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Sometimes it can be tricky to not allow outside influences to change the way you feel… here are some ideas on how to stay true to yourself and how to keep your head up even when things may get a little challenging.  This will help in all areas of your life including when you are looking for work and also allowing you to be the best employee/employer/business owner you can be!

“It usually isn’t what you have, where you are, or what you’ve been through that makes you happy or unhappy, it’s how you think about it all.  It starts on the inside.  You control your thoughts.  The only person who can hurt your happiness in the long run is YOU.

Here are 50 thought-provoking quotes about happiness gathered from our book and blog archive that will help you think on the bright side.

  1. It only takes one person to make you happy and change your life:  YOU.
  2. Your life will improve only when you take small chances, and the first and most difficult chance you can take is to be honest with yourself.
  3. Stop focusing on how stressed you are and remember how blessed you are.  It could be so much worse.
  4. It is not what happens to you, but how you respond to what happens to you.  Count your blessings while others are adding up their troubles.
  5. Look for something positive about this moment.  Even if you have to look a little harder than usual, it still exists.
  6. When you smile about the life you live, you end up living a life worth smiling about.
  7. Remember, social comparison is the thief of happiness.  You could spend a lifetime worrying about what others have, but it wouldn’t get you anything.
  8. Happiness comes more easily when you feel good about yourself without feeling the need for anyone else’s approval.
  9. Be nice to people on your way up because you might meet them again on your way back down.
  10. Set an example. Treat everyone with kindness and respect, even those who are rude to you – not because they are nice, but because you are.  (Read The Four Agreements.)
  11. Kindness is not to be mistaken for weakness, nor forgiveness for acceptance.  It’s about knowing resentment of any kind is not on the path to happiness.
  12. Give as much as you can, but don’t allow yourself to be used.  Listen to others closely, but don’t lose your own voice.
  13. Say what you need to say.  Speak your truth.  There is no greater sadness than holding on to the words you never had the courage to speak.
  14. You can’t change how people treat you or what they say about you.  All you can do is change how you react and who you choose to be around.
  15. Negative company will never give you a positive life.  Examine what you tolerate in the long-term.
  16. What you allow is what will continue.  It’s always better to spend more time alone than allow negative people and their opinions to derail you from your destiny.
  17. When other people treat you poorly, walk away, smile and keep being YOU.  Don’t ever let someone else’s bitterness change the person you are.
  18. Your value doesn’t decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth.  It’s their loss, not yours.
  19. One of the most freeing things we learn in life is that we don’t have to like everyone, everyone doesn’t have to like us, and that’s OK.
  20. When someone says, “You’ve changed,” it’s not always a bad thing.  Sometimes it just means you stopped living your life their way.
  21. Never be ashamed of how you feel.  You have the right to feel any emotion that comes to you, and to follow a path that makes you happy.
  22. The unhappiest people in this world are the people who care the most about what everyone else thinks.
  23. You can’t base your idea of success and happiness on other people’s opinions and expectations.  (Read 1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently.)
  24. Happiness and success is all about spending your life in your own way.  Be yourself.  No one can ever tell you you’re doing it wrong.
  25. It’s always better to be at the bottom of the ladder you want to climb than the top of the one you don’t.
  26. Work to create a life that feels right to YOU, not one that looks right to everyone else.
  27. No amount of money will make you happy if you aren’t happy with yourself.
  28. Maybe the thing you’re scared of is exactly what you should do.  Sometimes life is about risking it all for a dream no one can see but you.
  29. You can’t always wait for the perfect moment.  Sometimes you must dare to do it because life is too short to regret and wonder what could have been.
  30. The most reliable way to predict the future is to create it.  Participate in life instead of just watching it pass you by.
  31. Nothing’s more fun than doing what people say you can’t do.
  32. Almost anything is possible if you’ve got enough time and enough nerve.
  33. Great challenges make life interesting; overcoming them makes life meaningful.  It’s how you deal with failure that determines your happiness and success.
  34. Let your mistakes be your motivation, not your excuses.  Decide right now that negative experiences from your past won’t predict your future.
  35. What is coming is better than what is gone.  Don’t give up hope.  Good things often happen when you least expect it.
  36. If you take another step, and another, you will be surprised to know how far you can go from the point you thought was the end.
  37. Nothing is more beautiful and powerful than a smile that has struggled through the tears.
  38. Any fool can be happy when times are good.  It takes a strong soul with real heart to develop smiles out of situations that make us weep.
  39. No matter how long it takes, it will get better.  Tough situations build strong people in the end.
  40. As we grow older and wiser, we begin to realize what we need and what we need to leave behind.  Sometimes walking away is a step forward.
  41. At the end of the day, you can either focus on what’s tearing you apart, or what’s holding you together.
  42. One of the most rewarding moments in life is when you finally find the courage to let go of what you can’t change.
  43. Whatever you do, don’t get stuck on the one thing that ruins your day.  Smile and be grateful.  Life is too short to waste on negativity.
  44. The less you expect, the more pleasant life gets.
  45. Patience can be bitter, but the seeds you plant now will bear sweet fruit.  (Read Flourish.)
  46. Live simply.  Love generously.  Speak truthfully.  Breathe deeply.  Do your best.  Leave everything else to the powers above you.
  47. Do not dwell so much on creating your perfect life that you forget to live.
  48. The trick is to enjoy your life today.  Don’t wish it away by waiting for better days ahead.
  49. Pay attention to the little things, because when you really miss “the good old days,” you miss the little things the most, like just laughing with someone special.
  50. Go for long walks.  Indulge in great conversations.  Pay attention to the moment.  Count your blessings.  Let go for a little while and just be and breathe.”

