I have opinions of my own – strong opinions – but I don’t always agree with them.

I have opinions of my own – strong opinions – but I don’t always agree with them.  – George H.W. Bush


The more I “press pause” and really “get my mind right” about my feelings the better I understand the balance between my thoughtful self and my emotional self.  My first reaction, my gut instinct, is my emotional self.  For me, this response is based on self-interest or fear.  I have an initial strong opinion or reaction; when undisciplined I act out of emotion.  When I take time to think . . . when I press pause to understand why I feel the emotions that want to drive me in a certain direction . . . my thoughtful self always makes a better decision.  Sure, there are times that my gut, that my emotions, are correct.  There is no harm in pressing pause to confirm a response to an event.

Take time to press pause to understand your emotions and feelings.  Get your mind right around your own opinions.  Internal conflict, balancing your own head and heart, is a natural part of a leader and decision maker.  Own your behavior by achieving a thoughtful, reflective balance in life.

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