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Give Way
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Feeling stuck, or at the very least, stale? Give way to seeing the world through new eyes and then see what happens!

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.

— Marcel Proust

I’ve just returned from the lands-down-under – Australia and New Zealand – where folks drive on the left side of the road. Which meant that, for this U.S. citizen who (usually) drives on the right, there were plenty of opportunities for mishap!  But because I was a tour bus rider instead of a driver, I was free to delight in all the Ozzie and Kiwi street signs that were similar but not quite the same. For instance, where I come from, the pointy-side-down red triangle sign would say Continue reading » How to Shortcut the “Thinking-I’m-Stuck” Mindset by Giving Way

frog in a pot 2

Figuring Out How to Make Things Better

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Originally published on September 20th, 2011.

A fierce unrest seethes at the core, of all existing things: it was the eager wish to soar, that gave the gods their wings.

— Don Marquis

Over and over again, in the self-help literature, you read, “It’s all a matter of how you look at it.” In other words, you can choose a viewpoint which could help you feel better.

While this may be good advice on the surface, it may be ignoring an underlying problem. If over a long period of time you are finding it hard to accept your life as it is, it’s quite possible that Continue reading » Figuring Out How to Make Things Better

Rice Bowl Macro January 29, 2011

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

Cold, blowing, winter roads


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Habit is necessary; it is the habit of having habits, of turning a trail into a rut, that must be incessantly fought against if one is to remain alive.

— Edith Wharton

I am constantly surprised by what I have to relearn, over and over again.  Last weekend, was one of those surprising weekends.

Sunday was one of those days that tested my fortitude as a doggy mommy.  The first time we went out, AccuWeather informed me that it was 48° with a real feel of 54°.  So, I bundled up to take her out for the morning empty the dog exercise and rushed back inside.  I had no intention of Continue reading » Amazing!

Starting over

Spring Has Sprung!

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Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.

— Maria Robinson

Spring has sprung… or at the very least is springing.  It’s a time of new birth and rebirth and the perfect time to get un-stuck and get started again.

There is an essential difference between a professional and an amateur.  When a professional makes a mistake, they know that they have to learn from their mistake so they can take the next opportunity when it shows up.  The amateur can choose to Continue reading » Spring Has Sprung!