10 Tips to Reduce Stress and Avoid Burnout

Your plate is full and you feel the pressure. Work responsibilities. Credit card bills. Marriage and family responsibilities. All the pressure and stress can be overwhelming and lead to burnout.

Here are 10 common-sense tips to help you reduce stress and avoid burnout. And what makes these tips extra special is most do not require extra time on your part. Instead, they will help you re-engineer the time you already have.


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Ever wonder how to be smart? Or at least how to become smarter? If you've read my story, you know I struggled academically throughout school. Early in life, this often led me to ask myself, “How can I become smarter?” Over the years, I've stumbled across multiple studies and articles about intelligence, and below are…

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If you want to live it forward and become a great leader, you have to dare to be different. The reason? Most worthwhile goals require you to swim upstream. And let's face it, swimming upstream is more challenging than floating downstream. That's why the word “dare” fits so well with “different.” It takes guts to live…

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To know me is to know I love music. And when it comes to artists, Jason Mraz is one of my favorites. Kathy and I saw him a few years ago at an amphitheater in Orange Beach. I also had the chance to meet him a few years back while walking through the Atlanta airport!…

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