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 …

Happy New Year: WAKE UP in 2018

Wake up. These are two very powerful words one of my mentors would say at the beginning of each of his talks. What does “wake up” mean to you? There’s a big movement around mindfulness right now, but many people may not understand what it’s truly about. Most people are so busy in their lives, over-scheduled, over-loaded, over-stimulated, that they are not truly connected to reality. There so wrapped in an illusion about what is going on around them, that they can’t make truly grounded decisions. They’re constantly reacting instead of acting. From my perspective, waking up is a process of truly being conscious and in the moment as often as possible. It’s being truly connected to someone else. Listening …

An Unexpected Source of Wisdom

When was the last time you challenged your vantage point or position on something? Before you answer too quickly, ask yourself this: To what level did you challenge yourself? One of my mentors gave me a great lesson—wisdom comes from multiple perspectives. In fact, when I launched into a study on spirituality and consciousness years ago, he recommended some crazy, whacky, off the wall and weird sh%$! After diving into the books, I asked him, “You don’t believe all this… do you?” He answered, “No.” Yet, he quickly pointed out that in order to go deeper with my own understanding, my perspective needed to be exposed to alternate possibilities. Further, he shared a radical idea with me. He asked about …

Without This You Will Always Be Mediocre

As a tenured Martial Artist, people are often fascinated by how I have been studying consistently for nearly 30 years. Truth be told, this hasn’t been all that difficult for me. Neither has working out on a regular basis nor making conscious decisions around what foods I put into my body. On a professional level, I have been working out of a home office ever since I got my first job 25 years ago. When this comes up in conversation, I invariably come across people who tell me how they “could never do that.” When I ask them why not, the answer is something like, “I would not get anything done.” Or, “I can’t discipline myself to do that.” My …