Unfinished projects

Every now and then, life hands you an opportunity to reevaluate your views and habits. Of course, at the time, these events usually look more like a crisis than an opportunity, A few years back, I went to a new optometrist for a routine checkup. He handed me a disturbing diagnosis: I had macular degeneration,

Your personal narrative, reconsidered

When you’re building a habit system, you’ll almost certainly run face-first into beliefs and attitudes that limit your forward motion. There will be times when you’ll need to reshape your personal narrative. If that sounds too much like changing history to fiction, consider this:  All history is fiction, in that it is shaped by a narrator.

Faking it

I recently had a conversation with a high school principal who was concerned about one of her students. He came from a difficult background, but he did very well in school and had been accepted to a good college. Then, suddenly, he dropped off the map. He stopped coming to school and he wouldn’t answer

What’s the quale?

One of my newest habits is learning word a day. I’ve subscribed to Wordsmith.org, which delivers a new word to my email box every weekday. Many of the words are familiar, but this week I got one that I’d never encountered. It’s so useful that I have no idea why it’s not in common usage.

Habits of thought

As anyone who has ever discussed politics knows, most people don’t watch debates and listen to the news to help them decide which candidates to support. They’re seeking reinforcement for opinions they already hold. Beliefs can take root in very shallow soil. Our brains instinctively look for patterns. Once we assign meaning to those patterns,