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October 2017

November 2017


Nov. 14, 2017

Heart, Brains, Courage & the Power of Belief

Heart, Brains, Courage & the Power of Belief

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Have you ever thought of "The Wizard of Oz" as a story about the power of beliefs? With the holidays fast approaching, it's a sure bet that this classic film will be broadcast soon. Perhaps it is time to take a look at the "story beneath the story" of this memorable tale.

You see, Dorothy and her pals all wanted something. As is often the case, they looked for someone else to give it to them, someone in authority who had "the power." They teamed up because they figured their efficacy was greater together than it was separately, and they were right. They were a real team with a common vision and not just a collection of separate individuals. They were able to overcome life-threatening danger to finally come face to face with what they believed to be the all-powerful Wizard.

When they met the Wizard, they discovered several very important things. Perhaps the most important thing they discovered was that each already had whatever it was he or she felt was lacking; it was their personal beliefs that needed changing.

The Lion wasn't really a coward - he proved that on the journey to Oz - but he believed he was, so most of the time he acted like it. When the Wizard gave him a medal and reminded him of his bravery, he affirmed the truth of a new belief, and that was all it took. Same thing for the Tin Man and the Scarecrow. Dorothy could have gone home any time she wanted, she just didn't know it. For her, the journey was a risky rite of passage into her own strength and her own heart. Each of them had "the power" all along.

So, you see, "The Wizard of Oz" can be seen as a wonderfully entertaining story about the power of belief and the importance of becoming our own authority. Who is your Wizard of Oz, and do you really need that person to tell you what you already know about yourself in your heart?



Nov. 4, 2017

People Listen to Me

There was an interesting past article from Harvard Biz Review - "Stop Underestimating Your Own Influence." It began with, "We persistently underestimate our influence. We don't suggest ideas to our boss or ask coworkers for help because we fear rejection. So, we wind up missing opportunities because we doubt our own powers of persuasion."

Is it our powers of persuasion we doubt, or is it our sense of self-efficacy - the ability to cause, bring about, or make happen - that we doubt? Today, let's spend a few moments on this vital question.

Efficacy, or human agency as it is sometimes referred to in sociology and philosophy, is the capacity or capability of a person to act in any given situation. Self-efficacy simply means our own ability to act in a given situation. What it really comes down to is our belief in our own ability to act, to cause, to make something happen.

Beliefs are powerful things. At the very foundation of our behaviors and actions are the beliefs we hold about ourselves and our abilities. In the subject matter of the Harvard Biz Review tweet, it's not so much that we underestimate our influence, but we don't really believe that we actually have influence. We stop ourselves from contributing because we don't believe that what we have to say has value. 

How many times have you had something to say in a meeting or conversation, but stopped yourself before a word escaped your lips because you didn't believe you had anything worthwhile to contribute? Self-editing in social situations is one thing; stopping yourself from contributing is quite another.

"People listen to me when I speak because I have valuable and worthwhile things to say." When you find yourself holding back, feel free to use this affirmation - this statement of fact - to change your inner belief about you. All of us have worthwhile ideas, creativity, and energy to contribute and it is time to truly believe it, inside.

It will change your life.

Oct. 30, 2017

How Long Do Your Appliances Last?

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