How You Finish is More Important Than How You Start

The story of Secretariat is extraordinary in terms of both the records that he broke, and also in the way he did it. Secretariat won the Triple Crown in 1973…

12 Common Negative Mental Scripts

We all have some variation of a negative mental script that we tell over and over again.  It’s whatever story we keep telling people about ourselves.  We keep telling the…

Finishing Last is Better Than Quitting

You probably never heard of John Stephen Akhwari. He was a runner from the country of Tanzania in the men’s marathon during the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. During…

Beating Yourself Up for Mistakes is Like Pressuring Yourself to Fail

My client, Lilly, came to me recently came to me feeling defeated. Her job with her boyfriend is going fine, but she said that she feels like a failure. I…

Avoiding Failure Does Not Lead To Success

A common theme among my clients is the fear of failure. They are so afraid of failing that they are unwilling to press the “go” button to get their lives…

Be Your Own Hero

I finally got around to seeing the movie, “Whip It” (dir. Drew Barrymore). One of my favorite scenes in the movie was when the main character, Bliss “Babe Ruthless” Cavendar…

Push Yourself Out of Your Comfort Zone

I was at the gym the other day, and I happened to step on a treadmill where the electronic display was broken. See that the gym was so full, I…

The Habit of Completion

In the movie, “The King’s Speech” (dir. Tom Hooper), the speech therapist (Geoffrey Rush) provides the stuttering King George VI (Colin Firth) with a set of exercises to keep his…

Confessions of a Snooze Addict

I’ll admit it.  I am a recovering snooze addict.  I was addicted to staying in bed, wrapped up in its warmth.  But it was always temporary, and it was never…

Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

It’s that time of year again where we make a list of things to accomplish in the upcoming year. And 365 days from now, most of us will fail at…