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Be At Your Best, More of the Time

This is such an important idea. Unless you're aware, the world will suck you into a game of doing more and rushing faster. All this busyness works directly against you finding the calm, reflective space you have to visit regularly if you are going to step back, see the bigger picture and manage the context. Others steer you here too:

The art of resting the mind and the power of dismissing from it all care and worry is probably one of the secrets of energy in our great men. Capt J A Hadfield

The busier we are, the more important we seem to ourselves and, we imagine, to others. To be unavailable to our friends and family, to be unable to find time for the sunset (or even know the sun has set at all), to whiz through our obligations without time for a mindful breath, this has become the model of a successful life. Wayne Muller

There is no need to go to India or anywhere else to find peace. You will find that deep place of silence right in your room, your garden or even your bathtub. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

At the heart of a problem is a fundamental conflict between the demands of our man-made civilization and very design of the human brain and body... Our bodies were designed to hunt by day, sleep at night and never travel more than a few dozen miles from sunrise to sunset.

Now we work and play at all hours, whisk off by jet to the far side of the globe, make life-or-death decisions or place orders on foreign stock exchanges in the wee hours of the morning.

The pace of the technological innovation is outstripping the ability of the human race to understand the consequences. We are machine-centred in our thinking - focused on the optimization of technology and equipment - rather than human-centred - focused on the optimization of human alertness and performance.
Martin Moore-Ede Close
The wise leader knows what is happening in a group by being aware of what is happening here and now. This is more potent than wandering off into various theories or making complex interpretations of the situation at hand.
Stillness, clarity, and consciousness are more immediate that any number of expeditions into the distant land of one's mind. Such expeditions, however stimulating, distract both the leader and the group members from what is actually happening. By staying present and aware of what is happening, the leader can do less yet achieve more.
John Heider Close