S:1179 Distinction: Mellow Drama vs. Melodrama

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)   Mellow Drama = Interesting characters, engaging situations, clever dialog, problems solved, satisfying conclusion, curtain closes, lights go up, everybody goes home pleased. Melodrama = Not the above.   Coaching Point: And your choice is?   Copyright…Continue Reading →

S:1172 Distinction: Advantage vs. Aberration

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)   To have an advantage is to have an edge, a leg up, a better view. Looking for, and finding advantages is part of becoming, and staying, successful. Successful in business, of course, but advantages are useful…Continue Reading →

S:1166 Distinction: Expertise vs. Experience

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)   This is an easy Distinction to understand, but can be a difficult one to live. Each time we experience something we add to that base of experience. Do that enough and we are said to “have…Continue Reading →

S:1163 Distinction: Open vs. Skeptical

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)   Skepticism doesn’t help you see. Or hear. Or feel. It does have its uses, but is best served in small portions. To be open can be hard. If you’re not careful you might get hurt, taken…Continue Reading →

S:1158 Distinction: Responsive vs. Right

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)   A request or question comes up and you respond. If you respond quickly, you are said to be responsive. An attractive trait. If you’re in a business and have a reputation for being responsive, that’s a…Continue Reading →

S:1151 Distinction: Slow Down vs. Double Down

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)   I was talking with a person who had recently experienced a rather significant adverse health issue, the kind that classically causes one to reconsider how they are doing life and then initiate a slowdown. Instead, this…Continue Reading →

S:1142 Distinction: Healed vs. Relieved

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)   Relief, escaped, relieved – all of these are about getting away from something which doesn’t feel good or is even painful. An example is a zit on the nose of a teenager. Once pricked, the pain…Continue Reading →

S:1138 Distinction: Reconciled vs. Resigned

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)   Resigned can have a sense of loss, less-than, let-down, give-up, and sadness. Whatever it is you wanted didn’t come to pass, now looks like it won’t ever, and that missing-the-boat feeling isn’t great. While it’s always…Continue Reading →

S:1134 Distinction: Signal vs. Noise

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)   Closet engineer? Guilty as charged; one of my majors was mechanical engineering so I admit to a deep undercurrent thrum of logical and linear thinking. Now opened to feelings, inspiration, creativity, and intuition, the major influencers…Continue Reading →

S:1125 Distinction: Responsible vs. Paranoid

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)   Of course, be responsible for seeing the truth of your world. Be responsible for correcting anything (within your control) which is preventing your life from working well. To be responsible is healthy and rewarding. Then there…Continue Reading →

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