What do you do when you don’t like “what is”?

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I was talking with Catherine Austin Fitts, one of the most astute observers of the financial markets I know. Catherine was helping me understand some of the criminal activities that have created the current world economic crisis. (If you would like to listen to our conversation, go to Business Matters next Friday for a download.)

I could feel my blood boiling as she recounted some of the horrific behaviors that have gone on over the past 10 or so years. When I asked Catherine what we can do to fix this very broken system, she started talking about what we can do individually. I asked if she wasn’t angry. She pointed out that the first step in the process of making the changes we need is to not get caught up in what is unfair, or to be obsessed with any anger about the situation. What we are called to do is focus on what actions we can take TODAY for change.

As I have reflected on this, I know what she says is true, and sometimes I just forget. Catherine reminded me of the power of accepting “what is”. What it means is that I make a clear and non-judgmental assessment of the situation I find myself in. It doesn’t mean that I don’t initially allow myself to feel anger or whatever it is that I feel. That’s important. What it means is that I deliberately choose to move past those feelings so that I can see what is really going on beyond my feelings.

From this place of clarity, the best actions for me are evident. If on the other hand, I focus my attention on being angry or letting fear take over, then the view is clouded and as often as not, I will act from this cloudy perspective. I don’t have to tell you what the outcome of that is.

Now is the time for courage and deliberateness. Join me in choosing right action over emotional obsession. Our future is at stake.

Until later,

Thomas

Author: Thomas White

Over the past thirty-five years, Thomas White has created and led private and public organizations that initiated breakthroughs in areas as diverse as computer software, publishing, printing, market research, leadership development and organizational change. The common ingredients in his success are simple. He looked beyond the limitations that others believed and found real solutions to needs that business leaders have. He attracted the best talent to translate these innovative solutions into practical products and services that were of high value to customers. He created cultures where people love what they do, work at their best and produce extraordinary results. In addition to his role as a business leader, Thomas has been a pioneer and inventor of technologies in the computer-networking field. He is a patent holder for innovations in business process and workflow technology. As part of his passion for educating others about the interface of human and computer systems, he was the co-author of “New Tools for New Times, The Workflow Paradigm”. He has also written articles for numerous publications. In 2001, he turned his attention from leading companies to supporting leadership teams in creating organizations of excellence. After many years of being a part of the machine of change, Thomas recognized that business is the most powerful force in the world. It has a major impact on public policy and governments everywhere. It is a key influence on how we use our resources and sets an example of the values that shape communities from local to global. He formed the consulting firm of Profoundly Simple to be a guide for exemplary leaders - leaders who wisely uses the power they are entrusted with to serve their constituencies first and themselves second; leaders who know that it is good business to treat people with respect, honor the environment and act with impeccable integrity – leaders who inspire greatness in those around them and by doing so create great organizations that are notable examples of success. Feeling the itch to get back into the game again, Thomas joined with two long time friends, to start the C-Suite Network. This network of business leaders offers an online network, events, services, and insights to its 500,000 member community. In addition, the C-Suite Network produces and distributes television and radio content to an audience of over 5M per month

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