Don’t Fear Failure

Several years ago, I attended a live event with a motivational speaker. He had us write our goals, hopes, and dreams on one side of a 12″×12″ board. On the other side, we wrote our fears. Everything that was holding us back, keeping us from achieving everything we wanted. Every fear I could come up with came back to one common theme: the fear of failure.

Then it was time to punch through the board, karate-style. Like you see in movies.

Broken Board of Failure

Quit Sabotaging Your Productivity with a Cluttered Desktop

You would never let your desk get so cluttered with papers that you had no room to work. We instinctively recognize the negative effect that would have on our productivity. So we regularly take time to clean off our desks, put everything back where we got it from, and keep things organized.

But when was the last time your computer desktop was completely cleared off? How many files do you have there? How many would you have to open to identify?

Sitting down to work with a cluttered computer desktop can have just as negative an impact on your productivity. Here are nine tips for why you should keep your computer desktop clear and how to clean it up.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay/sebagee

Photo courtesy of Pixabay/sebagee

One Word for Committing to a Task without the Guilt

The best definition I’ve heard of character is “the ability to carry out a worthy decision after the emotion of making that decision has passed” (Hyrum W. Smith). It’s doing what you say you’re going to do.

When you put a task on your list, you’re making a commitment, either to yourself or to someone else, that you’re going to do something. I used to struggle with this, feeling that the only way a task could come off my list was by doing it. Otherwise, I was breaking the commitment.

If you’re like me, this can cause problems for your productivity. You want to write everything down so it can stop swimming around your head, but you don’t want to write anything down until you’re certain you want to commit to doing it.

Fortunately, there is a word that can help you escape from this trap, remember the commitments you’ve made, and enjoy life.

Photo courtesy of ©iStockPhoto/3sbworld

Photo courtesy of ©iStockPhoto/3sbworld

The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.

Vince Lombardi

The Power of Regular and Consistent Growth

Like most kids who get the chance at a quiet weekday mall, my sister and I were playing on the escalators. I made it to the top of the down escalator without any problems, but my sister—with shorter legs—was struggling. She got tired, stopped to rest, and started being carried back down.

“Keep moving!” I called down to her. ”If you need to rest, take the steps one at a time as they come. If you stop, you’ll just have further to climb. Don’t stop moving!”

She has always remembered that lesson and regularly applies it in the different roles in her life. There is no such thing as standing still. You’re either getting better or you’re getting worse. If you want to get better, it takes regular and consistent effort to improve yourself.


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Four Lessons from the Frozen Soundtrack

We recently spent a week at a beach house in Oregon. We drove up the coast, so we spent over 26 hours in the car with our kids in the back seat. We know the soundtrack to Frozen pretty well now.

Music changes how we learn. The more parts of your brain that are engaged, the easier it is for us to learn and remember. If you’ve ever gotten a song stuck in your head, you know how well the melody and meter reinforce the message and make it sticky. Plus, it’s learning disguised as fun! Preschoolers love learning to sing their ABCs; they wouldn’t get as excited about a rote recitation.

Here are five life lessons that stood out to me as we wound our way through the redwoods and rocky coast on US–101. These are by no means the only interpretation, or even what Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez necessarily intended, but they’re good lessons to keep in mind.

Image ©2013 Disney

Image ©2013 Disney