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Practice is a Skill

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…

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…

Baker’s Dozen

Recently, I was asked: “What is the most valuable piece of advice you would give to anyone new at TCC who is looking to grow…

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,…

Elevate Your Identity

Your identity, your self-concept, is who you think you are, the story you tell yourself about yourself as well as the standards you hold yourself…

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…

Happiness is Not the Goal… Neither is Eliminating Unhappiness!

Happiness is Not the Goal: Happiness can be very elusive when directly pursued. Rather, happiness is best achieved as a byproduct of living a life…

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…

You Are The Project

You are the most important project you will work on your entire life. Think of yourself as a work in progress; approach your life as…

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…

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…

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…

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?…

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;…

Little is Large

Folks, there is no mystical key, no hidden secret, no big, concealed trick to success, happiness, or prosperity. Thomas Alva Edison’s famous saying applies in…

Boosting The Virtuous Cycle

To get to work every morning, I must exit a very quiet residential street onto a busy highway. Wonderfully frequently someone slows down to let…

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…

I Woke Up In America

Of late, when folk politely inquire as to the quality of my day, I respond with a cheerful ‘I woke up in America and that…

How Good is Your Doorman?

Every day, every moment, we are bombarded with a tsunami of impressions and potential inputs into our consciousness. What we choose, and we DO have…

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…

Touching Your Mental Toes

Folks, true confession, I love stability and security. I find comfort in my routines and settled practices. Come 2025, I will have lived on the…

Listless

One fine day recently I was feeling a bit off. In my search for the why and deeper self-awareness, I started to write out how…

Greatness is a Grind

By ‘grind’ I mean achieving (and maintaining) greatness is long, hard slog, a relentless repetition of the basics, day in and day out, a never-ending…

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…

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