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Happy Un-Birthday to Imperfect Me

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Where there is perfection there is no story to tell.

— Ben Okri

Today, many people in Western countries believe in their ability to change, to improve themselves.  For me, the idea of progress through change is a fact of life.  It had never occurred to me that people didn’t always believe that change was possible.  But, as Martin Seligman points out in Continue reading » Happy Un-Birthday to Imperfect Me

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Sneakn’ Up on an Elusive Goal

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Think about a time you successfully achieved a goal… what was the path you followed? Do you know? (Really?)

There’s a clandestine operation afoot – I’m working a stealth move on an elusive goal.

Why don’t we just wait here for a little while
… see what happens…

— MacReady
Character in The Thing (1982)

As you think about the goals you’ve achieved, do you know what strategies moved you from “idea to done?” Sometimes we think it was our determination that made “it” happen – a plan that’s written down,  or our commitment, our persistence, or you name it, blah, blah, blah.  Many times, we’re right. Still, I invite you to look back on your successes and examine which strategies worked best for you.

For me, a direct assault is my best strategy. Sometimes though, I find myself starting over – over and over again!  What then?  Do I abandon the goal?  No, I do not.  Usually I Continue reading » Sneakn’ Up on an Elusive Goal