Life Throwing Curveballs? 3 Steps to Manage Them
We all try to do the best we can with what we have, yet this is never easy. Hey, whoever said life is meant to be easy, anyway?. We spend so much of our time trying to accomplish what we plan, such as achieving our New Year's Resolutions, that when things outside our control get in the way, it can be disorienting. Who was it that said the best-laid plans of mice and men!!Read full story
We Can Always Do More, But at What Cost?
Do you ever have the sense that you did not put yourself fully, meaning 100%, into something, and as a result, did not succeed in the way you may have hoped?. Perhaps you competed in some sport and just lost to somebody slightly faster or with a more rehearsed performance?Read full story
The Magic of Using Index Cards
Image via Pixabay on Pexels. In our near-complete digital world where we tell our tools what to put on our to-do list and which music to play while we program our lights to go on at different times while also alerting us to weather emergencies, I propose that the best note-taking invention of the last however-many-years is the basic index card.Read full story
You are too valuable! Work will stop if you ever get hit by a bus!
Are You the Only Expert of a Certain Kind at Your Firm?. Is the maxim, "Don't get hit by a bus!" really the best we can come up with when we talk about knowledge retention and knowledge transfer strategies we must get into place before unexpected events?Read full story
How to Say NO when You Can’t Actually say NO
Do you ever find yourself in a situation when you feel a tremendous amount of pressure to answer in the affirmative, even when you don't want to?. It is so easy to fall into the YES trap.Read full story
5 Steps to Jump-Start Your 1st Quarter Goal Push
Remember when this year started, and you had all those beautiful goals, intentions, or plans for what you want to accomplish?. You thought about short-term plans. You considered long-term dreams. While being realistic, you still wanted to stretch to live a life of wonder and passion.Read full story
3 Lifelong Benefits of Practice
I have recently been speaking about how success is a very internal concept, which does not just happen. It is a combination of forces and ultimately calls for work, effort, commitment, and a fair bit of reframing for how we define it and make sense of it.Read full story
Why Should I Care about Learning Styles?
Let me share the down and dirty, so to speak, about learning styles. Only enough, that is, to make sense of them and incorporate them into any teaching, learning, coaching, presenting, or communicating you will do. You are likely working from home while still trying to keep the kids focused on their schoolwork, so they don’t get behind, and perhaps this can help.Read full story
Want Success? It Is Easier To Achieve When You Redefine It
Did you see how Tom Brady led his team to yet another Super Bowl win? How about how spectacular Lady Gaga was with the National Anthem during the Inauguration? How about how Elon Musk almost seemed surprised at reaching his successful spot as the richest man in the world?Read full story
Being Dependent vs. Making My Own Decisions
Do you remember when you were a child, and everything happened to you, without so much as asking what you wanted? When you went out to eat, you never thought about having money in your pocket to pay for it, as somebody else did. When you wanted to play with friends, you had to ask, and somebody else decided to bring you or authorize your movements.Read full story
You are Never too Old to Begin Studying Again
Ever wished that in the past, you focused on your studies earlier so you would have been finished with them by now?. Perhaps you regret not having started a degree you always wanted to enhance your interests or career aspirations.Read full story
Don't Look Back! If We Could Magically Change the Past We Would Have a Different Present, and Not Always a Better One
I recently shared some mantras that have helped me when I feel somehow stuck and longing to change the past. I think back to studies I started and later abandoned relationships that were important to me at times that I seem to have let go of, and failures made professionally that hampered aspects of my career. You know, those times when we doing things that later we regret, the ones that we wish we could go back and change?Read full story
Smiling as an Act of Positive Karma
This article is the second in a series of seven meditative pieces I am working through related to the annual reflexive exercise I recently completed, the #7MagicWords Challenge. In my first piece, Take this One Step toward Endless Opportunity, I describe the context for what I hope to do in this series. That work traced my connection with Learning as an empowering action, one that actually worships change. More specifically, the change that happens to ourselves when we learn more about nearly anything.Read full story
Perfect is the Enemy of the Good (Enough)
Ever find yourself waiting endlessly for just the right time to post something, share an idea, submit an article, finish your thesis or dissertation, or even upload your thoughts for others to see?Read full story
The Shifting Future of What Office Work Looks Like
Image by Pavlofox from Pixabay. I have been thinking a lot about what future office work looks like. If and when COVID finally ends, countless office towers will be standing empty, awaiting the vast workforce evacuated to work from home during the pandemic to return. It will be as if nothing changed, literally frozen in time.Read full story
Is Quitting Always Such a Bad Thing? Depends...
I bet you immediately had a reaction when you saw this title, right? I bet your response was also somewhat strong, correct? I even bet your reaction was connected to something you are going through in your own life right now. Eh?Read full story
Is It Time for the U.S. to Divide?
At the torch's passing to lead the U.S., it appears to many that our nation is more divided than ever. There were divisions when President Trump took assumed office in 2016, though politically and culturally, Americans seem more divided at this moment than ever, something President Biden spoke to in his inaugural address. He attempted to take a conciliatory tone in many ways, though, for those who believe the presidency itself is still questioned, only time will tell what happens next: two presidents and two divergent views of where we are and where we should move.Read full story
The Future of Work Post COVID
There may be enough light at the end of the pandemic tunnel to be more intentional in considering what the future of work may look like post-COVID. For many people, few things will change. Supermarkets will still be the weekly trek. Restaurants, bars, gyms, hotels, and performance arts spaces may finally reopen for good. Likely, libraries and sporting venues will be more consistent in serving their clients.Read full story
7 Simple Strategies to (re)Find What You Love
How often have you heard people tell you what to study, what to pursue, what to focus on to have a happy life?. Business, accounting, finance, programming, medicine, law, day trading . . . you name it, but many people see careers in those areas as symbols of success. AND, those who love you want you to be successful, so then . . .Read full story
What's Your Spark?
Questions that Invite Reflection Are Fraught with Opportunities and Challenges. I was recently invited to consider the question, "What's your spark?" and think this has the possibility of being a potentially transcendent starting point for the new year. Perhaps this is the sort of question that is always valuable to circle back to and ask, as there is never a wrong time to look within ourselves and seek to align our lives with our goals. This question has enormous creative opportunities and transformative potential all wrapped into one.Read full story