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42 Pieces Of Life Advice That’s Never Too Late For Anyone To Know

42 Pieces Of Life Advice That’s Never Too Late For Anyone To Know

From beauty tip to an expert career advice we all have a specific mantra for each and every situation that life throws us in. Even we acquire our unique personality as a result of constant endeavor to harness the goodness; we usually come in contact with. We all know that there is nothing like a ‘right time’ or ‘right age’ to bring a positive change in life. So here are 42 pieces of life advice that’s never too late for anyone to know:

“LAUGH LOUDLY TO FEEL FREE AND DREAM BIG FOR SUCCESS”

 

The above life-mantra is all you need to know. Don’t be surprised as you must be thinking that the article is about 42 pieces of advice and here is just a single sentence.Actually the above single sentence is an acronym for all the 42 below given pieces of advice that will now be retained in your mind forever.

L.A.U.G.H. 

1. L : LIVE Life to the fullest.

2. A : Be AUDACIOUS in each and every nook of life situations.

3. U : Life is UNPREDICTABLE. Never forget this in time of hopelessness.

4. G : Have GRATITUDE for each and every good thing that life offers you and in turn you will be rewarded with more smiles in life.

5. H : Never give up on HOPE because that is what humanity consists of. People who hurt others, who do harm to their own species on the name of religion, cast or creed are the people who have already given up HOPE. So decide carefully before you cease to be a HUMAN.

L.O.U.D.L.Y.

6. L : Be a good LISTENER. Rather than just speaking about yourself, allow others to speak. Listen carefully to others view point as this quality of yours can help you to develop your personality, improve your relationship,     and be successful at all positions of your life.

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7. O : Have OUT OF THE BOX THINKING. Having the same perceived notions as everybody else can never lead you to success. An out of box thinking can prevent the routine boredom away and can make you more creative thus opening your mind to new ideas.

8. U : Develop your own UNIQUE IDENTITY. Stop being the part of a herd, rather use your own style and intellect which sets you apart from others.

9. D : Never base your DECISIONS on an impulse. Important life Decisions should never be taken in moments of extreme emotions like in anger, in enthusiasm or in depression as it can make you regret later.

10. L : Always keep LAZINESS at bay. Your lazy attitude can be a grave danger to your happy life, that accumulates your present problems and dump them into your future life.

11. Y : Saying YES for everything can make your life problematic. You don’t owe anything to anyone, so it’s OK to say no for certain things you don’t like.

 T.O.

12. T : TRAVEL as much as you can until you are young and able. Meeting new people, exploring new cultures and visiting godly creations around is the only thing that can easily grip you in the awe and wonder of Life’s       mystical creations. So travel and explore the beauty of life as much as you can.

13. O : Be a good OBSERVER. Try to observe and ponder what is happening around you. Be alert. Be           awake. Often, the most extraordinary opportunities are hidden among the seemingly insignificant events of         life. If you do not pay attention to these events, you can easily miss the opportunities.

F.E.E.L.

14. F : Ward off the FEAR of unknown. If you are afraid of being ridiculed or are frightened to cross the boundary of your dull life, you can never achieve your dreams.

15. E : Don’t carry your EGO with you all the time instead try to be what you really are. Because an ego ridden soul is always in the fear of being attacked by someone else and always live in a virtual world of their own, where they never try to imbibe the knowledge and facts given by others.

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16. E : Inculcate EXERCISE in your daily routine.Think of the day when you were sick and you will surely realize the importance of good health. Without a good healthy body, it is impossible to concentrate your mind on           something productive.

17. L : LOVE yourself the most. Learn to love yourself first instead of loving the idea of someone else loving you. Because The foremost thing that is important in life and that is the key to a positive change in life               is ‘you’ yourself.

F.R.E.E.

18. F : Develop the habit of FORGIVENESS. Yes, forgiveness is not always easy. But rather than holding a past grudge that can make your life hell and can harm you psychologically, try to become more strong mentally. It takes practice and effort to forgive, but it is well worth in the long run.

