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The thicker the explanation the less absorbent the message.

by Rick Baker
On Jul 16, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

If that explanation you're hearing just don't make no sense and the explanations that follow make even less sense...methinks the person doth communicate too much.

Alexander Hamilton

"The obscurity is more often in the passions and prejudices of the reasoner than in the subject."


Focus on the goal and move beyond the obstacles; Move beyond the obstacles and focus on the goal.

by Rick Baker
On Jul 15, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

There's an interesting relationship between goals and problems:

  • if we focus on problems, we can bet side-tracked and stall out before we achieve goals
  • if we focus on goals, we build momentum and confidence...and do a better job tackling problems
When we think beyond problems - when we desire success and focus thought on goals - we have an easier time handling problems. 


Problems are inevitable, goals are not.  


Goals - SMARTACRE Goals | Solutions & Opportunities | Thought Tweets

We can alter our emotions. We can, for example, reduce the emotion of anger from high to low.

by Rick Baker
On Jul 14, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

In his 1918 classic, 'The Greatest Thing In The World', Henry Drummond wrote, "Hence it is not enough to deal with Temper. We must go to the source, and change the inmost nature, and the angry humours will die away of themselves.

This is true. It is not easy to do, but it can be done. I know from first-hand experience. We can alter our emotional reactions, at least some of them. If anger is one of our natural emotions, and some of us do tend to be that way, we can take steps, over time, to reduce that natural emotion. We know we have reduced our anger-emotion when we no longer feel the chemicals like adrenalin and cortisol flowing.

Emotions wrap themselves tightly around thoughts about pain from loss...squeezing logic out. Work to loosen their grip.

by Rick Baker
On Jul 13, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

The emotions and feelings around loss weigh in heavier than the emotions and feelings around gain. Psychologists' experiments confirm we place much higher value on avoiding the pain of loss than we place on obtaining the pleasure of gain.

This defies logic.

But - let's not forget - logic-defiance is the territory of emotions and the feelings they bring


Emotions & Feelings @ Work | Thought Tweets

Keep your chin up...especially when things are a pain in the neck.

by Rick Baker
On Jul 12, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Of course, take this much more figuratively than literally.


Attitude: Creating Positive Attitude | Humour | Thought Tweets

...the parasites live where the great have little secret sores."

by Rick Baker
On Jul 11, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

According to history or legend, when the great Henry Ford was caught in a very compromising situation he said, "Never complain, never explain". We cannot believe everything we read, so - perhaps Henry Ford was never in that compromising situation and even if he was perhaps he never said that never-never quip. And, perhaps Henry Ford was simply making timely use of the wisdom expressed earlier by the great British statesman, Benjamin Disraeli?

Regardless, Disraeli or Ford or both, "Never complain, never explain" makes for an interesting story-example of what makes great men great.


PS: "...the parasites live where the great have little secret sores."

Many people have a negative impression of Friedrich Nietzsche. I'm not one of them. Just after Disraeli's death, when Ford was a young man, Nietzsche wrote those words. ['Thus Spoke Zarathustra'...written in 4 parts, during the 1880's]


Criticism: Constructive Criticism is an Oxymoron | Hero Worship | Thought Tweets

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