Category: Your Story

Comparison, tribes, and the right standard

We are born into small tribes. Each tribe has its own rules, and its own standards. These standards shape the tribe, and set expectations of the members. These standards aren’t usually written down, but they shape who we are and who we become. Tribes…

The Distorted Lens

It was almost the same day. Three separate conversations. Three inspiring people. One common theme: the distorted lens. The distorted lens is similar to the Hubble’s Mirror Problem that resulted in distorted and out of focus images, but in this case the distorted and out of…

Why do we do these things we do?

We start businesses when we already have a job and a full plate. We go back to school while juggling work, life, and home. We write stories, and more stories, and sometimes books. We get other certifications and trainings. We side hustle on our…

A Hope-Filled Plan

We make plans all the time. One of best parts of coaching is helping leaders, organizations, and people make and carry out plans. Over the years, I have noticed two distinct types of plans. Plan type one is the safe bet. Rooted in “reality”…

Historian or Futurist?

  We seem to like history, especially our own history. Our history was created through a series of events. We get comfortable telling that story. We have told that story many times. We keep telling that story. We like telling that story. The pain,…

The Spillover of Failure

It was a privilege last week to work with a group of people trying to launch big, scary & creative ideas into the world. They have ideas. They want to make a difference. They brought their big, scary & creative ideas. We discussed what…

Permission

I have been wrestling with how to close out a project that has been consuming my mind, energy, and emotions. The project is a risk, and includes trying to help others launch their big ideas into the world. I have learned a few things…

Wired for Solutions

We have already talked about being wired for problems. We all have different styles, and some behavioral styles have this uncanny ability to scan the environment for problems. At first this sounds negative. Always pointing out what is wrong. But there is a flip side…

The Tribes

Winter here has been weird. In a week and a half, the temps have varied from 65 to 8. Running has been a challenge. Some days are cold, some are warm. My body and my attitude has needed to adjust. Luckily I am part…

The Librarian and the Library of Memories and Thoughts

I am considering placing a help wanted ad. Help wanted: The Librarian for the library of my memories and thoughts. Not just any Librarian. A cool Librarian like my friend Deb (the nocturnal librarian). Duties include cataloging all of my old memories and thoughts, and being a…

The More

It is hard to explain. There is something out there. Calling us. Whispering. “Wake up.” “Don’t settle.” “There is more.” It is easy to find a rut. Easy to give up or give in, and stop trying something new. Easy to say, “this is…

Perfect Timing

“That email was perfect timing, thanks for reaching out.” “Getting together today was perfect timing.” “Your words/that card/the call/ was perfect timing, I needed it.” You reach out to someone else. You take the time to connect. You send that note. You make that…

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