Category Archives: Force, Flow & Baby Steps

When living in flow, work, rest, and play all feel the same. Organic. Effortless. Force is not needed to accomplish anything; in fact, its use would be detrimental because force disrespects your deepest wisdom and greatest gift: your intuition. Rainer Maria Rilke said it this way, “May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children.” A forced march is never the answer to a quality outcome. Force results in mental exhaustion, emotional deterioration, and output that’s less than optimal. Giving yourself regular breaks fosters a sense of flow and produces spectacular results. You can trust yourself to complete your work when the time is right.

Learn to take baby steps: slow and steady produces meaningful, lasting results. Vast forced output is rarely sustained. Great strides of lasting value involve myriad baby steps over time. If the conceivers of the Taj Mahal had believed fast was the only way to get there, it would have crumbled in the first storm. Your dreams are the same. Don’t try to take them all on at once. Identify the next small step and take it. Then another and another and another. Before you know it, you will have built your dream, and it will last your whole life through.

Finding Flow: Being not Doing

Have you ever known someone who seemed to be born with all the advantages—money, status, intelligence, opportunity—but floundered and ricocheted through life in a constant state of frustration, lack and misery? Have you ever known someone who appeared to be born … Continue reading

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The Lesson of Baby Steps

When we use the term baby steps, we often do so with an inherent judgment, as though someone taking baby steps forward is not to be taken seriously. Imagine a news story that describes one politician’s plan as making “great … Continue reading

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How to Get Stuff Done

There’s a lot of talk these days about manifestation. One perspective claims that if you focus hard enough on what you want, it will “magically” appear without any further effort on your part. While knowing what you want is an … Continue reading

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Let Your Light Shine

People like the Wright Brothers, Nikola Tesla and Oprah Winfrey have shown us that humans can fly, transmit electricity wirelessly and inspire millions across the planet. You were born with limitless potential. You are powerful beyond your wildest dreams. Once … Continue reading

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Even Empowerment Coaches Get the Blues

Sometimes despite all the empowerment principles, tools and techniques I teach and know so well, I can become anxious, frustrated, discouraged or overwhelmed. While I may choose to feel like a victim of circumstances for a time, eventually when I’ve … Continue reading

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Quit Yer Lollygaggin’

Opportunity knocks on your door every day. If you take too long to answer the door, Opportunity, like any visitor, will move on to a more hospitable host. Everything in life has a natural rhythm—from the timing of good comedy to … Continue reading

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Unlimited Mulligans

According to Wikipedia, “A Mulligan is a second chance to perform an action, usually after the first chance went wrong through bad luck or a blunder. Its best-known meaning is in golf whereby a player is informally allowed to replay … Continue reading

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