6 tips for breaking your goals down into achievable pieces

We’ve already discussed the Eisenhower decision matrix and the tyranny of the urgent.  Now it’s time to talk about how to dive deeply into quadrant 2 – the quadrant of quality.

Whether in a product, an aspiration, or a life in general, quality does not happen by accident. It does not happen on a whim. Quality takes careful preparation, practiced patience, and dogged determination.

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Thoughts on Forgiveness

As I was writing about the importance of thanksgiving, I realized that a lot of those same principles could also be applied to forgiveness.

Like thankfulness, we all know that forgiveness is important, but don’t practice it at much as we should.  Like thankfulness, forgiveness is sometimes incredibly hard to put into practice.  And just like thankfulness, forgiveness is also critically important for our own personal well-being.

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Why I chose to forgive the woman who wronged me

About a year ago, I got one of the nastiest messages of my life.

I’d actually never met this woman before – let’s call her Courtney. She was, however, good friends with a mutual acquaintance of mine with whom I’d had an incredibly rocky relationship. Apparently Courtney had heard a lot of one-sided angry comments against me, and had already made up her mind about my character.

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How to communicate more effectively

I went to visit some friends the other day.  While we sat and chatted, their 2-year old daughter kept coming over to the table, begging for attention.  As adorable as she was, it was becoming quite difficult to have an adult conversation with her constantly asking us to come play with her.  

Trying to distract her, her mother asked if she wanted to go play with Legos. “No!” yelled the child.  Her mom tried again.  “OK, well do you want to show off your Legos to Ms. Lauren?” Without hesitation, the little girl said yes and happily ran off to play with her Legos.  

Triumphantly, my friend looked back at me and said simply, with a grin on her face, “Communication is all in how you say it.”   Continue reading