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5 Things to Consider When the Going Gets Tough – Thrive Global

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If you find yourself dumbfounded and sitting in front of your garden, then this article might just be for you. It is undeniable we always get that idle, hopeless feeling whenever we face a problem that seems out of our control. And the worst part is, we often ignore help from others and even the remedies that pop into our minds.

As a set of approaches, here are a few things to consider when going through tough times.

Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will, says Zig Ziglar, an American author, and the harbinger of the Zig Ziglar Servant Leadership Award.

The first step to overcoming any difficulty is to avoid negativity around you. For you to overcome a problem or an issue, you would want to have an environment of positivity as negativity can only serve to compound difficulty.

Thinking too much about stressful events can have unwanted impact on your body. You lose your appetite, you dont get enough sleep, and your focus begins to deteriorate. You then feel like you cant go through the day because you are unable to do things you usually do due to a lack of energy.

If youre stressed about something, start by taking a nap. It lowers your blood pressure and relieves stress right after waking up. Beyond that, youll also get to relax your brain and think lighter after a good rest. Doing yoga can also exercise your mind and become an avenue for peace.

Eating the right kind of food and a daily exercise routine can distract you from thinking of otherwise prevalent problematic thoughts. With the right nutrients and efficient flow of oxygen in your body, you will be able to find better ways to cope with these difficulties.

Many of todays youth use alcohol and drugs for more than recreational purposes. Especially in the event of high levels of stress, they tend to use alcohol, drugs, or even both as a means to escape the reality of their situation.

High levels of stress may influence drinking frequency and quantity. This relationship between stress and drinking is even stronger when alternative coping mechanisms and social supports are lacking, says Dr. Steve Bressert, a clinician and a writer for Psych Central.

This situation isnt peculiar to youths alone. In an effort to relieve themselves of unbearable situations, many people turn to alcohol, and ultimately, drugs for an altered state of mind, commonly referred to as feeling high. While the high that alcohol and drugs give can usually last for a while, the physiological damage to the human body is an investment towards long-suffering, and even untimely death.

To make matters even worse, when you get back down to earth after the effects of the taken substances wear off, youll only discover that the problems you sought to escape are exactly where you left them and nothing has changed. Nothing but the problems your bout of substance abuse may have caused. Says Michael Dadashi, CEO of Infinite Recovery, a San Antonio drug rehab center.

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit at home and think about it. Go out and get busy, says Dale Carnegie, an American writer focused on corporate training and developing interpersonal skills.

Make plans for a change of environment. If you dont have work to do on the weekends, plan for an exciting trip, its therapeutic. Go to places that you havent been to, preferably exciting locations outside your state or country. Engage with new people, different cultures, food, and everything else in between.

World-renowned scientist Albert Einstein said, A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. Keep this in mind the next time youre feeling defeated after a series of failures. Youre not a loser, you were simply brave enough to try something new.

Take some time to try other simpler things youve never done before like painting, trekking, or learning a new instrument. These do not just keep you occupied, they also help exercise your brain and give you the mindset to forge ahead.

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Some studies estimate that 90% of all New Years Resolutions fail within the first two weeks of the New Year.

The message?

New Years Resolutions dont work.

You know what does?

Goal-setting. Rewarding yourself for achieving small (and big) goals. Creating a new desired habit to replace a habit youre trying to get rid of.

Ive personally interviewed over 5,000 influencers, including everyone from Jack Canfield to Les Brown to Lisa Nichols to Bob Proctor to JJ Virgin to the late Zig Ziglar. One thing I have discovered is that most influencers dont set resolutions. For a reason.

The takeaway?

So, dont set New Years Resolutions.

Instead, write your goals (including habits you want to create, things you want to resolve to start or stop), and decide on the rewards you will give yourself to carry you through until your new actions become a true habit.

Oh, and dont wait until New Years Day to start. Do it instead on any other day of the year. And dont wait until the first of the month or the first of the week.

Start now, or start 10 minutes from now.

This is why. When you start on the first day of the year, or week or month, you are building up way too much anticipation and pressure around this. You are making it a THING.

Its okay to start on Tuesday at 9:30am, or Saturday at 7pm. Just start. Thats the most important thing.

Also, its okay if you have a set-back. Its okay if you mess up while trying to eat healthy. Its okay if you miss an exercise day.

Its more important that you get back on the horse after falling than that you stay on the horse perfectly forever.

Hopefully youre seeing a trend here?

What Im saying is to do what has enjoyed more success. New Years Resolutions are typically failed from the start.

I mean, trying to eat healthy the day after partying until after midnight? Good luck.

What has a better track record? Well, anything else really.

But lets focus on what Ive shared here as this has a much better track record than New Years Resolutions.

1. Set (written) big and small goals.

2. Decide on the rewards you will give yourself when you achieve each goal. This is super important when you get near the stage where most people quit (before it becomes a true habit)

3. Push yourself past the point where it becomes a habit by delivering on the rewards you have decided upon. Little known fact, it isnt 21 days to create a habit its 66. Source: The One Thing. So make sure you have rewards in place to keep you moving forward for more than a couple of months, not just a few weeks.

4. Dont worry about starting at a certain time or on a certain day.

5. Be okay when you have a set back. The long game is way more important than the short game, but many people use the small mis-step as a reason to give up. Dont be most people.

6. Celebrate

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Auburn to host new "Entrepreneurs, Leaders, and Legends Conference" | Lead on – Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

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An "Entrepreneurs, Leaders, and Legends Conference," a new event scheduled next month in Auburn, willinclude two former congressman, CEOs and an author as speakers.

The conference, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 1 at Kruse Plaza, is designed to help business owners, church leaders, corporate teams, community leaders, and emerging entrepreneurs find renewed focus in their vision for 2020, a news release said today.

The speaker lineup includes nationally, regionally, and locally recognized names, including Former NFL Quarterback Heath Shuler, Indiana State Rep. Christy Stutzman, and businessman John Kruse, managing director of Kruse Plaza.

The conference was created by former Congressman Marlin Stutzman and entrepreneur, author, and speaker Dave Kauffman as a way to "bring great leaders together" in northeast Indiana.

We saw the need for a space where the most brilliant minds in our region could come together to create fresh connections and walk away with increased focus and vision, Stutzman said in a statement.

