 year old self be proud of me?”. Allow fun to whirl through your life everyday. Day dream, go outside and play, be silly, learn to let go.

In action: Set aside time to day dream. Just a few minutes every day dedicated to allowing your mind to settle and drift off.

Love your Job. How many times have you heard that? Really though, love your job. It’s an activity you most likely partake in daily, for years, lots and lots of years. If you don’t wake up with excitement to go to work, it’s not the right job. So find a new one! Discover the job that makes you want to work. Something that gives your life purpose, something that fuels your soul.

In action: Brainstorm and jot down 5 jobs you would LOVE to do. Then pick one and go do it.

Catch the Travel Bug. Traveling is always an adventure. Adventure is something we all need more of. It keeps us young, full of wonderment, educated, cultured, and present. Explore new places. Pick up and go. Take a vacation. Get away. Even if it’s only for a short time, allow life to be serendipitous. Travel with no expectations, no plans and no agenda. Be free.

In action: Just go.

 

This article was written by Zuzu Perkal. We shared it with you because we wanted to inspire and provide helpful tips to be more mindful. Happy Monday!

How to Be Consistently More Optimistic
 

Want to grow your opportunities and shrink your problems? Start cultivating an attitude of optimism!

If you truly want to be successful, it's in your best interest to create and maintain a positive attitude. When you've got an attitude of optimism, expectancy, and enthusiasm, opportunities grow and problems shrink. Here's how it's done:

Begin each day with expectation. Your experience in life generally lives up (or down) to your expectations, so when you rise from bed, make your first thought: "Something wonderful will happen today." Your day might not proceed in the manner you'd prefer, but you keep looking for something positive, you'll find it.

Assume other people mean well. Attributing other people's weird behaviors to evil motives adds extra misery to life, while assuming good intentions leaves you open to reconciliation. You can't read minds and you don't have everyone wired to a lie detector. Truly you have no idea what anyone is really thinking or why people do what they do. In most cases people are doing the best they can with the resources they've got, so always give people the benefit of the doubt.

Avoid depressing conversations. It's wasting your breath to argue about things, such as religion and politics, that get people all riled up. When such topics surface, bow out. Some battles aren't worth fighting, and many people are easier to handle when they think they've won the argument. At work, what's important isn't winning arguments, but what must be done to move forward.

Let go of your results. Once you've taken action, there's nothing more you can do, so focus on the job at hand rather than some fantasy of what might happen if things go wrong. The nature of the physical universe is change so whether you're celebrating or mourning or something in between, remember that this too will pass.

Improve the quality of your life. At least once a day, try to eat something really delicious, such as a small chunk of fine cheese or an imported chocolate. Focus on it; taste it; savor it.  Then use that experience as a model for enjoying all the little pleasures in life.  Remember: the quality of your experience in life is always in how you're perceiving it!

Adopt an attitude of gratitude. Successes in your life, small and large, deserve recognition. Don't move on to the next task or goal without celebrating, even if only by patting yourself on the back. Give a verbal gift to everyone you meet--a smile, a word of encouragement, a gesture of politeness, or even a friendly nod.  And say "Thank you" more frequently.

Focus on the future. While you can and should learn from the past, keep your thoughts on the future. Always believe that the best is yet to come. 

 

This article was written by Geoffrey James, we shared it with you because we know happiness is important to your overall well-being. Happiness does not just make you enjoy life more but it actually affects how successful you are in both your personal and professional life. Happy Monday from Rootology!

5 Ways to Get People to Take You Seriously

If you're going to get anything done (especially in business), you need people to respect you. Sometimes getting others to listen to your ideas can be difficult. So, after looking at the research on social perception and relationship building, we identified the following strategies for instantly getting respect.

Let people talk about themselves. People spend 60% of their conversations talking about themselves. It feels good: "Activation of this system when discussing the self suggests that self-disclosure like other more traditionally recognized stimuli, may be inherently pleasurable," Scientific American reports, "and that people may be motivated to talk about themselves more than other topics." Research shows that when people disclose information about themselves, they like each other more. It's also the primary way to form social bonds, or another way of saying it helps earn their respect.  

