Doing Hard Things

I have been somewhat obsessed these last two weeks with the idea that initiating action, however small, can reliably produce surprisingly positive results.

In his tragic masterpiece, Faust, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe captures this truth as beautifully as anyone:

Are you in earnest? seize this very minute—
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
Only engage, and then the mind grows heated—
Begin it, and then the work will be completed.

(John Alster, Translator)

But what to do when, despite initial efforts, the work is not magically completed? What if the work is hard? Continue reading

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The Secret to Becoming an Expert

You have prepared to act. The time for thinking and planning and evaluating has either passed or it has not yet arrived. Your desk is clean. Your computer, open. The page, blank. Your phone is poised to connect you to wherever and whomever you want. You are on your way to showing up. And you have sent the tiny gremlin in your head out for groceries.

Or so you thought. Continue reading

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I Am Afraid of What You Will Think of Me

I am afraid. Terrified, really.

I am afraid that I’m failing. Afraid that my business will not grow, and that it’s my fault. I am afraid that the people in the best position to help me succeed don’t really understand what I do. And how could they? I have not explained it to them very well, if at all. I certainly have not endeavored to show them what I do. I am afraid to show them.

I am afraid to ask for help. Afraid to ask people I care about to Continue reading

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The Secret to Having More Time

I heard a fellow coach, Talane Miedaner, make a wonderful point the other day in response to a woman on a call who expressed the concern that there never seemed to be enough time in the day. Talane said (and I’m paraphrasing to some extent) that this sensation occurs when we make the mistake of treating time as a fixed commodity.

In some sense, of course, it is. The last time I checked, there were still 60 minutes in an hour. 24 hours in a day. And so on. Still, time is not necessarily a “use it or lose it” proposition.

bending time Continue reading

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