Category: 5. Food for Thought

Food for Thought – Will and Grit

At a glance will power and grit appear to be remarkably similar.  They both require mental, emotional, and physical energy.  They also empower and enable us to drive our decisions and behaviors.  Because they require energy to use they are a finite resource that has to be recharged, but can also be increased and grown

Food for Thought – Activation Energy

Recently Anna has been pushing herself super hard to help us meet some financial goals.  Long hours at home, long hours at work... and long hours putting up with me of course.  She pushes herself back and forth between kid activities, volunteering, working, managing a house, a relationship and finances... just watching her is exhausting. 

Food for Thought – Recovering My Momentum

Transitioning between missions and adapting to change is something that just starts to come naturally in the military. There are changes to plans, changes to tactics, changes to operating procedures, changes to equipment, changes to leadership, changes to teams... changes to the change. 

Food for Thought: Teach, Coach, Mentor

When it comes to helping others develop skills I like to look at developing through a three tie process.  First you teach a skill, then you coach the student in its use, and finally your mentor the student in furthering their growth.

Food for Thought – Take the Smallest Step

I can get overwhelmed by my own perception of the size of a problem I am facing, or the challenges presented by the goals I am shooting for.  Staring down along, hard road can cause me to freeze up.  I start to second guess my chosen path, my plan of action, and even my motivation.

Food for Thought – Failure

Failing is something that gets a lot of attention these days.  Simple adages like "fail fast" and "failure is the first step"  float around in business school lectures and on meme's all over the internet.  In my opinion this obsession with failure tends to gloss over a key point.  Failure is a transition, it is

Food for Thought: Feedback

Even when you are operating at the peak of your potential there will still be adjustments that have to be made so you can maximize your results.  You may also be underachieving and in need of some guidance or direction to push you to a higher level of performance.