Win people over with the first introduction. On the street, in the lobby, square your shoulders to people you meet. Make a handshake matter — eye contact, good grip, elbow erring toward a right angle. Do not pump the hand, unless the other person is insistent on just that. Smile. If you can't smile, you can't be gracious. You aren't some dopey English butler. You are you. Why is this important? Because paying full attention to someone is a way of showing respect, and social science confirms that we get respect when we give respect. Add that to the list of reasons that conscientiousness predicts success.

Keep your posture open and upright. Posture can influence the way others see you and the way you feel. Researchers have found that keeping your shoulders open and arms wide — a classic power pose — activates your hormone system in a way that makes you feel and look more confident and capable. The same logic carries over to the way you sit. If you're scrunched over your laptop, you won't feel very bold, but if you're sitting at a large desk, you'll feel more assertive.

Be way more prepared than you think you need to be. Ignorance is one of the world's least respectable traits — if not the worst. If you want your ideas to count, be better informed than everyone else. Know exactly what message you want to communicate. Anticipate the objections, not only will your ideas be stronger but you'll feel more confident presenting them.

You need to be both humble and confident. Respect requires a balance of humility and confidence. You need enough self-confidence to command the respect of others, but that needs to be counter-balanced with knowing that there is much you simply don't know. Humility is the path towards earning respect, while self-confidence is the path towards commanding it. With that balance comes not only respect but also intellectual curiosity and optimism.

This article was written by Drake Baer, we shared it with you because we thought it could help improve confidence and in return gain you more respect.

 
Give Thanks this Memorial Day...

Today is Memorial Day. Officially, Memorial Day is different than Veterans Day, although both give us a reason to be grateful for those men and women who were called upon for the ultimate sacrifice for their country. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. local time. Let us use this time to also remember and celebrate those who served in our military.

It is appropriate to give thanks every day, not just when the calendar gives us an official day to do so.  So on Memorial Day -- and every day -- we remember, and here are 4 ways to be grateful and say thank you.

Focus on what you’re grateful for – and say thank you. With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it's easy to forget about what and who you're grateful for.

Think of all the simple things we take for granted. What could we choose to be grateful for each day, instead of focusing our attention on what we don't have, what we want or what we think we deserve (but haven't been given yet)? Well Family, Friends, and of course good Health!

Spend time with friends and family. Staying in touch with friends and family is one of the top five regrets of the dying. Research proves it can make you instantly grateful and happier right now!

Pay it forward. The best gifts come from the heart, and the best way to repay a gift is to pay it forward. If your friend has a special cause they care about or something they believe in passionately, why not make a donation in their name or volunteer some of your time to the cause? This will mean more than any number of cookies, candies, or thank-you notes because you’re taking your friend’s love and spreading it around to others.

5 Ways to Infect Others with Motivation

Motivation is literally the desire to do things. It's the difference between waking up before dawn to pound the pavement and lazing around the house all day. It's the crucial element in setting and attaining goals—and research shows you can influence your own levels of motivation and self-control. Here are some (research) proven methods for motivating yourself and others.

Positive Affect is Contagious. Being upbeat and positive is a good foundation for motivating others. There is solid evidence that emotions—positive or negative—can “infect” others through a process known as “emotional contagion.” So, don’t let employees or team members see anything but your positive, “can-do” energy. Remember, positive reinforcement is always better (encouraging positive work behavior) than being punitive and focusing on the negatives.

Be a Motivational Role Model. A good leader would never ask a follower to do more than he or she is willing to do. Set an example of hard work and high levels of activity and many of your workers or team members will follow your lead. Be the first one to tackle a task or a problem, and others will fall in behind you.

Focus on the Shared Mission. Many people lose motivation because they forget about the purpose. A good leader focuses on the mission of the group or organization and gets people committed to that mission. When motivation lags, the leader can remind followers of what the common purpose is and the importance of the work that they are doing.

Set Challenging Goals. Goal setting is one of the best ways to engage and motivate others. But goal setting is a science and requires careful attention to the process in order to be successful. The acronym is to set SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. What that means is that goals should be associated with specific, measurable outcomes. They need to be realistic, neither too high (so that they are unattainable) nor too low (not challenging), they should mean something to the individual and there should be a time-to-completion.

Celebrate Small Wins. Research has suggested that the best way to drive continuous levels of motivation is to allow the person to experience “small wins”—breaking down a large task into smaller, measurable steps and celebrating the attainment of each step or level. This is the strategy that makes on-line games so “addicting”—as you reach each level in Angry Birds or Candy Crush, or get a small win in your game battle or add a piece to your farm, etc., you are motivated to achieve more.

