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.

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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Taking it One Step at a Time

Have you ever known exactly where you wanted to go, but hesitated because you didn’t know exactly how to get there? That hesitation is both common and human. Before fully committing, we like to know what’s in store and whether … Continue reading

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Plan Your Work, Work Your Plan

Your ideal life includes big dreams based on audacious goals that will yield huge rewards—physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Here’s how to maximize the probability that you will enjoy success beyond even your wildest dreams as you baby step your way … Continue reading

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Step Boldly in the Direction of Your Dreams

Perfectionism is the single greatest cause of procrastination. Despite the desire for everything to be awesome, what perfectionism most often produces is a stack of discouraging, unfinished, “someday maybe” possibilities. If you keep waiting until everything is perfect, you may never start … Continue reading

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Advancing Your Authentic Agenda

Ever invest an entire day (week, month or year) answering emails, reading reports and fielding phone calls only to end up feeling you didn’t really accomplish anything. To make progress on the things that really matter to you—and not just … Continue reading

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The Illusion of Failure

Have you ever tried something and felt you failed? We all have. The more important question is “How did your response to that valiant attempt and perceived failure help you become wiser and stronger?” When baby chicks are hatching from … Continue reading

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Follow Your Heart and Keep Going

When you think of courage, what images come to mind? For many people, it’s a fireman running into a burning building, a soldier storming into battle, or a mother protecting her children from imminent danger. While these are indeed all … Continue reading

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