Move the Pen to Save Your Life

I’m no expert. I have used that statement to justify taking no action and not writing or publishing or creating anything for most of my life. I believed that only experts could talk about things, or create things and so I devoted myself to becoming an expert. One day, I thought, I would be worthy of writing and creating. Meanwhile, I was paralyzed by writer’s …

Defeat Procrastination with Goldilocks Goals

Procrastination is bloody subtle and insidious sometimes. Maybe all the time, in fact! First, it creeps in via your goals and targets. The wrong setting on these kills you. You must be specific, but not too specific or too general. It’s a sliding scale and the way you think about it will determine whether you succeed or fail. In the …

The Unexpected Challenge of Challenging Yourself

By January 19, according to some statistics, 95% of the people who set goals or initiated personal challenges for the new year have already given up. I started thinking about this today because I’m currently doing a 6-week, Pilates challenge with a studio here in town and we’re in the final week. While I haven’t failed to hit my numbers almost …

Don’t Get Stalled on Someone Else’s Freeway

We all need a plan. I’ll explain. Your plan is like a road toward your goals and dreams. You’re building the road as you go, but the plan allows the road to assemble itself moments before you arrive. Without a plan, the pavement ends and you are stopped at an infinite crossroads, sitting there, whistling and wondering what to do and where to …

How do you start when you can’t get started?

It seems entirely fitting now that I could NOT, for the life of me, figure out how to start this blog on getting started and living an optimal, skillful life. Later, while meditating, I laughed. Here am I, wanting to talk about and discover how to live optimally and I cannot even start! There’s a cosmic joke in there somewhere. But there’s also …