Feeling uncomfortable is a natural part of life, and it can often be a sign that you’re growing and learning. However, many of us try to avoid discomfort at all costs, which can hold us back from reaching our full potential. Here are some steps you can take to get comfortable being uncomfortable: By learning to get comfortable being uncomfortable, […]
I’m an avid reader. It’s the best way I know to “sharpen my axe”and continuously improve. Last year I read 40 books. Included among them is a favorite that I’ve read three times already. Carol Dweck’s Mindset: “The New Psychology of Success.
I’m blessed to have my own business, and make my own hours. The great thing about it is that I can come and go as I please. The bad thing is that I’m the worst boss I’ve ever worked for. As I write this it’s 9:10pm and I’m still in the office. This is my norm. During the week I […]
Oh mamma – I’m motivated. I love when I feel this way. Scratch that, I A-D-O-R-E when I feel this way. Today I watched aTED talk which came to me via my friend Alyssa Bronander. Alyssa sent me this video of Shawn Anchor last week in an email where she was also sending me birthday wishes. A double whammy of good Karma.
This time of year, I have an ugly habit to obsessively review video of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001. It’s the same thing every year. I watch the first plane hit, then the second, then I watch the towers collapse. Over and over. I try to find new angles that I may have missed last year. I relive every moment, I usually cry. I pick at the scab, and let it bleed a little each year.
In Esquire magazine they have a section dedicated to something called “What I’ve Learned“. This is my favorite section of the magazine. You can gobble up some poignant tips on life in those pages. The format is very simple, conversational even. It’s assumed that you already understand where this person is coming from – whether they be an actor, politician, or civilian. Some are humorous, and some are tearjerkers. Mostly they follow the same pattern regarding commentary by the featured personality regarding the following topics: Sex, Death, Parenting, Faith, Aging, Power, Money.
Last year I compiled an ambitious list of 100 things that I was grateful for. I did this just before Thanksgiving with the intent to only list a few things, when the floodgates opened. This experience was eye opening, and taught me two things:
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
William Ernest Henley