The Cavalry, The Lottery And The Fire


“In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.”
– Albert Camus

Picture the scene – our hero gets knocked off his horse and is face down in the dirt…

He lifts his eyes up and sees the enemies’ boots in front of him.

He knows it’s over…you’re on the edge of your seat, and all of a sudden, out of nowhere….

He’s rescued!

The cavalry is here!

That’s great for the movies – but that’s not real life.

The fact is…if you go through life waiting for the cavalry to come, you’re doing yourself a disservice.

Today I’m going to share with you three ways dramatic shifts happen in the movies…but the truth is, there is likely only one of these three ways to see a dramatic shift in your own life.

Motivation is Like Love: Coping When Your Passion Fades

We’ve all experienced it: that surge of powerful motivation at the start of a project.  We’re on top of the world and feel unstoppable.

Yet somehow, after a few weeks, that motivation high has gone. New blogs, new year’s resolutions to diet and workout routines can soon become burdens as we lose our enthusiasm for them.

From the time we embark on a new project until we are deeply entrenched in following through with it long term, we go through a few different changes and emotional highs and lows: fluctuations that aren’t so different than what we experience elsewhere in our lives.

Read on as we consider these parallels, and then, using lessons from our emotional lives, discuss strategies for coping when our enthusiasm for a project fades.

6 Things NCAA Football 09 Taught Me About Life

Want to play video games and learn lessons you can apply elsewhere in life? Look no fruther than NCAA Football 09, in Dynasty Mode.

In Dynasty mode, you coach a college football program through multiple seasons and you can only improve your team long term by mastering the recruitment process.  Read on as I discuss goal setting, priotization and persistence: all lessons learned from playing NCAA Football 09.

Positive Talk Creates Positive Action – How to Stop Talking Like a Loser

Every day we make many tiny decisions that affect our lives.  One of the decisions we make almost unconsciously is the way we talk to ourselves, and the way our words affect our attitude and our action.  I caught myself doing it yesterday when I considered going to the gym and then thought “I don’t want to do it.” Right away I decided that was it – no more loser talk, time to go work out!