NCG, Inc: New Year, New You!

New Year, New You!

16 Things You Should Say GOODBYE To In 2016!

Every year we make New Years Resolutions. Things that we want to start doing to better our lives. Exercising, eating right, saving money, getting a new job, learning a new language, etc. Sadly, most of us only stick with these things for a few weeks and then we go right back to our old habits. We’re human, it happens. So, this year, NCG, Inc wants to help our people set themselves up for happiness and success in their future. Maybe instead of adding new things to our lives, we should focus on saying goodbye to things instead. With that thought process in mind, we found this amazing article about the 16 things you should leave behind in 2015 and not take with you into the new year. We shared it with our people and now we want to share it with you!

1. Say goodbye to the voices in your head.
Stop listening to the voices in your head that tell you you’re incapable of doing something or being someone. The thing about those voices is that they lie, a lot. You should know that by now.
2. Say goodbye to the need for validation.
We all need some validation from time to time, that’s fine. But, we need to stop pursuing it. As long as you see your potential and how far you’ve come, you don’t need to seek out others to affirm that for you.
3. Say goodbye to embarrassment. 
We all have moments that we’re not so proud of. Forget them. Remember that you’re human! No matter how old you are, you’re still learning how to live.
4. Say goodbye to broken promises.
Let go of the promises you didn’t keep or that others didn’t keep to you. Remember that good things take time and timing is everything.
5. Say goodbye to self doubt. 
Everyone will doubt themselves from time to time. In 2016 it’s time to stop doing that. Say goodbye to the self doubt and negativity that 2015 might have brought. This year may not have given you the happy ending you wanted, but it could be the happy beginning  you didn’t see coming.
6. Say goodbye to sadness.
Forget about the times you cried and that you were in so much pain. Forgive yourself for getting through yet another obstacle. Sooner or later you’ll get to the finish line.
7. Say goodbye to the people who don’t care. 
If people have written you off or don’t want anything to do with you, then let it be. They’re not meant to be in your life for one reason or another. Focus on the ones who do and the ones who care.
8. Say goodbye to old memories.
Let that memory that you keep playing over and over in your head go, good or bad. Focus on your future and create new memories, live in the present and leave the past in the past.
9. Say goodbye to virtual addiction.
Too many of us are obsessed with our phones and social media. Spend time with real people and nature. Remember, too much of anything is never a good thing and will eventually suffocate you.
10. Say goodbye to expectations.
All of us had painted a pretty picture of what our lives would look like at 25, 30, 35, 40… etc. That we should have accomplished this or that by a certain age. Life can be messy, the last thing you need is to get yourself attached to the chaos. Things change, sometimes they change for the better.
11. Say goodbye to people who made you love yourself a little less. 
“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me.” <– LIE. Words can and do hurt. It’s time to let go of the words that people may have said to you that caused you to love yourself less. Think of how little those people really know about your life and your journey to who you’ve become today. Most likely, these people said things to hurt you because they wanted to feel better about themselves. Those people are cancers and what do you do with cancer? You cut it out. Say goodbye to those people and the words they said to you.
12. Say goodbye to regret.
Inevitably there were times in your past where you were immature, out of line or had no common sense. Those moments shouldn’t cause you regret. Those moments should remind you that you’re not perfect, no one is. You’re a work in progress, your mistakes are learning experiences. Focus on your future and not repeating your mistakes instead of crippling yourself with the past.
13. Say goodbye to the people who don’t miss you back.
It’s one of the most painful feelings to miss someone who doesn’t miss you back. Start doing things for you, eventually you won’t miss them anymore. Those people don’t matter, there are more people in your life now that miss you more than you know.
14. Say goodbye to your “plan.”
It’s time to forget about the trip you didn’t take, the city you never went to, the opportunities you missed. Learn that not everything will go as planned. No matter how hard you try, you can’t ALWAYS be in control.
15. Say goodbye to your flaws.
Stop pointing out every little flaw that you see about yourself when you look in the mirror. Forget about the times when you didn’t like the way the person you were seeing looked. Buy a new mirror if you have to. But, most importantly start liking who you see and the person who is looking back at you. Change the way you look at yourself.
16. SAY GOODBYE TO THE THOUGHT THAT NEXT YEAR WILL BE THE SAME.
Don’t fall into the thought process that nothing will ever change and that things will always be the same. Say hello to the possibilities, dreams, and opportunities that are waiting to manifest themselves for you.
NCG, Inc is a privately owned marketing company. We specialize in client relations and brand building. For our people, we offer a predictable career path that leads to an opportunity in management. To learn more about NCG, Inc. and the career opportunities available, please visit our website and see our careers page. www.ncgincorporated.com
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NCG, Inc Reviews: 6 Personal Habits That Can Hurt Your Business!

