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You Don’t Need to Stay Stuck – 5 Ways to Get Unstuck

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Frustration, although quite painful at times, is a very positive and essential part of success.

— Bo Bennett

Everybody gets stuck occasionally.  By its very nature, being stuck is uncomfortable.  It feels like being out of control because we don’t choose being stuck.  Sometimes, we don’t even realize that we’re stuck until a significant amount of time has passed.

That’s what happened to me.  This last weekend was a holiday weekend for me.  I had been looking forward to three whole days of catching up on sleep, relaxing reading, and studying.

Then, the weekend came… and I couldn’t seem to get any Continue reading » You Don’t Need to Stay Stuck – 5 Ways to Get Unstuck

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Take the Drama Out of Getting Stuff Done

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When it comes to “keeping the rice bowl full,” a GSD or two helps…

An MBA doesn’t impress me. A GSD does. GSD = Gets Stuff Done. Someone who has results, results, results all over their past has a pedigree every bit as powerful as an Ivy league degree.

— Christine Comaford-Lynch

I used to work with a product manager who would come to me in a panic, declaring “This is never going to get finished. It’s all wrong. I’m going to miss my deadline!”  And, the first time I heard those words I was filled with concern – for her, the project, and our track record of successes.  But after a while I figured out that Continue reading » Take the Drama Out of Getting Stuff Done

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If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try Again Differently

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Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”

— Mary Anne Radmacher

We’ve all heard the old saw about – If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.  The part that they leave out is that if you just keep doing the same thing over and over, in most cases, it’s not going to lead to success.  It’s going to lead to frustration.

I find myself falling into this mistake every once in a while.  Usually, I do it with physical tasks – something requiring manual dexterity.  You may find this hard to believe, but I was born without Continue reading » If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try Again Differently

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Denial Ain’t Just a River in Egypt

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You will find peace not by trying to escape your problems, but by confronting them courageously. You will find peace not in denial, but in victory.

— J Donald Walters

Times are tough.  We’re living in the time of the barbell economy – lots of rich people, lots of poor people and some middle class in between.  As time passes, some of the middle class are becoming poor.

Denial exists for a reason.  It protects us from what we aren’t ready to see.  It tells us that this isn’t where we were supposed to be.  It’s not fair!!!  We had been marching towards an affluent retirement and instead we’re looking at working longer.  Are you having fun yet?

It’s not just the economy that is causing us to scream in frustration.  Our politicians can’t/won’t get along and in our heart of hearts we think everybody is lying to us.  For many, life has become more of a Continue reading » Denial Ain’t Just a River in Egypt

Need a Break from All the Ho Ho Ho?

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Holidays got you down?  How do you respond to frustration & exhaustion?

Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion.  I myself prefer to laugh since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.

— Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

’Tis the season for last minute EVERYTHING! There’s too much to do and a finite end-date for having those EVERYTHINGs done.  I remember the year I got to January 1st and realized I hadn’t prepared and sent the Christmas cards.  Oh well.  I haven’t sent out Christmas cards since.  One less chore to do.  Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy OP’s – Other People’s holiday greetings – so keep those cards and letters coming folks! And I’ll do my best to stay in touch both here at and however else our paths might cross.

And, while I’m not encouraging you to cease and desist on those traditions that you treasure, I do think we could all do with a time-out.

  • Time to reassess what’s left on the list to decide what’s “nice-to-have” but not requisite for a good holiday celebration.
  • Time to think deeply even if only momentarily about your core values and then act accordingly.
  • Time to take a break and relax a little!

Continue reading » Need a Break from All the Ho Ho Ho?