Nothing catalyzes success more than coaching. If you're seeking to finish a writing or other project, reclaim your enthusiasm for your work, get a new job, gain more life balance, or make another important change, coaching's the thing.
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New clients can purchase a Needs Assessment/Action Planning Process for $319. (It's normally $375.) This package consists of some … [Read More...]
Everyone's obsessed with quality, but the way to achieve it is not to focus on it. That's because:
1) Quality is an Emergent Property
An emergent property is one that's intrinsic to a system, and that arises organically as that system operates. Think of relationships: if you try to force them, they wither and die. The best relationships are not forced, but arise naturally as the yield of many interactions.
Quality in writing and other work similarly occurs organically via an effective process, through your numerous interactions … [Read More...]
Woke up to find it's raining again, for the upteenth time this fall.
At first, I had my normal reaction, "Aw, crap."
But this time I quickly corrected myself, "All right! More mushrooms!"
Michigan is apparently great for mushrooms. Maybe today, Monday, I will make manifest a marvelous Michigan morel. … [Read More...]
Recently, someone mentioned she was waiting to clear “a big chunk of time” before starting a project.
Other things people wait for are:
The kids to be in school (or out of the house entirely).
A better work space (either at home or elsewhere).
”To do more research.”
While there is often some logic to waiting, it's usually better just to get started. For one thing, the impulse to wait is usually partly a response to perfectionist fears of failure, success, and showing the work. (And, often, no … [Read More...]
The team and I created a giant page of tips to help NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and AcWriMo (Academic Writing Month) participants:
(a) Get off to a strong start,
(b) Make it past the dreaded mid-month slump
(c) Finish! And,
(d) Have fun while doing it all!
In case you're not familiar with NaNoWriMo and AcWriMo, they're terrific monthlong writing challenges that support the basic principles of nonperfectionism. You seek to write a lot (50,000 words over the course of the month, in the case of NaNoWriMo), focusing on … [Read More...]
Situational perfectionism is when something causes your perfectionism to spike. It can be a failure, of course, but it can also be a success. Here's J.K. Rowling, quoted in Salon:
“For the first time ever in my life, I got writer’s block. The stakes seemed to have gone up a lot, and I attracted a lot of publicity in Britain for which I was utterly unprepared.”
Turns out humorist Dave Barry got into a similar fix after winning the Pulitzer Prize:
“I had this feeling like, You know, jeez, does this mean that I'm still allowed to … [Read More...]
Math teacher Ben Orlin has all the usual complaints about students.
They don't do their work, don't show up for help, and settle for memorizing facts instead of working to truly understand the material. Unlike many teachers, however, he knows better than to label his students as lazy and unmotivated—in part because he once walked in their shoes.
In an essay of compelling honesty and empathy, he writes about how he himself once struggled during a class on topology (the funky science of shapes and spaces), and took refuge in the very … [Read More...]
Greeting from Hillary
Welcome! You're probably here because you'd like to get more productive, finish projects more easily, and reclaim the joy you once had in your work. Or, perhaps you'd like to find a new job or make another important life change. You've come to the right place! All my work is devoted to helping people recognize and overcome the disempowering forces in their work and lives so that they can reconnect to their power and reclaim their joyful productivity. Join me for a workshop, get coaching, or read my books.