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Do You Know HOW to Think? 3 Smart Ways, One Dumb Way

Intentional Thinking is making a conscious decision to think about a subject, a situation, a topic usually with the goal of finding a solution or gaining needed…

Vivre Sans Temps Mort

“Vivre Sans Temps Mort” is French for “to live without wasted time.” The way we choose to spend our time defines who we are, how our…

Alive Time Vs. Dead Time: Where Do You Spend (Invest?) Your Down Time?

We all have free time, down time, in between times. Sometimes they are just brief moments, sometimes they stretch on and on. What we do…

Keys to Unlocking the Amazing Magic of Affirmations

Affirmations work best via endless (and I do mean endless) repetition. Over and Over and Over again until they are DEEPLY implanted in your unconsciousness.…

Stay in the Arena

We’ve all experienced, personally or professionally, outcomes we don’t like, decisions we disagree with; feedback that we are uncomfortable with or think unfair or even…

Success is Never On Sale

You always have to pay full price for success. Success is never half-price, never on discount. You won’t find success in the bargain bin or at…

The Talent Myth Mind Trap

All too many believe that talent is the key to success. WRONG! While certainly helpful, talent as an innate gift is not the primary driver…

Critical Thinking Skills Career Hints

Targeted Activities v. Desired Results Targeted Activities are the WHAT and HOW of what you do to get to your Desired Result. Your Desired Result…

Motivation is a Myth

Characterizing “motivation as a myth” is only a partial truth but it illustrates an important point. Too often folks describe their failure to do what…

Destitutus Ventis, Remos Adhibe

“Destitutus ventis, remos adhibe” is a Latin proverb that translates as “If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.” The most successful people…

Odds Are, You Are Killing Your Chances to Succeed

There are two main ways to fail: Not wanting enough AND wanting TOO much. As to the first, we all know better than we do,…

Leave it on the Riverbank

Two monks out walking came to a river with a strong current. As they started to cross, a beautiful girl called out to them, asking…

5 Learnable Traits of Mentally Strong People

The discipline to master emotions ere they become your master. Harness and direct your emotions and they will be an incredible source of energy. Unchained,…

Beware the Subtle Self-Discipline Sabotage of “Carryover Credit”

Folks, I will soon be entering the 70th decade of my life and a wonderful ride it has been. However, I’ve noticed I’ve been indulging…

The Discipline of Essentialism

Essentialism is the discipline, the skill, the ability to sort out the vital few from the trivial many, casting aside all but the essential, saving, hoarding…

Four Powerful Words

“I Can Do This” is a very simple, very short phrase yet it is an incredibly powerful self-affirmation, a bedrock reinforcement of self-worth and self-determination.…

Bad gets worse when you try to ignore it

While it may be appropriate to be deliberate in your approach, to observe or monitor a problem for a while, one should rarely, if ever,…

The Siren Song of Perfectionism

Perfectionism is not the key to success or the protection from criticism or self-doubt that we sometimes hope it will be. Rather perfectionism all too…

Details Create Success

“I believe in the basics: Attention to and perfection of, tiny details that might be commonly over-looked. They may seem trivial, even laughable, but they…

WAIT: Why Am I Talking?

Given that we learn most when we listen and nada when we talk, why do we choose to talk? All too often, it is a…

Base Metal into Gold; Weakness into Strength: Mental Alchemy

As far back as 300 AD, the ancients wrote of a “philosopher’s stone” that could transmute base metal into gold. Well, I can’t tell you how to spin gold…

Hard Work Alone is Never Enough

Much has been made of the theory that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to master a skill. The idea was popularized by Malcolm Gladwell…

Thought-Watching

The steady stream of thoughts in our head, our self-talk, is so constant that we lose awareness of their impact. Yet thoughts are things and…

You Will NEVER Get it ALL Done

Face it, Live with it, Deal with it: You will never get it ALL done. And if you think you have, it’s an illusion. And…

How Strong is a Chain with a Broken Link?

Q: How strong is a chain with a broken link? A: Not strong at all. The same holds true in large measure for any service…

Train It, Trust It

“Train it, then trust it” is a mantra for athletes about releasing worries in the moment of performance and having faith in the depth of…

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