Letting Go To Gain Your Mojo

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea to help you gain momentum. Reading time: 2:25

        “Weeeeeee,” giggled the 6-year-old boy flying so freely on the playground swing. “My stomach tickles.”

           flying trapezeNo wonder the little boy giggled even louder when he later saw the flying trapeze artist at the circus swinging with the greatest of ease.

          That flying trapeze artist would go on to teach all of us that day a counter-intuitive lesson in leadership: to get a stronger grip on the ladder of success, first let go.

         Watching the flying trapeze artist at the circus, the boy already knew the feeling of exhilaration from the acceleration of a swing, the sense of negative G’s that slosh your organs around to tickle your tummy.

           The boy already knew the sense of freedom in flying high on a swing  toward new vistas, new horizons, new visions, defying gravity with a demonstration of both kinetic and potential energy.

               And the boy already knew the sense of personal power he exhibited in personally pumping his legs on a swing to get higher and higher to see farther and farther. Continue reading “Letting Go To Gain Your Mojo”

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Letting Go: Turning your Burdens into Bridges

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea to repurpose your resources for greater productivity. Reading time: 1:41.

          I tripped while out for my daily run on a country road a few years ago and found myself with a rare view of leadership in action– a view that gave me a  better understanding of how leaders turn burdens into bridges.

       Come and take a peek with me.

Ants are strong. This cheerio is at least five times the size of the ant.

             I’m face down on the pavement, virtually eye to eye with an ant– a strong and determined ant — hauling a load four times longer than itself. Then the burden became insurmountable.

       The ant stood staring at a huge crack in the road, a chasm too wide and too deep to walk across –a chasm that seemed to doom this expedition of carrying the equivalent of a 24-foot long telephone pole to you and me.

        But the ant solved the problem, creatively, productively, counter-intuitively. The ant, struggling to get a grip, let go. Continue reading “Letting Go: Turning your Burdens into Bridges”