How to Become More Consistent in Your Daily Journaling

Life is a great teacher. But you have to pay attention and take notes if you want to be a great student. That’s why I made journaling a regular part of my morning ritual several years ago.

Journaling helps me clarify my thinking, process my feelings, and make better decisions. It’s also cheaper than therapy! But like most people, I haven’t always been consistent.

How to Make Positivity Go Viral in Your Organization

5 Ways to Avoid Catching an Emotional Cold

We’re used to hearing about people getting sick at the office. Someone brings in the cold or the flu, and it spreads. But that’s not the only thing that goes viral in the workplace.

For a couple of decades now, researchers have been studying something called emotional contagion. It’s important for leaders to understand because of the effect it has on our organizations.

The latest findings show us why you have to keep a close watch on the mood of your team. Managed well, it can energize your team to achieve results. Managed badly, it can poison all your efforts.

3 Simple Rules for a Marriage You Love

What Leaders Need to Know About Their Most Important Relationship

As a leader, the health of your marriage directly impacts your effectiveness. Nothing will undermine it faster than a bad marriage. And few things will advance it like a good one.

But it’s not easy. All marriages are works in progress. I’ve been married to Gail for thirty-eight years, and we’re still working on ours.

How to End Every Day Feeling Accomplished

It Can Be Done When You Master These 3 Skills

This is a guest post by John Lee Dumas. John is the host of the award-winning Entrepreneur on Fire podcast and creator of The Mastery Journal.

If there’s one thing that has the power to encourage and motivate us unlike anything else, it’s the feeling of accomplishment and the momentum it brings.

It’s a feeling we all want, but one that often eludes us. The busyness of the day takes over, and instead of celebrating the day, proud of what you’ve accomplished, you look back and wonder what exactly you were able to get done.

If this sounds familiar, then you’re not alone. 

What Story Are You Telling Yourself?

Overcome Limiting Beliefs with These 5 Steps

Several years ago, I heard the CEO of a major corporation speak at a leadership conference. He started by saying he wasn’t a “gifted speaker.” It got worse from there.

He rambled for a solid hour. Clearly, he was unprepared. It was painful. And the whole episode could have been avoided.

The CEO had fallen victim to the Narrator.

When and How to Use Habits to Achieve Your Goals

Plus My Favorite Habit-Tracking App

Great results don’t just happen. You don’t usually drift to a destination you would have chosen. Instead, you have to be intentional, force yourself to get clear on what you want and why it’s important, and then pursue a plan of action that accomplishes your objective.

Sometimes, this involves setting an achievement goal with a definable end point, such as finishing a book, running a marathon, or hitting a financial benchmark. But often, significant achievements are the result of ingrained habits over time.

Why I Started Using Evernote Mobile Again

5 Features to Make You More Productive on the Go

If you’ve followed my blog for more than a few months, you know I love Evernote. It is an application I use every day. It’s not only my digital brain, it’s the main tool I use to implement my personal productivity system.

But I’ve found myself using the mobile version of Evernote less and less over the last several years. Why? It was cumbersome. It required multiple steps to get even the most basic tasks done.

How to Ensure You Never Have Another Terrible Meeting

One Resource to Help You Stay Focused and Get Results

Ask leaders about the most efficient way to be inefficient, and I bet most will say “bad meetings.” But the hard truth is that meetings are not only inevitable, they’re also essential. Why?

If our teams are going to achieve major goals, we need to be able to plan, coordinate, and tackle problems together. The problem is that many meetings are the least productive use of our time, right?

How to Take Responsibility after a Major Mistake

4 Steps to Get Your Life Back on Track

One key to leadership is being willing to take responsibility for your mistakes. Good leaders do this even when they’re guilty of only 10 percent of the problem or accusation. But the truth is we’ve all had cases where we’ve been guilty of the whole enchilada, right?

I once had a teammate—this was years ago now—who was caught viewing porn on her computer at work. I don’t know how she thought she’d get away with it. Her computer screen was visible to just about anyone walking by.