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A couple thoughts on behaviorism

Behaviorism gets a bad rap. We aren’t Pavlov’s dogs. Our lives aren’t conducted completely inside of a Skinner Box. We have thoughts, emotions, preferences, and experiences.  At the same time, some of the most powerful influences in the world drive our lives...

Try Doing Less

Time, energy, and attention are finite. Doing something is a decision not to do something else.  You may be stretched too thin to reach all your goals.  Try doing less. You can choose to be just “good enough” at most tasks so that you can be exceptional at...

Tiny, smooth, critical goals

Best-selling author Jim Collins famously coined the phrase “big, hairy, audacious goals.” Goals of this type are bold, important, and unexpected. They channel our vision; inspiring change in us and the people we serve. For example: instead of saying “I’m going to...

What is your vision for today?

Last week I wrote about goals. I emphasized that even if you are skeptical about goal setting, you’ll be worse off if you choose the alternative: living life without any goals. Occasionally, people are ready to set goals without further thought. But most of the time,...