Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Do More to Earn More

Do more to earn more


It is possible for you to earn more in whatever you do in making a living. The most important thing is to help others to get what they want so that you will eventually get what you want. You can earn more in full time employment, running your own business or doing freelance work.   

·         Employment: Your working hours are fixed, but the amount you can earn varies widely. It does not matter, you can  improve your earnings by:

o   Adjusting (do your research to show that your are underpaid)
o   Asking  for a raise
o   Getting  annual pay increment
o   Getting  a promotion
The point is that you will be able to earn more but the working hours remain the same. To earn more you need to demonstrate and observe the following:
1.       Be productive and exceed expectations
2.       A positive working attitude
3.       Ask when the time is right
4.       Be noticed by your boss about your performance
5.       Ask for it and not demand


·         Business: Doing business is for the long term. Building trust, getting customer satisfaction and creating the right products or services take time. The most important thing is to serve the needs of other and profit is just the by-product of your business. The more you do for your customers, the more business and the more earnings you will get in the long run.

·         Freelance: What are your interests and passion? Be productive, you can always do what you enjoy during your free time and at the same time make some money. I think blogging is a good example. You can do it part time or full-time. When you are interested to write, you can turn your writing habit into a source of passive income. It does not take long, just one or two hours’ work, to write an article, post an article and do some social networking activities every day.  You just need to paste some AdSense ads on your blog to start making money by itself. You can even earn more by selling your own products or be an affiliate. To attract more readers to your blog, you have to write for them, answering their questions and solving their problems.   

To earn more, you have to do more and provide more value for others. It is important to enjoy what you do so that you will be able to do more and maximize your earning potential.
Be productive, do more for others and get more.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

5 Areas to Develop Your Career Successfully

Successful Career




Today, many companies are reporting that their number one constraint on growth is the inability to hire workers with the necessary skills. ~
William J. Clinton

To develop you career successfully is to develop your key skills simultaneously in the following areas:

1.      Technical skills: You are employed because your technical skills are relevant to the post that you have applied for. It is good to apply what you have learnt to good use. It is more important that you always stay competent while at work. Continuous learning is the most effective way to stay up-to-date.  Learning from experienced staff and asking questions is the right attitude to adopt. The more you learn and know, the more skillful and valuable you will be.    

2.      People skills: The ability to get things done through others is a challenge. Always show a sincere interest in others. When you acknowledge and pay attention to them, they will response to you more willingly. Help others to get what they want so that you can get what you want easily. Treat them the way you want to be treated. Be polite and be firm. It is also necessary to work with your boss productively and effectively. Always keep your boss posted regularly about your work. Honesty is the best policy in all dealings. Don’t hide the truth because it will be out sooner or later.  

3.      Communication skills: It is important to give verbal instructions fully and clearly. It is also essential to write effectively. Listening is another important skill in effective communication.  Listening fully and attentively is to pay attention and respect the speaker.  Understand the message fully before you speak your mind.

4.      Soft skills: Soft skills are the most important skills to decide your career success. It is about your attitude at work. It is what you think about the job and the way you get things done. It is also your response to things that are happening to you. Soft skills are about positive attitude, enthusiasm, optimism, confidence, taking pride in what you do, looking after your reputation, responsiveness, adaptability, flexibility and be proactive and creative. 


Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure. ~
Norman Vincent Peale

5.      Wholesome self development: Physical fitness holds the key for you to work calmly, zestfully and withstand stressful situation. Exercise daily such as jogging is to boost not only your stamina but your brain power as well. When you uphold moral values and do what is right, you are building an honorable and trusted brand. Your true character with stand the test of time.   

Are you constantly focused on developing the key areas for career success? 

Monday, November 28, 2011

7 Effective ways to Achieve Success

Success


Success is simple. Do what's right, the right way, at the right time. Arnold H. Glasow

Success is about doing the right things. However, getting the right things done requires 7 positive habits. Here are the 7 ways to determine your personal success in life:

1.      Take action: You know what to do in order to get what you want in life, but are you doing it? You don’t achieve success when you do not take action. Taking action is not overwhelming because it is about getting started and taking one small step at a time and doing it every day and not once in a while. It is not too much to do, right? Developing the habit to start small and do it consistently is the way to achieve success.

You see, in life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action. Tony Robbins

2.      Make changes: This is also about taking action. This is to change and replace your bad habits with good ones. Again, you know what to do and you find it difficult to change your die-hard habit. Think of the transformation and the benefits you will get when you give up old habits like smoking and take up an exercise regimen. Take action, get it started right away in a small way and do it every day and build up the habit.    

