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10 Daily Tools For Positive Thinking

By | September 16th, 2017|Excellence, The Good Stuff|

By nature, I am not a positive thinker. I have to work at it. Positive thinking will not do anything by itself, but as Zig Ziglar said, “Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.” The success or failure of many things you do in life depends on how well you [...]

New Years Resolutions 2017

By | January 1st, 2017|Excellence|

I know that New Years Resolutions are ridiculed and lampooned by many, but I find them to be an indispensable goal-setting tool. The annual act of lifting my gaze into higher possibility keeps my attention focused upward, on what I could become, instead of behind me, on my mistakes. Yesterday before my annual review, I [...]

A New Personal Development Website for Fathers

By | April 5th, 2016|Excellence|

After working on it for more than a year, I've finally launched my new blog! This project is a culmination of 2 years of investigation. When I went to Pioneer Nation in 2014, I had just come back from Costa Rica, and I was trying to figure out some way to brand myself beyond the 'web [...]

New Years Resolutions 2016

By | January 1st, 2016|Excellence|

Ordering two cups of coffee, my wife and I sat down for one of our most cherished rituals of the year. We had our favorite notebooks, with the pens that made us feel powerful when we wrote across the page, and together we wrote our New Year’s Resolutions. Yesterday’s Annual Review helped me calibrate myself for the year I want to have, and these resolutions are the habits I will use to become the person I want to be. 2016 New Year’s Resolutions […]

Stacking Habits of Gratitude

By | May 8th, 2015|Excellence, The Good Stuff|

“Gratitude is the single most important ingredient to living a successful and fulfilled life.” - Jack Canfield Without gratitude, life is just bleak. You can be rich or poor, healthy or sick, lonely or loved, but only appreciation will assign value to that which you possess. James Clear, an expert on making habits, uses the power [...]

The Forge of Failure

By | March 29th, 2015|Excellence|

One of the best things you can do to improve yourself is to fail at something new. The first time you rode a bike, you failed. Repeatedly. And if you were willing to get up and try again, and again, you learned a new skill. Failure was the price you paid to learn. Becoming Friends with Failure [...]

Break your habits to make better ones.

By | February 4th, 2015|Excellence|

My best habits emerge in late January every year. After a few weeks to try out my New Years resolutions, it becomes apparent what works, and what doesn't. Related: Why breaking New Years Resolutions is good for you As of today, I have kept 5 out of my 12 resolutions for 2015. I suppose I could [...]

3 GTD Tips: How to Make Things Happen

By | January 17th, 2015|Excellence|

In the middle of a geek-out session with a good friend, comparing productivity apps, he asked the big question: How do you manage all these lists without getting overwhelmed? I reviewed the basic principles of Getting Things Done, the task management philosophy developed by David Allen. Even after reading the book, implementing these productivity protocols can break [...]

Frictionless Blogging

By | January 16th, 2015|Excellence|

I'm writing this post on my phone, and I'm hitting 'Publish' before it's ready. This is one of the few blogging ideas that can make Corbett Barr stop and say, "Hey, I've never heard that before." He was interviewing Leo Babauta of Zen Habits, as part of a Fizzle course called Start A Blog That Matters. [...]

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