Be A Better Leader With These New Year Resolutions!

Leadership is a journey that has its share of ups and downs. You can probably recall glorious moments when your team aced a big project. There may also be times when your group has to rise through failures and losses. Heading a team can feel like treading a rough road as leaders continuously try various ways to tweak and improve their management styles.

For this reason, the new year is also a wonderful time for leaders. The upcoming year presents numerous opportunities to achieve more and be better! You can avoid past mistakes or hasten current progress by carefully reflecting on the things you can do to enhance or change your leadership tactics. Leaders who set their sights on growth and development can start the year right with the suggested New Year’s resolutions below.

Be more involved with your team.

As a leader, you may enjoy power and privilege to some extent. Yet when you come to think of it, a leader is nothing without a team to lead. This irony illustrates that leaders should make it a priority to connect with the people under their wing. If you hardly know anything about your staff, then you must have been leading from a distance.

This management approach can create problems such as miscommunication and poor judgment. Your staff may also find it hard to develop trust and respect for you. This is counterproductive because a research study published by Ken Blanchard Companies reveals that employees deliver better work performance if they trust their leaders. To be more involved and develop trust with your team, you can arrange social events that encourage interaction. You can also develop an open-door policy so everyone can feel free and confident to voice their sentiments or share ideas.

Be better in time-management.

Does your year-end review reveal that you failed to accomplish many of your goals because you ran out of time for it? It is a clear sign that you need to improve your time-management skills. You can examine the activities that ate up most of your time last year that also did not produce favorable results. Maybe you will realize that you have to minimize office meetings with no clear agenda or you may discover that your staff spends too much on easy, doable tasks. To prove this point, a survey done by Harvard Business Review states the majority of managers view office meetings to be inefficient. To increase productivity in the workplace, you can resolve to eliminate distractions and set strict, but reasonable deadlines for tasks.

Love your role as a leader.

Tasks and challenges appear easier when you love what you do. So as a leader, you may need to do some self-reflection to assess how passionate you are about guiding and coaching a whole team. If you see your tasks as blessings rather than burdens, you are on the right track. But if coming to work everyday feels like a struggle, you may need to change your perspective. Choosing to be grateful for the opportunity to lead is a good start. If you truly enjoy your role, you will be more productive and can lead more effectively. Moreover, your enthusiasm will radiate and positively influence your team,

The New Year is always a time for joyous celebrations because it signifies fresh hopes and new beginnings. In terms of leadership, it is possible that the past year has not been so good, but this does not matter going forward. With the new year ahead, you have a whole new chance to start over, fix things and tremendously improve. Take the first step to improvement by making the resolutions above.  

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Have You Been Generous? Year-End Reflections For A Better 2019

“Giving pays the highest interest rate, and has the longest term,
of any investment available.” Jeffrey K. Wilson

It seems like just yesterday you welcomed 2018 with a bang and in a flash, the last month of the year is here! If you are wondering where the year went and how well you have done, a little self reflection can help. There are many ways to measure how fruitful the year has been but one unique way to do it is by assessing how generous you have been. The positive effect of of even a simple act of kindness can inspire others to pay it forward.

Generosity can be life changing and is likely to have a ripple effect. If you exerted efforts to give back to society, then you can indeed conclude that it had been a wonderful and productive year. Reflecting on your philanthropic endeavors can likewise help you prepare for a better year ahead. It is a great way to wrap up up the year and welcome the new one on a positive note. Here are three questions to ask yourself for a meaningful year-end reflection.

Are you sincere and passionate about giving?

Philanthropy is a rewarding activity for many reasons. For one, a study revealed that a caring attitude increases life expectancy. However, the benefits that you will gain from altruism should not be your primary reason for doing good deeds. Your journey on philanthropy will be purposeful if you do it with a genuine desire to extend a helping hand to others.

Forget your selfish reasons and focus on how your actions can benefit others than yourself. our sincerity will not be a question if you truly enjoy doing philanthropic activities. It will therefore greatly help to choose a cause that is close to your heart or will allow you to do the things you love. If you are passionate about doing charitable work, your actions are likely to feel more rewarding than tiring.

Do you practice philanthropy in your daily life?

