19 Ways to Lead Through COVID-19

by Steven Doggette Business, Relationships, Health and Fitness, Self Improvement
True leaders lead in every season, not just the good ones. As the world is currently in crisis and the only news is bad news, your leadership is needed now more than ever! Here are 19 attributes of leadership that you can draw from during this time of great trouble. A leader… 1. Takes Time for Introspection. Have you been focusing your life’s energy on the things that really matter lately? If not, now is the time for you to pivot. 2. Declares ...
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5 Essential Tips to Nail A First Impression

by Steven Doggette Business, Self Improvement
The human brain processes non-verbal information much faster than verbal communication. Within a couple seconds of meeting someone for the first time, the brain has already assessed a long list of factors about that person (for better or for worse) such as gender, age range, physical attributes, general hygiene, how the individual is dressed, and the level of confidence they display through body posture and facial expression. This information then immediately creates a filter through which the brain will initially ...
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The Captivating Wedding

by Steven Doggette Relationships, Self Improvement
It happened years ago in Brazil, where we lived at the time, in a little church my dad was overseeing. The modest chapel stood on a hillside overlooking the red clay-tiled roofs of the houses below that spilled out across the valley. On this particular day, he was presiding over a wedding and so we were all invited to attend what turned out to be an amazing ceremony and a valuable life lesson. Looking back now, it was without a ...
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The Best Time Is Now

by Steven Doggette Business, Self Improvement
A new year is upon us! Will this new year just wash over you with whatever it happens to bring, or will your intentional decisions be the force that changes the outcome of the year? What key decisions do you need to make in your life this coming year? Better yet, what is the one significant step you need to take in your life right now to make the new year memorable? If you know the answer, is it something ...
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Increase Your Influence

by Steven Doggette Business, Self Improvement
Are you a proactive influencer, or are you more likely to react to your surroundings? Have you ever used binoculars or a telescope to see something clearly that was actually out of the reach of your naked eye? In order to use these instruments correctly, you have to sometimes adjust the focus depending on how far away the object is you are trying to observe. Becoming an influencer requires us to focus in on the things we can control, and consciously ...
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Maintain A Healthy Brain

by Steven Doggette Health and Fitness, Self Improvement
For some time now I have been curious about what I can do to maintain and even improve my brain health as I grow older. Like the brain itself, this is a complicated topic. There is no single factor that makes or breaks your brain health, but rather a combination of factors. The good news is, there are some key things that we control that can make a measured difference in our brain’s health as we age. So, let’s dive ...
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Love & Sunshine - The Perfect Balance

by Steven Doggette Self Improvement
It was an amazing fall day with thousands of brightly painted leaves drifting down from the canopy above through the soft rays of distant sunlight. We had picked the perfect day for a long walk through the woods! We found some hiking trails on the grounds of an old estate that sits high above the Hudson River and set out on our walk through the woods. At first, the trails brought us past some carefully groomed gardens, around the back of ...
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Time Management Part 4: Strategic Planning

by Steven Doggette Business, Home Based Business, Self Improvement
“Most people overestimate what they can accomplish in the short term, but underestimate what they can accomplish over the long term” – Author Unknown One of the most difficult areas of time management is strategic planning. Generally speaking, most companies have at a minimum a three-year rolling plan in motion at all times. This helps ensure accountability and that business and financial targets are met over the long hall. The question is, how can you introduce strategic planning into your personal ...
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A Poem of Inspiration

by Steven Doggette Arts and Entertainment, Business, Self Improvement
Inspiration I looked to the rolling hills, and the mountains overshadowed me I listened to the soft breeze, and a roaring wind spoke to me I considered the flame, and fire sprang up within me And then I understood, Inspiration is always greater than my thoughts -Steven Doggette Continue reading...
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Live Inspired

by Steven Doggette Business, Self Improvement
Inspiration is the genesis of all creativity. You first have to see it in your mind, and then find a way to make your inspiration take on some form of reality. Inspiration for me comes mostly in the form of content ideas for this blog or for my business, although I have been known to do some poetic writing as well. What are you inspired by and what form does it take in your life? Do you know how to ...
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Time Management Part 3: The Short List

