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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. [...]

New Years Resolutions 2015

By | January 1st, 2015|Excellence|

New years resolutions really resonate with me. Sometimes, I can make them stick, and keep better habits; other times, I break my New Year’s Resolutions, and learn plenty from them. Resolutions seem to have fallen out of style, despite evidence suggesting that new habits stick better when you start them on important days, and besides, I still find them an important and rewarding annual exercise. New Years Day is a time when one can examine the life one wants to live, and plan habits that support the ideal lifestyle. For the past few years, I have made my resolutions public on my blog, and the public declaration helps my inner sense of accountability. In additions to making New Years Resolutions, I have also begun the practice of an Annual Review, an annual exercise favored by Chris Guillebeau and the WDS community. It was very refreshing to examine my past year, the good and the bad, but I also require the planning and goal setting that resolutions can give. In no particular order, here are my resolutions for this year: […]

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