 

This article was written by Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D. We shared this with you because we want to motivate and inspire you. Happy Monday!

 
7 Habits That Will Save You Time

Time. You can't recover it, make up for it, or reverse it. There are 24 hours in a day and 168 in a week, and those numbers aren't changing. What you can do is use the hours more efficiently and wisely to free up at least 60 minutes a week.

Many executive clients work 60-plus hours a week still find a way to do things for themselves and their families. How? They do it by prioritizing. They know what's truly important, what's urgent, and what isn't. They know how to say no to certain things and yes to other things. And they know how to maximize the time that they do have and not dwell on time that they don't have. Here's how you can optimize your time:

Track how you spend your time. Do this for one week. Many people are entirely unaware of what they do hour to hour and where the day goes. This simple exercise of noting what you're doing each hour can have a huge impact. If for 15 minutes every morning you spent on deciding what to wear, that's almost two hours a week spent. Track your time and know where you're spending it.

Determine which tasks and activities are vital and which are optional.Structure other tasks around those that are vital. Schedule your day by doing the important tasks first. This is when you are freshest and energetic. So often the less important tasks get in the way of other things that need to be done. For many this is a distraction. It's easier to do the things that aren't as important. Fear leads to procrastination (overcome it!) and ends us keeping us stagnant.

Get up 15 minutes earlier than you normally do. Doing so will provide you with an extra 75 minutes in your work week. Many of my clients who are business leaders talk about how they maximize their mornings and see it as a time to respond to emails without the distraction of telephone calls or they use it to do their daily workout.

Schedule Internet use. So often people lose their sense of time when they are online. Given the sensory overload, people are drawn into cyberspace and rarely can stick to just their intended task. Think about how many times you went online to read the news or check the weather and ended up staying online much longer reading other articles.

Keep your expectations in check. Are these expectations reasonable or unreasonable? For example, are you trying to go to the gym, get the kids ready for school, do laundry, and walk the dog all before 9:00 a.m.? Make sure you don't bite off more than you can chew.

Change your thinking. "I'm so busy" and "I don't have time for anything" are negative comments that are sure to keep you feeling overwhelmed. You might think instead, "I will make good use of the time that I do have" or "I can only do so much in one day and I will make sure I accomplish what is reasonable today."

Keep your surroundings clean and organized. A cluttered desk will distract you as will a messy home. By keeping things in order you'll keep information organized in your head and minimize the possibility of losing items and having to spend time looking for them

This article was originally posted in the Huffington Post by Jonathan Alpert. We think it's great to share with you because we find it informative and super helpful for bettering our time management skills.

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De-Stress In 5 Minutes Or Less

Does the thought of taking time to relieve stress make you feel even more stressed out? Who has time for pedicures, massages, therapy sessions and long soaks in the bath? If you're feeling frazzled, there are lots of things you can do to calm down.

Try these techniques to bust stress in 5 minutes or less.

Grin and Bear It. Smiling, even when you don't feel happy, can instantly lift your mood. Instead of frowning, clenching your jaw, or tensing up your forehead in reaction to a stressor, grin and feel your troubles melt away. Try it now!

Call a Friend. Sometimes, you just need to vent. Enlist the help of a good friend or close loved one when you need to de-stress. Often, just getting something off your chest will help you calm down and keep things in perspective. A five-minute phone call can help strengthen your bond, too.

Take a Walk. Exercise, even when done leisurely, is a great way to relieve stress and boost endorphins, the feel-good chemicals in your brain. When you feel overwhelmed, go outside and walk for a few minutes. You'll be amazed at how much better you'll feel.

Stretch. Ever notice how dogs, cats and other animals stretch throughout the day? They do it for the same reasons we do—it just feels good! Starting or finishing your day with some light stretches can help you de-stress and relax when you need it most. At work, you can try some neck, arm and chest stretches, too.

Tune In. Anyone who listens to get-up-and-go music to get pumped up for a workout knows how much music can affect your mindset. Just as it can energize you or evoke powerful emotions, it can also help relax you. Choose the music you find most relaxing, whether classical, jazz, instrumental or something else. Keep it on your computer, in the car, and on your iPod in case of stressful emergencies. Tune in to relaxing music and tune out the world around you.



