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The crystallization of discontent is that moment pivotal to life success where we decide to change

Crystallization of Discontent

When the pain of how things are today is suddenly great enough to fuel the change needed for tomorrow.
Change Blindness and the Reticular Activating System

Change Blindness – The silent killer of what matters most

This silent killer often lays waste to what matters most in our lives, without our even knowing it. Learn how to safeguard against it.
Contextual Myopia is the principle that causes us to not empathize, and instead, fixate only on our own, current context

Contextual Myopia

How a natural absence of empathy can serve to sabotage our success.
Scarcity is what drives our perception of value

Scarcity and Perceived Value

Scarcity drives our perception of value, leading us to act in unhealthy ways.
Imposter Syndrome a psychological phenomenon which causes us to doubt our value, worth, and talents

Imposter Syndrome

Understand how our inability to recognize our own talent can cripple our progress in life.
Based off the Gartner Hype Cycle, the Emotional Hype Cycle describes a predictable emotional path of almost every endeavor, including a change effort

The Emotional Hype Cycle

A predictable emotional journey that helps you plan for the future and put the present in context.
The Life Engineering Purpose Finder Assessment, from the Life Engineering Toolkit - how to find your mission in life

Purpose Finder

Knowledge gives us power to act, instead of being acted upon

Knowledge is power

Learn how knowledge will put you in control in life, giving you power to act, instead of being acted upon.

Let Your Light Shine

You're on a journey... not just to discover the light shining within you, but to let it out and let it shine. That moment when discover who you really are and why you're really here... your ultimate, individual "why", and then align your life so that you're living it... it's absolutely glorious. To you, and to everybody else.
August 29, 2018/by Rusty Lindquist

Discover the light within

You are capable of greatness. In fact, it is already within you. You just need to discover it, and then work to bring your life into alignment so that your life's mission and your life become one and the same. That's when you'll shine. That's when you'll experience full joy and fulfillment, when you're actions align to your purpose. We can help.
August 28, 2018/by Rusty Lindquist

The key is to just start

The night I quit my job I had a decision to make... wait, or just start. I chose to just start and held a seminar the next day. People in motion tend to stay in motion and people at rest tend to stay at rest. So whatever it is you've been waiting to do... just start!
August 22, 2018/by Rusty Lindquist

When moving forward means saying goodbye

There are simply times when our own personal journey requires that we move away from the comfort of where we were, and the people who are still there. But I believe the pain of saying goodbye will always be less than the pain of looking back, having compromised on your dream or having given up on the difference you could have made.

Because the world needs the light and magic you have inside of you. Your journey itself, and the promise of what is to come is more important than any position you currently occupy.
August 19, 2018/by Rusty Lindquist

When the journey ahead terrifies you

Being terrified doesn’t mean you’re weak, it means you’re human. And the most important steps we take in life are often going to be the most terrifying. They’re terrifying because they’re significant. They’re terrifying because they take you from where you’ve been and set you on a path to somewhere new. And because that path is new, it is mostly unknown, and we’re afraid of the unknown. The the wold belongs to those who step anyway. The world needs you to take that next step.
August 14, 2018/by Rusty Lindquist

TEDx Talk: Reaching your personal escape velocity

We must make a fundamental change to how we view ourselves, not as the product of our past, but for the potential of our future.
May 21, 2014/by Rusty Lindquist

Put down your device and live

Put down your device and live a real life, not a virtual one. A poem written and performed by Gary Turk, called look up.
May 6, 2014/by Rusty Lindquist

Limitations: They do not define you

The hardest handicaps to overcome are mental. It happens when we tell ourselves the wrong story. Change the story. (video)
April 18, 2014/by Rusty Lindquist

International Speech Competition: I’m hungry for bugs

The funny, but insightful story about how we tend to destroy what is most precious to us. A video from an international speech competition.
April 11, 2014/by Rusty Lindquist

Finding fulfillment: 4 truths of personal progress

These 4 truths about mastery and personal progress will help you find fulfillment, purpose, and direction in life, and will help you get past your failures.
April 8, 2014/by Rusty Lindquist

TEDxSUU – Discover the light within

I'll be speaking at TEDxSUU, giving a 12 minute segment of my upcoming book "Discover the Light Within" and introducing Escape Velocity, the Life-Engineering framework for personal progress.
March 22, 2014/by Rusty Lindquist

Life Engineering turns 6, gets a new website

Life Engineering has become a major movement, and it's time to up the ante. Now there's a scaffolding of products and services to power the movement and give people more control in life.
March 16, 2014/by Rusty Lindquist

Climb life’s mountains

Strength and perspective come when you climb life's mountains, instead of avoiding them.
July 15, 2013/by Rusty Lindquist

What you probably didn’t know about doing little things

Little things do give us a sense of accomplishment, which can be good in building momentum, but they can also help us justify putting off the big things that really move the needle.
April 26, 2011/by Rusty Lindquist

What is the greatest reason to change?

