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"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, …

"The body benefits from movement and the mind benefits from stillness." -Sakyong Mipham

Strengthen Your Ability to Focus with Meditation

As I was preparing to write this post, I just happened to get an email from the app Coach.me that began: “Lack of focus is the single biggest killer of your productivity. Meditation is the solution.” That pretty much summarizes the theme of this post. In a previous article, we …

"Indecision becomes decision with time." - Anonymous

4 Strategies to Conquer Analysis Paralysis

One of the biggest ways I waste time is by dithering over little decisions, like where to eat lunch, or what color shirt to buy, or whether to go to the gym or run outside. I’m not kidding – I can waste a crazy amount of time. It can reach …

“Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” – Brian Tracy

10 Lessons on Life from 40 Feet above My Comfort Zone (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this series, I wrote about 5 life lessons I learned through facing my fear of heights by tackling a high-ropes obstacle/zipline course. In this post, I’ll cover the other 5 lessons this experience taught me.   Life Lesson #6: Learn from the People Who Go Before …

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. " - Nelson Mandela

10 Lessons on Life from 40 Feet Above My Comfort Zone (Part 1)

  In my previous post, I wrote about my latest adventure: facing my fear of heights by tackling a high-ropes obstacle/zipline course. In the process, I learned a lot about myself and about life.   Life Lesson #1: We Are Capable of More Than We Think I used to think of …

“In any given moment, we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety.” - Abraham Maslow

Excellence Experiment Update: Special Treetop Edition

I like the ground. More specifically, I like have my feet planted firmly on the ground. When you’re on the ground, there’s no chance of plummeting to your death. I’ve never quite understood adrenaline junkies who fling themselves out of perfectly good airplanes or jump off ledges attached to a …