19. R : Always REMEMBER your past mistakes as this can lessen your chances of making mistakes in future.

20. E : Don’t be a EMOTIONAL fool. Try to be more pragmatic in life. Your emotions can sometime make you fall for the wrong person or thing.

21. E : Make ENDURANCE your second nature. The power to withstand hardship or stress is not an attribute of a common man, only those who stand out of the crowd can show the quality of endurance.

A.N.D.

22. A : Avoid AMBIVALENCE in life. Fix a certain goal in life and be sure of it. And once you have selected your priorities in life, abide by it instead of creating confusions in your life.

23. N : Learn from NATURE. Observe nature and learn from it. It can teach you many things that is normally hard to get.

24. D : Be DARING. Never shy away from things that are right for you or for others. Even if the crowd around is just a mute spectator of an injustice, be bold and daring to come forward and put things right.

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 D.R.E.A.M.

25. D : DREAM a lot. Never stop dreaming of achieving things you wish in your life. It keeps the fire of life burning. Only those who dare to dream are the people who finally strive to make their dream a reality.

26. R : READ as much as you can. You will not only improve your vocabulary but also your knowledge about the world, different cultures and various people that will expand the horizons of your normal mind. So inculcate the habit of reading in your daily schedule and you will automatically feel the difference.

27. E : ENJOY life to the fullest. Never cease enjoying life because of the new found responsibilities or because of the people around you otherwise the dullness of life will start haunting you, making you frustrated with your current situations.

28. A : AVOID STRESS as much you can. Stress and strain has become a daily part of our normal life. But stress can be a source of unwanted problems that can make us weak not only psychologically but also physically.

29. M : Believe in MIRACLES. Life is full of mystery that is unsolved till now and to believe in the existence of miracles makes it more mysterious. Thus the acceptance of our miraculous existence, indirectly adds a zing to the normal routine of our life.

 B.I.G.

30. B : Let BYGONES be BYGONES. Never carry the burden of your past history in the present moment.

31. I : IGNITE the fire within. Never let your inner strength be marooned by the negativities of life.

32. G : Never GIVE-UP in any situation. Remember that giving up your belief or faith in something because of an incident that has gone against your will, is not a solution to your problem. Always stand by your faith and see the impossible turning into possible.

 F.O.R.

33. F : Stay by the side of your FAMILY no matter how hard the situation is.

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34. O : Be OPEN TO NEW IDEAS. Never be rigid in your thought process instead try to accept change and imbibe new ideas in your life.

35. R : Create a good RAPPORT around. Communicate in a well mannered way with others and always maintain a good reputation of yourself among the group of people you normally meet.

 S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

36. S : Learn to SHARE. Sharing is an important attribute in life that can make you realize the importance of giving to others.

37. U : Be UNDERSTANDING to your fellow beings. You may never know what other person might have gone through in life so never be judgmental in your approach.

38. C : Avoid getting trapped by COMPLEXES. So whether it’s an inferiority complex or superiority complex, never identify with any of them as they can easily steal away your natural charm and appeal.

39. C : Be CURIOUS like a child. Never let the curiosity quotient drop in your life. As it is the only source that acquaints you with new knowledge and life discoveries.

40. E : Be EMPATHETIC to other feelings. As it enables clear and helpful expressions of caring and concern     and sends message to another of acceptance (rather than apathy or opposition). Thus it creates an                 atmosphere of trust and genuineness with the people around you.

41. S : SPREAD JOY around. Live and let others live by being happy and sharing this happiness with the people around.

42. S : Be a SANGUINE personality. Try to induce positivity in each and every act of yours.

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Published on September 23, 2020

6 Effective Negotiation Skills to Master

6 Effective Negotiation Skills to Master

I don’t know about you, but many times when I hear the word negotiate I think of lawyers working out a business deal or having to do battle with a car salesman to try to get a lower price. Since I am in recruiting, the term “negotiation” comes up when someone is attempting to get a higher compensation package.

