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Stick Your Finger in the Dirt

I was recently touring a community where we had spent major dollars on landscaping improvements. Unfortunately almost half the bushes were distressed, brown leaves, dropped…

How Great is Your Range?

How great is your range? Are you a generalist or a specialist? If you are a specialist (and the world needs both specialists and generalists),…

Are Your Stories Blinding You?

We tend to create stories about people and places. These stories come with expectations, scripts, and pre-conceptions based upon our past experiences, both specific to…

Ordinary Thinking Gets You an Ordinary Existence

Ordinary thinking is what passes most of the time for thinking i.e. “the action of using one’s mind to produce thoughts”. Ordinary thinking requires little to…

Triggers, Thoughts, Tendencies, and Themes

How much control do you have over your life? Your personality? Your thoughts? Whatever your answer, I assure you that a) you have more than…

Are You Capable of Second Order Thinking?

First Order thinking is simplistic, short term, single move, single player, linear thinking i.e. the “thinking” level most stop at. Second Order thinking is much…

Epistemological Humility

Epistemic means anything dealing with knowledge. Epistemic humility is: 1) Accepting that there will always be many things about which we are ignorant and that’s natural…

The Teacher is Always There

There is a Zen saying to the effect, “That When the Student is Ready, the Teacher Will Appear.” There is much truth to the saying…

TGGFTGNFTLT

“The Greatest Good For The Greatest Number For The Longest Time” The “greatest good, for the greatest number for the longest time” is the moral…

Finding My Best Self

Sometimes I lose my best self; find myself distracted and drifting off course. Usually it is because I get busy, then wake up to find…

The Hardest Thing

They say, “fish discover water last”. For example, we become so adapted that things disappear into the background and we lose awareness of them. Learning…

Sidestepping the Arrival Fallacy Trap

The Arrival Fallacy is when we finally achieve a desired goal; something we worked long and hard for and… Somehow, it is not all we…

How Well Do You Know You?

Write down three pivotal experiences in your life. Why were they pivotal? How have they impacted you? If not positive, how could they be re-framed? List…

Your Identity Drives Your Behavior

Who are you? How do you define yourself? How would you describe yourself? Do you like your answers? The words you choose, the associated mental…

Maybe it Wanted to Be Noticed

There is a children’s story, “There’s No Such Thing as a Dragon” about a little boy who finds a dragon on his bed. It’s small…

How to Build a Ship

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders.   Instead, teach them…

The Belief That Sets the Course of Your Life

Self Belief: I am enough, I can do it, I have (or can find) what it takes. Where there is a will, there is a…

Who Is Your Jailer?

There is a cartoon of a prisoner in a cell; hands on the bars, rattling his cage, frantically, furiously, attempting to break free of his…

Three Pivotal Points of Personal Power

Lock Down Your Why To be effective you must be motivated, enthused and on mission every day. This requires that your life be aligned with…

Two Things Hyper Successful People do Regularly

Successful People are Voracious Seekers of Knowledge “It’s hard for me to understand why [getting an MBA] is a better use of time and money…

Systems Thinking and Critical Thinking Skills: Two Must Have Abilities to Deal With an Ever Increasingly Complex World

Embrace Systems Thinking: Solve the Problem, Fix/Improve the System that allowed it to happen “All Systems are perfectly aligned to deliver the results they do.” Systems…

The Most Destructive Habit You Can Possibly Have…That You MUST Stop Right NOW

The most destructive habit you can possibly have is to allow negativity in your life for it has the potential to undermine so many other…

Critical Thinking: What is it?

Critical Thinking: An objective analysis/evaluation of an issue/situation in order to form a judgment. Critical Thinking should come BEFORE a judgment; all too often judgment come…

Choosing to Find Peace Today

The mind, the ego, the subconscious often have multiple reasons why peace must be just around the corner. Or, why it is difficult/impossible because of…

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,…

Seven Deadly Relationship Sins: Elephant Journal

I do not often run material of others, but this is SO good I felt compelled to share; link to source at end. Deceit. Lying and…