How Does the Law of Cause and Effect Really Impact Your Life?

Many self-help gurus believe your thoughts alone are sufficient to bring about meaningful change in your life. Some even believe the universe can deliver your wishes to your front door if you merely ask in the proper manner. Maybe this is true, maybe not. But there is one law in the universe that works very reliably: the law of cause and effect. This idea is easy to prove.

If you drop something heavy over your foot, it will fall and hurt your foot. If you follow the directions accurately to make a cake, you’re guaranteed to receive a cake at the end. Even Buddhism covers the topic of cause and effect thoroughly.

The law of cause and effect may be the most universal law of all.

How the law of cause and effect can help you:

  1. Your actions are ultimately the controlling factors. This is great news. All you have to do is take the appropriate actions and you’ll get the results you desire. Thoughts can dictate your actions, but the power of your thoughts is only seen when you take action.

  2. Success and failure aren’t personal. If you bake a cake, the cake turns out the same, regardless of your education, skin color, religion, or favorite sports team. Mixing the proper ingredients in the proper amounts and baking for the proper duration at the proper temperature are the only factors that matter.
  • You aren’t doomed to be a failure at anything. If you follow the success recipe for any endeavor in life, you’ll be successful.

  • Most outcomes are quite logical. Over time, you reap what you sow. If you’re kind to people, you can expect that most people will be kind to you. Mistreating people on a regular basis yields different results.
  • Eating too many cakes brings obvious results, too.

  • Preparing and studying for exams brings good results. The failure to do so brings opposite results.

  • It doesn’t matter if you believe the universe is out to punish you. The outcome from your actions will still be the same.

All of this suggests that thoughts aren’t relevant. However, that’s not exactly true. While you can successfully bake a cake while holding thoughts that your cake will never bake properly, you won’t try if your thoughts are too negative. Having the appropriate thoughts makes the appropriate actions possible.

Negative thoughts can be a blocker to taking advantage of the law of cause and effect.

Making the law of cause and effect work for you:

  1. Understand the cause and effect relationships in your area of interest. What actions are most likely to lead to the results you desire? Do some research and be certain. Find the those who are knowledgeable in your area and ask questions.

  2. Take the appropriate actions. Remind yourself that if you take the proper actions, your results are guaranteed. Monitor your thoughts and ensure they’re not holding you back.

  3. Keep going. Consistently taking the actions that have led others to success will carry you to the same destination. Expect that success will take time. Trust that your actions will be enough. Perseverance is powerful.

Even if success has eluded you in the past, you can rely on the law of cause and effect to hold true. Focus on taking the actions that lead to your desired outcome. Remember, no one has ever followed a cake recipe and received an apple pie from their efforts.

You get the results you deserve. Avoid letting someone fool you into believing that wishful thinking will hand you a cake!

How to Live Life With ZERO Regrets… And Love Every Minute!

Are you living with regret? Have you done things in the past you wish you’ve done differently?

Do these thoughts sound familiar to you:

  • How I wish I hadn’t broken up with him…
  • What a bad decision that was…
  • If only I had spent more time with my kids…
  • Now it’s too late…

Regret is a sad and negative emotion. Even though we know we can’t change the past, it still pulls at our heartstrings.

If we don’t know how to deal with regret in positive ways, it can negatively affect the rest of our lives. It can be extremely difficult to move on in life when we spend our time regretting the past.

The good news is that there are things you can do to help prevent regret in the first place. If you should find yourself feeling regretful, there are also ways to overcome those feelings. You’ll find plenty of tips in this eBook to help you live a regret-free life.

Let your Priorities Guide You

One of the best ways to make decisions you won’t regret is to let your priorities guide you. Whenever you’re faced with a decision, big or small, determine which option fits best with what’s most important to you in the big picture.

The option that’s most closely in alignment with your priorities, beliefs, and values will likely be the best decision for YOU.

The key words are: best decision for you.

Someone else may choose a different option, but you don’t need to worry about what others think is the best – their opinion comes from their own wants and needs.

If you choose what’s best for someone else, you will be the one who regrets it. But if you choose according to your own priorities, regret is rarely a result. When you use this strategy to make decisions, it makes living with your decisions a whole lot easier!

Even if things don’t go exactly as you planned, you can still be confident that you made the right decision for you based on your own life needs.

How to Determine your Priorities

Many times a decision is complicated by several factors that you might consider important. Of course, each option leans a different way, which causes confusion and uncertainty. So then, what do you do?

Follow this 3-step strategy to cut out the confusion, discover your priorities, and make decisions you can trust:

1. Reflect. Think about what’s most important to you and write them down.

  • Your spouse, family, and other loved ones
  • Your faith
  • Your dreams and goals
  • Your ethics and morals
  • Your health
  • Your work
  • Other things of importance to you

2. Arrange. Put them in order with the most important items at the top.

  • Some of your most important priorities will change at different times in your life. For example, if you’re going to college to get a degree, completing your education may be more important than your part-time job during this time. However, when you’re the sole provider for your family, your job is one of your top priorities.

