How to Define Reality

Leadership Freak


Some believe repetition creates reality. For example, keep repeating, “I’m a great leader,” and you’ll become a great leader. In other words, lie to yourself enough and you’ll believe a lie.

Words aren’t magic fairy dust. You can’t sprinkle them on tough situations and poof, they vanish. Words don’t turn pumpkins into carriages.

Saying something’s true in order to make it true is self-delusion.

Leaders lie when they:

  1. Minimize problems.
  2. Pretend things are better than they are.
  3. Ignore hard truths and tough situations.
  4. Believe self-perception is accurate.


New realities begin when current reality is defined. Lousy leaders step toward great leadership when they admit they suck.

Work, not words, creates new realities.

Courage and definition:

The ability to define reality – to see and name what is seen – requires courage.

Courage is:

  1. Not assuming you know, but asking obvious questions.
  2. Exploring the success of others with openness.
  3. Taking…

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