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"A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work." - John Lubbock

Clearing Mental Clutter: Kicking Worry to the Curb

I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised when I suffered from a touch of insomnia right as I started working on this post. I mean, what’s more fitting than staying up all night worrying about writing an article on worry? As I tossed back and forth (earning an annoyed glance …

"I have self-doubt. I have insecurity. I have fear of failure. I have nights when I show up at the arena and I'm like, 'My back hurts, my feet hurt, my knees hurt. I don't have it. I just want to chill.' We all have self-doubt. You don't deny it, but you also don't capitulate to it. You embrace it." - Kobe Bryant

Clearing Mental Clutter: Overcoming Self Doubt

I’m a world-class procrastinator. No kidding. If they ever make procrastination an Olympic event, I could be on the podium. Maybe not gold, but at least silver or bronze. I’m that good. Unfortunately, there’s not much of a demand for world-class procrastinators, so I’ve been trying to kick the habit. …

"Progress equals happiness." - Tony Robbins

The Excellence Experiment: 6 Month Update

As I pass the half-year mark with my experiment, it seems like a good time to take stock of where I’m at and what I’ve accomplished since January, and evaluate whether I need to make any adjustments. If you’re just joining, you can read my original post on the set-up …

“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” – Michael Altshuler

5 Steps to Clean Up Your Calendar and Reclaim Your Time (Clutter Part 3)

Time is arguably our most valuable commodity. Although it may take effort, there are always ways to replace money we’ve lost or squandered unwisely, but time wasted is gone forever. So it only makes sense that if we want to live our best life, we need to carefully budget how …

"Clutter is nothing more than postponed decisions." - Unknown

7 Tips for Reducing the Physical Clutter in Your Home and Office (Clutter Part 2)

In Part 1 of this series we talked about the 3 main types of clutter – physical, time, and mental – and how each type of clutter distracts us, keeping us from being able to fully focus our energy on our real priorities. In this post, we’re going to tackle …

"The best way to find out what we really need is to get rid of what we don't." - Marie Kondo

Focus Enemy #4: Clutter (Part 1)

For the past 2 years, I’ve been on a mission to declutter my life. Why? Because clutter is one of the biggest distractions around. When you’re trying to develop a single-minded focus on your goals, clutter is the devil. Clearing out the clutter frees up space, time, and energy – …

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. - Lao Tzu

Everyday Excellence: Interview with Personal Development Coach Lucy Smith

  In my last post, we took a look at the life of rock legend Bruce Springsteen, some of the specific ways he demonstrated the principles of excellence throughout his rise to success, and lessons that we can take away and apply to our own journeys. But, one of the …

"When it comes to luck, you make your own." - Bruce Springsteen

Profiles in Excellence: Bruce Springsteen

As you may have noticed from the title, this post is going to be a little different. I’m starting a new recurring feature where I profile (or interview) somebody who embodies the spirit of excellence in their career or their life in general, to see how the principles and habits …

Strive for progress, not perfection.

The Excellence Experiment: 4 Month Update

My year-long experiment with excellence is continuing – I’ve had a bunch of insights along the way, and I may even be starting to seeing some hints of change. If you’re just joining, you can read my original post on the set-up and design of my experiment here, but basically, …