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The Opposite of Fear personal development Oct 18, 2021

I get scared. I get scared a lot.

If you're a difference-maker, I bet you get scared too.

By definition, flying higher in the difference only you can make means seeking the edges of your understanding and abilities. Trying things that might not work, embracing uncertainty, and navigating...

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Does this sound like you? personal development Oct 13, 2021

embrace uncertainty and navigate adversity?

 

You probably wouldn't...

 

Most of the time, most of us would prefer the false confidence and certainty that comes with every day looking more or less like the day that came before.

 

Human beings are programmed by biology and evolution...

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Shift happens. personal development Oct 11, 2021

Transformation is a term that's quite ubiquitous these days. Why is that?

You can't scroll for even a few seconds through social media without tripping over a "transformation coach." In the Akimbo Workshops where I serve as a head coach, "transformation" is the word students most...

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When do you stop being you? personal development Oct 06, 2021

Are you familiar with the ship of Theseus?

It's an old thought experiment about identity first shared by one of my favorite pre-socratic philosophers, Heraclitus, whose enigmatic utterances and cryptic wordplay earned him the nickname, "The Obscure."

Have I lost you yet? Please stick around....

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Power Struggle personal development Oct 04, 2021

Do you struggle to understand what power is and where it resides? I know I do.

Part of the struggle is understanding that power is often associated with assumptions that are not absolutes.

Power doesn't have to be coercion, corrupting, or confined to people with certain personalities, positions,...

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Sticky (Not Stuck) personal development Sep 29, 2021

Have you defined the difference only you can make? Have you identified the audience that needs you to show up for them? Do they resonate with the promise you share with them?

It took me years to answer those questions. And even when I had clarity about the change I seek to make, who it's for, and...

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Fraught and Fulfilling personal development Sep 27, 2021

Does the idea of living your legacy resonate with you, but you're not sure what that could look like?

Or perhaps you're already doing meaningful work but feel a little lost or stuck?

The Situation

Making a difference is fraught. That's one reason why it's so fulfilling.

We build identity and...

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Learning By Doing personal development Sep 22, 2021

There are, of course, other ways to learn rather than by doing.

For instance, you can read a book, take a class, or watch an instructional video.

And, yet...

The danger in learning something by passively reading, listening, or watching is that it's easy to confuse knowing of or about the thing...

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Embracing Naivete personal development Sep 20, 2021

What possibility would you step into today if you didn't know it was impossible?

Is anything really impossible?

Human locomotion and flight were impossible until they weren't. So were the lightbulb and the internet. So were thousands of other ideas and inventions.

Think of the...

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Intensity on Purpose personal development Sep 15, 2021

The old farmhouse where we raised our boys (and more than a few eyebrows) had an ancient gas range in the kitchen. I loved turning the stovetop burner on. The spark, the mini-explosion of blue flame, and the spreading circle around the burner provided a thrill of excitement that I feel viscerally...

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Teacher vs. Coach personal development Sep 13, 2021

Are teaching and coaching just two different names for how you can serve others in endeavors that make a difference?

I know that I often confuse or conflate these postures. However, maybe teasing apart the differences matters?

Here are some differences I see between teachers and coaches.

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So Far personal development Sep 08, 2021

Five years ago, I decided to make a change. Twenty-five years into a thriving career as a musician and guitar teacher, I decided I was going to do something else entirely.

Granted, at the time, I had no idea what that was going to be. But I did have a plan—thrash my way to clarity by...

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