Category Archives: Motivation

Is Your Stretch Goal Too Stretched?

Get Aligned With Your ‘Why’ I have no desire to rappel down a 13 story building. Yet in June of this year, there is a slight chance I may be doing just that. It’s not a marathon, so not something I can train for. It’s a total mental type of training. At least that’s my take. My friend and former university roomie, who is trying to persuade me to literally take the leap says she’s told the experience leaves you feeling fabulous when it’s done. A real sense of accomplishment. Hmmmm. Of course, it’s not just leaping from a building.
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How to Make a Difference? Pause, Ponder, Proceed

Lately, the graphic images of families being completely uprooted, young lives being taken too soon and the desperation to create some sort of ‘new normal’ is hard to watch. Like many, we wonder what we could possibly do to make a difference. And that’s the problem. When we’re faced with something so huge, we can become stuck by the bigness of the issue. We start to vacillate. We don’t know where to begin. It’s similar when we have unrealized career aspirations or want to try something new. Our ideas and dreams can seem too big so we stall, become stuck
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You Have to Slow Down to Speed Up

I remember as a child waiting patiently for my cousin, Matthew, to clean the bugs out of the pool so we could all go swimming. He had a net attached to a pole and was making short, quick sweeps of the water but wasn’t making much progress. My Uncle advised him that he was going too fast. He pointed out that Matthew was missing most of the bugs and just stirring things up. He then took the net and showed him how if he went more slowly and purposely at the beginning, he could get more bugs the first time
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Are You Caught in a Corporate Undercurrent?

When you think about getting caught in an undercurrent, what comes to mind? For me, I’m reminded of a beach vacation in the Caribbean when I got caught in a nasty churn of ocean and sand that made me kiss the ground when I finally broke free of it. On the surface, the ocean appeared fun and inviting, but underneath it was a different story. I had seriously underestimated the pull of the undertow. No matter where we work there’s a corporate culture or an undercurrent of values and practices that can either support us in being at our best
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Anticipate the Moguls: Why the Finish Line Isn’t Necessarily the Measure of Success

We can learn a lot watching competitive skiing. There’s a focus mixed with a feeling of exhilaration that takes skiers mindfully toward the finish line. It’s fun flying down the mountain, but if you don’t anticipate the twists and turns of the course, you can easily get thrown off track. This time of year we often use the New Year’s momentum to get out of the gates quickly. The mistake I propose that many of us make is that we don’t anticipate the inevitable bumps that show up and then get discouraged too soon. But what if we could take
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Up We Go!

Driving upfront in my grandfather’s oversized Lincoln, I remember the feel of the plush purple seats. It was before we wore seatbelts and as kids could sit two or three across. Driving along a winding road to pick blueberries, a soft wind blowing through the windows, I remember him talking about how important it was to listen to the words of the songs wafting from the radio. Like really listen. So I do. But on a particular day last week I wasn’t feeling like I was driving on some meandering green path. I was feeling panic. Like a tornado had
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