Category Archives: Choosing

Comfort Zone Discomfort

If This Is My Comfort Zone, Why’m I So Uncomfortable?

I’m going to stick up my hand and ask a dumb question here: Why does everybody call it a “comfort zone”?

We’re always hearing psychologists, psychiatrists, ministers, teachers, inspirational writers and speakers talking about comfort zones. We’re too comfortable, they say. If we want to make progress, they say, we’ve got to be willing to move out of our comfort zone.

My Suicidal Passenger

Just Needed a Drink

The man in my back seat was dying, and I had no idea what to do. It started when he got into my taxi and asked me to take him to a place on the North side.

On the way, he asked if I’d stop at a liquor shop so he could buy a pint. Sure. No problem. He went in, but came right back out empty-handed. “Won’t sell to me – I been drinkin’,” he groused.

5 Steps to (Almost) Fearless Decisions

Stuck in Neutral

Making decisions seems to be a sticking point for most people. And the higher the stakes involved, the harder it is to choose an action. Simply put, most of us treat decisions as stopping points rather than turning points.

And the bigger the decision, the bigger the stop. But why?

Is My Happiness Hiding Somewhere?

The Same Wrong Turn Every Time

Judy was crying … again. After breaking up with her latest boyfriend, she was weeping uncontrollably. Crying over a broken romance would usually be normal behavior, except this was her seventh goodbye in the past thirteen months.

The pattern was always the same. Judy would come round with her latest new romantic interest, showing him off, and telling her best friends privately that she’d finally found “him,” the one she’d been looking for all her life.

The Downside of Abundance

Over Abundance? Too Much Plenty?

A couple of days ago I received an email from long-time friend, Peter Murphy, the communications expert. He had sent it not only to me; around 50,000 of his other subscribers also got it. In this note, he laid out a practical (and quite simple) way for taking back control of one’s life.

Interestingly, Peter has independently developed an approach remarkably similar to the one I’ve also been pursuing.

But let’s invite him to tell us about …

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