Psychology

Win-win situation

As a coach, I do a lot of work with people who are trying to achieve a particular goal. Sometimes, it’s about making something specific happen, like getting into an MBA program or positioning themselves for a career transition. Other times, it’s about getting “unstuck,” and gaining clarity about what comes next, and how to …

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But, still…

It’s been a while since I shared thoughts here, but I think we all know that time has somewhat lost its meaning in recent years, so I’ll forgive myself. I’ve been having so many conversations lately on exactly the topics we discuss here, though, so I felt like I was being pulled back to share. …

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Are we there yet?

Recently, I was listening to an episode of a podcast I really like in which the main topic was the psychology of waiting. Every statistic, example, and anecdote that the host and guests discussed sounded like it came straight from the notes of my entire professional career in higher education, admissions, and coaching. So much …

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Paid attention

A couple of weeks ago, inspired by this recent documentary, I did an audit of the apps on my phone, and basically broke them into 3 categories: 1) don’t use, 2) use, and 3) use too much.  Categories 1 and 3 got voted off the screen. Yup, too much. As in, beyond their functional usefulness. For …

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Sea change

Hey there. I see you. How have you been these past few weeks? Holding it together, or trying? Not really? It’s ok. Most of the people you think are holding it together probably aren’t, actually. For now, you’re here. You’re checking in. You’re still showing up, in whatever way you are. I see you, and …

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In the bag

Have you ever been shopping online, browsing at an item, only to notice a note right next to the “Add to Cart” button that reads “Low stock!”? Even better, maybe “Only 1 left!”? How does that make you feel, even reading that now? I know how it makes me feel. Damn, I need to get …

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Drop it already

You know what it feels like to be worried about something, right? The way that your mind becomes preoccupied with thoughts of various scenarios (usually more with the worst cases), the way your body clenches and hunches and your breath pretty much disappears. Worry, and its good friends anxiety and fear, draw our attention away …

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Wrap it up

We’ve all heard the wisdom that “everything is temporary,” but the business school world offers an unusually high level of proof. It all starts the minute you see the word “Congratulations” in your email, and realize that you will, in fact, really (probably) be leaving your job to go back to school. From that point …

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