What is Essential?

Several months ago, two friends and I each got a Fitbit, a small sensor you clip to your clothes or wear around your wrist.  It syncs with your mobile device and tells you how many steps you’ve taken, your mileage, exertion level and calories burned.  It will even tell you how many hours you slept and whether or not you were restless while you were asleep! My friends and I …
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Are You Experimenting Enough?

Last weekend was our third Discover Your YIPPEE! ® Retreat.  A delightful group of men and women gathered to create plans for the next stage of their lives.  We left excited about the amazing conversations, insights and commitments they each made to themselves, including 90-day action plans.  So in December, we’ll check in and reflect on what’s working, what’s not, what we’ve learned and what we want to do differently. …
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Maybe It Wasn’t A Mistake After All…

This weekend I found a bird’s nest.  It was nestled into one of the gears of my garage door, and when I brought it down, I studied it: a home of woven grass, sticks, and debris from the nearby alley.  The birds had taken what was available and made it into a haven to cradle new life. Your career is like a bird’s nest.  The experiences you have had might …
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Is It Time to Let Go?

Last week in Vancouver, I was having dinner with a friend who is considering some big changes in his life.  He described how he had spent a lot of energy worrying and then one day decided to just stop.  It reminded me of my father’s saying: Stop worrying and start living.   I thought, “What a great topic for this week’s blog!”  But first I checked to see if someone besides …
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Are You In a Vicious Cycle?

Do you always do more than your share?  Are you the one who works harder and stays later?  Are you tired of being that person? You may be saying yes but… If I don’t do it, it won’t get done. No one does it as well as I do. If I let someone else do it, I’ll just have to do it over. If this sounds familiar, we need to …
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