Life is not a competition — although sometimes it can seem that way. Unfortunately, jealousy can get the best of us.

Answer these questions honestly:

How often do you find yourself getting jealous of other people?

Does jealousy affect the way you perceive others or the way you perceive yourself?

For much of my life, I’ve been aware of my tendency to compare, compete, and be jealous of others (thinking that I don’t measure up).

But I’ve learned how to navigate these feelings of jealousy by understanding the difference between negative competition and positive competition.

How I Learned That Life…

Do you take time in your life to appreciate the simple things?

While this can be easier said than done, especially these days, sometimes it’s the simple things in life that bring the most happiness to us. It’s all about taking the time in life to appreciate this stuff.

How I Learned How to Appreciate the Simple Things

A few years ago, my left ear got plugged up, and it was difficult for me to hear out of it for about 48 hours. It was scary and challenging. Thankfully everything was okay, it’s all clear now, and I’m able to hear just fine out of both ears.

Having this…

Flexibility can help improve every aspect of your life — your work, relationships, health, family, creativity, success, and more.

How flexible are you? For me, it often depends on my mood, how much fear or resistance I have about something, how attached I am to a particular outcome, and various other factors.

The Importance of Flexibility to Reach Fulfillment

Flexibility directly impacts fulfillment in all areas of your life.

As I look throughout my own life (now and in the past), I realize that the situations, relationships, and experiences that cause me the most significant stress and frustration are almost…

With all that is going on in our lives and in the world around us, especially these days, it is understandable that many of us are looking for ways to distract ourselves.

As an executive coach and consultant, I work with clients who deal with this all the time, particularly right now.

Every day we face countless opportunities to distract ourselves — consciously or unconsciously.

Why? Distractions help us escape from the intensity of life in a variety of ways.

Because of this, we have to understand why and how certain things and situations distract us.

Once we understand why…

To understand how trust works, it’s important to remember that trust is granted, not earned.

Trust allows leaders, employees, relationships, and organizations to flourish and grow. It is fundamental to most everything in life.

Lack of trust can lead to damaging relationships and a hostile environment. It creates stress and lowers energy.

When there is a strong foundation of trust in an organization, it can enhance and improve the workplace environment through collaboration, teamwork, and honest and open communication.

The Secret Behind How Trust Works is That it Must be Granted, Not Earned

How easily do you grant your trust to other people? What factors play into your ability or inability to trust specific…

As an executive coach and consultant, my clients often ask me why empathy is so important.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines empathy as:

The action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner.

Do you know why empathy is important, or what it is?

Here is Why Empathy is Important

Empathy is one of the most important aspects of creating strong relationships, reducing stress, and enhancing emotional awareness — yet it can be tricky at times.


We find ourselves in a precarious time politically here in the United States right now. In the midst of a global pandemic, a new Presidential administration, a pending impeachment trial, calls for both accountability and unity, and so much more.

The intense divisiveness that has built up in our country in recent weeks, months, and years, seems to be at an all-time high, and the real impact of this is not only playing out in Washington DC, but in our own relationships, families, teams, and communities.

As I write about in my latest book, We’re All in This Together, while…

I don’t think I’ve ever been so ready for a year to end. How about you?

What a challenging, bizarre, and painful time it has been in our country and our world. And, as 2020 wraps up, it’s easy to just say “good riddance” and hope for brighter days ahead.

However, as difficult as this year has been for us collectively, and for many of us personally, it’s important for us to acknowledge all that’s happened, as well as our growth and the fact that we made it through.

On a recent episode of my podcast, I reflect on this…

This has been an election like we’ve never seen here in the United States, in the midst of a year like we’ve never experienced.

I’m grateful that President-Elect Joe Biden is calling for cooperation, unity, and healing. However, what has become abundantly clear over the course of the past few days, weeks, and months, is that we’re a deeply divided nation.

And while we already knew this going into the election, my hope and prayer is that things can change in this regard as we move forward. …

Recently I’ve found myself getting into some infuriating debates on social media (mostly with fellow white folks) about racism, law enforcement, the current state of our country, and, specifically, the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

I’m usually pretty good at not engaging with people and in discussions that don’t seem respectful or productive. I’m all up for healthy debate, for being challenged, and for trying to influence people. I’m also passionate about finding common ground and working to see things from different perspectives. …

Mike Robbins

Mike Robbins is the author of five books including his latest, We’re All in This Together, which released April 2020. He’s an expert in teamwork and leadership.

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