you must have a sense of urgency to make the most of this limited time

I remember being 14 years old and thinking about how much time I had…to do what with – I wasn’t sure – but time was on my side. Today is different of course. There is more runway behind me than in front of me and things that were terribly important in my rear view, aren’tContinue reading “you must have a sense of urgency to make the most of this limited time”

The psychology of suffering…

“We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake,” Henry David Thoreau wrote in contemplating what it really means to be awake, adding: “Only one in a million is awake enough for effective intellectual exertion, only one in a hundred million to a poetic or divine life.” That’s what legendary philosopher and founding father of modern psychology William James (JanuaryContinue reading “The psychology of suffering…”

Sprinkles Are For Winners

I love this advertisement. Every time I see it I always laugh BUT it also serves as a gentle reminder that I should not just settle for good if I could do better! The vast majority of us today rarely achieve better than mediocrity.  We would all love to be wildly successful yet 80% ofContinue reading “Sprinkles Are For Winners”

Playing Chopsticks…When You Should be Playing Mozart…

We all know the maxim: “If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.” We tend to describe ourselves very “hammer-like”…very vanilla…not too much to us…I’m just an x or y…not much talent needed to do what I do…I work at so so so…I work inContinue reading “Playing Chopsticks…When You Should be Playing Mozart…”

If You Don’t Keep Focusing on This, You Won’t Get Results

Clayton Christensen, a man wearing many hats including  professor, author, entrepreneur, missionary, husband, and father made this very bold statement in his essay “How Will You Measure Your Life?” If you study the root causes of business disasters , over and over you’ll find this predisposition toward endeavors that offer immediate gratification. If you look atContinue reading “If You Don’t Keep Focusing on This, You Won’t Get Results”

A Castle of Memories

build me a castle of memories just to have somewhere to go… What a beautiful line. (Someone with an online handle sardonicynic posted this on the site – a site offering a noncommercial and nonprofit central hosting place for fanfiction – fiction written by a fan of, and featuring characters from, a particular TV series, film, etc.)Continue reading “A Castle of Memories”

Money, Mastery and Meaning – Is it Possible to Get All Three in Your Lifetime?

After years of coaching high-achieving women, my friend and colleague Dr. Marcia Reynolds started noticing something troubling: many of her clients were jumping jobs regularly, defining and redefining their relationship with the marketplace, constantly questioning their roles. Dubbing her subjects “wander women,” Marcia found that what these women most wanted was to find peace ofContinue reading “Money, Mastery and Meaning – Is it Possible to Get All Three in Your Lifetime?”

Before You Are an Occupation You Are a First a Person

Contemporary Christian vocalist, songwriter and guitarist from San Diego, California, Phil Wickham recently lost his voice. He was supposed to lead worship at an event called Catalyst – a conference for leaders about 3,500 strong in Southern California but because of his “no voice” situation he wasn’t able to make it. The organizers still wantedContinue reading “Before You Are an Occupation You Are a First a Person”

Feel Like a Failure? Great Schooling, Big Ambition yet still can’t make Life Work?

One of my readers sent me an email which got me thinking about the frustrations of many individuals who have done EVERYTHING RIGHT yet still feel as if their life isn’t working. Yes, they got the degree or degrees in some cases. Yes they got the job with the great salary. Yes they are comfortableContinue reading “Feel Like a Failure? Great Schooling, Big Ambition yet still can’t make Life Work?”

Starting Off With Nothing….

We started off with nothing so we used that… Diane Latiker, Founder and Present of Kids Off the Block Inc. When we’re asked to take an inventory – whether it’s financial, spiritual, emotional…if we’re feeling particularly beaten down…we usually mouth, either silently or to others – that we have NOTHING.  I’ve come to understand thatContinue reading “Starting Off With Nothing….”