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,

Moving Toward Mastery: 4 Tips for Overcoming the Beginner’s Dilemma

  “Every master was once a disaster.” I am all too familiar with that awkward, humbling stage that comes with learning something new – when you want to run with the stallions but feel more like a donkey. It’s a universal phenomenon, really. Ralph Waldo Emerson reminds us that, “Every artist was once an amateur.”

How Your Mindset Can Help You Overcome a Setback

  “Ryan, if you knew how this day was going to end, would you do it over again?” I asked him. “Yeah.” He answered without missing a beat. “Would you have any hesitation going snowboarding again after your wrist heals?” I inquired. “Nah!” he replied. “Let’s come back for sure.” This is an excerpt of

How to Up Level Your Game by Upgrading Your Internal Programming

  Imagine that software you’ve relied on for years stops working for you. You notice that it has been freezing up a lot. At first, it didn’t really bother you. But now these little glitches are happening so often that you’re having trouble getting things done. When you look into the problem, you find you

Suffering a Setback? Use it as a Springboard

  “The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur.” ~ Vince Lombardi Winston Churchill once said, “Success is not final and failure is not fatal – it is the courage to continue that counts.” Thomas

How You Can Use Frustration To Improve Your Effectiveness

  “I’m so tired of feeling unorganized and scattered all the time.” A client told me in a recent meeting. He added, “I come into the office and there are papers flung all over my desk, half started projects buried in piles with new requests heaped on top of them. But I never seem to

Performance Alchemy: How to Combine Inspiration and Motivation to Rocket Launch Your Success

  “The key thing to remember is not that we need to be fast but that we are running a race that has no finish line. So the fuel that drives us needs to be made of something substantial — something for the heart that the head can also follow.” ~ Vincent Kralyevich, American film

Why Losing Your Passion for Work is a Bigger Problem Than You Might Think

  Has work become a bit of a grind? You might tell yourself that work isn’t supposed to be fun – that’s why they call it work. But when you spend the majority of your waking hours just getting through the day or counting down to the weekend, you have a bigger problem than you