Written by Angel Chernoff

http://www.marcandangel.com/2013/11/07/50-happiness-quotes-to-change-the-way-you-think/

Whether you are an employer, employee or jobs seeker, read on for some tips of how to motivate yourself and others…

“When you’re trying to motivate your staff, often the best way is to give them something that they can relate to, laugh about, or appeal directly to their feelings with a specific story. Sometimes fact, sometimes fiction, stories encourage your staff to think, and to reflect on the lessons. This is a much greater force than simply telling someone to work harder. If you really want to influence your staffs behavior you need to convince them that the goals are worth reaching…

There are two main types of motivational stories for getting your employees fired up. The first is taking examples from real life, where people have overcome massive challenges and risen to success. By showing them that people in the same position have overcome whatever problems they had and reach their goal, you’re demonstrating it can be done. Giving them both an idol to look up to and encouraging them to strive ahead. As follows are real life examples you can use to motivate your employees towards success:

Michael Jordan

One of his main principles is that there’s no excuse for not trying. The first setback came when he didn’t make the varsity basketball team in sophomore year, because he was only 5’9” and his taller classmate Leroy Smith had taken the last spot on the team. Vowing to himself never to be in the same position again, he made a habit to practice daily – without fail. Hitting a growth spurt and reaching 6’3” he made the team the following year and never looked back. He went on to win two gold medals in the Olympics, and winning the NBA’s most valuable player 5 times in his career, it was his determination and practice that gave him the greatest success.

Derek Redmond

A massive commitment to finish what you start. In the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, his dreams as a sprinter were crushed as he faced a hamstring injury that took him out of the race. Instead of giving up and admitting defeat, giving over to the pain and submitting like many others would have done in that position – he was determined to cross the finish line. Hobbling towards the end of the race he almost is overcome by the pain his dad bursts onto the track and helps him to make it over the finish line. Sometimes you need to support your staff, and other times they need to do whatever it takes to get it done…

Oprah Winfrey

A household name today, but a woman with a troubled past. From being sexually abused at age 9, to living on the streets at 13, and losing her first baby at 14, she has overcome all of her troubled past to be a role model for an entire generation. Determined to succeed despite her past she became the first black woman on national television and a millionaire at the age of 32. She’s consistently voted one of the most influential people by Time, and is considered one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. The lesson is that no matter where your origins are, it’s up to you to decide what you will make of your life. Sitting down and wallowing in your own self pity means you will achieve nothing in your life. The battle isn’t over until you say it is.

Taking a step away from reality there are many motivational fables that serve an ultimate goal of delivering a lesson, which is the second type of motivational story you can share with employees. Your objective is to get your staff thinking, and reflecting on their own behaviors and actions. If you are really listening to your staff and know what’s troubling them, the right use of a motivational story can empower them to make their own decisions.

