Hope springs eternal in the human breast;
Man never is, but always to be blessed:
The soul, uneasy and confined from home,
Rests and wonders in a life to come.

-Alexander Pope,
An Essay on Man, Epistle I, 1733

With globalization, technological innovation and the growing number of linkages among people, activities and events, today’s pace of change is relentless. The people of the world mix and mingle as never before, forging new partnerships and creating more culturally diverse workplaces. Increasingly, groups collaborate to investigate new opportunities and and technology brings new surprises every day that can shake up entire communities of thought in a matter of days. With the Internet and the rise of social media, all stakeholders have gained incredible power. They can use that power to reward or punish leaders at lightning speed, especially those depending upon power more than influence.

Profanity is language that communicates our deepest emotions, whether it be anger, fear, surprise, joy, whatever. It also says a lot about who and what we are. We're being assaulted with it every day from every angle--TV, Social Media, the Internet, Movies--you name it, it's coming from everywhere. Unfortunately, Politics is driving probably about 85-90% of what we're hearing. This is just my perspective, but when obscene profanity becomes the language of the day, then forget about any kind of resolution, agreement, or compromise about anything.  

Being either positive or negative is a habit. The research indicates that it takes much more energy to be negative. Somehow, that doesn't surprise me at all. If I'm not paying attention, I can get angry pretty fast for little reason depending on the situation. My whole life, I've had a low tolerance for negative, judgmental or bullying behavior. It wears on me so fast that the behavior in and of itself trips my trigger and blows my hair back. The one thing I've found that flips a negative from a positive very quickly is to create a habit of looking for someone to encourage at least once a day. The results are amazing.

People are often faced with natural tendencies that demand satisfaction. Giving in to such feelings is not always realistic, or even healthy. In order to deal with such challenges, people must exert self-control in order to regulate their actions. That kind of self-management takes a great deal of mental effort, both cognitive and emotional. Some of these efforts require less willpower, while others demand much more. Even relatively minor acts of self-control can take a toll. Ego depletion happens when people use up their available willpower on one specific task. As a result, they're unable to exert the same level of self-control on similar or unrelated tasks. Willpower is a limited resource. It's like a muscle that can be both strengthened and fatigued. 

On this Independence Day, let's celebrate our freedom regardless of all the dysfunction taking place around us. This dysfunction is the result of many people seeing the world through only one lens, whether it be race, religion, gender, environmental, societal. Choosing to interpret the world in only one way limits the ability to talk, resolve and move forward. So, on this day, let's just celebrate our freedom! 

Habits are ingrained, subconscious tendencies or manners of behavior in response to specific environmental events. In short, they’re acquired behaviors that have become nearly or completely involuntary. The challenge is to identify those unhealthy habits (behaviors) that need to be replaced for one to accelerate his/her growth and development. 

Making a case for change requires a lot of courage, because the RC Factor (resistance to change) in our society right now is at an all-time high. There is, however, a difference between making a case for change and imposing one's will upon the majority without their consent and from behind closed doors. That's not courage; it's deception and ill intent. It certainly won't get anyone the Golden Buzzer they seek! 

I'm not sure I've seen so many abdications of Leadership in my lifetime. It takes many shapes and forms from shifting blame and pointing fingers, all the way to just not showing up when it counts the most. I often ask my self, What did they think they were going to have to do??

When did it become so negatively received, so egregious, and such a violation to resist the pack mentality? I'm not sure when it happened or why, but it seems that to be elite (meaning to stand out from the rest) has such a negative connotation that it's just not acceptable anymore to have a different opinion than the rest. As a result, I become more convicted to resist the pack mentality and think for myself. 

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