If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we aren't really living. Gail Sheehy

3.      Personal care and well-being: What are the positive habits? I can think of the following:

·         Sleep early and get up early.
·         Have your breakfast, eat nutritiously, consume more fruits, vegetables and less meat. Eat out less especially at fast food outlets to avoid fat, sugar and salt. Drink water throughout the day.
·         Take breaks while at work
·         Go slow and work in a relaxed mood to avoid stress
·         Exercise every day to be fit, energetic and healthy
·         Avoid bad habits like drinking in excess and smoking
·         Get organized in advance and be orderly in daily living. 

4.      Learn: Knowledge is power and the application of knowledge is the way to be competent, productive and to achieve success. The acquisition of knowledge is an ongoing process. Get into the daily habit of reading, exploring, learning and asking questions. 


5.      Positive mental attitude: Are you optimistic? Do you always think positively? Your thoughts will dictate your attitude and your action. Positive thoughts promote the right attitude and the right way to act.  When you think your family is important, you will not hesitate to say no when you are asked to join your friends at a pub.  

6.      Financial freedom: What is your money habit? Do you live within your means?
Do you earn and save instead of spending it all? Success is not getting into debt. Financial freedom is building your wealth to achieve financial independence.

7.      Synergize: To work and collaborate with others is to achieve more than what you can do alone. Capitalizing on the strengths of others to complement your own is the way to attain greater success. Getting into the habit of cooperating with others for mutual success is the way to go.

Take action, change your life for the better and achieve success.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Do You Know How Influential You Are on the Net?

Klout


There is a website that measures your influence in the blogosphere. It says that every time you create content or engage, you influence others. It is measured in three ways by using data from social networks:

1.       True reach: How many people you influence
2.       Amplification: How much you influence them. When you post a message, how many people respond to it or spread it further? If people often act upon your content you have a high Amplification score.
3.       Network:  The influence of the people in your True Reach. How often do top influencers share and respond to your content? When they do so, they are increasing your Network score.

It is interesting to find out from the website that my influential topic is Blogging. My Klout Score is 37 on a scale of 1 to 100, with 100 being the most influential.  By the way the two top influencers on the topic of blogging are Darren Rowse and Brian Clerk, each with a Klout Score of 70.  According to the website, the average Klout Score is not 50; instead it is around 20. The Score becomes exponentially harder to increase as you move up the scale. For instance, it is much harder to move from a 70 to a 75 than from a 20 to a 25. The Klout Score is updated daily.  

Go to http://klout.com to find out how influential you are on the Net.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Are You Responsible and Productive?

Are you responsible and productive?


It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do. ~ Moliere
What do you do when things go wrong at the workplace?

·         Do you blame others?
·         Do you give excuses?
·         Can you admit that you have made a mistake?
·         Do you accept constructive criticism?
·         Do you give clear and full instructions to others to get things done?
·         Do you seek clarification when in doubt before you go ahead to do a job?


Being accountable means not to blame or give excuses.  Just admit that you have made a mistake and go ahead and get thing done right. It is more productive than to waste time giving excuses and put the blame on others because in the end nothing gets done.  When you try to defense yourself, you allow others to attack you and look at you in a negative light.


When you hold yourself responsible for what you do at work, you are productive. Here are the ways to be responsible and be productive:


·         You take pride in what you do: You take your job seriously because you are what you do. People may not know how you get things done. But people will remember how good or how badly your work is. When you are responsible you care about your reputation and you produce quality work.

·         Be proactive: When you are a responsible person, you are alert and do what needs to be done without being told.

·         Seek improvement, pursue excellence: A responsible person always looks for simple ways to be more efficient and effective.  

·         Add value to what you do: A responsible person will pay attention and do what is important and   avoid unproductive activities. When you are responsible you want to contribute and be a valued employee.

·         Listen and learn and ask questions: You want to know how you are doing and you ask for feedback and solicit for ideas. To be responsible is to listen carefully, ask intelligent questions so that you can learn. The more you know, the more competent and productive you will be.

·         Solve problems: When you are accountable, you will not pass over a problem or sweep it under the carpet. You take it as a challenge and leave no stone unturned to solve the problem.  

Be responsible, be productive and be successful.


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Are You In Debt?

