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Don’t give your power away

“The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.” ~Voltaire Have you ever noticed that sometimes something bad, or at least undesirable, happens and you let it roll right off, as if it doesn’t seem to have any effect on you? And then...

Stay in compassion

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” ~Plato Compassion is such a gift…for myself. It can be so easy to know I’m “right” and see the flaws in others. It can be very tempting to justify my actions and feelings by seeing how wrong, crazy,...

Change a word, change everything

We all know that words are powerful – they can inspire us, open us up to new ideas and places, comfort us, and get us excited. Words can also hurt us, shut us down, frighten us, and close us off to what is possible. Norman Vincent Peale said, "Change your thoughts and...

I really, really hate my job

Unfortunately it happens to nearly all of us, if not all of us, at some point. We hate our job. Really, really hate our job. That’s not a good feeling, because we spend so much time at our jobs. And have so much of ourselves invested in our jobs. Yet even as leaders,...

Are you causing your own shadow?

“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson I’m beginning to realize how many of my bad moods are self-inflicted. How many of my moments of anger, frustration, or despair are actually in my control (although...

Make every mistake once

"Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time." ~George Bernard Shaw Years ago I was at an internal meeting at Verizon. A leader stood up and said one of the best things I’ve ever heard. “We make every mistake once.”...

Remember what worked for you

There are always new and better ways to do things – to be more effective at work, to manage your time better, to get more out of life, and to feel more fulfilled. But often, there are things that have worked for us in the past that we forget about. Case in point: in...

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