I’ve read a few articles about how people are responding to the COVID-19 crisis within the predictable pattern outlined in the 5 Stages of Grief, (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance). Regardless of what stage you fall into today, I want to challenge you to do something special for yourself on Saturday, July 18th, 2020….
Replacing Uncertainty with Action
Six months ago, I went to the dentist for a check up, filled up the gas tank, and then went to the market to pick up a few things. After that, I returned home to work on a new presentation for a client. No fireworks, no catastrophes, no uncertainty. Average days tend to blur. Fast-forward…
Getting Your Way: Good Old Fashioned Manipulation
Manipulation gets a bad rap. I mean, who doesn’t want more control or influence over other people or situations? I know I do!
Engagement Looks Like A Snow Day
The best leaders know how to engage their employees in any season, just like snow days engage a child.
Joy, Moment by Moment
Have you ever gone shopping at a crowded department store after a long day to buy clothes you don’t really want for an upcoming event that you dread attending?
It’s Simple: Breathe More; Suck Less
Breathe more; suck less. Are you using your air to make people avoid you, or are you using your air to be happier…and spread happiness?
Forget About “When I’m 64”. What About When I’m 95?
Tony Campolo asked 95+ year olds this simple question: “If you could go back and live your life differently, what would you change?” Ready to be surprised?
4 Habits for a New-ish Year!
Good habits take time to stick, unlike bad habits that tend to cling to us like toilet paper on the sole of a wet shoe.
Comparison Kills Contentment
This morning, I saw a fit-looking man as I headed into the barbell area at the gym, and I subtly checked out how much weight he was using for his workout. God help me, and I know what I’m about to say sounds stupid and superficial, but I felt a little superior when I saw that I was lifting much more than this fit-looking young man –That is until I saw the guy behind him, a guy who could not have weighed more than 130 pounds fully dressed and wet, and that skinny, scrawny kid, who appeared to be all hair and bones, was out-lifting me. Do you know what happened to my contentment level at that moment? PFFFFFT!
How to Change the World, One Person at a Time
Imagine what this world would look like if each day you took a few minutes to thank one person for how they’ve made a difference in your life. I don’t have scientific evidence that this would, indeed, change the world. But I can promise you that if you pick up this challenge it will change your world.
Finding the Truth in Criticism
How do I deal with criticism? I drink. No! Actually, I evaluate the critic and the feedback based on some simple standards. And then I decide if I need to accept it and work on it…or just hear it and keep on going.
Thou Shalt…Be HAPPY!
In much the same way, traditional psychology has long studied the nature of happiness by dissecting one part of the populace: the most depressed, miserable people in the world. In fact, up until the late 1990s, psychological studies focused on negative-to-positive research themes at a 17:1 ratio!