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50 Quotes to Inspire Your Journaling Time

Because of all the cognitive and physical benefits, we can't recommend journaling enough. But we...

Things I Learned from Listening to My Procrastination

Last night before falling asleep, I had a brief and final thought about going for a good run in the...

A Story About Habits, Growth and The Band Phish

>I’ve got this client we’ll call "Jim." Jim is a self-described HUGE fan of the band Phish. He has...

A True Story About What's on the Other Side of Rewiring

We had run almost two miles from one side of JFK to the other, only to miss our plane. We were...

I’ve Used This Boat Metaphor to Meet Challenges and Drive Growth for Teams

As I was coaching one of the project leaders last week, a quote by early 20th century author G. K....

7 Strategies for Effective Stress-management

Unfortunately, poor Sarah turned the bass on her music a bit too high. So a few minutes into class,...

How Definitions Shape the Trajectory of our Work

I'll never forget my first lesson on the power of definitions. My debate coach dropped a single...

If You Want Change, Start with Stillness

The original idea that fueled the birth of Rewire, Inc. was that human beings, throughout our...

A Rewired Thanksgiving lasts 365 Days (Turkey and Pie Optional)

Chance are good that on Thursday, you’ll find yourself sitting down to a meal of turkey, stuffing...

Listen Deeply. Emotional Intelligence When It Really Matters.

Regardless of your particular response to the outcome, our hope is that you will practice high...

3 Reasons for Taking Short Breaks from Email (and how to start)

So, the evidence is that we’d all love a break from email, but is there a positive case to be made...

Due Tomorrow, Do Tomorrow: Getting Leverage on Procrastination

I’ll confess that I didn’t start out with the intent to write an article on procrastination. I...

Getting A Handle On Anger

Anger is on display everywhere: the office, on streets (“road rage”), the internet, at sports games...

Awareness Changes Things

The topic of “Leadership” has got to be one of the most over-workshopped concepts around, and yet,...

Time Management Series: Own Your Time — Don't Let Time Own You (Part Five)

Today we wrap up our series with two time-management practices that seem counter-intuitive at...

Time-Management Series: Own Your Time -- Don't Let Time Own You (Part Four)

Have you ever seen those old ads for cigarettes? There’s one that says “More doctors smoke Camels...

If Mindfulness Is So Good for Us, Why Is It Hard to Do? (And How Can We Make It Easier?)

"...this is just the tip of a very large iceberg that is being studied. And yet, when we are...

Your Technology Is Working Against Your Productivity In One Specific Area. Let’s Rewire This!

First off, let’s all appreciate the irony here. I used technology to compose this article. And...

Fostering Teamwork by Stilling the Lizard Brain

Most animals in the Kingdom travel and live in some kind of grouping. Sure, there are a few...

Rewire Your Commute and You Can Rewire Your Work

Commuting by car is such a strange thing. Strange that, on the one hand, it can be so boring and...

The Power of Work-Place Rituals: Thriving and Changing Together

In an article in HBR “How Ritual Delivers Performance,” Paulo Guenzi offers some extraordinary...

It’s Friday! Here Are 3 Ways To Get More From The Weekend

Ah….the weekend. Over 48 hours of possibilities and opportunities. The chance to sleep, to get...

Two Ways to See the New Year

... That is why I would like to offer two new ways to consider 2016, with the goal of moving us off...

A Quick-Start Guide to Mindfulness (Part 2): Simple and Powerful...But Not Easy

...if we want to reap the extraordinary benefits of mindfulness, we'll need to commit to take those...

A Key Practice for Ruling Your World (Part One)

What if I told you that there is one activity that can make you smarter, happier, healthier and...

Venn Diagrams: Answering the Foundational Question of How “Work” & “Life” Are Related

I’m not drawing diagrams for diagrams’ sake (although they are fun to look at regardless of what...

Read And Write Your Way To Exceptional Growth 

This overabundance of options makes it increasingly likely that we will choose “no option at all”...

Are You Going To Enjoy The Fruit Of Your Work?

He had more plans for the spot: He was going to build a fire pit, clear some trees, and put in a...

What Keeps You Up At Night?

If I have a big presentation coming up or one of my kids is having a hard time with something or...

What If Controlling Less Allowed You To Grow More?

We all subjected ourselves to be trained by Navy SEALs....Thankfully, the training we went through...

Would You Rather Have "Younger-looking" Eyes or "Younger-seeing" Eyes?

The picture for this article is of water taken from the "Fountain of Youth." You can tell it's the...

Lessons On Procrastination

Last night before falling asleep, I had a brief and final thought about going for a good run in the...

The Things I Think I Want

What else does a part of me want? I really want to eat whatever I want, play whenever I want, sleep...

A Fun Exercise About Growth, Communication, Creativity And The Power Of Bricks

We’ll talk about: (1) How the exercise is setup, (2) what almost always happens with people as they...

Oh, The Habits You’ll Make

Starting a new habit sounds easy — even thrilling — if it is something novel or something you’ve...

When Was The Last Time You Did Something For The First Time?

Logically, we know that we should begin some of these things, and there is even a part of us that...

Where Do You Think Growth Is Going To Come From In Your Work?

Much is made these days of the idea of self-awareness. A more popular term in the recent past is...

LeBron James, Leadership And Investing In The Work Of Others

I love watching team basketball played by the best competitors in the world. I love watching five...

Building Rhythms Of Rest Into Our Work

The picture for this article was taken from above the far corner of the music room at my house....

If Only We Would Accept Some Inconvenience

The human brain desires ease. None of us is exempt from that fact. Recently, I have been evaluating...