NCG, Inc. Reviews: 6 Personal Habits That Can Hurt Your Business

Is your business or team not producing and growing the way you had hoped? Worry that it might be you? Check out this great article from Inc.com that goes through the 6 personal habits that you might have that could be hurting your business!

 

1. Burning the candle at both ends.

A “fuzzy mind” will take THREE TIMES AS LONG to complete a task than a clear one. Get a good nights sleep and make time for your body to rest and recuperate. Go out with your friends for a night, go to a sporting event or a concert, or even designate a friend to get you out of town the weekend once a month if you won’t do it yourself. No matter what the scenario, make sure that you take time for you. Remember, rest and recuperate!

 

2. Being an office chair potato.

As important as sleep is, so is exercise. Sitting in a chair for 14 hours a day is not good for your health or your waistline. Take time out of your day to run, jog, or spend an hour at the gym. Even better than that, spend a day with your people. They’ll appreciate it and it will give you an opportunity to get on your feet and move around!

 

3. Stressing over personal finances.

If your mind is cluttered with worry about how you’re going to pay your mortgage, start a family, or send your child to college then you won’t be able to be productive for your business or team. Hire a financial advisor or someone that can help you manage your money properly and help you prepare for your future. Most importantly they’ll help you get rid of your worry. If your people see you stressed out about your personal finances, how can they feel confident working with you and the company?

 

4. Not getting along with your family.

If you’re fighting with your significant other and it leaves you feeling mentally drained, then it’s very likely that you’re behaving unreasonably towards your employees. Take steps to repair poor personal relationships. It will make you happier, your team will be happier and help you’ll build better relationships with your team.

 

5. TRYING TO DO EVERYTHING YOURSELF

News flash! The whole world does not need to sit on your shoulders. It will keep revolving without your help. Start delegating tasks to your team members and employees. They’ll be excited to learn something new and you’ll be able to attend to the important projects and tasks that require your attention instead of wasting your time and energy on something that could easily be completed by another member of your team.

 

6. Engaging in irritating behavior.

These things include: showing up late for a meeting or conference, not adhering to the dress code that you require for your employees, failing to make eye contact, using too much business jargon, always going for the hard sell, typing or chewing gum while you’re on the phone, etc. Recognizing your personal habits and how they are affecting your work is a major step towards creating a successful business. Change won’t happen overnight, but focusing on small but consistent improvements over time will work wonders!

 

 

 

NCG, Inc. is a privately owned marketing company. We specialize in client relations and brand building. We offer a Management Training Program that provides a predictable career-path with options to advance into management positions. To learn more about the career opportunities that we have, please visit our website: www.ncgincorporated.com and see our careers page!

NCG, Inc Reviews: 8 Effective Listening & Communication Principles for Success!

NCG, Inc Reviews: 8 Effective Listening & Communication Practices for Success!

Non-verbal communication is just as important as verbal communication. Most people tend to overlook that. NCG, Inc is committed to helping our people develop both personally and professionally. So, we focus a lot of our morning meetings around gaining the skills necessary for people to improve their personal selves which in turn helps someone succeed in a professional setting as well. So, when NCG, Inc found this article about effective listening and communication practices, we couldn’t wait to share it with our people and then pass along the information to you all as well!

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Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. Reviews: Enjoying the Journey!

Most of us have big goals and dreams that we want to accomplish. What separates the people who usually achieve their goals and the people that don’t is the work ethic, drive, and determination that someone has throughout their path to success. But, what is the point of achieving your goal if you’ve burnt yourself out so much on your journey that you can’t enjoy the reward. Most of us want to get to our destination of success so badly that we forget to enjoy the journey we take to get there.

