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Per Aspera Ad Astra

Per Aspera Ad Astra

“Per Aspera Ad Astra” is Latin for ‘through hardship to the stars’ and can be taken several related ways including it is through adversity we…

May 28, 2024

Extraordinary Comes From How You Do the Day-to-Day Ordinary

Most of us have heard the quote attributed to Aristotle: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”…

May 21, 2024

What ill Discipline Adds to Our Plate

Folks, life is challenging enough without you defecting to the opposition. Yet all too many of us decline to follow the 3 Simplest Rules of…

May 14, 2024

Your Soul is Digesting Your Experiences You Choose as surely as Your Body Digests the Food You Eat

We are all aware of the need to eat well and nutritiously in order to maintain our physical health yet few of us give the…

May 7, 2024

You Get To Choose What You Think About

Yes, you can choose your thoughts. And yes, to a certain extent, it is a learned skill set but one anyone can acquire if the…

May 2, 2024

Are the Emotions You Are Creating Helping or Hindering You?

The formation of emotions is complex and almost always occurs beneath the level of our conscious awareness and there is also usually a delay between…

April 25, 2024

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

The quote is by the poet Mary Oliver (1935-2019, Pulitzer Prize winner) and the elegant beauty of it always spoke volumes to me. I live…

April 23, 2024

Your Actions Tell the True Story

I was struggling with a performance situation once and a therapist told me “Listen to the Behavior.” That was a powerful insight for me in…

April 18, 2024

Who Told You it Would Be Easy?

And if someone ever did, why would you believe them? If it were easy, everyone would do it, so what’s the point? Where is the…

April 16, 2024

Envy….or Inspiration?

When you behold the success of others; what first comes to mind? Are you truly happy for them? Or is there a twinge of resentment?…

April 11, 2024

Practice is a Skill

Or more fully stated: ‘effective practice is a learnable skillset’. It may sound like heresy, but not all practice is good practice or at least…

April 9, 2024

Will is a Skill

For many of us and for much of our lives we have absorbed the concept that willpower, along with its close cousin, self-discipline, is an…

April 4, 2024

Words That Give Away Your Power

Phrases like “You made me…” or “I have to…” or “I had no choice” give away your power. You always have choices; the choices may…

March 28, 2024

Life is a Roll Call

Roll Call: The reading aloud of a list of names, and subsequent responses, to determine who is present or absent. Every day, the sun rises,…

March 26, 2024

Fan the Spark, Guard the Flame

Within each of us lies both goodness and talent of some form, the ability to improve the world and to sculpt ourselves into our best…

March 14, 2024

Our Daily Duty

Every day life begins anew and with it an opportunity for new (more informed?) choices, new (wiser?) decisions, new (better?) paths. Will you go to…

March 12, 2024

Problems are Pathways

Life is a school, and problems are the homework. The penalty for not doing your homework is that the lessons repeat until you do. Everyone…

March 7, 2024

Your Emotions are a Signal… Not a Command

Emotions are just a message about how we are interpreting events and situations in the world around us. They flow out of our expectations and world…

February 27, 2024

Build the Chain

We are so much the product of our habits. So how to form habits that take us where we want to go? And break the…

February 13, 2024

Plan Your Future in Advance

Hey, the future is going to come and if you want a better future, you’d best start doing something about it today. The most basic…

February 6, 2024

You Can Not Lead People if You Need People

But didn’t Barbara Streisand sing ‘People who need people are the luckiest people in the world’?    Okay, the title is a deliberate overstatement, designed…

January 23, 2024

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…

January 16, 2024

Hoping to Match Up Against a Lazy Rabbit is Not a Plan

We all know the parable of the ‘Tortoise and the Hare’ where the turtle beats the rabbit because the rabbit takes a nap. While a…

January 11, 2024

How to Bring Your Best Self To Work Every Day

We were winding up a Book Club meeting (Radical Candor by Kim Scott) when someone tossed out the question: “How do you bring your best…

January 9, 2024

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…

January 2, 2024

Creating Change That Lasts Throughout the New Year

The life expectancy of most New Year’s Resolutions can be measured at best in days, some even mere hours. So how to create lasting change?…

December 28, 2023

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