Conference topics includehow to shift in business and maximize relationships; how to lead from a serving position vs. a self-serving one; winning leadership principles; how to build, share, and leave a legacy; and the secrets to effectively communicating your messaging.

Presenterswill include a surprise lunch panel andsix entrepreneurs, leaders, and legends from Indiana and around the country, the news release said. Along with Rep. Christy Stutzman, former congressman Stutzman and entrepreneur and author Kauffman, other announcedspeakers scheduled are leadership expert and trainer Luke Kuepfer; Do You Speak Bride CEO Wendy Rivera; son of Zig Ziglar and CEO Tom Ziglar; and WOWO Radios Pat Miller. Comedian John Branyan willbe event emcee.

Whether its learning from the experience of someone who has gone before you or talking to the young person who reminds you of your original vision, connection is priceless, said Kauffman, co-founder of the event.

The conference is open to all ages. Tickets are $197 each and $98.50 for students, with group pricing available.For more information or to purchase tickets, visit https://kruseplaza.com/ell/.

To share a thought, a favorite quote or other wisdom about leadership, email Lisa Green at lisagreen@jg.net. Lead On also appears every other week as a column in The Journal Gazette's Sunday Business section.

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50 Anxiety Quotes On Being Overwhelmed (And How To Relieve Stress) – YourTango

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Take a deep breath.

Everyone feels overwhelmed by life and stressed out at times most stressis normal and will pass. Instead of working yourself to exhaustion, know when to take a break. You can get a lot more done with a clear mind and a happy heart.

Only you know what is too much for you to handle so take care of yourself. Your tasks will still be there tomorrow, so if you want to spend today not caring about your responsibilities then let them go.

RELATED: How To Change Your Life & Find Happiness In 4 Simple Steps

You shouldnt feel guilty if you want to stay in bed, rest, and binge watch a television show. Dont be afraid to answer yes to Netflix asking are you still watching? If you need time to reflect, then take a long walk and enjoy the scenery all around you. Maybe you have friends that you have been too busy to spend time with and now would be a great time to see them. Plan a cute dinner with your gal pals, get drinks, and have akiki!

If your brain has been in overdrive, maybe put more attention on connecting with your body to relieve your anxiety. Take a hot yoga or spin class to get your body moving. Just do things that will bring you joy and satisfaction.

It is important that you put yourself and your mental health first, so take the necessary steps you need to take to do that. If you have been wanting to take up a new hobby, nothing is stopping you. Enroll in that photography class you have always wanted to take. Find the balance and reach equilibrium.

Life is difficult, but it can also be beautiful. So focus on finding the beauty in it instead of just seeing the darkness and gloom that comes with anxiety and the feelings of being overwhelmed with life.

It might not be obvious right now, but it will get better and you will overcome this.

These anxiety quotes about what it feels like to be overwhelmed are sure to give you the right mindset to help you find peace and calm, even when you're stressed out.

Promise me you will not spend so much time treading water and trying to keep your head above the waves that you forget, truly forget, how much you have always loved to swim. Tyler Knott Gregson

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"You cant calm the storm, so stop trying. What you can do is calm yourself. The storm will pass. Timber Hawkeye

"Make sure your worst enemy is not living between your ears." Laird Hamilton

"Life is short. Stop worrying about what might happen. Live in the moment. Follow your heart. Be with good people. Forget what hurt you but never forget what it taught you." Karen Salmansohn

"Sometimes when Im not feeling so happy, I do something to make someone else happy. Afterwards I find Im suddenly feeling happy again." Karen Salmansohn

"Dont let people pull you into their storm. Instead, pull them into your peace." Unknown

"The comeback is always stronger than the setback." Unknown

A woman who lives with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule will often ache with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul. Lysa Terkeurst

Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace. Robert J. Sawyer

Life has many ways of testing a persons will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once. Paulo Coelho

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Sometimes you just need to be selfish and take care of you. If they love you, theyll understand. Robert Tew

"I feel so much that it is hard for me at times to feel anything at all. Mary Kate Teske

I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had absolutely no other place to go. Abraham Lincoln

"If a door closes, quit banging on it. Whatever was behind it was not meant for you. Consider that perhaps the door was closed because youre worth so much more than what was on the other side." Unknown

"Spend time with people who bring out the best in you. Not the stress in you." Unknown

"Im not yet where I want to be. But thank goodness Im not where I used to be. Onward and upward." Karen Salmansohn

"Stop living in the land of why. There are no happy answers to why me? why didnt I? Why did I? If you must ask any questions, ponder: How can I grow? Whats in my control to change? Whats a gain in my pain?" Karen Salmansohn

"Everything youve ever done, every person youve ever met, every experience youve ever had is a part of who you are today, adding interesting layers to your being, and colorful depths to your soul. Everything needed to be as it was, so you could grow as you did and do." Karen Salmansohn

Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it. Ann Landers

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret to getting started is breaking your overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one. Mark Twain

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Life can be magnificent and overwhelmingthat is the whole tragedy. Without beauty, love, or danger it would almost be easy to live. Albert Camus

When it hurtsobserve. Life is trying to teach you something. Anita Krizzan

Some days you will feel like the ocean. Some days you will feel like you are drowning in it. Lora Mathis

I often think I cant do this anymore but then I realize what choice do I have? Justin Blaney

"Getting knocked down in life is a given. Getting up and moving forward is a choice." Zig Ziglar

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"What is coming is better than what is gone. Let this belief aim you in the direction you need to go." Karen Salmanson

"Just doing nothing and having those still moments is what really rejuvenates the body." Miranda Kerr

"If we don't see a failure as a challenge to modify our approach, but rather as a problem with ourselves, as a personality defect, we will immediately feel overwhelmed." Anthony Robbins

"When you're overwhelmed by your emotion, you listen less and you judge more. This is also the reality of the dogmatic mind." Tariq Ramadan

"You are more than the mistakes youve made. Instead youre the wisdom, love, strength, and compassion youve gained from all youve been through." Karen Salmansohn

"No matter where you are in life, celebrate it! Its either a product of your growth or a place that will help you to grow. Cheers to today!" Unknown

"Anxiety happens when you think to have to figure out everything all at once. Breathe. Youre strong. You got this. Take it day by day." Karen Salmansohn

"We don't realize that, somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme self who is eternally at peace." Elizabeth Gilbert