3. Refer to your priority list when making choices. Gear your decisions toward the option that provides the most advantages for the items at the top of your list whenever possible.  Go with the decision that aids the higher priority over the lower one.

  • For example, when you’re faced with a choice between picking up junk food on the way home from work, or taking an extra 20 minutes to make something healthy at home, choose the healthier option. While it means a little more time to cook something healthy, your health is always one of your top priorities!
  • Things like going for a walk with your kids become easy choices because this activity satisfies two priorities: your health and spending quality time with your kids.

You’ll rarely regret making choices according to your higher priorities. On the other hand, if you should give into the feeling of the moment – like when you want junk food or would rather take a nap than spend time with your family – there may be times in the future when you regret these poor decisions.

Live by the Golden Rule

Another good way to prevent poor choices that lead to regret is to live by the Golden Rule:  “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”  

Treating others with the same thoughtfulness that you’d like to receive yourself keeps you from doing or saying inconsiderate things that you’ll be sorry about later.

Get in the habit of following this rule in everything you do. When you have a disagreement with someone, you’re more likely to search for a solution that benefits both of you, rather than resorting to anger or personal attacks. When this happens, no one wins!

When you take the Golden Rule to heart, not only will you prevent regret, but you’ll also find that people tend to reciprocate your kindness, making your life more enjoyable all around!

Become Action-Oriented

A lot of times, what we regret isn’t so much what we did, but what we didn’t do. Establishing an action-oriented mindset will strengthen your decision skills, too, because your new mindset will help you make decisions that encourage action!

Focus on making the right decision based on your priorities, then trust yourself to do what needs to be done to make your decision a reality. This level of trust will boost your confidence and enable you to achieve your goals with ease.

Here are some tips to help you develop an action-oriented mindset:

1. Avoid procrastination. When you put off doing something you know you should do, it’ll only increase the anxiety and tension in the hours leading up to the inevitable deadline. You’ll regret dilly dallying unless you make it a habit to handle your tasks appropriately.

  • If you’re putting off telling someone something, just take a deep breath and begin. If you start the conversation with pleasantries, it may help you ease into what you have to say.
  • If you’re procrastinating on a project, just getting started is often the only thing that holds you back. Start with something easy so you can build the momentum you need to move forward, faster than ever.
  • If you’re not taking action because a task is too difficult, divide the task into small, easily achievable mini-goals. Once you do, you’ll have a reasonable plan and you’ll be less likely to get overwhelmed.

2. Plan your work and work your plan. Keep a planner and make a daily to-do list. Refer to your list often and cross out your tasks as you complete them so you can see yourself making progress all day long.

  • Make your schedule flexible enough to give yourself time to handle unexpected distractions. Practice immediately taking care of the things that come up and then getting quickly back to your list.

3. Seek solutions to your challenges. So often we let an obstacle in our path stop us from pursuing the life we desire, only to regret it later. With an action-oriented mindset, challenges are only bumps in the road. When a challenge arises, immediately start looking for viable ways around it, then take action to continue toward your goal.

Take Advantage of Opportunities

Are you always “out” when opportunity comes knocking? Learning to recognize good opportunities and taking advantage of them right away can also prevent regret. How many times have you berated yourself for missing a window of opportunity?

One of the best – and simplest – ways to help yourself recognize valuable new ideas is to keep an open mind. Listen to other people’s ideas and then apply them to your own situation. Ask yourself if there’s a way you can use this idea to bring you closer to your goals or make your life better.

Just recognizing the opportunity, however, is not enough. Be sure to use your new action-oriented mindset to take immediate action. If you spend too long simply thinking about it, your window is likely to close. Carpe Diem! Seize the day!

Make Good Memories

You can avoid a lot of regret simply by living on purpose! What does that mean? It means that you choose a life of joy, then actively pursue that life. Spend your time making the memories that you want to have!

Would you rather have memories of work, boredom and wasting away your life – or joyful memories of cherished time with your spouse and kids? Would you rather fill your mind with memories of sit-com reruns – or lively times pursuing your dreams?

Surely no one has ever gone to their grave wishing that they had spent more time working or watching TV! These are simply not the things that matter the most when you look back on your life.

The secret to avoiding regret is to do what matters most.

What do you want to do in your life? Do you want to travel? Then do what it takes to bring in the extra income to pay for it! Do you want to be multi-lingual? Then start learning another language today!

In other words, take action to create the life you want. Don’t spend your time bemoaning your current situation and wishing for more. Do something every day to bring the life you desire into your present and exhibit the qualities you desire. Sooner than you realize, your dreams will become your reality, and you’ll have thoroughly enjoyed the journey, too!

