Leading When Beliefs Go Rogue

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Labels, judgments, yeah buts, and other beliefs about the way things are can help but often stop helping us. They go rogue. We can tell that a belief has gone rogue on us in two ways. First, we feel bad when we think it. We often attribute the bad feeling to whatever we’re considering. “I […]

Definite, Compelling, and Grand

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If we focus on something we don’t like (especially if we go on about what’s wrong with it and why we don’t like it) then try to fix it, we’ll struggle mightily because our focus has an odd way of preserving things. (Think about the war on drugs or trying to get teammates finally do […]

Choose the Story

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The story we tell drives our results. Tell a story of how rough it is, how terrible they are, how blah blah blah and our results will match. How could they not? Tell a story of how good it is, how capable they are, how la la la and our results will match our story […]

Swayed By Reality

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The sages tell us that the formula for creating any outcome is belief->actions->results. This is a leverage formula. We leverage action into results because we know that taking concerted action generates more results than our default, reactive action. We usually forget the first, more powerful part of the formula. Focused belief generates better actions (and […]


Packs Quite a Punch

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“Something bad is going to happen.” “This sucks.” “I’m angry.” “I’m not as good as others.” “Others don’t/can’t get it.” “I am worried.” “There is something wrong with me, you, or that.” Have you had any of these low-buzz thoughts more than once in the last 24 hours? Many of us think low-buzz thoughts out […]


Who Do You Say You Are?

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The thoughts that most determine our success are the ones about who we think we are. If we find ourselves stuck, it’s likely because we somehow think we are the kind of people to get stuck here. To find ourselves unstuck, we simply imagine ourselves to be the kind of person who naturally has the […]

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Our Story of the Future

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More often, when we tell the story of our future, is it of the future we want or of what we don’t want? Is our future assured? Will we be okay? Is everything going to work out well? Is life, in general, safe? We each have the power to choose how the story turns out because […]


Pause Whenever Wherever

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Even when we are stressed, challenged, angry, lost, or overwhelmed, we each have the ability to pause–whenever and wherever–and flip to a thought that feels better that this. Despite what it may seem, higher-buzz states are always available (and desirable). We just have to remember to catch ourselves and flip. When we do, the productivity […]


How to Clear Any Pile, Empty Any Inbox

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Inboxes overflowing, papers stacked, multiple to do lists with unknown numbers of to dos, anything physical or non-physical that is stagnant or piled. We think that each of these is a symptom of a creative mind or a messy, busy, lazy, or undisciplined person. In fact, they are merely the evidence of incomplete thinking. To […]