We get news we don't want or like all of the time. Some of it with significant consequences; most of it (thankfully) much less so. The job we didn't get. Unrequited love. A serious medical diagnosis. Any and all of these can send us into a downward spiral. If you are anything like me, you … Continue reading Firing the pollsters
Once our intention is set toward making change in this world--and we start actually doing the hard, uncomfortable work--it's typically not very long before we encounter resistance. There is the capital R Resistance that Steven Pressfield talks about, where our own fear of failure or looking stupid is the dragon we must slay. Then there … Continue reading Ally, bystander or critic?
It's an old adage that we should choose our battles wisely. And yet... ... we get into stupid political arguments with folks who are so stuck in their fear or ignorance or ego that nothing we say will change their minds---even if we happen to be right (whatever that means). ...we pick fights with folks … Continue reading Fighting an unwinnable war
As the US goes to the polls today, it really doesn't matter whether one identifies as a Democrat, Republican, Libertarian or whatever. Whether we prefer Beto or Ted, Andrew or Rod, Stacey or Brian means precisely nothing if we don't go vote. It turns out that our strongly held beliefs and eloquently worded arguments on … Continue reading It always comes down to turnout
There are all sorts of reasons we stay stuck, fail to take action on the things we tell ourselves really matter, spin on items big and small. Whether it's deepening (or ending) a personal relationship, finishing our book, quitting a soul-crushing job or starting that new business we keep talking about, there is an aspect … Continue reading Out of ignorance or fear?