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8 Motivation Killers You Need To Be Aware Of Now

Stop Living In The Future

The future seldom turns out as we would like it to. Avoid overdoing your efforts into planning for a particular future if there are things he could do now to bring it closer.

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8 Motivation Killers You Need To Be Aware Of Now

8 Motivation Killers You Need To Be Aware Of Now


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Negative People

Negative people want to bring you down. They rarely contribute, cannot accept you, and consistently work to hurt, belittle or suck away your motivation.

Regardless of your accomplishments or recent achievements, they will try to not only make you feel bad so they can feel better but try and hurt you in the process. If any of these people are in your life, just remove them without hesitation.

Negative News

Negative news will slowly bring you down, eventually draining your energy and leaving you unmotivated.

Try to keep your distance from people who complain a lot and from media that promotes negative news.

Fear Of Failure

Many see failure as proof that our effort meant nothing. But failure is a feedback system and gives you the opportunity to fix things, reflect, and grow for the next time.

When you fail, take a step back, look at the events that led to it, try to find the lesson in the failure and act upon it.


You have dreams, aspirations or goals. But they won’t become a reality if you don’t take action. Anything will do, no matter how small or big.

Inaction not only prevents you from progressing but it can set you back as some things are time sensitive in nature. Don’t overthink it, just do it.

Don’t Overdo It

Be productive but don’t forget that sometimes you need a break. Taking a break has been proven to: relax, reduce stress, increase productivity and give you new perspectives.

Burning yourself out is only going to make you tired, kill your motivation and stop your momentum.

Forget The Past

We tend to bring past issues into the present even when it doesn’t help. But all it does is take your focus away from or complicated the issues at hand.

To bring yourself to the moment try to be conscious of your breathing: focus on your inhale, your exhale and the pause in-between.

Stop Living In The Future

The future seldom turns out as we would like it to. Avoid overdoing your efforts into planning for a particular future if there are things he could do now to bring it closer.

Care For Yourself

Find time for yourself, and make your schedule work for you, don’t work for your schedule. And don’t focus so much on the lives of others that you forget your own, most relationships are transient after all.


Be selective

When you start on a project, make sure it is something you are passionate about and you want to see through.

If you aren’t sure that this is something you really want to do, try it out on a s...

Estimate the resources you need

It doesn’t have to be exhaustive. Just a quick outline will help. The point is to have something that guides you.

Do a quick plan on how much time and effort this idea will take, so you can have a bird’s eye view.

Budget your time and energy

Good planning of resources help you plan out your energy and expectations. 

So plan out your time and resources accordingly and integrate them into your schedule/to-do list. Block out time in your calendar for the project. Give yourself some buffer as well, in case of contingencies.

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Where you see yourself in 5 years
Where you see yourself in 5 years

A regular job-interviewing question is where you see yourself in 5 years.

The purpose of this question is to see if you would like to stay at the company for many years. Bringing on new emp...

Too Much Focus on the Future

The "Where do you see yourself in 5 years" question is about the interviewer wanting to see if you can draw a straight line from the future back to the present. A two-part answer works well.

  • " I want this particular job..." reinforces your desire for the position.
  • In part two, explain your future plans "... because it will help ..."
What Career Path the Company Offers

You should answer the question honestly, but your answer should also reflect the research you put into the company.

Find out what training programs are offered through the firm while holding down your full-time job. Mention your goal to grow your skills, and you'll impress your interviewer with your future-focused desires.

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The Meeting Agenda
The Meeting Agenda

Normally managers put an emphasis on having a written meeting agenda prior to a meeting.

Research shows that having an agenda is of no relevance, and what's important is how the leader fa...

A Question-Based Approach

By having a question-based approach as opposed to topics, participants begin to think and act differently, marching towards the true intent of the being together, with intention.

    Specific and Challenging Questions

    Agenda questions can be molded to be like goals for the employees, to get them on their feet, energizing them and focusing their attention.

    Group goals promote group performance, and specific goals are much better than vague goals. The meeting questions, formed as goals, need to be challenging but not outlandish.

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    The Directly Responsible Individual

    Steve Jobs insisted that all the items on a meeting agenda have a designated person responsible for that task and any follow-up work that happened.

