Have you ever imagined something so much or so strongly that you believe it's happened, even when it hasn't?
Like a dream, a creative endeavor takes on a quiet life of its own. We see it. We feel it. We're sure we did our work to make it happen.
But if we didn't do the work, it didn't happen. That's why some writers will not talk about a piece they're working on: if they talk about it too much, it already feels complete, and it's NOT.
Our minds are wonderful, and sometimes they're funny.
We can do that with "facts" as well. Our own inner bias convinces us that a particular view is true, even in the face of contrary evidence. We see that all over these days.
What we imagine to be true sometimes gets in the way of what is actually true.
It's the job of a true high performance leader to know the truth, to tell the truth, and to lead with the truth. Leaders who don't, don't deserve to be leaders.
-- doug smith
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