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  • Please Stop Telling Me To Leave My Comfort Zone
    by Melody Wilding - April 2, 2019
    Raise your hand if you’re sick of hearing that life begins at the edge of your comfort zone. I know I am. It is impossible to escape the gurus and influencers on social media who preach that choosing safety is self-sabotage. That without getting uncomfortable on a daily basis, I’ll never get anywhere in life, my lack of courage realized. “It’s never as scary as it looks,” the Stanford gra...
  • How to Tell Your Boss You Have Too Much Work
    by Melody Wilding - February 21, 2019
    Busy periods are inevitable at any job. While stress can be manageable in the short term, if you don’t take steps to keep the pressure under control, it can lead to fatigue and burnout. Burnout refers to a collection of different physical, emotional, and mental reactions that occur in response to prolonged stress and overworking. Signs of burnout include: Physical symptoms such as exhaustion most of the time,...
  • Communicate Beautifully: How to Present Your Ideas Powerfully and Inspire Your Audience to Action
    by Melody Wilding - January 8, 2019
    A few weeks ago, I ran a reader survey. One of the top concerns I heard from my readers were fears about getting your ideas across clearly and powerfully. Many of you said you struggle with speaking up and communicating well. You said things like… “Clear, straightforward communication of ideas and information is a challenge for me.” “I’m growing into a leadership role and need to le...
  • New Year's Resolutions Don't Work. Try This Instead.
    by Melody Wilding - December 31, 2018
    January is right around the corner and right now you’re probably mapping out what you want to achieve in the year ahead. Whether you’re resolving to get a promotion, start on side projects you’ve put off, or finally making six-figures, one fact remains: change is hard. No where is this more apparent than in the high failure rate of New Year’s resolutions. Nearly one-half of Americans make New Year...
  • Why Email Makes You So Stressed (And 3 Fixes For Overwhelm)
    by Melody Wilding - October 17, 2018
    When I’m doing email triage, I often feel as if I’ve fallen into a trance. Every so often, I’ll look up from the screen and think, Whoa—was I even breathing just now? It turns out that I have email apnea—a term coined by former tech executive Linda Stone that refers to the habit of interrupted breathing while checking email. In observing others informally, Stone noticed that a lot of people...
  • 3 Shifts To Free Yourself From Perfectionism
    by Melody Wilding - September 27, 2018
    In the real world there are no gold stars for effort or report cards to gauge your progress. Yet a common mistake is treating work like school. As CEO and author, Sallie Krawcheck points out: Let’s not confuse what made us successful in school for what can make us successful in our careers. While an honor roll mindset can translate into a drive to succeed that lands you deals and accolades, it can easily...
  • 4 Things I Learned About You from My 2018 Reader Survey
    by Melody Wilding - September 18, 2018
    Recently, I asked you (my readers!) to take a survey so I can learn more about what you struggle with when it comes to mentally and emotionally thriving in your career. I like to do this because it’s one of the best ways to get real, helpful feedback from the people I care about serving the most: you. This year I decided to do things a little differently. Instead of asking you boring, surface-level demographic ques...
  • Why Successful People Set Goals in September, Not January
    by Melody Wilding - September 12, 2018
    The summer is over. School is back in session. Business is picking up again. If you feel a renewed sense of motivation right now, you’re not alone. There’s mounting evidence that “September is the new January” when it comes to setting goals. In fact, studies find that enrollment in weight loss programs rises in the Fall, along with online searches about career development. It’s clear c...
  • If we were having coffee today
    by Melody Wilding - August 21, 2018
    Do you ever wish you could have coffee with the bloggers and people you follow online? Because, let’s be real, many of us follow the lives of our “internet friends” more than our real life buds these days. Blogger Jess Lawlor does “virtual coffee dates” where she shares details of her life. Jess Lively (a podcaster I adore) also does a version of this called “Things I’m afraid to...
  • 4 Surprising Ways Pessimism Is Good For You
    by Melody Wilding - June 8, 2018
    A positive attitude is often touted as a secret ingredient to entrepreneurial success. And it’s true: your outlook can impact everything from your sales numbers to your mental health. But blind optimism can leave you ill-prepared for stressful situations. And as every entrepreneur knows, pressure is par for the course when running a business. A new theory posits that a certain type of negative thinking can actua...