S:1052 Principle: Purpose

(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.)   Purpose. A lot has been written and said about it because purpose is a significant part of a life well lived. Its power may lie in one simple thought: There is no forward without purpose. Purpose is a…Continue Reading →

S:1051 Distinction: Express vs. Illustrate

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)   In an exhibition of some of the works of the late Jackson Pollock the artist was quoted as having said that when he created he was “expressing his feelings rather than illustrating them.” The distinction is…Continue Reading →

S:1050 Distinction: Create vs. Please

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)   An artist friend was talking about her frustration from taking a commission to create a new piece. The client had seen a work of hers and wanted one similar, but with changes. As she created the…Continue Reading →

S:1049 Quote: The Present

(Quotes are capsules of information, reinforcement or enlightenment.)   “It [living in the Present] is actually more exciting because one learns to live on the crest of the current moment, instead of on the back of the wave (which is the past) or on the front of the wave (which is the future). There is…Continue Reading →

S:1048 Distinction: Ending An Experiment vs. Giving Up

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)   Nobody enjoys giving up. But that’s exactly what happens when you don’t have a plan going in. How many times have you seen someone hang in there and ride a losing proposition all the way to…Continue Reading →

S:1047 Distinction: Innovator vs. Imitator

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)   This is not an either/or Distinction. Both sides are useful. What’s important is to notice when you are in which mode. Culturally we revere and encourage innovation. It’s what drives most progress. Statues have been erected…Continue Reading →

S:1046 Distinction: Observe vs. See

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)   To see is a function of physics – eyes, optic nerves, and signal processing. “That’s a boat. There’s a person. Those are puffy white clouds.” Seeing is an action. To observe transcends seeing by the addition…Continue Reading →

S:1045 Great Question: Delightfully Surprised?

(Great questions lead to great answers; weak questions, weak ones.)   “When was I last delightfully surprised?”   Coaching Point: Really, when was the last time you had a pleasant surprise? No, not the other kind, the oh-no-what-fresh-hell-is-this kind. I’m talking about the grin-inducing, uplifting kind of surprise. Here are some attributes and causes of…Continue Reading →

S:1044 Principle: Live Life Flowly

(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.)   Currently popular advice, in a world speeding up, is that you should slow down, live your life more slowly. All in all, not bad advice, but there is another side to it. It has to do with flow.…Continue Reading →

S:1043 Distinction: Excitement vs. Fear

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)   We do what we do because of different motivations. There are feelings behind our actions. The feelings are what provide the different motivations. A feeling of excitement is an eager, anticipating one which draws us. When…Continue Reading →

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