Tag: personal development

Walking Together Alone – Searching For the Self

Earl R. Smith II, PhD DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com (Read More From My Blog) There is an important difference between Coaching and Mentoring. Coaching tends to deal with the finishing details while mentoring focuses on foundational questions. I value the work done by Coaches and have done a considerable amount of it myself but, over the years,..

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In seeking simplicity we do not ignore our lives but what distracts us.

This volume is written as a series of ‘thinking pieces’ that are to serve as points of meditation on important matters. Think of them as rocks leading to the shore. I’ll leave you to figure out what and where the shore is, what the canoe signifies and what’s the reason for the journey. All I..

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The clutter of our lives & minds entangles us in a cycle of haste, alienation & exhaustion

This volume is written as a series of ‘thinking pieces’ that are to serve as points of meditation on important matters. Think of them as rocks leading to the shore. I’ll leave you to figure out what and where the shore is, what the canoe signifies and what’s the reason for the journey. All I..

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It is wise to step back from our preoccupations & listen to the rhythms of our hearts & minds

This volume is written as a series of ‘thinking pieces’ that are to serve as points of meditation on important matters. Think of them as rocks leading to the shore. I’ll leave you to figure out what and where the shore is, what the canoe signifies and what’s the reason for the journey. All I..

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Mentor or Coach? What’s the difference and why is might be important to you.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ You have to make changes … Many people stand before the door of opportunity and never knock –  let alone open it and go through. Do you ask yourself … Am I sabotaging my future because of who I have allowed myself to become? Am I who I want to be for the rest..

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In seeking simplicity we ask “does it make us more happy or free?”

This volume is written as a series of ‘thinking pieces’ that are to serve as points of meditation on important matters. Think of them as rocks leading to the shore. I’ll leave you to figure out what and where the shore is, what the canoe signifies and what’s the reason for the journey. All I..

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The step possible in the moment is always a new beginning. Take it with calm confidence.

This volume is written as a series of ‘thinking pieces’ that are to serve as points of meditation on important matters. Think of them as rocks leading to the shore. I’ll leave you to figure out what and where the shore is, what the canoe signifies and what’s the reason for the journey. All I..

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We turn our attention to this moment & let it speak to us of wonder, mystery, harmony & peace

This volume is written as a series of ‘thinking pieces’ that are to serve as points of meditation on important matters. Think of them as rocks leading to the shore. I’ll leave you to figure out what and where the shore is, what the canoe signifies and what’s the reason for the journey. All I..

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Every step is a beginning and a rebirth.

This volume is written as a series of ‘thinking pieces’ that are to serve as points of meditation on important matters. Think of them as rocks leading to the shore. I’ll leave you to figure out what and where the shore is, what the canoe signifies and what’s the reason for the journey. All I..

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The source of happiness and unhappiness lies nowhere else but in our minds and hearts.

This volume is written as a series of ‘thinking pieces’ that are to serve as points of meditation on important matters. Think of them as rocks leading to the shore. I’ll leave you to figure out what and where the shore is, what the canoe signifies and what’s the reason for the journey. All I..

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Mentoring – Learning the Difference

Earl R. Smith II, PhD DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com (Read More From My Blog) Over the years I have discovered that good mentors have had really good mentors. I’ve been lucky in that sense as life has brought me into contact with a number of them. I’ve also come to understand that good mentors are generally not..

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Don’t spend your life trying to live up to your performance expectations

Earl R. Smith II, PhD DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com www.Dr-Smith.com (Read More From My Blog) In the early stages of mentoring – during those first crucial sessions – there are a number of ideas that I introduce. One of the most difficult to comprehend is a suggestion that a person should not spend their life trying to live..

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The only moment that offers the possibility of transformation and simplicity is this moment.

This volume is written as a series of ‘thinking pieces’ that are to serve as points of meditation on important matters. Think of them as rocks leading to the shore. I’ll leave you to figure out what and where the shore is, what the canoe signifies and what’s the reason for the journey. All I..

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“Confidence is ignorance. If you’re cocky, it’s because there’s something you don’t know.”

This volume is written as a series of ‘thinking pieces’ that are to serve as points of meditation on important matters. Think of them as rocks leading to the shore. I’ll leave you to figure out what and where the shore is, what the canoe signifies and what’s the reason for the journey. All I..

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Mentoring – Dissatisfaction, Vertigo, Determination, Euphoria, Resistance, Persistence = Progress

Earl R. Smith II, PhD DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com Read More From My Blog In one way, each of my mentoring efforts is different. Each individual brings different challenges, needs and capabilities. Each advances at their own particular pace. Some have sufficient resolve to continue until we achieve the breakthroughs that we are seeking. Others run out..

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When the distance becomes too great

Earl R Smith II, PhD DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com www.Dr-Smith.com (Read More From My Blog) Mentoring is always a combination of abstract concepts and practical action. It’s the complexity of the thoughts involved that makes it different from coaching. With coaching we might be focused on the refinement of a particular skill or capability. The question is competence..

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The Cost of Anti-Humanism

Earl R. Smith II, PhD DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com Read More From My Blog When I begin to work with a person, one of the first things that we focus on is the nature of the virtual representation that is put forth as the ‘true’ representation – the mask that they wear when dealing with the world as..

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Just Couldn’t Bring Himself – A Mentoring Case Study

Earl R. Smith II, PhD DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com (Read More From My Blog) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The deer in the headlights – we all know the story – the car rounds the bend on a dark night – the deer stands frozen in the glare and cannot move even as its death approaches. Humans sometimes act this way..

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The world that invites profound transformation is the one we carry within us.

This volume is written as a series of ‘thinking pieces’ that are to serve as points of meditation on important matters. Think of them as rocks leading to the shore. I’ll leave you to figure out what and where the shore is, what the canoe signifies and what’s the reason for the journey. All I..

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Mentoring Breakthrough – Coming to Terms

Earl R. Smith II. PhD DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com (Read More From My Blog) One of the most difficult challenges in any mentoring engagement is helping a client come to terms with the implications of behaviors that are blindly habitual or unconsidered. It doesn’t have to be a big issue. Sometimes it is a small thing that..

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Finding Meaning Without Manufacturing Meaning

Earl R. Smith II, PhD DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com (Read More From My Blog) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The human tendency to label – and call the label the meaning of the thing – can prevent us from experiencing the world as we find it. Insisting that the meaning of something is what we say it is is rather like..

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Mentor or Coach?

Earl R. Smith II, PhD DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com (Read More From My Blog) I work as a Mentor and am often asked what the differences between mentoring and coaching are. It’s not a question that I take lightly because understanding that difference can often be the key to an individual getting what they want out of..

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Serenity, compassion, and stillness are not accidents but consciously cultivated paths.

This volume is written as a series of ‘thinking pieces’ that are to serve as points of meditation on important matters. Think of them as rocks leading to the shore. I’ll leave you to figure out what and where the shore is, what the canoe signifies and what’s the reason for the journey. All I..

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