What if the experts are wrong?
You, to the expert: “What time is it?”
The expert: “Can I borrow your watch?”
Filter what you hear through what you know, what you can find out. Experts are as plentiful as table salt. Everyone has an opinion.
When you live according to the so-called experts, you cede control of your critical thinking, your instincts, your need to make your own choices.
Think critically. Do your homework. Trust your gut.
Anyone can hold a grudge
Too few can let go.
Grudges, vendettas and the desire for revenge exact a price. Life becomes smaller, becomes defined by anger, hurt and pain.
Learn to forgive. Depending on the circumstance, learn to wipe the slate clean, learn to exercise forbearance, learn to release the burden of bad feelings.
Forgiving is not necessarily forgetting, but it does open possibilities for a better life.
What happens when we keep complaining?
We keep blaming. We keep making excuses. We keep losing.
We can let go of the past, we can make changes, and we can get on with our better life. Or we can choose to stay stuck.
How to avoid criticism
When you choose to avoid criticism, you become small, inauthentic and distant. You fail to grow.
Engage your world with truth and honesty – even when it’s not so easy, not so comfortable.
When you don’t ask, the answer is always no.
Entitlement won’t get you there. Wishful thinking won’t get you there.
Want yes? Then step up and ask.
The sun will rise tomorrow. Another day to engage in the arena. Another day to feel and express gratitude.
When the world seems like it’s crashing in, when you feel overwhelmed and unfocused – remind yourself.
Your competition is you. Quit judging, quit comparing yourself to others.
Their journey is not your journey. Pay attention to yours.
Tactics vs. principles
Don’t let a great tactic override a principle.
In the race to excel, to reach goals, we must stay mindful of enduring principles. Things like honesty, truth, respect, spiritual beliefs.
It’s easy to lose sight of these when engaged in the arena. It’s convenient to justify the wrong actions in the quest to reach what’s considered the right outcomes.
No outcome is worth losing yourself in the process of attaining its achievement.
The courage to live in the gray
It takes moral courage to live within the gray. Few circumstances are black and white. Few choices are supported by evidence of good and bad, yes and no.
It’s up to us to sit in uncertainty, ask the questions, and live the answers
Beliefs fuel the power to create. They also fuel the power to destroy.
Choose the beliefs you embrace wisely.