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Take on a new challenge
January 31, 2011

Your New Year's Resolutions...

...are to 'be more positive' and 'take on a new challenge'.

It's a tough climate, with rampant inflation, job scarcity and gloom looming round every corner. But maybe that's the best time to try something new? Like the phoenix rising from the flames, now might be exactly when you should shed your old self and be re-born as something newer, fresher, and more youthful?

Cast your mind back to when you were young. Did the you then dream you would be the you now? Maybe 2011 is the year for changing career? You can find some 7 midlife career change tips to help with your re-incarnation.

A lucky person from Mattel told me their New Year's Resolutions and won the "Develop Powerful Positivity" audio pack, with 5 downloads written and recorded by psychology professionals to develop positive thinking and attitudes, shield yourself from negative people and thoughts and to believe firmly in yourself. Take a look, it might be what you're looking for.

How to make the most of life - the promotion and prevention mindset explained.

"Nothing is good or bad, but thinking makes it so" William Shakespeare

Hamlet is a prisoner of his own thinking. Are you held prisoner by your thinking or does your mind have a passport to possibility land? I was moved by a study on loneliness to write about the promotion and prevention mindset, and how you can break the chains that bind and make the most of your life. And 'be more positive'.

If you've just brewed a fresh coffee and compelled to find out more, here's a short article about dealing with depression in the workplace and how to develop perseverance, persistence and determination at work.

Over to you - New Year, new you?

Take this 2 minute survey and let me know how you are progressing with taking on a new challenge (or not!). And how much you're prepared to change to make it happen...

And a warm welcome to Joe from University of Notre Dame Management and Leadership faculty

I am pleased to share a leadership article in which 5 famous people are put on the pedestal and suggestions made on how to use their teachings in your everyday life. Enjoy!

Warm Regards

Lyndsay's Signature

PS If you participate in the survey I'll let you in on the results next month :o)

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1. 7 Midlife Career Change Tips - how Van Gogh did it
It's never too late for a midlife career change. Before he taught himself how to paint, *Vincent Van Gogh was an art dealer, schoolmaster, student priest, and missionary.

2. How to Make the Most of Life: The Promotion/Prevention Mindsets Explained
Yes I'd like to know how to make the most of life. It's the only one I've got after all. So, do I a) go out and make the most of any situation, come what may or b) do my best to avoid making mistakes or get caught out?

3. Dealing with Depression In The Workplace
It's vital to be informed about mental health, especially if you want to be an effective leader, manager, parent, or friend. Dealing with depression in the workplace is important, particularly if you are responsible for growth, learning and development for others and yourself.

4. Never Give Up: Perseverance, Persistence and Determination at Work
"Never, Never, Never Give Up" said Winston Churchill, UK prime minister, after heavy Blitz bombing in World War II. We know in our bones that perseverance, persistence and determination are solid character strengths. But when the pressure is on, why do some dig deep and others buckle under the strain?

5. 5 Top Leadership Quotes by Famous People
Leadership quotes by famous people are usually about the qualities it takes to be a good leader. But every quote is slightly different; each summarizes a distinctive leadership quality or trait, perhaps the quality that resonated most with the person who stated it.

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