Last week I decided to start capturing the vast array of interesting conversations I have each week. Here’s what’s sticking with me today.
- Every tooth is an organ, and a root canal is a way of keeping a dead, diseased, toxic decaying organ inside of you. This made a lot of sense to me. And watch this documentary. (I had an old root canal tooth removed last Friday.)
- If you live with a scarcity mentality, the best thing you can do for yourself is create abundance. For some people, this means cutting expenses and saving more money (we’re on that train). For others, it means saying No more often and saving more time for rest. For some it’s creating a gratitude practice. For others it’s volunteering. But the mindset shift can’t come without new action. When you act in abundance, you experience it.
- Are you reading the news more than you’re listening to your favorite songs?
- Coaching is NOT therapy, but mental health is a part of every person, and coaching addresses the whole human being, so mental health is a part of every coaching engagement.
- Engaging stakeholders from the very beginning of a project not only helps to get them on board with your process and value your contributions, but also goes a long way to ensure they don’t (inadvertently or intentionally) block the change you’re trying to create. Hear their objections and obstacles now, and you can more successfully account for their concerns and design for their needs along the way.
- Yielding the desired outcomes in everything you do (a.k.a. “being effective”) is not the only or even the best measure of success. If you’re working in an environment where the conditions for success don’t exist (because of behaviors and beliefs outside of your control), you can still measure your own progress by how much you experiment, grow and learn. Redefine success on your own terms, accounting for what is within your control—your attitude, your actions, your accountability, your awareness and acceptance of others’ reality. Ultimately the most important outcomes are internal.
- Design your résumé, portfolio and cover letter (and other self-promotional materials) for the job you want, not the job you have.
- When I discovered someone I respect respects Trump, it challenged everything. It challenges me to reassess my assumptions, reactions, values, choices. What do I value more: my empathy or my self-respect?
Maybe next week I’ll get to have a conversation with you.