You’ll Grow Faster If You Can Be Wrong Every Now And Then

You’ll Grow Faster If You Can Be Wrong Every Now And Then

Getting An 'F' In Math

Think back to the last time you took a math test. If your teacher was anything like mine, there was...

Have You Tried Forgetting About Your Problems And Investing In Others Yet?

The picture at the top of this article may be tough to decipher at first. It’s 120 black backpacks...

Relearning To Have Fun

Rewire has been on a tear lately getting the concepts of “Lizard Brain Control” into the hands of...

Have You Tried Asking "So What?"

What are those little episodes in your day that tend to tank you? Things that make you angry,...

Neuroplasticity and Six Degrees of Moose Migration

Neuroplasticity and Six Degrees of Moose Migration

Part 2 of “Opportunities For Growth Are Everywhere”

I rarely do “Part 2” articles.  I understand that most people read things like this, glean...

Opportunities For Growth Are Everywhere

Have you ever had a sequence of events happen around you that are so insane that it makes you...

What To Do With Difficult News

I want to tell you a story. Actually, “story” might be the wrong the word. “Confession” is more...

What To Do If You Don't Feel Thankful

I wonder how many blogs, articles and other social media postings are going to revolve around the...

The Role Of Paradox In High-Performance Culture

The Navy Seals met us in the lobby of our hotel. Sunrise was about 10 minutes away. As 50 of us...

You Know It’s Time To Leave When... (A Short Story)

If you had asked me the middle of last year "What I would be doing career wise for the next 20...

When Control Becomes A Liability To Our Work

Dave didn’t like my presentation.  Come to think about it, I’m not so sure Dave liked me.

The Connections That Keep Our Work Alive

Off-duty firefighter Scott Brawner was working out in a suburban Portland gym this Spring,...

The Light Side Of Hope

Lately, in the spirit of rewiring my own mind, I have been observing my own hopes and I realized...

The Link Between Enjoyment And Positive Change

For those of you following us on social media (insert shameless plug to follow Rewire on Facebook...

What Happens To Us When We Invest In Others

The family and I just finished a 6 day mission trip to the The Dominican Republic and I am settled...

Positive Change Starts With Doing Nothing. No, Seriously.

Most of us feel awful when the main option presented to us is "do nothing and just think." A 

Just Let it Go

There’s a funny thing about a lack of letting go of something.  Whether we’re harboring ill will...

Break Your Mindset Patterns To Advance

When it comes to getting somewhere that we want to go in our work or in our life, very often we...

Rewire Live Series: Familiarity

We're now introducing the various aspects of Lizard Brain in the Rewire Live series.  Today's is on 

Dog Ownership And Axioms Of Leadership That Will Grow Your Organization

In my early days of studying organizations, I started compiling a list of pithy observations about...

Rewire Live Series: Be Right

Are you going to be right or will you find peace?  This question can not only save you a lot of...

Is Today The Day That You Stop (Or Start)?

I have a client (we’ll call "Danny") who recently set a specific day to stop smoking. Danny has...

Rewire Live Series: Introduction to Lizard Brain

Today's video in the series is an introduction to a concept that we spend a lot of time thinking...

You Have The Right To Remain Positive

An inadvertent and little-talked-about side effect of this desire to always be right is that when...

Rewire Live Series: Execute

There's such a strange irony when it comes to planning: Many struggle to do it because (they claim)...

Rewire Live Series: Release

Video from a recent event that took place in Portland.  Hear Steve Scanlon talk about what...

What's On The Other Side Of Rewiring

We don’t just Rewire our minds because we are bored and need something to do; we do it because it...

Rewire Live Series: Invest

One thing I've been enjoying about his video blog series is that I get to watch these cuts of video...

I Failed Again. It’s Not Worth It To Keep Trying. Or, Is It?

Two of my favorite quotes that have accompanied me on my life journey through varied trials. The...

A Story About Habits, Growth and The Band Phish

I’ve got this client we’ll call "Jim." Jim is a self-described HUGE fan of the band Phish. In fact,...

Rewire Live Series: Enjoy

Often, we think to ourselves, "I don't have the time for (fill-in-the-blank of thing you enjoy...

3 Easy Ways To Create 5 Simple Steps

I have droned on and on about writing this blog and it is about time I sat and got to it.  I have...

What To Do When You Get Going (Not in a Good Way)

Have you ever found yourself at the end of a rant and had the thought, “Oh no... I shouldn’t have...

Who Are You Anyway? Don’t Just Face It – Embrace It!

Do a quick Amazon search and it’s not hard to

What If No One Notices The Amazing Thing We Just Did?

The year: 2012. The explorer: Jason Rodi.  The place: Bouvet Island.  For those of you looking for...

Don't Like All Of Your Pets

We love our dogs. Our pets, in general, are big parts of our lives. In fact, so much of our lives...

All this praise is turning me into a failure!

I want to go over a dynamite article I just read that has some great implications for how we work...

Attention To The Softer Side

Over the years, I have written and spoken a great deal on the concept of Hard Skills and Soft...

Bring The Mysterious Part With You

What is it that touches your heart and your soul?   This is such a critical question in our lives...

The Stories That Tell Us

Hi All!  Steve Longan here.  You might remember me from such blog posts as "The Thanksgiving Post"...

Please Pass the Candied Change - Er, I Mean, Yams

Editor’s note: This week, Steve Longan is going to sit in the blogger’s chair and give us a post...

Life Balance Is A Joke

For our overall health, I think it is important to accept that we shouldn't have unrealistic and...

I like you...

“Do you like me?” Can you imagine having the courage to walk around asking this question to...