The confidence to test a comfort zone

The confidence to test a comfort zone

Awhile ago, while I was coaching a manager, I was asked why it is that I am willing to venture outside of my comfort zone.  At that time, I don't think I had a very good answer.  However, since then, as I'm tackling something new or venturing into new territory, I've been paying attention to that question.  The answer that…
2 miles above sea level!

Silencing my ego

In cycling, when I’m climbing, I am slow.   I persistently keep the pedals moving, but I am slow.  This bugs me – a lot.  Over the last few months, I’ve been traveling a great deal for work and my cycling workouts have diminished.  However, when I’m home, I go out and attack some hills.  I have noticed that somewhere I…
Risk hitting the wrong notes . . .

Risk hitting the wrong notes . . .

When people are learning something new, I usually hear them say something like,  "I guess this will be a process of trial and error and I'll probably make a lot of mistakes."  It reminds me of a question that I heard Sir John Whitmore ask at a Harvard coaching conference:  Is it really trial and error or is it trial…
Truly Alive, Fully Awake

Truly Alive, Fully Awake

In February of this year, I began a new habit of working out on the bike trainer, which is down in our sun room.  It was late afternoon on a Sunday and I was in the midst of my second workout on the bike.  It was brutal.  I felt sluggish.  I decided that I might not be able to maintain…
Exposing the illusion of barriers.

Exposing the illusion of barriers.

"Fears, like barriers, are often an illusion." -- Michael Jordan, Hall-of-Fame Acceptance Speech I find it thrilling when I break through some self-imposed barrier.  Not only is that rewarding, but it almost always opens up a new possibility.   I was out cross-country skiing today and it was a bit brutal!  We are in the midst of a winter storm,…
Learning to cherish what I have

Learning to cherish what I have

It’s amazing how we don’t always truly cherish – not just appreciate – what we have. Two years into my illness, having spent most of those days in bed, I had gained weight and lost a lot of strength.  This was difficult for me.  I was accustomed to being a nice size 4 (never mind that I essentially had to…