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Beware Your Reflexive Response!

how you respond

Always choose a positive AND effective response. Does your response improve the situation? Move you toward your goals? Life happens in the sum of small moments; in many ways EVERY moment is a moment of decision. It is critical to observe AND ensure that our habitual, reflexive responses to life events serve us and move us forward and upward.

Setting aside a daily quiet time to pause and reflect upon the events of the day and our responses and thoughts about them is a powerful way to slowly but surely improve the quality of our lives. “Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in day out.” – Robert Collier, 1885-1950

As always, I share what I most want and need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier


Declining Drama’s Distraction


Drama can be incredibly alluring, attracting our attention, pulling us in with its siren song.  The swirling emotions trigger our interest and emotions yet like TV soap operas, most are endless loops with no productive purpose or end point. Learn to just let go, release, release, release. Remind yourself of your deepest values, your highest priorities, and focus your energies forward, lift your eyes and attention upward. Eliminate the Negative, Accentuate the Positive; define yourself as someone who always chooses the High Road.

As always, I share what I most want and need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier


Make Your Mistakes Pay

learn from mistake

The most costly mistake in the world is the one from which you learn nothing. From an organization’s perspective, it’s the mistake that only one person learns from, the mistake that is hidden away or covered up. Learning organizations (i.e. the ones that survive best in this ever-changing world we live in) know that it is VITAL that “All learn from the experiences of one.” To ensure that the lessons of mistakes are widely shared and internalized, they make it a core cultural value to “Shun Shame” and instead “Revere Responsibility”.

Awards and recognition go to those who quickly “Fall on the Fumble” and who go on to become the “go to” person for solutions and advice when similar situations arise in the future.

Closing Quote:

“Most folks can learn from the mistakes of others but a few insist on making them themselves.”

As always, I share what I most want and need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier