Hope

A New Hope Every Day

Every morning I walk my dog around the block, usually around the time when the bus rolls through the neighborhood to pick up kids for school. Much to my dog’s delight, the bus driver recently started tossing a treat out the window whenever he passes us. This has elevated the morning walk to a new…

Where Does the Time Go?

This is my first blog post that is not focused on management/leadership issues and I’ll admit that I was a bit nervous having to come up with a topic that was not related to those areas. Several thoughts went through my head – What should I choose? Will I be able to find something interesting?…

Fear and Imagination, Part 1

The Maze, a district of Canyonlands National Park near Moab, Utah, is known (to those who know of it) for its austere beauty and forbidding, inhospitable terrain. A desolate, harsh expanse of orange-red canyons, craggy sandstone formations and barren rock, it seems perfectly named if you imagine its bewildering array of ravines and gulches as being…

Don’t Overthink It!

I thought about writing a blog post about overthinking. Then I thought more about it and wondered if I would have enough ideas for an entire post. But then I thought, many people, including myself, suffer the ill-effects of thinking too much. I started to ponder how ruminating contributes to anxiety, depression and avoidance of…

Cheeseburgers and Taxes

Cheeseburgers and filing my taxes, yes please! The concept of temptation bundling is a great way to find motivations for the “shoulds” of life, those activities you should get done, but continue to put off. Temptation bundling is the act of pairing an activity you look forward to, like eating a juicy cheeseburger, with an…

Aligning Our Goals

Here are a few simple steps you can take to make your life more difficult! Think of a task or goal that you are having a problem completing. Ask yourself why you have not been able to complete it. Add a value judgment to your reason — I’m a procrastinator, I don’t have the skills to…

What Have We Learned?

Over the years of working in the helping professions, my views on how people cope with life and how they change have differed from what they were when my career began. I was as idealistic as anyone could be back then. I came charging out of graduate school on a white horse — ready, eager and determined…

Going After Dreams

What are your dreams? How strongly do you go after them? How much do other things get in the way? I wanted to write the Great American Novel when I was younger. It is a dream many people have. I spent quite a bit of time on it. I went on writing vacations. I took…