“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” Mahatma Gandhi Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was trained as a lawyer. His life’s story is about converting his thoughts into words and words into actions by employing nonviolent resistance to bring about change in a number of areas from civil rights, to poverty, and from women’s rights to religious and ethnic amity. Gandhi was known for his simple, non-violent, common-sense approach to life and its problems. And, it’s the simplicity of this quote that makes it so powerful. It doesn’t take a lot of thinking about this quote to understand its absolute relevance to our lives and, what I like to refer to as the
“Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare”. Japanese proverb I dedicate this quote to all those out there who are just filled with good ideas. I mean really good ideas—visionary even. But, sadly, for some reason, those ideas never get converted into actual things, or processes. This wonderful Japanese proverb reminds us of the importance of converting thoughts into actions. Without mastering that conversion piece, or surrounding yourself with people who have mastered it, life can be disappointing. So, to all you dreamers out there, don’t stop dreaming—go for it! Just be sure you protect those dreams from becoming nightmares. The key word for today is Conversion. Good luck on your journey!
“He stirred the ashes of defeat and found an ember of opportunity” Anonymous This, my friend, is what perseverance is all about and this imagery has always been a favorite of mine. It’s cliché by now that learning from our mistakes is how we grow. But, remember this: It’s a cliché because it’s true. So, the next time you’re feeling like a pile of ashes because of a setback you’ve experienced, do yourself a favor and don’t walk away before you stir the ashes a bit. That’s how you’ll uncover that ember of growth. Good luck on your journey!
“In life’s unforgiving arithmetic, we are the sum of our choices.” George Will If the term “wake-up call” were ever tied to a quote, this would be it. The trouble for many people is not that they don’t hear the wake-up call, it’s that they hit the “snooze” button. George Will’s mention of arithmetic isn’t random. Life, just like arithmetic, has its rules and can be very predictable. Believing in yourself, doing your best to become the very best version of you, is just like two plus two—the outcome is predictable. Think about this the next time you are feeling down and may be questioning yourself. In your heart you know what you need to do. All you need is
Things To Think AboutBy Pepper de Callier “What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls a butterfly.” Anonymous If you are smiling and nodding your head right now, you have just cracked the code for understanding the power of perspective. Think about it. What is one of the most difficult things for people to deal with today? If you are saying, “Change” to yourself move right to the head of the class. This quote is one of the most powerful metaphors for the dynamic of change I have found. First, there is the fear of the change—the “end of the world”. Then, there is the realization that change can be a wonderful thing. Are you dealing
“The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.” Benjamin Disraeli I am often asked what an executive leadership coach really does and, I would have to say, that this quote from the 19th century British politician and twice serving Prime Minister goes a long way to defining it. When you stop and think about the wisdom in this quote, you can begin to see the impact this could have if a leader used this approach in how she dealt with those who look to her for leadership. If you can help someone discover, what Disraeli calls their “riches”, and help them understand how to apply those
“…there was little in the way of precedent…” From Leadership: Lessons from the Presidents for Turbulent Times by Doris Kerns Goodwin This little snippet of a quote from one of today’s premier American Presidential historians goes straight to the heart of what leaders face today, every day—being called upon to make decisions regarding situations they have never encountered before. And therein lies one of the most essential abilities of a leader today—getting comfortable being uncomfortable. Fluid and dynamic are words on the verge of becoming cliché in describing today’s business environment. So, what’s the message here? It’s simple. It has never been more important for leaders to be curators of talent, rather than taking the lead in every situation that
“To adapt a Margaret Thatcher-ism: Being smart is like being a lady; if you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.” Meghan Kruger This wonderful quote comes from Meghan Kruger’s Washington Post column on 17 July 2019, titled, “Who’s the smartest of them all? Trump and Biden both say ‘me.’” In a wonderfully written piece, Kruger goes on to point out that wisdom not I.Q. is what makes the difference in a good leader. I would take it a step further when discussing desirable leadership traits. It’s knowing how to apply what you know in context–knowing what is needed, how much of it is needed, when it’s needed, with whom it’s needed, and how it’s needed to be delivered
“The days are long, but the years are short.” Anonymous What a wonderful reminder of so many important things in life, from raising a child to managing a career. Let’s focus on the latter for a moment. Think about those days when you are really dragging. Too much to do, in too little time, but it must get done. Too many people pulling on you for attention, but if you don’t give them some, you’ll be thought of as a poor leader. Too much disruption from too many directions makes for a very long day, without question. Keeping this quote in mind on those days, may help bring into focus one of the things caring, dedicated professionals care most about:
“Recognizing that inflection point — the point at which our continuing to rework our work reaches a law of diminishing returns — is one of the hardest skills to learn, but also one of the most necessary.” Dr. Alex Lickerman on the topic of just getting things done, writing in Psychology Today Someone once said not to let perfection stand in the way of progress. At the pace of today’s world, striving for perfection, holding still until all the pieces are perfectly in place, is similar to a deer being caught in the headlights—the possibility of a bad outcome is greatly increased by not moving. Think about it for a moment, there comes a time when piling on more data,