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Friday, September 13, 2013

Avoid the Flames

If you treat every situation as a life-and-death matter, you'll die a lot of times. ~ Dean Smith ~

As a leader you can't be a firefighter and treat everything like a fire that must be put out immediately.  If you do this, then you'll never solve problems.  When you are in firefighter mode, all you want is to do is douse the flames.  When you run around and behave as if everything is an emergency then your team will do the same.  Imagine the stress and wasted energy.  Instead become the investigator that finds the root cause.  Be strategic so that you solve problems to the point of no return.  Prioritize!  Choose what needs a quick fix that you can return to later.  Take your time on the really important stuff.  Otherwise...pardon the will burn out.

1. Close your eyes
2. Breathe
3. Empty your mind
4. As thoughts come in, acknowledge and whisk them away
5. Focus on your breathing
6. Think about the affirmation:

"I am calm and thoughtful in my planning and actions."


  1. This article reminds me of too much worry and anxiety can kill you and ruin your entire life. Yes, life is hard and very challenging but then we must always find positivity amidst chaos.

    Mary, spiritual growth

  2. Thanks, Mary, for your comment. Sorry for the delay! I agree with you so very much. Finding the positive is always a great place to start - worry and anxiety can just distract and create excuse machines! ~ Cheers, Lorin