Reaching Conclusions

As events unfold, it’s human nature to interpret situations quickly and reach immediate conclusions.  We tend to judge swiftly and prefer the binary view of good/bad, happy/sad, or win/lose. In today’s complex world, reaching early conclusions can cloud your judgment and lure you away from achievement.  One of my favorite Zen parables illustrates this beautifully:…

Stop the Beatings

I’m short.  And Impatient.  I stink at details, I am a horrible dancer, and I am a lousy athlete.  Like you, I have dozens of imperfections and spend a lot of time focusing on them.  How completely unproductive. Worse yet, I spend far too much time focused on the shortcomings of others.  The driver in front…

Your JumboTron

As basketball fans enter their favorite time of year, all eyes will be on the ever-present JumboTron.  In addition to all the flash, this giant scoreboard provides critical information to players, coaches, and fans.  In its larger-than-life format, everyone has up-to-the-nanosecond knowledge of the score, time remaining, period, and many other vital stats. Now, imagine…

Dance Like No One’s Watching

There exist few things in life as awkward as the self-conscious dancer.  Prancing about without rhythm or timing, their embarrassing moment becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.  There’s one at every wedding, every party, and every dance club. This hapless soul has a counterpart: the person who doesn’t give a shit.  He lets it all hang out, irrespective…