Posts in "REFLECT"

Moving beyond survival

The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival. - Aristotle In our lives, the number one priority should be the expansion of our own self awareness. We need to become aware, accept, and in some cases adjust the truth about ourselves and our world. To…

How to have a good life and be happy

In much of my work, I try to drive down to the first principles and identify the basic elements needed to guide actions in our life and work. These first principles allow us to identify the fundamental truths as we understand what to focus on...and what to ignore. In order to have a good life…

Examining your impressions

Many times in life, we unthinkingly accept our first impressions as true. We celebrate ourselves as thoughtful, critical, intelligent beings, and yet we don’t always use these capacities. It is essential that we distinguish the impressions we make on the world, and his these impact our choices and decisions. External impressions can be deceiving. What…

Reflecting on My StrengthsQuest Report

As part of a recent initiative at my institution, we are working to administer the Gallup StrengthsQuest assessment to all faculty, and all students over the coming years. StrengthsQuest is a tool that provides you with the opportunity to develop strengths by building on what you do best – the way you most naturally think,…