“The sparrows jumped before they knew how to fly, and they learned to fly only because they had jumped”
― Lauren Oliver


Just jump!

It’s easier not to.   Growth doesn’t come from sitting in the same place doing the same thing you did yesterday.    The chasm doesn’t shrink by waiting another day.   Are you getting better at your craft?  Are you preparing not just for tomorrow but for the next year, the next decade?

What stops you from making the leap?   What stops you from preparing for your new future?

Fear … that little four letter word that inhibits action, that stops dreams, that kills desire and thwarts growth.   The ingredients for success are well-known.  Fear is the thing that stops people from mixing together the ingredients for their future success.

What do you want to change in your life?   What will it take?


crossing the abyss

“Life is painful and messed up. It gets complicated at the worst of times, and sometimes you have no idea where to go or what to do. Lots of times people just let themselves get lost, dropping into a wide open, huge abyss. But that’s why we have to keep trying. We have to push through all that hurts us, work past all our memories that are haunting us. Sometimes the things that hurt us are the things that make us strongest. A life without experience, in my opinion, is no life at all. And that’s why I tell everyone that, even when it hurts, never stop yourself from living.”
― Alysha Speer


What holds you back?

What would make your life better?

What stops you from having that better life?

Maybe a better life would be simply preparing a resume’ so that you could get a job that you really want to do.  Cross the abyss and start today.  Design the life you want to live rather than feel like there is no other career that would possibly offer you the work that you really want to do.   The abyss is the fear that believing something else is possible really isn’t.

A relationship is desired and nothing ever starts.  The abyss is the fear of rejection, the fear that someone would find out that you aren’t who you really want to be.  Why not become the person you really want to be?   Take a step, and then another and cross over the abyss and become the person you were meant to be.

For some people the word is “shame” and breaking through the wall of shame is like  an abyss that is far to wide to cross.   There is no bridge strong enough to hold you up until you reach the other side.   Instead you hope that the shame will melt away and that you can find a harbor of contentment right where you are.  Let the shame go and cross the bridge to the other side, let your life flourish.

What is the abyss you have in front of you?   What would you do if the abyss wasn’t there?   Where would you be if you crossed the abyss?


choosing ends the debate

We make our decisions, and then our decisions turn around and make us.”
― F.W. Boreham



To make a decision or not.   For some people there are just too many options and each one of those options has something positive that they want in their life and as a result they choose none of the options.  The end result is anxiety, or discontent, unease or unhappiness.   Why not make a decision and move forward.

Choosing and making a decision means that internal debate that is leading you to nowhere ends.  Choosing isn’t about right or wrong, it is about trying something and learning.  Not choosing is a choice that ends up creating more frustration and anxiety.

What do you need to make a decision about?

What is stopping you from making a choice?

What would happen if you make a choice?

It doesn’t matter what it is you’ve probably had an internal debate that has gone on far too long.  Make a choice and stop thinking about making a choice.

get more sleep

[S]leep, and enough of it, is the prime necessity. Enough exercise, and good food and enough, are other necessities. But sleep—good sleep, and enough of it—this is a necessity without which you cannot have the exercise of use, nor the food. ~Edward Everett Hale, “How to Get the Best of It,” c.1892


Do you get seven to eight hours of sleep per night?   Do you have a regular time in which you get to bed?

If you said “No” to either question you may be limiting your effectiveness.   Sleep helps improve your cognitive abilities and that surely is something that has daily value.  Sleep improves your ability to react and improves decision-making.

Many people find that cutting short sleep is the best way to cram everything they want to do into their day.  Cutting short sleep isn’t the right way to get more into the day.

Sleep improves immune system function and to get the benefits of a stronger immune system requires at least seven hours of sleep per night.    Sleep can also improve the ability to manage weight issues.

If you are one of the many people who thrive on getting less sleep you are really fooling yourself.  The body creates a negative feedback cycle when you reduce your sleep and over time that lack of sleep will begin to create a series of negative impacts that may be difficult to overcome.   Making sleep a habit where you get at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night will help you live better and more healthy life.  Getting enough sleep will likely reduce Dr. visits and reduce the chances of getting a lifestyle disease (diabetes is one of them).

Make the change to get more sleep.  Turn off electronics at least 30 minutes before bed.  Read a book (a non-electric one) and let  your body relax.  Dim the lights and encourage the body to move into a state of calm.   Get the sleep you need to create the best opportunity to function at your highest levels each day.