RELATED: 5 Sneaky Reasons You're Unhappy And Stressed Out

"Even from a dark night, songs of beauty can be born." Mary Anne Radmacher

"When life gets hectic and you feel overwhelmed, take a moment to focus on the people and things you are most grateful for. When you have an attitude of gratitude, frustrating troubles will fall by the wayside." Dana Arcuri

"When you do nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better." Unknown

"We should all relax about life because you don't have a clue as to what's really going on." Barry Sonnenfeld

"Life is tough my darling but so are you." Stephanie Bennett Henry

"Sky above me, earth below me, fire within me." Unknown

"In order to move on you must understand why you felt how you did and why you no longer need to feel it." Mitch Albom

"You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anyone." Maya Angelou

"The benefit of carrying the entire world on your shoulders was that you didn't have to stare it in the face." Rhian J. Martin

RELATED: 23 Inspiring Quotes To Remind You To Live The Hell Out Of Your Life

"Don't give up now. Chances are your best kiss, your hardest laugh, and your greatest day are still yet to come." Atticus

"One must not let oneself be overwhelmed by sadness." Jackie Kennedy

"The best is yet to come." Unknown

"Anxiety happens when you think you have to figure out everything all at once. Breathe. You're strong. You got this. Take it day by day." Karen Salmansohn

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." Ralph Waldo Emerson

"You have dealt with so much, and done the best that you can. So, take a moment now to appreciate how strong you are." Karen Salmansohn

"Dont let little things take up too much room in your heart. Or youll spend your entire life being annoyed and upset." Unknown

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." Friedrich Nietzsche

RELATED: How To Create 'Sacred' Space At Home Where You Can Actually Relax

Jaycee Levin is a writer who covers pop culture, astrology, and relationship topics.

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Happy New Year! I love saying that because it rings with the hope and promise of good things to come. I believe we can expect many blessings in the new year. Yet, many times we ask, Where did last year go?

For many years, I have kept a journal in which I keep a record of phone calls, correspondence, visitation, appointments, hours involved and other information related to work and ministry. I also record many blessings that come my way through family, friends and other sources. My journals are a record of where my year went and a reminder of Gods many blessings. I highly recommend keeping a journal of your journey through life. God required this of Moses and the Israelites.

In Numbers 33:2 it is written, At the Lords command, Moses recorded the stages in their journey. This is their journey by stages

Numbers 33 goes on to record 40-some places the Israelites camped on their journey to the promised land. It would be good if we also slowed down enough to review our journey. If we will, well discover the year has been full of Gods goodness.

Psalm 65:11 states: You crown the year with Your goodness, And Your paths drip with abundance.

This past year has brought abundant blessings into our lives. Regular reviews of Gods goodness will add to the joys of living. Let us frequently reflect on our journey and give God thanks for his many specific blessings.

Write your blessing on a calendar or in a journal and review them daily. Talk about them when you sit at the table and when you tuck the kids in at night. Once again Ill go over what God has done, lay out on the table the ancient wonders; Ill ponder all the things youve accomplished, and give a long, loving look at your acts, it says in Psalm 77:11-12. If we will review our journey daily, weekly and monthly, well see Gods many blessings, and have faith for the new year ahead.

One of the biggest reasons peoples faith is weak, or they lose their faith altogether, is because they fail to remember the good things God had done. The year past has brought blessings we should remember, and the new year will bring blessings also.

So, what does the new year hold? What do you want to accomplish? Have you made any New Years resolutions or set any goals?

I used to be against goal-setting because it seemed to be too self-centered and self-serving. However, I begin to realize godly goal-setting isnt just about what I want to do, but what I believe God wants to accomplish. As Zig Ziglar has said, Goals are fundamentally statements of faith faith in what God wants to achieve through you. And I learned a new acrostic for the word Goals from John Maxwell.

G.O.A.L.S.: Godly Objectives Assure Lasting Success.

So, what godly objectives and lasting success does God want for you? What do you believe God wants to accomplish in you, through you and for you in this New Year? What promise does he want you to possess, what godly character does he want you to develop, and what good things will he help you do for others? The apostle Paul summarized his goals this way in Philippians 3:10-14:

I want to know Christ yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Coming to know the creator better through the example and teachings of Jesus is a supremely worthy goal. It deserves to be at the top of our list. Read the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John throughout 2020 to get to know Jesus better. Dont dwell on past failures. Press ahead toward what God has created you for. It will bring the greatest joy to your life.

At the beginning of 2020, lets pause and review the past year, paying special attention to the blessings, and then let us look forward to the new year with hope and faith. And as we go forward in our journey, let us gratefully record, review and retell the many good things we experience. I need to do a better job of this myself. I hope youll join me.

Happy New Year and blessings to all!

Dan Matney is the pastor at New Life Assembly of God in Avon. Email him at pastordanmatney@hotmail.com.

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Life December 27, 2019 10:33 AM ByMaryn Liles Parade More by Maryn

Striking a balance between your career goals and home life can be a struggle. After all, you know you have to hustle if you want to be successful in the workplace.

And while were all required to make sacrifices for the sake of our work at timessuch as putting important deadlines or business commitment first on occasiondoing it too often can take its toll.

Burning the midnight oil and working around the clock can lead to overwhelm and burnout, which can end up compromising your work success in addition to straining your home life and relationships.

Thats whyevery thriving businessman or woman knows that, in order to feel fulfilled and be truly happy, you need to make work-life balance a priority. To help you find the perfect middle ground in 2020, here are 100 of the best work-life balance tipsthat will help you find happiness in your career and home lifewithout feeling overworked or burned out.