Eliminating Past Regrets

When you harbor resentment about the past, it only hurts you. Nothing good comes from regret or the negative emotions that go along with it.

Here are some techniques that can help you overcome your feelings of regret:

  1. Let bygones be bygones. Things that happened in the past cannot be changed, no matter how hard we try, or how much time we spend wishing that they had happened differently. If there is a way to make amends, do it, then move on with your life. Focus on your present, look forward to your future, and leave the past in the past.
  2. Live in the moment. When you live in the moment, you are fully focused on the now. You feel the pleasures, sensations, and joys of this moment and appreciate all of them. The more you practice this technique, the more you can tune out everything and embrace this moment. Your days are a parade of moments, so you should fully live each one of them, one at a time.
  3. Use affirmations. Affirmations can help you change your mindset from feeling sad about the past to accepting it so you can live a more joyful life. They’re positive statements that you can repeat to yourself every time a regretful thought presents itself.
  4. Here are some examples of affirmations:
  5. I let go of my regret to make room for joy.
  6. I am happy with who I am now and look forward to a joyous future.
  7. I live each day with gratitude for the precious gift of life.

4. Meditate. Meditation helps you envision your life without regret. When meditating, feel the good feelings of a care-free life. Breathe in freshness and breathe out regret. See the negative feelings dissipate in the clear air around you – gone forever, never to return!

A life free from regret is a joyful life indeed!

Strive to use these strategies and techniques to keep regret from raising its ugly head in your path so you can enjoy your journey. It’s going to be a wild and wonderful ride!

What “The Lion King” Can Teach You about Family and Friendship

The Lion King has earned more than $11 billion dollars, making it the most successful Disney franchise in history. Fans love watching Simba overcome challenges with the help of his family and friends.

Just like real life, the story is full of ups and downs. Simba is often in danger, but he doesn’t have to face it alone. He learns the meaning of loyalty and loss and winds up saving his homeland and taking back his throne.

You can achieve great things too if you make your relationships a top priority. Build a community that will make your life more joyful and meaningful.

Lion King Lessons about Strengthening Your Friendships

Uncle Scar and the hyenas might have defeated Simba, except for Nala and his other pals sticking with him through difficult times. In happier moments, these friends knew how to have fun together too.

Consider these important lessons about friendship:

  1. Be flexible. Lions, warthogs, and meerkats may sound like unlikely allies, but it worked out for Simba. If you’re struggling to make new friends, especially as you grow older, consider reaching beyond your usual circle.

  2. Make introductions. Encourage your friends to get to know each other. You’ll discover more about each other and reinforce your connections.

  3. Listen to feedback. Even when things looked bleak, Simba’s friends believed in him. Their encouragement helped to give him the courage and confidence he needed to fulfill his destiny.

  4. Learn to relax. On a lighter note, Timon and Pumbaa also taught Simba about how to cope with pressure. Remember their famous words about putting your past behind you. It might also help to sing “hakuna matata,” or “no worries.”
     
  5. Focus on quality. When you think about it, Simba had only a few close friends, but they provided a lot of support. A handful of strong and healthy relationships will enrich your life more than a bunch of social media followers you barely know.

  6. Plan ahead. Real friendships are based on trust and positive interactions that develop gradually. Invest time and energy into your relationships. The payoff will be worth it.

Lion King Lessons about Connecting with Your Family

The movie reminds us about the circle of life. It begins and ends with proud parents introducing the next generation. Cultivating family ties can help you feel rooted.

Keep these ideas in mind:

  1. Set boundaries. Happy families treat each other with respect. Maybe Scar could have been a better brother to Mufasa if they grew up differently with reasonable expectations and consistent consequences.

  2. Resolve conflicts. Then again, disagreements are natural. What matters is being quick to forgive and open to finding mutually beneficial solutions.

  3. Show appreciation. It also helps to let your family know how much you love them instead of taking each other for granted. Express your affection and gratitude.

  4. Create traditions. Make daily life and special occasions more festive. Family rituals generate lifelong memories and a sense of belonging. Enjoy weekly movie nights and annual Thanksgiving dinners.

  5. Share responsibilities. Routine tasks have a big impact too. Give each family member an opportunity to contribute by dividing chores fairly.

  6. Keep in touch. If there was a silver lining in the pandemic, it may have been the increase in time parents and children spent together. As you go back to work and school, keep that trend going with family dinners, bedtime stories, and weekend outings.

  7. Cope with grief. The Lion King also had a powerful message about loss that resonates with recent events. Maybe you and your children will find comfort and strength in your spiritual faith and ability to adapt to change.

