Mike’s Personal Growth Blog

This blog is written for everyone who is interested in personal growth (including leaders and coaches). Every week I share a story inspired by something in my week, along with a thought on how you might integrate this into your life.

A new perspective on history

I was sitting in a Starbucks one morning with a friend. We were enjoying breakfast and a great conversation. This friend is from Germany, and we were trading stories about our respective homelands. At some point I remember saying to her “well that’s true except Canada...

What are you holding on to?

Early last year my wife, Rosie, left her busy career in engineering behind. There are many reasons for this change. One of which is that my business was going great. I needed to hire an assistant to get some of the load of running the business off me. Given Rosie was...

The unintended impact of your mindset

Last week my F-150 had to be towed from the side of the highway and I was happy. A lingering problem which was difficult to diagnose finally showed itself. The location was as convenient as possible given how close to home it happened (rather than way up north on...

Want to help others? Help yourself first.

I love my work. It’s fulfilling, on purpose and there is no greater reward than seeing a client have a breakthrough. Some days it’s such a great feeling that I want to pinch myself to see if this is real. One of the hazards I find myself getting trapped with on...

The stress of your choices

I was at a conference last week where one of the topics presented was on stress. The presenter was referring to an experiment from the 60’s in which rats were used to better understand what causes stress. The experiment drew connections between the rat's ability to...

1,000 excuses and not one good reason

Over the past few years I had an exercise routine. For example, I was out running 4-5 days per week. I felt great, I had lost a significant amount of weight, and my blood pressure was heading in a good direction. Then around a year ago the routine fizzled. For the...

What are you attracting?

The law of attraction states that by focusing positive or negative thoughts, you can bring positive or negative events into your life. I have been aware of this law for a while and have been forming my own beliefs around it. Is it possible for me to create a positive...

It’s all just data

One of the things I love about my working life is the opportunity to teach people in workshops and conference talks. When I do workshops, I ask for feedback. Generally, the feedback I receive is positive with some great comments. Recently, I received negative feedback...

Change is in the wind

I started writing this blog more than two years ago. My original idea was to share my journey of personal growth. I had no idea where this blog was going to lead or how long it was going to last. I’ve shared a lot during the past two years. I’ve shared the highs of...

Sh*t happens – what will you choose?

I was in pain. I was spending the day in downtown Toronto going from meeting to meeting. I was about halfway through my day when I became conscious of how carrying my heavy backpack was a problem. I love my backpack as I can carry a lot of things in it. The pack...

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