The Worst Kind of Self-Awareness

Self-awareness is found in understanding not only our own dysfunction, but also how to mitigate it. We all have flaws and liabilities. We all have varying levels of awareness about them. Those who walk around unaware of how they negatively impact the world need only a friend or teacher caring and courageous enough to help them see

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We are going to need a larger tool box.

When we take the risks to try new things, we end up not only expanding our experience but also our toolbox. There is the risk-averse part of everyone that wants to settle down and do what they know. That can come in handy when what we know applies to the situation. Unfortunately, it doesn’t matter how talented

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Stepping Out of the Box

What percentage of our favorites and preferences are just our brain playing a conservative game to meet our subconscious needs by minimizing risk and pointing us towards things we have already experienced. Bias, preferences, and favorites are all a part of the box our brain builds out of our experiences. Even cravings are linked to our experiences.

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Can we always trust our perception?

We all have experiences and those experiences are what our brains use to fill in the blanks of our reality. There are things in our perception that we don’t see and our brains use our past experiences to fill in the blanks. For example, have you ever mistakenly thought you saw someone you knew only to find

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Limited by Experience

It’s often thought that experience is a benefit to a team because someone who has done and seen it all can help others know what to expect. There is some truth to that because the statement “done and seen it all” is partially correct and aptly described as having “some” truth. The mistake many make is taking

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Getting Out of Our Own Way

There are things we want that always seem out of reach. For example, I wanted to lose forty pounds. I tried everything and I struggled. I eventually did it and my success was based on really one thing. I had to stop sabotaging myself. I am not talking about overeating. I am not talking about eating dessert

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Communicating Care

Teammates must both care and communicate care. This is a simple concept that gets missed because so often we get it backwards. A great teammate understands that being inconvenienced is an opportunity to show someone how much we care. Ordinary people walk around wondering why no one is taking care of them when it’s truly the other

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Choosing Maturity

A team must fight to keep the vision simple. Simplicity allows the vision to be mastered and made complete. It takes maturity to leave something you prefer on the cutting room floor because it doesn’t quite fit the big picture. How much of our lives are dominated by energy wasted by lobbying for our preferences instead of

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Cutting Room Floor

One of my favorite things that came out of the stay at home order is that movie directors held watch parties of their movies and revealed behind the scenes details. Some of those details revealed ideas that could have made it into the movie but didn’t. This is a great reminder that not all ideas are good

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Destinations or pit stops?

If discontent is a natural part of choosing a path and finding its end, then we must do something unnatural. We must choose contentment. Our path was chosen for a reason and we must find and choose a peace that surpasses the natural depreciation our choices and accomplishments seem to have in our mind’s natural state. If

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