Keith’s blog is a collection of powerful insights to help you achieve emotional wellness and personal empowerment. To complement and expand on these insights check out the Pain-2-Power YouTube channel.

The Future Defines the Past

One of the concepts I hope you’ll keep in mind as you strive to evolve into the most powerful version of yourSELF and to make the most significant contributions to this world that you can is that the future defines the past.  What I mean by this is that the way you regard today’s trials […]

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Sometimes, You Just Have to Decide

Werner Heisenberg was a German theoretical physicist and one of the principal pioneers of quantum mechanics—the field that focuses on the ways that subatomic particles (like electrons) move and interact.  His most famous work is called The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle which asserted that it is not possible to simultaneously measure the position and the velocity […]

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Is the “Bad” Stuff Really Raw Material for the Best Stuff?

Things go wrong.  Our lives run into roadblocks.  Our relationships become painful.  Businesses we start or work for meet with resistance.  Is it rational or is it irrational to believe that every painful page of the story is prelude to powerful pages down the road?  Here’s the answer:  It is rational if you truly believe […]

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AAAccountability

A great deal is made about accountability in the world of coaching, especially of executives.  That’s appropriate; delivering as planned and promised is a critical part of achieving milestones in any venture.  Following through on commitments sets the tone for any organization—whether it be a small business, a large corporation, one’s family, one’s community or […]

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RADICAL TRUTH AND RADICAL TRANSPARENCY

In his illuminating book, Principles, Ray Dalio, Founder of Bridgewater Associates and one of the 100 wealthiest people in the world, makes the case for radical truth and radical transparency.  Dalio is right; having a small tribe of people in a company who are “in the know” about mission critical issues, while many others kept […]

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How to Have a Strong Opinion and Listen at the Same Time

Too often, having a firm position on something seems to stop people from seeking further input from others or truly listening to opposing views when they are offered. The “stance” taken by many who are resolute about their ideas seems to be like an intellectual immune system with antibodies primed to seek out and destroy […]

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Why Independence is Tied to Happiness, Performance and Success

I believe the human mind has built in psychological and neurological safety valves that prevent its subjugation.  God, Nature or the Universe (as you like it) evolved the hardware and software of our central nervous system to set off louder and louder alarms when our inspirations, ideas and intentions are thwarted by others who try […]

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But, Right Now, This Moment, Things are Okay . . .

Coronavirus, protests against prejudice, political infighting and widespread economic uncertainty are all contributing to surging levels of stress across America and around the world.  Headlines invade our peace of mind.  Powerful and negative narratives threaten to carry us away with them. Faced with such forces, there is one simple tool that many people can use […]

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PIVOT POINT

As someone who has written screenplays, I was always intrigued by the “plot points” they include.  According to Syd Field, one of the most celebrated teachers of screenplay writing, every film includes two plot points—scenes or moments in the story that spin the action in an entirely new direction.  Something happens that seems to change […]

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If You’re Going Through Hell, Keep Going

I keep a quote from Winston Churchill on my desk.  It’s carved into a block of metal and topped with a little metal knight.  It says, If you’re going through hell, keep going. It’s a statement worth remembering and worth sharing—for more than one reason. First, the obvious:  Giving up is never the right option.  […]

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