Tag: power

  • Gatekeeping


    Most gatekeepers–those who would keep us out–are powerless. In the short term they throw up obstacles. But in the long term they’ve got nothing. Secretly they know it, are simply afraid, and deep down want us in. The only real gatekeeper–the one who can actually keep us out of anything–is inside us. Secretly we know […]

  • A Shot of Pure Power

    A Shot of Pure Power

    Stop.   Breathe. Breathe. Breathe.   Good.   Now. On with your day, good leader.   In your corner, Michael Photo by Nabil Farook on Unsplash

  • Light Up

    Light Up

    At times like this, it’s good to remember: one of us shining a light helps hundreds, thousands, or millions to step away from the dark. Should we find ourselves or others stuck and focusing on the problem, we know we can always shine the light on our ability to pause and choose to feel good…

  • If You Only Knew

    If You Only Knew

    If you only knew the power you have. Within each of us is a wiser part that has the connection, meaning, answers and solutions we otherwise struggle to find.  If you only knew.   In your corner, Mike Today’s photo courtesy of PublicDomainPictures

  • At Moments Like These

    At Moments Like These

    Complaining about, fearing, or fighting something that we don’t like is the painful, slow way. Such focus only strengthens it. Focusing on what we do like is similar. The more attention we give, the more it will grow. As counterintuitive as it seems, our best way is to leave alone what we don’t like, to refuse to give…

  • Swayed By Reality

    Swayed By Reality

    The sages tell us that the formula for creating any outcome is belief->actions->results. This is a leverage formula. We leverage action into results because we know that taking concerted action generates more results than our default, reactive action. We usually forget the first, more powerful part of the formula. Focused belief generates better actions (and…

  • Feeling Justified?

    Feeling Justified?

    We might feel justified for thinking that we are small, low-power players who cannot possibly change the things we care about. But we’d be wrong.   In your corner, Mike PS: Yes, this applies to you. Yes, today. PPS: Hint: do not fight anything or anyone. Instead, love and lead by the example you want…

  • The Heart of Leadership: Present and Powerful

    The Heart of Leadership: Present and Powerful

    Our power is in the present. (How can it be otherwise?) When we are present–especially in interactions with others–we choose to influence where we can, to control what we can (i.e. our own responses), and to handle whatever actually happens rather that what we fear might happen. When we are not present, we are running…

  • Nothing Is As Powerful As…

    Nothing Is As Powerful As…

    They say that nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come. Actually, there is one thing more powerful: a person who has committed herself or himself to a clear, compelling outcome. Committed means, “This will happen. It won’t happen through bull-headedness, force,  or hope. There may be obstacles but no excuses. I will simply see…

  • Present Present

    Present Present

    Presence is simply staying focused on what’s happening now instead of worrying about the future, regretting the past, defending ourselves (“Here’s why I am justified…”), or attacking others (“I am so right and you/they are not”). There is a gift inside every moment. We miss the gift when we are too busy worrying, regretting, defending,…