How to shorten the agony of procrastination

How to shorten the agony of procrastination

Several years ago, I decided to enter a piano competition. I had about six months to prepare and my goal was to practice two hours a day during the week and three hours on weekends. Just to be clear, this was something I had voluntarily chosen. Sitting at the keyboard is not physically strenuous. The piano was […]

Why you should careful what you wish for

Why you should careful what you wish for

You know the phrase, “Be careful what you wish for”? In the weeks since I got back from my cycling vacation in Spain last month, I’ve been saying to people — with great conviction — “I want to spend less time in front of my computer.” Now, what I meant was, I want to spend […]

Are you being selfish enough?

Are you being selfish enough?

“Caring supremely or unduly for one’s self; regarding one’s own comfort, advantage, in disregard, or at the expense, of those of others.” No wonder we don’t want to be considered selfish. And yet I have clients who make the question, “Am I being selfish?” the key factor in making important life decisions. When they think […]

How to stop rushing through life

How to stop rushing through life

Recently I’ve noticed my mind getting into a bad habit. A bad habit with three parts: thinking about how much I have to do, racing ahead to the next thing on the list, and feeling resistance to doing that next thing, because it’s standing in the way of the next three things I have to […]

Are You Afraid of Losing Your Edge?

Are You Afraid of Losing Your Edge?

In his podcast interview with Krista Tippett, creator of the radio show On Being, Tim Ferriss said that people recognize the benefits of meditation but they “tell me they’re afraid of losing their ‘edge.’” “What does that mean exactly?” I wondered. That if we meditate — if we feel at peace and start to accept ‘what is’ — that […]