There are distinct differences between the way successful happy people approach life versus those who continually struggle.
Your metaphors create the narrative of your life. Choose imagery that will help you show up with passion for the people who matter to you.
Acknowledging and appreciating uncertainty doesn't make you less powerful. It makes you more powerful.
Your mood, productivity, opinions and ambition are affected by the people you let into your life, and your head.
I've both loved and loathed working from home. Working from home is neither the problem, nor the solution. Creating great work and creating a great family require the same things: time, space and working together.
If you're a boss, don't underestimate how much one person's negativity can affect your entire team. No one is skilled enough to merit ruining the morale of a whole group.
It wasn't until my early 20s that I turned to reading as a form of personal development. Prior to that, non-fiction was something that teachers assigned, grindingly boring tomes that you read only because you had to, and you forgot right after the test. Then I read "The Road Less Traveled" and everything changed. For the first time I realized that books aren't always about other people, sometimes they're about me.
Your life has a purpose, and it's bigger than just your tasks. It's about the love, joy and success you bring to others. Remind yourself of that the next time you're having a hard day.
Whining is like cheap wine, sweet on your lips, but if you indulge too often, you'll never get anything done.
Sometimes you have to push the reset on your brain. Your life will thank you.
There is no such time machine. But you can create a similar experience in the here and now. Ask about someone's back story, and use the knowledge to be more empathetic.
We’re all looking for the magic bullet, the secret words to make our spouse melt, our co-worker cooperate and our customer giggle with glee as they sign on the dotted line.
Next time you face a challenging area in your own life, try applying the "Yes, And" model.
I used to have a preacher who was so bad that the only way I could get through his sermons was to rewrite them in my head.. My family was less than thrilled when I insisted on giving them my revised version of the sermon over lunch every Sunday, but
Here's the thing about those 10 best days, they're even more fun if you stay fully present while you're experiencing them.
One of the big mistakes that people (including me) make in business and life is to assume that we understand other people’s internal motivation.
Instead of a critique, it's a helpful to offer suggestion. I'm hardly perfect, but after hundreds of times doing it wrong, I've learned that how much the positioning and the order matter.
We've all heard (and given) our share of excuses.. "My computer crashed, I got stuck in traffic, no one told me I was supposed to do it, the dog ate my homework.". It's frustrating to encounter in others, but we're often guilty ourselves, "I was sooo busy. My travel
Next time you find yourself wishing for a magic change potion. Flip it. Instead of asking, "How can I get the other person to change," swallow a little bit of the potion yourself, and ask, "How can I change my response?"
Remember this: nothing bad happens when you get excited about something.
Next time you find yourself on the other side of a "He just doesn't get it" debate, try reframing the conversation in the context of a larger purpose. You'll be amazed at how quickly people respond when they understand that you both want the same things.
When it comes to money, it's not about what you've spent; it's about what you want to do from this point going forward.
Every family and every organization has a narrative. It's up to you to craft your own.
Pleasure and purpose are what you need -- not smarts -- to be truly happy.
If you're trying to find meaning n your life, it's a good idea to turn off the TV and work at it.
Whether it's water skiiing or other pursuits, it never hurts to measure yourself against your peers.
At some point in your life you have a wake-up moment. It's that instance in time when you quit going through the motions and actually think about your life and what it all really means.
Re-thinking how you handle your consumers.
We're weird about paying for advice.
Long-term goals are important, but don't make the mistake of putting your happiness on hold until you achieve them. Here are seven simple ways you can have a great life starting tomorrow morning:
She was absolutely blindsided, sucker-punched. She hunched over the telephone, turned her back on her colleagues and gazed unseeingly at the high rise across the street as Sumner Redstone. Then the almost 70-year-old chairman of Viacom Inc. let loose with his tirade.
It starts out calm. You're having an intelligent debate with a colleague. Then they say something that pushes your buttons and before you know it, the words are flying and logic is out the window.
Are you dangerous?
There are two basic human needs: connection and meaning.
It's that weird thing that no one can seem to put their finger on.
An open letter to Congress:
Have you ever noticed that when you give to others you feel better about yourself?
For every person who’s looking forward to spending the holidays with family, there’s another one, or five, who are dreading it. For some people, time with extended family is practically purgatory.
Can a single thought change your life?
If you’re in business, you’ve no doubt had someone — probably your boss or a motivational speaker — attempt to inspire you with a sports analogy.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could tell people what to do, and then have them actually do it?
“Mind the gap.” It’s a phrase commonly used to warn train passengers of the gap between the station platform and the train door. But it’s also a metaphor that applies to many areas of our lives.
Do clothes make the man? Or in this case, the woman? We can talk all day about how brains and work ethic are more important than looks and fashion. But humans are visual creatures by nature. Like it or not, we make instant assessments of people based on what they're wearing.
What's the difference between good and great?
Can a friend help you get promoted? Or lose weight? Or be a better parent?
Can a single conversation ruin your business? Or end your marriage?
Can a single conversation ruin your business? Or end your marriage?
What makes someone a great friend? Is it being supportive and accepting you just the way you are? Or is it someone who has the guts to kick you in the tail and demand that you do better? I had an abysmal book signing several years ago that gave me a different perspective on what it really means to be a friend.
What's more important: knowledge, work habits or the way we interact with others?
Recently, one of my clients was creating a project team. Several people volunteered, yet when they found out that Ms. So and So was going to be part of it, they quickly retracted their offers. The project hadn't even started, yet they were already jumping ship at the mere thought of having to work with Ms. So and So.
Is fast food the new smoking?