Life isn’t meant to be conquered

Life isn’t meant to be conquered

Most overachievers believe that out-doing everyone else is the best path to being successful. This belief leads to a long list of goals designed to maximize our capabilities (and eventually impress our social media followers). We can’t imagine a weekend without a...
Life Isn’t Fair

Life Isn’t Fair

Intellectually, we get it. We understand that some people are born with a full head of overflowing hair while others are almost completely bald by the age of 30. (20 years later, this one still stings a little.) But even though our rational, thinking brain appreciates...
Hustle Culture

Hustle Culture

In 2014, Timothy Wilson conducted a study in which participants stated that they would pay money to avoid an electric shock. No surprises there. However, once they were left alone in the lab room, the inactivity became too much to bear, and people sought to fill the...
Wake Up Grateful with Kristi Nelson

Wake Up Grateful with Kristi Nelson

How do you build a foundation for a happy and joy filled life, regardless of your circumstances? Kristi Nelson, author of Wake Up Grateful will help you understand why living gratefully is so difficult in our world, and how gratitude as a habit – not an...
Embrace your crazy

Embrace your crazy

It’s not unusual for one of my executive coaching clients to begin a meeting with, “I apologize in advance but, today I need some couch time.” Whether you recognize it or not, every conversation we have involves some “therapy”. Smart, driven, overachieving...
Quitting vs. Stopping

Quitting vs. Stopping

Recently, I did something that would have been nearly impossible 10 years ago… I stopped reading a book before it was completed. I understand how ridiculous that sounds, but the truth is that for much of my adult life I never put a book down until it was completed...
The Great Mirage

The Great Mirage

If you were to look at the lives of executives in the United States, here’s what you’d find: Their household income is greater than 95% of families in the U.S., which easily places them in the top 1% globally. They live in large homes, drive nice cars, and take great...
One of my faults…

One of my faults…

I tend to be a little “hyper-judgmental”. I overhear a conversation at a restaurant and immediately assume that the table next to me is filled with idiots. I watch a parent under/over discipline a child and wonder if you should have to pass a 12-month...
Believe it or not…

Believe it or not…

There was once a time in our country when you stopped purchasing stuff when you ran out of room in your home. Then, in the late 1960’s, America was introduced to the concept of self-storage (or mini warehousing). A little more than 50 years later, we now have more...
Stop Trying to Win Life

Stop Trying to Win Life

Embrace that life is meant to be experienced… not mastered.   This past Sunday, I dropped my son off at school for the 2nd semester of his freshman year (I almost cried but held it together). My parting words included something along the lines of… “Take...
Happy Hard-Charging New Year

Happy Hard-Charging New Year

The New Year is a special time for the hard charging overachiever.Crafting our 2023 vision/goals/objectives allows us to explore the unlimited potential of the next 12 months.We love documenting the lofty achievements that will ensure 2023 is a big...
Generosity First

Generosity First

Collectively, we have the resources to solve the biggest challenges our communities are facing (poverty, homelessness, disparity in opportunity, etc.). What we need is focus. Generosity First has a simple goal: Inspire professionals to become charitable leaders within...
Am I making a positive difference?

Am I making a positive difference?

As I advise leaders who are building their businesses, setting goals, and envisioning their futures, a pattern emerges. No matter what goal they achieve, it never delivers what they actually crave – contentment, joy and satisfaction. There are millions of...
Before you set that goal…

Before you set that goal…

Every year around this time, I start to focus on the future and watch as the current year slowly slides into the background. Sound familiar? While the day might be different, I’d bet most are feeling these same emotions and wondering – “What goals should I set for...
“I have no idea.”

“I have no idea.”

Do you remember the last time you answered a question with that phrase? It’s rare for overachievers to admit that we don’t have a solution. We crave certainty. The idea that we’re no more than a search/book/podcast/webinar/etc. away from addressing a challenge...
Chasing recognition

Chasing recognition

There was a time when most of my daily activity was designed to impress someone else. For years (decades?), I chased bigger and better goals assuming every achievement made me more “amazing” in the eyes of my clients, peers, family, etc. Looking back, guess what is...
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