Best Work-Life Balance Tips

1. As a business owner, its tricky not to focus on work 24/7. Since I know this about myself, I find if I blockmy calendar off for personal time, it reminds me to take the time for the balance. Chelsea Gladden, Founder of Everything Branding

2. Create a village to help support you whether that be a partner, family, friends, nannies, team members and more. Amy Nelson, founder and CEO, The Riveter

3. Work is just a part of our life, not vice versa.Vikrm

4. Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb, but how well you bounce. Vivian Komori

5. Its all about quality of life and finding a happy balance between work and friends and family. Philip Green

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6. You have to balance your passions, not your time. Lisa Sugar

7. Dont schedule drinks and dinner for every night of the week! Its easy to get into the habit of extending work into after hours events and I found that its really important to disconnect, rate a healthy meal with your family, and unwind. Lo Bosworth, Founder and CEO of Love Wellness

8. Create a business around your lifestyle, not a lifestyle around your business. You dont have to sacrifice being an invested wife and mother for being a savvy, successful business leader. Those are not mutually exclusive. Determine what your business looks like based on the quality of life you desire. Not the reverse. You dont have to alter your lifestyle to fit your business. In fact, when you lead with quality of life, your business is built on a much stronger foundation. Heather Adams, founder of Choice Media & Communications

9. Work life balance isnt just about having a life outside of work; its also about learning to manage the mental energy and emotion we invest into our jobs, even while in the office. This is why I share with everyone joining our organization during their onboarding that its about a sustainable work life blend instead of balance. To me, balance means two opposing sidesa blend in my view is the better way to incorporate your career to your life. Matt Burns, head of US Customer Success, Monday.com

10. In the age of constant technology, especially with a lot of my business being on my phone talking to clients and marketing on social media, I try to plan my time when I am on Instagram each day. Whether I carve out an hour in the morning or at night, I find thatgiving myself a window to work within maximizes my time on the phone, which allows me to be really present for other areas of work and lifewhen I need to be. Amanda Davis,founder of The Home Revival

11.You will never feel truly satisfied by work until you are satisfied by life. Heather Schuck

12. Dont confuse having a career with having a life. Hillary Clinton

13. You dont have to make yourself miserable to be successful. Andrew Wilkinson

14. Work, love, and play are the great balance wheels of mans being. Orison Swett Marden

15. We have overstretched our personal boundaries and forgotten that true happiness comes from living an authentic life fueled with a sense of purpose and balance. Dr. Kathleen Hall

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16. You will never find time for anything. If you want time, you must make it. Charles Buxton

I always find it important to take frequent breaks at work. Even if its just a five-minute walk around the office or a stroll down to the beach, taking a step back usually makes me feel more recharged and keeps me focused on the task at hand when I return. I encourage my team members to take time to clear their heads throughout the day, as well, so that we can all bring our best selves to work. We at Sand Cloud believe in working smarter, not harder. Brandon Liebel, co-founder of Sand Cloud

17. Always take some of the play, fun, freedom, and wonder of the weekend into your week and your work. Rasheed Ogunlaru

18. Most people chase success at work, thinking that will make them happy. The truth is that happiness at work will make you successful. Alexander Kjerulf

19. We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own to-do list. Michelle Obama

20. Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life. Dolly Parton

21. I prefer the term integration rather than work-life balance. For example, my kids join me in community service events, activities at work, etc., exposing them to a broader world thats important to me and we spend quality time giving back or learning together. Its important to understand that the amount of time you spend at work versus on the personal side will ebb and flow depending on the stage of lifeyou are in and you must communicate your expectations and changes as they arise. Time is precious, and when you are with your friends and family its important to be fully present. One trick I employ is after my 30-minute commute home: I park in the garage and do one last look at my email and voicemail and respond to any critical items while still in the garage. Then, once I enter the house, work is left behind and I am fully present for the night. Melanie Cook, Chief Operating Officer, GE Appliances

22. Earn a living doing things that suit you. Find things that you are interested in, even passionate about and investigate possible ways to monetize them. Jennifer Ritchie Payette

23. When I think about work-life balance, I dont imagine it as a perfect day where I got to spend the exact right amount of time having an impact at work and snuggling with my kids at home. I never achieve that. But over the course of a month, or a quarter, or a year, I try to make time for the people and experiences I value. Jane Park

24. I have learned that you cnt have everything and do everything at the same time. Oprah Winfrey

25. You cant do a good job if your job is all you do. Katie Thurmes

We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work, instead of the quality of time we put in. Arianna Huffington

26. Trying to do it all and expecting that it all can be done exactly right is a recipe for disappointment. Perfection is the enemy. Sheryl Sandberg

27. Balance is not better time management, but better boundary management. Balance means making choices and enjoying those choices. Betsy Jacobson

28. Burnout is about resentment. Preventing it is about knowing yourself well enough to know what it is youre giving up that makes you resentful. Marissa Mayer

29.I think taking vacations and turning off the phone and only doing emails or social media for a specific short amount of time helps with work-life balance. If Im checking it all day I start to feel cuckoo-bird. So I just do it once or twice a day instead of a thousand. And then remembering that it doesnt matter. It just doesnt matter. Maria Bamford

30. Striving for excellence motivates you. Striving for perfection is demoralizing. Harriet Braiker

31. For fast-acting relief, try slowing down. Lily Tomlin

32. When in doubt, choose the kids. There will be plenty of time later to choose work. Anna Quindlen

33. No matter how busy you are, or how busy you think you are, the work will always be there tomorrow, but your friends might not be. Unknown

34. It is better to rise from life as from a banquetneither thirsty nor drunken. Aristotle

35. Dont take things too seriously. I would never devalue the importance of your business, but its not worth sacrificing your life for. Ben Yoskovitz

36. Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you. Carl Sandburg

37. We have overstretched our personal boundaries and forgotten that true happiness comes from living an authentic life fueled with a sense of purpose and balance. Dr. Kathleen Hall

38. Life will always get busy, make time to do the things you love. Lailah Gifty Akita

39. Celebrate the small moments more. As a startup team, my employees work so hard everyday and have to wear many hats. I appreciate them so much and we always celebrate the big wins together, so in 2020 I want to incorporate more day-to-day recognition to start off the new decade of growth on a positive note. Danh Tran, founder of Buttercloth

40. When youre gone, would you rather have your gravestone say, He never missed a meeting, or one that said, He was a great father? Steve Blank

41. Work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four ballsfamily, health, friends, integrityare made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered. Gary Keller

42. Theres no such thing as work-life balance. There are work-life choices, and you make them, and they have consequences. Jack Welch

43. Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important. Stephen R. Covey

44. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable. Regina Brett

45. Minimize email and work after hours and on the weekends. Devices like the Light Phonewhich is a mobile phone that offers people access to only calls and textsare great for making sure you can reach someone in an emergency. And this way, you wont be tempted to check your email yet again. Matt Burns, head of US Customer Success, Monday.com

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46. The key is in not spending time, but in investing it. Stephen R. Covey

47. Time is really the only capital that any human being has, and the only thing he cant afford to lose. Thomas Edison

48. I had once heard the quote, The bad news is time flies. The good news is youre the pilot. And I always think about this when I get busy or overwhelmed. It is empowering that I am the only one in my life that is in charge of my time and how I invest it. Sara Rose Kennedy, co-founder of PuraPhy.com

49. Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm, and harmony. Thomas Merton

50. To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short. Confucius

51. Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. Albert Einstein

52. You cant truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles. Zig Ziglar

53. Embrace the positive and take control of your own happiness, from the home to the office. Planning helps me map out and prioritize my goals so I can do things with intention and tend to both personal and career needs. Work hard but be sure to create time and space in your schedule for you! Each week, the very first thing I add in my planner is date night with my husband and creative time for me. If something is important to you, make the time in your schedule for it. Dont think you have enough time? Ask yourself this, when was the last time you binge watched anything? Or aimlessly scrolled through Instagram? You have the time. Spend it wisely. Stephanie Fleming, co-found of The Happy Planner

54. No one on his deathbed ever said, I wish I had spent more time at the office. Rabbi Harold Kushner

55. Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable. Sydney J. Harris

56. Running a remote team gives us all the freedom to work from where we please. Given the nature of our website, many of Upgraded Points employees work from all corners of the globe, mixing work and pleasure in every destination.This includes myself. I often find myself using points to take my family on trips to visit family around the world. Since my work schedule is fluid, we can take these trips frequently and I can work during downtime.This has made maintaining work/life balance easierand its all possible because I can work on the road and book the travel with points and miles. Alex Miller, founder and CEO of UpgradedPoints.com

57, Children learn to smile from their parents. Shinichi Suzuki

58. The bad news is time flies. The good news is youre the pilot. Michael Altshuler

59.A career is wonderful, but you cant curl up with it on a cold night. Marilyn Monroe

60. You cant have everything you want, but you can have the things that matter to you. Marissa Mayer

61. Life is a balance of holding on and letting go. Rumi

62. Im not sure about complete balance. I think thats an enlightened stage of life. For normal folks, balance really means counterbalance. Notice when life gets out of whack for you and correct it. Unknown

63. To have someone who never makes a mistake, never finds her personal life in disarray, never worries about work-life balance? I think that would be unreal. Sophie Kinsella

64. Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

65. Like myself, many of my clients runtheir own businesses and/or work from home. Whilethis gives us control of our own time and space, it often leads to what I callwork bleed; when our businesses bleed too deeply into our personal lives. I love that I can work on my laptop poolside or in a restaurant. But I find the best way toavoid work from consuming my personal life is to draw a hard physical line between home and dedicated workspaces. For example, I no longer bring tile and fabric samples home from the office. Its a slippery slope before I have a whole project lying around my living room. If I create a home office for a client, I make sure to add a lounge chair or comfy sofa. This prevents them from bringing the laptop onto the family room sofa, a sure gateway to work bleed. These measures might seem a bit extreme, but justbecause we can work anywhere and anytime we want doesnt mean we should. Alexandra Rae,founder of Alexandra Rae Interior Design

66. There is an art to clearing away the clutter and focusing on what matters most it just requires the courage to take a different approach. George Anders

67. May you find the balance of lifetime for work but also time for play. Too much of one thing ends up creating stress that no one needs in their life. Catherine Pulsifer

68. I get asked about work-life balance all the time. And my view is, thats a debilitating phrase because it implies theres a strict trade-off. Jeff Bezos

69. Invest in your work life balance. Time with friends and family is as important as time at work. Getting that out of balance is a path toward unhappiness. Stephen Gillet

70. I wish I had not been in a hurry to get on to the next things: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less.Anna Quindlen

71. As a working parent, you quickly learn you cant do everything and be everywhere. Its important to decide together what is most important to you and your family.I emphasize the second part because one thing I missed early on was assuming what I thought mattered to my kids were the things that really mattered. I used to feel guilty about not attending all of the banquet-type events such as holiday or sports celebrations at their schools. But after I shared this with my husband and my children, I learned there were other events that mattered to them more like field trips and baseball games. I still strive to make all of the events I can, but I protect my time for the events they see as cannot miss with a huge sense of relief for those I have to pass up.Lisa Safarian, President, Crop Science North America, Bayer

72. Either you run the day, or the day runs you. Jim Rohn

73. Be steady and well-ordered in your life so that you can be fierce and original in your work. Gustave Flaubert

74. Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. Albert Einstein

75. Do less, be more. Elizabeth Grace Saunders

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76. The key is not to prioritize whats on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities. Stephen Covey

77. Failure of your company is not failure in life. Failure in your relationship is. Ev Williams

78. If you want to change the world, go home and love your family. Mother Teresa

79. Schedule a night out, either with friends or solo, a week in advance, so that you can plan around work deadlines. Then, keep those commitments.Matt Burns, head of US Customer Success, Monday.com

80. A time for everything: A time to relax and a time to be busy, a time to frolic and a time to labor, a time to receive and a time to give, a time to begin and a time to finish. Jonathan Lockwood Huie

81. Changing my morning routine, and being intentional about how I spend those few moments right after I wake up, changed how I approach balancing work and life, and ultimately how I approach finding peace in my life. The Miracle Morning, a book by Hal Elrod, sparked this interest and helped me navigate how to practice productivity in the morning. The bottom line is, how you set yourself up in the morning determines how much energy youll have in the rest of the daymy morning routine is a process, but by implementing what Im learning in this book, Im one morning closer to an overall more peaceful and productive life. Nancy Charbonneau, founder of Charbonneau Interiors.

82. Framing the issue of work life balanceas if the two were dramatically opposedpractically ensures work will lose out. Who would ever choose work over life? Sheryl Sandberg

83. There is no such thing as work-life balance. Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life. Alain de Botton

84. One of the most important time management tasks I have learned is to set work hours to where I get my tasks accomplished. I try to stick by those times so that I am not working at every hour, and I have time to disconnect when needed. In addition, organizing my mailbox into folders and making sure I go through it has been the life-saver of keeping me on task when managing so many different projects! Sara Rose Kennedy, co-founder of PuraPhy.com

85. Allow the goals that speak to your heart to guide you in your decisions. Richie Norton

86. Dont feel bad about using some of your paid/unpaid time offyou deserve it! According to a study from Celebrity Cruises calledPerceptions of PTO,nearly 50 percent of the 750 surveyed employees said they left paid vacation days unused. For a happier work-life balance, dont be one of them!

