Over the last few days, I’ve been doing some self-reflection as I swim up and down the pool. It’s a great time for reflection because, well, the mechanical actions of swimming are pretty much automatic…and it leaves my brain to wander. Often, I focus on being present in the pool. That means feeling the water swirling around me, taking deep breaths every few strokes, feeling the sun on my face, my arms and back, and focusing on what’s ahead and nothing else. It is incredibly relaxing.
Too often, a man sleepwalks his way through life hesitating and second-guessing everything he says or does. The result is mediocrity and indecision at its best. Don’t get me wrong, you should think twice about your actions and expressions, but remember that you must act boldly to achieve the pinnacle of success. (Source: Being Bold)
In chatting with Wes Fryer last week when he came down to San Antonio for a short visit, I was tempted to tease him about “Moving at the Speed of Mediocrity.” Simply, conventional wisdom holds that, unless you’re fully committed to moving at the speed of creativity–what Wes calls his blog–you are almost always a day late and a dollar short. I often laugh at my own blog because I see it moving at the speed of mediocrity…good enough to have readers, a well of reflection, but not great enough to be a source of income, or as a gauge of success as usually defined.
When you are facing a decision to act, think of it as a way to prove your worth. The first thing you must do is decide whether you want to take action or not.
…what makes a thought leader: freedom from worry about criticism, energy to put your plans in motion, and the intellectual curiosity to think about how the status quo could be better and to come up with innovative new ideas.Yes, all of these things do describe thought leaders – plus the ability to effectively communicate your ideas and plans.
Source: On Being Bold
- Freedom from worry about criticism
- Energy to put plans in motion
- Intellectual curiosity to think about how the status quo could be improved
- Come up with innovative ideas
- Effectively communicate those ideas and plans for change
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