Their Success Doesn’t Threaten Ours

Why Competition Isn't Always Good

This is a guest post from my friend Lysa TerKeurst, a No. 1 New York Times bestselling author. Her most recent book is Uninvited. Find out more here.

Competition is good. Except when it isn’t. It’s good for board games and sports fields. But it can feel different when it comes to our most important work.

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Navigating the delicate art of comparison and unhealthy competition does not come naturally to me. I’ve wrestled through this. I’ve lost. I’ve won. And I’ve found it incredibly necessary to think about my pursuits in a better way.

7 Steps to Getting Unstuck and Becoming More Productive

Stop Letting Distractions Hold You Back

Be honest. You’re distracted, right? In fact, that’s probably why you are reading this blog post instead of working on that project you should be working on now.

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Maybe you’re like my friend, Justin, who told me he was having real trouble making progress on his book. “The deadline is looming,” he admitted. “But I can’t seem to get focused.”

I know the feeling.

Are You Ready to Join the Productivity Revolution?

8 Experts Reveal Game-Changing Insights from the New Science of Productivity

The way we’re doing productivity isn’t working. I hear stories and regrets that confirm it whenever I talk with entrepreneurs, executives, and other busy leaders. The old methods are no match for all the interruptions and distractions of today’s environment.

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Thankfully, there’s a new, emerging science of productivity—and you’re invited to listen to eight of the leading experts in the field. In my new Free to Focus Productivity Summit, they’ll be revealing strategies to help you cut out the noise in your life and unleash your true potential at work and at home!

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Happy People Are More Magnetic [Podcast S08E09]

How to Become One in 7 Steps

Welcome to Season 8, Episode 9 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how to become a happy, magnetic person.

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I want to be a happy person that other people want to be around. But that doesn’t happen by accident—it’s intentional. In today’s episode, we give you 7 steps to develop the kind of magnetic presence driven by true happiness.

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“I don’t run from a challenge because I am afraid.  Instead, I run toward it because the only way to escape fear is to trample it beneath your feet.” – Nadia Comaneci

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Why the Best Leaders Are Great Followers

5 Hidden Attributes That Command Respect

When I first became an acquisitions editor, I took a proposal for a book on leadership to our Pub Board. (This is the group in a publishing company that determines what gets published and what doesn’t.) The consensus was that the book was not commercially viable. The market was just too small.

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But in 1998 everything changed. Thomas Nelson published the The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell. I was the VP of Marketing at that time. My job was to help make the book a success.

How Can You Optimize Your Computer for Top Productivity?

10 Utilities I Install First on Any New Device to Shave Time and Drive Results

A while back I swapped my MacBook Pro for an iMac as my main computer. The iMac is a killer machine, but I was honestly a little frustrated at first.

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We all have ways we like to work. And some are more efficient than others. Over the years, I’ve tinkered and fine-tuned my approach for maximum productivity.

How to Lead in the Face of Criticism [Podcast S08E08]

(And Why Being Offended Is a Choice)

Welcome to Season 8, Episode 8 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how to lead in the face of criticism.

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Criticism is inevitable, especially as your success and business grow. In today’s episode, we give you four foundational truths to remember so you can remain grounded and refuse to take offense.

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"There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." - Albert Einstein

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One Trap Leaders Can Avoid if They Choose

3 Practices for Staying Fully Engaged in the Present

If you’re a successful leader, you have high standards. That’s part of what makes you successful. You constantly strive to improve, to achieve.

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You’re future oriented—most leaders I know are. You’re always working toward something better than you see right now. And that’s important, but there is also a dark side to this orientation: perfectionism.

If you’re not careful, part of what makes you great can also drive you crazy. I know because I’m describing myself.

7 Steps to Take Before You Quit Your Job

How to Pivot with Dignity and Respect

Face it. You will eventually quit your job. It may be this year. It may be next. It may be ten years from now. But it’s inevitable. It’s only a matter of time. The only real question is: How do you pivot (professionally) without burning your bridges?

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You may want to come back. I left one company, Thomas Nelson, and eventually returned and became the CEO. You never know. At the very least, you may need a reference.

Unfortunately, many people don’t always end their tenure at a company as well as they began. The key is to begin with the end in mind. As leaders, we should be intentional about everything we do—even quitting.