Tuesday, December 13, 2011

5 Ways to Impress Yourself

Looking to get ahead in life? There's one person who can make that happen — YOU. How you see yourself can mean the difference between you getting what you want and accomplishing goals … or you getting frustrated because you feel stuck in a rut. So it only makes sense that you'd want to do everything in your power to impress YOU.
  1. Reward yourself for your efforts and achievements
    How often do you treat yourself? Have you finished a task or accomplished a goal? By giving yourself a reward you feel better and spark motivation to complete the next goal. I took a 5 mile hike recently (which I had never done before) and as a reward bought myself a cup of coffee. Even the small rewards are huge motivators.
  2. Stop the negative talk.
    Negative talk begins in the subconscious. We mentally tell ourselves that we can't do something or we downplay ourselves into thinking we are incompetent. Henry Ford said, "Whether you believe you can or can't you are right." Start believing in yourself and you will accomplish more and others will believe in you too because it will show in your attitude and behavior.
  3. Learn something new and use it when the opportunity arises.
    How often do you attend a workshop or training session and soon forget what you learned? It's time to do some implementation; put things in motion, activate what you learned. Not only are you solidifying the learning and building your knowledge base, but you can also teach others and expand their knowledge. Knowledge really is POWER!
  4. Reward others.
    When you reward other people for a job well done, you are motivating them to do good again and you feel good about helping others reach their goals. Pay it forward and reward others and they will do the same. It's the domino effect of self-motivation.
  5. Document your daily activities by keeping a journal.
    We are charged with keeping organized documents for business purposes. These documents track the nature of business activities and transactions, etc. Why can't we keep track of our daily activities? Here is a cool online journal program that emails you daily to remind you to note what you did for the day. It's a collection of your life stories and you can reflect on your experiences.
We are always trying to impress others, giving them what we think they want, holding them in the highest regard, and making them feel appreciated and needed, but why can't we impress ourselves and feel good about who we are and what we do?

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