87. If you get PTO, make sure to use it. Its so easy to let it slip by, but taking your vacations is one of the best actions you can take for your mental health. Matt Burns, head of US Customer Success, Monday.com

88. Forget work-life balance. Do the thing you want and create systems to support that. Perfectly imbalanced in the direction you want to go is perfectly acceptable. Richie Norton

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Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.

~ Zig Ziglar

The power of gratitude is incredible and the benefits of living life with an attitude of gratitude are measurable. Every aspect of our life can be improved if we are grateful. We become more relaxed and more resilient; less envious and more social. Our marriages are better, and our relationships are deeper. Our careers get a boost because our decision making is improved, our productivity increases, and our goals are more easily achieved. We are less materialistic, less self-centered, more optimistic and our self-esteem increases. Most of us sleep better, we dont get sick as often, we have increased energy and get more exercise.

As noted above, gratitude is strongly tied to optimism. Optimism makes up happier and improves our health. When we have an optimistic outlook on our current circumstances, we also have a more optimistic outlook on our future. Be grateful and cheer up!

I would venture to say that just about everyone who is happy is full of gratitude. What separates the women from the girls, and the men from the boys, is the daily practice of writing down what youre grateful for. This doesnt have to be a long, drawn out ordeal. Just five minutes a day, write down at least three things that make you thankful. Keeping a gratitude journal is an even better idea. In as little as six months, your happiness can increase significantly. Try it, youll see.

When we experience gratitude, we feel grateful more often. Our gratitude increases in intensity and for longer periods of time, and we are grateful for more things in our lives.

My daily list always starts with the same items:

Im Grateful For

And then I add on the things that Im grateful for on that day.

Take a moment and write down a few of the things youre grateful for. This is truly one of the best things you can do for yourself. Even if you dont feel like it especiallyif you dont feel like it. Nothing beats the blues back like a gratitude list.

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People-First Workplaces Lead the Way In 2019 – CXOToday.com

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Celebrated American author and motivational speaker Zig Ziglar once said,You dont build a business you build people and then people build the business. This snippet of wisdom applies to every organization, irrespective of its size or geography. Great employers across the globe believe that people they hire are what make or break their business. And a similar trend was reflected in 2019s Top-Rated Workplaces In India recently announced by job site Indeed.

As per the report, SAPhas secured the highest rank in the top-rated technology workplaces list in India this year, followed by Adobe, VMware andMicrosoftas the leading technology organizations to work for in India. Surprisingly, the only public sector company that featured in the list is Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), which secured a fifth position. Some of the other companies that were featured in the list of top-rated workplaces include, Paytm, Flipkart, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Cisco, IBM, Apple, among others.

One common observation about these companies is that each one stands out as the epitome of people-centric corporations. And thats what makes them the best places to work. From various research reports, online reviews and expert opinions, we find out some of the common attributes of these companies and the culture they create that make people excited about their jobs.

Offer Challenging and Meaningful Work

All these organizations understand the importance of keeping employees work interesting, exciting, challenging and meaningful, because consistently, top performers say that challenging and meaningful work is the number one attribute they seek in a job.

Take the example of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) which has secured the fifth position on Indeeds chart, moving up from tenth spot last year. According to a junior scientist at ISRO, self-competitiveness plays a big part in ISROs culture. The employees aim to continually improve themselves and strive for self-development. Their independent drive to succeed, as opposed to feeling in competition with one another, could be a key factor positively influencing employee satisfaction.

Hire and Retain top performers

Great workplaces are made up of great people. Within these workplaces, top performers work alongside other top performers who are positive, hardworking, committed and loyal, believe in the organizations vision. For example, TCS believes that they are better placed than their peers in retaining the contextual knowledge gained over time, and use that to build differentiated solutions tailored to each customers unique requirements.

For the quarter endingJune 30, 2019, Milind Lakkad, Global Head, Human Resources, TCS said, The vibrant, enriching workplace and best-In-class retention rates at TCS are a key competitive differentiator. Customers value the lower attrition because it results in greater stability and fewer disruptions in our service delivery.

Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma said in an interview that the company makes a special effort to understandthe skills of the employees who led Paytm to success. He also believes that Paytm employees are a bunch of hard-working people, so hard work is the one word that defines Paytm culture and we have always nurtured that, he said.

Value and Reward Employee Contributions

The best workplaces show they appreciate and value employees and their contributions. They celebrate success often, and praise, recognize, and reward employees in a variety of formal and informal ways. They never miss an opportunity to say thanks for employees hard work. According to a Glassdoor report, Apple employees get an annual 25% discount when they purchase an iPod, computer, or iPad. Apple software is 50% off for its employees. The company also offers other discounts for family and friends, depending on the product.

Each of these top-rated organizations offer competitive and fair compensation, above-average pay increases, and opportunities to earn more pay based on performance, such as bonuses, profit sharing, and other incentives to keep and reward top performing talent as well as attract new talent.

Invest in Training and Development

Great workplaces invest in training and development for their workforce to grow their talents and capabilities. They make time for learning and support it by paying for employees to participate in various opportunities and offering a variety of training and career development programs.

Through performance management practices that help guide, support, and develop exceptional performance, the best employers provide clarity on how to be a top performer, help other employees become top performers, and assist existing top performers in sustaining top performance. As a senior manager at Cisco said, Reaching for excellence each and every day is what makes great workplaces successful.

Invest in Employees Health and Wellness

The best of workplaces genuinely care about their employees well-being. They offer wellness options that help employees develop healthy lifestyle behaviors as well as provide an array of benefits which support their employees health and personal welfare. For example, Microsoft CARES employee assistance program also offers free personal and family counseling, stress management, and referrals for child and elder care. The cafs come stocked with healthy dining options, including a new Real Easy Wellness labeling system to help employees easily identify healthy food options.

Intuits Fit for Life program offers meditation and mindfulness classes as reimbursable expenses as well as incentives for employees engaging in stress-reduction habits, like taking a walk, practicing breathing exercises, or listening to calming music. Not only the companys website that offers mindfulness resources, but employees can also find mindful moment tips on the whiteboards in the conference rooms.

Top workplaces are flexible to employees work/life needs and encourage work/life balance by offering flexible schedules, providing generous paid time off, accommodating individual requests and needs, and creating a supportive work environment that understands of personal and family obligations.

