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The Secret to Why Your Behavior Is Inconsistent

Is your behavior inconsistent with your goals? If so, it could be keeping you from living the life you say you wish to lead. To change your story, explore the inconsistencies between how you say you want to act and how you actually behave. I often drive in Chicago traffic, and have noticed that the cars who do not let anyone cut in when it’s clear that a lane of cars must merge are often the ...

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When Your Spending Habits Aren’t Working for You

The beginning of a new year holds the promise of reinvention, retooling, and rejuvenation, and we eagerly anticipate that this year will be different and better. We vow to change old habits that are no longer working for us. Soon, however, we find ourselves stuck again in the old patterns. If your spending habits are not working for you, and you believe you are committed to changing them, you may ...

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A Time to Imagine

Is it a time to imagine what you might create for yourself? When planning, planting, and cultivating something new—such as a relationship, a career, or a project—we naturally want to avoid difficulties. Yet we also want to enjoy a bountiful harvest that lasts a long time. Therefore, we imagine, we plant, and we persevere, hoping to bring into being what we desire. If we have invested g...

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How I Think About Giving on the Street

When it comes to our stories, most of us want to think of ourselves as people who are supportive of others. How much of your story involves giving to those in your community who are less fortunate? Many people don’t often ask this question of themselves until a stranger asks them for money. In that moment, they have to make a decision. Shamans say that we live in ayni, or mutuality, with the ...

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Yearning for Something Else

How much of your story has involved yearning for something else, versus working with what you have? When I was a teenager, I spent time in my grandparents’ house in Paris, Kentucky. It was a small house with one bathroom, which had a radio that was usually tuned to bluegrass music. One day, I heard the station play a song called “For Your Precious Love” by Jerry Butler and the Impressions...

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