Power of Consistency: A key that opens all doors

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Wouldn’t it be just wonderful if you could find a single solution to everything in the world?

A dynamic solution like that would of course come with a catch.

Because the answer is “Consistency”. And the catch is that, consistency always comes with “persistence” sashaying on its left arm. The two are inseparable. And tethering on a thin chord not too far behind this power couple, is the little boy wonder we all want – success.

Too much of an analogy? Nevertheless, here are some examples that will prove the formula works everywhere – be it in matters of the heart, sports, professional success, war or great life changing discoveries.

#1 Refusing to give up

Hrithik Roshan, the Bollywood actor, launched his own brand- HRX. The brand, a personification of the man himself – a man determined to push himself to his extremes. Being born into an affluent family didn’t make the journey to being one of the top actors in Bollywood easy. From overcoming speech problems as a child to proving his doctors wrong when they diagnosed him with scoliosis and predicted he could never become an actor, Hrithik Roshan has crossed every wall life put in his way, reducing it to nothing more than a speed bump.

After all, this is the man who as a child practiced for 36 hours just to be able to explain to his cook exactly what he wanted to eat. And even today, in the midst of all his success, he still practices every day.

Consistency is not perfection. It is simply refusing to give up.

#2 Fitness

If you are a fitness freak, you already know this. If you are not, then you should know, that running for 2 hours a day and then not running for the next 2 weeks will result in nothing but sore muscles. Sporadic spurts of rigorous exercise is strenuous for the body. Instead a steady but consistent increase in intensity will more likely give you better results. “Long term consistency trumps short term intensity” said Bruce lee, world renowned martial artist and action film actor. “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”

A consistent workout routine also improves your mental health as endorphins released by the body as a result of regular workouts will enhance your mood and let you experience positive feelings.

#3 Love

In any relationship, consistency is key. If you want to win over that girl, be consistent in your efforts, so that she takes you seriously. Lack of consistency could be seen as lack of interest. A man who is consistency will never have to complain about loyalty.

If you are a parent, then you know how the consistent presence and love of your parents (or lack of it) influenced you.

#4 War: Consistency and the human mind

Robert E. Cialdini, in his book ‘Influence: the psychology of persuasion’ tells that, once we have made a choice or taken a stand, we have a “nearly obsessive desire to be (and to appear) consistent with that commitment.”

 

A surprising example of this was seen in the Korean wars when prisoners of war from the United States gave away military secrets, informed on fellow prisoners and even publicly denounced their country, without being beaten or threatened. The prisoners were made to state mild anti-American statements, like the “United States is not perfect.”

 

The critical step was that they were made to write it down, preventing them from denying the statement on a later occasion, thereby forcing them to corroborate the same. Thus, using these mild remarks the prisoners were then pushed to expand on ways in which this statement was true.

 

Not wanting to be inconsistent they complied. To remain further consistent, they would agree to read their statements aloud in a discussion group and later maybe even record it as an anti-America radio broadcast. This then kept escalating until they completely change their self-image, not wanting to appear inconsistent.

 

#5 Business: Branding and loyalty

The ultimate objective for any company is consumer loyalty. A consistent presence in terms of visuals as well as messages, will improve the top of mind recall for the consumer.

This is because, through repeated visibility and consistent presence, the brand and it’s product moves to the permanent memory of the consumer. And like in the previous example, if the consumer admits to himself and to another at some point that he prefers one brand over another, they continue to be loyal to the brand,  if only to stay true to their statement. Without brand consistency, customers will lose sight of the message you are trying to portray and vital trust in your business.

However, companies also need to be consistent with their services. No one wants to deal with a company they can’t rely on for consistency. With so many industries being saturated with competitors, inconsistency is often enough of a reason for consumers to take their business elsewhere.

If you are persistent you will get it. If you are consistent you will keep it. This is a principle that applies everywhere. Consistency shows value in whatever you’re chasing.

“Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hardwork gains success. Greatness will come.”  ~ Dwayne “the rock” Johnson

 

Author’s Bio

This article has been written by a staff writer at CEO Hangout and Trainer Hangout, units of Zaang Entertainment Pvt Ltd.

 

Here at Positive Words Research, we are looking to share with our readers original content that hasn’t been published on other sites so if you are comfortable with Positive Words Research being your sole publisher, we are more than happy to share with our readers your inspiring and empowering story.

