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March 17, 2019

Use it or ………. ?

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I read an article recently about someone who is grateful for what anybody else would call 'horrible' and 'devastating'. Their take on life is inspiring. I'm sure you too have heard of people who have expressed their gratitude for accidents, illnesses or circumstances that the rest of us would deem terrible. And I am

March 10, 2019

I saw this quote from Socrates

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"He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have." Socrates, a long time ago. The dictionary defines contented as: 'satisfied with what one is or has; not wanting more or anything else.' Yet we do want things. Does our want come from a

March 4, 2019

What is your reputation?

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Think of something you are going to do. Got it? Now, are you more concerned about the results of your actions, or how you will be seen as the result of your actions? If your intended action is going to the supermarket, you are probably just concerned about the results. You are just being

February 25, 2019

Values are magnetic – this is why

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Do you remember playing around with magnets and iron filings? You place the iron filings on a piece of paper and then move the magnet under the paper. All the filings line up in the magnetic field. If you move the magnet, the filings move, keeping pace with the magnet which is invisible under

February 18, 2019

Do you operate like a thermostat or a thermometer?

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A thermometer measures the current temperature but has no control over it. A thermostat measures the current temperature, then takes action to reach a set temperature. Do you measure (notice) your current reality and just tolerate it, like a thermometer? Or do you take action like a thermostat when you want things to be

February 11, 2019

Pet a cat when you encounter one on the street

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This is rule #12 of the "12 Rules for Life" written by Jordan Peterson. He has a few more rules than Monty Python's famous set, but Peterson's seem much more useful. Each of his rules has an obvious surface meaning, and then deeper layers as you think about them. So, "Pet a cat when

February 3, 2019

Who wants to be a millionaire?

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We all want something. We have our ideas and dreams. We wish that the world would be different for us, and for others. So often this thinking just stays in our head - an itch we never really scratch. And if it stays in our head, it remains a figment of our imagination. Stop

January 27, 2019

Pseudo-profound bullshit exists

This research amused me and my apologies to those who may not like the term used by the researchers. According to Artur Nilsson and his colleagues at Lund University in Sweden, pseudo-profound bullshit refers to the amazing ability some people have to expel obscure sentences constructed to impress others rather than convey any particular truth.

January 20, 2019

Are you an example or a warning?

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I read somewhere recently that we are best defined by how we affect the people around us. So how do you affect people? What ripples do you make in your social or work pond? In the future what will people remember about you? More importantly, what will they remember about how you made them

January 13, 2019

Well… is your New Year resolution still alive?

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So many people make New Year resolutions. So many fail to carry them out.Why?Think of a goal you have. Maybe a New Year resolution, or it may be a target you need to meet at work, or any other goal you are setting out to achieve.As you think of the goal, notice how you feel.

December 17, 2018

A new way to set New Year resolutions

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This is the last tip of the year, so Happy Christmas and have a great 2019! Somehow the turning of a calendar page prompts us to look back and to look forward. I was thinking about this and then saw this quote from Simon Sinek... "It's dangerous to perceive the world through only one

December 10, 2018

The sunk cost fallacy

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As the New Year approaches, we tend to look forward and think about what has been and how we want things to be different.The more time, money, effort or love we have invested in something, the less we are inclined to let it go, even when the evidence is that it is a lost cause.The

December 3, 2018

Getting people to do the right thing

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We want people around us to do the right things the right way. And by 'right', we mean according to a set of values we prefer and espouse. So how do you encourage people to behave in accordance with the values you want? Stories are a great way to transmit and aid understanding of

November 26, 2018

Are you evolving?

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"Self-reflectiveness is the quality that most differentiates those who evolve quickly from those who don't." - Ray Dalio Are you growing, or in your own evolutionary doldrums? Everyone reflects because we all think about things that happened, but the 'quality' of that reflection varies. If you are going to reflect anyway, you might as

November 19, 2018

I am not a machine

I caught a cold, and it knocked me sideways. I couldn't do what was on my list of things to do. And worst of all, for me anyway, was some of those things were promises I had made to other people. Frustrating! Why did I get a cold? Some would say the virus just