Are you in debt


A man in debt is so far a slave. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Most of the people are worrying about their debt because the economy outlook is bleak. Is it the economy to be blamed or yourself?  Let’s examine the reasons why you are in debt and the best way to deal with it:

1.       No budget: There is no advance planning or a budget to manage your personal finance. You just spend as you wish and when you need more money, you just borrow to meet your unplanned spending.   When you spend more than what you have, you are in debt. When you are in debt, you are also incurring interest on the amount you owe. The longer you drag your debt and delay payment, the more interest you will have to pay. You need a monthly budget  and allocate your take-home pay to meet various expenses. The purpose of a budget is to spend not more than what you have earned and avoid getting into debt.    
 
2.       Not tracking your spending: With a budget you still need to monitor and discipline your spending accordingly.  When you are not in control, you are going to overspend and get into debt again. Follow your household budget faithfully.

3.       Instant gratification: Impulsive buying is one of the reasons why you get into debt. It is out of your budget because it is not what you need. When you really need to buy a big ticket item, you have to save for it. 


4.       Your Credit cards are  the  culprit: It is the easiest way to spend money that you have not earned to buy something that is non-essential. When you spend on credit you are effectively in debt. When you don’t pay credit card bills fully and timely you are going to incur huge interest charges. Get rid of all your credit cards if you can’t control your urge to spend. Unmanageable credit card debt is the main reason why people become bankrupt.

Never spend your money before you have earned it. ~Thomas Jefferson


5.       You want to follow the lifestyle of the rich and famous: Your financial resources are limited. You can’t follow the way how other live their lives. They are many others who can afford more material things in life, but you have to live within your means.   

Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like. ~ Will Smith


6.       Your worst habit: Gambling is the worst habit. No amount of money can satisfy your craving. Gambling is the easiest way to get into debt beyond your control, ruin your career, destroy your family and end up in bankruptcy. The only solution is to kick the habit now.   

7.      No plan for the future: When you can save, you can plan ahead, invest and grow your wealth. You need money to have an emergency fund, down payment for your car and dream house, children’s education and your retirement. There is no financial future when you are in debt.   

What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health, out of debt, and has a clear conscience?  ~Adam Smith

Rather go to bed without dinner than to rise in debt. ~ Benjamin Franklin



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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Getting Into Positive Thinking Effectively

Positive thinking


Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.
Zig Ziglar

What is positive thinking? This is the question asked by a reader on the Net. Positive thinking is thinking right, promoting the right attitude to do the right things. You can look at positive thinking in many ways:     

1.      Positive self-esteem: What do you focus on when you assess yourself? Do you think more of your strengths or weaknesses? Positive thinking will pay more attention to your strengths to boost your self-confidence and self-worth. You feel good about yourself because you focus on your capabilities and what you can do. 

2.      Positive thoughts: What is in your mind when you wake up in the morning? Is it going to be a wonderful day or a lousy day? It is all up to you. Thinking positive will generate good feeling about a brand new day. You will be excited and enthusiastic to welcome a new day with hope and expectations.

 Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope or confidence. ~Helen Keller

3.      Positive emotions: When you want to be upbeat and in high spirits think of all these positive emotion words: appreciative, calm, cheerful, energetic, happy, inspired, joyful, kind, loving, mindful, motivated, passionate, relaxed, satisfied, serene, successful, thankful, zestful and many more.  So avoid negative emotion words such as angry, resentful, hateful and jealous to disturb your peace of mind and bring you down.    

Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same. ~Francesca Reigler

4.      Positive reaction/response: Setbacks, failures and problems are all part and parcel of life. When you look at all these things negatively, you will be beaten and you are down and out. From a positive perspective, all these things are challenges in life and you vow to overcome them with your resourcefulness and creativity. This is positive thinking in action.

5.      Positive working attitude: A successful career is rooted in a positive working attitude. You are interested in your work; you are enthusiastic and like what you do. You care about the quality of your work because you care about your reputation. You honor your promises because you want to be trusted and responsible. You accept criticism with an open mind and make the necessary changes. You are adaptable and flexible. These are some of the positive qualities.  

Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitable bring about right results. ~James Allen


6.      Positive relationships: Connecting with positive people is the right way to synergize and propel you to greater heights. Positive relationships are about kindness, sincerity, honest, concern, empathy, and compassion.

7.      Positive living: Positive living is about living a balanced life. Positive living is also about leading an active lifestyle, taking good care of yourself, getting organized, living and orderly life and adopting good habits.

