Everything below the waist was hurting and virtually immobile. Head down, I shuffled forward. One foot in front of the other, one step at a time. My mind was dulled with exhaustion and pain and my thoughts barely extended beyond the basic act of taking my next step.
Though I could barely raise my head to see them, I was grateful to hear the excited crowds of people lining both sides of the street yelling, “Superman!” and other words of encouragement to my fellow runners and me. There was at least another meter forward in me. 100m at a stretch…
“Change is the only constant.” — Heraclitus (Greek philosopher)
When I look at my own experiences, I can only confirm Heraclitus’ observation.
I have worked in different international organizations and with transnational teams across the globe. Work and the work setting were all about changes. The type of change was diverse, from working groups to policy. Through adjustments, we reflect, learn, and develop. Managing change was a constant factor.
This doesn’t apply to just the office. One place to observe constant change is up in the mountains. As a mountaineer, I have experienced change in all its dimensions. …
Deadlines can be a major stressor in our lives — whether it’s a school assignment, a project at work, or a bill to pay, we have never-ending to-do lists with ever-tightening deadlines.
Even the word ‘deadline’ itself has an anxiety-inducing (and controversial) history. A “dead line” was a line drawn within or around a prison that if a prisoner passed, they were at risk of being shot. Passing a deadline literally meant doing something deadly.
Today, we are lucky that deadlines refer to something entirely different and although missing a deadline is not often thought of as life-threatening, we can’t…
Growing up, I was probably the “most confident person” in my cohort. I aced everything, won awards, got articles published… I thought there was nothing I couldn’t achieve.
Then, in the last year of college, I started to have massive anxiety attacks. I lost a bunch of hair, couldn’t have more than three hours of sleep for over three months, and relaxation didn’t exist in my dictionary.
I was still not getting what I wanted. And the more I wanted it, the harder I tried, the more anxious I felt. …
Among the tall brown grasses of late summer, in the long pink light of a fading sun, my friend said, “I finally saw your TEDx talk. I want to tell you that it’s bullshit. You know me, I got to be truthful.”
We had been hiking in what I thought was silent reverie for nature’s dance: rounded hills that exploded into curvaceous mountains, crinkled oaks lining crests like old praying women stretching for heaven.
But I was wrong. Priya’s mind had conjured a different reality. A witch's brew of angst and dread had been swirling inside of her.
How do I stop second-guessing myself?
This was a question one of my clients, Sarah, came to coaching with.
Sarah was an accomplished manager and executive. During her career, she had earned two PhDs and over the course of twenty years, worked her way from the legal department to director of business development at a luxury retail company.
One year earlier, the CEO had tasked Sarah with starting a sub-division within the business development department to focus specifically on innovation. This meant her team was responsible for creating and implementing cutting-edge strategies to modernize the company’s marketing and distribution channels.
This week, we covered everything from the joy of small adventures in your neighborhood to the triumph of big achievements like doing 1,000 pushups in a single day. Here’s your anti-algorithmic (hand-crafted!) list of everything from Better Humans over the past seven days.
Our picks? For a novel take on something akin to minimalism, check out Burk’s I Keep a List of All the Clothes I Own. And if you feel like you’d like to have more satisfying conversations, see if anything from Charles Amemiya’s 4 Ways We Irritate Other People Without Realizing It resonates.
Working with a professional coach is a great way to face the daunting task of personal growth and evolution. As adults, we face innumerable challenges in finding the necessary coherence between our emotional and rational selves.
We deal with issues in our relationships. We struggle along our career paths. We worry about our finances and supporting a family. We are always looking for ways to be better.
We start to think about how to make this happen:
“I believe that you have to have a minimum and you have to have a maximum that you’re going to do per day. Otherwise you’ll burnout. And I think that’s true for something like this.”
When it comes to big challenges, Kori D. Miller is an unstoppable force. Yet, her approach isn’t forceful. Rather, it’s inspired by boredom, fed by curiosity, and sustained with purpose and process.
What sleep habits do you have down, and which are problematic for you? You might be surprised! Take our free Sleep Habits Assessment here—it only takes a couple of minutes. You can go take it now and come back before reading on if you like.
The highest possible score on the assessment is an 18—and that high score is totally achievable based on very reasonable expectations. …
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