Outlook Makes All the Difference

Many years ago two salesmen were to Africa by a British shoe manufacturer. The goal of their trip was to investigate this new market, and to report their findings back to headquarters on the potential of the market.

  • The first salesman came back with a rather dismal report, “There’s no potential at all here, because nobody wears shoes.”
  • The second salesman came back with a rather different reply, “There’s massive potential in Africa, because nobody wears shoes.”

When telling this story put your inflection on the “nobody” as it helps to clarify that in a single situation, there are often many ways to look at the outcome.

It’s your choice as to how you interpret any situation, whether you’re looking at it positively with optimism, or as a challenge full of negativity. For helping your sales team to develop you have to check out this course, it’s packed with strategies to make them even more effective.

The Power of Positivity

There was a gardener who was running his family business, that had been passed down from his grandfather to his father and now to him. The staff were happy, and they had more than enough customers, and the team and business were both very successful. For as long as anyone could even remember, the current owner and his ancestors before him were always happy, positive and optimistic. Generally, people assumed that was because they were all running a very successful business.

Testament to this, there was a tradition of all the owners to wear a big lapel badge saying “Business is Great!” Generally, it was great, but there were tough times just like all businesses. The key was that no matter the success of the gardening business, the owners attitude was always the same.

The first time anyone saw the owner and the badge, they would invariably ask “What’s so great about your business?”, or make their own comments that their own companies were suffering, and they were miserable in their personal lives because of how stressed they were. What the badge was great for was starting a conversation, where the owner could then talk about all of the positive parts of the business.

  • how much he loved meeting and talking with new people each day
  • how rewarding it was as he helps staff rise to meet new challenges and experiences
  • being able to laugh and relax in a work environment where all the team get along
  • how much he loves helping people with the actual gardening
  • the feeling of satisfaction from finishing a job to the best of his ability
  • the new challenges that force you to learn something new everyday
  • the thought that everyone doing business is blessed, because of the opportunity that comes with being in a civilized country, where there are no real worries.

The list goes on and on. No matter how bad a mood the customer was in before walking in the store, they would leave feeling an awful lot happier just from a couple of minutes talking to the owner and being a part of the infectious positivity and enthusiasm. Asked about the key to his businesses success, and whether the badge or the attitude came first in a quiet moment the owner confides “The badge was first. The great business came after.”

The goal of this story is to encourage a positive attitude and behavior, no matter what is happening with the business or personally. Being part of a successful team is the end result, your attitude is what comes first.

Get in the Frontline Yourself

Close to a battlefield over 200 years ago a rider passes a group of exhausted soldiers who were digging themselves into an important defensive position. Noticing their section leader was mounted as well, and shouting orders at the men to work faster, dig deeper and threatening to whip anyone that didn’t complete their work within the hour.

Asked by the stranger, “If this is so important why are you not helping?” The section leader advised that he is in charge, and the men must do as he says. The section leaders exact comments where, “You should help them yourself if you feel so strongly about it.”

Much to the surprise of the section leader the stranger dismounted, and worked in the trenches, side by side with the men until the job was finished. Once the work was done he congratulated the men, and approached the puzzled section leader.

“Next time your rank prevents you from supporting your men, you are to notify top command and I will provide a more permanent solution,” said the stranger, who was now up close and easily recognizable as General Washington.

This lesson is a fantastic one for supervisors and leaders that you are coaching to help them – help their own teams. The ultimate goal is to realize that you’re only a true leader if you’re willing to do the work of your team without complaint, when they need you most. This is what makes you a truly motivational leader…

Using these six stories as a base for motivation, you have an arsenal of themes and topics that you can use to raise your employees to additional success. The key in all of them is to be an effective communicator…

Rewarding your teams with bonuses or overtime only ever gets you so far, once you become a storyteller and are able to get them believing in what they are working on – that’s when you truly have a motivated team.”

By Travis Benett

Sourced from https://blog.udemy.com/motivational-stories-for-employees/

Nominations for the 2016 Women In Industry Awards are now open.  Entries close on Tuesday 31 May 2016 which is fast approaching so get your nominations in now!  The categories are…

Business Development Manager of the Year

Women In Industry are looking for nominations from exceptional female business development managers working in any Australian industrial sector.

