Self-Promotion: How to Sell Yourself


Selling ourselves is one of those awkward things that no one wants to do but that everyone has to attempt from time to time. Most of us are brought up to be modest whenever possible and to play down our achievements for the sake of others. As such it can feel very awkward and forced to have to reel off a great list of reasons we think we’re great – but if you’re going for an...

How Do You Define Success?


With New Year being so recent in our minds, you’ll find lots of articles cropping up around the web that deal with success in all its forms. Come the end of any year, most of us aim to improve the next one by setting ourselves a series of goals and pledges that we call ‘resolutions’ and these are normally focussed on improving ourselves so that we can get more out of the next...

How to Deal With Success


All of us recognize how crushing and upsetting failure and defeat can be. Whether it’s being rejected by a potential romantic partner, or whether it’s not getting a job after an interview, we’ve all experienced this feeling at some point and know just how crushing and upsetting it can be – and what a blow it can be too for our confidence. However what we’re less prepared...

Making the Right Choices


Life is full of choices, and indeed at any moment you have thousands of choices you could make. Even for those people who feel trapped and not free in the traditional sense, they could choose right now to deign to do something about their circumstances, to sing a song, or to pour salt on the table (yes I am writing this while looking at a pot of salt… Must… not… pour on...

Becoming a Better Boss: 5 Things You Need to Know


Whether you’re an experienced manager or this is your first time leading a group of employees, chances are that you want to do the best job possible. While you may have worked hard to earn your management position, it’s possible that you still feel a little nervous. After all, leading a team of employees is a huge responsibility. Not only do you have to make sure that your employees...

Thinking Like a Purchaser – How to Make Big Decisions With Excel


Making big decisions in life is something that can’t be avoided no matter how hard you try. Whether you’re deciding on where you want to live, on whether or not you want to take a job, or on whether someone you’re dating is a keeper or not; decisions like this are going to come up every so often and shirking away from them will only make them more difficult and more pressing over time. Not making...

The Main Reason That You Fail to Accomplish Your Goals – Lack of Belief


You are not short on time. You do not fail to stick to your goals because you’re too overworked. This is why… There are lots of different reasons that anyone fails to achieve a goal and to say that any of these is the ‘main’ reason and more important than the others is a bold claim. That said though, if you define ‘main reason’ as being one of the main contributory...

What Is the Definition of Success?


Success is a broad, abstract concept and one that means different things to different people. Coming up with a single definition to satisfy everyone then is likely a futile task. But with that said, there are certainly some commonalities from person to person and some things we can agree on. And perhaps if we look at the sum of these parts, then we can come up with something at least approaching...

List of Good Leadership Skills – This Is the Secret to Being an Excellent Leader


Most of us will find ourselves in some kind of leadership role at least at one point in our lives. It might be in the office where you could be managing a team, or it might be at home as a parent. It could even be rising to a leadership role in a group of friends, or perhaps in a situation where you have the most knowledge and people turn to you for guidance. Whatever the case, not everyone is...

How to Support Someone Through Their Exams


Whether it is a moody teenager preparing for college, or a stressed wife revising for a mature degree, at some point you will have to support someone through exam season. The following tips may prove useful: 1) Be prepared for a rocky few weeks. If you husband yells at you to keep the children quiet, or if your teenage daughter keeps bursting into tears, don’t take it personally. Think back...

Mark Goddard, Ph.D.

Mark Goddard, Ph.D.

Mark Goddard, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and a consultant specializing in the social-personality psychology. His publications include magazine chapters, articles and self-improvement books on CBT for anxiety, stress and depression. In his spare time, he enjoys reading about political and social history.

*The views expressed by Mr. Goddard in this column are his own, are not made in any official capacity, and do not represent the opinions of his employers.