Category: Inner Voice

I Do It: The lesson from a 3-year old

Meeting new people is great. Meeting this particular group was great because they are new (so you can ask a ton of fun questions and hear new stories) and they are going to be connected with us moving forward. As I reflect it was…

The Rockstar Dilemma

The Rockstars: the great performers in your organization. For a while it was you. Everything connected. Everything was going your way. You were on top. You were the one everyone sought out. You were the first pick to help others, mentor them, and get…

LLKA (Life Lane Keep Assist)

(Icon Created by Richard Nixon from the Noun Project) Our cars have become technology powerhouses. Cars remind you where they parked, describe alternative routes to upcoming traffic, make noise when you get too close to the curb, brake to prevent collision, and my new favorite: keep…

Cross-Examine the Narrator

That Narrator. That voice. The one who cuts you down. The one who seems to have a job description to regularly review your faults and past failures and bring a case against you. We can try to silence the Narrator, but simply recognizing and trying…

Yes

Yes. But I am tired. Yes. But I want to rest. Yes. But I would much rather [insert distraction here]. Yes. But it will be hard. Yes. But I may fail. Yes. But people may laugh at me. Yes. But I am afraid. Yes….

Timid Anchors and Storms

We need anchors. Connections to something real. Reminders of who we are. Solid tethers to what is true. Storms come. Physically, emotionally, relationally, spiritually… Some storms are generated by our insecurity. Other storms are the result of another’s activity. Some storms just seem to come without…

Disqualified

  You were not good at math. You were easily distracted. You got an F. You got more than one F. You lost your temper. You messed up. You lost the account. You didn’t get into college. You didn’t tell the whole story. You…

Recalibrating the GPS

It started as a simple conversation about running, pace, and times. We both opened up the app on our phones and talked about some of the struggles, successes, and challenges ahead while scrolling through the history. Then it came out. “I must need to recalibrate…

But We Ran

Running this winter has been hard. Layer upon layer. Attempts to cover every inch of exposed surfaces. Runs when temperatures dropped from single digits to zero and below before we ended. But we ran. The combination of record cold and record snow has combined to…

The Perfectionism Pause

The conversation is the same. The players are different. There is an idea, a spark, a risk. Share this art, this gift, this new thing? Pause. It is not perfect. I will share it someday, but it is not ready. More work. Pause. It…

Among Giants

I have a project. An exciting, new project. A project that I have been talking about for months. A project that partners me with another person (someone who is extremely intelligent, organized, and a deep thinker). We met on the project a few times, took…

The Less Than Default Switch

After hearing similar narratives during different coaching sessions, a pattern became clear. Different people, same narratives. Different issues, same descriptions. Different positions, same struggles. “I want to write, I would love to write, but I am not good enough compared to him/her.” “Other people…

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