Category: General Resilience

Grit: the “Secret Sauce of Success”…Research by Angela Lee Duckworth

What do West Point Cadet’s who make it through “Beast Barracks” have in common with the high performers and winners of the National Spelling Bee contest? Grit. Grit plays a huge role in resilience, in fact in some ways its synomous with resilience. So…its worth our time to learn some of the science of grit and how […]

They Mysterious Power of Beauty

They Mysterious Power of Beauty

I was just watching a DVD of Loreena McKennit in concert, held at the amazing Alhambra palace in Granada, Spain. As I watched and listened to her amazing voice–truly a voice that connects you with The Mystery–I was reminded of the mysterious power of beauty to nourish the soul and the importance of beauty in […]

“What makes your heart sing?” & your Life Ecosystem

“What makes your heart sing?” & your Life Ecosystem

“What if music could be injected into the experience in a way that would soften peoples’ hearts…. that would shift their capacity to meet the moment, rather than with denial and fear, but with empathy and acceptance and interconnectedness.”                          Gary Malkin, Emmy-Winning composer In yet another example of “Life is a mystery to be […]

Focus on What Matters Most: The Wisdom of Stephen Covey

Focus on What Matters Most: The Wisdom of Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey died recently, which prompted a great article titeld The Man Who Made Dreams Come True by Alex Green in Early to Rise. BTW…I HIGHLY recommend that you subscribe to Early to Rise. It is like having your own Genius Network. In the post, Green summarizes Covey’s Seven Habits. While some people criticize them […]

What’s Your Handstand?

What’s Your Handstand?

I’ve been reading Peter Bregman’s excellent book 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done, which blends compelling “slice of life” stories with wise lessons. I highly recommend it. You know that saying “You had me at ‘Hello’”? Well he had me at the chapter title: “Anyone can do a […]

How to Maintain Your Positive Attitude…No Matter What’s Coming At You

How to Maintain Your Positive Attitude…No Matter What’s Coming At You

Guest Post by Brooke Musterman, author of Reptiles on Caffeine Words cannot convey the sheer terror I felt in the pit of my stomach my first day at my new job at one of the busier coffee shops. I was manning the espresso bar, making the drinks for the ever-growing 7:00 rush. People seemed to […]

“I am responsible for my emotional state”, repeat…”I am responsible…”

I just read an excellent, thought-provoking blog posted titled Go Ahead-Push My Buttons  by Kathy Toon, author of Put Your Game Face On and a three time NCAA winning coach. It reminded me of the “I am responsible for my emotional state” saying my friend Fran Liautaud has used over the years when talking about difficult people she’s […]

How can you “hold the vision” for others?

  Do you have a friend who doesn’t see their potential—even their greatness? Do you know someone who is going through a hard time—maybe they’re out of work or going through a hard time in their marriage—and they are unable to remember who they are and all of their good qualities? Perhaps you can be […]

The Yak Board During Happier Times

Is The Glass Half Empty or Half Full Here?

You can reduce your stress level by making it a habit to see the “glass half full”. Are you doing that?

Limiting Beliefs: What’s Your “Tie Behind the Glass”?

What’s Your “Tie Behind the Glass”? What are you convincing yourself is not possible? What are you wishing that someone else could do for you? What goal or change do you long for, but don’t believe is possible? I hope this rather humbling story helps you break free and see what might  really be happening.