How Successful People Stay Calm

The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain calm and in control.




The Pain & Beauty of Life Changes

The reason for our suffering is our resistance to the changes in life.

And life is all changes.

While I resist change (and suffer) just like anyone else, I have learned to adapt. I’ve learned some flexibility. I’ve realized this:

Everything changes, and this is beautiful.



Spiritual SchizophreniaPaul David Tripp 

If I watched a video of your everyday life for the past six weeks, would I conclude that your faith shapes everything you think, desire, say, and do? Or, as I watched that video, would I begin to see a separation between your spirituality and reality?

I want to write today about something that I call Spiritual Schizophrenia. I can summarize it with a question: does the public persona of your faith live in harmony with the private realities of your life?



Don’t Let Low Emotional Intelligence Harm Your Career

Think about someone you regularly work with whose leadership skills you admire.

Your boss, maybe? Or perhaps one of your coworkers impresses you regularly.

Chances are, it’s their Emotional Intelligence – rather than their cognitive abilities – that makes them so good at what they do.

People who understand and use emotional intelligence (EQ) have a serious advantage in today’s workplace.

These folks experience lower levels of stress, they work more effectively, and they make decisions with clear judgment.

In a nutshell, someone with high emotional intelligence senses & understands what’s going on in the room and responds to it in a way that effectively manages relationships. All while facilitating high levels of collaboration and productivity.

Sounds pretty good, yes?



What to Do When You’ve Lost Your Passion For MinistryPastors.com 

Passion is a hard thing to describe or pin down. We sense when we have it and when it’s gone, but we aren’t sure how to explain where it comes from, or why we have it, or what to do when it goes away.

And because this is the case, it can be really tricky to figure out how to get passion back when we perceive it has gone away. It seems so finicky, at times it appears as if there is nothing we can do to will it to come or to go. We are at its mercy. When it comes, we have to be thankful, and when it goes, we must just wait.

I don’t think this is true, despite how it seems.

And I think this conversation is important because, if you work in or around a ministry, chances are you will “lose” your passion at one time or another. It will feel really disheartening, and it might even cause you to walk away from the ministry. I hope it won’t, but it might.

When that time comes—when you feel the passion fading—here are a few things to keep in mind.

1. Passion is not a feeling.

2. To cultivate passion, take risks with God.

3. To keep passion thriving, take care of yourself.