Willpower! What is it? Why should you care? And how can you use it to supercharge your results and get more of what you want?

It’s a common occurrence. Friday afternoon you are sitting at your desk. You should be working, but you feel your attention waning. You feel a wanting to be doing anything other than the work at hand. You convince yourself you are spent. You feel the tank is empty. It has been a tough week filled with decisions, meetings, and drudgery. There are no deadlines looming over your head. You decide to check in with friends about weekend plans and distract yourself with your favorite internet diversions. Now, think back to a Friday afternoon where you had a hard deadline of…

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Lions and Tigers and Bears OH MY!

Dorothy, the Tin Man, and The Scarecrow are making their way through the dark forest. All around them are darkness, uncertainty, and strange sounds. Where are the sounds coming from? What could be making them? Oh, how the imagination runs wild, fills in the gaps, and jumps to conclusions! Dorothy asks: “Do you suppose we’ll meet any wild animals?” The Tin Man responds: “Hm, we might.” And then The Scarecrow quickly chimes in: “Animals that eat… straw?” Cue the oft-quoted song and the skipping, and then poof the cowardly lion appears out of nowhere, almost as if he were magically…

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Disagreeing is a Habit. Being Curious is a Superpower.

What if the antidote to disagreement were not agreement but curiosity? Think of someone you recently disagreed with. What did she say that you are so certain she is wrong about you could not wait to correct her in person or at least in your own mind? Bonus points if you were emotionally charged by the situation. Now ask yourself some questions. Do you understand why she believes what she believes? Where did her thinking come from? Do you understand what that belief means to her and how it directs her daily life? How might having that belief serve her,…

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Never Meet Your Heroes?

“You should never meet your heroes.” Do you agree with that statement? I’m not sure where it originally came from, but I think the author is trying to say that we have idealized versions of our heroes which are not realistically possible. Because of this we will be disappointed if we do meet them in real life. Interesting. It seems to me that this could be a great case FOR meeting our heroes! I want to see my heroes humanized and sometimes struggling with the same challenges that I face. How about you? I would like to also offer a…

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Reducing Friction in Life

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Grease! No, not the 1978 movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Today, let’s celebrate the good old-fashioned grease that keeps machinery running smoothly. Were it not for grease, Henry Ford’s innovation of the assembly line and automation would still be just a dream, and you would not have most of the amazing modern conveniences you take for granted every day. Why is grease so important? It reduces friction. Friction is the enemy of all dynamic systems. And what is your life? One way in which to view your life is as a dynamic system, especially those parts of your…

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