Willpower is a near mythical, elusive yet potent force enabling the wielder to push through the pain and setbacks to accomplish the goal. It’s a prized resource. The famous marshmallow test looks at how testing willpower in young children can predict future success on college entrance exams. As robust and seemingly innate the skill is, … Read more Can You Teach Willpower?
The challenge of the entrepreneur is isolating the key action or ingredient that helps your success. So often when people embark on a path or profession and personal growth, the five or six different actions get added to the schedule at once, or you might make a bunch of changes on your website in the … Read more How Quickly Can You Isolate the Key Ingredient?
Doing work with no clear prize on the other end, and taking the risk that your work might be a waste of time is stressful. Yet that leap is exactly where you at your best create value. Taking the risk and leaping into the unknown is in itself an act of courage to be celebrated. … Read more What’s the Leap You’re Waiting to Make?
We’ve all heard “If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing well.” The calculus changes, however, if it’s really, really worth doing. If it’s really worth doing, it’s worth doing bad. Doing it well puts so much pressure to get it right, while just doing it regardless at least moves the project, and you, forward. … Read more Do It Bad.
Everyone has an excuse/success ratio whether or not we like it. Things come up. Progress is stymied; goals get watered down. Yet human nature tends to bounce back. What’s your ratio between pointing to excuses and doing the hard work of taking the next, maybe scary, step?
A quick google search says only 20% of adults exercise. Another google search shows exercise to be the single best action you can take to improve your health, lower your stress, live longer, live with more energy, and feel better and happier about life. Search again and you’ll find coaches and programs who can help … Read more Why Do Only 1 in 5 Exercise?
So often going after your dreams is tough because the usual social motivation (people expecting, pushing, cajoling, or demanding) doesn’t happen. The pressure to get a “regular job” and pay the bills is intense. Old people make it a point to ask young people “What do you want to do when you grow up?” Young … Read more What Would Happen If They Made You Do It?
Injuries are no fun. Pushing yourself too hard too quickly without warming up or without having a little experience or guidance leads to injury. The tough part is knowing what’s too much until it’s too late. The wise entrepreneur instead seeks out opportunities to try out ideas and put effort into experiments designed to stretch … Read more What’s Your Good Kind of Stretch?
Once upon a time, we had to run to catch food or avoid being food. Now we run to stay in shape and feel fantastic. In the work world, the entrepreneur runs against a clock of sunk costs and burn rate, the cost of simply living and doing business. Each day holds a precious opportunity … Read more What’s your pace’s sweet spot?
After hustling for weeks, maybe months, and the first rains begin to fall, there’s a temptation to take a break and relax. Flow is beautiful. Yet when the source of motivation shifts rapidly, from running to just stay alive, to now being able to rest and catch your breath, the transition can be disorienting. The … Read more Using (Ebb &) Flow