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Difficult people defy logic. They create unnecessary complexity, strife and worst of all stress.
90 % of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in ord...
People often feel pressure to listen to complainers because they don’t want to be seen as callous or rude.
Avoid this by setting limits and distancing yourself when necessary.
Difficult people drive you crazy because their behavior is so irrational.
Distance yourself from them emotionally and approach your interactions like they’re a science p...
If you set boundaries and decide when and where you’ll engage a difficult person, you can control much of the chaos.
The only trick is to stick to your guns and keep boundaries i...
Smart people know how important it is to live to fight another day, especially when your foe is a toxic individual.
When you read and respond to your emotions, you’re...
When it comes to toxic people, fixating on how crazy and difficult they are gives them power over you.
Focus instead on how you're going to go about handling them. This ...
Smart people are unwilling to be bogged down unnecessarily by others’ mistakes, so they let them go quickly and are assertive in protecting themselves from future harm.
There’s nothing wrong with feeling bad about how someone is treating you, but your self-talk (the thoughts you have about your feelings) can either intensify the negativity or...
Sleep deprivation raises stress hormone levels on its own, even without a stressor present.
A good night’s sleep makes you more positive, creative and proactive in...
Everyone has someone at work and/or outside work who is on their team and ready to help them get the best from a difficult situation. Identify these individuals in your life and make an effor...
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Used effectively, stress can motivate us to accomplish more than we had imagined possible. Stress can jolt us to reach our potential. Without stress, we’d feel rudderless and without purpose.
Resilience is how we deal with stress effectively so we “bounce back” after a difficult time.
As we deal with issues that cause tension and strain, we learn to face adversity, deal with significant issues and overcome problems. We learn how to formulate realistic plans and carry them out.
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It's the skill that enables us to recover quickly from difficulties. It means adapting well in the face of trauma, tragedy or significant stress.
We build our resilience by learni...
The primary factor in resilience is having supportive relationships, inside and outside the family.
Close friends, family and loved ones represent our social support; they encourage and motivate us, and let us know that we aren’t alone.
The way we view a potentially stressful situation can either make the crisis worse in our mind or minimize it.
Reframing things in a more positive way can alter our perceptions and relieve our stressful feelings.
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Optimists tend to avoid difficult conversations and this could lead them to miss the opportunity of addressing critical issues.
Pessimists inherently look for the problems more than ...
Pessimists are good role models for those who are "yes men".
If you only have around you people that agree with you, you are being set up for failure.
Optimists often fail to have a Plan B because they believe they can control all the elements within Plan A.
Pessimists can alert a team regarding the risks that would require a Plan B.
Try not to react immediately, but be patient and gather as much information as possible.
If the problem will not matter a year from now, distance yourself somewhat from the situation to gain ...
When you are in a stressful situation, do not allow your mind to imagine the worst-case scenario.
Focus your mind on something positive.
The "what if" line of questioning induces panic and lets you focus on imagined situations that escalate the problem.
Focus on the facts and work on a solution.
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Having more options doesn’t mean that we will be happier, although, we often think that it will.
When we have too many choices, it is more difficult to take action, and if we decide, we are l...
Money is related to happiness. If you don’t have enough money to feed your family, more money will more likely increase your happiness.
But once you have met all of the basic needs, money is less influential.
People are happiest and perform their best when they are actively engaged in what they are doing.
To find happiness in your work, the key is to have projects that take you just outside of your comfort zone.
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Listening to classical music can help people perform tasks more efficiently.
The absence of words in the music may be one factor, as songs that contain lyrics have been found to ...
This theory suggests that listening to classical composers can enhance brain activity and act as a catalyst for improving health and well-being.
Listening to the sounds of nature (waves crashing or a babbling brook) has been shown to boost moods and focus. They also help mask harsher, more distracting noises, such as people talking or typing
Nature sounds work best when they’re soothing sounds (flowing water or rainfall, while more jarring noises (bird calls and animal noises) can be distracting.
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You have to know who you are and what you want.
Self-improvement begins with a keen awareness of who you are and what are your values, beliefs and the larger purpose you wish to ...
Curiosity creates a longing to know more, do more and be more.
To have a successful life, you have to cultivate your sense of wonder and be curious about what the future might hold. Curiosity helps you see any situation as an opportunity for your advancement and learning.
It improves your ability to prioritize and it makes decision-making easier.
It also provides commitment: it's usually hard to commit to something that has no foreseeable future.
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Self-destructive behaviors can become habits and can continually undermine your success and happiness.
Self-sabotage is when we want something, but somehow we never accomplish it, because somewhere deep in our subconscious we’re fighting against that goal:
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