Tag: self-knowledge

Making a Difference

I always take a few minutes at the end of each day to journal. I have found this time is always well spent. First I re-read the entries from the prior week or so – it helps keep things in perspective – to connect with what some Native Americans call the ‘long view’.

Breaking Out of a Rut

Those of you who fish will understand. For those of you who don’t, a fishing reel pulls in line when you rotate the handle. Without that action, it is just a curiosity on your end of the fishing pole. To help it to fulfill its purpose, you need to take extended and purposeful action.

The Principle of Least Effort: Mentoring The Ready

Earl R Smith II, PhD DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com Read More From My Blog The process of mentoring is different than that of coaching. I describe coaching as ‘teaching you how to do something better than you have been doing it.’ Those of you who pursue the sport of golf may understand what I am saying. If..

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Presence in the Present

Take a minute and think about the present – your present – the time right now that you are living through. It is a most amazing experience – this ‘present’ that is yours and yours alone. It’s not the ‘world’s present’ or ‘humanities’ present’ but yours alone. No other person will ever have the privilege of living through it. It is truly and uniquely yours alone.

Be Resistant to Change

Earl R. Smith II. PhD DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com (Read More From My Blog) (From Self-Sabotage: 12 Nasty Habits):   Change: Make or become different Take or use another instead of The act or instance of making or becoming different This definition is a useful place to start. Notice the three different parts. The first is intentional..

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The Consultant’s Disease

Earl R. Smith II. PhD DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com (Read More From My Blog) I get approached by consultants who want to expand their business. They have been profitably (most often) supporting a small staff for some years. But the ‘bigger’ bug has been whispering in the principal’s ear for some time.

Giving Yourself Permission

This might seem like a strange idea at first – giving yourself permission – but, once you think about it some, you will realize that it really gets to the core of how you live – and decide to live – your life. Begin with this simple idea – you are the gatekeeper of your own possibilities – you determine what is possible for you.

Mentoring Means Charting the Course for Change and Then Making The Journey

Earl R. Smith II, PhD DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com Read More From My Blog ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Most of my mentoring clients come to me with some sort of change in mind. They are responding to a general feeling of dissatisfaction. Most want to change something about themselves or their lives. The depth and detail of understanding that they have..

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Talking to Yourself Authentically

Earl R Smith II, PhD DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com Read More From My Blog Item One Have you ever had this experience? You meet with someone for the first time. First thing you know you’re listening to their elevator speech. They go on about the business that they’re in and the latest deal there working on. They..

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Orthodoxy or Optimism?

I was having drinks with a friend a couple of weeks back when the conversation took a strange turn. As a matter of background, I have known him for a couple of decades, considered him a valued friend and someone who thought before he spoke. We were discussing alternative energy and the likely way forward. What set me back was his insistence that there was no future other than through existing technologies.

Entrepreneur? What the hell is that?

Earl R Smith II, PhD DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com Read More From My Blog Last week I could not even spell entrepreneur now I are one! One of the traps that self-identified entrepreneurs find themselves in comes as a result of a combination of a misunderstanding of the word entrepreneur and a lack of self-knowledge. I’d like to..

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The Recidivist’s Waltz

Earl R. Smith II. PhD DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com (Read More From My Blog) An old friend was fond of saying things that boiled down a situation and focused on the core.  I always enjoyed his company and wry observations. One of the things he was fond of observing was that “People get to deal with the..

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Johnny Can Read and Why It Doesn’t Matter

Earl R Smith II, PhD DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com (Read More From My Blog) I came of age during what might be considered the flowering of the American educational system. The Lockean ideals dominated. The purpose of education was to help us learn how to think. Whether it was a civics class, English studies or science, our..

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It works better if you plug it in.

Earl R. Smith II, PhD DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com Read More From My Blog It’s a silly thing that defines most lives. The disconnect from the fundamental fact of being alive. It’s as if life was a blender or some other appliance and we spend our time wondering why it’s not working. We press this button or..

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The Importance of Acting on Good Ideas

I recently came across this in one of my old journals. I remember the feelings that were there when I wrote it. Acting on good ideas is part of personal growth – part of an effort at self-improvement. The mind comes up with these flashes of lightening but it is the body that drives them into action.

Ways and Whys of Talking

Ever eavesdrop on a couple of people talking? Sure, we all have. I started to do a lot of that a while back – just to see if there were patterns. I wasn’t interested so much in what was being said but how and why it was being said. What I found was fascinating.

Shall you live authentically who you are meant to be – the beginning

Earl R. Smith II, PhD DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com Read More From My Blog Shall you live authentically who you are meant to be or will you spend your allotted time living the life of someone you imagine yourself to be? No matter what the specific reasons are that brings a person to me seeking mentoring, the..

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Decisions, Decisions

Earl R Smith II, PhD DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com (Read More From My Blog) Many of my mentoring engagements are with CEO’s who are dedicated to improving their abilities and growing into their ever changing and expanding roles. One of the areas which we tend to focus on is the decision-making process. Interestingly, it is actually the..

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“You can observe a lot just by watching.” Yogi Berra

  Earl R. Smith II. PhD DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com (Read More From My Blog) There is a saying in Buddhism, “Life is simple, we make it complicated.” I am always amused when I meet a person who claims to be a “people watcher” who has never experienced that fundamental reality. Lives are spent making it complicated. In..

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Crossing the Boundary – Surviving the Experience

Earl R Smith II, PhD DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com Read More From My Blog It’s seldom the dog that you love that bites you it’s almost always the one you can barely tolerate. Many companies fail for reasons that have little to do with their core product or service. It is often the afterthoughts or ‘under-thoughts’ that..

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A Leadership Mentor – Finding the Right One

Earl R Smith II, PhD DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com (Read More From My Blog) Leadership mentoring can make a huge difference in the career prospects of an up-and-coming executive. The delays and risks of learning by experience – by your mistakes and successes – can put you seriously behind your competitors. There is a sense of gambling..

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Life Mentoring – The Propose of a Compass

Earl R. Smith II, PhD DrSmith@Dr-Smith.com Dr-Smith.com Read More From My Blog ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ It’s not the compass that finds your true north – you need to find the compass that points to your true north. Short of that, every other compass will send you in the wrong direction. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Life mentoring can bring some of..

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“Grant me the wisdom …”

That’s how the old saying starts off. The rest makes a distinction between ‘what I can’t and can change’. Wisdom, it is posited, is knowing the difference – accepting what can’t be changed and changing what can. Clear enough as it is but these is a wrinkle – an oversight – that most people routinely make – one that flies in the face of such ‘wisdom’. They focus almost exclusively on what can’t be changed.

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