Big Ten (#208)

As we reach the end of 2019, I thought it would be fitting to celebrate the end of the decade by looking back on the top ten Friday Forwards from this past year, along with a quick summary of each.

1. Moment of Clarity (April 19th)
Clarity of what we want most often lies within us, but we are afraid to find it. World-renowned clarity coach, Philip McKernan, demonstrates the value of finding and sharing our truth.

2. Clear Habits (January 18th)
Often, making lasting change in our lives starts with building productive habits that compound over time. James Clear, expert on habits and New York Times Bestselling author, offers three great tips.

3. Love & Hate (February 22nd)
When Rabbi Michael Weisser moved from New York City to Lincoln, Nebraska, he was immediately targeted by the leader of the local Ku Klux Klan, Larry Trapp. Weisser decided to reach out with kindness and built an unlikely friendship with Trapp.

4. The Grind (July 12th) 
This summer I had the opportunity to climb Grouse Mountain in Vancouver, and was reminded of the key to leading a team toward an audacious goal.

5. The Saddle (August 16th)
It’s tempting to respond to failure or pain by avoiding the activity that harmed us. Often, the best thing we can do is get back in the saddle and make a new, positive memory.

6. In Control (October 25th)
Many people tend to fixate on, and worry about, things in life they cannot control. But it’s best to instead focus on what we can control, and not worry about the rest.

7. Saying No (August 30th)
As we become more successful, we have more demands on our time. While it’s natural to want to help everybody we can, often the best thing we can do is to respectfully say no.

8. Inside Out (April 5th)
Earlier this year I traveled to Kern Valley State Prison in California to spend the day speaking to, and learning from, incarcerated inmates. The result was an eye-opening, perspective-altering experience.

9. Purpose and Pain (June 28th)
Discovering our core purpose is a key part of finding fulfillment, and often our purpose is connected to the adversity or pain we faced, especially as children.

10. Capacity Building (September 20th)
A reality that most of us don’t want to face is that we’re living below our innate potential. We know we can be better, we often just don’t know how to begin or where to focus our attention.

 

Quote of The Week

“Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him.”

 

-John Locke