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THINKING IS A SKILL…MANY ARE UNSKILLED AND DON’T KNOW IT

Simply because they have thoughts (i.e. words form) in their heads, most folks believe they know how to think. But if you define thinking as…

7 Habits of Highly Ineffective People

Sometimes looking at opposites brings things into greater clarity… Be Reactive: Give away your personal power; hold others responsible for your emotions and reactions. See…

Six Emotional Enemies You Let Live Rent Free In Your Head

1) Fear: Fear is not real; it is an emotion we create in our minds based upon how we choose to interpret reality and predict outcomes (our…

Successful People Accept this Very Simple Phrase

“It may not be your fault but if it’s in your way, it’s your problem.” The greatest point of power lies within you. To believe…

The Double Tap Response: Specific AND Systematic

Successful people approach problems differently than others. They search for solutions at multiple levels; solutions that are both Specific AND Systematic. Yes, they want to…

Smarter beats Harder

To get the most out of your efforts, first work (and live!) smarter, THEN work harder/longer… if that is what it takes to realize the…

Showing Up Clean

At its simplest level, “Showing Up Clean” means having an open mind. Easy words to say but the ability to calmly hear opinions you disagree…

AMY isn’t Your Friend

The amygdala, or AMY for short (from AMYgdala) is an almond-shaped cluster of nuclei located deep within the temporal lobes of your brain. AMY is…

What Emotional Energy seeds are you planting? For as you Sow, so shall you Reap

If we choose to speak disrespectfully of others (and remember we humans are a sensitive bunch); if we elect to gripe or groan about “how…

How are your Refusal Skills?

Refusal skills are communication strategies and pre-rehearsed scripts that help you say no without feeling guilt or shame, particularly when under social or peer pressure…

What is Better than Perfect?

Excellence! Excellencism is a healthy alternative to perfectionism. Excellence is achievable, perfection is not. Perfectionism is control, excellence is flow. Perfectionism is often born of…

The Art of Thinking from the End

It is necessary to have an end in mind for without it we drift rudderless on the sea of life. The meaning of life, our…

You have to Walk the Valley to get to the Mountaintop

Deny me the lessons of the valley and I will not learn the skills I need to traverse the highest mountains. Sometimes you find yourself…

Taking in the Good

There is a theory out there that our brains are hard wired with a negativity bias as a survival technique from ancient times. In a…

Four Traits of Happy People

1. They Choose Their Mindset They remain optimistic, solution-oriented, forward thinkers in all circumstances. They know that no matter what, a positive outlook will achieve…

A Subtle but oh so Sure Path to Failure

Want to try hard? Be Sincere? Really care? And yet achieve far less than you could? Easy! Pick vague, fuzzy goals! Develop Team Members! Grow…

The Life Span of an Emotion

According to a Harvard neuroanatomist the life span on an emotion is just 90 seconds: “When a person has a reaction to something in the…

Pssst! Want to Hear a Secret?… The Secrets of Success Are Dull and Boring

And what is more, you probably already know them! You just aren’t doing them! Why? Well, there are also lots of “secrets of success”; each…

Don’t let Life get in the way of Your Life

We can all get busy; very, very busy. The day to day can turn into a whirlwind of ringing phones, dinging messages, strident, urgent demands…

5 Simple Steps That Virtually Guarantee Success (Yet Few Do Consistently)

Goals: Written, Specific, backed up by Action Plans with Deadlines/Accountability Checkpoints; Reviewed Regularly to ensure what YOU want, reflect YOUR passions, not social/parental/peer programing. Yes,…

Escaping the Solomon’s Paradox

Solomon was the king of ancient Israel ruling from around 970 to 931 BC. Renowned for his wisdom, his personal life was somewhat messy to…

Change the Locks…NOW!

Most likely it’s far past time to change the locks to the gateway of your mind, to the foyer of your thoughts. In the hurley…

Expect Unexpected Opportunity

Truth is, what most call luck is really most often the intersection of opportunity with preparation. Inadequate preparation? Luck goes on to knock at another’s…

A Simple, Easy to Learn Technique that will Impress your Boss

Follow up and follow through. That’s it. It’s not much but few do it and fewer yet do it consistently. Follow-through means to see something to completion,…

Define Your Average as Above Average

When you are average, you are as close to the bottom as you are to the top. There are many things in life that are…

Little Things Make Big Things Happen

The details matter because big success is just the steady accumulation of small wins piled one on top of another. Everything is connected, all is…

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