Your mama says you’re lazy. Your friends say you’re lazy. You feel lazy. You act lazy. You feel down because you fell into the trap. You agreed with them, and you start to believe it yourself. I’m lazy. It’s true. The poison takes hold. And so you act how you think, and you think how […]

Back in caveman days, being disciplined was so easy that discipline wasn’t even a thing. With a continual threat of death and starvation, there were genuine and visceral reasons for doing things with urgency, even if you didn’t want to do them. Now, most things are seemingly less urgent. Without pressing, visible and tangible requirements […]

Can you challenge yourself? We know the importance of habits. We know that successful habits create successful people when they are brought into everyday action. We are what we repeatedly do. But they are hard to keep, especially when we get overwhelmed by the idea of changing for good. Don’t forget the power of small […]

Why do anything worth doing when we’re not in the zone? When we write, we want to give ourselves the best advantage we can. When I write distracted, agitated, rushed and tired, I may — through some miracle — manage to write something. But usually, it won’t be much good. It will stray too far from the truth and deliver […]

I know what it’s like to be appallingly scattered and distracted. When I’m not clear on exactly what to do, I procrastinate like it’s my passion. I find ways to escape. Sometimes it’s with videos. Others, it’s through meaningless ‘busy’ tasks like planning my future, even though I’ve ‘planned my future’ several times in the […]

Goals are hard. Well, they’re hard because we look back over a year of forgotten goals — a goal graveyard. They seem hard in retrospect because they appear so untouchable, so intangible. So pointless. But they tell us to set goals, and so every year we write out our list and try again. We might make some […]

There are those days when the fire inside only simmers. What brought you to life yesterday doesn’t strike you like it did today. Why? It could be for many reasons. You slept in, and now your whole day has slowed to your pace. You’re hungover. You ate junk food. Jacqueline didn’t reply to your texts. […]

There is a sense of building despair that comes with repeated failures. We feel our spirit drain with every project dropped for a new one; with every ‘mistake’; with every rejection. Failure is good if we view it for the value it holds, yes. But at some point, we need to see some success — […]

You’ve finally finished your masterpiece. You’re beaming. You feel good about it this time. Could this be your big break? You’ve added a funky title and some trendy hashtags. You hit publish, feeling a mix of excitement and some trepidation. An hour later… Three measly likes and a comment from a stalker. What happened? Doesn’t the […]

E.L. Doctorow once said: “Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing, and learn as you go.” As my daily writing experiments have shown, he is right. Writing can reveal a lot about the world and ourselves. The sheer act of writing unlocks that which is deep within the dusty libraries of my mind. Until recently, I treated writing as a […]