There are lots of noble reasons to seek change in life. According to Vince Lombardi, chiefest among them is love.
February 22, 2011/by Rusty Lindquist

Sleep Deprivation: how you sabotage your own success

Sometimes we give too much credit to our failures, when what we really need is just a little more of this one key thing.
February 21, 2011/by Rusty Lindquist

Find perspective in this surprisingly effective lens for life

Sometimes it helps to look at life through a different lens, or using a powerful analogy, this one tends to be highly effective in helping us view our life objectively.
February 14, 2011/by Rusty Lindquist

Ted Williams: Don’t judge a book by its cover

The inspiring story of Ted Williams, and why you should never judge a person by their looks.
January 7, 2011/by Rusty Lindquist

The touching story behind Rudolf, the reindeer

Bob May had always been different.  Small, weak, and slight…
December 23, 2010/by Rusty Lindquist

Consumption – how to fuel (or kill) anything

The truth is, we often let the things that matter the most to us die, not because of anything we do, but because we don't do this one thing, critical to all life.
December 21, 2010/by Rusty Lindquist

The greatest gift you can give

A strong lesson I learned from my son, on the value of our time, as I watched him give so much of his own.
December 20, 2010/by Rusty Lindquist

Invictus, the powerful story of overcoming adversity

The poem Invictus, teaches us that we can't control the cards life deals us, but we can control what we do with those cards. We are the masters of our fate, we are the captains of our soul.
December 19, 2010/by Rusty Lindquist

Stress: A means of propulsion in life

As per my prior post, I was recently laid off, and just had my…
December 15, 2010/by Rusty Lindquist

Google does a video for Life-Engineering.com

True, so they're undoubtedly sending this out to all their adwords…
December 15, 2010/by Rusty Lindquist

Lock-In: Why so many fail to progress in life

A common decision-making error called "lock-in", which plagues so many people and prevents them from changing paths or moving forward in their lives.
December 14, 2010/by Rusty Lindquist

Inputs: The real key to changing your life

For our change initiatives to be successful, we have to get down the the core, what really drives change, this is what really matters.
December 14, 2010/by Rusty Lindquist

When life hits the reset button

Sometimes our greatest blessings are wrapped in circumstances that seem terrible, they key is seeing through the wrapper to discover the value of the situation.
December 13, 2010/by Rusty Lindquist

Guiding Principles: a moral compass makes life easier

Misery in life is the result of living without direction. For a life of happiness, fulfillment, purpose, and meaning, you need a strong moral compass.
September 24, 2010/by Rusty Lindquist

Today’s message from my son: You are very special

Alex sings "I am very special", melts my heart, and inspires me to write "so are you".
September 22, 2010/by Rusty Lindquist

Failure and critics – ignore them both

The following is one of my favorite YouTube videos.

When you…
September 21, 2010/by Rusty Lindquist

Waiting for Superman – Premiers this week

The movie "Waiting for Superman" premiers this week in select…
September 20, 2010/by Rusty Lindquist

Finding Fulfillment: Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

The key to living a life of fulfillment and happiness is ensuring that these ascending needs are met.
September 2, 2010/by Rusty Lindquist

Personal Disaster: An opportunity to change

Change becomes biologically easier when facing personal disaster. Here's how you can take advantage of it.
August 31, 2010/by Rusty Lindquist

When you’re amazing

Amazing things happen when you become extremely good at something.
August 31, 2010/by Rusty Lindquist
The leading framework for achieving success in life

Life Engineering
The disciplined pursuit of excellence

Life Engineering is dedicated to helping individuals, parents, leaders, and organizations achieve excellence. We provide the tools and the training, the motivation and the methodology to move beyond where you’ve been, to go farther than you thought you could… to achieve more, to become more. It’s about more than just success.

It’s the disciplined pursuit of excellence.