The two wings of the positive change agent

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What is the relationship between creating positive change in the world and personal development? From my perspective, each leads to the other. Positive change work leads to personal development In our efforts to make a difference or have an impact, we will run into our personal barriers: limiting beliefs about ourselves, or about the goodness […]

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Imaginal cells

Caterpillars spend a relatively long and stable phase of their lives as caterpillars and then also a relatively long and stable period as a butterfly. But it is the time in the cocoon that is shorter and full of extraordinary transformation. Biologists found that there are cells in the caterpillar’s body which are activated in […]

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Best advice I’ve ever gotten, part 1

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At the age of 20, a very wise Outward Bound instructor said to me: “Alan, you have a good cognitive mind. But I suggest you get some direct experience first-hand through meditation. I’m not here to sell you on my technique or tradition. Actually you need to go out there and ‘shop around’ – pardon […]

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My job in this moment

Sometimes I lay awake at night, my wheels turning. I just can’t stop thinking about this or that — and then I remind myself: “What is my job RIGHT NOW – in this very moment?” (The answer late at night in bed is sleep or at least rest.) It’s often clarifying and stress-reducing to bring […]

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Pre-empting confusion

I’ve been working hard, building the “Blackbelt Communication Skills Coaching Program.” This is an online program that will include about 50 training videos, monthly Q&A/Coaching calls, a live event (and a few extra surprises). I’m very excited and I know this program will benefit many people! But I realize the term Blackbelt may confuse a […]

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