 

6 Digital Skills that Can Boost Your Career

6 Digital Skills that Can Boost Your Career

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Many business organizations tend to have what is referred to as “a digital skills gap”. What this really means is they lack a staff equipped with the necessary firsthand knowledge in working with digital applications, tools, and strategies. By taking the time and effort to master certain digital skillsets, you can, of course, increase your worth in the career you have chosen. Doing this also offers you the necessary room to improve your future career opportunities as well. Well then, here are 6 digital skills that can boost your career in ways you would never have deemed possible.

Image editing

Image editing is a fantastic digital skill, which will heighten your overall influence in the office setting. Been able to create mesmerizing visual aids for your company will showcase your exceptional talents to your bosses. When you are bent on becoming a pro in churning out things like infographics, or branding graphics, you must comprehend the workings of the best image editors such as Photoshop. So, when you are able to demonstrate your image editing capabilities, you will give your career a boost, by opening up new job roles.

Video production

The video is a great content format when it comes to spreading a firm’s brand identity and message to prospective clients. This can naturally present a golden opportunity for those individuals who have a vested interest in assisting the company they work for in creating excellent video content. If you are that kind of an employee, the roles you could assume can vary. From managing video production projects to honing the video shooting or editing skills of your fellow colleagues. Some of the best instances of being creative with the video for your firm are producing content that showcases its culture. Producing video interviews of satisfied clients or even video product reviews that elaborate on the benefits of your products or services. On the other hand, been good at video production can be very useful whenever you are seeking greener pastures. More and more business establishments are now accepting creative forms of job applications. Therefore, being able to demonstrate your capabilities of tailor-making video content will definitely place you ahead of the rest of the pack.

HTML

In this particular scenario, you don’t really need to be a bonafide web developer to be of use to your company. All you got to do is simply develop a fair proficiency in reading HTML code. This will place you in a position where you can be able to liaise with external agencies in formulating and implementing your firm’s website strategies. While also being at hand to notice alterations and even fix simple bugs whenever the need arises. By been conversant with some basic HTML skills, you can substantially enhance your value as an all-around employee.

SEO and content marketing

The right search engine optimization and content marketing techniques are a prerequisite in boosting your firm’s website search engine rankings. The higher you company ranks in your niche search parameters, the more traffic it is bound to receive. Having some working understanding of SEO and content marketing in general lets you determine the best methods to implement in creating viable content. Some of the most notable include keyword research and thinking like your target audience to identify which content might spark their interest. Also, you will be able to execute vital competition analysis in areas such as keyword integration to identify how you can beat them and churn out much better content.

Social media marketing

Around 2.34 billion individuals are now social media users, and many of them can snugly fit into what you would label as your company’s target audience. Taking your time to learn the ins and outs of social media marketing can greatly boost your career. This will enable you to be in a position of effectively handling all your business’s social media accounts. This is primarily through churning out content that both entertains and enlightens your target audience and leads them to your firm’s website.

Touch typing

Finally, touch typing is an essential digital skill you will have to master if you wish to expand your career horizons. Basically, it is designed to greatly improve your typing speed as well as accuracy. By learning typing best practices including ideal finger placement on the keyboard, you will significantly improve your productivity. While learning the right typing ergonomics will allow you to be able to efficiently prevent injuries and fatigue, even if you are engaged in protracted typing sessions on a frequent basis. It is pretty simple to start learning touch typing with passing a quick online typing test, use an online tutor and see the progress.

My name is Adam Fort, I’m an education strategist at Ratatype.com. This project helps children and adults to learn touch typing via an online typing test and lessons. I am in charge of developing the proper typing lessons and exercise for typists who want to improve their typing speed. I also have a commercial pilot’s license which I’m proud of.

65 Words to Embody in Your Business

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65 Words to Embody in Your Business

Positive Words Research has made a selection of certain words that a business should embody. This list was made based on feedback received from subscribers, facebook and twitter followers, people that send us messages through the contact form or other social media feedback.

We gathered all the date from this feedback and created a list of 65 powerful words for your business.

Choose from the below list of empowering words, the words that suit your workplace and embody them in your business.

