How to Find the Balance You Need for the Life You Want

It’s easy to feel like we’re constantly going from one thing to the next. From our tasks at work, to our responsibilities and commitments at home. There are seemingly endless demands on our time and attention. We can only keep up the juggling act for so long. Soon, some areas of our lives will begin […]

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How to Become a Master Persuasive Storyteller

Tell A Great Story Presenting to distracted audiences is now the norm. Whether virtual or physical, presenters have less time to grab and hold the audience’s attention. Persuasive storytelling is one of the most important key skills in almost every profession. Using simple pictures drawn on the back of a napkin, Dan Roam explained American health care, […]

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3 Ways Schools Condition Students

In the month of December, I am revisiting and reposting some of my most viewed blog posts. Other than running the original post from 2017 through Grammarly (where were you back then!!), the main points that I shared then are held in this post today. As I reread this one, I think about how many […]

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How to Prepare for Dream Busters

In my last Ministry Toolbox article, I shared some tips on how to chase big dreams. But as with any dream, you’ll often face obstacles—dream busters that will keep you from pursuing your dreams. If you know what they are in advance, you can be prepared to face them head-on. Even people with good intentions […]

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3 Truths for When Your Goals Feel Uncomfortable

Having big goals is the only way big things happen. And the only way to achieve big goals is to become tolerant of the discomfort that comes with them. Of course, this isn’t our natural tendency. We’d rather play it safe and avoid failure. That’s perfectly understandable. It’s what’s comfortable. But inevitably we start to […]

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How the Logical and Sensitive Can Thrive Side by Side at Work

How do two incredibly different people work together in a productive manner? We have all worked with people who are incredibly rational. They explain their decisions in a logical, straightforward way. Others are more sympathetic and “feel” easily. How do the thinkers and the feelers maximize their strengths and minimize their weaknesses? Devora Zack’s book, […]

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Growing from the Contributions of the Learners in Our Classrooms

Currently, I am teaching a course with UPenn titled “Building a Strong Foundation for Universal Design for Learning and Innovation,” which is part of a UDL certificate program taught with my friend and colleague, Dr. Katie Novak. (You can sign up for the spring 2022 session here if you are interested!) One of the things […]

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6 Steps to Trade Limiting Beliefs for Liberating Truths

We all wrestle with limiting beliefs. No matter your age, occupation, or role, it’s a universal struggle. A limiting belief is a misunderstanding of the present that shortchanges our future. These might be assumptions we hold about the wider world, about other people, or maybe, hardest of all, beliefs about ourselves. Some of our limiting […]

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“Same Thing” or “Something?”

Here is a question I think is important to consider.     When students walk out of our schools, are our hopes that they all leave that experience good at the “same thing” or “something?”     For example, does the work done in schools focus on all our students being good at math, or […]

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Bonusode: Join the Inaugural Class of Full Focus Planner Certified Pros

You’ve incorporated the Full Focus Planner into your day-to-day life and have transformed your productivity. But you want to go even deeper. You want to maximize the Planner to the fullest and become a power user. You want to be able to display your expertise to customers, colleagues, and potential employers—and maybe even discover new […]

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