Finite Goals Bring Fleeting Joy

When our goals are specific, we are more likely to achieve them, but we are also more likely to find disappointment and dissatisfaction when we do. By having specific, measurable goals, we set ourselves up for success. It is easier to achieve goals that we can name and that we can define. The problem is…

The Will To Support Is The Will To Empower

Sometimes, maybe most of the time, people do not want or need us to do anything more to support them than to demonstrate the willingness to do so. We are more powerful and more capable than we know, with fear and uncertainty about the limits of our capabilities hardwired into our DNA as an evolutionary…

If You Can’t Be Better (Be First)

If you can’t beat them, own your own category. Often, when we think about success, we think about beating the competition, trying to win a race to the top of our chosen fields, above or ahead of others in that field. If the competition has a head-start, however, whether in timing, in resources, or in…

Courage to Act (Impractically)

Courage, by definition, is impractical (and practicality is not courageous). Doing what is safe and practical keeps us moving in the same direction, at the same speed. The problem with this strategy is that life is moving faster than whatever speed we feel is safe and practical. For this reason, instead of getting us ahead,…

Fear of Success is Fear of Change

When another person tells you that your idea won’t work, it may be because they are afraid that it will. We should not take all feedback at face value. We must always consider the source, the source’s history, and the source’s agenda. It is very rare to find someone who is objective and transparent enough…