I’m listening to Elon Musk’s* biography and it’s astounding. He doesn’t see barriers…EVER. As a result, he and his companies are routinely doing things that the world used to think were impossible.

In fact, if you are an employee and you tell him something is impossible, chances are excellent you’ll be fired. He will inform you that you are no longer needed and that he will take over your project in your absence (on top of all of his other roles). The book’s author says that each and every time he has done this, he has seen the “impossible” through to completion.

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Yesterday, for the sixth year in a row, I did it. I took the Jeopardy Online Test. This is an annual event used to harvest candidates to be on the show.

My husband and I love Jeopardy. We DVR it, watch it religiously and treat it like a spectator sport -- yelling at the TV and all. Together we're a full brain; too bad they don't take couples.

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“I wasn’t very successful.”

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this when someone returns after an experiment with meditation. This last time was from a fairly new client, who has a history of stress & anxiety.

I’d sent her off to close her eyes and sit quietly for ten minutes at least three times between that day and the next time we were scheduled to meet, two weeks later.

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Feedback is coming. You just know it. You begin to feel that sick feeling in your stomach. Brace yourself…here it comes…

Can you relate? I know I can. No matter how much training or experience I have, I still have that momentary hit in the gut as I steel myself to hear something I might not like. Something that might attack my idea of myself. Something that might remind me that I’m less than perfect; that someone is onto me.

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I used to think that most people, including me, got stuck while trying to accomplish goals or pursue their hearts’ desire because of a fear of failure. I was wrong.
Sure fear of failure can play a role, but I find the fear of success is usually the more powerful block.
To see if this might be true for you, finish the following sentence as many times as you can. Write your answers down and try not to think too hard…just say the stem sentence over and over, and each time spit out whatever comes to mind…

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“Fear is frozen fun.” -Drs Gay & Kathleen Hendricks

This quote is from the powerful book, “Conscious Loving.” It goes on to say, “People often get the most afraid just before they are about to step out into the creative unknown, into a new possibility. Fear mobilizes your body for action, but if you do not take action, the energy curdles in your body.”

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I met with a new client* for the first time last week (we’ll call him George): A reserved man in a crisp white shirt, a successful attorney who knew it was time to exit the specialty practice he’d built as his life’s work. He’d sought out a coach to help him transition into retirement.

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