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Beware of Intellectualizing Your Emotions

“Intellectualizing emotions is a defense mechanism that serves as a shield against the overwhelming intensity of feelings. It’s the process of suppressing emotions by overthinking,…

5 Ways to Give Feedback Better, 21 Soft Ways to Say Hard Things

Note: The following is 90% from a 2018 Blog by Claire Lew, CEO of Know Your Team (http://knowyourteam.com). “My life’s mission is to help people…

The Intolerable Cost of Myopic Perfectionism

Myopic Perfectionism: An excessive focus on a single topic to the exclusion of other important topics; an obsessive interest or preoccupation with a particular subject…

It’s Never a Good Idea to Count on Prosperity Lasting Forever… Good Times Are in Part Opportunities to Save up for Bad Times

Okay, here is a crazy idea for the New Year… live beneath your income. That year-end raise you hopefully got? Stick it in your 401K…

I Want to Be a Good Person, I Want to Be a Good Citizen… But How Best to Help?

Many kind souls have helped me along my way and I want to give back, in part out of a sense of duty, an obligation…

Your Emotions are Messages not Masters

Folks often use their feelings to justify their behavior. Within reason, all well and good. However, reason is frequently not on the checklist before proceeding;…

Who Runs You?

The reflexive answer is “I do, of course!” But do you really? How much of our behavior is unthinking, unanalyzed routine? Goalless habit? Or simply…

The Great Multiplier

Do you desire happiness? Contentment? Do you want to attract good things and positive, supportive people into your life? Do you want more energy? More…

Want to Sabotage Your Relationships? Shut Them Down

Feelings buried alive never die. There are many ways to get our way but all too many come with a price, a cost we often…

Building Power in the Plateau

In every life, at some point of time, for some period of time, one’s motivation may fade, focus may blur, your drive gets stuck in…

Four Mindsets You Are Better Off Without

Desire for constant comfort and ease. Ok, this is one of mine. Life is often messy and inconvenient, stuff happens. Doesn’t mean I have to…

Three Guidelines to Make the World a Better Place

Treat all with respect, kindness, and civility; even if you disagree with them; especially if you disagree with them! It’s easy to be nice to…

An Act of Far Greater Power

“Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than hanging on or defending.” – Eckhart Tolle (A New Earth: Awakening to Your…

Success is Dangerous

Success carries its own set of pitfalls, chief among them over-confidence. Success tends to breed contented self-satisfaction, a belief that you got it all covered,…

There are No Secrets to Success

There are no secrets to success… or to happiness; just stuff you don’t want to do! Particularly over and over and over again! The ‘stuff’…

The Immutable Law of the Harvest

“As You Sow, So Shall You Reap” is the Law of the Harvest and of Life. What you put out there is what you get…

The Key that Opens Doors

Like many, at times in my life I’ve struggled with the concept of discipline. I mean ‘Control obtained by enforcing compliance or order.’ Does that…

Passing Trees

After having read it years ago, I am now listening to Micky Singer’s ‘Untethered Soul’ on Audible in my car. Micky uses the analogy of…

The Upside of a Little Bit of Financial Paranoia

I experienced a period of poverty in my youth and it was one of the best things that ever happened to me, for it instilled…

4 Things to Release to Create Your Best Life

#1 Release Obsession with Possessions: Once beyond that basic level of Maslow’s hierarchy (a roof over our heads that doesn’t leak, reasonably healthy food in…

The Discipline of Perception

We see and we think we understand and thus we tell ourselves we know but life is much more complex. First, what we “see” depends…

Respect: The Nitty/Gritty Daily Practice

Folks, respect is a nice word, and we all nod our heads in agreement, believing in our minds we honor it in word and deed.…

The Law of Unintended Consequences? Or The Law of Inadequate Analysis?

The Law of Unintended Consequences refers to the tendency of our actions to have outcomes other than our intentions and often at odds to our…

Highlight Reel or Bloopers/Worst Moments? What does Your Internal Film Editor Feature?

You spend more time inside your own mind than anywhere else. We continuously interpret events; filtering them through our world view, telling ourselves stories to…

Never Attribute a Lower Motive if You Can Imagine a Higher

We tend to give ourselves the benefit of our good intentions, carried out or not, yet we all too often attribute our most fearful interpretations…

What Are Your Self Stories?

Self-stories are the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves. We humans desperately want things to make sense, so we make up stories to explain the…

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