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4 Signs You're Not Taking Your Best To Work

  Most of us have little idea how the way we think and behave affects those around us. Of course, it's true in all parts of our lives, but the costliest is at work. While you're working hard and believe you're doing your best, it's worth considering these four signs that you're not taking your best to the office. Dropping any one or several of these habits could improve your performance ~ and personal well-being. 1. Gossip Often when we begin a team program, we'll interview every member of the ...
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Danger in the Comfort Zone

Comfort zones are interesting things. They can be an indication of mastery, such as when we feel most ourselves and are working in our wheelhouse. They can also represent something totally different, such as fear of change, avoidance of potential failure, simple complacency, and even laziness....
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The Most Powerful Thing You Can Do

For many of us, this time of year often brings reflection and re-evaluation as we watch friends and family graduate (or graduate ourselves) and begin a new chapter of life. In this article, Best Year Yet® Founder Jinny Ditzler shares some powerful secrets about success that she has learned through the course of her amazing life - and that she wishes she had known earlier.  Commencement speakers often share about what they wish they'd done when they were the age of the graduates. How to make the ...
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A "Must-Do" Exercise for Winning Teams

Looking for a sure-fire way to leverage the true wisdom and talent of your team? If so, read on:   No matter what role you play on a team, you can make a lasting difference.For many decades we've worked with teams of all kinds around the world, and those that are the happiest and most successful think of this exercise as a Must Do. Why? Because this three-step process has power to dissolve costly issues such as a lack of accountability, alignment, honesty, and performance. This exercise is ...
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How Taking Sleep Seriously Saved My Life

Jinny Ditzler, author and founder of Best Year Yet®,admits she is not immune to the pushing and pulling of the world and the way it can take us off track before we know it. Below is her personal story "How Taking Sleep Seriously Saved My Life!" How many of us can relate? No, the little girl with the balloons isn't me, but that's exactly how I feel these days. I'm getting enough sleep, and I feel better than ever ~ ready for the day, productive, happy in my heart, and on top of what matters.   ...
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What Motivation is Really Driving You These Days?

The answer to this question could lead to greater happiness and well-being in your life. Cars need regular checkup to keep them performing at their peak levels and so do we. Let's start your tune-up now. The first step is to consider how you’d rate your current state of being. On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest, what’s your score? Stick with your first thought ~ that’s usually the most accurate....
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The Surprising Benefits of Being Unreasonable

Would you like to be considered an unreasonable person? Probably not because that label reminds us of people stuck in their ways, that woman on the call-in desk who was no help, or a boss who is uninterested in others’ solutions. No. But that’s not the kind of unreasonable I’m talking about. George Bernard Shaw described it well:...
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5 Reasons Business Owners Like You Make Best Year Yet Plans

Here is something to think about: If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m about to do today? ~ Steve Jobs Too often we spend a good chunk of our lives doing things we don’t want to do because we think we don’t have a choice ~ particularly as a business owner. I lived the early part of my life certain I was stuck and as a result felt a deep sense of disappointment, covered by the peanut butter of “I’m fine ~ how about you?” But 37 years ago when I made my first Best ...
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The Secret Saboteur

You know the old saying, “Never put off until tomorrow, what you can do today?” It's the basis for the secret saboteurs that we all have to face at some point. I’ve been putting off writing this article for days. I had a good idea for the article and coming up with the idea is half the battle, so no big deal! I’ll just sit down and write it. But each day for the last 10 days, I found myself doing something else (anything else) and day after day, before I knew it, the day was done but the ...
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Finding Your Thermal Lift

In our aim to achieve our Best Year Yet®, a close knit circle of supporters and allies can be critical. This may take the form of family members, friends, and coaches. I propose the simile of storks preparing for long-distance travel. As they leave the ground, they fly wingtip to wingtip, watching one another, for the one that hits the thermal: the one that lifts the entire flock to higher air and saves energy for the long voyage....
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