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Peter Koehler

Recondition Your Automatic Responses

In order to save mental and emotional energy, we all have automatic responses that we rely on throughout the day.

A good example is when we walk past someone on the street and they ask us for money, most of us automatically say "sorry" without thinking about it.

It would be too taxing, mentally and emotionally, to evaluate each . . .

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May 11, 2015

Principles of Braising

Braised meat used to sound fancy to me. Difficult. Above my level.

Then last summer I took a cooking class, and learned the principles of braising. Suddenly "apple braised pork shoulder" wasn't a final product, but a series of discrete, replicable steps.

  1. Sear meat on both sides with high and dry heat.
  2. Remove meat and deglaze . . .

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May 10, 2015

10 business ideas

You sent in yours. Here are mine.

Yesterday I challenged you to exercise your creative thinking muscles by listing 10 ideas for new businesses. The point of the exercise was not to come up with good business ideas, but to exercise your mind, which just like your body, gets stronger when you use it in new ways.

A couple of you took me up on the challenge.

Keeley Tillotson . . .

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May 07, 2015

Exercise your thinking muscles daily

Strategic thinking is a muscle. Creative thinking is a muscle. Critical thinking is a muscle.

Without consistent use, those muscles begin to atrophy.

Exercise your strategic thinking muscle today by playing devil's advocate with your colleague or boss to ideas which may seem obvious or "correct" on the surface.

Note: If someone . . .

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May 06, 2015

Effectiveness over Efficiency.

Using our limited time wisely.

I frequently worry that being productive is the surest way to lull ourselves into a trance of passivity and busyness the greatest distraction from living, as we coast through our lives day after day, showing up for our obligations but being absent from our selves, mistaking the doing for the being.
~Maria Popova, in a reflection on . . .

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May 05, 2015

Embracing Discomfort

A Daily Practice

Over the past few months, I have tried to make it a daily practice to embrace discomfort.

At work, in my relationships, in my creative life - I am working on getting comfortable with discomfort.

Why? I have realized that my world gets bigger when I take uncomfortable actions.

I think of reality - and a future potential reality - as a series . . .

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May 03, 2015

Think Like A Boss

At various points throughout my career, I've fallen into a rut.

Most of us have experienced this at one point or another. We feel like our job owns us, and it's not a good feeling.

I used to channel that feeling of dissatisfaction and lack of autonomy into a variety of channels - looking at job postings, checking up on my favorite . . .

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May 02, 2015

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