5 Things I Learned From Yoda (About Being a Better Leader)

Yoda is over nine hundred years old and was the ruler of an ancient group of Jedi.  An accomplished fighter and leader, he has a great deal of wisdom.  Here is some of the things I have learned from this little green dude:

  1.  Don’t attempt something – do it

To achieve anything in life you have to already see that you can do it.  Those who think they can and those who think they cannot are both right.  Decide in your heart that you can succeed, and don’t try to do it, just do it!

2.  Don’t be afraid to change games!

We used to live on a hill, and my little brother could get some amazing speed on his little tricycle.  He used to race the cars going past.  He never ever beat one, no matter how fast his legs would pedal.  His problem wasn’t pedalling harder – it was he needed a better vehicle.

So many people are pedalling as hard as they can when they need a new approach, a new job, a new relationship, a new location, a new strategy.  It’s not about working hard, it’s about getting the job done!

3. Stop worrying about what might happen!

In John 14, while talking about the importance of faith, Jesus suddenly tells his disciples he has a place prepared for them in heaven.  That used to amaze me until I realized that a heavenly mind is the best environment for faith because it destroys all fear.  You have six months to live from cancer?  That means I will be with Jesus in six months!  You are going to live under a bridge?  Well after a billion years living in a mansion I don’t think I care.

Realizing that it will all work out in heaven causes you to let go of the worries and concerns of earthly things, let’s you rejoice and let’s you believe God without fear contaminating that faith.

4. Fear is the root of all evil

God has not given you or me a spirit of fear and we must resist fear with every breath in our body.  Jesus told Jairus four simple words “No fear, only believe”.  We need to adopt the same mantra no matter what happens in our life.  Fear only empowers the devil, faith only releases the power of God.  Resist fear!

5. Unlearning is as important as learning – and find a quiet space!

We have a lot of nonsense in our minds.  Religion, tradition and culture have taught us a lot of things.  To change a baby’s nappy, the first step is to get rid of the old nappy and clean up the stinky stuff.  To change your thinking, the first step is to get rid of the old thoughts and clean up the stinky stuff between your ears!

To truly do this, you need to find a place of stillness.  A place where you can rest and be silent.  A place where you can take the time to dream, to think, to ponder, to think, to unthink, to rethink.  Angry people do not make good decisions!  Find a place of calm and spend time there.

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