“Life is in short cycles or periods; we are quickly tired, but we have rapid rallies. A man is spent by his work, starved, prostrate; he will not lift his hand to save his life; he can never think more. He sinks into deep sleep and wakes with renewed youth, with hope, courage, fertile in resources, and keen for daring adventure.”~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Letters and Social Aims, “Inspiration”

in the pursuit of meaning

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
― Jane Goodall


Pursuit of meaning is like …

What makes you life a life you want to live?   What are you doing, seeing, feeling, touching and tasting that is making your life exciting, interesting, and valuable?  When those questions are asked many people don’t have a good answer to the question.

What makes you life a life you want to live?   What are you doing, seeing, feeling, touching and tasting that is making your life exciting, interesting, and valuable?  When those questions are asked many people don’t have a good answer to the question.

Too often people retreat from life making a variety of claims that suggest that they are victims of their work, the relationships, their health, their finances and the world, that life is against them and the opportunity to live fully, expressively and with a sense of aliveness that is exciting is not available to them.

At the beginning of your day and at the end of the day how much positive energy do you have?   Are you excited about what the new day will bring and are you feeling like you made a difference at the end of the day?   Are you feeling strong, vibrant and alive or are you feeling down, depressed and hopeless?  You might even be somewhere in between the extremes of full participation and being fully checked out.

What would it feel like to know that what you did today matters and to believe that what you do will matter?  What you do does matter.   The biggest change you can make is a decision that says every day I’ll do my best to be authentic and passionate about all that I do.  Now, it doesn’t mean that bad days will just go extinct, it means that you’ll acknowledge the bad days and step back and reflect on what the issues are and do something about them.   Complaining to others, or just feeling down doesn’t solve the problem or problems you are dealing with.  Sure, it might feel good to complain once in a while but if complaining is chronic then you have a choice to make.   Do you drag down others around you or do you lift them up?   Be the later.

Where does this all lead?   It leads to living a life of meaning and chasing the most important things that really matter to you.  If you decide to pursue meaning in all that you do you’ll find that life becomes much more robust, it becomes more joyful, it means you feel more alive and it means that you are living life with purpose and on purpose.   What would that feel like?

happiness matters or does it?

The essentials to happiness are something to love, something to do, and something to hope for.

William Blake



Recent articles point out that happy people do better work, that was the thought. A recent Harvard Business Review article suggests that maybe happiness is overrated and even suggests that happiness may be a hindrance to productivity.

Perhaps happiness sounds good at work it might be more important to have meaningful work to do that stretches the capabilities of the individual.  Work that is easy, repetitious, and seems meaningless isn’t going to drive the best performance and results from anyone.

What do you feel about your work?  Is the work meaningful, purposeful, and useful?   What is your level of engagement?   Are you able to do your work within an eight-hour work period?   What is the relationship you have with others in the organization?

Happiness at work, what does that really mean?   What is happiness?  It starts with a definition and you have to determine what that definition is.  Is happiness something that is pursued at work or does it just happen in the moment when the work you are doing has meaning and is inspiring.   Happiness is often found at the boundaries of intellectual and psychological challenge.   That is the work is challenging, the problems are difficult but solvable and there is time for a rhythm and flow to the work.   Work that is too easy can become boring and that will lead to less productivity and more procrastination.  On the other hand work that is too hard and difficult may also create procrastination.

Where do you find happiness in your work or do you?





add service to your routine

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
― Martin Luther King Jr

Female executive drawing business concept on a whiteboard.

Serve others better

People often ask how they can improve their chances of getting promoted at work.   The answer is rather simple, serve others better, serve others with excellence.   The service formula is rather simple and it is one that people quickly ignore.   If there was a secret to getting ahead it would be service.  Now, the problem is that it is so easy to do that most people don’t even want to do it.

What job doesn’t involve some sort of service?   Your job likely involves interacting with other people at some level.  How are you serving them?

Serving is about caring and caring is easy to do in principal and much more challenging when your own life is need filled.   Take some time and consider some ways you can increase your service to others in your place of work.  What can you do to show that you care?

In your place of work do you believe you have a purpose?

Do people acknowledge who you are?

Does your work matter to others?

What does service mean to you?   How can you serve better in the workplace?

When you are cared for in your place of work that behavior is shared with others and you begin to care about the work you do and the people you serve.  With employee engagement hovering in the 30% area it would make sense for the organization to care about you so that you could care about your work.  Often the belief is the other way around, we pay you to do your work and because of that you should care about the place you work.  It doesn’t work that way.

What would allow you to serve better?