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Reach and Contain

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How well do you tolerate “not knowing”? Perhaps you’ll find courage in Erik Weihenmayer’s story.

The next time I’m flapping my face and wringing my hands (at least in my imagination) over a whole lot of uncontrollable unknowns, I’ll remember Erik Weihenmayer’s recounting of his conquest of Mount Everest’s summit:

…the fear of climbing blind comes when I’m reaching out to the darkness when I don’t know what I’m going to find…

As the first blind man to reach Everests summit, Erik pushed the limits of his fears and found the courage to embrace a new life.  Surely there are many lessons we can Continue reading » Reach and Contain

Finish Line - 2011 Eugene Marathon

Powered by Whine

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You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can’t know what’s coming.

— Frank Shorter

I AM SO HAPPY!!!  I set out to climb a mountain and I made it to the top – on time.  How did I get there?  I got there through the power of whine.

To be honest, the last bit of the journey was a bit hairy… but I made it.

The mountain that I’m talking about is a rather large project at work.  You probably know the old advice about Continue reading » Powered by Whine

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Fascinating Goals Have Thrilling PULL-POWER!

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Are your goals fascinating enough to pull you past your fear?

Goals without values are bullies that push you around. On the other hand, [goals] aligned with your values pull you toward them.


Have you ever played with [amazon-product text=”a fistful of magnets” type=”text”]B002N2NANW[/amazon-product]?  It’s a cool, hands-on way to experience the difference between feeling repelled and feeling attracted… one is unpleasant, the other intriguing.  Much like magnets, your goals can either push you away from, or pull you towards achieving new outcomes.

Fascinating Goals

What if we could create “fascinating” goals – goals that would literally pull us forward into bewitching futures? Sally Hogshead, author of [amazon-product text=”Fascinate: Your 7 Triggers to Persuasion and Captivation” type=”text”]0061714704[/amazon-product], outlines how to create goals that fascinate.

Find a goal that scares the crap out of you.

Do you have a goal that makes you a little uncomfortable?  You should. Continue reading » Fascinating Goals Have Thrilling PULL-POWER!

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Dodging Bullets

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Do you remember a time when you felt “bulletproof”?

Superman was impervious, and Wonder Woman had those awesome bracelets, but the average person (or superhero) needs to find a realistic way to avoid those small but potentially deadly projectiles.  The first – and best – course of action is obviously to just avoid getting shot at in the first place. Barring that option, however, the next best thing to do is to duck, dodge, or otherwise evade the bullets that life will inevitably throw at you.

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Sometimes it’s really difficult to summon up the gumption to forge ahead with goals which, in morning’s light seemed achievable, but which now, after a frustrating day of stumbling effort, suddenly seem impossible to achieve.  That’s when I have to dig deep… and, in the words of Corey Adler Leidersdorff, “Go back to the time when everything was possible… remember when you were bulletproof, when the world was full of promise.”

Surprisingly, I do remember feeling bulletproof – surely that sense of invincibility was an illusion.  Yet it carried me ’round sharp corners and through tight spaces.  Call it chutzpah or call it naiveté – whatever it was, it pulled me through before I had a chance to get discouraged.

Your success and happiness lie in you. Resolve to keep happy and your joy shall form an invincible host against difficulties.

— Helen Keller

Not so this day.  This day started in a burst of arrogance and high spirits – Continue reading » Dodging Bullets

Baby steps

Lots of Little Changes

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Imaginary obstacles are insurmountable. Real ones aren’t. But you can’t tell the difference when you have no real information. Fear can create even more imaginary obstacles than ignorance can. That’s why the smallest step away from speculation and into reality can be an amazing relief. The Reality Solution means: Do it before you’re ready.

— Barbara Sher

You and I both know that we have lots of self-improvement projects that we’d like to get to.  But just like our home improvement projects, we don’t have the time or the energy to make the changes that we’d like to make.  Not being able to make the changes we’d like to make, we get discouraged and give up.

Recently, an old idea has been reshaped and moved into a new discipline.  Kaizen – the Japanese word for Continue reading » Lots of Little Changes