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Perspective

I was reminded again today of the power of changing my perspective. As my flight instructor and I were preparing to get in the airplane for multiple touch and go landings, she asked me about my seat height. Suddenly, I was taken back to our very first flight, when she suggested cranking it as high […]

Arrest and Redirect: Part 2

This week, the progression of my flying lessons began with more advanced maneuvers. The first one in this phase was “steep turns”. As we took off from the Asheville Airport and headed for the practice area just west of Lake Lure, I was feeling moderately confident that steep turns would be no big deal. However, […]

Arrest and Redirect Runaway Thoughts

Originally Posted October 2022 Our thoughts can run away with us. They pop in our head, like the uninvited dinner guest. Before you know it, those runaway thoughts sit down, strap on a bib and start helping themselves to heaping piles of the dinner we have prepared. Meanwhile, we look on helplessly wondering those thoughts came from and if there are enough mashed […]

Acceptance

A few days ago, in one of those moments where I knew it would happen before it happened, I dropped my phone in the lake. All alone in the boathouse at Mystic Waters, I held the lever to raise the boat on the lift. With my other hand, I held my phone. Or should I […]

The Voice of Authority

Recently I caught myself second guessing a text I had sent. When I really looked at the process of “second guessing”, I realized that something else all-together was happening. I was explaining myself to myself in my head. But it wasn’t really me I was explaining myself to. What the heck did I just say? […]

Three Buckets of Rules

Note: Today I’m sharing an excerpt from Chapter 2 of my new book, Dancing the Tightrope, What Falling Off a Horse Taught Me About Embracing Pressure, Fear and Uncertainty. In the following excerpt, we pick up the story soon after I fell off the horse. In this segment, I’m beginning to understand the accident through […]

Master Your Stories

Note: This blog post was originally published on August 4th 2017 as a bonus chapter in my book “The Power of Positive Intent: An Inspired Way to Deal with Change in Any Business.” Last year, I expanded the book and published it as, “The Elegant Pivot: An Inspired Move for Navigating Corporate Politics” I ended my […]

Recovering Confidence

It’s no secret that I fell off a horse a few years ago and got back on – eventually. I went into the ride the day of the accident full of confidence. The day after the accident – and for another 15 months – I avoided even the idea of getting back on another horse. […]

Flying High

I started flying lessons this week. It’s not a brand-new hobby. In the mid-80’s I spent several years learning to fly and went as far as the final check ride. When Jen and I moved to Charlotte, we lived too far from the airport for me to stay current. In my prior life, flying was […]

Unscientific Evidence That What We Believe Matters

A few years ago, I was helping kids in a local community race. The children had an obstacle course to navigate, and my job was to offer both direction and encouragement as they ran the course. I was not the only one yelling encouragement. There were lots of us cheering them on, with the typical […]