  1. Empower;
  2. Enrich;
  3. Commitment;
  4. Believe;
  5. Abundance;
  6. Passion – Passionate (about the work);
  7. Expansion;
  8. Gratitude;
  9. Consistency;
  10. Peace;
  11. Perseverance;
  12. Freedom;
  13. Success ;
  14. Authenticity;
  15. Profit;
  16. Blissionarie;
  17. Luxury;
  18. Integrity;
  19. Focus;
  20. Couture;
  21. Transform;
  22. Inspire;
  23. Developing;
  24. Loyalty;
  25. Love;
  26. Leadership;
  27. Discipline;
  28. Complicity;
  29. Power;
  30. Honesty;
  31. Happiness;
  32. Enthusiasm;
  33. Quality;
  34. Satisfaction;
  35. Progress;
  36. Growth;
  37. Fulfilment;
  38. Efficiency;
  39. Logic;
  40. Innovation – innovative;
  41. Planning;
  42. Sharing;
  43. Teamwork.
  44. Communication;
  45. Collaboration;
  46. Service-oriented;
  47. Creativity;
  48. Goodness;
  49. Safety;
  50. Reliable;
  51. Speed;
  52. Strategy;
  53. Sustainable;
  54. Scalability;
  55. Solution;
  56. Fun;
  57. Weird;
  58. Transparent;
  59. Involved;
  60. Adventure;
  61. Empathetic;
  62. Driven;
  63. Talented;
  64. Dedicated;
  65. Ambitious.

From these 65 words, there are 10 categories of words that top when it comes to values to embody in your business.

Top 10 categories of words to embody in your business

  1. Inspire – Innovation – Creativity;
  2. Authenticity – Goodness;
  3. Passion – Enthusiasm – Fun – Weird – Happiness;
  4. Integrity – Empower – Transparent;
  5. Focus – Leadership;
  6. Freedom – Driven;
  7. Quality – Service-oriented;
  8. Teamwork – Sharing – Communication – Collaboration;
  9. Strategy – Efficiency – Scalability;
  10. Reliable – Dedicated.

Based on the feedback received by Positive Words Research, INSPIRE is the top word to embody in the business.

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What word will you embody in your business? Share below.

What Mental and Interpersonal Skills Would Benefit Your Career the Most

You are about to hack into the best way to obtain the key to your dream career. Have you ever thought that there is a set of skills that are effective in any domain you choose to work in? These skills fall into the mental or interpersonal category that some are born with. But few are aware of how much they value, so it’s important to spot your personal assets from the beginning and work on them.

Interpersonal skills will not only help you climb the career ladder, but they will also improve the quality of your personal life. By mastering them, you will get to become a better self and reach any goal of yours.

Why have the interpersonal skills won so much ground in any chosen career?

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Most of the jobs today have shifted from physical work to the office environment. Along with this change, the employee has become a link in the working chain. The employee is now interconnected with the system as a whole: clients, colleagues, and management. Working alone is not an option anymore, not even for programmers, cooks or clerks. And this is where your interpersonal skills come in. By gaining control over your work relations and connections, you will easily mold your future exactly the way you want it. So let’s begin to disclose these skills!

Negotiation

This is the skill you need to help you stand up for yourself. No one should ever just speak up their mind on what they would rather do to whomever they meet. This is definitely not the professional attitude your employer seeks in you. For a perfect negotiating dialogue, start by detecting the benefits of your wish. Will this action you are in favor for bring mutual content?

After answering that question, choose the right words to describe your point of view, adopting a calm and understanding tone. It is of utmost importance to also pay attention to your negotiating partner. Many times, you will have to compromise, but do not jump to conclusions. Take a step back and see the bigger picture. Will the negotiations terms bring you the desired outcome while keeping a good relationship with your partner? Then, congratulations, you have just finished an ideal negotiation dialogue.

Leadership

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Self-confidence, charisma, and hard work are the main elements that a leader should acquire. This skill will bring you the most desired work position: manager. You might think that a manager has too many advantages for an equal work ethic, but behind a happy, successful manager stand many struggles, failures, and obstacles. There is quite a lot of effort in becoming a leader, and no one should take it lightly.

The main goal of a leader is that of creating the perfect team: one that works like a well-oiled machine. And this is where the hard work begins. To accomplish this, one needs to find and select the ideal candidates for him (not too under or overqualified), create a solid strategy, organize training sessions, and clearly communicate how they want things to work out.

Taking Responsibility

This skill should be studied by every adult out there: take the blame for your own actions. You must be aware that every action has a set of consequences among which there is always the risk of failure. Own your actions, take the risk and coldly analyze the situations they trigger after they are implemented. Learn from your mistakes and develop strategies to avoid these situations in the future.

Being afraid of failure is also a dark spot on your interpersonal skills. You will definitely win the appreciation of others if you take the courage to carry out that bold marketing strategy that no one dared to even think about. There are chances that you might fail, but how else can you outbetter yourself?

