This year, I will

Success is the sum of small efforts — repeated day in and day out. Robert Collier 1885 – 1950 As the old year winds down, people seem naturally drawn to two activities. The first is looking back on the old year with a bit of remorse for all the things they’d planned (and failed) to do. The second is looking forward to the fresh New Year and promising, “This year, I’ll ___________.” My guess is you’ve probably done these things already. But if history is any guide, we won’t be far into the New Year before your plans start to …
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Neither here nor there

Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong. N.R. Narayana Murthy 1946 – While you may not have heard the term ‘liminal space’, you’ve almost certainly experienced the phenomenon at some point. Liminal space can be either literal or figurative — a transitional place, period, or experience. The airport is a good literal example: an in-between place, the gateway between your point of origin and your destination. The upcoming winter holidays are often considered liminal times, bridging the old year and the new.  These days can feel stagnant to some, …
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The Pillow Test

You become what you give your attention to. Epictetus 55 – 135 A.D. I’m always looking for little things people can do to improve their quality of life. I recently heard of a good exercise from an associate in Dallas; he calls it the pillow test. It’s simple, but it can be very effective over time. As you lay your head down on your pillow each night, ask yourself the following two questions. What am I glad I did today? What do I wish I had done today? These are powerful and thought provoking questions. Think about the things you …
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