Knowing When to Let Go

We all talk a lot about perseverance, commitment, certainly not quitting, and never giving up on people. Those concepts are all critical, of course, but like anything else, something positive in a different context can actually become a liability. What I’m thinking about specifically is knowing when and how to let someone or something go [...]

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Make an Appointment with Yourself to be Lazy

I’m going to make a counter-intuitive suggestion: make an appointment with yourself to be lazy. What? Aren’t appointments all about setting aside time to *do* things, not to *not do* things? Well, we’ve talked about busy-ness on this blog before, and we keep returning to it because it’s one of the top, if not the [...]

How to Maintain Your Focus and Intention

Recently it has become more popular to set an intention for your day, or your workout session, or your trip, etc. I love this practice, because articulating your goals ahead of time increases the chances that you will stick to them. But how exactly does that happen? While repeated words and mantras certainly have their [...]

It’s Strong to Ask for Help

I’ve said it before: life often feels like a pie-eating contest where the prize is more pie. The more competent and capable you are, the more you get on your plate. Partly that’s because others around us are so grateful to have a competent and capable person that they give us more to do, and [...]

Stop Celebrating Being “Busy”

A couple months ago, I asked, “Are you really as busy as you think you are?” But, unusually for one of my posts, I didn’t really talk about concrete steps we can take to overcome our misconception that being busy means being productive. Then, Joe Pinsker’s recent article on the same topic triggered the question again: [...]

Combatting News-Related Stress

Last month, yet another study found that Americans - all kinds of Americans - are seriously stressed out about the future of our country. And think of how much has happened just in the last month! This is NOT a political post. This is a self-care post. My mission is to take you “From Stressed [...]

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Know When to Hold Em’, Know When to Fold Em’

Lately it seems like wherever you turn, people are saying just about whatever they want, without a filter, and getting away with it, whether in the personal, business, or even political spheres. For the rest of us who choose to conduct ourselves with at least some dignity, we have to keep it cool, especially in [...]

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The Power of Music

If I were ever stranded on a deserted island, the one survival item I would want to have with me is probably not the first thing you’d expect one would need to survive nature. No, it's not a pocket knife, matches, rope, or a tent. It's none of the standard, go-to things one might think [...]

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If Time is Money, Know When to Cut Your Losses

One of the hardest words to say or hear is often, “No.” As Jason Fried recently noted (click here to read Jason's article), the truth is, often times we do have the time to fulfill a request, but we don’t have the attention, which is in fact a much more limited resource. Jason recounts an [...]

Letting Go of Miss Independent

On Sunday evening at the Grammy’s, Chance the Rapper won Best New Artist. During that speech, he dedicated the victory to God and said, “I know people think that independence means you do it by yourself. But independence means freedom.”   I couldn’t agree with him more. While I consider myself fiercely independent, I realized a [...]

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