”It’s not what you say out of your mouth that determines your life, it’s what you whisper to yourself that has the most power!”
—Robert Kiyosaki, American author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad
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Thoughts become things. In a typical day, we actually use our inner voices far more than our external ones.
We are constantly having what Susan Scott describes in her book, Fierce Conversations, as versations — which is simply a conversation with ourselves.
The power of bathing in our own thoughts is a form of leadership where we repeatedly speak about our reality and our vision for the future. This repetition carves deep grooves in our conscious and unconscious minds, which can and often do lead to behaviors that determine our lives.
Notice your inner voice whispering to you throughout the day. What is it saying?
Is this voice positive and affirming or negative and judgmental?
How can and will you use the power of versations to enhance your life?
“One small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.”
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Do you take a daily vitamin or perhaps a variety of supplements each morning to support your health?
What foods do you eat for breakfast to start your day?
How much time do you allow for yourself to feed your mind before you jump into your busy schedule?
Consider yourself a sprinter about to run the 100 meter dash in the upcoming Olympic Games. How important is it for you to be powerfully positioned in the blocks when the starting gun goes off?
How can you add one or more positive thoughts or nuggets of wisdom to your morning routine?
Consider sharing this lesson or insight with at least one person in one of your communities.
“Negative thoughts are nails.”
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Where do you stand on the negative to positive spectrum of thought? How do you view yourself when you listen closely to your inner voice?
Carpenters use nails all the time to fasten and hold things together. Adding an extra nail or two can make a structure even more rigid and solid. As someone who isn’t particularly handy, I often use nails to hang pictures on the wall as a way of hiding a blemish or mark.
How are you seeing the world and relating to the people in your personal and professional communities these days?
How do you judge others on this spectrum when you examine their words and actions?
Where do you see the negative thinking in your world keeping people stuck and rigid?
How would greater positivity and optimism offer greater possibilities to build a better future?
“Present fears are less than horrible imaginings.”
—William Shakespeare, MacBeth, Act 1, Scene 3
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William Shakespeare’s plays, poems, and sonnets have taught the world many life lessons that are still relevant today.
Through his works, he taught that love can conquer and destroy, that people trust what they cannot see, and that human ethics are easily manipulated.
In addition to the subject of love in his numerous works, he frequently included other common characteristics of society including greed, ambition, and the focus on power.
How would you imagine Shakespeare might view our current society, given that he lived during challenging times between 1564 and 1616 in England?
What are your thoughts and feelings about your own present fears versus your own imaginings?
Consider checking out the website NoSweatShakespeare.com to explore in greater depth his significant influences on our world.
“We are the masters of our fate, the captains of our souls, because we have the power to control our thoughts.”
—Napoleon Hill, 20th Century American author of Think and Grow Rich
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Perhaps one of the primary reasons for the rapid growth of the coaching industry is its ability to significantly increase our mindfulness and self-awareness. The phrase “Wherever you go, there you are” is poignant in that we always bring along our minds, which strongly influences and creates our worlds.
The majority of my work with clients focuses on executive leadership and business matters. Nevertheless, I’ve noticed considerable attention shifting to more personal and soulful issues and the idea of living a far more meaningful life.
If you, too, wish to dig deeper into being your own soulful captain of life, I strongly recommend the book Toward a Meaningful Life by Simon Jacobson.
“Not all things are to be discovered. Many are better concealed.”
—Sophocles, 4th Century BC Greek Writer
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Before you speak: T.H.I.N.K.
T: Is what you are about to say TRUE?
H: Is what you plan to say HELPFUL?
I: Will what you say IMPROVE the situation?
N: Is saying it NECESSARY?
K: Is it KIND?
How would your professional and personal relationships improve if you did more thinking before you spoke? Where would more silence and concealing your inner voice be the best approach to take with selected individuals? What other aspects of your life would be better off concealed?
“The thought is father to the deed.”
—Sigmund Freud, 20th Century Austrian founder of psychoanalysis
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Sigmund Freud, who lived between 1856 and 1939, was the founder of psychoanalysis, a method used for treating mental illness, and a theory which explains human behavior.
Among his various contributions, he developed a topographical model of the mind. He proposed that the mind was analogous to an iceberg, with the conscious, subconscious, and unconscious minds representing different levels of awareness.
I suggest a bit of editing in today’s quote. Consider replacing the word “father” with “mother,” or at least adding it, given what is required for the conception and eventual birth of an idea, a person, and of course, their deeds.
How can you examine and explore your thinking on all levels to more fully conceive and give birth to your most meaningful and inspired actions, to better your world?
“When the heart is afire, some sparks will fly out of the mouth.”
—Thomas Fuller, 15th Century British historian
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Today’s quote is about leadership. Take a moment to consider the sparks flying out of people’s mouths these days. Gun control, global warming, nuclear proliferation, politics, and the economy are just a few of the hotly debated subjects.
What topics have your heart afire? To what degree do you share your own thoughts and opinions on those topics with others?
Where is the status quo unacceptable in your personal or professional worlds? Where can and will you play a greater leadership role and let a few more sparks fly out of your mouth, sharing your heartfelt beliefs?
“Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.”
—Benjamin Disraeli, British Statesman
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How often do you eat junk food? How often do manufactured foods with excessive sugar, fat, or mystery ingredients find their way through your lips?
When you do, what are the results on your physical, mental, and emotional vitality and well being?
How many junk messages enter your mind from news, social media, books, or even the people with whom you associate? What impact do these factors have on your abilities to better yourself?
How can you make more efforts to ingest and digest more nurturing ideas and thoughts, to take your life higher?
How can you reduce or stop detrimental thoughts and influences that hold you back in order to make room for empowering and uplifting ideas?
“We are sitting under the tree of our thinking minds, wondering why we’re not getting any sunshine!”
—Ram Dass, American Spiritual Leader
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On a hot, sunny day we all enjoy being in the shade, perhaps with a frosty beverage. It’s cooler, and just more comfortable.
Our own thinking often plays the role of a shade tree in that we are literally blocking out new, more creative or innovative input, which might enlighten us.
If, for some reason, you feel stalled, stuck or plateaued in your growth and development, take a hard look at how often and how much you are sitting under your limited thinking canopy.
How can you let in more bright ideas and alternative perspectives by welcoming the light of other people’s input, personally or professionally?