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If you want to build people up don’t knock people down.

by Rick Baker
On May 20, 2021

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

When you have authority, most people shut down, in one way or another, in response to your criticism...

  • Maybe you want them to shut down...and be destructive? 
  • Maybe you don't want to shut them down...and be constructive?
  • Maybe you haven't thought about the difference between being constructive and being destructive?

...what are you trying to accomplish with all your criticism?

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Criticism: Constructive Criticism is an Oxymoron | Thought Tweets

Intrinsic Goals feel right...they align with our talents & strengths...they inspire & energize us.

by Rick Baker
On May 19, 2021

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Intrinsic Goals mesh with life purpose, mastery of task, and self-actualization.

Naturally, intrinsic goals align with talents and Strengths.

And, in contrast to extrinsic goals, intrinsic goals tend to broaden rather than restrict experiences. 

 

In pre-historic times people who didn't listen got eaten...now they propagate at will.

by Rick Baker
On May 18, 2021

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Could it be 21st Century predators are a forgiving lot of creatures?

Could it be Darwin was wrong?

...survival of the fittest? ... or was it survival of the most adaptable? ... or is it no survival for the least able to listen?

Assuming evolution is an accurate theory - and I'm not so sure about all the science details of that any more - regardless, if evolution theory is true:

How many generations will it take for human ears to shrink and disappear through lack of use?

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Communication: Improving Communication | Humour | Thought Tweets

Be nothing if not courageous.

by Rick Baker
On May 17, 2021

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

It's about personal values

  • If we are not courageous, what of value do we have to offer to others?
  • If we are not courageous, what of value do we have to offer to ourselves?
  • If we are not courageous, how do we take chances, fail, learn and grow?

 

Other people prefer it when you are present-minded rather than absent-minded.

by Rick Baker
On May 16, 2021

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

'Getting present' is a Focus exercise...a mind-process of narrowing and fixing attention. 

'Staying present' is a Concentration exercise...a mind-process of holding attention.

These two mind-processes, focusing and concentrating, involve different areas of the brain and they require the development of different skill setsFor me, and it may be different for you, focusing is an exercise of thought discipline. It requires thought discipline to cause attention to dwell on the single isolated situation or topic, ignoring everything else. This discipline can be very challenging. Similarly, concentration can be challenging when tasks are tedious or uninteresting. On the other hand, most people find concentration becomes easier when the topic or situation is one they are very interested in or excited about. 

When we to want to win at all costs, our perspectives become quite blind to the realities of situations.

by Rick Baker
On May 15, 2021

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Some people cannot adjust their thinking to fit the realities of the situations at hand.

Some people cannot even begin to untie their emotions, so they can use logic to think about the real facts they face in situations.

Perhaps, the problem is, their Ego must cry out for help regardless of the situation they face?  

 

 

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