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How To Find The Perfect Halloween Costume

How To Find The Perfect Halloween Costume

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    What fun is a Halloween celebration without the perfect costume? That guy or gal with the stunning costume can easily be the life of the party.

    Preparing for festivities is the highlight of the process if you’ve already determined exactly who or what you’ll represent. However, not knowing where to start can be an absolute nightmare!

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    Fortunately, with a little guidance from this infographic and consideration of a few important factors, you will be well on your way to having the time of your life in the Halloween costume that’s perfect for you.

    Popular Trends

    Similar to fashion, Halloween trends are cyclical, and the popularity of certain costumes shifts from one year to the next. The Halloween Express infographic above displays the most notable costumes based on Google search results in the past five years, along with a prediction of how they will fare in the forthcoming holiday season. Those costumes that made the cut for the past five years include the Pirate, Batman, Ninja, Disney, Superhero, Monster, Bunny, Witch, Catwoman, Power Rangers and Witches.

    The Iron Man, Great Gatsby and Vampire costumes are slated to be the hottest costumes this Halloween.

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    The Search Is On!

    So, you’ve taken a look at the infographic and either can’t narrow down your selection or would like to go another route. Either way, be sure to take a few items into consideration.

    1. Money, Money, Money!

    How much cash are you willing to part with to make this happen? The lower the budget, the more rapidly the creative juices will need to flow. You may have to make a few of the embellishments on your own, or head over to your local thrift store to pick up a few items to complete your costume. Don’t fret, though, because you may discover that the process was a lot more exciting than you initially expected it to be. And, by going this route, the sky is the limit and you can rest assured that no one else will be as cool as you. Which brings me to the next key point…

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    2. How will you feel in your new costume?

    Not only will you need to dress for the weather, but comfort is a priority! After all, Halloween is supposed to be about having fun and you need to make sure that your costume will not hinder you from partaking in the festivities. This will have a lot to do with your personal preferences and…

    3. Themes!!!!

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    They’re everywhere! If the party follows a Gothic theme and you show up wearing a princess or superhero costume, it may be a bit awkward! You may also attract a ton of unwanted attention.

    Want to avoid this blunder? Think before you shop and proceed with caution to make this Halloween one you’ll never forget.

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    Last Updated on April 8, 2020

    Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

    Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

    Assuming positive intent is an important contributor to quality of life.

    Most people appreciate the dividends such a mindset produces in the realm of relationships. How can relationships flourish when you don’t assume intentions that may or may not be there? And how their partner can become an easier person to be around as a result of such a shift? Less appreciated in the GTD world, however, is the productivity aspect of this “assume positive intent” perspective.

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    Most of us are guilty of letting our minds get distracted, our energy sapped, or our harmony compromised by thinking about what others woulda, coulda, shoulda.  How we got wronged by someone else.  How a friend could have been more respectful.  How a family member could have been less selfish.

    However, once we evolve to understanding the folly of this mindset, we feel freer and we become more productive professionally due to the minimization of unhelpful, distracting thoughts.

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    The leap happens when we realize two things:

    1. The self serving benefit from giving others the benefit of the doubt.
    2. The logic inherent in the assumption that others either have many things going on in their lives paving the way for misunderstandings.

    Needless to say, this mindset does not mean that we ought to not confront people that are creating havoc in our world.  There are times when we need to call someone out for inflicting harm in our personal lives or the lives of others.

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    Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of Pepsi, says it best in an interview with Fortune magazine:

    My father was an absolutely wonderful human being. From ecent emailhim I learned to always assume positive intent. Whatever anybody says or does, assume positive intent. You will be amazed at how your whole approach to a person or problem becomes very different. When you assume negative intent, you’re angry. If you take away that anger and assume positive intent, you will be amazed. Your emotional quotient goes up because you are no longer almost random in your response. You don’t get defensive. You don’t scream. You are trying to understand and listen because at your basic core you are saying, ‘Maybe they are saying something to me that I’m not hearing.’ So ‘assume positive intent’ has been a huge piece of advice for me.

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    In business, sometimes in the heat of the moment, people say things. You can either misconstrue what they’re saying and assume they are trying to put you down, or you can say, ‘Wait a minute. Let me really get behind what they are saying to understand whether they’re reacting because they’re hurt, upset, confused, or they don’t understand what it is I’ve asked them to do.’ If you react from a negative perspective – because you didn’t like the way they reacted – then it just becomes two negatives fighting each other. But when you assume positive intent, I think often what happens is the other person says, ‘Hey, wait a minute, maybe I’m wrong in reacting the way I do because this person is really making an effort.

    “Assume positive intent” is definitely a top quality of life’s best practice among the people I have met so far. The reasons are obvious. It will make you feel better, your relationships will thrive and it’s an approach more greatly aligned with reality.  But less understood is how such a shift in mindset brings your professional game to a different level.

    Not only does such a shift make you more likable to your colleagues, but it also unleashes your talents further through a more focused, less distracted mind.

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