• Stuff you can try

    How Do You Know When You’re Ready?

    Lately I’ve been thinking about the concept of “being ready”. How do you know when you’re ready to get up in the morning? Or when you’re done with your shower? In yoga, how do we know when we are ready to leave one pose to get into a new one? Sometimes it happens “automatically”. You have an alarm, and that decides things for you. Or you need to pee, so up you go. But what if there’s no alarm? And you don’t feel like getting up? What then? How do you know when you’re ready to get out of bed? This transition “state” fascinates me: what makes us ready to…

  • Working with Stuff

    Doing Things can suck it: why obsessing about productivity may not work

    Doing things. To-do-lists. “How are you going to get there?!?!” “It won’t just happen, you know, you have to act!” Do things!!! DO-THINGS!!! Etc. This is how most of the coaching world sounds like to me. Now, let’s be clear on something: for some people, this kind of “motivation” to “action” works a treat. It is precisely what they need. The want to do something, and then someone reminds them to act… and they go and act. They may even hire a coach to motivate them. Well. Good for them. For other people, this kind of emphasis on “action” has the exact opposite effect of “motivating” us. In fact, it…