When our jobs require us to seek out mistakes and fix errors, our brains become trained to find the negative. So instead, keep an eye out for the positive. Your coworker who held the door open, your new pen that writes so smoothly, that comfortable chair, etc… Merely noticing these small items can boost your happiness.

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When was the last time you felt stuck? Maybe you felt stuck in a dead end job, or a toxic relationship. Maybe you felt like you had no direction in life and didn’t know what choice to make. We have all felt stuck in some area of our life, and it can feel like we’re peddling with the breaks on, going nowhere fast! Fortunately there is usually a way out of our problems.

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Sometimes it can be hard to get things done and stay productive. It’s not that you don’t know what your priorities are; it’s just that it is difficult finding the motivation and time to keep at it.

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We all want to live our best possible life. We want improvements in finances, relationships and everything else. Yet we all know that it is “we” who needs to change in order to improve these areas. Here are 25 interesting, inspiring and practical tips that can help you change the way you look at the world and to live a better life.

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Where in your life would like to see transformation? Maybe it’s improving your character and becoming a more patient and compassionate person. Maybe you want to excel in your career, or start exercising more often and eating better. I believe as human beings we are motivated to seek autonomy, personal growth, and a sense of competence. We all have the ability to become better people and fulfill our potential, but it’s easier said than done.

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Many people don’t put in their best effort unless they have to. When was the last time you tried to skimp by and just do the bare minimum? We’ve all been there and it probably won’t be the last time we battle with motivation. I struggle with motivation when I don’t care about what I’m doing or when I lack interest. Sometimes my lack of effort comes when I am feeling drained of energy and am overwhelmed with responsibilities. Either way, when I get in a funk I have to be intentional about giving my full effort and making the most of my experience. So what can you do the next time you start getting negative and are struggling with enthusiasm and engagement? Here are twenty tips to help you be at your best and make the most of each and every day.

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“One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a Well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the donkey was old, and the Well, needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey did something amazing. He shook it off and took a step up. As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!”

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