If we think about it, we tend to negotiate almost every day in a wide variety of things we do. Getting a handle on the important negotiation skills can be incredibly beneficial in many parts of our lives. Let’s take a look at 6 effective negotiation skills to master.

What is Negotiation?

First, let’s take a look at what negotiation is. Put simply, negotiation is a method by which people settle their differences. It is a process in which compromise or agreement can be reached without argument or dispute.

Anytime two people or sides disagree on something, they are almost always looking for the best possible outcome for their side. This could be from an individual’s perspective or someone representing an organization.

In reality, it’s rare that one side gets everything they want and the other side gets nothing that they are seeking. Seeking to reach a common ground of sorts where both sides feel like they are getting most of what they want is the key to being successful and maintaining the relationship.

Places We Negotiate

I’ve mentioned that we negotiate in just about all phases of our life. For those of you who are shaking your head no, I invite you to think about the following:

1. Work/Business

This one is the most obvious and it’s what naturally comes to mind when we think of the word “negotiate”.

When you first started at your current job, you might have asked for a higher salary. It could be that you delivered a huge new client to your company and used this as leverage in your most recent evaluation for more compensation. If you work with vendors (and just about every company does), maybe you worked them to a lower price or better contract terms.

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In recruiting, I negotiate with candidates and hiring managers all the time to land the best talent I can find. It’s very common to accept additional work with the (sometimes spoken, sometimes unspoken) agreement that it will benefit your career in the future.

Recently, I took over a project that was my boss was working on so that I would be able to attend a conference later in the year. And so it goes, we do this all day long at work.

2. Personal

I don’t know about you, but I negotiate with my spouse all the time. I’ll cook dinner with the understanding that she does the dishes. Who wants to mow the lawn and who wants to vacuum and dust the house?

I think we should save 10% for retirement, but she thinks 5% is plenty. Therefore, we save 8%. And don’t even get me started with my kids. My older daughter can borrow my car as soon as she finishes her chores. My younger daughter can go hang out with her friends when her homework is done.

Then, there are all those interactions in our personal lives outside our homes. The carpenter wants to charge me $12,000 to build a new deck. I think $10,000 is plenty so we agree on $11,000. I ask my neighbor if I can borrow his snowblower in the winter if I invite him over the next time I grill steak. And so on.

3. Ourselves

You didn’t expect this one, did you? We negotiate with ourselves all day long.

I’ll make sure I don’t skip my workout tomorrow since I’m going to have that extra piece of pizza. My spouse has been quiet the last few days, is it worth me asking her about, or should I leave it alone? I think the car place charged me for some repairs that weren’t needed, should I say something or just let it go? I know my friend has been having some personal challenges, should I check in with him? We’ve been friends for a long time, I’m sure he’d come to me if he needed help. I’ve got the #4 pick in this year’s Fantasy Football draft, should I choose a running back or a wide receiver?

Think about that non-stop voice inside your head. It always seems to be chattering away about something and many times, it’s us negotiating with ourselves. I’ll finish up that report that the boss needs before I turn on the football game.

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Why Negotiation Skills Are So Important

Put simply, negotiation skills are important because we all interact with other people, and not only other people but other organizations and groups of people as well.

We all rarely want the same thing or outcome. Most of the time a vendor is looking at getting you to pay a higher price for something than you want to spend. Therefore, it’s important to negotiate to some middle ground that works well for both sides.

My wife and I disagree on how much to save for retirement. If we weren’t married it wouldn’t be an issue. We’d each contribute how much we wanted to on our retirement funds. We choose to be married, so we have to come to some agreement that we both feel comfortable with. We have to compromise. Therefore, we have to negotiate.

If we each lived on a planet by ourselves, we would be free to do just about anything we wanted to. We wouldn’t have to compromise with anyone because we wouldn’t interact with anyone. We would make every choice unilaterally the way we wanted to.

As we all know, this isn’t how things are. We are constantly interacting with other people and organizations, each one with their own agenda’s, viewpoints, and opinions. Therefore, we have to be able to work together.

6 Negotiation Skills to Master

Having strong negotiation skills helps us create win-win situations with others, allowing us to get most of what we want in conjunction with others around us.

