I typically use ratios in my coaching and mentoring conversations as metaphors to illustrate a specific point of view I want to share. I’ve been collecting and inventing them for 20 years and have amassed a large inventory which come in handy all the time.

I wanted to share 3 new ratios recently recorded in Journal #79 and how I use them…

Peaceful Resiliency/Sturm & Drang

First of all I had to look up what Sturm and Drang meant before I could determine it’s usefulness. Sturm and Drang means turbulent emotion or stress and the opposite of that to me is Peaceful Resiliency.

I use this ratio to share a mindset on how to deal with adversity. I’ve always felt that it’s best to determine how you will define adversity versus letting adversity define you.



Pronoia is the belief that the universe is conspiring in your favor versus being paranoid on what could be lurking around the corner to bite you. I believe that good things happen to good people and being pronoia is a much more positive way to live. It’s about a mindset where the glass is 1/2 full and ready to be filled to the brim.


Same Storm/Different Boat

This was shared with me from my friend Sandy and is the perfect ratio to start a conversation on social injustice and inequality that is so rightly visible right now.

The Same Storm could be interpreted as the systemic racism thats been going on for hundreds of years.

The Different Boat is that the Marching is fueling a Movement that has all races working together to find sustainable solutions. This is very important time in our lives and courageous leadership is needed now more than ever to keep this new boat afloat.

I hope one or more of these ratios opens up a new way for you to think about your leadership approaches and please get involved as our country really needs you! Time to get onboard!

Happy Journaling and Reflecting!