1. Take Care of Yourself!
Anything that goes up must come down. Anything that accelerates your system will eventually wear off. Most of us get through the day on a combination of energy drinks, espresso, coffee, and caffeinated beverages. Instead of drinking caffeine all day, try starting your day with a coffee or drink of your choice and then switching to water with lemon. Lemon has natural qualities that help you stay alert, focused, and awake. Eliminating a high amount of caffeine consumption can help you balance your energy throughout the day so you don’t crash!

2. Focus on Today
Looking at the big picture of what you want is the driving factor to success. You can’t start your journey on the road to success unless you know where you want to end up. With that being said, you can’t only look at what you want in the future, you have to look at where you are right now. What are you goals today? How will you enjoy today? How will you make today be a valuable part of your continued success moving forward?

3. Stop Taking Everything SO SERIOUSLY!
Life tends to have a sense of humor, laugh it off! The world has a way of playing with us, testing us, and challenging us. We’ve all heard the old adage, “Nothing worth having ever comes easy.” If you understand that, when a roadblock comes your way you’ll learn how to swerve and keep going down your path. If you can’t remember the last time you smiled or laughed; if you feel like life is an endless hamster wheel, it might be time to ask if you are taking it all too seriously.

At the end of the day, working hard for what you want is what will get you to your goals. But, if you don’t enjoy the journey then what’s the point of getting to the destination. Just remember, take care of yourself, focus on the now, and lighten up! It will make all the difference in your personal and professional life!

Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. is a privately owned marketing company. We specialize in public relations and brand building for our clients. Our job is to help these companies continue to grow and expand. The work culture within the company is committed to providing our people with specific training in areas of customer service, marketing, sales, communications, and business management. To learn more about the career opportunities available within Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. please visit our website: http://www.ncg-corp.com

Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. Reviews: How to get an MBA in Entrepreneurship!

Entrepreneur is defined as: a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so.

So, how do you teach someone to take risks or work that hard? Well, the simple answer is, you can’t. So, if you want an “MBA” in Entrepreneurship, you won’t be able to get that in a classroom. You earn that so called degree, in real life.

Here are 5 Tips to earn that MBA!

1. Start a business
It doesn’t matter what kind of business it is, what i sells, and who the customer is. Give it a name, build a simple website (or have someone do it for you), get a logo. Do as many of those things yourself so you can spend as little money as possible and learn how to do them just by figuring it out.

2. Sell a product or device.
Once you have your business, website, and logo, put a product up for sale! Stand behind that product and tell everyone that it’s the best thing to hit the market since sliced bread! The more excited you are about the product, the better chance you’ll have of succeeding. Put some effort into marketing. This goes beyond a Facebook or Twitter account. Get creative and figure out a venue to put the product you are selling in front of the most people.

3. Hire someone for a month and then fire them.
Hiring people is difficult, but firing people is harder. There’s almost nothing harder for an entrepreneur to have to do than to let someone go. It will keep you up at night, leave a pit in your stomach, and cause you stress. But, you’ll learn from it and make tremendous growth as a person and a business owner. This one act will give you a semesters worth of knowledge in a fraction of the time.

4. Put your money where your mouth is.
Invest a good chunk of your money into your business. Starting out, you’ll probably lose most of this money and not really see a return on investment. The purpose of this is life experience! Someone telling you how to write a business plan or balance your company budget won’t help you understand how to make the right financial call for your business. It definitely won’t tell you how to deal with it and how to handle that feeling you have when it doesn’t pay off. Put in money and learn from the experience.

5. Pivot.
Completely change the direction of your company. If you were selling a product, now sell a subscription or service. It’s not going to be easy, but a company sometimes needs to evolve and change direction to stay afloat. Give yourself experience so that you know how to do that early on.

If you want to live a life that’s outside of the box from what is considered “normal.” Entrepreneurship is the way to go.