Healthy relationships are essential for your overall health and wellbeing. They also make life more enjoyable and rewarding. Cherishing your family and friends can make you a roaring success, just like Simba.

The Secret Link Between Food and Success

When you want to achieve success, making one change at a time is a technique that brings results. You may be surprised to discover that one of the most beneficial changes you can make towards success is what you eat!

The type of food you eat has an impact on brain function and how you feel overall. For example, the guys over at Google eat sushi for lunch and they’re always coming up with innovative ideas that make our lives easier!

What to Eat

Aside from sushi, what else can you eat to make you more capable of finding success? The secret lies in raw foods – uncooked, natural foods.

  • Uncooked foods enable your body to better absorb all of the vitamins and minerals that the food has to offer.

Raw foods also contain enzymes that are very important for normal bodily function. Without these enzymes, a person can be “off” mentally and physically. You simply can’t function right if you’re not getting the proper nutrition.

In addition, it’s difficult coming up with innovative ideas for your success when your body and your brain are starving for essential nutrients. Why make it harder on yourself? The simple solution is to give your body what it needs.

Some of the most important types of raw food to eat are fruits and vegetables. All by themselves, fruits and vegetables provide much of what your body hungers for.

Benefits that you will receive from eating fruits and vegetables include:

  • Alertness
  • Clear thinking
  • Strong focus
  • Thinking outside the box
  • Ability to find creative and innovative solutions

The most successful and innovative people have many things in common. One of the traits they share is that they feed their brains as well as their body.

Changing your Diet

If your diet leaves something to be desired, you may want to make some changes so that you can take advantage of the benefits that a “success” diet can bring.

Here are some tips to help you make those changes:

  1. Make gradual changes. Gradual changes make it easier for your body and mind to incorporate new routines and new choices. As you make the changes, you’ll notice:

  • You think differently.
  • Your mind stays on the task at hand without deviating too much.
  • Your response time to certain situations is quicker than before.
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables have essential vitamins and minerals for your body and your brain.

  • Increase your Omega 3 fatty acids. Eat plenty of foods that are high in Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids improve brain function.

    Where do you find these important acids?

  • In certain types of fish such as salmon, Mahi Mahi, and other varieties
  • In ground flaxseed
  • In additional foods to which Omega 3 fatty acids have been added. Check your food labels: some foods have added Omega 3s to ensure that people are receiving an adequate supply in their diets.

So start with fruits and vegetables and if you’re not sure which ones you’ll like, buy a little at a time and taste test them. Many people turn their nose up at foods that are healthy for them. To their surprise, they later find that many of them taste good!

The best surprise, though, comes when you notice the difference in how you think, how you feel, and how you are enjoying growing success!

How To Start a Business While Keeping Your Day Job

You’re not making enough money at your primary job. You want more work-life balance. You’re tired of fielding frustrating customers or micromanaging supervisors. 

It’s the figurative (and sometimes literal) million-dollar question these days: how can you start a business while keeping your day job?

We will take a look at the financial, spiritual, and personal details you need to ask yourself before juggling your day job with a side gig. When done wrong, starting a business can be a thankless endeavor…and when done right, it can be the best decision you ever made

Are You Unhappy With Your Primary Job?

Forbes revealed in a 2019 report more than half of Americans today are unsatisfied with their job. That’s not just a quality-of-life issue…that’s a crisis

So much of your everyday life is wrapped up in your primary job. It’s how you pay your bills and gain access to education. When your primary job feels more like a barrier than a launching pad, every detail in your life is bound to suffer. 

The most common reasons why American workers today want greener pastures include:

  • Little to no personal stake in their role
  • Lacking a voice
  • Few healthcare benefits
  • Long commutes
  • No room for growth

“Rather than waiting passively for success to whisk you away, it’s time to create your own version of success. When you are proactively taking steps every day, you have a better chance of realizing your goals. After all, it’s far more productive than watching other people achieve success.”

How To Get Started

Knowing what you’re unhappy with is a great place to start. List five goals you want to achieve with the creation of your small business: this can include eliminating the commute, working with better clients, and having more downtime. The more specific, the better!

Do You Need to Make More Money?

It’s perfectly understandable to leave a job because it’s not giving you financial support. It’s hard to enjoy an abundant, meaningful life when you’re struggling to pay your bills. 

Bank Of America conducted a 2019 survey that found a staggering 82% of small business owners making more money once they decided to go the entrepreneur route. You don’t have to take the plunge into complete entrepreneurship, of course, but it’s a route that could prove fulfilling a few years down the line. 

Side jobs are appealing because you can ease into these waters without completely compromising your income. 

How To Get Started

It’s hard to make money that isn’t there. Research the major and minor players in your industry of choice: look at how much they make annually and which customers often buy from them. This will help you with planning out products, services, prices, and your marketing campaign. 

