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15 Signs You’re Not the Same 20-Something Anymore

15 Signs You’re Not the Same 20-Something Anymore

You know you're not the same 20-something anymore when:

1. You value a good night's sleep more than a crazy night out.

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    2. You get a rush from checking everything off your to-do list.

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      3. You can barely keep your eyes open after 10 p.m.

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        4. And you struggle to sleep in past 8 a.m.

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          5. Your Pinterest board names change from “spring break outfits” to “business casual outfits.”

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            6. Your wallet is overflowing with loyalty cards from all your favorite work day lunch spots.

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              7. You consider couponing a way of life.

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                8. You find yourself losing hours in stores like HomeGoods.

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                  9. You ask your parents for practical things, like a vacuum or a crock pot, for your birthday.

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                    10. You're overcome with rage when your Sharpie pens or Post-its go missing from your desk.

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                      11. You check your LinkedIn more than Twitter or Facebook.

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                        12. You look forward to work on Tuesdays because you get to rehash Monday night's episode of The Bachelor with your coworkers.

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                          13. You and your friends are suddenly more competitive about Fitbit steps than beer pong.

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                            14. You like to think of Kathy Lee and Hoda as good friends of yours.

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                              15. The weekend FOMO (fear of missing out) you had in college now seems much less important than catching up on all your Netflix shows.

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                                Featured Photo Credit: abc's The Bachelor via http://abc.go.com/shows/the-bachelor; Fitbit via fitbit.com; NBC's The Today Show via https://www.facebook.com/klgandhoda. 

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                                Last Updated on January 21, 2020

                                How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

                                How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

                                If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

                                Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

                                So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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                                1. Listen

                                Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

                                2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

                                Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

                                “Why do you want to do that?”

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                                “What makes you so excited about it?”

                                “How long has that been your dream?”

                                You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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                                3. Encourage

                                This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

                                4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

                                After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

                                5. Dream

                                This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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                                6. Ask How You Can Help

                                Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

                                7. Follow Up

                                Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

                                Final Thoughts

                                By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

                                Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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