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How Comfortable Are You with Being Uncomfortable?

Discussing certain topics, addressing troubling issues, doing a dreaded task: we all have them and all often require that we enter a zone of discomfort; that we voluntarily leave a place of at least perceived…

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Wanting is Not Enough, Everyone Wants

The real question is what are you willing to DO to get what you want? What actions will you take? What will you sacrifice? Invest?…

A Quick and Easy (and All too Common) Way to Sabotage Success

How do folks sabotage themselves? They habitually engage in “Delay Discounting”. Huh? Delay discounting? What’s that? Delay discounting is what behavioral economists call the human…

Six Things That Determine How Long You Live

1) Physical Activity: Do you MOVE? 30 to 45 minutes a day of BRISK exercise i.e. does it raise your heart beat? Push your lungs?…

The Illusion of Half-Working

“Half-Working” is the time we spend being non-productive when we are supposed to be working. For most, it is close to 25% of their alleged…

The Lazy Guide to Success; Three Principles

Take Easy Baby Steps (Repeat ad Infinitum) Being basically a lazy person (I’m always looking for a faster, easier way) I figured out a long,…

You WILL Pay the Price…

Yes, we all get lucky now and then and something wonderful falls into our laps and that’s terrific. However, as a general rule, “wishing and…

Mentor’s Reply to Young Entrepreneur’s Questions (Part XIX)

Hello Mr. Collier, I hope all is well. When you get a moment could you please answer these? Would you agree that using all of…

How Often do you Engage in “Prosocial Deception”?

A “Prosocial Deception” is a falsehood spoken without the intent to harm i.e. a white lie: “minor or unimportant lie, especially one uttered in the interests…

One Secret of Happiness: Cultivating the “Active Constructive Response”

When we receive news or respond to a comment or compliment, we have a choice of 4 styles of response. Imagine a 4-square grid with…

Avoiding “Dumsor” Motivation/Energy Levels

Dumsor* (doom-sore) is a Ghanaian phrase used in reference to the frequent power outages and rolling blackouts that are epidemic to the country; it translates loosely…

How to Access Your Best Self?

We don’t always do as well as we know. The challenges of the day are often many; life gives us pop quizzes at the most…

Don’t Bury the Lead

“Don’t bury the lead” is an expression that comes from journalism. The “lead” is the first sentence of any communication and it should clearly and…

Stop Lying… to Yourself

We like to think of ourselves as rational thinkers, coming to objective conclusions about the world around us. Truth be told, study after study has…

Why I Can’t Be at Peace Now

The mind, the ego, the subconscious often have multiple reasons why peace must be just around the corner (or difficult/impossible because of some past event)…

What Schadenfreude May Say

Schadenfreude is a German word usually defined as experiencing or taking pleasure in the misfortune of others and is derived from Schaden (“damage, misfortune”) and Freude (“joy”). Studies show that…

Too Much is Never Enough

Don’t try to keep up with the Joneses because most likely they are chasing the wrong wagon. They won’t be happy when they catch whatever…

Don’t Let Your Pain Control You

Time heals all wounds… if we do not go back and re-wound ourselves by making the pains of the past the story of our lives,…

The Time of Your Life

Someday you will run out of somedays… as in someday I will do this or someday I will do that or someday down the road…

Who Runs Your Life?

Are you really free if you are bound by habits/desires you fail to muster the willpower to shake? Habits are a fixed way of thinking,…

The Undisciplined Pursuit of More

Do you know you? Really, really know yourself? Understand your drives, motivations, triggers, deepest longings, most hidden fears? How self-aware are you truly? How much…

The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Our lives, like our closets, tend to get cluttered. We have deep seated aversion to loss; many of us are mild pack rats both of…

Three Secrets to Unhappiness

Nurture Resentments Why rent space in your head to those that don’t love you, to thoughts that don’t serve you? One of my favorite affirmations…

Solvitur Ambulando

Solvitur ambulando is Latin for “it is solved by walking” and the phrase has dual meanings. Originally “used to refer to a problem which is solved…

Burden of Gratitude

How can gratitude be a burden? Aren’t there spiritual benefits to gratitude? Isn’t it important to “Count Our Blessings Daily”? And being appreciative an important…

Memento Mori

Memento mori is Latin for “remember that you have to die” or “remembering we will die”. It is used in reference to the practice of…