A Regular Dose of Inspiration, Motivation & Information.

Our Finest Moments

I have often shared with my coaching clients that I have come to believe we are the most vulnerable when we are doing well. I have observed that when we are thriving in any given area in our lives, there is a very strong temptation to become complacent – I guess that this dynamic is simply a part of our flawed humanity. Additionally, life has a way of becoming very messy at times, often without any warning, whether we’re doing well or not.

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Compassion (from Latin: “co-suffering”) is a virtue in which the emotional capacities of empathy and sympathy (for the suffering of others) are regarded as a part of love itself, and a cornerstone of greater human interconnectedness. The ability to show true compassion in our relationships, both personal and business, should never be underestimated.

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The Principle of The Mass

Late in the evening on September 29, 331 B.C., one of the greatest military battles in all recorded history was about to take place. It became known as “The Battle of Gaugamela (GA-GA-MELL-A),” between Alexander The Great of Macedonia, and Darius, King of The Persian Empire. Darius had already lost two previous battles to Alexander, and he was determined not to lose this third, and decisive fight.

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The fiercest competition that I have ever faced was confronting my own demons and overcoming them; the second fiercest was besting my best performances. We live in a world where competition reigns supreme. We adore the fastest, the strongest, the smartest – The Best! But the challenge with competition is that most of it is externally motivated, rather than inwardly directed. With full disclosure, I have engaged in externally motivated competition many times throughout my journey; it began on the little league field, and it pursued me through young adulthood.

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Catastrophic Loss

As I write this essay, a business colleague and close friend of mine and her husband are facing a catastrophic loss. Their youngest son was involved in an accident and has suffered a brain injury. Brain injury is a very slippery slope. I know this terrain well from experience because our daughter was also the victim of an accident, which left her with a brain injury. The enormous impact on the lives of everyone involved is due, in part, to a vast amount of uncertainty about recovery. The brain is still a mystery in medical science, unlike the heart or the liver. And the prognosis for recovery is never clear.

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