Anxiously engaged

Engagement leads to flow. Flow describes those moments when you are so engaged in what you’re doing that you lose all sense of self, all sense of time, all sense of everything. You are wholly, utterly consumed in your focus.

The pursuit of mastery and the mastery asymptote

When you accept the inescapable nature of the mastery asymptote, you realize the joy isn’t in the destination (which will forever elude you), rather, it’s in the journey. The joy is in all the little wins, the little discoveries, the gains you experience along the way.

There is no secret ingredient!

The key to accomplishing all that you ever wanted, the key to changing who you are, the key to reaching new heights, the key to limitless personal power… is just believing in yourself.

Control vs Influence

If you’re talking about the life or lives of others, control is an illusion; influence is what matters.

Change blindness, and the all-of-a-sudden syndrome

Things rarely happen “all of a sudden.” They happen incrementally, by degrees; slowly, over time. The problem is, we usually don’t see them happening until “all of a sudden” it’s too late.

The principle of scarcity

In our efforts to achieve greatness, we must be very careful to not forget the value of the things right in front of us. Often a more sound appreciation of what we have is a faster path to happiness than trying to acquire something more.

What dealerships know about motivation

If there’s something you want to accomplish, if there’s a position you want to hold, if there’s someone you want to be, if there’s a goal you want to achieve, then go through the dealership process. All of it.

The art of barrier-busting

In weight lifting, you work and work to overcome a plateau, a particular weight barrier, only to be immediately confronted with another one. And no sooner have you overcome that, when you hit yet another.

Change your life by changing your thoughts

The more positive you think, the more positive you feel. The more positive you think and feel, the more inclined and motivated you are to act, create, improve, and change. Want to change your future? Then change your thoughts.

My new book: Escape Velocity

These are the things from which we try to escape. And the principles and practices which allow us to do just that is what I call “Escape Velocity.” Escape Velocity, the title of my new book, describes how a person can generate the momentum necessary to escape their limitations and realize their true potential.

Efren Peñaflorida wins CNN hero of the year

We all find ourselves subjects of circumstances that would bring us down and keep us from achieving individual greatness. Stories like those of Efren Peñaflorida simply help us realize that if people can overcome such great odds, and choose to make a difference, so can we.

What does it take to be a hero?

What does it take to be a hero? In truth, not much. Being a hero doesn’t always require heroic effort, just the right effort at the right time.

Straining toward achievement

Any time you want to push yourself well beyond what you have done before, the amount of effort required will be dramatically disproportionate to the increments by which you increase.

Finding your own personal sweet spot

COP is an acronym where each letter stands for “Competency,” “Opportunity,” and “Passion,” where they all intersect is the sweet spot, the area in your life/career that you will be the happiest and be at your very best.

Suffering in silence

An important lesson learned from a dream about being aware of those around you.

Principle based leadership

A good leader sees the principles that lie at the heart of every issue and instructs on those principles as they’re naturally encountered. Learning principles as they’re practically applicable makes them easier to remember. What kind of leader are you?