3 Ways Remembering Advantages Leaders

The beauty of a poor memory is life is filled with surprises.

The danger of not remembering is an untethered life.

The danger of not remembering is an untethered life. Image of an empty sailboat.

#1. Remembering informs identity.

You know who you are by remembering.

Remembering who you are is a rudder in life.

I haven’t lived on a dairy farm for decades, but I’m still a farm boy from Central Maine. I don’t want to milk cows and shovel manure, but memories of farm life are my potter’s wheel.

You’re always who you were when you were 13.

Identity is your grip on decision making.

Leadership tip: Listen to people’s stories and remind them who they are.

When making tough decisions ask:

  1. What do people like you do in situations like this? Is that what you want to do this time?
  2. Who is this situation calling you to become?
  3. Who will you be tomorrow if you make that choice today?
  4. What values are impacting the way you interpret this situation?

Leadership tip: Know the formative stories of everyone on the team.

#2. Remembering animates the discouraged.

You feel fulfilled when present actions connect with pleasing memories.

Leadership tip: Remind people of choices and behaviors that resulted in hard earned progress.

  1. What’s something hard you did in the past?
  2. What factors contributed to your success?
  3. What did you do then that you will do today?

You give up when you forget past achievement.

Remembering who you are is a rudder in life. Image of an empty boat.

#3. Remembering humbles the arrogant.

It’s useful to tame your ego.

Self-made is a myth that insults everyone who helped you. Arrogance forgets all the shoulders it stands on.

Ingratitude dominates those who forget all those who lifted them.

The height you reach depends on the shoulders you stand upon.

What benefits of remembering can you add to the above list?

Still curious: 4 Ways to Make the Past a Platform – Not an Anchor