    Public accountability works, beca...

    When Momentum Disappears

    Why the productive conversations in a meeting seemingly go nowhere:

    • Participants are most likely immediately running to another meeting where their attention shifts to a new set of issues. 
    • Participants leave the meeting without clarity about what was agreed upon.
    To Do After Every Meeting

    After and in between meetings, quickly send out clear and concise meeting notes and follow up on the commitments made.

    • If you don’t capture the conversation and put it into a form that can be easily retrieved later, the thinking and the agreements can be lost.
    • Persistence is a key influence skill. If you want anything to happen, you must follow up.

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    9 Habits to Eliminate
    1. Don't answer calls from unrecognized phone numbers. Don't waste time knowing the one who called, leave it in the voicemail.
    2. Do not e-mail first thing in the morning or last t...
    Must-have questions for 1:1 meetings
    1. How’s life? - Helps with building trust.
    2. What are you worried about right now?  
    3. What rumors are you hearing that you think I should know about? ...
    What makes meetings effective
    1. They achieve the meeting's objective.
    2. They take up a minimum amount of time.
    3. They leave participants feeling that a sensible process has been followed.
    The Meeting's Objective
    An effective meeting serves a useful purpose. This means that in it, you achieve a desired outcome.

    For a meeting to meet this outcome, or objective, you have to be clear about what it is.

    To prepare an agenda, consider the following factors:
    • Priorities – what absolutely must be covered?
    • Results – what do you need to accomplish at the meeting?
    • Participants – who needs to attend the meeting for it to be successful?
    • Sequence – in what order will you cover the topics?
    • Timing – how much time will spend on each topic?
    • Date and time – when will the meeting take place?
    • Place – where will the meeting take place?

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    Note prioritization
    Note prioritization

    Most common reasons to search through old notes:

    • Figuring out who is supposed to do what
    • Revisiting/clarifying decisions made
    • Looking for greater context on requir...
    Must-Capture notes in meetings
    • Action Items: to-dos, tasks, action requests etc. These will serve as the foundation to keep everyone aligned and moving forward.
    • Decisions: Clearly defining the outcome and decision agreed to by the group is essential.
    • Requirements/Specifications: Sometimes they pop up unexpectedly in the midst of conversation, but they’re important to document.
    Honing your note taking strategies during meetings
    • Create an agenda, to be able to better control the pace of the meeting and plan for the likely key notetaking moments.
    • Take notes in advance: Write your key discussion points to present in advance.
    • Prepare your note-taking tools.
    • Prepare the setting before the meeting, especially before video calls: being able to hear everyone = better notes.
    • Block 10 minutes after the meeting, to clean up your notes, add details where there may be gaps, and delete notes that turn out to have no value.
    Influence at work

    To be effective in organizations today, you must be able to influence people. Your title alone isn’t always enough to sway others, nor do you always have a formal position.

    Having infl...

    Build connections

    Work on cultivating personal connections with your colleagues, and allow them to get to know you. 

    You don’t have to be “the greatest person in the room” or make sure “everyone is blown away by your charisma.” You just need to have good rapport with your colleagues. That way, they won’t impute negative intentions or motives to you.

    Listen before you try to persuade
    The best way to prime colleagues for backing you and your agenda is to make them feel heard. 

    Start by giving them your undivided attention in one-on-one situations. Turn your body toward the other person, freeze in place, and listen.

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    Adapting to context

    Different types of information demand different styles of note-taking. There are lots of reasons to take notes: to retain information, to capture ideas, to problem solve or brainstorm, to visualize...

    The Outline/List

    Is a linear method of taking notes that proceeds down the page, using indentation or bullets to denote major and minor points.

    Pros: it records content relationship in a way that is easy to review.

    Cons: difficult to go back and edit information written in this system.

    Works for: recording terms, definitions, facts and sequences, when taking notes on slides or readings.

    The Sentence Method

    The goal is to jot down your thoughts as quickly as possible. Format is kept to a minimum: every new thought is written on a new line. 

    Pros: Is like free writing for notes.

    Cons: lack organization and notes can be hard to understand.

    Works for: meetings or lectures that lack organization; when information is presented very quickly.

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