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We are all leaders. We have the ability to demonstrate leadership wherever we are and whatever we do. It’s not just about a specific title, position or status in life - we can step up and accept responsibility. We all have a level of accountability to right the wrongs around us and provide solutions to problems and stand behind the decisions that we make. To make a lasting impact as a leader, the perfect virtue to gain is by being proactive.

 

A proactive person has a lot of great qualities and habits. Being proactive means you are always able to take a step back, see the bigger picture and focus on long-term goals. You’re change-oriented and invariably thrive in any given situation, continually aspire to seek opportunities and willing to undergo self-improvement even during good times.

 

To develop a proactive personality, you have to start with taking control of your life. List down your goals and the activities that you need to do in order to achieve them. Create a mind map or a flowchart if you have to. When you plan things, having foresight will help you become aware of potential obstacles and risks that you might face instead of just instinctively reacting to stimuli. Be ever-ready by thinking of a Plan A, Plan B, Plan C, so on and so forth. Consider visualising for alternatives. Accept that problems are part of the equation but also have a positive mindset and strong faith that there’s more than one solution to a problem.

 

Establish core values and standards as guidelines. Do not settle if something doesn’t feel right or you think it’s just semi-satisfying. Direct your own life instead of being pushed by external influences. A lot of things can go wrong if you let others decide for you. Control the flow, not go with the flow. Invest all your time and effort in making conscious and intelligent choices in life and do your best to follow-through because the most excellent preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.

 

“If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” --Jim Rohn

 

What’s the next step? Take part! Be available to help others. True leaders beget great leaders. The example you show to others will inspire them to do the same and this positive flow of energy will also give you the motivation to do better than you do now.

 

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No two paths to success are alike. Each person’s journey is unique as a fingerprint or a snowflake, thus success is relative to the person who strives for it.


If you aim to be successful, the first and most important question that you must ask yourself is “What do I need to do to achieve what I want?”

Success is a mindset. It’s not about who you are, but about what you do. It doesn’t matter if you do or don’t have the necessary tools and resources, the quality of your actions will lead you to reach the goals you desire and keep growing from there.

What is your current belief system? If you think you need to make big changes in your life, start by building a strong mental and emotional foundation. Here are some of the most impactful strategies to start with:

The happiness project



Don’t get caught up in the “What ifs”. Learn to be happy with your current state and develop a sense of contentment. If you’re feeling down and currently lack motivation that you need to move forward, here are some of the best inspirational and motivational quotes that you can use as a pick-me-up.

Read good books and learn new things

Develop a reading habit, challenge yourself to read something that interests you on a daily basis. Reading has a lot of hidden benefits, it can Improve your vocabulary, broaden your perspective and enrich your mind. Studying can also expand your horizons. Education has a positive effect on an individual. It brings a greater depth of understanding, theoretical knowledge, and analytical skill.

"You're never too old to start learning, and you're never too young to aim high and achieve great things." - Asa Hutchinson


Keep a journal

Set goals and keep them in a journal so you can keep track of your progress. It doesn’t matter if they are short-term or long-term. Goal-setting is an important part of success. It gives you more clarity. Jotting things down in a journal will give you a clear purpose of what you want to achieve in life.


Resilience is an essential skill

Be like bamboo. During a hurricane, the bamboo bends rather than break. Being resilient means you won’t allow yourself to become a victim of circumstance. Do not let negative thoughts drag you down. Resilience is a skill that can be cultivated. Make this your mission. Continue to work on reaching your goals despite setbacks, despite complications and you will always rise above the fray. Don’t give up!

Dig a hole and bury your bad habits

Throughout your life, you develop some habits that you’re not proud of. You may already be aware that these habits are toxic but you remain stuck in the same place for a long time. A common bad habit is procrastination. It’s a very unhealthy and futile behaviour pattern that is typical at home, in school and in the workplace. It could be hard to change as you age and old habits might seem too hard to break but if you want to be successful, start building good habits while you still can and consider shifting your paradigm.

Past is past

Your past doesn’t define your future so don't look back on life with regret!

“What’s past is past, nothing can change that. But the future can be different if we choose to make it so. We have to cultivate a vision of a happier, more peaceful future and make the effort now to bring it about. This is no time for complacency, hope lies in the action we take.” -- Dalai Lama

 

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When you habitually avoid or intentionally delay starting or finishing a task that needs to be accomplished and let it linger on the to-do list for hours, days, or even weeks due to various reasons, you could be a victim of a mysterious and potentially dangerous force called procrastination. Pouring all your strength in completing a certain task is like trying to bring the same poles of a magnet together and no matter how hard you try, they only repel.

