Who’s Listening?

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You know that narrator in your head? It’s the voice that seems to put all the thoughts into words.

Pause, please, and consider. When that narrator speaks, who is listening? Hint: it’s not the narrator.

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: If the realization of who is listening hasn’t fairly well blown your mind, go back and try again.

PPS: When you see it, this perspective provides clarity and power. Meditation fosters more regular contact with this perspective.

PPPS: A bit esoteric today? Perhaps. Keep looking for the perspective, nonetheless.

 

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The First Law of Emotion

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Newton had his Laws of Motion. We have the Laws of Emotion. Our First Law is like his first law: Our Moods Tend to Keep Going.

We can’t help but broadcast our attitudes, have them influence others, and then react to them afresh when others reflect them back to us. So when we are up, we tend to stay up. When we are down, we tend to stay down. Unless, that is, we apply a concerted force of discipline.

Why a discipline? We have been so practiced at low-buzz emotions that we all hover lower than any of us would like. This is why raising our buzz and staying there can be so difficult and discouraging. It takes some time and dedication to catch ourselves and use one of the many buzz-raising tools to get up and stay up.

But not much time. And the results are so worth it.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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The Best Leaders Go Within

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We might avoid boredom or getting stalled at work and in life if the world would just deliver for us. We can seek circumstances that will bring us new experiences that might engage us. But this can quickly devolve into a dependency on drama or fire-fighting.

Or we can look within. Our thoughts, feelings, reactions, senses, assumptions, judgments, habits, and choices are rich sources of deliciousness, variety, interest, insight, wisdom, peace, happiness, connection, growth, and freedom. And as we become familiar with our inner world, we become calmer, wiser, and smarter leaders.

Dang. Why would we look anywhere else?

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: One reason we don’t look within is that we often find unpleasant things like fear, shame, regret, guilt, worry, anger, etc. Often we can raise our buzz and get through these things. And sometimes we need the help of a pro to guide us. Either way, get through the unpleasant things. They make up a mere shell that hides all of the rich goodness.

PPS: How to look within? Be curious. And start noticing how you physically feel at various moments in your day.

 

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