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2018
    Luke Doyle
Luke Doyle
NeoMan Studios

Did you know that 60-80% of workplace accidents can be attributed to stress, while the American Psychological Association pegs the overall cost of workplace stress to the U.S. economy at $500 billion annually? That’s a lot of accidents and a ton of money.

 

What causes stress even when we love what it is we do? Work-related negativity sneaks up when tough projects come along, when a client becomes difficult, when your manager is having a bad day, or when you struggle to balance work and life. Nearly everything, when not placed in perspective, can induce negative thoughts.

 

How should you respond when that coworker knows all the right buttons to push to get your blood boiling? The first step, according to psychologists, is the ability to recognize negative thoughts that aren’t helpful. From there, you can use the following eight ways to improve your emotional agility and handle negative thoughts and emotions at work.

 

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Infographic by Luke Doyle, Digital PR Executive, NeoMam Studios

 

    Christopher Ruel
Scott Amyx
Author, Strive, How Doing Things Most Uncomfortable Leads to Success

Popular beliefs about success are profoundly wrong. Success is not merely a matter of being born in the right place at the right time to the right family. It involves much more than hard work, money, practice, or even intellect. History is littered with people—those with high IQs, talent, money, power, and fame—who squandered every advantage and ended badly.running-runner-long-distance-fitness-40751.jpeg

 

There is, however, a way to attain success, and I am living proof. I have found a way to guide my life in a positive direction, realizing dreams I never thought possible. Moreover, doing so doesn’t require 10,000 hours of practice, being born into the right family, or being as brilliant as Albert Einstein or Marilyn vos Savant. It’s a little secret I call Strive.

 

A new year holds the promise of a new life, one filled with hope and potential. Yet, as the zeal of the New Year fades, we soon return to our familiar habits. Life goes on as usual. Then when the following December rolls around, and we look back at all the things we wanted to achieve, we become disappointed. The fact is we’re stuck. The cycle keeps repeating, year after year. You aren’t alone. Broken resolutions are the story of millions of people.

 

Does success elude you? Have you read countless articles and books about improving your life but got nowhere close to achieving your goals? You’re not alone. The only way to get out of the vicious cycle is to shock your system! Doing something differently, or a little bit better isn’t going to work. Real, transformative change only happens when we take an outsized risk to step way outside our comfort zone. It’s only when we do the things most uncomfortable to us that we realize the greatest gain and that which didn’t seem possible. In short, you need to get comfortable with discomfort.

 

Strive demands persevering in the face of rejection and adversity. Taking control of your success is something you can do right away, not 10,000 hours from now. Success is attainable by everyone, so stop being held back by conventional thinking related to success.

 

I came to America as an impoverished immigrant. The words “you will amount to nothing,” rang in my ears. However, I took what was unique to me and turned it to my advantage. When you pursue personal change that is uncomfortable in the extreme, success happens. It is my sincere hope that next year when you look back at 2018, it is with a proud smile for having kept your New Year’s resolutions.

 

Scott Amyx is an internationally-acclaimed speaker, futurist and founder of the cutting-edge venture capital Amyx Ventures. His book, Strive: How Doing Things Most Uncomfortable Leads to Success publishes in March 2018.

    Christopher Ruel
Christopher Ruel
Community and Social Marketing, Wiley

We took a look at the five top trending tips articles related to business success in 2018 and selected the number one tip from each article. Find your path to business and professional growth by discovering what thought leaders believe to be the essential practices for 2018.

 

 

Do you have tips of your own to add? Let us know in the comments below.

 

    James Bowen
James Bowen
CEO, Experiential Simulations

 

 

 

shutterstock_21738007.jpgCurrently project management metrics focus on cost, schedule, and the ability to achieve requirements (deliverables, including quality). But, moving forward, project management metrics need to be more future-oriented to reflect the ability of deliverables to evolve and adapt.

 

As we move into the “internet of everything” era when AI will likely manage projects, many of our deliverables (whether they be a house, an IT system, or a marketing campaign) will have the abilities to change and progress built in.

 

Assuming that deliverables will be more akin to a platform than a static asset, we need project management metrics that incorporate measurement of these adaptive capabilities.

 

If we envision deliverables as evolving platforms, they will adapt over time as requirements change. For example, a house will need to have the ability to adjust to the environment and to its occupant(s). Moreover, the house may be continually incorporating new technology as it becomes available.

 

As such, project management metrics should measure the ability of the deliverable to:

• Evolve to incorporate new innovations

• Adapt to new user requirements

 

This need is applicable to a range of outputs across industries such as marketing campaigns, IT initiatives, and even new product development. Consequently, PM metrics need be updated to include the future potential of the initiative.

 

How do you think project management metrics need to change? Let us know in the comments below.

 

And, check out a project management simulation available for educational institutions here.

 

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