The procrastinator’s favourite words are “later” and “tomorrow”. Amidst of all the urgent assignments, tight deadlines and unfinished projects piling up, they are often being put off in favour of checking social media sites, playing video games, online shopping, binge-watching shows on tv or sometimes even prioritising trivial things. There are so many distractions everywhere that make it even more difficult to focus on what should be done.

This extremely bad habit has a lot of harmful effects on one’s life. Students often get poor grades or fail in school. Employees have unsatisfactory work performance. It’s simply inevitable. On a positive note, since procrastination is considered as a bad habit, there are possible be ways that can be done to get rid of this self-defeating behaviour pattern. For this to work, you have to be absolutely committed to moving forward. However, once you decide to nip it in the bud before it becomes a more serious issue, changes would only happen gradually and not overnight.

Here are common reasons why we procrastinate and some suggestions on how to tackle it:

  • Feeling lazy. We put off doing things simply because we don’t feel like it. One way to avoid laziness is to be reminded of the consequences when we don’t take action. The Pareto principle (also known as 80/20 rule) can help to overcome laziness. It states that “80% of the outputs come from 20% of the inputs.” Determine the most important task and focus on it. Then eliminate the other tasks in the to-do list afterward.
  • Feeling burned out. It’s very hard to focus when we feel physically and mentally exhausted. It seems like that are a million tasks on the to-do list, it’s easy to shut down.Click here to learn more about burnout and what you can do to stop it.
  • Fear. We are too scared to fail. Perhaps we are shy or afraid of rejection. Let’s learn how to overcome and conquer our fears. Nothing will happen if we do not have the courage to face them.
  • Perfectionism. Overly demanding standards keep us from even getting started. This is also related to fear of failure. Just think that we won’t be able to do things and improve our skills unless we practice. We can’t practice unless we implement. It doesn’t matter if we make mistakes because we can learn from them and move on.
  • Lack of self-confidence. We won’t do something if we don’t think we can do it. There are several factors why we feel like this but the main reason is usually self-doubt. If you need a skill upgrade, get one. This can help overcome fear and build up self-confidence to achieve success.Click here to learn how to solve the confidence gap.

“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”

–Abraham Lincoln


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According to businessdictionary.com burnout means


Feeling of physical and emotional exhaustion, due to stress from working with people under difficult or demanding conditions. Burnout is followed by signs such as chronic fatigue, quickness to anger and suspicion, and susceptibility to colds, headaches, and fevers.

It seems like career burnout is becoming more common these days and the typical advice given to people is to go on a holiday to relax, unwind, clear the head and keep a safe distance from all the stressful responsibilities in the workplace. It’s a good suggestion, however, holidays do not cure chronic burnout. This is only a type of band-aid approach and doesn’t completely eliminate the root of the problem.

Burnouts can occur in any industry - financial, tech, retail, infrastructure, health, the list could go on and on… This is one of the top reasons why people take sick days or just quit their job. Sadly, employees are not the only ones who suffer because of this insidious epidemic. The whole company is affected too. Burnout leads to inefficiency and lower productivity, then eventually leads to a reduction in quality.

If you’ve become aware that you’re on the brink of burnout or perhaps already experiencing burnout, it’s time to do something before it takes its toll on you. Get to know some of the major causes and what you can do to stop it.

  • Limited resources and lack of support are major obstacles that make it more difficult for you to do your job. You constantly feel frustrated and exhausted because you are expected to perform well with fewer resources.
  • Time pressure is also a contributing factor. Extreme time constraints and unreasonable and highly aggressive deadlines can push you over the edge.
  • Trying hard to balance work-life can waste your time, effort and energy. Balance is good but integrating the two is a better option. Click here to read more about work-life integration.
  • Your job doesn’t fit your interests and skills. There seems to be some sort of mismatch between your personality and motivations with your current job situation. You might need a career change. Click here to read more about discovering your true calling.
  • Bullying in the workplace is also one of the most common causes of burnout. Perhaps you are being constantly criticised, discriminated, intimidated or harassed. The more anxious you become, the more you get targeted for abuse and therefore leads to depression and then burnout.

