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How to not waste your life

“I don’t want to waste any more time.” I hear that over and over from the clients I coach. They don’t want to waste their time. Their talents. Their happiness. In other words: They don’t want to waste their life. All that makes perfect sense. Here’s what doesn’t make sense to lots of the folks around them: My clients [...]

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Get back in the game: Why it’s worth embarrassing yourself over and over again

So, a year ago I started playing water polo again—a sport I never thought I’d return to after leaving it my first year in college. As a youth, I played for eight years and it was a huge part of my life—the sun in my solar system. I went to college to play (and perhaps get [...]

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What to do when you lose your shit

Losing your shit is most inconvenient. Especially when people are depending on you. The panic and fear become amplified—when you’re well aware that you’re supposed to be the person who knows what’s going on—and you don’t know what’s going on. I’m writing to you as a (life/progress) coach, who is in the midst of such a [...]

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The unexpected benefit of paying off $26k in credit card debt

I received a lovely tweet from someone who had recently read my post about the first progress map I created to pay off over $26k in debt. #businessCool stuff:Reaching your goals by using "Creative Progress Maps". Kudos to Amy M Jones! @mapyourprogresshttps://t.co/DnZ3i8bXw8— Peter Bormann (@valonquatech) October 2, 2016 And this is the thought that came to mind, in [...]

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Inspiration Conversation: Jason Zook

A while back, I decided to have 100 conversations with 100 people that inspire me. To learn more about what inspiration really is about. To find out who inspires them. Then to be able to share that with my Tribe. The truth was that I didn’t exactly know why. My inner Quiet Voice casually suggested [...]

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How to be brave

Every day we have opportunities to be brave. Yet, when given the choice to be brave or retreat to the safety of what’s familiar, most of us choose the latter. When we think of being brave, we usually talk ourselves out of it. Why? Because we don’t want to be brave. It’s the experience of being [...]

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Plot Twist: Map Your Progress 3.0

Wrote this to the Tribe (customers and those who receive my weekly email) on May 4, 2016 and am sharing it here for good measure: Call it a plot twist, y’all. It’s been a life-changing couple weeks.For sometimes we experience things that change us in a fundamental way. Something becomes clear and once we’ve seen it, [...]

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What's really there

Something real weird has been happening this last week. When I find myself compulsively grabbing at my smartphone to check all the things, I hear the voice. It’s gentle. Fairly quiet. When I find myself wanting to eat out of habit—when I’m not hungry, or already full, or just in the mood to dust a pint (of ice [...]

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500 Expressions of Self-Care

[Guest post by Progress Mapper Ellie Kozlowski] Bubble baths? You betcha. Water-conserving shower? Uh-huh. In fact, my self-care routine seems to be full of contradictions. I guess that makes sense—I need different things on different days. One day I’m all, “Eat a piece of pie!” and the next day I’m all, “Do not eat a piece of [...]

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What it (really) takes to pay off $35,000 of credit card debt. In seven months.

When we talk about paying off debt—if we even talk about it—so much of the focus is on strategy and approach, the systems we use, or how we can save more/earn more. All of those things are important, if not essential, for most of us to get out of debt. Yet we rarely dig into the [...]

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