You may have heard this apocryphal but useful story:
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.
“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
Challenge for the day: What mindset are you feeding? Open/opportunity/growth, or Constrained/enslaved/shrinkage?
Yes, others have made decisions which affect you and the people you’re working with on projects and initiatives.
Yes, you are not working in a pure democracy. As the song says, “Everybody’s gotta serve somebody.”
Yes, there are practical limits on time, energy, and funding.
Yes, it’s possible that the universe might work better if you were in charge. But the people who have the power to make decisions are always the people who make the decisions.
Still true: you have the power of choice about your mindset.
It’s not just you, but the people you’re leading, too. How you think, speak, and act is broadcasting at 50,000 watts to them.