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How to “just be” with the discomfort

Of all the skills I’ve learned in the past 7 years of changing my life, one skill stands out: Learning to be comfortable with discomfort. If you learn this skill, you can master pretty much anything. You can beat procrastination, start exercising, make your diet...

Mastering Discomfort

The way to master discomfort is to do it comfortably. That might sound contradictory, but it’s not. If you are afraid of discomfort, and you try to beat discomfort with a really gruelling activity, you will probably give up and fail, and go back to comfort. So do it...

Emotional Intelligence

Although we may not want to admit it we are responsible for creating all of our own emotions. Every thought that we think causes a chemical reaction and that reaction causes a physical response. How severe this response is comes down to our perception of the...

The Mindfulness Practice of Ego Dropping

This practice can be done anywhere, no matter what you’re doing, but it’s best started sitting still, in a quiet place. Here’s how to do it: Sit still and notice how your body feels. Find a comfortable, stable seated position, and just notice how your body feels. Scan...

Four Antidotes to Procrastination

Lately I’ve been procrastinating a bit more than normal, and of course it doesn’t feel great. The truth is, though, that there are a number of good reasons for my procrastination: I’ve had some serious jetlag and sleep issues, which means my mind is tired and just...

A Life of Peacefulness

“Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.” ~Rumi Most of us want a greater sense of peace and ease in our lives — life can be stressful, chaotic, overwhelming, full of distractions, exhausting. We want to get away from all of that, exit the madness, and...

Four more powerful emotional tips

Four Additional Powerful Motivation Tips But there are a few additional tips that really help: Get rest. If you’re exhausted, it’s hard to get motivation. Stop staying up late on your computer or watching TV, and instead give yourself some loving rest. You will be...

Connecting Your Work Tasks to Meaning

I’m really good at getting a lot of things done, taking action, piling up a load of completed tasks. Action isn’t my problem — it’s making the tasks themselves feel more meaningful. Do any of you have that problem, that your work just feels like busywork, not super...

A Guide to Letting Go of Shame & Fear

Many of us are so often in a state of shame or fear that we often don’t realize they’re even there. Shame and fear pervade most of our lives to an extent rarely understood, so that our days revolve around them. Some examples of shame and fear that are fairly common:...

The Feeling That You’re Always Behind on Work

Many of us have a constant neverending feeling that we’re always behind on what we need to get done. We wake up and already have a sense that we’re behind, and the slight anxiety that comes with that sense causes us to jump into our day, checking messages and email,...

A Guide to a Life of Purpose

One of the things I want of people who join my coaching program is to have some kind of deeper purpose in life. That purpose could be a lot of things: To make the lives of people better through coaching, writing, podcastingTo serve an audience, a small team, a group...