The Cult of Oppressive Positivity

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Trends come and go. Some leave indelible marks upon a culture, and others just fade away. When a trend is couched in terms like “positive psychology” one might expect that any influence it exerts on a culture will be, well…positive. But is there such a thing as too much of a good thing? The contemporary positive psychology movement was founded in the ’80s by Martin Seligman, so you would think he […]

Confessions of a Life Coach: Does Goal-Setting Really Matter?

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  Confession #1: I don’t like setting goals. They scare me. Setting a goal raises the possibility that I won’t reach it. If I never commit to anything, I can’t fail, right? Oy. If only that were true. I spent a few years living without making any goals. The problem was that I wasn’t really living. When I don’t commit to a challenge, I don’t grow, and if I don’t […]

January 2019: Pregame Your Goals

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  We Don’t Make Resolutions. We Achieve Goals. Those are the words boldly emblazoned across the windows of Pregame HQ at this very moment. They’re a dare. They’re calling out empty intentions. They’re inviting you to rethink your New Year strategy. There seem to be three stages of New Year’s resolutions: Yeah! Resolutions! We optimistically intend to lose weight, save money, do a Whole 30. Then, after January’s discipline and […]

The Day Rosa Parks Went Viral

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As I have continued making my way through Charles Duhigg’s excellent book The Power of Habit, I happened upon a very interesting anecdote about Rosa Parks. Most of us have heard that name and one specific story about the woman that is taught to us in our history books which is that she did not get up when asked to by a white passenger and was eventually arrested. BUT What […]

What to Do During a Slow Period: Strengthening Your Business Strategy

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During slow summer months or winter hibernation, it’s easy to find an excuse to drift in late, check out early, and let a lack of momentum slow your whole roll. Even if you’re not on vacation, your inbox is full of out-of-office autoresponders, which can mean meeting-free mornings and afternoons spent shopping online instead of sharpening your online presence. Instead of letting slowdowns make you lethargic or frustrated, view the […]

Following Your Passion Will Alienate, Offend, and Generally Piss People Off

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The Road to Realizing Your Dream is Littered with Haters “If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery–isolation. Isolation is the gift.” – […]

The Opportunity of Transitions

Travis Somerville

Humans are saddled from birth with the double-edged sword of writing our own stories. From the first sparkling moments of awareness we are faced with a paralyzing morass of choice. We find ourselves bolted in for the performance of our lives, often moving at speeds too fast to consider the gravity of the sharp turns the road may take. The pauses we take in life not only help identify the […]

August 2018: Navigating Transitions

Travis Somerville

You know those people who lose or quit their job and use the time off to find themselves and travel and play the guitar and have a summer fling and work out and read novels? Yeah. I am SO not one of those people. I hate being in the proverbial hallway. Give me a map, a door, an obstacle course, a game plan. I’ll knock that out of the park. […]

Just Because It Sounds Good Doesn’t Mean It’s True

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“You just need to tune everyone else out and focus on what you know to be right,” my husband recently told me as I complained, again, about some writing that had been keeping me up at night. That sounded like sage advice; after all, how many times do we hear variations on this like “Follow your heart,” “Find your truth,” “You know yourself best,” etc? So off I went, tapping away at […]

Be Your Own Damn Hero

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You don’t get to be the phoenix rising without the burn. It just doesn’t work that way. For every successful business owner, entrepreneur, or founder, there’s a story of walking through the fire. Transformation, both personal and professional, comes at a cost. The price you pay is presence and perseverance on the journey. Joseph Campbell was an author and scholar renowned for his work in comparative mythology. He identified universal […]