Measuring personal growth progress: burning the boat

About four months ago I came across the concept of “Burning the Boat,” which has occupied my mind ever since. The idea is actually quite simple; Pulling the trigger though, is anything but … particularly when it’s your first time doing it. I just went on Wikipedia and to my surprise I found a lot […]

Belief as a requirement to understanding

Recently I was listening to a CD course on my way to work in which the lecturer brought up St. Augustine’s concept of needing to believe first, before being able to understand. In other words: having your heart set right first, so that your mind can follow. This is so true, but yet so counter […]

Suffering vs self-inflicted wounds

Given that this was my first Lent season as a certified coach, I planted a seed in my head that I will want to reconcile for myself the crucifixion that is at the center of Christian tradition, and the stereotypical wellness advice that in a nutshell tells you suffering is a choice …. and not […]

You’ve already won mindset

While I’ll probably not be ever able to pinpoint the exact origins, it’s ok, because that’s not really relevant. For whatever reason though, I assumed that happiness can only flourish in the light of financial security. So just like plants need light, I am not denying that we all need to have our basic needs […]

I know nothing

Even as a huge fan of Socrates, it took me a while to really understand the method behind his “I know nothing” madness. I mean, can you imagine walking into a meeting at work and saying that? Or responding as such when somebody asks where you stand on Trump administration? It’s just so counterintuitive. As […]

Patience vs Impatience

As a recovering perfectionist, I’m still very much struggling with how to apply patience in my life. I grew up believing that you must have to lust after results 24/7, for if you don’t, someone else with more grit will come around and take it from you; Kind of like “Money never sleeps” from the […]

Measuring personal growth progress

From a very young age, I was attracted to numbers. If I had to guess, I’d say it was the empirical certainty that was so badly missing inside of me. In fact, I’ll never forget when I wrote my first piece of code where a computer did exactly what I told it to do. It […]

Acting in the moment

I’m a sucker for a great speech; preferably the kind of speech typically seen in the movies before an impossible feat. I’m thinking here “The game of inches” from any given Sunday or Henry the 5ths’ “St Crispin’s Day.” Never mind that these came from multimillion-dollar films or the greatest writer in the English language […]