It’s Never Personal

Seeing the world through our highly subjective, personal lens is unavoidable. But, we can temper our bias by remembering that our perception of reality is limited. We can’t see the big picture from our point of view and often won’t be able to clearly...

Hold Opinions Lightly

Humility is key to sustaining good relationships. Recognizing that our perspective isn’t the absolute truth and our opinions aren’t beyond question is a refreshing trait that is deeply appreciated by others. Holding what we know lightly means understanding...

Hold Certainty Lightly

With each new generation comes greater scientific understanding, often proving previously accepted ‘facts’ as incorrect. This same pattern occurs at the personal level. Even when we think we know what’s going on, we often later discover that we...

Downside of Defensiveness

Defensiveness is a byproduct of feeling that people see our behavior differently than we want them to. Unfortunately, it results in a lack of receptivity to the feedback being offered. The practice of checking this knee-jerk reaction and instead opening to what people...

Loose, Natural and Relaxed

There’s an unfathomable number of intricate factors that interact to create the world we live in. We can make plans, exert effort and try our best to bend reality in our desired direction, but we’ll inevitably experience only intermittent success. Knowing...

Tool #11

Tool #11: ¬†Beginner’s mind. Whether you’re learning something new or feel like you’re in a rut and not growing, beginner’s mind is the best way to approach the situation. Looking at things as if you’re seeing them for the first time can...