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Willpower eats up energy - choose your battles with care.

by Rick Baker
On Jul 5, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Perfectionists and micro-managers illustrate interesting facets of the interplay between willpower and energy.

Perfectionists illustrate how misguided willpower has brought about the development of a bad habit that is impervious to willpower.

Micro-managers illustrate the same thing, with external focus.

Knowing it will require energy to break these bad habits, people need to take time outs to rejuvenate before attempting to reduce/remove these bad habits. 

About Decisions: as a general rule, avoid making them when you are stressed or pressed

by Rick Baker
On Jun 8, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Only on rare occasions do we need to deliver decisions with urgency. For the vast majority of situations we can take time to de-stress or reduce negative feelings before we make decisions.

Given a little time for clear thought we can consider options, we can check our gut, and we can perform common-sense tests.

As the saying goes, "If it's worth doing it's worth doing right".

Note: this not intended as an argument against the value of intuition...sometimes gut reactions bring the best decisions. And - there is value in taking time to think about gut reactions...and learn from them.


When leaders fail at the little details, especially the interpersonal details, trust erodes.

by Rick Baker
On May 28, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Trust is pretty much everything. Followers look to leaders for positives, subliminal or overt justifications for building trust.


Top performers feel disappointed when they make errors. Then, quickly, they replace that thinking with confidence.

by Rick Baker
On May 26, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Self-confidence is precious.

Self-confidence is self-grown.


Self-confidence is essential.

A true Sense of Urgency: that's doing things promptly when you know the right things to do and you know how to do them well.

by Rick Baker
On May 23, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Anything shy of this isn't a true sense of urgency.

Anything shy of this is guesswork, bad planning, or fighting phantom fires.

Anything shy of this is pretty much guaranteed to annoy everyone you drag into your situations.

Most people tend to express problems in ways that do not reveal the true source of their pain.

by Rick Baker
On May 22, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

And most people reply to such cries for help with cries for help. [Eckhardt Tolle]

It's all about the huge influence our unconscious brain exerts, as part of the human condition.


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