When you think positively, you act positively and you will get positive results.  

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Are You in Control Effectively?

Are you in control effectively?


Because you are in control of your life. Don't ever forget that. You are what you are because of the conscious and subconscious choices you have made.  ~Barbara Hall

Are you the driver of your life or are you the passenger who allows others to dictate how you live your life? You may not be able to control everything in life, but at least you can take charge   of your personal life and react to events positively. Here are the things you can do to control your life: 


1.      Control your attitude: You can control your thoughts so that you can control your attitude. Think positive to influence your attitude and you will do the right things. 

Our attitudes control our lives. Attitudes are a secret power working twenty-four hours a day, for good or bad. It is of paramount importance that we know how to harness and control this great force. ~Irving Berlin


2.      Control your finance: Do you control your spending or are you in debt and a slave to money? Have a budget and manage your personal finance so that you will live within your means and yet save some for a rainy day. When you are debt free, you are free and nobody can control you.

To enjoy freedom we have to control ourselves. ~ Virginia Woolf
3.      Control what you do every day: You have your dreams and aspiration. Are you working on it every day? It’s good to know where you are going, but it is more important to enjoy the journey and do what you need to do every day and like it.
It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters in the end. ~ Ursula K. Le Guin


In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It's not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently. ~Tony Robbins



4.      Control your health and fitness: If you do not control your well-being, you allow illnesses to control your life. Exercise every day, eat nutritiously, get plenty of sleep, and take frequent breaks while at work.  When you control your health, you control your life and live fully.



5.      Control the way you live with life: Life is a party and it is up to you to enjoy the party or just sit around and watch others enjoying themselves. Wake up early, do Tai Chi or yoga to embrace the fresh air and silence.  Be cheerful, confident and enthusiastic to start a new day. Get organized and live orderly.  Do what you have to do and do it mindfully. Be here and now, concentrate on the task at hand and enjoy what you do. Don’t look back and don’t worry about the future because it is beyond your control. React and challenge things that are happening to you.  Make the right choice and live life abundantly. Be happy and feel good now when you are in full control of your life.

You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you. ~Brian Tracy

Are you in control of your life every day?

Monday, November 21, 2011

7 Effective Ways to Conquer Worry



Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen.  Keep in the sunlight.  ~Benjamin Franklin

Your worry is in your mind. More often than not, you are worrying about getting things done. What you can do is to replace your worrisome thoughts and think about a workable solution and an action plan. Here are the things you can do to cure your habit of worrying:

1.      Control the situation: A simple thing that you can do is to avoid messiness and clutter.  As an example, a tidy workplace promotes calmness in you and avoids getting into your nerve.  You can retrieve an item easily because it is filed properly. Getting organized and staying organized and living an orderly life is the best way to have peace of mind and worry less. There is no worry when you are in control.


2.      Feeling good: How do you feel now?  Are you in a state of peacefulness? Can you slow down and be less hurry? Imagine that you are on holiday, you will be relaxed and worry less and able to concentrate on what you do and enjoy it. 

3.      Focus positively: Look at things with an optimistic view, react to events calmly. Think of solutions instead of dwelling on the problem. These are the things you can do to avoid anxiety.

If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul. ~Rabbi Harold Kushner


4.      Be healthy: Eat nutritiously, avoid fat, sugar and salt by not eating at fast food outlets. Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Take break whiles at work. Be active physically and get enough sleep. Be fit and energetic daily to face challenges confidently. Taking action is to avoid getting worry.  



5.      Live here and now: Adopt the right attitude to live life. You neither can do anything about the past nor the future. But you can do a lot today. The smart way is to do those things that are important to you and get what you want out of life.   

Each today, well-lived, makes yesterday a dream of happiness and each tomorrow a vision of hope. Look, therefore, to this one day, for it and it alone is life. ~ Sanskrit poem


6.      Don’t worry about things beyond your control: There is nothing you can do about the economy or anything at all that you have no control. Focus your thoughts and energy on what you can do right now and do it. Do the best you can and do not pay too much attention to the outcome.

You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you. ~Brian Tracy


7.      What is the problem: Every time when you worry, ask yourself this question. It brings focus to your mind about things that you are concerned. More often than not, there is no cause for alarm. 

Let us be of good cheer, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which will never happen.  ~James Russel Lowell




Don’t torture yourself by worrying. Change your thinking, take action and transform your life for the better.  

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