Charitable activities may bring to mind a formal volunteering event or supporting a particular fundraising campaign. The true philanthropist, though, understands that being charitable is not a one-time act or event. Rather, it is a way of life. If you pay close attention to the needs of others you can discover numerous ways to practice philanthropy as you go about your day. So grab any chance you can get to offer help to the people you interact with everyday. Try incorporating generosity in your daily agenda and you may just see positive improvement in your life.

What else can you do to give more?

If you have been regularly contributing to a particular cause, you can discover more ways to serve others or help an organization. Maybe you can recruit more volunteers or train new ones. You can probably act as a leader of a team, too. Growth is possible even in your philanthropic life so do not be afraid to take new and more challenging responsibilities if you feel ready for it.

In the end, your reflection regarding philanthropy can make you feel accomplished or melancholic. In case your reflection leads to an awareness that 2018 has not been good in terms of altruistic activities, resist the urge to wallow in regret. The good news is that you still have December to share your blessings and spread kindness. You do not have to worry f your holiday schedule is so full that it is impossible to squeeze in philanthropy on your list. With the new year approaching, you will soon have twelve whole months to plan and carry out generous activities.

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Free Yourself From These Things To Live A Life Of Adventure

A life of adventure is all about pursuing your dreams and chasing your passions. It is living the life you have always wanted and doing the things that make you happy. But what does it take for you to finally turn the ideal lifestyle in your mind into reality?

What are the essential steps you can take to make the most out of your everyday existence? Aside from igniting that spark within to inspire you to take a different path or deviate from the typical, you also need to free yourself from certain things. If you are ready for an adventure-filled life, you need to be willing to let go of the following:

Let go of fears and doubts

Courage is an essential in any adventure you will take so the first thing that you need to let go of is fear. You need strength to explore unfamiliar places and bravery to fight any obstacle. You can prevent fear from controlling your every move by anticipating and preparing for any adversity that you may have to face. You can also hush your inner doubt by increasing your confidence.

Let go of perfection

Perfectionists delay embarking on a new challenge because they keep on waiting for the perfect timing or the perfect environment. Unfortunately, these perfect settings may never come or come too late. Sometimes the right moment is just when you decide to do it. Adventure is mostly about allowing yourself to be vulnerable to mistakes that will help you learn along the way. So dare to be spontaneous and life may just surprise you with wonderful rewards.

Let go of standards

Society sets standards that may not be in sync with the life of adventure you have in mind. So this may mean that you have to break free from ideal norms as you pursue the extraordinary adventure of your dreams. To take the road less traveled, you may have to ignore the common standards of success. You may also need to forego of the need to follow trends. Instead of relying on society’s expectations, let the things that make you happy define your standards of success.

Let go of narrow-mindedness

An adventure may expose you to a new way of thinking or beliefs. You may also meet folks that are your total opposite. To be a true adventurer, you need to learn to accept and respect diversity. At the same time, you should also open your minds to unconventional ideas and concepts.

Let go of negativity

Instead of boring endeavors, you will see exciting challenges and instead of the difficulties you will see the possibilities. That is if you decide to throw away negativity and focus on positivity. A positive attitude is necessary so you can welcome every adventure with eagerness.

Sadly, not everyone will experience the immense fulfillment that living an adventurous life may offer. For many people, the dangers and hazards that are involved with living on the edge may prove to be too scary or inconvenient. However, you cannot turn your back on risks if you wish to have a meaningful existence. Most of the time, you have to embrace the unknown and gamble on uncertainty. But as they say, “You only live once” so the sacrifices you make in pursuing your dream will most likely be worth it.

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How to Become a Successful Philanthropist

Helping people in need is both one of the most rewarding and important callings we have in life. But making these philanthropic impacts can sometimes be a bit of a challenge, if you don’t know where to start or how to reach and touch the lives of as many people as you can. Remember these three tips on your journey to becoming a successful philanthropist. And, you will be well on your way to effectively helping and improving the lives of the most people as possible in no time!

Forget about the praise

Remember that the work you are doing and all the efforts you devote to your philanthropic goals are ultimately not for you. Philanthropy exists to serve others, so don’t let the attention, glory, and admiration, that will no doubt come with a successful and effective philanthropy, get in the way of helping others. Keep your focus on your goals and the lives you are improving – that’s what makes everything worth it. All the other stuff that comes with it is just icing on the cake.

Create a sense of urgency

Grow your project by spreading the word. Inform others of the issues you are passionate about – and deliver your messages with importance. Tell them why you believe this particular issue is one worth fighting. Inform them with factual information and specific examples. Do your research and know your facts so you can effectively convince people why they should be passionate about it too.

