Whose voice do you choose?

There’s a quiet, but steady narrator in the mind.

Whose voice is it? The voice of the problem, or the voice of the solution?

With a bit of practice, we can choose the one that speaks.

Emergency-mode

Sometimes, in the midst of a non-emergency, a group of people operate in emergency-mode.

The leader that merely says, “This is not an emergency,” misses the point.

The fact that your team is unnecessarily in emergency-mode is itself an emergency.

Solving that problem is a critical first step.

Well-intentioned advice

Others will tell you to rest.

Others will tell you to take time off.

Others will tell you it can wait.

Don’t listen.

If your heart tells you to persist, then keep going; your work is too important to delay.

Others don’t have to grapple with your passion.

Others don’t feel the urging of the creativity in your soul.

When others tell you to relax, they don’t understand that they’re telling the ocean to be a puddle.

Finding yourself on a map

Finding yourself on a map

Every so often, I play a little game. I look at an online satellite map (an aerial view without labels) and I see if — starting from a full view of the globe — I can zoom in to locate the roof of my own home.

At each zoom-level, I find landmarks to understand where I am.

  • The shape of North America

  • The mouth of the Chesapeake Bay

  • The Susquehanna River and its headwaters

  • The serpentine shape of Raystown Lake, and Sayers Reservoir to its northeast

After the waterways lead me, it’s on to the land formations, the rooftops of larger buildings, and then to the particular pattern of streets in my town. Finally, my home.

During this exercise, without fail, I’m compelled to consider my small place within the world. The disparity between our supernatural ability to connect through the Internet, and the tiny dot which represents our physical location on Earth.

And yet… despite our smallness, we have the power to affect great change.

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A choice in sotto voce

In trying situations, what do you whisper to yourself?

Is it “Are you kidding me?” or “Just my luck…” or “Well that figures...”?

Or is it “I can do this,” and “I’ve got this,” and “I can solve this problem...”?

Why not choose a posture that gives us confidence and a sense of agency?

We can’t avoid every setback, but we can control our self-talk.