There’s one line that keeps me from dwelling on the negative when difficult things happen in my life. It’s the moral of a story my dad told me when I…
David J. Pollay
“What’s your story?!” We used to ask that question when I was growing up in Wisconsin. We didn’t know what the question really meant; it was more of an expression. …
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Your Life Metaphor Matters. Listen to 107 year-old Clara Font.
On the eve of her 107th birthday, I interviewed Clara Font at the adult day care center she visits every day. She was engaging, lucid, and funny. I sat down…
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Gratitude and Giving Will Lead to Your Success
Think of some of your life’s achievements. It’s okay. No one’s watching. Go ahead. What accomplishments make you proud of yourself? Now think about how many of these life accomplishments…
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Let Your Unconscious Mind Go to Work for You
“Think! Think harder. Come on! Think.” How often have you said that to yourself? If you just think harder and faster, you’ll figure it out.
Science is saying, “Wait a minute.” Literally, the message is, “Wait a minute.” Your most creative ideas do not come to you after you squint and make a thinking sound, “mmmmm.” Research is pointing to a better way to get the best answers: It’s through your unconscious mind. […]
I used to do it every time I went to an art museum. I would view a painting that I liked, and then I would head for the wall directly…
For twelve years I have begun my day with the same positive ritual. I wake up and head for the nearest window. I open the curtain and look outside. I begin by observing something in the environment that fascinates me. I immerse myself in the wonder and awe of something that I cannot explain; this first step in my morning ritual reminds me that the world is much bigger than my life and my concerns.
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Create Your Own “Happy Hour” – Serve 3 for 1 Gratitude
It was a little over a year ago and I had just returned from a family vacation. I sat down at the computer to read my email. I had “unplugged”…
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Compete in Your Game in 2007– Stay Focused on Your Goals
Stop! The New Year is here! What are your resolutions? What are you going to do this year?! Many of you are thinking about what you want to achieve in…
David J. Pollay, MAPP ’06 helps his clients make more money, get promoted, enjoy better relationships, drive positive organizational performance, and find more fulfillment at work and at home. He…