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Cut Through Your Delusions and Bind Yourself to Your Intentions


If travel broadens the mind, humility broadens the soul.

In the Kiso valley on the Nagasendo Way in Japan an interpretation of a statuet by our guide Tim gave me a lesson in humility I am not likely to forget in a hurry.

When looking intently at the statue second from the right cradled in the leaf- like cone, his interpretation was to use the knife to cut through delusions and to use the rope to bind ourselves to our intentions.

Powerful. 
Intensely personal.
Reflective.

It made me think how often we fall into the trap of doing exactly the opposite when under pressure or feel compromised by time or others.  It made me feel how challenging it is sometimes to our bias at bay and our assumptions in check.

It also made me so aware that it is often only when we are on holidays and away from the collision of life and work we see what others may see. It made me aware of how often we carry on regardless yet carry burdens with us because we are too busy to change or too myopic to see.

The ability to get clear on what is truly real and what is perhaps delusional may only happen when we give ourselves permission to be humble, step back and ask for confirmation.

While we can’t always take holidays we can take a few moments each day to check our delusions and make sure our intentions really matter and let the other stuff go.

Let it go.
Let it go.
Let it go.

Posted by Ricky Nowak on 11th October, 2016 |
Categories: Leadership
Tags: humility, japan, ricky nowak. rickynowak.com, leaders, leadership, leader, delusions, intensions

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