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  • Don't lie to your soul!

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    Have you ever noticed how children see right through adults? And, have you noticed how adults don't like that, and then try to shut the kids down?

    We are born with something in our soul that is uniquely perceptive, and that sees through people's pretenses. Unfortunately, we assign this to the "We are growing up" department. By implication, some things are not nice, and should be left behind. After all, who could bear the burden of their child announcing in public; "My mommy (or daddy) is lying to you!" Nope! That just would not work!

    Fortunately, we have a solution, which is to tell the kid to shut up! In the process, we start to smother the child's connection with the soul's ability to detect truth, and embrace it as the right thing to do. The result, is that we are trained, (by those who 'love' us), to leave the best of ourselves behind. That is our loss.

    It is to our loss, because it has wider implications. When we push our soul aside, we also push its benefits aside, because they come packaged together. When we push the truth that the soul has for us, aside - we also push its ability to perceive truth aside. The two are inseparable. When we sacrifice one, we sublimate the other. We become soul-impoverished.

    What we fail to recognize, is that the soul also has enormous potential. For example it has incredible intelligence; but, this too is lost, because it is also part of the soul's package. It is a part of the package that most people have lost forever.

    A Soulthentic person strives to reconnect with who we are, and what we are called to be. It is about living in a way that we are true to one's soul. Then, when we look in the mirror, we can actually like who we are, because who we are, is who we are meant to be - no conflict, and no dissonance. It is a great way to live!

    This is one reason why we should never lie to our soul.

    About the author:
    Guy Morrell-Stinson is the founder of Soulthentics.com, which focuses on the training and certification of leaders and consultants, based on principles of living in a true and authentic relationship with one's soul.

    http://Soulthentics.com
    https://www.facebook.com/soulthentics

    The original post can be found on Linkedin at https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20141104183902-37015355-don-t-lie-to-your-soul

    (Disclaimer: This article is offered as an opinion only, and should not be construed as professional advice. Republishing: This article may be republished unaltered and as is, with all links visible and active. Links must point back to http://soulthentics.com.)

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  • A List of Reasons to not Trust Lists

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    I have been to many conferences, training sessions, and online meetings, where one to many lists have been presented, as if there is some magic in the lists.

    It is as if the presenter uses the list to add credibility to his or her message. "Look! Here is a list. That means I must be an authority - right!" "I have a list, therefore what I am telling you must be true!"

    Likewise, a common way of presenting a topic on leadership is to structure the presentation as a list. For example, a post may be headlined:

    • "10 mistakes leaders make when getting out of bed!"
    • "3 reasons to never make your boss mad at you!"
    • "100 ways to make a million!"
    • And so on...

    The point is simple; we like lists, but lists are not the ultimate truth. In fact lists can be detrimental to our discernment and intelligence, because they presume a completeness, that is seldom there. Many lists are assumptive in nature, which offers us an easy way out of actually having to think (a little deeper than we would like to.)

    So let us be fair. There is a real value in lists that help to focus and clarify. Lists can make complex situations easier to understand. Lists do help us remember what we need to achieve.

    The point that I am making here, is that a lot of fluff achieves authority status with the help of an attached list. We should learn to discern the difference.

    Now let me make a list of the above points.....


    About the author:
    Guy Morrell-Stinson is the founder of Soulthentics.com, which focuses on the training and certification of leaders and consultants, based on principles of living in a true and authentic relationship with one's soul.

    http://Soulthentics.com
    https://www.facebook.com/soulthentics

    Read the original article on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20141105162844-37015355-a-list-of-reasons-to-not-trust-lists?trk=mp-reader-card

    (Disclaimer: This article is offered as an opinion only, and should not be construed as professional advice. Republishing: This article may be republished unaltered and as is, with all links visible and active. Links must point back to http://soulthentics.com.)

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  • What if Leaders did not Lead?

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    When leaders fail...

    What if your boss did not lead? What if a dad stopped being the person the rest of the family could look up to? What if a mother gave up on her role as a model for her kids?

    What if, in the moment that required courage, you made the decision to remain silent and not lead? What if a President, or a King, or a governor, made the choice to give up on what he (or she) knows to be right, and run with the crowd, at the expense of innocent blood?

    The answer is...

    The answer to all of these questions is that each situation would probably deteriorate. There would probably be a significant loss of potential; an increase in frustration, and in some cases, extreme suffering and stress. The fundamental reason for leading in the first place is to make things better -- to improve a situation, or to produce a better outcome so that both leader and followers can move towards a better future.

    Yet, how often do we see leaders actually wearing these ideals?

    Leading, but not...

    As I work with leaders and train coaches, I see many many leaders who are not even close to these qualities. Yet, there they are, getting promoted into positions of authority that they should never be in, and then causing immense harm to their organizations, and the people who are unfortunate enough to end up under their command.

    We all recognize that these ideals of character, integrity, and valor, are good for us. We all know that we want to support leaders who have these soul qualities. Yet, one of the leading causes of loss of quality personnel from an organization, is that they feel that they have unbearable leaders. Leaders make or break their organizations.

    Know a tree by its fruit...

    As usual, there is a lot of commentary surrounding the election of leaders in our country. While some are praising their leaders' virtues and achievements, others are exposing their disasters and failures. This is like planting an orange tree that produces as many good oranges, as bad. A farmer would uproot the tree, and replace it with another, because half good, and half bad is simply not good enough.

    When it comes to leadership, we seem to have settled for half good, and half bad leaders. We have settled for a tree that is sub-par. We should ask:

    • Can a relationship grow when every second decision is a mess?
    • Will a corporation produce a healthy working environment when its leaders are messing up as fast as they are fixing up?
    • Will you love working for a boss who is wise half the time, and a fool the rest?
    • Will a family thrive when parents speak truth to their children one moment, and then lie the next?

    The point is that leadership has to be about leading with successful wisdom, truth, and integrity. It has to do so, all of the time. We know that this is true. We know that this is true, because in the depths of our soul this what we all want from ourselves. Moreover, we want our leaders to be a reflection of who we hope to be - until we realize that they are not!

    Soul needs

    The need to lead ethically and effectively, is a soul need. And so is the need to follow and support such leaders with equal quality and integrity. When leaders lose sight of this, so do their followers.

    When one takes care of these needs as a leader, it is hard not to become a powerful, authoritative, and a profoundly influential leader. When these qualities are in place, productivity is very likely to rise in tandem with loyalty, and a more motivated workforce. This change will tend to permeate throughout the organization. It starts or falls with leadership.

    So, if these things are missing in your environment, what are you going to do, or say? Leadership begins with a choice to lead, or to abdicate. Leadership begins with a choice to be true to your soul, or to deny what you know is true. The latter choice will cause a leader to trend in the direction of failing to do what needs to be done. This choice is where the rubber hits the road, and where the great divide is created between those who will become great leaders, and those who will remain small in their person, and their leadership.

    What kind of leader are you? What kind of leader are you serving?

    About the author:
    Guy Morrell-Stinson is the founder of Soulthentics.com, which focuses on the training and certification of leaders and consultants, based on principles of living in a true and authentic relationship with one's soul.

    http://Soulthentics.com
    https://www.facebook.com/soulthentics

    View this article on Linkedin at: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20141115043224-37015355-what-if-leaders-did-not-lead?trk=mp-reader-card

    (Disclaimer: This article is offered as an opinion only, and should not be construed as professional advice. Republishing: This article may be republished unaltered and as is, with all links visible and active. Links must point back to http://soulthentics.com.)

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