How to Become More Confident

I used to have this problem – not being confident. In fact, I did not acknowledge that I was not confident but if there was a challenging situation, whether involving talking to a new person, introducing myself, presenting something at work or even speaking up – I would try to avoid it. And, if I…

Holiday Traditions You Can Create For Yourself

While Christmas is the time of the year when the traditions of previous generations almost pushed on many of us, I say the traditions that should stay are the ones that make you and your family happy. Since I got married five years ago, I decided to create little traditions for myself and my family…

How to speak up at work

Since I started working at the office, there was one barrier that I faced for a long time – being able to speak up. Raised on the belief that it is good to be shy, I struggled for a long time to figure out how I could connect, communicate or even be considered to take…

Fighting Fears: Fear of Not Being Liked

One of the common fears that many of us share is the fear of not being liked. It is often irrational, not based on any signs/factors, or sometimes it is coming from one bad experience that we had few years or even decades ago.  Maybe you were not liked by peers during your childhood, and…

8 Tips to Stay Productive (and awake!)

I find Mondays and Tuesdays to be the hardest days of the week. Those are the days when I feel that I need more sleep, more weekend and generally not looking forward to work. However, these simple productivity tips help stay motivated, organised, and, well, awake. Please note: all of these tips, particularly ‘how to…

Motivation: How to Get it?

I must admit, this year started differently than any other year. I am used to spending my pre-holiday time reflecting on achievements and big things that happened during the year which coming to an end, taking time to browse magazines and think about what I would like to do and achieve in the next year, and…

Late night thoughts: holiday magic

Many people like the Christmas or New Year’s holiday because of the magic and hope that they bring. They make us believe that things will change but we don’t really try doing anything differently ourselves. We rely too much on our expectations of wonder and in hopes that it will be the other people (but…

Turn your mind into a success machine

Sometimes you can decode if someone is successful by simply observing them. You know, these people who look like they’ve accomplished everything they set to do when they were 15, people who look like absolute success in all areas and, they also look amazing, well-rested and happy. How do they do it? Here is your first…

How to Start a New Life – 10 Steps Stolen from Strategic Planning

When I started working in the strategy branch, being interested in self-development and leadership, I was surprised to learn how similar the steps are between strategic planning in government and steps one may take to improve his/her life. Many books on self-improvement captured strategies that sounded very similar to the ones I applied at work….

Spring Clean Your Life

Since I was a kid, my mom would always get excited by spring cleaning. She wasn’t a stay-at-home mom. She had a job, but she really liked some housewife-type tasks. She found joy and inspiration in them. They made her feel better. Just like Monica from “Friends”, she would appreciate and find joy in little…