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If this cockatrice be not crushed in the egg, it will soon become a serpent; the very thought of sin, if but thought on, will break forth into action, action into custom, custom into habit, and then both body and soul are lost irrecoverably to all eternity.

Lack of confidence, sometimes alternating with unrealistic dreams of heroic success, often leads to procrastination, and many studies suggest that procrastinators are self-handicappers: rather than risk failure, they prefer to create conditions that make success impossible, a reflex that of course creates a vicious cycle.”

James Surowiecki

perfection is not when there’s nothing more to add but when there’s nothing left to be removed

While you are in the very service of the Lord, you will find by experience that the God of heaven will prosper you, and support you, and encourage and strengthen you, and carry you through the hardest service with the greatest sweetness and cheerfulness that can be. He will suit your strength to your work, and in the hardest service you will have the choicest assistance.

If your behavior isn’t changing, then you’re not learning. True learning means you can produce a desired outcome. If you can’t consistently produce the outcome you want, then you haven’t learned.

Success doesn’t come from pie-in-the-sky thinking. It’s the result of consciously doing something each day that will add to your overall excellence

– Nick Saban

The Faintest Ink Is More Powerful than the Strongest Memory

It is a good reminder to leaders for two specific reasons:
Firstly, as a leader you will be part of many conversations. Some of these conversations form part of everyday leadership practice and may have no anticipated significance beyond the here and now. However, others may prove more challenging, splintered and have longer consequences. These are the types of conversations that are like boomerangs and tend to come back at some point or another and when they do, remembering accurately what was said in the previous round, is important. You usually develop a good ‘feel’ for these type of conversations and when ‘done’, usually you are left is a strong sense that they are in reality, ‘far from over’. These are the types of conversations that leaders should take a few minutes to jot down the salient points, the divides in the conversation that might be skewed by time and perspective. Memory can prove an unreliable alley when it comes time to recall such conversations and a few cryptic notes recorded whilst the conversation was still fresh, can prove immensely helpful. Drawing on such a record can also send a powerful message and serve as a forceful example to others about the importance of what is said and how seriously their thoughts and opinions are taken. Recording important conversations is a good disciple for leaders to cultivate. Becoming known as someone who listens and takes seriously what is said and keeps reminders to this effect is not a bad reputation to have as a leader.

A second reason to write rather than merely remember has a more personal slant. Meg Wheatley writes that, ‘thinking is the place where all intelligent actions begins’. As a leader, you need to ‘think’ – you need to be seen dedicating time to thinking; an intentional pausing and practicing the art of reflection. Exactly what this looks like in your context and setting is something you will have to decide for yourself but when you do stop to reflect, recording some of what happens in this space is a powerful and useful leadership habit to cultivate. It is from such scribblings that memoirs emerge and they can often become a wonderful source of wisdom to pass on or draw from when mentoring or on occasion when you may be required to give a lecture or talk. They can also provide a rich source for gaining perspective in understanding and seeing your own growth and development as a leader. The value in taking regular time to record your reflections is often only fully realized when rereading them further down the road and situations or details that would have long been forgotten spring vividly into life.

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A murmurer is an hieroglyphic of folly; he is a comprehensive vanity; he is a man and no man; he is sottish and senseless; he neither understands God nor himself, nor any thing as he should (Isaiah 3:8)

My old definition was ‘freedom to,’ freedom to do anything I want. Freedom to do whatever I feel like, whenever I feel like. Now I would say that the freedom that I’m looking for is internal freedom. It’s ‘freedom from.’ It’s freedom from reaction. It’s freedom from feeling angry. It’s freedom from being sad. It’s freedom from being forced to do things. I’m looking for freedom from internally and externally, whereas before I was looking for freedom to.

Just like I wrote my first program I write this post. It’s been ages since I had to write something for other humans to read. I expect to learn more on writing things that interest my fellow human beings. May be this blog should be called blogging 101, (B101).

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