A simple stack of handwritten “vision cards” that I look at and work with every day has helped me more than any other personal management tool to achieve goals in every area of my life from being a successful author to helping others to live according to their values to building an income that sustains me to living environmentally to being an effective climate change and social change activist to being a good dad. This post is about how to create and use your own set of vision cards. I hope it helps you as much as it has helped me.
Career and Work Life
How Having Fun Can Make You More Effective
Do you ever hold yourself back because of self-criticism? Do you see opportunities slip away because of how nervous you are? Learn why joy is more important than you thought to be confident.
What if, instead of women leaning in, men leaned out?
For so long, in the cultural discourse, there has been this idea that, for women to advance as men do, women just need to be more assertive–to act more as men act. The question I have always had is: Why would women want to advance as men do? I mean, of course, women want equal pay and equal […]
How More Meaningful Work Can Cure Your Emotional Distress
In very different ways, we have become disconnected from things we really need, and this deep disconnection is driving this epidemic of depression and anxiety all around us. Looking for more meaningful work may be one answer.
How to Really Know Your Calling
What many of us want most deeply—assuming our basic needs are met—is to live a kind of life where spontaneously being our Selves is most able to happen again and again (for proof of this assertion, if you need it, look at Part II: How to Want What You Really Want in my new book How […]
Aligning your corporate career with your values
Many of us pine for meaning and purpose but feel that the only way to find it is to uproot ourselves from our careers and start anew–maybe in a non-profit or maybe as a social entrepreneur. In assuming we must take that approach, we put so many barriers between us an our meaningful lives. I’m an […]
Follow Your Calling in a Meaningless Job
Some of us worry about the world and yet feel stuck. We imagine that the only way to contribute is to completely change the core of our lives. We think, to follow our calling, we need a new career. And maybe we do. But sometimes a change is too hard or wrenching–for now. In the meantime, […]
Thoughts on creating positive change in your organization
This weekend I worked with a group junior staff at a certain organization. Part of what we did was workshop what could be done to make their organization more eco-effective or even–a word I like better–“regenerative.” The group elected four representatives to approach senior staff with ideas. I sensed frustration in them and sent them […]