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Many people like to create New Years resolutions for themselves to make sure that the year ahead is more successful than the one just passed.

Unfortunately, these goals are often forgotten about by mid-January, with research indicating that less than a quarter of all resolutions are kept.

In light of this, I thought that I would allow everyone to get back on track by giving you the chance to create mid-year resolutions.

Perhaps half the year is gone and maybe you feel as though you have wasted the past six months, but don’t worry, we still have 6 months to go to make this year the best yet.

What are some tips for successful mid-year resolutions?

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As a professional resume writer, clients have brought thousands of resumes to me that are in desperate need of surgery.

One of the biggest mistakes that people make is that their resume is too long.  I’ve seen some resumes that stretch to 10 pages or more!

A general rule of thumb is to keep it to three pages or less.  Any more and you will often find your resume on the dreaded “no” pile.  Not on merit, but because recruiters just don’t have the time or inclination to wade through so much information.

So how can you keep your resume nice and brief while still putting your best foot forward?

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Abraham Lincoln once said, “I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.”

After over 10 years with my current employer, I will soon be leaving to start an incredibly exciting role.  One of the things that has surprised me as I come to the end of this chapter of my life, has been the number of people who have come up to me to express their appreciation for the positive influence that I have had on them.  I’m not writing this to boast, but to highlight that I didn’t fully comprehend the impact of doing what I thought was the right thing over the past ten years.

What have I learned from this experience?

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After the death of Mother Teresa, on the wall of one of her children’s homes in Calcutta was found the Paradoxical Commandments.  These commandments were then traced back to Dr. Kent M. Keith who wrote them in 1968 when he was a College student at Harvard at the ripe old age of 19. 

They’ve been used in books by Stephen Covey, John C. Maxwell and Robert Schuller and have challenged and influenced the thinking of many people over the years.

What are the Paradoxical Commandments?

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Life is often described as being like a journey.  

Mark Frost once said,  

“Life is not a journey to the grave with intentions of arriving safely in a pretty well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming … WOW! What a ride!” 

That sounds like the sort of life that I want to live.  

I have four simple travel tips to assist us in not just surviving, but really living.  

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Goal-setting is a critically important task if you want to continue to progress in life.     

One of the challenges when setting goals is to make sure that you stay aware of them, so that you can follow through on your aspirations rather than just be a hamster on a wheel (all activity, no progress).     

There’s no point in having a fantastic goal regarding your career, health or finances and then forgetting about it.  You want to turn your goals into reality and the only way to do that is to keep them in the fore-front of your mind throughout the day.    

What are some simple strategies for staying aware of your goals?    

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A young lady was waiting for her flight in the boarding room of a big airport. As she would need to wait for a long time, she decided to buy a book to read and a packet of cookies to snack on.  She sat down in an armchair in the VIP room of the airport to relax and read in peace.

A man sat down in the next seat, opened his magazine and started reading.  When she took out the first cookie, the man took one also.  She felt irritated but said nothing.  She just thought: “What a nerve! If I was in the mood I would punch him for daring!”

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Harry Kewell gets his marching orders

In the 2010 World Cup the Australian newspapers were full of articles about the injustices handed out to the Socceroos at the hands of the referees.

Whilst there was little doubt that the Australians didn’t have much luck when it came to the refereeing decisions, to completely blame the man with the whistle for the situation is misleading and disempowering.

There are times in life when decisions go against us as well and we can easily fall into the trap of blaming external circumstances for our current situation.  Don’t fall for it!

Here are a few key life lessons that we can learn from the Socceroos’ predicament.

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I was planning to take a day off from blogging, but was compelled to write something about the need to take action today.

When I have that sort of message it would be a bit hypocritical to wait until next week, so here it is.

The reality is that we only have one shot at life and each of us has a definite purpose, but so often we waste time on things that don’t matter or just procrastinate.

Today is the single most important day in your life.  The action that you take in the next 24 hours will have an impact on your future, so what are you waiting for?

Gandhi urged us to “be the change you want to see in the world.”

John C. Maxwell says, “We exaggerate yesterday, overestimate tomorrow, but underestimate today.”

So what are we going to do about it?

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Genuine leaders are able to maintain independent thought processes that allow them to stand out from the crowd. 

Albert Einstein once said,

For those who would joyously march in rank and file, they have already earned my contempt, for they were given a large brain by accident when a spinal cord would have sufficed!

Harsh words perhaps, but the premise is that we have been given a brain and free will for a reason, so let’s aspire to greatness and not just try to keep in step with everyone else.  I strongly believe that God has wired us all slightly differently so that we can each play our part, not just to act as clones of each other.

What steps can we take to increase our independence?

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