by Steven Doggette Business, Self Improvement
It was a hot Saturday afternoon and I was feeling good. One by one I was proudly checking off the long list of household to-do items on the whiteboard in our front hallway. With each checkmark, I would stand back and admire my excellent time management skills based on the progress I was making. Later that day when I came back into the house to check off yet another heroic accomplishment, I stopped in dismay. Someone had erased all off ...
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Time Management Part 2: Love Your Commute

by Steven Doggette Business, Self Improvement
Last week I worked out of the Jersey City, NJ office where you look directly across the Hudson River at mighty lower Manhattan. As I met various teammates that I do not normally see in person, I asked them about their daily commute to the office. Without exception, I was greeted with painful stories of riding the trains and subways for up to 90 minutes each way to and from work. Not one of my teammates had a positive spin ...
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Time Management Part 1: Morning Routines

by Steven Doggette Business, Health and Fitness, Self Improvement
Having a set routine in the morning is a critical factor in setting up your day for success. Rolling out of bed late after hitting the snooze a couple of times, grabbing whatever happens to be around for breakfast (or skipping it altogether) and rushing out the door to work is not a plan for success. You need to create margin in your mornings to consciously establish the mindset that takes you in the direction you want to go in. Continue ...
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3 Keys To Make Exercise A Lifestyle

by Steven Doggette Health and Fitness, Recreation and Sports, Self Improvement
I was very careful in the title to indicate exercise should be a lifestyle. Starting exercise regiments based on a new year’s resolution or even jumping into hours of training for a specific event often leads to spurts of great effort, followed by long sedentary off-seasons. The only way to truly increase your physical strength and flexibility as well as improving overall cardiovascular health is to make exercise a lifestyle. Continue Reading...
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Dress For Business Success

by Steven Doggette Business, Self Improvement
If you work in a professional office setting you have likely been introduced to the “business casual” approach to modern-day workplace dress. The concept of dressing for business success is quickly fading in many work settings. There appears to be no baseline for what appropriate workplace dress should look like anymore. What was once casual Fridays has now become the norm five days a week. While I am all in favor of loosening (or losing) the stiff necktie look, workplace ...
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Key To Business Success

by Steven Doggette Business, Self Improvement
I dove into breakfast the other day only to be surprised by the unpleasant sensation of a fork with one of the prongs that were bent and out of line with the other three. You might not think this would be a big deal but it definitely detracted from an otherwise great breakfast. With every bite, I was reminded of the bent prong. Many people I observe, and in the past even admired, are like a bent fork. They are ...
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Find Your Mentors

by Steven Doggette Business, Self Improvement
I sat alone about halfway back on the right-hand side of the large church auditorium, lost in thought. It was the funeral service for Mr. French, my piano teacher. I did not know any of his family but felt compelled to honor the man who had faithfully worked to make me a better musician. I remembered all the times I walked up the stairs of his brownstone home and into the front room, where the intense smell of freshly brewed ...
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Change Your Mindset - Change Your Future

by Steven Doggette Business, Health and Fitness, Self Improvement
There is a proverb that says “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he”. Your life today is a direct result of what you have been thinking. More specifically, it is a result of what you have been thinking about yourself. If you are in a good place right now, it’s because you have had constructive thoughts that brought you to this point. If you do not like your current situation, it may be a direct result of ...
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Reducing Stress: 3 Practical Steps

by Steven Doggette Business, Health and Fitness, Self Improvement
We all know that stress is a silent killer, impacting our wellbeing in the present and our overall health long term. So, what are we to do? If you are like most, you are likely caught in the proverbial rate race just trying to get it all done and the thought of working to reduce stress stresses you out even more. So how can one reduce their overall stress index in the middle of a crazy schedule? I know something about ...
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Healthy People: The 3 Things They Do

by Steven Doggette Health and Fitness, Self Improvement
For me, a healthy person is by definition a well-balanced individual. “Healthy” comes in a lot of flavors including physical well-being, mental soundness, the strength of one’s relationships, and the list goes on. For the sake of this example, let’s focus on physical health. What are the keys to living a healthy physical lifestyle? Why do some people appear to achieve this state with relative ease while others yo-yo between food fads, diets, and the latest workout craze but with ...
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