If your business can’t pay its bills, it’s going to fail. Because most entrepreneurs are not financially literate, it can quickly go wrong. Many small business owners go into business not for their love of crushing numbers but for their goal to make the world better with their products.”

Related: How to Live an Abundant Life

Is Your Work-Life Balance Suffering?

No life was meant to be lived under constant stress and fear of what the next day can bring. Your work-life balance could benefit mightily from having the breathing room that comes with a side business.

Gartner found work-life balance among American employees to be valued even more than health benefits. That means more time spent with their families, enjoying hobbies, or managing side gigs. 

If your work-life balance is lacking, a side business can offer you:

  • The option to set your own hours 
  • Diversify your income (aka not ‘putting all your eggs in one basket’)
  • More personal fulfillment 

If your small business isn’t executed correctly, however, you run the risk of:

  • Becoming overworked (aka not ‘turning off’ at the end of the day)
  • Indirectly paying more money in an effort to make money (advertisements, fees, etc)
  • Increasing your risk of burnout 

How To Get Started

Your primary job will take precedence. Make a list of your day-to-day hours and how much you can afford to shave off in favor of your side business. Even if that’s just five hours a week, that’s a start!

Related: A Foolproof Plan to Boost Your Confidence

Everyone needs a little help sometimes. Learn more Proctor Gallagher Consultant and how we offer practical insight into the art of starting a successful side business.

Do You Have Dreams Waiting To Be Achieved?

Have you been coming up with designs for the next great product in your industry of choice? Do you often think about how issues in your niche could be better?

These are a big sign you have a dream that isn’t being realized. 

Did you know Millennials and Gen Zers are nearly 200% more likely to have a side job these days? Over the years small businessowners have become more bold, eager to take control of their goals instead of waiting for the world to right itself. 

How To Get Started

All successful dreams start with confidence. Write down three things you have to offer your particular industry: this can be technical skill, personality, creativity, punctuality, or a strong sense of ethics. These qualities will help form your mission statement and keep you focused.

“You’ve seen the cliché “power” pose of CEOs, with them leaning back with outstretched legs and looking up with their hands behind the head. If you’re standing, put both feet flat on the floor, chest out and shoulders back. Play the part. If you act confident on the outside, you’ll feel more confident on the inside.”

Related: Bring Your Dreams to Life by Creating a Personal Mission Statement

Is Starting a Business Worth It?

It’s extremely daunting to start a business, even a side business adjacent to your primary job. That doesn’t mean it’s not worth it. 

When you start a business you truly take life into your own two hands. You command more control over your income and gain specialized insight into your industry that wasn’t possible before. Personal fulfillment is an especially apt reason to get started with a side gig, even if it’s a simple $50 or $100 a month.

How To Get Started

Ask for professional help. Proctor Gallagher Consultant is deeply familiar with the pain points of beginning small businessowners. From building good business habits to dissecting your personal motivation, we’re ready to meet you where you are.

Don’t start a business all by yourself. Contact Proctor Gallagher Consultant and gain valuable insight that’ll change your life forever.

How to Make a Career Change at 30 and 40

Making a career change is incredibly daunting. It’s even less so when you’re out of your vibrant twenties and well into middle age. 

Do you make a change by getting a degree or a certification? How long will it take you to find good-paying work in your field? These questions swarm like bees, cluttering your good sense and leaving you too nervous to act. 

We’re going to look at making a career change at 30 and 40, from psychology to job-hunting tips. 

Embrace The Delight of The Personal Journey

Your identity is in everything you do. It’s in your values. Your hobbies. Your goals.

Workers today are becoming reacquainted with this fact tenfold. Career changes are so attractive that nearly 60% of workers today will accept less pay if it meant doing work they love. If you’re in this camp, you’re already well on your way to making a satisfying career change. 

It may sound like a cheesy new-age guru line, but power really does come from within. If you face your career change feeling pessimistic or doubtful, this will affect how long you stick with your decision.

“You need to carry a positive mindset in life if you wish to build the wealth you want and deserve. You must believe that what you want can be attained, that you have the power to attain it, and that it will be delivered to you in your lifetime. Without this mindset, you’re more likely to give up when times get tough.”

Understand You Have Unique Insight To Offer

You may wonder if you need to compete with the twenty-somethings in the market. This couldn’t be further from the truth. 

Fun fact time: the average worker making a big career change is 39 years old! Workers who aren’t quite young, but not quite old have unique insight to offer. This can be less common in younger workers who don’t yet have the luxury of comparing and contrasting multiple positions on their resume.

Positive traits more common in older workers include:

  • A more profound sense of purpose 
  • Several years’ of adjacent work experience
  • Heightened maturity
  • Being more comfortable advocating for yourself

Related: Bring Your Dreams to Life by Creating a Personal Mission Statement

Don’t Reinvent The Wheel: Start Where You Are

Let’s say you’re a former home healthcare aide that really wants to work a desk job. Do you need to start over from scratch? Not at all.

