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The Possibilitist personal development Apr 13, 2020

What do you call someone who looks for and steps into possibility despite uncertainty or adversity?

I call a person who cultivates and demonstrates that approach a possibilitist.

A possibilitist is someone :

  • who sees the opportunity, lesson, or a silver lining in any situation.
  • who frames...
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What to Do When You Don't Know What to Do personal development Apr 06, 2020

Human beings are fascinating.

No creature on the planet is better equipped to connect and work through challenges or make things better. We are inherently curious, social, creative, and aspirational beings.

At the same time, when we can, we settle for the status quo. We are comforted by...

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Every Day Is a Chance to Start Again personal development Mar 30, 2020

Every day each of us is presented with a choice. To do the same things the same old way, or to try new things and new approaches.

When things are going well, or at least well enough, the natural thing is to just show up today like we did yesterday. But when things are broken, expecting...

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Stillness in the Storm
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Stillness in the Storm onward excerpts personal development stoicism Mar 27, 2020

Life in the ancient world was full of adversity. If you lived to adulthood, you likely endured war, famine, plague, natural disaster, or some combination of these.

And yet…

In antiquity, there was a flowering of philosophical approaches to the art of living well and even flourishing while...

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Articulating Adversity personal development Mar 23, 2020

When things go topsy turvy, upside down, or sideways, the usual reaction is to dig in. We insist that things go back to the way they were, or simply sit in stunned silence, and wait for someone to do something about it.

These reactions are dangerous. They prevent us from seeing the...

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Navigating Challenging Times personal development Mar 22, 2020

Everything is  just fine most of the time, and so are we. That's why so few challenge the status quo. Human beings like to know what's expected and where they stand.

And then...

Things get topsy turvy, turned upside down, or go sideways, and the status quo is no longer the status...

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Integrated
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Integrated onward excerpts personal development Mar 16, 2020

The pursuit of work-life balance was always an exercise in frustration for me.

I engage in multiple roles every day –husband, father, teacher, musician, writer, and coach, to name a few. 

I used to believe each role was a bucket and that all the buckets had to be filled equally. Even...

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Creativity in Times of Crisis creativity personal development Mar 12, 2020

Crisis hijacks the healthier impulses we need to leverage when things go sideways.

"What am I to do when [INSERT CURRENT CRISIS HERE]?!"

Let's start by contextualizing the situation at hand. Yes, the current crisis is new and now, but novelty and proximity don't have...

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The Antidote to Judgement
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The Antidote to Judgement onward excerpts personal development Mar 09, 2020

We often unconsciously make value judgments about situations and others based on beliefs informed by our experience that confirm our existing internal narrative.

We find comfort in knowing where we stand and what’s expected of us. But what we really want is to know where we belong and how...

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The Virtues of Overwhelm personal development Mar 02, 2020

We live in a world full of information and distraction. In this world, overwhelm can be a real and debilitating response. Confronted with an abundance of  stimuli and choices, we may well choose to do nothing.

And sometimes, doing nothing can be an entirely appropriate response.

Overwhelm is...

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Less Is More endeavor book excerpts personal development Feb 29, 2020

This is an excerpt from my best-selling Amazon title, Endeavor: Cultivate Excellence While Making a Difference.

“To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, remove things every day.” - Lao Tzu

This is the hardest lesson I’ve ever learned. In fact, I...

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The Formula for Making a Difference personal development Feb 24, 2020

Here's my current working model for a formula for making a difference:

Creativity + Character = Change for the Better

Creativity - the act of bending, breaking, or otherwise bringing something new into the world.

Here's how I define it in the Creative on Purpose Handbook, "Creativity is the...

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