Positive Outlook

So, you have a strong team, and nobody has ever questioned your work ethics, but do you still manage to find your inner joy? There will always be a higher goal to achieve, that you can be sure of. You will always chase after self-improvement and self-contentment, and if you don’t start enjoying this ride, you will lose yourself in this game of life. Exercise spotting the good side of any event or “fake it till you make it” as people say. Your good mood will influence everybody around you and improve their performance. Not to mention that positive thinking can help you find a job, which will launch you into a new career path.

Studies found that positive people are better at problem solving and they have a better life quality. So, what is there to lose if you choose to be happy?

There are many other mental and interpersonal skills. Make an in-depth research about them and get to know your own special skills better. Nobody is perfect which means that there is always room for improvement. Never stop learning and believe in yourself!

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Author bio: Amanda Wilks is a Boston University graduate and a Contributing Editor at Customer Survey Report. She has a great interest in everything related to job-seeking, career-building, and entrepreneurship and loves helping people reach their true potential.

4 Positive Highlights of the Best Employee Engagement of This Year

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4 Positive Highlights of the Best Employee Engagement of This Year

No matter what job you have, make the most of it! It’s not just about a financial gain here, but rather about your spiritual nourishment. Think about it. You spend at least 40 hours a week at the workplace, so it’s impossible to get detached from your job. What you do daily will eventually become a part of you, no matter how hard you want to avoid it. So, embrace your job and learn, improve, and spread good vibes every day.

To support this way of looking at your career, we’ve found the best employee engagement of this year! Indulge in their stories and learn how to become a hero at your job.

1. The employee engagement of the Selfless

Speaking of heroes, you can actually become one at the Florida Hospital Medical Center. This is the case of Johanna Castellanos, a nursing assistant at this hospital, who became the “Hero of the Year for 2016” through dedication and good nature. This hospital has a wonderful tradition of certifying the quality work of their employees and, thus, encouraging empathy, commitment, and good deeds.

Johanna is always there for her patients even when she is off duty. She always finds time to deliver her patients’ forgotten belongings on her way to work or home. This kind of selfless actions earned her the local hero title for a year and also our appreciation.

2. The employee engagement of the “Un-disgruntled”

You would think that after leaving her job, one would be full of resentment toward her former company. This is not the case of Vlada Parr, who used to work for the Apple Company. On the contrary, she chose to make the best of her situation and share her positive work experience with her readers. Everybody heard of Apple products, but having excellence as a company goal could be quite overwhelming for its employees. But this hard worker found a way to thrive and be a model employee.

The first advice she highlights is having the proper job attitude. No matter how knowledgeable and well trained you are for your job, your attitude will decide if you are there to stay. Be kind and understanding not only towards your clients but also towards your co-workers. So, this is why spreading good vibes is a prerequisite even for a high position in an international company.

3. The employee engagement of the Accepting

The orange parable that Forbes confessed to us will also bring you closer to understanding why being there for your job can only be beneficial for you. Here’s their story: one of the employees turned out to be discontented with his manager’s decision of promoting someone else instead of him. The manager decided to shed more light on his decision by asking both his employees to buy some oranges for him.

The grumpy worker just carried out this chore without paying attention to details. Meanwhile, the newly promoted man returned with the best oranges he could find at the most accessible price, even though it was his manager who paid for them. After inquiring on how the two men performed their task, the disgruntled employee accepted the idea that his co-worker was better qualified for the higher position. And his conclusion was not based on the other’s better skills, but on the other’s bigger interest in being the perfect employee.

So the lesson that you can extract from this story is that knowledge can be acquired over time. However, motivation can also be lost over time. Stop attending to your own needs and start helping others, cultivate your empathy. Bringing others down and disregarding the people you are surrounded by will only buy you a lonely path. On the contrary, successful people are always interested in encouraging and guiding others in their career choices, and their success makes them happy.

4. The employee engagement of the Learner

WikiHow.com has a come up with a very useful solution in their quest to teach everyone around the globe how to do anything. This article brings up 20 best ways to conduct your job activities perfectly. The author himself focuses more on the right job attitude rather than skills and know-hows, but he also points out a feature that most people usually neglect: learning how to take negative reviews and change them into constructive feedback to your own advantage.

When people are upset, they tend to speak their mind without filtering their words. Take their criticism with an open mind and look for a solution. This is the best and fastest way to improving yourself.

In conclusion, this year’s articles showed us that the image of the perfect employee has changed: it is not about what you know, it’s about how you think. Everyone has access to education, and the internet made the information easy to find, but the most important thing for a joyful work environment is your choice to make it so.

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About the author: Marc Mendelman is a Junior HR consultant and a Contributing Editor at Today Assistant. He is passionate about identifying daily work hacks and creating ways of increasing personal and professional productivity.