Using Brainstorming to Deal with Stress

I used to have a lot of trouble getting stressed out. The emotional experience of overwhelm used to be all-consuming and would ruin my whole day. While I can’t yet claim to have completely mastered this problem, I’ve learned a couple of things about how to shift myself into a more useful state of mind. […]

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Overcoming Resistance to Change

Today, I got to hear a great talk on the subject of embracing change by my friend Kevin Snyder. Kevin and I are in the same Toastmasters club, which is where I got to hear the story of how he became a contestant on The Price is Right. I also got to watch him compete […]

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The Hidden Relationship Between Writing and Food

As I race to finish the first draft of my next book on the subject of writing, I’ve been exploring a number of different things that can affect one’s ability to get inspired and stay motivated to write. Thanks to Alice Osborn’s recent blog post about food writing, I had some insights into how food […]

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The Best-Laid Plans of Mice and Blogs…

In the last five years, I have learned a lot about what it takes to write a blog and keep writing it consistently. It is harder than it might at first seem. I have lost count of the number of people that I’ve seen attempting to start blogs, only to run out of steam and […]

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“It’s a Two-Way Street”

You’ve heard it before. “It’s a two-way street,” we always say. If I do a favor for you, if I promise to have your back when the going gets rough, if I volunteer some of my time to help you with a difficult business problem, or if I make myself available for late-night phone calls, […]

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A Post-Thanksgiving Rampage of Appreciation

Thanksgiving is a great day to practice the Rampage of Appreciation, a writing process designed to evoke a feeling of gratitude under any circumstances. On Thanksgiving, I decided to give it a whirl. I was reminded of just how powerful the process is. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend reading this entire list, but you might want to skip […]

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Today, I am Thankful for Writing Slumps

I have been in a slump with my writing of late, which I hesitated to admit publicly. I have resisted allowing myself to be seen as anything less than the perfect writer who maintains unshakable discipline 365 days a year. Today, I came to gain a new appreciation for the golden opportunity that a shortfall […]

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A Writer Needs Grace

I have a confession to make: I allowed myself to fall off the wagon with the Million-Word Challenge. In 162 days, I have written 359,048 words. That is 84,788 words behind where I would need to be in order to be on track for completing the challenge on time. At this rate, it is predictable […]

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“What Do You Do?”

Seriously. Is this the best icebreaker question humanity can come up with? I have an idea. Let’s all start asking each other “What brand of dental floss do you use?” That question would be equally relevant and equally conducive to business relationships. Don’t be surprised if I give you an evasive answer if you ask […]

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Using Your Network to Cultivate Burning Desire

As people have heard me say often, networking is not about schmoozing and handing out business cards. It’s about creating deep connections. It’s about making friends for life. In the business world, it’s about building loyal alliances where you know beyond the shadow of a doubt that the people around you will be there to […]

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