Get excited about the obstacles

I was hiking at High Cliff State Park with my son a few days ago and as soon as we got off the main trail and started down the less traveled single-track trail, he started running. Most people avoid this narrow path because of the obstacles, i.e., rocks, stumps, and downed trees. They’d rather hike…

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The Great Divide

Communication sucks. Consulting careers have been made over the ongoing challenge of communicating effectively. The problem isn’t about hearing what’s said. The problem stems from the filters of our personal life experience through which we interpret what’s said. My grandparents are a classic example of how communication can go terribly wrong. I call their mess…

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Optimism

Stewart is a lesson in optimism. He’s excited to run down a path in the woods because he knows something good is going to happen. It doesn’t matter how many times he’s been down the same path, he approaches it with confidence and passion. He’s looking for an opportunity. He’s always looking ahead. His life…

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Great parenting is about leadership

I ran across this article from the Washington Post and it occurred to me that although the author is talking about leadership, he’s also talking about parenting. Read this excerpt and let me know if you agree. Leadership character: The role of empathy By Col. Eric Kail This piece is the fourth installment in a…

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Don’t run away.

Sometimes people disappoint us. Sometimes we disappoint ourselves. Sometimes life is overwhelmingly unfair and we struggle to cope. We feel paralyzed, wishing we could just run away. The battle is bigger than we are and it exhausts us. Sometimes we find ourselves wallowing in the misery of the whole mess, waiting for things to change.…

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Chasing Feedback

The quickest way to improve is to get feedback. But you can’t just say, “How’d I do?” because people want to be nice. As a Mom, I want my kids to feel good. So when my son asks, “Do you think I played well?” after his volleyball game, I respond, “Yeah, you played great!” I…

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Appreciate your support system

I was out riding my bike a few days ago after a long break, thinking how great it felt. I was moving along better than expected, especially since I hadn’t been riding much. But after rounding a corner it occured to me that I had been riding with a tailwind. Suddenly it wasn’t so easy.…

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You are who you hang out with

What’s the deal with high school kids and smoking? After picking my son up from school, I noticed a surprising number of kids, just a block away, hanging out, talking, and smoking. I couldn’t believe my eyes. They looked so young. My son informed me that you can buy cigarettes when you turn 16 and…

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Get rid of your “reflexive yes”

While hiking this morning, a friend of mine confessed that she’s trying to get rid of her “reflexive yes”. She told me she says “yes” because it’s the path of least resistance. She’ll take on an additional task even if it means putting in extra hours to get her own work done. She said, “When…

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