Use the power of the single story

Use the power of the single story to spread this sense of urgency. Single stories are stories that tell the narrative of just one person.  They give a personal, and sometimes emotional, glimpse into someone else’s reality. They share honest details of what life is like for someone else. By sharing the facts of someone’s story with others, you will not only spread awareness about your cause, but you will also make others care about it as well.

Remain mindful of the danger of the single story

But be wary of using the power of the single story because, just as they can be used to spread awareness and urgency about your cause, they can also be easily manipulated into stereotypes. When telling one story it is almost second nature to assume that everyone else who has had similar life experiences has felt the same way or faced the same challenges. So know a variety of stories and share a balance of them.

At the end of the day, whether you are “successful” or not in philanthropy, is not the main goal. The main goal is serving and blessing others in the way that you have been. As long as you are giving back with a clear mind and a full heart, you need nothing else!

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Is Success a Destination?

Before you clicked on this article, you probably figured that the answer to, “Is success a destination?” was a resounding, “No.” Well, if you guessed that, then you’re absolutely correct. Success is not a singular destination. There are many paths on the way to success, and success doesn’t look the same to any two travelers along the way. Success is so much more than a destination, and frantically peeking at other people’s roadmaps to success will only land you smack-dab in the middle of misery central.

Is Success a Destination?

More Than a Destination, Success is a Journey

As with happiness (and other worthy virtues to strive for), the journey on the way to success is vastly more important than the arrival.

If you stay focused on the destination alone, you would miss all of the brightest moments on your journey to success. There will be twists, and there will be turns. There will be steep cliffs off to one side, and the longer you travel along the winding road, the more striking views you’ll encounter through your windshield.

Make sure to take snapshots of those monumental moments. You’ll be glad you have proof of the journey once you’ve reached the end of your metaphorical road.

Success is Not a Destination; It’s a State of Mind

When you get it in your head that success is not a finite destination and is, instead, a state of mind, then your whole perspective on failure will change. Defeatists will believe that failure means the end of their journey to success.

People who have a positive outlook on success and recognize that it’s a state of mind will be able to see failure for what it is. Each failure is an opportunity to learn and to grow. Failure is not the end of the road; it’s a way to reroute your metaphorical GPS.

Beyond a Destination, Success is What You Make It

No one can tell you precisely what success is. Just as one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, one man’s success is another man’s failure. That’s why it’s vitally important not to compare journeys. Trying to keep up with the Joneses is the death of success.

Success is what you make it, so make the most of what you’ve been given.

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Tips for New Philanthropists

New to the philanthropy scene? Not to worry, we have some universal tips for new philanthropists. Even if you’ve been in the business of helping others for as long as you can remember, it doesn’t hurt to take a quick refresher course on best practices.

Tips for New Philanthropists

Learn From Those Who Have Come Before You

When you’re first starting out as a new philanthropist, it’s important to recognize that you’re not the first person to pursue this particular corner of philanthropy. No matter how specific the need you’re fulfilling is, there’s a great chance that someone before you has tried to solve the same problem. If not, there’s been someone who’s tried to solve a remarkably similar issue.

Regardless, the best place to start as a new philanthropist is at the very beginning. As commonsensical as that may seem, it’s an undeniable truth. Start by learning from those who have come before you, so you never make their same mistakes, and you can build upon their experiences, rather than reinventing the wheel.

Figure Out How to Define Your Own Impact

That being said, as a new philanthropist, you have to figure out a way to define your own impact. You can build upon the work of those who have come before you, but you must always to remember to make your impact your own.

Philanthropy is one of the best, most positive ways to make your mark on the world. Make sure the message you scrawl out on the sands of time is one of hope.

Seek Only Sustainable Philanthropy

Speaking of the sands of time, consider that every philanthropic act you take will have reverberating consequences that will last long after you’re gone.

When you’re looking for opportunities to do good in the world, be sure that the work you sign up to do is sustainable philanthropy. Sustainable philanthropy is the kind that can continue without your help—or anyone else’s outside help, for that matter.

With regard to sustainable philanthropy, the work you do in other communities, or even in your own community, should be able to be taken over by the people within that community with ease.

The best legacy you can leave is one of having helped others to help themselves.

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