Now, let’s look at 6 effective negotiation skills to master.

1. Preparation

Preparation is a key place to start with when getting ready to negotiate. Being prepared means having a clear vision of what you want and how you’d go about achieving it. It means knowing what the end goal looks like and also what you are willing to give to get it.

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It also means knowing who you are negotiating with and what areas they might be willing to compromise on. You should also know what your “bottom line” is. By “bottom line” I mean what is the most you are willing to give up to get what you want.

For instance, several years ago, I decided it was time to get a newer car. I say newer because I wanted a “new to me” car, not a brand new car. I did my research and figured out what type of car I wanted. I decided on what must-have items on the car I wanted, the highest amount of miles that would already be on it, the colors I was willing to get it in, and the highest amount of money I was willing to pay.

After visiting numerous car dealerships I was able to negotiate buying a car. I knew what I was willing to give up (amount of money) and what I was willing to accept, things like the color, amount of miles, etc. I came prepared. This is critical.

2. Clear Communication

The next key skill you need to be an effective negotiator is clear communication. You have to be able to clearly articulate what you want to the other party. This means both clear verbal and written communication.

If you can’t clearly tell the other person what you want, how do you expect to get it? Have you ever worked through something with a vendor or someone else only to learn of a surprise right at the end that wasn’t talked about before? This is not what you would call clear communication. It’s essential to be able to share a coherent and logical vision with the person you are working with.

3. Active Listening

Let’s do a quick review of active listening. This is when you are completely focused on the speaker, understand their message, comprehend the information, and respond appropriately. This is a necessary ingredient to be able to negotiate successfully. You must be able to fully focus on the other person’s wants to completely understand them.

If you aren’t giving them your full attention, you may miss some major points or details. This leads to frustration down the road on both sides. Ensure you are employing your active listening skills when in arbitration mode.

4. Teamwork and Collaboration

To be able to get to a place of common ground and a win-win scenario, you have to have a sense of teamwork and collaboration.

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If you are only thinking about yourself and what you want without giving much care to what the other person is wanting, you are bound to wind up without a solution. The other person may get frustrated and give up if they see you are unwilling to meet them halfway or care little for what they want.

When you collaborate, you are working together to help each other get what is most important to you. The other upside to negotiating with a sense of teamwork and collaboration is that it helps create a sense of trust, which, in turn, helps provide positive energy for working to a successful conclusion.

5. Problem Solving

Problem-solving is another key negotiation skill. When you are working with the other person to get the deal done many times you’ll face new challenges along the way.

Maybe you want a new vendor to provide training on the software they are selling you but they say it’s going to cost an additional $20,000 to provide this service. If you don’t have the additional $20,000 in the budget to spend on the software but you feel the training is critical, how are you going to solve that problem?

From what I’ve seen, most vendors aren’t willing to provide additional services without getting paid for them. This is where problem-solving skills will help continue the discussions. You might suggest to the vendor that your company will also be looking to replace their financial software next year, and you’d be happy to ensure they get one of the first seats at the table when the time comes if they could perhaps lower the pricing on their training.

There’s a solution to most challenges, but it takes problem-solving skills to work through them effectively.

6. Decision-Making Ability

Finally, having strong decision-making ability will help you seal the deal when you get to a place where everyone feels like they are getting what works for them. Each step of the way you can cross off the list when you get what you are looking for and decide to move onto the next item. Then, once you have all of your must-have boxes checked and the other side feels good about things, it’s time to shake hands and sign on the dotted line. Powerful decision-making ability will help you get to the finish line together.

Conclusion

There you have it, 6 effective negotiation skills to master to lead a more fulfilling life. Once we realize that we negotiate in one form or another almost every day in every phase of our lives, we realize how critical a skill it is.

Possessing strong negotiation skills will help you in nearly every one of your relationships at both the workplace and in your personal life. If you feel your arbitration tools could use some sharpening, try some of the 6 effective negotiation skills to master that we’ve talked about.

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