Does Your Work Life Need Resuscitating?

  I have always been amazed by the number of people who seem to think of work as something of a necessary evil — simply what must be done to earn a paycheck. For so many who toil through their workday, the primary goal is to make it to the weekend so they can really

How to Avoid the Three Hidden Pitfalls to Positive Thinking (and stay positive)

  Orison Marden Swett once said, “There are powers inside of you which, if you could discover and use, would make of you everything you ever dreamed or imagined you could become.” James Allen published a beautiful book in 1901 called “As a Man Thinketh”, in which he wrote “Dream lofty dreams, and as you

How to Get What You Really Want

  “What do you really want?” I ask my clients and myself this question. We answer: I want things to go my way. I want to come out on top. I more wins and fewer losses. I want my problems to disappear. I want to be profitable. I want to be successful. I want to

Supercharge Your Summer: Three Strategies for Vacationing in a Way That Replenishes You and Skyrockets Your Performance

  We all know we need vacations. Time to rest and recuperate, enjoy our loved ones, and have some fun. But all too often, vacation creates stress for high performing executives who dread coming back to loads of email and other work that has piled up, and spend their time away preoccupied and worried about

How to Endure a Stormy State of Mind

  When I would get hiccups as a kid, my father’s cure for getting rid of them was to have me wait for the next one. Surprisingly, more often than not, it actually worked. It’s strange to think that inviting in the very thing you want to avoid could actually usher it out. But over

The Gift of Chaos (and How to Leverage It)

  “Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.” ~ Henry B. Adams Like many of us, I grew up thinking that things happened in a linear way. First this, then that. One building block upon another in a definite order. Cause and effect. But over the years, I’ve noticed that life isn’t always like

Not Seeing Results? Why You Might Be Closer Than You Think

  Do you ever feel like—despite your best, most diligent, inspired effort, discipline, and patience—you don’t seem to be getting anywhere? Maybe you have a vision that excites you – an idea of how something could be done differently, a creation you’d like to breathe life into, a way of improving your quality of life

The Super Simple Secret to Outwitting Overwhelm

  Not all that long ago, I went through a period where I felt overwhelmed and stuck. Beneath my frustration was curiosity about where it was coming from and what was the best way to move beyond it. One day, as I was watching my young son do his homework, I had a fascinating and

3 Fears That Keep Leaders From Playing a Bigger Game

  You’ve just been promoted. The excellent work you have been recognized for has landed you a new job with expanded responsibility and significance. Perhaps you lead an organization of other talented professionals who now look to you for guidance and support. Maybe you are a leader of leaders. The game you were playing just

Combating Fear With…Martial Arts?

  Though I have been studying and reflecting on the process of working through fear for the better part of my life, my learning came to a head when I was thrown into an environment that provoked a whole spectrum of fear and anxiety. As a martial artist, after learning and practicing basic blocks, kicks,