Seriousness is not the same as significance

“Seriousness is not the same as significance.” -Chalmers Brothers It’s possible to be light-hearted and effective. It’s also possible to be really intense and inefficient. Just because you’re serious, doesn’t mean you’re actually focused on what’s important. And just because something is important, doesn’t mean you have to be serious about it all or most… Continue reading Seriousness is not the same as significance

Don’t micromanage your emotions

Having a bad day? Feeling like you’re in a bit of a funk and can’t figure out why? Feeling bad may not be the problem. The real issue may be that you’re feeling bad about feeling bad. What’s wrong with me? We all deal with various emotions throughout the day, but the ones who seem… Continue reading Don’t micromanage your emotions

Optimism: Positive assumptions not required

Positive assumptions, although potentially empowering, often require the ones who make those assumptions to think or act as if positive experiences will occur whether they have evidence for such optimistic expectations or not. For many people, this is a difficult, if not psychologically impossible, leap to make. As an alternative, I propose the following: Rather… Continue reading Optimism: Positive assumptions not required

You don’t need more opportunities. You need fewer assumptions.

What happens to the creative ideas we already have when we make fewer assumptions about how things will go wrong? What happens to our sense of personal power when we make fewer assumptions about how disadvantaged or weak we are? What happens to our quality of life when we make fewer assumptions about how tough… Continue reading You don’t need more opportunities. You need fewer assumptions.

Follow your passion, NOT your resistance

Passion has two components: 1) The pleasure you feel WHILE contemplating, creating, or consuming what you love. and 2) The pleasure you feel AS A RESULT of being committed to what you love even when it’s not convenient. The first component is characterized by the idea of immediate gratification. It’s the instant payoff we get… Continue reading Follow your passion, NOT your resistance