Managing the Space Between

Managing the Space Between

For all of us – at least from time-to-time – there’s a gap between where we are now, and where we believe we ought to be or want to be. It’s a space between our current reality and our future possibility. Think of this space as vast and expansive as the Pacific Ocean and you’ll […]

We act on something in our lives when…

We act on something in our lives when…

We act on something in our lives when… the desire for it is so strong that we don’t want to be without it; or the pain for it is so strong that we don’t want to be with it.

The Faster We Can Communicate, The More We Should Slow Down

The Faster We Can Communicate, The More We Should Slow Down

In addition to training, writing, doing therapy and conducting consultations, I have a voiceover business. Last week during a practice session, I had read a script for my coach and received this response: “Joe, slow down, this is not a race to get to the last period.” I believe much the same can be said […]

Don’t Create Failure

Don’t Create Failure

The easiest and sometimes the most convenient thing for us to do is to default to the negative in our lives. I’ve seen people, after being congratulated by dozens of others regarding an accomplishment chastise themselves for omitting something or second-guess the quality of their product, service or performance. There will always be something we […]

Pessimism versus Optimism

Pessimism versus Optimism

The pessimist sees what’s happening today, but expects only an eventual drop-off. After all, the glass is already half empty, so it’s bound to develop a crack, with the contents eventually leaking out all over the place. The future is only going to get worse. 

But…That Just Doesn’t Make Sense

But…That Just Doesn’t Make Sense

If you’re trying to lay out a rational, logical argument for a belief of yours or a course of action that you believe is proper, you’d best first consider how well and to what extent such logic will serve you. It’s very tempting to resort to doing this when what someone else has said or […]

Stuck On How To Explain, Learn Or Teach Something? Use A Metaphor

Stuck On How To Explain, Learn Or Teach Something? Use A Metaphor

Metaphors provide a pathway to better understand something that would be otherwise difficult to comprehend if explained more straightforwardly. They do this by painting a picture, instilling an image or creating a thought or a feeling that is more identifiable through the use of powerful analogy to clarify a concept and “bring it home.” Professionals […]

They're Just Plain Fearless

They’re Just Plain Fearless

I’m not much of a basketball fan, college or professional, and for that matter I rarely peruse the sports section of my local newspaper. But one day last week, I came across an article about Steph Curry, the phenomenal point guard for the Golden State Warriors. After reading it, I decided to tune in to […]

ADHD: Get a Good History and Ask About Benign Signs

ADHD: Get a Good History and Ask About Benign Signs

Obtaining an accurate history is absolutely essential to isolating ADHD as a diagnosis because co-occurring disorders are the rule rather than the exception when it comes to assessing mental disorders in youth. Also, every mental disorder on the planet adversely affects attention in some manner. With children, it’s essential to ascertain what sort of difficulties […]

Matching Up

Matching Up

On an episode of Seinfeld, George Costanza, well known for his numerous relationship break ups, laid claim to the phrase “it’s not you, it’s me.” It’s equally true though that “it’s not me, it’s you” may also apply.