The Thrive Principles Simplified

Today is a big day for me.  It is the release date for my new book, Thrive Principles.  This book is near and dear to my heart.  I have lived with it for years, collecting and developing the strategies throughout my career.

The fifteen strategies can help you build a thriving life, regardless of what is going on in your life.  Tough times or easy times, we can all thrive throughout life.

Please check out my new baby at the book’s website RIGHT HERE.

The Thrive Principles SimplifiedSince I have spent a great deal of time thinking about these principles, I have come to understand how intertwined the principles are.  In fact, I have realized that you don’t have to focus on all 15.  Choose a few.  The others will almost naturally come through.

A coaching client challenged me, “Can you boil it down?  Make it stupid-simple.”

So I did.  But I wanted to be clear, “Simple” does not equal “Easy.”  If someone wants an easy way to thrive. . . it doesn’t exist.  In fact, taking the easy way is how many people suffer and stay stuck.

What I discovered in coaching was focusing on two pieces is the core of it all:
1)  Personal Responsibility
2) Meaning/Purpose/Impact Triad

Put your focus there and you thrive.  The other principles serve as clarifying and support strategies.

I cover these two pieces in today’s podcast below.

In the meantime, please CHECK OUT MY NEW BOOK HERE.

Moving Through My Midlife

Midlife Transition Series

Moving through MY midlife.Yep, MY midlife.  Because I find myself at midlife (maybe, even probably, beyond “midpoint,” but in the midst of midlife).

I thought that since I have been discussing midlife transitions and crises, I needed to be open about my own midlife issues and transitions.  While not a crisis, it is definitely a transition.

Let me be clear that I don’t believe I should in any way be a model of how to do this (or how NOT to do this).  But I do think it may be helpful to hear from someone else who is going through this.

It turns out that many people think what they are feeling is unique to them — and that is just NOT so.  Midlife is a transition.  And it CAN become a crisis.

Here’s how it has been for me. . .

MID LIFE TRANSITION SERIES
4 Myths of a Mid Life Crisis
The Heart Of A Midlife Crisis
A Healthy Midlife Transition
Midlife Crisis or Depression?

Building A Life Of Meaning And Purpose

Build a life of meaning and purpose.I believe that we, as humans, have an innate need for purpose in our lives.  We need to find meaning in life.

When we don’t, we flounder.  We fill the “purpose hole” with other things.  Addictions, distractions, mid-life crises — all the result of NOT building a life of meaning and purpose.

We yearn for it.  We itch for it.  But most people don’t know how to scratch it.

Humans are Purpose Builders and Meaning Makers.  But we forget.  We chase after the wrong things, aim at the wrong targets — and then wonder why we make a mess of life.

But thrivers know better.  People who thrive have built lives around purpose.  They have discovered meaning in life.

What about you?  Is your life about purpose?  Are you finding the meaning in your life?

Listen to find out how to build more purpose and find more meaning in your life.

Life, Liberty, and “Having Fun”: #27 Thriveology Podcast

Meaning of pursuit of happiness.We seem to be in “pursuit of happiness,” just like the founding fathers of the United States promised!

Or did they???

July 4th, Independence Day in the United States, often ends up being one more excuse to party and have a good time.  No problem there. . . unless that becomes our only real pursuit.

I was chatting with someone last week and asked, “what are you doing this weekend?”  His answer, “Pursuing happiness.”  Then, he reminded me this was a promise in the Declaration of Independence.

I just wonder, was Thomas Jefferson really putting together the idea of Life, of Liberty, and of “Having Fun” as the three guarantees of being human, protected by government?

Or have we just made the meaning too easy, too cheap, too hedonistic.  Sure, there is a place for a good time, but it is likely not important enough to be protected by the founding of a country.

So, what is the real meaning of “pursuit of happiness?”  I examine this in the latest Thriveology Podcast.  And I discuss how the pursuit of happiness, as originally intended, can help you thrive.

Join me as we find better ways to thrive!