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The Pursuit of Strength

Pursuing strength is akin to pursuing excellence. It has a universal value that transcends age, gender or one’s station in life. Strength is bigger and more important than what you can do physically. Rather, it is a particular type of prism through which you can view the world.

But so much of being strong is lost in misinformed beliefs. The most egregious of which is that strength is something that is only important for males. Most of the other wrong-headed attitudes about strength have to do with the true nature of strength. Especially for men. [click to continue…]

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Happy February 1st

It’s been one month since New Year’s day. Plenty of time for the prospect of a fresh start and all of the associated enthusiasm to depart. And plenty of time for statistics to overtake that holiday season enthusiasm. Statistics which state that by February 1st, 36% of New Year’s resolution-makers have already abandoned their pledges.

The problem with resolutions is understanding what it really means to be resolute. Changing your life means changing your habits. And this is harder than most people expect. Our habits come from habituated thoughts that habitually inhabit our minds. See what I mean? These are thoughts that have been around a long time and they won’t go away easily. [click to continue…]

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Motivation or Just More of the Same?

Take a look at the quote engraved on the metal ingot in this photograph. As “motivational quotes” go, it’s a famous one. You can find it emblazoned on posters and framed photographs decorating the walls of thousands of office buildings across the country.

It’s a quote attributed to Robert Schuller and the message is intended to be an empowering one. A statement which seemingly advocates a bold approach to life. And I love that idea as ideas go. Bold is great. I love bold. But I don’t love this quote. I don’t even like it.

Because, in my mind, the answer to this question is “Nothing of consequence”. [click to continue…]

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What if?

Deep down, I think most people understand that they could actually ‘have’ or ‘be’ or ‘get’ what it is they really want. So why don’t more people seem to get what they really want? Why aren’t more people reaching their goals?

As someone who has gone hard after my own goals, I believe I’ve experienced what may be the answer…

Pursuing things that mean something to you makes you vulnerable. [click to continue…]

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Words to the Wise

We speak with words. We also think with words. We tell ourselves things about ourselves with words.

The words we use when speaking inwardly reveal what we truly are thinking inwardly. And those inward thoughts then affect our outward actions. When working with clients, one of the first things I ask them to pay attention to are the words they use in their self-directed communications. Because words stick. They shape our reality and our sense of self. [click to continue…]

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