To gain confidence, give up control

Sailing

In my public speaking courses, we are just finishing the first round of “speeches.” (I put it in quotation marks because they’re really get-on-your-feet exercises.) I can already see a key difference among many of them.

There are two kinds of speakers: drivers and sailors. (There are two kinds of people: those who put everyone into two categories, and those who don’t. But that’s another post.) Drivers may or may not know where they’re going, but they try to steer everything exactly where they want to go. Sailors, likewise, may or may not know where they’re going, but they’re comfortable adapting to constantly changing conditions. Continue reading “To gain confidence, give up control”

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How habits get made

Have you ever wondered how you got yourself into a situation?

I don’t watch a lot of TV, and certainly not a lot of reality TV, but I often pick up on shows my wife watches. I just saw one called “World’s Worst Tenants.” This particular episode involved a woman who brought what she thought was a miniature horse into a room in the house she rented to take care of it.

Over time, as it turns out, it became obvious it wasn’t a miniature. Continue reading “How habits get made”

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