Happy New Year!! I took a much needed break from writing for a few weeks in December. It was a time I needed to recharge my batteries and I am happy I did so. While I was away, I did compile a list of the top posts from 2014. What makes a top post you ask? A lot goes into it, but let’s just say it is much like the top news stories of the year – the ones that get the most people talking. Below you will find the top 11 posts from the year, in a countdown style format with the most popular post last. Enjoy!!
11. Rid Your Life of Anger
We all get upset and angry at times. It’s a part of life. But while it is natural to get angry, there are times when we can control it and even sometimes when it is not the best emotional response. In the post 3 ways to deal with anger, you get actionable steps to help you handle anger more effectively.
10. Be A Positive Thinker
Positive thinking is talked about at length on this site and the post regarding 5 positive thinking exercises is one where you can see just how to start to train yourself to be a more positive thinker. To some, positive thinking might sound a little odd, but I encourage you to try it and see just how powerful and impactful it is on your life.
9. Be A Better Person
In my post, 3 ways to improve yourself, I show you how 3 simple changes can make you a better, well-rounded person. As I say in the post, if you aren’t trying to better yourself, then you are just going through the motions in life and as a result, not really living at all.
8. Conflict Resolution
Ahh, conflicts. Some of us are wired to handle conflict while others of us aren’t. Regardless where you fall on the spectrum, the post 7 tips for dealing with conflict is a must read. You will learn the best ways to handle conflict so that both parties come out unscathed.
7. Do You Know Your Why?
Do you know why you do the things you do? Or why your dreams and goals are important to you? When you figure out your why, all of this will become more clear and understandable. When you figure out your true purpose, you will find that life is so much simpler.
6. Use Tiny Habits To Change
We all make goals and unfortunately many of us fail. This is because we take on too much at once. In order to succeed, we need to use the power of tiny habits. By making small changes over time, we can drastically change our lives for the better.
Meditation is a powerful thing. Sadly, not many people perform it. I think this is because they just don’t fully understand it. In this post about meditation, you will find out the benefits of meditation as well as various forms of it so that you can start using the style that best fits your personal tastes.
4. Be A Better Leader
Being a leader carries with it a lot of responsibility. As a result, leaders should be striving to always being a better leader. In July, there was a post that highlighted 9 tips to improve your leadership skills. It’s an important post for anyone who is currently a leader or for anyone who plans on becoming a leader one day.
3. Build Your Confidence
Doubting ourselves is natural. Always doubting ourselves and our abilities is not. By building up our confidence, we improve the likelihood of success. That is the great thing about confidence – it is a never ending cycle that keeps feeding upon itself. Learn how to build up your confidence and see the positive results in your life.
2. Defining Success
Being successful takes hard work. But, some of your reading this right now may be successful and not even realize it. How is this possible? It all comes down to how we define success. In fact, this step is often overlooked. After all, how can we be successful if we don’t even know what it means to us?
1. Introverts Need To Network Too
Networking is not an enjoyable thing if you are a shy person like myself. Unfortunately though, it is something that needs to be done, both to grow professionally and personally. Luckily, I’ve created an in-depth guide that covers networking for introverts. Use these tips to overcome your fears and doubts and become a networking pro!
So there are the top posts of 2014. It was a great year and I am hoping to make 2015 even better. I’ll be back to my usual writing timeline and look forward to sharing with you all of the great topics and ideas I have swirling around in my head.
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Hi, my name is Don and I run Breath of Optimism. This site is here to help you stay positive and become the best you can be. We only get one shot at life, so we might as well make the most of it.