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September 13, 2021 |
Being certain evokes a calm assuredness, a steadfast confidence. If you are certain, you are sure. There is a popular proverb, “there is nothing certain, but the uncertain.” While in a philosophical sense this is true, it is essential that we have some degree of certainty both so we can have self-confidence and inspire confidence in others. This is particularly true for leaders — teams need to see their leaders be certain to follow. If you are not 100% certain, that is OK — you just need to ...
September 13, 2021 |
“What you allow is what will continue.” I don’t know who originally said this, but it is an excellent mantra for people-pleasers like myself who tend to “go along” to the point of letting others take advantage of us. How do I know when it’s gotten to that point? Easy — I start to feel resentment. Resentment that is initially directed towards the other person… but if I am really honest, the resentment is towards myself, for allowing the situation to happen. Being assertive simply is speak...
September 13, 2021 |
At first when I think of someone being brave, I think of heroes. Firefighters who run into a flaming building to save someone inside. Sully Sullenberger landing an airplane on the Hudson River. Teachers who stand up for a vulnerable child. Passersby who help someone in a life-or-death situation.
September 13, 2021 |
I see a lot of similarity between the character traits Adventurous (in the Courage quadrant of the Tilt model) and Openness (in the Resilience quadrant) — the difference to me is that Adventurous is open to new action, while Openness is open to new ideas.
September 13, 2021 |
It’s hard — perhaps impossible — to think of a compelling speech that is devoid of passion. Being passionate is showing strong feelings or beliefs, and it’s easy to see why it is part of the Boldness character strength — passion drives action. If you are passionate about something, it doesn’t matter what others say — you feel compelled to act. You probably also lose track of time when you are doing something you’re passionate about. The Latin root for passionate means “to suffer.” Can ...
September 13, 2021 |
Being tenacious is being determined. It is about persevering despite obstacles — a key component of what is popularly known today as “grit.”
September 13, 2021 |
A basic definition of “honest” is truthful, being free from deception. Yet James Foust once said, “Honesty is more than not lying. It is truth telling, truth speaking, truth living and truth loving.” I love this quote, because in the Tilt model, Honest is in the Courage quadrant, which is all about action — and I feel like this describes “honest” in action. It certainly can take great courage at times to be honest, especially in a space where you are a lone voice. Yet being honest helps b...
September 13, 2021 |
Starting next week, we continue our journey through the Tilt 365 Model as we move to the Resilience quadrant. We just finished Weekly Challenges related to the character traits that are a part of the three Courage quadrant character strengths: Confidence, Boldness and Integrity; before that, the Humanity Quadrant character strengths: Likability, Empathy and Trust and before that, the Wisdom quadrant character strengths: Perspective, Focus and Diligence.
September 13, 2021 |
Weekly Challenge #38 “Be curious. Not judgmental.”— Walt WhitmanWalt Whitman shows great wisdom in this quote — the opposite of being curious isn’t just indifference — it’s being judgmental. Being curious means you are inquisitive and you have an insatiable appetite for learning; being judgmental means you have not only made up your mind, you see it as the only “right” way. Curiosity is closely knit with creativity and inspiration in the...
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