Daily Archives: January 17, 2010

Your big question

What would you do?

If you just won $20 million dollars, no taxes, nothing that would take away from that base amount, but you only have 10 years to live, what would you do?   What would you stop doing?   Why?

What would your plans be for those 10 years?

What now becomes important?

new hope – new leadership

“The most dangerous person on the planet is the person with no hope.”

John Hope Bryant  (CEO of Operation HOPE)

What does a leader do?   A leader inspires hope, a hope for a better tomorrow, a better you, a better world and better lives for everyone.   A leader inspires beyond what they want for themselves but what they see is a better world.   

All too often leaders of the current era are working to promote their own good.    A quick look at the current economic crisis will quickly dispel the myth that the leaders of the financial institutions were real leaders.   The corporate banking “leaders” were figuring out ways that would increase their own wealth at the expense of many others.  

The world is now hungry for a new breed of leadership.   The kind of leadership that serves others globally (not locally or with a limited audience) and helps to start a movement to serve all people in all places.  

Perhaps the next shift in leadership will be in the development of community based enterprises that collaborate together, living in harmony using organic principles of organization to create a thriving global economy.   Think of the world as a balanced ecosystem rather than a hierarchical system where relatively few have enough.

The power of collaboration inside and outside of current organizations to create a larger dialogue that is about ideas will benefit everyone.   Moving from a small base of power where ideas are kept locked up and hidden behind to a place where ideas percolate in a global community to be refined and developed would benefit more rather than fewer.  

What stops people from leading?   Fear!

Happiness is a choice

A man is happy so long as he chooses to be happy and nothing can stop him.” Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Is happiness a choice?   If it isn’t what is it?   Is it the circumstances at the moment?    When the circumstances favor you does that make you happy?    What circumstances then lead to happiness?

Happiness is not about the circumstance but rather the state of mind.   Happiness is a choice that can be made at any moment.      Sadness is a choice that can be made at any moment as well.

Our choosing sadness over happiness is based on our learned expectations.   We learned from an early age what is expected and those expectations have carried over into our lives.    It isn’t that every moment is going to be filled with jubilant fun.   There are many moments of emotional suffering that we have to experience but the depth, the length of that experience is something we do choose consciously or unconsciously.

To increase happiness – develop an attitude of gratitude.   Look at what you have right now and acknowledge it.   You have hands, sight, ears, legs, and you have the capacity to think.

To increase happiness – take a deep breath – breathe from the abdomen, let is rise and pull the air into your lungs and then relax and allow the air to be pushed out of your lungs.   Repeat.    Slowly, carefully and then think of a moment of complete joy for you while you breathe in and out.

To increase happiness – Smile – smile about nothing at all, smile about a happy memory, smile about a child’s blissful laughter – Smile.    Just try it … what was the silliest thing you can remember.   Smile.

Make today a happier day.