From Volume 14, Issue 9: If you’ve ever been (or still are) a smoker, then you understand how some habits are hard to break. I guess, when you look at it, ALL habits are hard to break, right?
From Volume 14, Issue 6:I can still recall my dad admonishing me that my actions (and, indeed, anyone’s) were always associated with consequences.
I left my bike outside one night and it was missing the next morning. It was recovered by the local police—I still think it was a lesson my Dad arranged—but I did operate differently after that.
From Volume 14, Issue 5: If you’re a baseball fan and watch Major League Baseball games on TV, you’ve seen the overlaid strike-zone box at the plate that indicates to the viewer where the “strike zone” is for that batter. If the ball is within the rectangle, then it’s assumed to be a strike. Outside? It’s a ball. Pretty simple, huh?
From Volume 13, Issue 8:A narrative is a story, right? And I believe we tend to use stories to describe things.
Sometimes it’s things that have happened to us and sometimes it’s things that have happened to others. Sometimes our narratives are developed from personal experience, and sometimes they are inherited from others who influence us, like our parents, teachers, coaches, spiritual advisers, etc. Sometimes these narratives even come unsolicited from the world around us: through news media, social media, books, and articles we read.
From Volume 13, Issue 7:I have a problem with the word “love.” It can mean so many things that I consider it a relatively unclear term. “I love you” and “I love you too” gets repeated over and over again in a ritual that couples execute on a regular basis. But what do they mean?
From Volume 13, Issue 4:I’m as sure as I can be that, in one of the hundreds of these missives I’ve cranked out over the past 12 years, I’ve offered a concept or an idea or an opinion that simply didn’t agree with how you see the world. Perhaps I even upset you… riled you up… pissed you off. I often do that if for no other reason than to get my reader to think about a subject from a different perspective.
From Volume 13, Issue 4:Earlier this week I sent an email to many of my current and past coaching clients, just to reach out. My intent was to nudge folks into an optimistic mood in these unusual circumstances. For some, optimism is simply impossible right now. For others, it can be a life raft.