We are well past the Point of No Return and headed into uncharted territory. Literally, all of the graphs and maps of the past are of little value as we navigate into this new frontier of uncertainty and opportunity.
Beyond the time for leaders — this is a time for Inspirators.
Inspirators provide a breath of fresh air while inspiring the next bold Step, forward, to Success.
Each Day We Have A Choice
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1.) Give in and give up to Resignation and Despair — or,
2.) Set a course of discovery with Fascination and Curiosity.
Do you want to be heard?
~ Speak softly.
Do you want to be strong?
~ Offer gentleness.
Do you want to influence?
~ Be authentic.
Imagine a mountain stream of flowing, rushing, bubbling, fresh water. In that stream is a large boulder.
Observe it and these three truths become obvious:
- It is silent.
- It is solid.
- It deftly parts the water.
The same is true of the human condition — Whoever is the most certain wins.
Competitive greatness is not an evil premise. If everyone improves through the effort of each individual to grow into a better person, there is a cumulative mutual benefit.
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Communication Is What The Listener Does
Upon calling Support and hearing, Press 1 for English, 2 for @#$%, we select the language of greatest comprehension. We want to hear and understand the solution to our situation.
Do we offer the same in our interpersonal communications?
Or, do we launch off into a discourse that is foreign to the ears of our partner? When they seem puzzled, do we simply ‘turn up the volume’ and give them another dose of @#$%?
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We want what we don’t have.
If we have it, we don’t want it.
Granted, there are a few individuals, who purport that they have risen to a higher level of existence, by not wanting anything. They claim to be perfectly happy with nothing.
Making the best of whatever the situation — in which we find ourselves — is different than doing nothing. Those who do nothing are stuck in a rut, regardless of the rationalization for their inactivity. And, you do know the definition of a rut: A grave with the ends kicked out.
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Through the years, I’ve given lots of free advice. I’m beginning to realize that’s been a very bad character trait.
» Advice — the wise don’t need it and the fools won’t heed it.
» Free — the perception of something worth nothing.
So, this week, when I said “No, thanks,” to an opportunity of continuing in my tradition of offering free advice, the response was enlightening. Well, I was enlightened. The person making the request was shocked. They were shocked that I would, could, should, and did say, “No.”
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Three Evil E’s
Recently, a friend teased saying, “Now, keep your Ego, Expectations, and Emotions out of the way.”
“That’s profound!” I thought. For many years, I’ve been on a Crusade to Enlighten, Empower, and Encourage. My friend just exposed me to the Yang of my Yin, the Flow of my Ebb, the Take of my Give, and the Down of my Up.
I commonly refer to my E’s as the Three-E Formula — Enlighten, Empower, and Encourage.
To help us remember there is a Dark side (or, shadow) to any Light, I’ll refer to these as the Three Evil E’s — Ego, Expectations, and Emotions.
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Three Good E’s
Greater than a Magic Wand to wave at the hand of fate, this is E-ven better.
This is E times 3.
The prefix forming verbs of “En” and “Em” are expressions of action and doing, defined as:
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Imagine your favorite action movie. The ground is crumbling behind our heroes and heroines as they run toward the only escape available to them. Our heart is in our throat, as we encourage them to go, quickly, forward.
Life is like that. There is no standing still. There is no going back. The only direction to safety is forward.
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The difference between rich and poor is not money. It is the ability to manage the resources available. Many have inherited great amounts of wealth to die broke. Others were born into little and leave behind a legacy.
In the annals of history and the stories of today, Captains of industry are less influential than the Stewards of relationships. In other words, the Empire is less important than the Builders. Regardless of what is built, it is temporary and limited in effect. Those who touch hearts and souls, today, influence the future for many generations.
As we consider our “ships” of families, friends, and communities, why is our role of “steward” important; and, who, really, is the ultimate beneficiary?
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There is only one way to, really, learn anything — and, that is: hands-on.
It is impossible for the mind to forget what the hands have learned.
Why, then, do we believe someone else has the answers to our questions? And, why do we defer our good judgment to others?
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