36 ways to cultivate gratitude

November 19 2017

Write a letter. Meditate. Look at old photos. Go for a walk. Cook a special meal. Start a journal. Send flowers. Bake cookies. Take new photos. Compliment someone. Sit in nature. Praise a colleague. Call a relative. Hug warmly. Savor a cup of tea. Listen to soft music. Smile. Concentrate on your breathing. Acknowledge a […]

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Power down

November 10 2017

Do you power down your devices or put them to sleep? Are your machines and electronics constantly running or do you turn them off to conserve energy? What about yourself? When was the last time you gave yourself a day to “switch off” — a day disconnected from alerts and email dings and calendar reminders. […]

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Close but not too close

November 05 2017

Intimacy isn’t only found in relationships. The energy you put into work and into yourself also requires closeness, attention, warmth, and care. How much effort are you putting forth? What are you holding back? Are you “all in” or hesitantly waiting to see how things pan out? It is natural to build mechanisms to protect […]

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Communication breakdowns

October 29 2017

Lines have been crossed. There is an argument, a heated misunderstanding. A partner feels neglected, a potential client goes elsewhere for work. Feelings are hurt. What do you do? You have choices. A. Walk away. Ignore it. Move on to other tasks and focus your attention elsewhere. B. Work it out. Pause to listen and understand […]

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Pace yourself

October 23 2017

No runner wants to crawl across the finish line. Racers practice their pace and know how much energy they need to exert for each mile. Entrepreneurs need this skill, too. Go all out in the beginning and you risk having little steam in reserves. Aim for a steady stream of effort and intention, however, and you […]

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Ask yourself these two questions before writing marketing material

October 13 2017

1. Who are you writing for? [audience] Think about the audience you wish to target. What do they want? What do they need? What makes them care? What do you want them to do? What happens if they don’t do anything? Know who you are writing for and tailor your messages accordingly. 2. What is […]

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What is your sacrifice?

October 04 2017

If you don’t have an answer, you don’t love it enough. If you care, REALLY care about (fill in blank with your: project, partner, job, client), you will sacrifice something. Results don’t come without sacrifice. You might sacrifice time or quality or money or reputation or fame. But if you don’t know what you have […]

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Two communication channels

September 28 2017

Communication is a cornerstone of healthy, successful relationships. Your ability to communicate affects all aspects of your life: your workplace, at home, in personal relationships, even your vacation. We can define communication in one of two categories, open or closed channels. Open channels: Are clear and direct Leave less room for misinterpretation and confusion Question-centric […]

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Two factors to measure success

September 24 2017

How do you measure your success, is is the numbers in your bank account, your title at the firm, the number of clients you land in a month? In this moment, do you consider yourself a failure? Or would you describe yourself as a success? I have written about how we define and measure success […]

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“What took you the longest to learn?”

September 18 2017

Oprah asks her guests this question on her Super Soul podcasts. A thoughtful pause follows, and the answer is often a mix of wistfulness, courage, sometimes even regret. How would you answer the same question? What lesson has taken you the longest to learn?

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