Don't you love those aha moments?

Lately I seem to be having a lot of those. And when I think about it, that's no accident. These ahas may seem like they're dropping out of thin air, materializing out of nowhere like magic, but that's a magic I'm working hard at. It's the magic I'm practicing hard: blocking quiet, contemplative time into my schedule on the regular, time during which I let my thoughts unspool and just observe. Time during which I am still & quiet which, for someone more inclined to jump around and clap, is no easy feat. In other words:

Ahas happen when my Hustle-to-Chill Ratio is just-right.

When I'm focused not just on working but on working on the right stuff in the right way, then the ideas keep coming and the heights get higher and the rewards, too. It's ridiculously fun.

What I so didn't expect is this:

When my Hustle-to-Chill is just-right,

I'm on Eleven.

It's a little counter-intuitive, since we might naturally think that more Hustle is what gets us There, wherever There is -- whatever it means in terms of our personal definition of success, of the good life. 

But the real key is BALANCE, making sure your HTC Ratio is just right, Goldylocks. Working hard, hustling for the sake of hustling: claptrap! And unsustainable! And unpleasant!

2016 is going to be the year of Hustle Less, Chill More. 2016 is the year of Eleven.


Coming January 2016: Elevenses, one-on-one coaching packages designed to help you build out your best year yet, balanced, filled with ahas, with your success on Eleven! For more info, drop me a line to