5 Ways To Have An Attitude of Gratitude

Wealth means nothing without good health. Truly enjoying your financial and personal successes count for less when you are not in the best of health. And these days we strive to eat healthy, exercise more, and balance our lifestyle between career/work, family and independent time.

By simply being grateful, we can be rewarded with better health, say researchers. In fact, cultivating an “attitude of gratitude” has been linked to better health, sounder sleep, less anxiety and depression, higher long-term satisfaction with life and kinder behavior toward others, including romantic partners.

No strict diet or exercise regimen? Just a positive emotion such as gratitude guarantee better health? Yes! It may be a dramatic departure from what we've been taught about how to get healthier, but the connection between gratitude and health actually goes back a long way.  Today, take a step back and be appreciative with these tips to get you going.

5 Ways To Have An Attitude of Gratitude

Notice your day-to-day world from a point of gratitude and be amazed at all the goodness we take for granted.

Give at least one compliment daily. It can be to a person or it can be asking someone to share your appreciation of something else ("I love how quiet it is in the morning, don’t you?").

Vow to not complain, criticize, or gossip for 10 days. If you slip, rally your willpower and keep going. Notice the amount of energy you were spending on negative thoughts and actions.

Sound genuinely happy to hear from the people who call you on the phone. Whether the caller responds with surprise or delight, he’ll know you value speaking with him.

Ask yourself when you find yourself in a bad situation: What can I learn? When I look back on this, without emotion, what will I be grateful for?

    When we learn our real wealth will our true net worth expand much further than the numbers in our bank accounts.  Let us not limit ourselves to a narrow definition of wealth but openly and freely enjoy life and experience our true riches.

    3 Simple Ways To Be Happy

    Happy people have habits you can introduce into your everyday life that may add to the bigger picture of bliss. Joyful folk have certain inclinations that add to their pursuit of meaning -- and motivate them along the way. It's about that time to beat the Monday blues with these three happy people habits!

     

    Be happy. Yep -- it’s as simple as it sounds: just trying to be happy can boost your emotional well-being, according to two studies recently published in The Journal of Positive Psychology. Those who actively tried to feel happier in the studies reported the highest level of positive moods, making a case for thinking yourself happy.

     

    Go outside. Want to feel alive? Just a 20-minute dose of fresh air promotes a sense of vitality, according to several studies published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology. Often when we feel depleted we reach for a cup of coffee, but research suggests a better way to get energized is to connect with nature." And while most of us like our coffee hot, we may prefer our serving of the great outdoors at a more lukewarm temperature: A study on weather and individual happiness unveiled 57 degrees to be the optimal temperature for optimal happiness.

     

    Unplug. Whether by meditating, taking a few deep breaths away from the screen or deliberately disconnecting from electronics, unplugging from our hyper-connected world has proven advantages when it comes to happiness. Talking on your cell could increase your blood pressure and raise your stress levels, while uninterrupted screen time has been linked to depression and fatigue. Technology isn't going away, but partaking in some kind of a digital detox gives your brain the opportunity to recharge and recover, which -- bonus -- could increase your resilience.

    Motivational Monday: How to Kick Start Your Week!

    Today, your alarm started to ring, and the Monday morning blues set in with an unexplainable feeling of dread, followed by a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach, and oh yeah,  let’s not forget about the anxiety.  You then realize it's 5 more days until Friday. If the last few sentences sent you off in a panic, no worries.

    It’s motivational Monday!

    The biggest obstacle is yourself. We often make excuses because we’re waiting to “feel ready” but it’s  just another way of saying, "I don't want to do it."  You can become the person you want to be by doing what you don't really want to do. Self discipline brings out the enormous potential that exists in every person.  So, Today you will accomplish anything you wish by..


    1. Practice self discipline. Self discipline is what delivers a transformative ripple like effort in our day.

    2. Decide on your goals. Choose some logical steps toward your goal.

    3. Remember it's hard until it becomes easy. Be the person who can say, "I can do hard things."


    And in return you will then learn that you can do things you didn't think you could do. If you practice self discipline today, it is likely that the rest of your week will follow suit. So whether it may it be with healthy eating, healthy thinking, or healthy actions, put your whole being into the present moment, and see how your Monday turns into a truly glorious day!


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