Dave Gardner’s “Thank God It’s Monday” 27FEB12

“Thank God It’s Monday” is to help companies thrive!

This week’s focus: personal power

Kevin Costner delivered a powerful eulogy at Whitney Houston’s funeral. I was particularly struck by one of his comments:

The Whitney I knew, despite her success and worldwide fame, still wondered: Am I good enough? Am I pretty enough? Will they like me? It was the burden that made her great.

The real issue for me is whether these questions, doubts or fears would empower or disempower Whitney or anyone for that matter?

Constant self-doubt isn’t empowering. As Kevin Costner said, “it was a burden.” The thoughts and self-esteem we carry determine whether we or not we thrive.

Thought for the week:

“We starve on promises, but grow on actions.” – Peter Ragnar

What do you think? I welcome your blog comments!


Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting


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One Response to Dave Gardner’s “Thank God It’s Monday” 27FEB12

  1. Here’s what I consider makes for “greatness,” Dave: recognizing that few, if any, of us live without some kind of burden of doubt, at some time and in some way. We’ve all read about the geniuses who don’t think they’re anything special, the beautiful people who question their attractiveness, the captains of industry who fear being “found out” because they don’t consider themselves exceptionally talented. Maybe this is just part and parcel of the human condition?

    In which case, being “great” comes from acknowledging that everyone suffers from these internal doubts, saying “screw it,” and living up to your potential anyway!

    Unfortunately, at times of great stress and sadness people open their mouths and say things that — in a more considered light of day — don’t really hold up. Self-doubt is, in my experience, a constant…but it’s as large or small a constant as we choose it to be. Whitney Houston made her choice, bless her heart…it’s just a shame someone couldn’t have helped her join the “screw it!” camp.


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