Grow a Resilient Mind and Get Out of Your Own Way

In honor of opening enrollment on TeachNow (1,006 happy students to date!), I’ve got a gift for you (whether you think of yourself as a teacher or not): A mini-course in developing a growth mindset! The view you adopt of yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life – far more than your level […]

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Seeing Through the “I’m Almost Ready” Illusion

I hear a lot of stories from clients and students that include some refrain on getting ready. As my friend Curt said, “You know how a dog will sometimes turn around and around in circles before finally lying down? That’s how I often feel when I have work to do. I need the perfect beverage. […]

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Morning Rituals of the Rich and Famous

Now you knew that title was a joke. How about the morning rituals of a few wise friends of mine? Naseem Rakha Wake before anyone else (even the sun). Hug the cat. Hug the dog. Put on clothes, go outside and breathe.   Christina Baldwin Waking without alarm…both internally and externally is my first practice […]

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When you are embarking on a creative project

When something is nudging you awake at 3 am, then dodging around the corner of your mind before you can quite see it. It may be the beginning of something wonderful, THE idea of your life, or… small shrug. Here is how to proceed: Gag the inner critical chorus with a bright bandana or red […]

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Did You Savor and Serve in February?

You may have noticed I’ve skipped the last two months of this “recap” newsletter. I just haven’t felt like doing it. I kept thinking I wanted to reinvent this form, come up with something new… which became a bigger and bigger project in my mind… then another month went by without me writing to you […]

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The Greek Island Fantasy

(This is a rewrite of a post from June 2010.) I was hanging with another self-employed coach/writer friend recently and we were both having a hard day. One of those days in which you wonder, “What is it I do? And why?” You may bemoan not becoming a nuclear physicist because at least they know […]

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Finding Your Just-Right Creative Medium

An example of my creative hobby – art making. I’m pondering a conversation I had with a new friend, a very talented printmaker, about finding your just-right creative medium(s). We’ve both struggled and suffered pursuing mediums that weren’t – for a variety of reasons – a good fit. In fact, the mediums we were using […]

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My Secret Favorite Inspirational Books

There is a chain email popping around requesting that you share your favorite inspirational reading. It got me thinking: what are my favorite “secret” inspirational books, the ones I have turned to for years, ones you may not have heard of? We all love Mary Oliver and Rumi remains the best-selling poet of our time […]

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