Involve and Empower Employees

People-centric workplaces involve and empower employees by listening to their input, involving them in moving the organization forward, and giving them opportunities to lead initiatives, collaborate with one another, participate in decision-making, and make a meaningful difference at work. At some of the best workplaces, employees believe that their opinions matter and that they can positively impact their organizations. SAP encourages free expression, collaboration, individuality, and diversity. Its core strength as an employer, vests in the empowerment of its employees.

SAP Labs, Microsoft and IBM for example, boasts of an environment which motivates people to perform their best. Apart from employee benefits, facilities, training, employee engagement etc., it empowers employees through mentoring sessions which occur between a single mentor and mentee. The process called speed mentoring allows a single mentee to meet different mentors. Each mentoring session is based on a theme and is a series of short, focused conversations about specific questions.

Create and Sustain a Unique Culture

The best of workplaces create and sustain a unique culture. They are often described as fun, congenial, collaborative, positive, passionate, and creative. Their work environments, people, and workplace practices all help create a vibrant, positive and infectious culture. On the key ingredients to a vibrant corporate culture, renowned leadership coach and author of several management-related books, Marshall Goldsmith said in an interview, It is about leadership from the top. Leaders should make sure they are great role models and that they embody the company culture day to day. If they dont do this, leaders will have a difficult time establishing credibility.

Great workplaces are led by exceptional and inspiring leaders. Leaders set the example from the top and lead the organization well. They genuinely care about and value employees. Relationships between leaders and employees are characterized by mutual respect, trust, honesty, and support.

According to Goldsmith, Great leaders are more concerned about the growth of their employees and the organization rather than their own development. They have the courage to get feedback and to look in the mirror and ask whether their behavior aligns with what theyre teaching; they have the ability to improve and do the hard work to make those changes.

As we see Microsoft CEO Satya Nadellas effort in turning the behemoth to a people-centric company from that of a product company is a befitting example. WithNadella atMicrosofts helm, theres an emphasis on teamwork and collaboration, rather than competition. As one employee observed, Microsoft values its employees. The culture also shifted in recent years from super individual competitor to making others successful and teamwork, which reduced thestress level at work to low.

Driving openness and accountability is another key function in a people-centric organization, where leaders frequently share information about the organizations performance, its financials, the vision and direction of the organization, and other critical information. In addition, leaders regularly interact with and communicate with employees one-on-one, in small groups, and as an entire staff.

Encourage Innovation and Growth

Great workplaces are successful, growing, and innovative. They hold themselves to high standards, are focused on delivering exceptional customer service and quality, and strive to innovate and continuously improve their organizations. They are always raising the bar in their businesses and in their workplaces.

Sindhu Gangadharan, Senior Vice President and Head ofSAPLabs Indiasaid, The company has created a non-hierarchical, diverse and inclusive culture which speeds up our innovation and helps our customers to run at their best.

Adobe makes no secret of the fact they have a very creative outlook when it comes to work. Adobe knows thatfostering their employees creativityand giving room for experimentation is the key to an innovative workforce. There are multiple reasons why creativity is important for a company. Firstly, it boosts productivity. It allows employees to work faster, and provide solutions in new and interesting ways. It also boosts employee morale being creative at work is fun, and theres nothing better than truly enjoying your job.

CSR first leads to employee first.

And last but not least, best of employers make an impact on and give back to their local community. Not only do they generously donate their company resources to the community, but they also serve their communities by helping others in need and offering their staffs time and talents.

Studies have found that having a comprehensiveemployee engagementstrategy is more important to achieving higher CSR program participation than having just a CSR strategy. CSR and employee engagement strategies can help each other. Susan Hunt Stevens, CEO of Wespire, explained in an article in CSR Matters, why people friendly organizations do CSR programs better. Higher participation rates in CSR programs come from having a broad employee engagement strategyrather than a just a CSR strategy. It is the inclusive focus on the employee first and their relationship with the company. It is not just communicating about the CSR efforts, but creating comprehensive initiatives that drive employee activation, learning, and participation, she said.

To sum up, while there is no magic formula for achieving a great workplace, people-first workplaces clearly lead the way in 2019. Many more companies are catching on to the importance of investing in their people. They are increasingly realizing the power of creating people-centric organizations that value the happiness of employees as much as the bottom line.Those who still havent, its time you need to wake up.

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What are the traits of a good salesperson? Grab a pen and some paper, and write down a list of all the desirable mental and physical attributes a top-notch seller has. Now, take that list; crumple it into a ball, and throw it in the bin. In my experience, the No. 1 trait you need to think like a salesperson is to be yourself. Dont try to be somebody you are not or somebody you would like to be. I believe in this idea so much that I named my company after the concept BYS Coaching stands for Be YourSelf Coaching.

If you want to sell your services, grow your business and enjoy the adventure, you need to be yourself. Show the world who you are. Dont try to imitate what you think a good salesperson looks like and says. Failing to talk the way you talk, act the way you act and look the way you look will not serve you well. In the long run, you'll likely lose clients. Here's how to get clients authentically.

Dont compare yourself to others. It's easy to allow insecurities to fill your mind. You may not have the same services, expertise, personality or experience as other consultants or coaches, but that is a good thing! Be yourself, and play to your strengths. I was born and brought up in Scotland and therefore have a strong Scottish accent. I feared clients in London and other countries would not take me seriously, as I did not have a "posh" southern English accent. So, I practiced talking with an English accent and even considered taking elocution lessons. I must say it turned out horribly. In my naive attempts to be more like them, clients thought that I was making fun of their accent.

Be confident in your abilities. A lot of coaches and consultants forget they are service professionals and, therefore, they work in the service industry. In this industry, it is difficult to be a successful coach or consultant if you are not confident. Clients can smell nervousness a mile away. Being a little shy and a little nervous might be endearing if you are a child, or even perhaps if you are on a first date. However, it has no place in the world of consulting or coaching. It is a high-trust profession. Your clients need your guidance and look to you for the answers. Be the steady, confident expert providing the support they need.

Think positively. Visualize what you want, and work hard to get it. Positive thinking will not make you a superhero or someone who can do anything. However, it will serve you better than negative thinking would. Your outlook on life, clients and family everything, in fact is controlled by what goes on in your mind. In his book, Secrets of Closing the Sale, Zig Ziglar writes, Your business is never really good or bad out there, your business is either good or bad right between your ears. Perception is key.

