“Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.”
Do you know who wrote that line? How about this one?
“Plans fail for lack of counsel,
but with many advisers they succeed.”
The same guy wrote both, and not just any guy, but the one who was deemed the wealthiest man who had ever lived. Not only that he was also said to have been gifted as being the wisest man ever. He had the rare combination of having a ton of cash and a lion’s share of smarts. The author of these quotes was experiencing a financial life, an intellectual life, an emotional life, and a spiritual life that may be higher than any of us will ever experience. I imagine that it would have been difficult to see lack in his life. He must have been attractive as a leader, and easy to trust with decision-making. But even THAT guy knew a secret.
Left to our own thinking and our own emotions, we have the propensity to be...
Is personal growth important to you?
Viktor E Frankl, Holocaust survivor and author of Man’s Search for Meaning wrote,
As I press into growth, I am reminded that experience is a given, but personal growth is a choice. Often, the choice to grow is the choice to do what you fear.
Today, I read that fear is like the compass that leads us to growth.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said,
“What we fear of doing most is usually what we most need to do.”
I wonder what form personal growth is taking on in your life right now.
What are you intentionally doing to promote your own growth? I would be curious to hear your response.
Where is your fear compass pointing?
Let me know.
What do you believe about success? Is it an art? Are some people just born to be successful and others are not?
Now I can hear my friend Henry saying,
“That depends how you define success.”
Perhaps he would be right, but for the sake of today’s message, I will ask you to put your own definition on what success would mean to you in this present moment.
However, I would like to suggest that success requires a change of some kind. Change is about letting go of the known and stepping into the unknown. It appears to involve the possibility of failure; and if so it means somehow releasing control. The kind of change/success I am talking about is radical/transformational; and it can be approach scientifically.
At least that’s the conclusion that Richard Beckhard, organizational theorist (1918-1999) believe when he and David Gleicher put forth the original formula for change in the 1960’s which was then refined in the 1980’s by...