Paying Attention to the Intention

It’s rare for me to come across anyone these days that has not heard of the term mindfulness. In fact, this movement has been sweeping the nation and many other developed countries for a number of years.  There are now even consulting firms that are being contracted by companies to come in and work with employees on how to be more mindful in their work and workplace. I am a strong advocate of this movement and believe it has an impact across all spectrums–personal and professional.  However, in my experience, it (alone) doesn’t truly drive the outcomes that most high achievers are after. The fact of the matter is we’ve built a culture that operates on the premise that more is better. …

Wading Through the Murky Waters of Finding a Coach

Let’s face it, consultants and coaches these days are a dime a dozen. When I first started my work I often did not want to let people know what my field was. I didn’t want to be guilty by association, knowing I had value that might be overlooked purely because of my field. So, why is this the case? The problem is that many of the consultants and coaches out there are simply not good. In fact, many of them are a living oxymoron. While they offer to help you get your life and business in order, their own is in shambles. That said, I have worked with coaches, both professionally and personally, and have had some pretty amazing experiences. …

Are You Telling Yourself the Wrong Stories?

Stories have been used since the beginning of time to help illustrate lessons and learnings. Some of the best teachers in history have used stories to share profound lessons that stand the test of time. When well-told, these storytellers have the ability to captivate us and pull us into the action. Of course, just as stories are powerful ways to share a message and cause transformation, stories can also control society and cause people to live lives that are are incongruent with their true desires. In short, the stories we adopt can propel us forward or hold us back. You’ve probably heard stories about getting married and having kids, what it means to have a good job, what success “should” …

Are You Working Against Yourself?

January 2018 is more than half over. How are you doing with the goals you set for the New Year? If you are like most people, you are probably already off course. I was speaking with someone the other day who had set a significant goal and was already missing the mark–and we were barely two weeks into 2018! They were asking me for perspective on what strategies they should employ to get on back track to assure they’d reach their desired outcome in the future. I told them it wasn’t a strategy problem. When it comes to changing behavior, for most intellectual people, it rarely is. In fact, when it comes to behavior change, most people KNOW what to …

Protecting Your Most Important Asset

Essentialism by Greg McKeown is a book I often pick up. It’s one of the books I have in my rotation. Have you read it? In Chapter 8, he goes into what he calls “protecting the asset.” If you are at all familiar with Greg, you may be able to guess what he is inferring–YOU are the asset. He says the best asset we have to make a contribution to the world is ourselves. Since you are a reader of my blog, I would suppose it’s safe to say that you agree….right? Let’s suppose it’s true. If YOU really are the most important asset you have, when it comes to nutrition, exercise, relationships, and sleep, how are you taking care …