I’ve posted every week for the last 52 weeks, these are my favorite lines.
Exactly a year ago, I set out to publish a blog post every Tuesday. I wasn’t sure how long it would last. One year and 52 weeks later, I’m writing my 52nd blog post.
To mark the milestone, I’ve decided to consolidate pieces of my writing. The sentences listed below have appeared in my writing throughout the last 12 months.
If you’d like to learn more about each line — or gain further context — click on each line to read the story it originated from.
We all make mistakes. Unfortunately some of those mistakes can hurt another person. We’ve been taught the right thing to do in these circumstances is apologize.
While it’s all dandy and nice to apologize, where we can miss the boat is how to go about apologizing to another human being. You may have had the experience of apologizing, only to have the other person lash out even further.
Let’s say you’re with a group of friends and you make an off color joke. One of your friends doesn’t take a liking towards your poorly worded joke. …
#4 — Fear is a deadly motivator
Few movie franchises have had a global reach the way Star Wars has. Relatable characters. Incredible saber duels. Fascinating ethical and political dilemmas.
Best of all, Star Wars offers incredible life lessons. Here are the best lessons from the Star Wars franchise, which can teach us about our own lives.
In Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi, Darth Vader (the bad guy who also happens to the father of the heroic protagonist Luke Skywalker) gets into somewhat of a pickle.
From the moment Vader decides to join the dark side…
Paradoxical advice consolidated.
To say yes or to say no? Should I be a “yes” person, or should I be a “no” person?
Life advice can be paradoxical. You can find plenty of advice telling you to say yes in life. Stephen Colbert told a crowd of college graduates to be “yes and” people. Shona Rhimes wrote an entire book titled Year of Yes.
Just say yes. Sounds straightforward.
But every time we are taught to say “yes,” we are taught to say no. Robin Sharma says to say no to the little things so you can say yes to…
Avoid “resulting.” Instead, focus on the process.
Last year I read the book Thinking in Bets by Annie Duke. Duke is a former world champion poker player turned business consultant.
Her book discusses the psychological workings within the game of poker and how those lessons can be applied to our everyday lives. One of the reoccurring themes in her books is the concept of “resulting”.
What is resulting? It’s our tendency to equate the quality of our decisions with the quality of our outcomes.
If the team won the game, the coach must have made all the right coaching decisions…
Don’t just do something, sit there.
“Don’t just do something, sit there.”
The above quote was uttered by Judson Brewer, who I had the opportunity to listen to (virtually, of course). Brewer is a psychiatrist, author, and professor who’s spent ample time hearing other people discuss their problems.
It came as a surprise then that someone who’s a trained psychiatrist telling his audience to “sit there” instead of doing something.
How does that make any sense?
Our friends and family confide in us their toxic relationships, frustrating work pursuits, and embarrassing personal matters. There’s a reason they’re coming to us…
Instead of making a decision, make the decision when you’ll make a decision.
“How do you release your mind from something you can’t address at this current moment?”
A few days ago, a friend approached me with this question. He expressed his desire to live in the present but was having difficulty doing so due to whatever was troubling him.
We happen to be sitting on a ski chairlift. Therefore, I only had a few minutes to provide a satisfying answer. Call it wisdom from the lift.
My immediate response was to address the problem as soon as possible. Don't…
#2 — Message an old friend.
There’s a lot we can do in a day.
The problem is life happens and we end up spending hours on only a couple of activities. The main culprits are work and screen time. We work all day; then we pop on a form of entertainment until bedtime.
Let’s change that.
I’ve listed 8 things you should consider adding to your day. And none of these activities have to take very long.
“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche
Spend a few minutes each day going for a walk. …
No, writing a paper should not become a nightmare.
“It’s not as bad you think. It’s all in your head.”
This is what my mom told my 5-year-old self before seeing the doctor for a standard shot. Like many young kids, I was fearful of getting a shot. The thought of a stranger injecting a needle into my arm was cause for concern.
“It will just feel like a pinch in the arm.”
Ok, sure mom.
But in reality, it was exactly that — a pinch in the arm.
All that worry and dread, and for what? The shot may…
The more times you “reset,” the better off you’ll be.
“Today is going to be a “#great day!”
This is what you shout at the top of your lungs when you get out of bed in the morning. You’ve committed today is YOUR day.
You’re going to own your workout, ace your job interview, complete your pending chores, and have an adventurous night with your best friends.
Sounds like a good day to me—only one problem.
You overslept and missed your workout window. Even worse, you have less time to prepare for your job interview. …