Writings

Six

6 Patience. Admittedly, I’m not the most patient person at times. I’m especially impatient when witnessing others making excuses and squandering their time and their opportunities to grow and improve, to make the changes necessary to get better personally... Read More »
Tom Leu | 18 January 2018 | talk shiFt™ | No Comments   

Five

5 Do things happen for a reason, or do reasons make things happen? Read it again. It’s not word play. It’s the difference between fatalism (i.e. powerlessness) and determinism (i.e. cause & effect). In psychology, it’s referred to as... Read More »
Tom Leu | 15 January 2018 | talk shiFt™ | 2 Comments   

Four

4 A scarcity mentality is fear-based ultimately, and the product of a learned, limited possibility perspective. Intellectually, this makes rational sense. This mentality says “protect what’s yours; minimize risk; play it safe.” Emotionally, this is hard as hell to reconcile... Read More »
Tom Leu | 11 January 2018 | talk shiFt™ | No Comments   

Three

3 To be truly effective, contemplate and commit to having the audacity to contribute to others in ways that are way outside of your personal comfort zone despite any or all uncertainty. Challenge what I call the nobody from... Read More »
Tom Leu | 08 January 2018 | talk shiFt™ | No Comments   

Two

2 Discipline used to be a dirty word in my vernacular. Not because I wasn’t, but because to me it often implied the imposition of someone else’s agenda, onto me, to get their shit done. I was always, and... Read More »
Tom Leu | 04 January 2018 | talk shiFt™ | No Comments   

One

1 Welcome to the talk shiFt™ shorts series with Tom Leu >> (twice weekly, short blog posts that cut to the chase to help you kick your business or personal brand to the next level) A new year. A big deal…... Read More »
Tom Leu | 01 January 2018 | talk shiFt™ | No Comments   

4 P’s to Competent Communication

Please consider the following effective practices to put into place to become a more competent and persuasive communicator personally and professionally: 1. Pause – Excellent communication starts with stopping first. There are great rewards for avoiding knee-jerk reactions. They call them... Read More »
Tom Leu | 28 December 2017 | Communications | No Comments   

15at50

15 years and one day ago today, I was out of control, and at an all time low. I’d been drinking regularly and heavily with increasing frequency and quantity for nearly twenty years since I was a teenager. And... Read More »
Tom Leu | 17 December 2017 | Recovery | No Comments   

Call to Action

So many are scared... to make a move... a real move... in the right direction... Sometimes we can be our greatest ally and our own worst enemy simultaneously.... Read More »
Tom Leu | 01 November 2017 | Psychology | 1 Comment   

4 “Black Flag” Phrases

You know you’ve heard these phrases before… Perhaps you’ve likely said them yourself… I call them “black flag” phrases, and you should be very afraid of them… These statements are communication suicide for practitioners, though they usually don’t realize... Read More »
Tom Leu | 03 October 2017 | Communications, Psychology | No Comments   

Feel the Shake

You must be deliberate about putting yourself into uncomfortable and uncertain situations at times. These are the types of situations that have you shaking in your boots, figuratively and literally... Read More »
Tom Leu | 26 September 2017 | Psychology | No Comments   

Stop Complaining, Get Pissed, & Grow a Pair

This piece is for those (of us) who benefit from getting the cage rattled a little bit sometimes. If you can't handle that, then you should consider clicking off. No harm, no foul... Read More »
Tom Leu | 19 September 2017 | Psychology | 2 Comments   

It IS Self-Help!

The term "self-help" gets a bad rap all-too-often. It's looked down upon by some as corny or ineffective. Hardly... Read More »
Tom Leu | 12 September 2017 | Psychology | No Comments   
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