Take the Good in Life and Reject the Rest by Saying No

Saying no is more powerful than you probably thing. When was the last time you watched a bee as it busily went from flower to flower collecting the nectar and pollen that would become the life saving energy source for the larvae back at the hive? While some bees are happy to collect pollen from many different plants and flowers, others specialize in only collecting from certain species. The honey produced in the hives of these specialist bees is highly sought after for its unique qualities and flavors.   In our life choices, we can be like the specialist honeybee, taking the good things offered to us in life, and rejecting the rest that will potentially harm us, or our quality of life. Learning to say no is a powerful tool that many of us rarely, if ever use. Learning to reject or say no to what will hurt or harm us in the long term is the key to reducing the amount of stress we carry each day and to feeling better about ourselves, but also the choices we make. As we learn to ...
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You Are Worth It!

Do you sometimes feel like you are a work in progress?  Do you feel the drive to keep improving yourself and then find yourself in a spiral of despair because you just never feel like you measure up? For many people, this is their reality. Research has shown that this may be one of the most common causes of weight gain and emotional eating disorders.   All of us need to find freedom from the cycle that we are imperfect. While we all have room to grow and develop; the most freeing of all realities about ourselves that we need to absorb and accept is that we are a unique and beautiful human being. There is no one quite like us on this earth and there never will be. Once we accept this for ourselves, we can then look for ways to make the good in us better. Without this perspective, we will constantly strive to find some self-acceptance and won’t move much beyond this point in our life.   An old African proverb reminds us that if we don’t have any enemies inside us, the...
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The Half-Full Glass and Positive People

Do you know a person who always seems happy and positive about themselves and life in general? They never seem to have a problem and seem to be able to deal with things in life with composure and grace. Do you wish you were more like them and able to deal with your life circumstances like they do?   These people have a way of seeing life as being the “half full glass” where even if things are going very wrong, they find something positive in it to focus on. This way of viewing life is natural for some people, but for the majority of people who use this approach to life, it is a learned response. It results from making an intention to look at the positive and not to dwell on the negative and then practicing doing this.   Sounds easy when it’s on paper, but in the reality of life, it’s usually not. How do people learn to focus on the half-full glass and not the half-empty one and remain positive? It’s not easy to be thankful when faced with difficult circumstance...
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Are Dreams, Wishes and Goals the Same?

This is a question that you may have asked many times, but have not yet received a satisfying answer to. Well, wishes, dreams and goals are not at all the same. Their meanings may be similar, but there is a difference between the three of them.   I'm sure you have heard someone wishing something. I'm also quite sure you have wished for something yourself. A person can ask for thousands of wishes. It is something that one desires to have, but does not have it yet. There can be an endless list of wishes in a person’s life. It can be from buying a designer dress to almost anything.   On the other hand, a dream is something that a person visualizes to have someday. It is more like a goal that you visualize. Dreams give a person the motivation to stand up and move forward in life. Without dreams, a person’s life would have found no meaning or taste.   A goal is a target that a person sets in life. In other words, once obtained you can call it an achievement. Wishes,...
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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Being a Woman Entrepreneur

As an entrepreneur, you will have advantages to help you succeed. Unfortunately, there will also be disadvantages. As a woman taking on entrepreneurship, however, you may face challenges and develop strengths differing from what a man may experience during his entrepreneurial career. It’s important to identify these possible issues so that you may use your advantages to become a successful businesswoman and learn how to overcome the disadvantages holding you back.  

The Disadvantages

Networking

Women are less likely to have relationships with people who have networks or connections to help launch and sustain a business. Not only does a network provide valuable information needed to successfully create a business, but it also provides a mentorship as well as referrals you may need for future expansion. Due to the tendency of the highest levels of corporate leadership to be mostly occupied by men, it is difficult for female entrepreneurs to find a woman in a high occupat...
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How Women Can Learn to Use Graceful Flow for Success in Life

Many business women make the mistake of thinking that they have to abandon their feminine side and embrace all things masculine in order to get ahead in business. The truth is that no matter what job or industry you are working in, you will never be truly successful and happy in your career if you are pretending to be something that you're not. You might think the role of hard-headed businessman is the only way to succeed in top companies, but most businesses have more than enough of this type. Their masculine energy rides roughshod over anyone who doesn’t meet their exacting, and often unrealistically high standards. It also silences any disagreement or any creative thinking that might come into conflict with their vision of how things "should" be done. Feminine energy is a lot less action oriented. It is softer, more creative and flexible. Feminine energy goes with the flow. It doesn’t try to redirect the river.

The Idea of Graceful Flow

The idea of flow is that everyt...
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Goal Setting for Women Entrepreneurs

Most successful women create a set of goals that they strive to reach, which helps them stay on track as they work toward success. Without setting goals and applying effort to long-term improvement, you won’t get very far even if you do work hard. This is especially true if you're trying to balance maintaining a busy household with helping your young business flourish. Here are some tips that may be helpful to women entrepreneurs while setting goals for themselves and their businesses.

Consider Using Visual Aids

You may not think of visual aids like graphs or progress charts when it comes to forming a professional plan. But, these things are more effective motivators than you may think. Looking at a visual representation of the progress you’ve made can make a bigger impact than simply looking at the numbers. Not only that, creating a fun graphical image also gives you something that you can display around your workplace to motivate your team members and to help the busin...
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