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The Best of Lifehack – June 2012

The Best of Lifehack – June 2012


    Well, we’re finally into the summer months.

    June was another stellar month here at Lifehack, with the launch of our new Lifehack Lessons branch and the addition of more great writers, including videos by well-known Canadian technology personality Steve Dotto of DottoTech. Now it’s time to look at the best of what June had to offer in the latest edition of our Best of Lifehack series.

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    11 Essential Habits for Success

    David Loker offers a list of some habits to help you set goals and achieve them. The idea is that not only are they essential to adopt, but they aim to bring you success over the long term.

    5 Common Time Management Truths That Can Make You Unproductive

    Lifehack regular contributor Timo Kiander delivers another great post, this time suggesting some time management truths that aren’t just common — but can make you unproductive as well.

    10 Must-Reads to Tap Into Your True Potential

    We all know that the more you read, the better off you’ll be. But Courtney Johnston takes that notion a step further with this piece, as she presents a list of must-reads so that you can tap into your true potential.

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    19 Ways to Fall Asleep Fast

    If you’re having problems getting to sleep at night, then Royale Scuderi has a post for you. She unleashes 19(!) methods that you can use to fall asleep…fast.

    10 Great Tips for Success in Both Life and Business

    Sometimes what helps us to be successful in our professional lives is not such a great idea in our personal lives — competition is a quality that comes to mind. At the same time, we all have a limited amount of time each day to do the things that we want to do. Robert Chen shares a list of tips that will help you be successful in both life and in business.

    The 5 Most Common Mistakes Productive People Make

    Robert Chen has written a post that acts as somewhat of a companion piece for the earlier one mentioned here by Timo Kiander. In it he discusses the 5 most common mistakes that productive people make.

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    June is the month where we honour our fathers, and we’re wrapping up our “Best of…” contributions this month with two pieces that not only helped readers get the most out of the day. And who knows? Some of you may be able to take some of these ideas and quotes and put them to use at other times during this year — or perhaps even in years to come!

    5 Great Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas

    This piece offered up some last minute gift ideas for dear ol’ Dad. (And while Father’s Day has come and gone, that doesn’t mean these can’t be ideas for other occasions throughout the year.)

    17 Manly Quotes for Father’s Day

    CM Smith, life hack’s Associate Editor, has assembled a fine list of “manly” quotes that are especially relevant at a time where we pay tribute to our fathers.

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    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.

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    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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