Originally posted on LinkedIn

This poem has been running through my mind a lot lately. Watching good people be vilified on social media. Watching more good people be devastated by hurricanes and other natural disasters. Watching hard working, well intentioned people under unprecedented stress with the need to make life and death decisions that impact world affairs.

The whole message of #Zentivity™ is encapsulated in this classic poem. Develop a strong internal locus of control. Know who you really are. Be aware, but not reactive. Develop strong coping skills and learn to “just breathe.” Respect all and judge none. Practice gratitude. Detach from the chaos and drama. Communicate effectively and forgive quickly. Those are the 10 essential principles of #Zentivity™. They take focus and diligent attention, but they will change your life and your level of influence in the world.

Rudyard Kipling’s IF captures them all. Maybe it would do us all some good if we would print it out and post it where we can see it every day.

“If you can keep your head when all about you

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,

Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,

Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,

And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;

If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster

And treat those two impostors just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken

Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,

And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings

And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,

And lose, and start again at your beginnings

And never breathe a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew

To serve your turn long after they are gone,

And so hold on when there is nothing in you

Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,

Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,

If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute

With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,

Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,

And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!”

For detailed information on the 10 Principles, check out Zentivity™: How to Eliminate Chaos, Stress and Discontent in Your Workplace.

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