Remember that you are there to sell. When I was first sent out to sell consulting services, I wouldnt know what to say. I would jabber so there were no awkward gaps and continue to speak throughout the meeting. The sales meetings would invariably wind down early and drift off without me making a concerted effort to win some work. Both the client and I would go our separate ways after the meeting, thinking that it was nice to catch up with each other, but ultimately, it was a waste of each others time.To get the business, you need to ask for it. There is, however, no point in asking for the work if you have the wrong attitude toward the client. Be honest, and before each meeting, ask yourself, "How do I view the client?" Are they somebody you can overcharge, make money from and quickly disappear, or are they someone with a set of challenges and ambitions that you can genuinely help? Is your priority to make the sale and be the primary beneficiary, or is it to make the client the main recipient of the benefits?

Salespeople who focus on themselves tend to have short careers. Those who focus on helping the customer tend to get repeat business, a strong reputation and longevity. You are a service professional in the service industry, and your profession is to serve others and not yourself.

If you make this clear, the client will likely regard you as a person who is genuinely driven to help them while promoting their service. Adopting a balanced approach encourages the client to open up and talk more freely. This, in turn, can lead to a mutually beneficial relationship, founded on authenticity.

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16-Team College Football Playoffs – Last Word on College Football

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The first step in solving a problem is to recognize that it does exist. Zig Ziglar

The Football Bowl Subdivision is desperately in need of reform. It has been so for several decades. The FBS is the only national sports organization in the United States, collegiate or professional, that relies solely on voting to determine who can play for its championship. Nowhere else can a team finish its regular season undefeated and untied yet have no chance to win the organizations championship. Here is a look at how to get to 16-team college football playoffs.

Opposition to any semblance of a multi-team playoff system has stonewalled a logical format to determine the national championship for decades. Bowl game committees have done everything possible to prevent the establishment of a playoff bracket. University administrators with blind devotion to nostalgia delayed any type of change as much as they could. Media members and fans have raised the concern that an expanded playoff system would diminish the importance of the regular season.

The obsolete and inadequate system of determining the national champions of the highest level of college football should be replaced. The answer lies in what the NCAA does related to the lower divisions of football and to mens basketball. A combination of aspects of both should be implemented.

Some concessions will have to be made In order to overcome the resistance to a 16-team playoff format. Cities hosting bowl games have enjoyed the economic benefit of having tourists spending a few days there. Therefore, cities that have served as the site of prominent bowl games should be included in the rotation for hosting playoff games. Teams in northern states have claimed a competitive disadvantage by having to travel to the South or West Coast for bowl games. In response, some northern cities could be the venues for post-season games as well. The inclusion of long-standing bowl locations should mollify traditionalists.

Arguably, the regular season would need to be reduced. The two teams advancing to the national championship round would play four opponents on top of the 12 in the regular season and probable conference championship game. The FCS limits its regular season to 11 games. That should be followed if not a reduction to ten. That would mean the elimination of a non-conference game or two for every team. Presumably, the distribution of the enormous profits expected from the expanded playoffs would offset the loss of a home games revenue or road games paycheck.

The NCAAs post-season tournaments reward every conference with at least one berth. This playoff system would grant an automatic invitation to the champion of all ten FBS conferences. That would require each conference to have a pre-determined way to crown its champion, either a conference championship game or a list of tie-breakers for teams with identical records.The FBS would no longer face threats of lawsuits or Congressional intervention since every member in a conference would have a way to play for the national title.

The College Football Playoff Committee would continue to have a role. The committee would still rank teams. The group would use their rankings to determine the six at-large berths. Finally, the Almighty 13 would also assign teams to the brackets, giving favorable locations to higher seeded teams but also trying to place teams as close to their campus as possible. The only limitation would be only one team from a particular conference in each regional, meaning a maximum of four teams from any one conference in the tournament.

The FBS playoff system would resemble the FCS version involving 16 teams used from 1986 through 2009. Neutral sites would host, similar to what the NCAA basketball tournament does. The teams would be divided into four regions: East, North, South and West. Places with experience hosting neutral site college games should be part of the system. The 15 rotating locations are listed below. Nine of these would host a playoff game per season.

Baltimore

Charlotte

Denver

Detroit

Houston

Indianapolis

Jacksonville

Las Vegas

Nashville

New York

Philadelphia

Saint Louis

San Diego

Santa Clara, CA

Tampa

The current six locations hosting the New Years Six bowl games would continue to serve as sites in the 16-team tournament. The following would be the regional final sites:

East Region: Atlanta or Miami

North Region: one of the northern sites that is not hosting a regional semi-final game

South Region: Arlington, TX or New Orleans

West Region: Glendale or Pasadena

If one of the current New Years Six locations does not host a regional final, it has two other possibilities. The first is serving as the place where the national championship game would played. Otherwise,a national semi-final would take place there.

Using results of the current season, the final CFP Committees rankings and its host sites, this is a hypothetical tournament bracket. The ten conference champions (Appalachian State, Boise State, Clemson, Florida Atlantic, LSU, Memphis, Miami of Ohio, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Oregon) would automatically go to the playoffs. The six highest rated non-champions (Baylor, Florida, Georgia, Penn State, Utah and Wisconsin) would receive at-large bids.

EAST REGIONAL (Winners play in Miami)

NORTH REGIONAL (Winners play in one of the northern cities in the rotation)

SOUTH REGIONAL (Winners play in Dallas)

WEST REGIONAL (Winners play in Pasadena)

FIRST NATIONAL SEMI-FINAL: winner of South Regional vs. winner of West Regional in Atlanta

SECOND NATIONAL SEMI-FINAL: winner of North Regional vs. winner of East Regional in Glendale

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: Winners of both national semi-finals in New Orleans

The tournament could be spread out over a few weeks. The first round would be played on the third Friday and Saturday on December, four games on each day. On the following weekend, the regional finals would take place, one game on that Friday evening and three on that Saturday. The national semi-finals would occur on New Years Day in years when there are at least seven days in between the regional finals and January 1. Otherwise, the two national semi-finals would fall on the first Saturday of January. The national championship game would be set for the second Friday evening of January.

Scheduling might have to be adjusted in some years. The dates should be designed to avoid overlapping NFL games. Additionally, scheduling games on Christmas Eve/Day should be avoided. The regional semi-finals and finals might be moved to the second and third weekends of December to ensure that the national finals could be played on New Years Day.

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