Gratitude Series

I asked some of the most caring and thoughtful people to participate in a short gratitude series. You can learn so much from people when you understand what they care about, what they’ve been able to overcome and what they do on a daily basis that has helped their lives. Here are the interviews I conducted all via email. If ...

Dig Deep to Fly High

“You can’t go to the team celebration,” I was told by my boss. “You’re a contractor and contractors aren’t allowed to attend employee functions.” I put my own business on hold to work at a big company. Now I felt like quitting. Our team had a big win and we were going to present our work to the whole division. ...

Here's How to Send a Quick Note of Appreciation

Praise is an underutilized tool in two main areas of life. Our close relationships and work colleagues. I can’t tell you how often I praise someone at work and they usually say something to dismiss my compliment. I noticed there are usually a few common reactions to praise: “It’s my job.” “Ahh, it was nothing.” “Thank you, that’s nice of ...

The Best Questions to Ask Yourself Before Bed

The morning started off great. My youngest son actually listened and didn’t throw any tantrums. I practically skipped to my meeting with a big smile on my face. I might have even whistled a little bit. Then the day went all wonky on me. My meeting got canceled. I got an email that my client was terminating our contract. My ...

Build Upon Your Appreciation Habits

Showing gratitude is important, but the true benefit is building stronger relationships. You want relationships with people that will last for many years. This takes work. The better you get at supporting others, understanding them and making adjustments to how you appreciate them the more your relationships will grow. Make sure to use the 3 pillars of sharing gratitude. 3 ...

Interviews, Quotes and Quick Mindset Tip #001

I did it again. I picked my nose while I was driving. I didn’t even realize I did it until after I was done. It’s a bad habit and I don’t like that I automatically do this when I drive. I noticed that I do this when I’m feeling anxious. It gives me something to do while I’m stuck at ...

Create Deeper Friendships

“I can’t believe he did it again,” I complained to my co-worker. She laughed, “It’s what he always does. He asks for your input then completely ignores it.” I laughed. Then we both laugh a little harder. It felt good to connect with Amy in this way. We were having fun together. Then after the conversation was over I felt ...

Why Observing Those You Admire Improves How You Think

I started to read another biography of Abraham Lincoln because of his ability to persevere. There is something beautiful about understanding someone else’s pain and suffering and diving into how they overcame it. I want you to think about someone you admire. Then, go and get a book at the library, buy the book, watch a documentary or listen to ...

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Make Time to Share Appreciation

The next step on your practice of sharing appreciation journey is making time to share gratitude with friends, family and coworkers. I started small. This is an important point. Don’t expect to send 15 messages of appreciation today. Start small. Choose one or two people close to you. I started by sending my mom a quick email, thanking her for ...

Relationship Game Changer for Annoying People

If you want to see how well you're improving your mindset try this out... Visit with a coworker that usually annoys you or call a family member that irritates you. Then ask yourself these three questions: What was I thinking as we talked? How did I feel during our conversation? How do I feel now? This is a wonderful litmus ...