Some useful tips on how to recover from burnout:

  • Start by identifying the root cause of your burnout. There could be multiple causes but you need to address the main cause first and then move on to the next. Keep a journal and write down ways on how to manage your situation to eliminate sources of stress and unhappiness.
  • Focus on your physical and mental health. Eat healthy, drink plenty of water and exercise regularly. Rest well and improve your sleeping habits. Always think positive. Click here if you need a motivation boost. Having a healthy mind and body enhances the quality of your life.
  • Reassess your long-term goals. As we get older, our needs and interests often change and this could trigger a domino effect of other related changes. If you have become aware of your real goals and aspirations and determined that you need to tread a different path, then get yourself ready for a career change. Overcome and Conquer Your Fears and don’t be afraid to try something new.

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Upskill is to teach someone additional skills.

 

The Up-skilling process enhances a worker’s abilities within the same job profile and therefore significantly amplifies the worker’s value within the company.

 

Reskill is to improve the collective skill set of workers.

 

The re-skilling process involves learning new technology or re-training in the skills needed by a particular company and be able to utilise these skills into an entirely different role within that company.

 

There are so many technological advancements and other changes in the modern world we live in that’s why companies continuously develop various strategies in reskilling and upskilling to find the talent they need and contribute socially responsible practices to the future of work.

 

As a part of the workforce, it’s also your duty to embrace these changes. You should constantly refresh the knowledge and skills that you already have so you don’t fall short when the need arises to use them. Taking necessary action could help you deal with the increasingly complex life and work environments.

 

Upskilling and reskilling are two entirely different approaches but both are absolutely beneficial and can help define your career path no matter what career aspirations you might have. Both can be achieved by getting a professional qualification. Nationally recognised and accredited training is definitely highly valued and can be extremely rewarding on so many levels.

 

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Sleep is a very important factor in our daily lives. Lack of sleep can take a toll on well-being and a lot of things can go wrong when you don’t get good sleep! Chronic sleep deprivation can drastically affect your performance because it impacts your brain's ability to function.

 

Lack of sleep may cause:

 

Parts of your brain can slow down

Brain function could be impaired and this negatively affects cognition, concentration, productivity and performance due to reduced blood flow to areas of the brain that control higher level thought process. A study found that the effect is similar to alcohol intoxication. Everything around you would seem to be in slow motion.

 

Poor athletic performance and recovery

Athletes undergo intense physical activity and multiple mechanisms of action. Tired athletes show weak coordination, low levels of energy and this could lead to a greater risk for injury.

 

Dangerous Accidents while driving

Drowsy driving is very dangerous and is known to be the major cause of road fatalities. Test how tired you are before you get behind the wheel!

 

Serious health problems

Less sleep can make your immune system weak and also prone to serious medical conditions, such as obesity, heart disease, and stroke. It can also cause the release of insulin, which leads to a higher risk of type 2 diabetes.

 

Mental health issues

Poor sleeping habits are strongly linked to mental health problems. It may cause or worsen anxiety, depression, paranoia, and hallucinations.

 

How much sleep do we need?

 

Every individual has different sleep requirements and varies with age, however, it’s also highly recommended to follow the sleep duration guide:

 

  • Above 65 years: 7–8 hours
  • 18–64 years: 7–9 hours
  • 4–17 years: 8–10 hours
  • 6–13 years: 9–11 hours
  • 3–5 years: 10–13 hours
  • 1–2 years: 11–14 hours
  • 4–11 months: 12–15 hours
  • 0–3 months: 14–17 hours
 

You will feel a million times better when you get enough sleep so if your goal is to have a healthier and more active life, it’s now time to pay serious attention to the improvement of your sleeping habits.

 

"Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together." -Thomas Dekker

 

"Sleep is the best meditation." -Dalai Lama

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"Qualifications reveal much more about a person than just academic prowess. It's not just about getting a job/career. The benefits affect all parts of life: intellectual, social sporting, personal, artistic, ethical and so much more." - ANDREW MAIN

When you apply for a job, you will notice that education background is still needed and considered important. Work experience can help further down the track - it increases opportunities and professional development but also having a professional qualification uplifts your resume. Nationally recognised and accredited training is definitely highly valued and can be extremely rewarding on so many levels.

Education has a positive effect on an individual. It brings a greater depth of understanding, theoretical knowledge, and analytical skill. The desire to learn demonstrates drive and enthusiasm. These are the qualities that employers are attracted to.

If you are looking to improve your career prospects or an exciting new career opportunity, Australian College will help meet your educational and career needs. Find a course in our extensive online course catalogue.

 

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