Mentor of the Year

This award recognises talented managers within organisations who have actively and successfully shaped the careers of others within the mining, engineering, manufacturing and process control and construction industries. Any team leader is eligible for this award.

Social Leader of the Year

Community work and social leadership is one of the distinguishing and admirable features of our industry. This award calls for nominations from women who have completed significant initiatives that have delivered a positive contribution to the community, or provided a positive social benefit over the past 12 months.

Rising Star Award

The Rising Star Award is open to all females who are in their first five years of working within their industry. Judges will be looking for personal achievement and a meaningful contribution to the industry in a manner that sets them apart.

Industry Advocacy Award

This award recognises women who have worked tirelessly to improve the image of their industry in the eyes of the public. The judges will be looking for involvement in specific programs or initiatives aimed at
promoting their industry. Furthermore, the panel will also look at nominees who liaise closely with industry organisations to create better outcomes for those working in the sector on a policy level.

Marketing/Communications Award

Our industries are home to some of the biggest corporations in the country and thus some of the most
creative marketing departments. This award calls for nominations for women who have spearheaded a
marketing campaign for a company, organisation, or association.

Excellence in Manufacturing

This award is open to all females working within the manufacturing industry. Judges will be
looking for personal achievement and a meaningful contribution to the industry in a manner that
sets them apart.

Excellence in Engineering

This award is open to all females working within the engineering industry. Judges will be
looking for personal achievement and a meaningful contribution to the industry in a manner that
sets them apart.

Excellence in Mining

This award is open to all females working within the mining industry. Judges will be looking for
personal achievement and a meaningful contribution to the industry in a manner that sets them
apart.

Excellence in Commercial Road Transport

This award is open to all females working within the commercial road transport industry. Judges will be
looking for personal achievement and a meaningful contribution to the industry in a manner that sets
them apart.

Why should you enter?

  • Nominating for the Women in Industry Awards is an excellent way of recognising the efforts and achievements of women working in the industries to celebrate their success.
  • All finalists will receive two complimentary tickets (valued at $150 each) to the prestigious
    Awards presentation gala dinner to be held on Thursday 14th July 2016 in Melbourne
  • Finalists and winners will receive publicity in Prime Creative Media’s publications, and/or on the magazine websites, as well as through other media channels.
  • Finalists and winners will be also be able to use the Women in Industry awards logo in a wide range of promotional activities including advertising, trade show graphics, product literature, on your website, etc.
  • You’ll be joining a prestigious group of leading women of the industry, working to achieve best practice and excel in an ever competitive global market.
  • Major vendors and government bodies are behind the Women in Industry Awards as sponsors.

Who is eligible?

  • The Awards are open to all women who have a significant industry presence in Australia and meet the criteria set by the relevant Award.
  • The nominee must work in Australia to be nominated.
  • Nominations may be submitted by anyone representing a industrial company in Australia; however that person must be in a position to properly evaluate the submission.

Who can nominate a project?

    Nominations may be submitted by anyone representing a group or company in Australia who is in a position to evaluate the entry. Each company may submit a maximum of three nominations.

Frequently Asked Questions

    • Is there an entry fee?
      There is no entry fee for submitting nominations for the Women In Industry Awards.
    • What is the deadline?
      Entry deadline for the 2016 Women In Industry Awards is Tuesday 31 May 2016. However, if you require an extension, please contact the Awards Co-ordinator at cole.latimer@primecreative.com.au to discuss the options.
    • When will I know if I am a finalist?
      Finalists will be announced in the June 2016 edition of Australian Mining, Manufacturers’ Monthly, PACE, Prime Mover, Trailer and Diesel magazines, and on the corresponding websites. Our staff will contact you to coordinate your attendance at the ceremony, where the winners will be revealed.
    • Where do I send my nomination?
      Completed nomination forms and supporting documents and images can be emailed to cole.latimer@primecreative.com.au  (max attachment size is 7MB).
      Alternatively, a hard copy may be sent in by mail or courier to the following address:Women in Industry Awards
      Attn: Cole Latimer
      Level 13, Tower 1
      475 Victoria Avenue
      Chatswood NSW 2067

For entry forms and further information, please go to http://womeninindustry.com.au/nominate/

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