2020 has been one roller coaster of a year for every person on the planet. Everything seems to be slipping out of our control and entering a realm of uncertainty. From health to economy to relationships, the future of everything seems to have a mind of its own. Naturally, you feel overwhelmed. 
But, here’s a thought. Before the world came face to face with a pandemic, many things were out of our control anyway. Uncertainty is unavoidable. Today it’s due to a pandemic, tomorrow it will be the world economy, then something else. You get the gist. So, it is better to learn to cope with the stress and anxiety, learn to respond to it than be affected by it. Here’s how. 
It's not a man’s world anymore. According to a 2017 report by the National Association of Women Business Owners, 11.6 million firms in the US are owned by women. These establishments generated employment for 1.9 million people and brought in $1.7 trillion in revenues. So, the modern businesswoman is clearly thriving. Or are they? Women continue to be in the minority in the world of business, fighting against gender stereotypes while taking care of the household; struggling to find mentors to guide them while parenting their children; the challenges are overwhelming, but their grit is stronger. What are the challenges that women in business face and how they are hustling to overcome them? Let’s find out! 
This time of the year is so conducive to reflection. You might have had an amazing year and this is the time to celebrate all your successes, your travels, your good health, the time you spent with your loved ones… However, if it was a difficult year, it might be unpleasant to look back. But in order to start fresh it is important to face all those experiences from the past and start a new page in your book of life. 
 
Every year, I like to start fresh and strong. No matter how hard the previous year was, you have to pick up the pieces and get yourself back together. Because, like it or not, next year will again bring more “good” and “not so good” experiences. So, embrace everything you have learnt and start the new year with even more determination and power. 
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Experts say we have between 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day. That comes to an average of 25 thoughts per minute. It can be about life, love, passion, science, philosophy, anything. With so many thoughts rushing our way, we are bound to have life-changing thoughts multiple times in a day. But, that does not happen, does it? Most people do not venture out to think of new things, they keep reprocessing the same thoughts – mistakes of the past, worries of the future, and negativity. 
 
Dwelling on the past or worrying about the future, only work towards destroying the present moment. Imagine what you could achieve if you could control your thoughts and focus on the things that mattered, carve a better perspective towards life and make better decisions. 
 
You can. Here’s how. 
We live in a world that has so much to offer us. 
- Precious time you spend with your family and friends 
- Unreal places waiting to be explored around the world 
- Incredible people who will change your perspective on life 
- Career opportunities that will take you to new heights 
 
There’s just so much more that, like most people, you might be living in a constant fear of missing out. In the rush of everyday life, everyone is always looking to do more…and become more. 
 
While it is good to be driven and harbour strong ambitions, the ‘need more’ mentality can also become a source of stress and anxiety – a state that has unfortunately become the new ‘norm’ in our society. Of course, we should always try to do better; of course, we should push ourselves to punch above our weight; of course, we should work towards learning new things. However, we should not shoulder so many to-dos that we crumble under the sheer weight of them. It is important that you achieve goals, but it is more important to enjoy the journey. Otherwise, what’s the point, really? 
 
All We Need is Balance In Life. 
 
We have to learn how to strike this balance and that is only possible when you understand what’s important. Prioritize your goals accordingly and strive to achieve that fine balance. And that is where the 5Rs Life Balance Philosophy comes into play. Let’s get into it. 
Constructive feedback helps to open doors for new opportunities. 
 
But, most people find it hard to accept feedback. They reach out for explanations, bring up their defenses and even get angry when they are given accurate and constructive feedback. While people should not listen to everything others have to say, it is essential to appreciate feedback when they see value in it. That is how people can accelerate their growth. 
 
If you find it difficult to receive or process constructive feedback, then here are some actionable steps for you to follow. 
Self-confidence is not a characteristic of an individual, but it is a skill. It is important to understand this subtle difference. By its very nature, a skill can be learned, and so can self-confidence. It is crucial to keep an open mind, nurture a drive, and keep a positive attitude. Here are the steps you can take to build self-confidence gradually. 
Change is the only constant. 
 
We all know this truth. Yet, many people try to prevent change and try their best to operate within personal comfort zones. Any positive change in our life starts with us. We are a product of our new habits. 
 
We all set goals for ourselves – lose weight, start eating healthier, learn a new language, write a book, find a better job, or something else – but many fail to realise them. Why do you think that is? Why don’t we all succeed when we all know we want to make the change? 
Have you noticed how everyone around you keeps asking you about your goals for the future – be it about your career, family, or something else? 
 
On the other hand, we have all spent hours overthinking the things that we have done in the past and experience a string of mood swings that come with it. 
 
Do you see a pattern here? 

 How many hours do business leaders, Presidents, or Nobel Prize winners have in a day? How many hours do you have? 

Everyone gets the same 24 hours, the same 1440 minutes each day. However, most people get overwhelmed by the long list of tasks that awaits them at the start of the day. These tasks can be unanswered emails, stacks of files, a pending report or something else. 
 
The root cause of the reaction lies in the amygdala in the medial temporal lobe of the human brain. The amydgala forms part of the limbic system and triggers an emotional response to an external stimulus. The fact that humans are hardwired to feel an emotional reaction means that everyone experiences it. While some decide to give up, others persevere and learn how to overcome it. 
 
The Key Is To Find Strategies That Help Coach The Brain... 
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