Northeast Consulting Group is a privately owned marketing company that specializes in public relations and brand building for our clients. Our job, is to help these companies continue to grow and expand throughout their selected target markets. To learn more about career opportunities within Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. please visit our website: http://www.ncg-corp.com

Northeast Consulting Group, Inc Reviews: The 7 Most Critical Habits for your 20’s

Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. is committed to providing development for our people inside and outside of the work place. The professional success of our people is just as important to us as their personal success as well. So, we reviewed this article from http://www.uncer30ceo.com that was all about the habits that people can form in their 20’s to build a solid foundation for their future.

“Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.” Aristotle

When we think about our 20’s, it’s supposed to be the most fun and important decade of our lives. We begin to experience the world and to develop habits that will either positively or negatively impact our future. Living in the present is essential to enjoying life, but it’s also important to not forget about the future too.

Warren Buffet, in his speech at The Nebraska Forum in 1999, mentions that the two most important things you can develop as a young adult to reach your full potential are: education and habits. Education helps unlock your potential and habits are what keep you reaching the next level. He says to think about the person who you admire and to think about hte person you dislike the most in your life. Then, write down a list of qualities on a piece of paper for each person that you can look at everyday. The solution is simple, emulate the person you admire and avoid the qualities of the person you dislike.

But, why are habits so important? Well, Duke University researchers published a paper in 2006 that showed that more than 40% of the actions performed each day weren’t actual decisions, but habits. Habits are nothing more than the choices we make everyday. At some point, we stop thinking about these choices and they become second nature, so, a habit.

Here are the seven most critical habits you can develop in your 20’s to ensure a solid foundation and a bright future!

1. Intentionally Experiment
Society perceives that people in their 20’s should be figuring out what to do with their lives. So, doing things like taking AP classes, going to college, get a high-paying job with benefits, climb the ladder, and retire at 65. The only problem with that is that it doesn’t guarantee true happiness and fulfillment. Your 20’s is a time to experiment, get to know more about yourself, and figure out the kind of person that you want to be. So, experiment and find out where each and every opportunity takes you and see what aligns with your interests.

2. Be Grateful.
Young adults want things, and want them now. Gratitude is about shifting your focus from what your life lacks to what you currently have. It makes people more resilient, improves health, and reduces stress. People who practice gratitude tend to be more creative, bounce back faster from adversity, have a stronger immune system, and have stronger social relationships than the people who don’t practice gratitude. “To feel grateful is not to say that everything in our lives is necessarily great. it just means that we are aware of our blessings.” -Dr. Robert Emmons

3. Ask Yourself Better Questions.
Have you ever been afraid to ask a question when you were in school? You were just too worried you would sound stupid in front of the class. But, just understand that asking questions is the only way to become knowledgeable. Tony Robbins says, “The things you can change start by changing your reality. To change your reality, you need to change what you focus on. The best way to change what you are focusing on is to ask yourself better questions.

4. Love Your Body.
Your body is the vehicle through you carry on your life’s purpose. There are countless studies about the benefits of regular exercise and healthy heating. You can’t be happy if you aren’t healthy.

5. Expand Your Body of Knowledge.
Understand that knowledge and education expand way beyond the classroom and it’s a constant process of learning, applying, and experimenting. Read books, watch videos, read magazines, etc. Commit to learning everything there is about your particular field, become a master of your craft. Knowledge is everywhere and is there for the taking.

6. Meditate.
Emotions are part of our system of sensing and responding to the world. Without them, we would be machines. But, emotions can wreak havoc and spread pain throughout our lives. Meditation helps in noticing different emotions and letting them be what they are. Meditation has been found to help increase a sense of purpose and reduce the feelings of isolation and depression.

7. Develop a Circle of Friends With Qualities You Admire!
There’s a famous quote by Jim Rohn that says, “You are the average of the five people you spend most of your time with.” When you surround yourself with people who are far ahead and more successful than you, you cannot help but feed off their success and grow as a person.

Do You Want To Be Successful?

Do you want to be successful? If so, get rid of these common 10 lies from your mind!

 

There are so many people who aspire to be entrepreneurs, but are too afraid to take the plunge because they have preconceived notions about what it takes. Some concerns are valid because people are scared of the financial risk, or they have a steady career and worry about the cost of moving into entrepreneurship. But, there are no challenges in life that are insurmountable and no barriers to success which can’t be over come. If you want to be successful, choose to remove the next 10 points from your mindset.

