Tag: self-improvement

Passing Through: A Reflection


Last Thursday night, after I finished the final edits for “The Day I Learned I Couldn’t Jump (or Learning to Fly)” I couldn’t sleep. While writing that story, I felt like a guest at a reunion of sorts. Bill and Denise and the two chatty Cathys on the treadmill were in attendance. Although brief, it […]

Why you Need to Play the Positive Blame Game


The other night I watched the documentary, I’m Not Your Guru, which chronicles the life and work of self-improvement coach Tony Robbins. The film, which is currently available on Netflix, captures the gripping, raw moments of Tony’s Superbowl of sorts, a week long self-awareness conference known as Date with Destiny. In what I consider one of […]

Why Today is a Great Day to Fail (Unless You’re a NASA Flight Director!)


Failure is perceived as an ugly word. One that, Apollo 13 Flight Director Gene Kranz famously stated, “is not an option.” Though I love the brash, chest-rounding spirit of, “failure is not an option”in Kranz’s case, failure wasn’t an option. If he failed, three astronauts would have died. But most of us are not NASA […]

Are you self-compassionate?


Last week, while visiting family in suburban Tennessee, I read 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin. Morin’s book, one I would highly recommend, offers practical advice on how to effectively overcome setbacks and to thrive on adversity. On the last day of our trip, my son Chase developed swimmer’s ear. With […]