Ask or Bluff

When someone uses terms or phrases we don’t understand, there are two main responses. We can fake that we know what they’re talking about and play along, even though we have no idea what they’re talking about, or we can ask them to explain the part we don’t understand. If we opt for the former–we …

Do the Work

There are so many things that vie for our attention, and it’s become increasingly easy to spend our time staying busy and preoccupied, yet do so at the expense of doing meaningful work. Not just doing our “job,” but doing things that create value and fulfill our calling. Perhaps it’s the work of serving customers, …

There is No Map

“There is no map.” — Linchpin, Seth Godin There is no step-by-step manual for how to do something remarkable in your life, in your work, in your relationships. Following a clearly defined map for how to navigate the circumstances of life would certainly make it easier, but then everyone would be doing it, and it …

Choosing to Focus

For many of us, there are several things that we know we want to change. Maybe it’s to start doing something, or to stop doing something, or perhaps it’s to do something better. Whatever it is, the key to any of these changes is persistence, since it’s through repetition that these changes become habitual. And the key …

After You Start

But starting isn’t enough. Yes, it’s absolutely necessary at the beginning, but once you start, something else becomes essential in accomplishing what you had in mind when you began. Many people have New Year’s resolutions, and they have the motivation to start. That’s great. But starting on January 1, and giving up within a week, doesn’t …

Just Start

For all those things you’ve been meaning to do, things you know you should do, things you’d like to do, it’s time to start. Maybe it’s starting to exercise, or making time to write, or taking up a hobby, or changing some daily routines, or learning a new language, or volunteering locally, or de-cluttering your …