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Meditating on the Move

Meditation has widely been shown to reduce stress, clear the mind, relax the body. Meditation obviously has many health benefits, both mental and physical. But who has time? And for us Type A’s with ADHD,…

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Small Secrets

I find that many people subscribe to some version of the “big secret” theory of life, also known by its variants “the lottery” theory and…

Feedforward

Feedforward is in contrast to feedback. Feedback often focuses on what people have done wrong in the past. Thus it frequently engenders emotional resistance as…

Cold Stoves: Learning the Right Lesson

It is said that a cat, once burned on a hot stove, never sits on a hot stove again. But the cat never sits on…

Spiritual Economics

In the physical world of material things, if you give something away you have less. Spiritual economics, however, is a very different economics from the…

No Question Poker

No Question Poker is when a learning opportunity is missed because someone doesn’t want to “look stupid” by asking a question. So he bluffs and…

Harriet Lerner’s “The Dance of Intimacy”

I began re-reading this old favorite the other day. “The Dance of Intimacy” deals with relationships and the patterns of distancing and pursuit (approach-avoidance behavior)…

The Big Forgive

Forgiveness has medicinal value. Anger and other stress-inducing emotions reduce life expectancy and increase risk of heart disease. After all, who can be at ease…

Never Major in Minor Things

The New York Times recently reported, “In a magazine article seven years ago, the chief executive of the Journal Register Company, the publicly traded newspaper…

You Are Not Trapped

I do not normally re-post others’ blogs, but this post on conceptart.org forums by Jason Manley, President of Massive Black, Inc., is so inspirational that…

Staying Hungry

One of the greatest enemies of long-term success is complacency. Yesterday’s triumphs in no way guarantee tomorrow’s successes. For many, the temptation to kick back…

The Downside of the Relentless Pursuit of the Perfect Leader

I’ve got feet of clay. I’m very comfortable with that. And I want to be very up front about it. If you are looking for…

The Power of One

Every now and then life gives you one of those wonderful human-to-human experiences that leaves a pleasantly lingering warm glow. I had such an encounter…

Learning Your Learning Style

“It is what we think we know that keeps us from learning.” — Chester Barnard Everyone has a learning style or a preferred way of…

The Wolf at the Door

What motivates? In the final analysis, pain and pleasure. We move away from pain, we move toward pleasure. There are as many permutations and ramifications…

Attitude Is the Edge

Attitude is NOT everything. I’m not fond of the sayings “Attitude is Everything,” or even “Your Attitude Determines your Altitude.” Why? Because they take a…

Thirty Methods: Overcoming Three Big Mistakes. Mistake #3: Assume That Good Example And Relationship Are Sufficient

“30 Methods of Influence” by Stephen R. Covey “In our attempts to influence others, we commonly make three mistakes, all related either to ignoring or…

Power of Praise, Redux

I recently took some on-line courses to keep my building contractor’s license current. There was a quiz at the end of each section, and after…

Always Assume Positive Intent

Assuming positive intent means that you consciously choose to assume that the people you work with have good intentions, that they are operating to the…

Micro-Victories

There is very little difference between people, but that little difference makes a BIG difference, especially compounded over time. The secrets of life-long success are…

Frugality: Both Sexy and Smart?

Can frugality be sexy? Not according to a recent survey, which asked for a word association for a hypothetical blind date described as frugal. “Sexy”…