Self-Discipline Isn’t Convenient

Self-discipline sounds a lot like punishing myself. It’s all about sacrificing what I want to do for what I have to do. It’s “making myself do the thing I have to do, when it ought to be done, whether I like it or not.” (Huxley). Back in June, 2013, Time ran an article that described a study showing that Self-Disciplined People Are …

Five Irrational Fears That Keep Us From Moving Forward

If you are a human being (which means all alien beings can stop reading now) then you are going to experience fear. Fear is emotion – raw, unfiltered anxiety that has evolved over time to protect us from the painful and maybe fatal situations we encounter. Rational fear is good fear. It protects us. It is a healthy fear that …

Making Setbacks Work For You

This is a guest post by Robert L. Dilenschneider, author of The Critical First Years of Your Professional Life. How can you tap into the power of a setback — and make it work for you? I have nine recommendations. 1. If you’re shocked by the setback, ask yourself why. In Ambition: How We Manage Success and Failure Throughout Our Lives, …

Three Ways To Capture Your Vision

I recently returned from a leadership conference with my newly elected student leaders. We bonded and created fun memories. We even made up a few new words that will stick with us throughout the next year. The conference and journey together gave us all increased momentum as we anticipated what we wanted to accomplish in the near future. Each new …

7 Ways To Battle The Complainer Inside Of You

In his groundbreaking book, The Road Less Traveled, Dr. Scott Peck offers in the opening sentence, what he later identifies as “the greatest truth”: Life is difficult. He goes on to say, “Once we truly know that life is difficult-once we truly understand and accept it-then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult …

Four Reasons You Need Vision To See Where You’re Going

It’s that time of year when we get to hear the campaign speeches from our candidates for student leadership positions. Beyond their ability to give a good speech, they each share their hopes and dreams for next year. They lay out their plan to make it “the best year ever.” They are sharing their vision for the future. A distinguished …

Five Ways To Find Fulfillment In Your Day

When you lay your head on your pillow at night, you drift off to sleep with a sense of fatigue. But that fatigue can be caused by a couple of different things. 1. You’re tired and frustrated from spinning your wheels all day but not having much to show for it. 2. You’re tired and fulfilled from putting your energy …

Fail Forward Fast

The following is an excerpt from the book, The Way of the Seal: Think Like an Elite Warrior to Lead and Succeed, by Mark Divine with Allyson Edelhertz Machate. Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. -Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister (1874-1965) I believe the world is chaotic and destiny favors the prepared. Unfortunately, sometimes chaos …