Category Archives: Passion

Beauty, Space and Feeling – Life as a Blues Ballad

Beauty, space and feeling. These three things I love in life are most accessible to me as a musician when playing ballads. Other qualities come out easily at higher tempos – joy, energy, delight, play, intensity are a few that come to mind – but beauty, space and feeling have their home for me in […]

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Prioritize With Persistence: Effort + Time = Success

Prioritizing with persistence involves examining your To-do list through the story of your long-term goals. We all can get lost in the weeds of immediate demands if we don’t consciously re-focus on projects that are vital to us but won’t get done in a day, a week, a month, a year or even a decade. […]

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Prioritize With Purpose: The Point Where You Meet the World

The world around you needs you.  Let’s start there.  There would be no To-do lists or prioritizing if the world, the people you know, your job, your team, your clients didn’t need you. Imagine a world where no one cared enough to need you, or anything from you.  It may sound wonderful for a short […]

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Prioritize With Play: Make Fun Your Priority

Prioritizing with play involves examining your To-do list through the story of what delights you, what is most pleasurable, fun for you. Ask yourself: What on my To-Do list would be most fun to do? What on my To-Do list is easiest to do? What on my To-Do list would take the quickest amount of […]

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Prioritize With Passion: Let Your Talents Do the Work

Prioritizing At Your Best with Passion, Play, Purpose and Persistence Do you wish you were able to prioritize more effectively?  Is your To-do list driving you crazy?  Does it seem like there’s too much to do and too little time to do it? If any of these questions sounds like your story, here are four […]

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Persist Like a Phoebe In Her Nest

Every year a phoebe builds a nest somewhere on our house. This year she built it on the crook of a gutter drainpipe above the walkway to the house, a highly trafficked area. If I’m out on the patio or on the back deck, I can look over and see her sitting on the eggs […]

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How to Savor the Moment

The next time you get ready to drink something – whether it’s a beer, glass of water, juice, wine, pause to savor the moment. Use all of your senses to appreciate the impending taste. Pause and let go of anything else you’re thinking about, whether future or past or mundane – let it go. Block […]

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Quest Story: ‘Our Love is Here To Stay’ By Rufus Collinson

‘Our Love is Here To Stay’ By Rufus Collinson One cold October afternoon several years ago, I accompanied Rob Fletcher, founder of Quixote Consulting, to a nursing home in Gloucester, MA where he was performing the music of Frank Sinatra for the residents. Standing before a group of nursing home residents and staff, he opened […]

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When Are You At Your Best?

If the state of fear is when we’re not at our best, when are we at our best? I’m going to take a little leap of faith that you won’t be too alarmed at the L word: Love. We can call this passion, or even play. But love really sums it up for me. I […]

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When Are You Not At Your Best?

I’m pretty obsessed with the concept of ‘at your best’ – it’s what I named this blog and it’s the title of the book I’ve been working on. But what about when you’re not at your best? I know when I’m not at my best. I can trace it simply to when I’m feeling afraid, […]

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