Using Pride and Hollowness to Separate Good Work from Hard Work:

First the definitions: “Hard” Work: work that is done at such a pace, amount, or intensity that it strains you. “Good” Work: work that is self-rewarding.  You have much higher tolerance for this work.  Even when you do it at a level where it’d be Hard had it been other …

The Enemy Uncovered: Resistance, According to Steven Pressfield in “The War of Art”

Now I understand why, and who I am fighting against.  Knowing the enemy is critical in a battle, and Steven Pressfield does a succinct job of identifying him.  This is a great book for anybody serous about their artistic/creative pursuit, be it painting, sculpture, writing, music, theater, photography, etc.   …

What Takes Time Doesn’t Mean It’s Difficult

Here’s a little lesson I learned that’s helped me approach things with more hope and brighter outlook. What takes time doesn’t mean it’s difficult. I used to think that getting better on my guitar is difficult.  Playing the guitar is still one of the most challenging, invigorating things I do, …

Reader Question: How Do I Deal with My Relationship Anxiety?

Here’s a question regarding anxiety issues in a family from Kari, a woman in her 20s. I’ve been reading through your advice about breaking habits, low self-esteem, etc and am curious to hear your opinion of what I view as my main problem.  I also went back to my therapist …

How to Rise to the Occasion

This final installment of the series “How to Enjoy Challenges” examines how a challenge can bring the best in a person — or the worst.  By diligently removing threats you associate with challenges, anyone can become a brave soul who rises to the occasion and pulls out the best in …