Ducks in a Row?

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Henry David Thoreau once said, “What you get by achieving your goals is not nearly as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” He was right. There are few things more powerful in personal transformation than facing challenges, setting your shoulder to the wheel and then making great things happen in your life. […]

Blasting From the Past

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Sparky Anderson, the great baseball major league player once said, “I’ve got my faults, but living in the past is not one of them. There’s no future in it.” Sparky was right. One of the most difficult things about moving forward is our tendency to drag the past with us into the future. It is […]

Think you know, do ya? Think again!

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Problem solving is a fact of life. Just about every great invention ever created came in response to a problem. For example, the car, the typewriter, the telephone and the laptop computer – – were all answers to a problem. How do we get there faster? How do we write faster? How do we communicate […]

Unreasonable Expectations

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“Nothing great was ever achieved by being realistic” said Tom Venuto, author. If you think about this it makes perfect sense. True achievement demands shooting past the mark of what we often think is achievable. Driving change demands that we examine carefully what we believe are the limits of our potential and the potential of […]

Asking the Right Questions


In human services, finding problems is actually what we do best. With our ever increasing focus on finding and solving all of the problems that keep our most challenged clients from moving ahead, the sheer number of programs we have come up with to address just about every actual or perceived barrier is fairly compelling […]

A Mind is a Chatty Thing

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If you spent one full day actually listening to what goes through your mind, you would be both stunned and enlightened. On a subconscious level, our minds really do have a “life of their own” and produce an interesting on-going commentary of every single thing we perceive. This commentary is often just below the surface […]

Are the Locusts in Control?

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Do you ever feel like the world is against you? No matter what you do “they” won’t let you get ahead, right? No matter how carefully you plan and plant, the locusts always seem to eat your crops. That’s just the way things are for people like us, right? Maybe so – maybe not – […]

Emotions at Work

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When it comes to testing every ounce of fear and insecurity we could possibly have, the workplace wins as the battleground that separates “the best” from “the rest.” The entire effort of having and holding a job is filled with emotional landmines, vulnerabilities and baggage. After all, work provides money that literally funds our physical […]

Fake It…. So You Can Make It!

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If you are very brave or at least very convinced of your ultimate success in something then you deserve a round of applause for your confidence and conviction. But what if your feelings of future success are based exclusively on a change in beliefs as opposed to any evidence that this is possible? Then you […]

Procrastination: There’s More To It Than You Think

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One of the biggest reasons for not reaching our goals is simply not starting the effort in the first place. We know what we want. We’ve determined that it’s good, worthy and in our best interests. So let’s make a list, right? Wrong! Making a list is re-arranging the deck chairs on the sinking ship […]