Victor Frankl learned and responded to this the hard way while imprisoned in Nazi concentration camp during WWII as he recounts in his classic book, “Man’s Search for Meaning”.
And Epictetus penned this quote long before that because it is a principle our Creator instituted originally.
Stephen Covey expounds this principle quite articulately in his best seller, “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”.
Of course we can’t control everything, we can control ourselves, which brings us to our first habit.
One of the crucial differences between humans and other animals is our capacity for self-awareness. Animals are largely beholden to external stimuli. When they encounter something in the world, they generally react in a preprogrammed way. In contrast, humans can pause, reflect, and decide how to respond.
This is the critical part, the ability to pause, reflect and decide between stimuli and response is paramount to success. Delayed gratification is a strong kin to this. It’s like a mental muscle.
When you’re proactive, you have the freedom to choose how to engage with the world around you and the opportunity to determine your own destin
This takes humility and being meek, not weak. It takes wanting to win more than wanting to fill your self-grandiose ego. Yes, you know yourself better than anyone but everyone knows more than yourself.
This is an essential quality of winning leadership, thriving and sometimes just surviving. Don’t make getting other people’s opinions, input, advice one of the last things you do, be eager to hear and gather them early and often but ultimately it’s usually YOUR CALL.
Kaizen is about learning from your failures, adapting and improving regularly over extended time. It’s steady, incremental, consistent progress towards your goals, missions and life purpose.
It has been well researched that it takes on average 7 years / 10,000 hours to master a subject or skill. Other things may take a lifetime and then some. But if you don’t get started you don’t have a prayer. Yes, it’s true that a journey of 1,000 miles begins with one step. Then another and another while keeping your eye steady.
Kaizen is about maintaining the right attitude, with the right behavior activities along with steadily improving the technique to achieve an excellent skill proficiency.
What a simple yet profound statement. It prompts me to think how this is applicable with KPIs (Key Performance Indicators), time, relationships, exercise, etc
Let’s measure what matters…and what is measurable and for what isn’t I suppose we need to use our best judgment.