 

1. Successful people are inherently “different” from me.

The only reason that someone would have to think this is because they probably haven’t done their research on the backgrounds of some of the worlds most successful entrepreneurs. Most of these people are similar to you and I and many of them have experienced adversity at a level well beyond what most people could even begin to imagine. Almost every entrepreneur has failed numerous times, but they have chosen to not let their failure define them. 

2. Successful people are more intelligent than me.

There are geniuses out there, but their intellect is focused on one particular area and they tend to be exceptions to the rule. knowledge, common sense, skills, and experience are what make 99% of entrepreneurs successful. Why would you downgrade your worth by comparing yourself to someone outside of your area of expertise?

3. Successful people have more talent for business than I do.

Many successful people can’t even balance a checkbook, but they are smart enough to surround themselves with people who can. Did you know that some of the Presidents that are considered the “best” in US history were actually inexperienced in politics? These people know how to surround themselves with brilliant Cabinet members. If you have access to a good manager and accountant, your lack of business skills doesn’t mean that much. Over time, you’ll learn.

4. Successful people have more education than I have.

There is a list of 55 Dropout Billionaires. If it was true that all successful people have more education than the average person, then that list would simply not exist! People like Richard Branson, Giorgio Armani, and Jenny Craig would be serving you burgers and fries instead of being the big names that you actually know. Life experience, common sense, and a good business concept will trump formal education any day of the week.

5. Successful people have never failed like me.

The fact is that successful people fail more than anyone because they’re always willing to try and never quit. Sylvester Stallone was homeless and cleaning cages at a NYC zoo when he wrote his script for Rocky. Walt Disney was in his second bankruptcy when Snow White became big and got him out of that. Failure is nothing more than a temporary set back that provides a wealth of learning and experience. 

6. Successful people have more of a winning personality than me.

Bill Gates and Warren Buffet are extreme introverts who have overcome their shyness. Also, Steve Jobs didn’t believe in bathing. Only someone with the lowest of self-esteem allows this lie to be true within their lives. Many of the successful people you read about have quirks that would get them banned from local places. If you can smile and be pleasant with people, your personality is good enough! 🙂

7. Successful people are willing to take more risks than I am.

To be an entrepreneur does take some degree of risk, but that risk involves believing in yourself. Most successful people are not reckless and mitigate their risk exposure with a vast amount of research before launching any project. Risk happens everyday in our lives and we have to deal with it. There’s no reason to develop an aversion to risk when it comes to your own ability to achieve success.

8. Successful people started with more money than I have.

Having unlimited capital will make your business start up easier, but not having it doesn’t stand in your way of launching a successful enterprise. If you hae a roof over your head, food on the table, and gas for your vehicle, you’re way ahead of the many who began their careers homeless. John Paul Dejoria, the billionaire who co-founded Paul Mitchell Hair Care Products, started his company with $700 and an infinite amount of determination. Lack of money is never a good excuse.

9. I’m a woman, and men have a better shot at success than I do.

This might be true in some big corporate settings, but not for entrepreneurship. Sara Blakely, the creator of Spanx, Debbie Fields, the creator of Mrs. Fields Bakeries, and Marian Ilitch, the creator of Little Caesars Pizza, are all successful female entrepreneurs who started their careers with nothing but a dream and a mission. 

10. Successful people care more about money than I do.

Love it or hate it, the world is fueled by money. We need it, that’s why we work. However, entrepreneurs are motivated by much more than money. They are passionate about what they do and they love it. They have the flexibility and independence of being in charge of their own futures. They’re driven by the dream of making a difference in the lives of others. After all is said and done, the money they earn is just a nice bonus.

 

In conclusion, there are no worse lies in life than the ones we tell ourselves. If your initial assumptions about a fact are incorrect, everything else that follows will be wrong as well. Self-deception is the worst barrier to personal success imaginable. For every 100 excuses you can offer as to why you cannot succeed; only one reason is required to convince yourself that anything is possible. Every day, people with less capability and more disadvantages than you have made the transition to a successful and independent life. Seize the moment to act!