You could go into data analysis and help clinics gather vital information on their clients. You could go into copywriting and help health-focused industries advertise their services. If you’re a highly visual person, you could try your hand at web design to work on websites or apps.

This is what it means to start where you are: you already have transferable experience.

This is just one of many examples on how career changes are pivots, not dramatic switches. 

Take some time to consider your work experience or education, then make a list of your:

  • Hard skills 
  • Soft skills
  • Degrees
  • Certifications
  • Life experience (yes, this matters!)

Related: Why 96% of Businesses Fail Within Ten Years

Need some help brainstorming what the next five years of your life could look like? Proctor Gallagher Consulting provides highly individualized and personal coaching to steer you on the right path. 

Become Comfortable With Asking For Help

This might actually be the most intense step on this list. Asking for help is hard for many people, yet it’s the difference between a confident change and a slog. 

Many people don’t ask for help for fear of looking incompetent or needy. Some are afraid of burdening others with their problems. Asking for help is actually a wonderful trait that displays self-awareness: it shows you understand your limitations and are in tune with what you need.

Not only will this trait give you the help you need, it’s a very practical ability that will translate well into your career. This is doubly true if you’re in a leadership position. 

A lack of awareness causes most work conflicts. Leaders don’t always realize the impact of their behaviors on the people around them. Because many organizations don’t have a systematic way to solve this problem, many hire a coach or apply some other form of training.”

Related: For Greater Success, Try Positive Action Instead of Positive Thinking

The Best Time To Start Your Career Change Is Now

There will never be a perfect time for you to make your career change. Now is the best time to get started.

This doesn’t mean quit your job! Here’s how you transition into the proper mindset required for a career change. 

Firstly, you need to:

  • Write three reasons why you’re making a career change
  • Write three obstacles between you and changing your career successfully
  • Write three job positions you’re most interested in (and three you’re not interested in!)

Once you finish this step, the next step will be much easier to complete. 

  • Make a list of resources you need for the transition (certifications, work references, etc)
  • If you have any peers who made a career change, ask for their thoughts
  • Research the career fields adjacent to yours and what is most in-demand

“We’re all taught early in life that we’re supposed to grow up and work for a company like an indentured servant for 40 years and then fade away at retirement with a company pension that barely covers the necessities of daily existence. However, people are becoming more enlightened and educated, realizing that there’s a better way.”

You’re already off to a great start with your career change. Contact Proctor Gallagher Consulting to get a second opinion and launch the next stage of your life.

How to Live an Abundant Life

A life filled with physical, emotional, spiritual, and financial abundance is truly a gift. Everyone should have security, peace of mind, love, and overall joyfulness. But how can something that should be second nature be so difficult to attain?

Perhaps our hectic lives confuse or distract us from achieving a life of abundance. But the power of our thoughts can transform our lives for the better – if we know how to use it.

Wealth is Good!

We all have to build wealth in our lives, but before we can build wealth, we have to understand that everyone’s definition of wealth is different. It doesn’t have to mean making millions of dollars and flying a private jet to one of your 10 estate homes.

Wealth can simply mean having a steady, full-time job where you earn enough money to give your family a safe place to sleep with quality food on the table and nice clothes to wear. It may also mean you are fulfilled spiritually and emotionally.

Don’t fool yourself by saying you don’t care about material things and, therefore, you don’t need to care too much about building wealth. Remember that wealth does not necessarily mean material wealth. Just because you desire wealth, it doesn’t mean you have to be attached to money like a Scrooge.

You can be emotionally wealthy because of the positive relationships you foster. You can be spiritually wealthy because of your faith. You can be physically wealthy because of your vibrant health. And you can be financially wealthy because of the money you have earned. Wealth simply isn’t a monetary figure!

Wealth is Not Just About Money

As mentioned, the term wealth doesn’t just describe how much money you have. You can also use the word to describe the people in your life and your satisfaction with your life in general.

  • If you have a close relationship to your family, you are wealthy.
  • If you love waking up in the morning and get satisfaction out of your job everyday, you are wealthy.
  • If you have friends who love you as their own family, you are wealthy.

  • If you have a fervent faith, you are wealthy.

Living an abundant life simply means being happy in all aspects of your life and having the resources to care for your family. Obviously you won’t be happy every minute of every day, but if you are usually well taken care of, then you already have an abundant life.

How to Build Wealth

You need carry a positive mindset in life if you wish to build the wealth you want and deserve. You must believe that what you want can be attained, that you have the power to attain it, and that it will be delivered to you in your lifetime. Without this mindset, you’re more likely to give up when times get tough.

