New year’s lessons from The Princess Bride

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Do you feel stalled in your development? As if you are going nowhere, fast? Not to worry: you’re not dead; you’re dormant.

Here we are, on the cusp of a new year, hip deep in winter. The landscape here in the midwest is bleak and windswept. No vegetation grows and the trees are shut down for the season. As cliche as it sounds, as I’m watching snow spit and swirl from the sky, spring (and its soft, green, spongy new grass) seems a million months away. It seems as though it will always be Winter.

Of course, this Read More…

Avoiding Death by Cookie Cutter

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By Lisa D. Jenkins

Have you ever been doing one thing and found a correlation to another that sidetracks you? It happens to me all the time.

If thereís one thing Iíve learned about doing what I love, itís that sitting on my butt and working online for hours is all too easy. Iíve gone from running 5 to 7 miles a day to working 7 to 9 hours without ever getting out of my chair. Itís not good for me.

So two weeks ago, for the first time ever, I hired a personal trainer because I Read More…

Beach Notes: Holding Out Against The Odds

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By Suzie Cheel & Des Walsh

Walking onto the beach this morning we saw this sand castle and Des said: “It’s holding out against all odds,” as the waves crashed in.

The next moment the top was gone yet the base remained.

Suzie Cheel & Des Walsh

The 7 benefits of being small

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One of my favorite movies of all time features a trampoline, a creepy antique carnival soothsayer and one of the most romantic songs ever recorded. The movie’s protagonist, Josh Baskin, trapped within his pre-pubescent prison, yearns to be Big.

Isn’t that a common yearning for us all when we launch our businesses and organizations? Don’t we all wish that we had unlimited budgets, plush offices in some groovy building and an ability to dominate the market?

If only we didn’t have to decide whether to pay ourselves a salary or stock up on paper Read More…

Do you have what it takes to be free?

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In my opinion, these four endowments from Steven Covey form the cornerstone of our progression to independence and autonomy as human beings. Each component interacts with the others to support and strengthen our individuality.

No one is perfect, and at any given time, one component will be more defined or developed than the others. However, through regular and periodic review and assessment, we can take responsibility for each attribute as it relates to our independence.

“Every human has four endowments- self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power Read More…

How to navigate risk, change and uncertainty

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Most of us are “risk averse.” Consistency, reliability and “the known” are powerful mental illusions of control that most of us cling to because they lull us into a sense of security. The truth is, life is an adventure.

We truly cannot control most of what goes on around us. The only TRUE control any of us have is our reaction to what happens to us. How can we cultivate comfort with risk and uncertainty in our lives? How can we learn to embrace adventure?

To quote the sage Stevie Winwood: “Roll with it, Read More…

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