Fall in Love with Your Vision

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So used to expecting things not to work out, we limit our vision of what think we or our businesses can achieve. Or, perhaps, we allow our vision to be swamped by “yeah buts” (thoughts of fear, uncertainty, doubt, worry, anger, regret, or guilt).

Damn.

What if, instead, we loved our vision? Imagine what would happen if we spent more moments thinking about how exciting, satisfying, and fulfilling our visions are.

My guess: the results would dramatically contrast what we’re used to seeing from our old “yeah but” thinking.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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Open the Door to More

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If we persist in thinking that there’s something fundamentally wrong with them, us, or the situation, then we will be locked into our current levels of success…or less.

Our job, good leader, starts with the belief in a spark of good, intelligence, and possibility in everyone. We quietly and assuredly call these out of ourselves and others. We then stay curious, wondering how it will all unfold.

This is the way we open the door to more, better, and happier. This is how we make our happen.

 

In your corner,

Mike

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Would You?

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Thoughts create.  So if you could think one thought that would change everything, would you?

Given the opportunity, most of us would not.

Usually our thoughts, beliefs, and mental models are the result of habit, familiarity, or identity. We think old thoughts about the world and about ourselves because we’ve always thought them, because we prefer them (or fear something new), or because we think we are the kind of people (or belong to a group of people) who think these thoughts.

Despite all this inertia, thinking a new thought–one that would change everything–is actually not that difficult. We can provoke new thoughts using lateral thinking techniques. And we can find higher-buzz thoughts, ones that feel better to think them.

We need only pause and ask ourselves, “Without regard for what I have been thinking or am thinking now, what is one thought that I can think that would feel better and that I can believe as true (enough)?” It may take a couple to a couple dozen seconds. But we all have the capacity to shift our thinking this way and prosper from it.

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: Yes. Of course one thought can change everything for you, your work, and your world. To paraphrase Margaret Mead, it’s the only way anything ever has changed.

PPS: We know we need to think new thoughts whenever we notice we keep getting more of something we don’t want.

 

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Our Story of the Future

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More often, when we tell the story of our future, is it of the future we want or of what we don’t want?

Is our future assured? Will we be okay? Is everything going to work out well? Is life, in general, safe?

We each have the power to choose how the story turns out because only we can evaluate our own leadership, work, and lives. And because things have that very odd way of lining up with our expectations.

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: Of course, not knowing the future (or doing an excellent job of pretending not to know the future) keeps the zip and zing in this adventure of a lifetime of ours.

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Pause Whenever Wherever

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Even when we are stressed, challenged, angry, lost, or overwhelmed, we each have the ability to pause–whenever and wherever–and flip to a thought that feels better that this.

Despite what it may seem, higher-buzz states are always available (and desirable). We just have to remember to catch ourselves and flip. When we do, the productivity and other solutions we had been wanting will suddenly show up.

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: Yes, always. Yes, you.

PPS: Yes, I’m sure of it.

 

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All Change Demands Thought and Action Both

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Some of us are action junkies. Some of us are devotees of the Think System.

Yet whenever we want to make a change, we must do both the inside work (thoughts) and the outside work (actions). Thought without action leads to spinning. Action without thought leads to frustrating results.

So our thoughts about the future must be clear, compelling, and as complete as possible. And our actions must flow–inspired by that vision–without pushing or fearful delay.

Ready, steady, go.

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: While we personally win by focusing on both thoughts and actions, teams that run on good-feeling, aligned vision and concerted, natural flows of activity benefit tremendously.

 

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I'm all ears.

To Change Someone’s Mind

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In order to change someone’s mind, start where their mind is now. Should we start with our position–by convincing, educating, lobbying, telling, fighting, begging, tricking, arguing, ordering, or whining–they will raise shields. We must, instead, ask good questions and listen. They must first agree that we have heard their thinking before they will let us change it.

And, no, we don’t get free pass here if we are parents, bosses, employees, partners, citizens, or nations.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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What Stands Between You and Delight

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The only thing between you and your delight is your thinking. Whatever you are focusing on at work or at home that has you feeling badly tends to remain in place.

I know; it is so counterintuitive. When we see trouble we want to press harder. We think we need to figure things out. We need to do more, to force ourselves and the world around us to yield.

But let’s recognize why. Driving our need to press is quite a damaging belief. We believe that whatever we need to succeed is scarce, hard to come by, and available only with luck or hard work. And it just isn’t.

What you need is right there, inside you–part of you. Feel good to access it.

Relax. Allow. Ease up.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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Far-Fetched Fantasies of Success

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We are so used to thinking what could go wrong. We dive into far-fetched fantasies to explore the worst possible things that could happen. Flitting from this topic to that, we go through our days often not even aware of this bad-feeling monologue.

One antidote: write down all the ways it could go right. Pick something important to you. Dive into far-fetched fantasies to explore the wonderful, simple, unexpected, and easy ways the best possible things could happen.

Give it a try.

What’s the worst best that could happen if you did?

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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Think Again

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“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”Ralph Waldo Emerson

When you are headed for the inevitable, think again.

Others may appear to be getting in your way. Think again.

Whenever you think you just don’t fit, think again.

If you regret what has happened or worry about what might happen, think again.

You may catch yourself saying, “That will never work!” Think again.

Should you ever believe that people don’t understand, value, or respect you or your work, think again.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

PS: I am quite certain you are vastly more powerful than you may sometimes imagine. Think again, ‘k?