Loving yourself is also of great importance. You have to love yourself first if you want to receive love from others. If you don’t have love from others, you won’t lead the life you desire.

We can’t change the world unless we start by changing ourselves. But if we change ourselves, we can change the whole world. And if we change ourselves for the better, there’s no reason why we can’t or shouldn’t live an abundant life.

Why 96% of Businesses Fail Within Ten Years

Yes, that shocking news is true, most businesses fail within their first ten years of operation, and the rates are even higher within the first five. In comparison, most business owners are more than happy to take calculated risks. And they work hard to build up their business. Having a small business is a large part of the American Dream. 

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But when only four out of every one hundred businesses survive more than ten years, it can be dream-crushing. What’s really happening to shut down all of these businesses that aren’t making? 

If your business is less than ten years old, read on to learn some things you need to avoid if you want to make it past that iconic mark. 

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Profit is only a theory. 

The bottom line is just that, the bottom line. If your business can’t pay its bills, it’s going to fail. Because most entrepreneurs are not financially literate, it can quickly go wrong. Many small business owners go into business not for their love of crushing numbers but for their goal to make the world better with their products. 

Yet they hire accountants and look at profits and expect to have the same power as to how much cash in hand they have. However, if the cash isn’t there and they can’t pay their bills, their doors close. Vendors and creditors don’t care about what looks good on paper. They need cash in their hand, and if you don’t have any, your business will struggle. 

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You Are Financing Your Clients or Vendors

Massive companies tend to pay off invoices slower by utilizing their size and position in the industry. However, small and even medium-sized businesses or entrepreneurs can’t compete on the same level and sometimes end up financing clients who are ten times their size. 

This additional burden can only worsen problems because you are already starting at a negative when you attempt to attract necessary vendors. Those vendors end up paying fast. Your business then relies upon the ability to pay them quickly. 

The real problem comes when you try to be corporate friends with your vendors while waiting on slow-paying clients. This can put a massive strain on your limited financial resources as a small business. 

Personal coaching might be the answer you are looking for. Proctor Gallagher Consultants offer personal coaching to help you reach your goals.

Controlling Your Cash Can Also Help Increase Your Profits!

If you aren’t managing your cash correctly, then you are losing it. By having a tight grasp on your cash, you can actually improve profits. The higher visibility of expenses can alleviate mismanaged money. 

Even just cutting ten percent of your expenses, you can boost your profits by as much a fifty percent. Who couldn’t use an extra fifty percent of profit? Many non-critical expenses can be cut in order to grow your business. 

Do you want to cut your expenses within the next 90 days? Start signing every check. While having a financial support team is a valuable asset, going back to basics can help refine expenses. This process doesn’t have to be an all-the-time thing. Just as general upkeep to ensure you are mindful about your business spending habits. 

Taking Control of Your Business’s Financial Future

While this might seem overwhelming, there are ways to keep your business running for a long time by taking control of your long-term financial health. Many CEOs run into problems because they aren’t clear on what they are reading when their financial team brings in their reports.

Having a better understanding of what these reports say can help you better manage your business’s finances.

Poor Management Team

Having leaders that don’t know how to lead can be a huge problem within your business. While having a dream, goal, or idea about what you are doing with your business, others might not follow your standards. Having the proper support and coaching can help your team be supportive and on the same page. 

Having an awesome management team can also streamline the employee onboarding process, resulting in better customer interactions. The best way to keep money flowing into your business is through happy customers

Does your management team need coaching? Proctor Gallagher Consultants can help transform your business from the inside out

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Leadership Development: Know Your Blindspots

Running an organization comes with many challenges regardless. However, the effects of the global pandemic of COVID-19 have placed profound new strains on companies. Leaders need to be more sensitive between a fragile economy and social unrest than ever regarding others’ situations.

A lack of awareness causes most work conflicts. Leaders don’t always realize the impact of their behaviors on the people around them. Because many organizations don’t have a systematic way to solve this problem, many hire a coach or apply some other form of training.

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Why Self-Awareness is Difficult to Find

Human nature allows us to judge ourselves by our intent rather than our impact. Because of this tendency, those in influential roles become blind to how others view their behavior. Indeed social scientists have documented how blind spots affect workplace conversations. We tend to be hard-wired for defensive reasoning, making us forget the effect we have on others

People naturally consider their successes as something they did with their abilities. In comparison, any failures are related to external factors. This self-serving bias inhibits our ability to accept negative feedback, even if it is constructive. 

While these habits are natural, that doesn’t mean that we cannot correct them. To those in leadership positions, they should constantly strive to develop their skills. Self-awareness should be one. 

Does your leadership team need help fine-tuning their skills? Proctor Gallagher Consultants has programs to help your team develop their professional skills.

