Muscle atrophy. We all know someone who broke an arm or leg, and had it in a cast for four to six weeks. When the cast is removed -- the muscles underneath are deformed and reduced. It’s called “disuse muscular atrophy.” When muscles are not used or exerted, they shrink. This phenomenon has been studied widely in astronauts who experience

Let me ask you a question. How long did your New Year’s Resolution last? Or, based on past failures, did you even make one this year? Most of us fail to keep commitments because we don’t realize how commitment works. We want to move from a “wish” to a “lifestyle” overnight—and it usually doesn’t work that way. The following

I describe most students today with this phrase: Involved but not committed. It’s a Habitude, from Book One of our series: Habitudes: Images That Form Leadership Habits and Attitudes. It is called, “The Half-Hearted Kamikaze.” The syndrome is illustrated by the kamikaze pilot who flew in World War II for the Japanese Air Force. He was still alive after fifty

In my last post, I blogged how students (and adults for that matter) struggle with commitment. Let me summarize what I believe has happened, then suggest how commitment works with students. We live in a world of convenience. Kids today have been called the “disposable” generation because everything can be thrown away when they’re finished with it. No commitment has to

The Connection Between Freedom and Responsibility If you’re a parent of a teenager, you know this scenario. You lay down boundaries for your kid, but they respond by saying, “You treat me like a child! I’m not a child anymore -- you need to treat me like an adult.” Usually the conversation spirals downward at this point. The parent tries to explain