Doing what is right…

“Men are apt to mistake the strength of their feeling for the strength of their argument. The heated mind resents the chill touch and relentless scrutiny of logic.”

William E. Gladstone

Has “being right” ever been more important to you than “doing right?” Whenever I find myself overly passionate about a particular topic or position I ask myself these three questions.

  1. What information would need to change in order for my opinion or position to change?
  2. If I am wrong, will any of my behaviors make that harder to accept than is necessary?
  3. Have I sought counsel or perspective from a person that I trust?

It always amazes me how quickly my “passion” for something might be cooled when I take the time to step back and ask myself these questions.

Self-discipline starts with why…

“Self-discipline is the ability to get yourself to take action regardless of your emotional state.”

Steve Pavlina

We all have bad days. Days where we don’t have energy, are upset, tired or frustrated. Heck, if we only did things when we wanted to do them then how much would ever get done in life?!

I would argue that the most impactful people aren’t those that do the best job when they are motivated and energized but instead are those that do the best job despite their motivation or energy level.

How do you do this? How do you ensure that your ability to deliver isn’t based on your current emotional state? I can only speak for myself in this regard and for me it is all about elevating my thinking to stay connected with the “why.” With a strong enough awareness of the “why” we are doing something then any emotional or other distraction can be dealt with and put aside. Without a strong connection to the why, any little molehill can become a mountain.

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