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Category Archives: Success Strategies

Why We Long to Make Connections

As humans, we long to make connections. How well we do that may be linked to our happiness.

Neurologically, psychologically, emotionally and socially, we need to make connections. Making connections is part of the human experience.

Why do we long to make connections?

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Most Popular Reads on Caruso Leadership

Caruso Leadership enters 2017 poised to build upon the strong growth we experienced in 2016, thanks to our wonderful clients and engaged readers and followers.

Every year, we publish our top blogs and content from the previous year. For those of you new to our work, you can read some fan favorites, and for those of us who have been with us for the long haul, it’s a great way to brush up on important reminders or discover some words you might have missed.

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Life is a Choice Between Faith and Fear

Faith: a firm belief in a yet-to-be-proved, positive outcome.
Fear: a painful emotion excited by an impending negative outcome.

More often than not, life is a choice between faith and fear. At any point in time, our thoughts and actions reflect either our fears or our goals.

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Destiny Is More Uncovered Than Discovered

Success Strategy #40: Destiny is more uncovered than discovered.

 

We all have a destiny.  And it’s none of our business. The most important part of the plan of our life isn’t our destiny, but our greatest human gift – our free will. Every choice we make informs our path and builds to our ultimate destiny.

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Priorities Help You Reach Goals

So maybe from the title you think I am stating the obvious. Without setting priorities, your life can  quickly become a series of tasks that distract from reaching your goals. But you might be surprised by how many people let this simple truth get in the way of their success and happiness.

Joe Caruso on Priorities

Let’s break this down a bit, so you can stay on track to reach your goals.

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Big Decisions: Limit Input From These Inadequate Advisors

Do you tend to base your major life decisions on the pretext that anything is possible? Or, are you like the vast majority of people who immediately rule out a great number of possibilities based on what they think the outcome will be?

The fact of the matter is that most of us limit our options considerably base on these three inadequate advisors:

  • fears
  • insecurities
  • emotional baggage

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Time for a Change? What To Do When You Veer Off Course

Time for a Change? What To Do When You Veer Off Course

It’s always a good time to revisit your goals for the year. Accept, adjust, advance.

The New Year marks time on the calendar; this turning of the page often sparks a visceral drive within us amidst a cultural atmosphere around us to get a fresh start in our personal or professional lives. Most of our resolutions, or goals for the year, fall under one of three categories: improving physical health, emotional health and relationships (including your relationship to yourself), or career prospects. Within these categories, we tend to decide to change a habit that doesn’t serve us, or a acquire a new habit that does serve us.

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Getting to the Root of the Problem

In my previous blog on How You Define the Problem is Part of the Solution, we used the example of weight loss to examine why some people are successful and others aren’t at solving a problem. Now let’s look at another example: those who blame their job or career for their unhappiness.

 

To put that concept in another context, let’s say that what you define as your problem is your career. Is it bringing you a sense of fulfillment? Does it make you feel good about yourself? Do you like getting up to go to work every day or do you dread the sound of the alarm?

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How You Define the Problem is Part of the Solution

Letting go is really no more than an approach to a problem. Since, by definition, we are active participants in creating our own reality, the number of solutions we’ll see to any problem is limited by the way we define the problem in the first place. I like to tell my clients, “the way we define the problem determines the solutions we won’t consider.”

“The way we define a problem determines all of the solutions our minds can’t possibly consider.”  – Joe Caruso

If you went to see a chiropractor because your feet hurt, she’d probably find a problem with your spine; a surgeon would, more often than not, find a surgical solution; a dietician would tell you to change your eating habits; and an orthopedist might suggest that you need orthotics. Before we consider the solution to a problem, we have to consider how we’ve defined it, because that will determine the kinds of solutions we allow ourselves to see. That is, in effect, the law of congruency.

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Do You Focus on Achievement or Success?

We have created an achievement-oriented society. Achievements are important. They serve as goals and benchmarks, mile-markers and victories. But think about it: If your goal is to achieve a successful life, how will you know when you’ve succeeded?

Success Strategy # 33 – “Realize that achievement is not success.” — Joe Caruso

You see, success is not a destination. In order for us to see ourselves as successful human beings and to strive to create success, we have to stop framing everything we do as an achievement. Read more »