Calm Down

"In most situations, we don't need to slow down, we need to calm down." Bob Proctor

Hmm. There may be more times than Proctor admits, where slowing down is indeed important. But with that nuance, I think he is on to something. Many times, our need is to "calm down." Often, that calmness is needed when things are happening fast.

Change is taking place.
Conflict is erupting.
Tension is escalating.
Stakes are mounting.
Sides are forming.
Blood pressure is rising.
Retorts are rising. 
Irritation is growing.

And as this happens, the likelihood of wisdom, discernment, justice, prudence, and adding value is fading fast.

Some of the leadership literature talks about having a non-anxious presence. This is some of the most helpful insights and practices to calm down.

Anxiety makes all bad situations REALLY, REALLY bad situations.

Calmness creates the possibility of good resolution.

How about you?
Do you need to calm down?
Are there some times when you especially need to calm down?
Are there some people encounters, where calming down will really help?

Check out the YouTube Video. I am just providing the link instead of embedding it here.
Friedman's Theory of Differentiated Leadership.

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International

BrianRice@lcileaders.org