4 Strategies for Improving Self-Awareness

There are many different ways that you can work with your leadership team to develop their self-awareness skills. Evaluate your team and pick what strategies appeal to them. 

1. Participate in a team simulation exercise.

Most people think of team simulations as going up to a remote location and practicing trust exercises. However, there are a lot more options that you can participate in to help your team improve their cooperation together. 

Some exercises lead teams through life-threatening situations to help them establish open discussion, ways to collaborate, and decision-making as a unit. The end goal is all the same. You know you have a successful team building simulation if you find yourself and your team thinking how awesome it would be to work together like this back at work. 

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2. Hire a skilled facilitator for your team. 

Tough decisions can sometimes cause vast ripples in a workplace, but they are necessary to develop your leadership team. With the help of a skilled professional, your team can build leadership skills that can improve workplace performance

Hiring a consultant can help diagnose counterproductive habits and suggest a way to address them in real-time. Their observations could look at how frequently team members propose a new action or how often they agree with or build upon another’s ideas. 

While overall, a team should have a healthy mix of these actions during the conversation. However, if they often go off topic, the facilitator will continue to observe the team’s dynamics. Clearly, this work can be mentally and emotionally demanding, but the results it produces are powerful.

3. Get a Coach. 

Like every skill, leadership is something that should be practiced, yet sometimes we struggle to resolve our weaknesses. This is where having a coach can take your skills to the next level. Even if we know and recognize those weaknesses, we often don’t know how to remove those blocks.

Having a coach is the key to unlocking your team’s leadership potential through self-development. 

4. Attend an interpersonal skills lab.

Developed by Jim Detert and Bobby Parmar, these unique skill labs immerse individuals into challenging decision-making scenarios. The difficult scenarios are made to help participants feel uncomfortable to discover something about themselves within the process. 

The process deliberately stresses out the individual and is then coached through the process. Findings from interpersonal skills labs help promote self-awareness and skill development. 

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Final Thoughts

Knowing your blind spots within your leadership team can help you better develop them. This leadership development can be easier than you think with the help of a knowledgeable support team, coaches, and exercises.  

Are you ready to invest in leadership development? For over five years, Proctor Gallagher Consultants have been helping turn around failing businesses by assisting them to grow their leadership teams. Turn your thinking into results today!

For Greater Success, Try Positive Action Instead of Positive Thinking

We’ve all heard that positive thinking can boost your odds of becoming successful. While positive thinking helps, research shows that simple actions can have a greater impact on behavior and the results.

Most people think that it takes a lot of work and effort to get meaningful results. But sometimes simple actions are the key.

Scientific research has shown that these 10 exercises have a positive effect:

  1. Do things in a new way. If you’re trying to quit smoking, try smoking with the opposite hand. It makes the behavior seem unusual, and you’ll be less likely to smoke. We often smoke automatically, so doing it differently will force you to think about it.

  2. Nod in agreement. If someone nods while communicating, they’re more likely to agree with what’s being said. If you want someone to agree with you, subtly nod your head while chatting with them. They will unconsciously start to do the same. This results in a greater likelihood of agreeing with you.

  3. Act happy. The simple act of smiling makes you feel happier. Studies have suggested smiling big, using your whole face (including your forehead), and making it last about 20 seconds. This will ensure your smile makes an impact.

  4. Act sternly. Those that sit up straight and cross their arms have been shown to persevere twice as much as those that sat in other ways. Try this technique if you want to be persistent.

  5. Wash up. A recent study found that washing your hands, taking a bath, or showering can reduce feelings of guilt. Even cleaning the hands with an antiseptic after committing an immoral act significantly reduced guilty feelings.

  6. Soft chairs for soft people. If you have to negotiate with others, arrange for them to sit in a soft chair. Studies have shown that firm chairs result in tougher negotiating. A soft chair makes people more flexible.

  7. Just begin! Spending a few minutes on the activity you’re avoiding can often stop procrastination. Getting started really is the hardest part.

  8. Be emotionally intimate. Couples that are close are more likely to talk about the intimate aspects of life. The opposite is also true. When two people have an intimate conversation, they feel more attracted to each other. If you’re on a date, steer the conversation toward more meaningful topics.

  9. Flex your muscles. One study discovered that tensing your muscles increases your willpower. If you’re struggling to quit smoking or to stick to a diet, the solution is easier than you think. Make a fist and flex your biceps. If you’re around others, flex your leg muscles.

  10. Act confident. You’ve seen the cliché “power” pose of CEOs, with them leaning back with outstretched legs and looking up with their hands behind the head. If you’re standing, put both feet flat on the floor, chest out and shoulders back. Play the part. If you act confident on the outside, you’ll feel more confident on the inside.

These ideas all come from university research, so there’s some science behind them. Try them and see what impact they have on your life.

While positive thinking is great, sometimes positive actions can be even more powerful.