I recently attended the International Coach Federation annual conference in Las Vegas where Michael J Gelb, spoke. He described Leonardo da Vinci as the “universal archetype of all our human potential.” Gelb believes that we can all unlock our hidden geniuses if we follow da Vinci’s lead. He delineates 5 ways to do that, but the first and most important principle is what he calls, “Curiosità. The insatiably curious approach to life and an unrelenting quest for continuous learning.”

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Finding Happiness Isn’t the Answer, Finding Meaning Is
You may think that you “just want to be happy.” But, it turns out, that’s not enough.

It is not surprising that you would think you would just want to be happy because “happiness is like the holy grail” according to Sonja Lyubomirsky, a professor of psychology at UC Riverside and author of The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want. “People around the world want it. If you ask people what they want for their children, they’ll say for them to be happy. It’s in our Declaration of Independence. It matters to and affects everyone.”

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A Remembrance on 9/10/11– Gaden Jangtse Buddhist are Emissaries of Peace“Don’t get too attached, even to the most beautiful things.” ~ Rinpoche

My mind keeps drifting to the events of 10 years ago. On 9/10/01, we had no idea what was to come in just a few hours; that the world as we know it would be literally turned upside down. Those structures, they were the very epitome of substance. They were built to be solid and were here to stay. We were shook to our foundations when they came down to theirs.

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It’s the fourth of July weekend and I am thinking about the leaders that led to us celebrating this holiday 235 years later. When we think about those men and women we think of them as great leaders…Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Abigail Adams…and they were. But they were also ordinary people. They worked hard as farmers, they were business entrepreneurs and they leveraged their individual creativity. They had family problems, got enmeshed in small town politics and had their “buttons pushed,” just like the rest of us.

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Martin Seligman in his new book Flourish says, “Human beings, ineluctably, want meaning and purpose in life.” The Meaningful Life, according to Seligman, involves “belonging to and serving something that you believe is bigger than yourself.”

In my coaching practice I promise to “help you to reach new heights.” By this I mean, new heights in your career and your personal life. It is my belief that reaching new heights involves achieving what Seligman describes as a “Meaningful Life.” When people understand their purpose in life, they are able to align their values with their efforts at work and at home, which allows them to make contributions that are important, or as Seligman says, to things that are “bigger than yourself.”

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“Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward towards finding the answer.” ~Dennis Waitley, Motivational Speaker

It is great advice to not dwell on what went wrong. But how, when we have all been schooled and socialized to fix problems, do you do that? How can you focus on what to do next without thinking about what you did wrong the last time?

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If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.” – Mario Andretti If you adhere to the tale of the tortoise and the hare (Aesop’s Fables), then the adage learned is “slow and steady wins the race.”  Yes, it is true, diligence and determined effort at a pace which allows for stamina is not…

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Recently, I was invited to speak to a group of people who are in the midst of life change—either looking for jobs or wanting to shifting to owning their own business, following what their true passions are. Reinventing oneself is hard to do—there is nothing easy about breaking free from what you feel is security and opening yourself up into the process of re-creation.

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