The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those who fail.
Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill, the personal advisor to Franklin Roosevelt and author of several  professional growth books such as "Think and Grow" believed, what the mind could conceive could achieve.  "Negative emotions, fear and selfishness among others, had no part to play in his philosophy, and Hill considered them to be the source of failure for unsuccessful people."  While this is true to a certain part, one cannot dismiss and avoid feelings and emotions as they arise.  So what do people who experience negative emotions more than others do?  Are they just destined to fail? 

To achieve professional and personal success and well-being, the second element of Dr. Motaghy's COMAND model suggest the practice and cultivation of Openness.  In this  model Openness refers to awareness, flexibility and adaptability when change occurs.  Change is inevitable and sometimes impossible to account for.  Not accounting for change while developing and implementing any project, goal or plan may result in failure, loss of valuable resources  and cause of unavoidable disappointments. Often in the midst of plans & projects, the unexpected and unaccounted for will happen.  Having expanded our attention and cultivated the ability to be present creates the openness required to adapt timely and appropriately to modify plans and prevent or lessen the impact of failure.  Openness is a quality of the mind, a spaciousness that enables us to experience negative emotions and yet able to know we are not those emotions and that we do not have to be identified, dissolved and conquered by them. 

There is acceptance in Openness.  Acceptance of all that occurs including the unknown.  The unknown is not feared nor rejected, rather seen as the realm of possibilities to work with.  Then there is wiliness to adapt to change by recreating or modifying our steps and processes.  There is fluidity and humility which mitigate  the harmful impacts of rigid ideas and rigid plans.  There also is generosity and inclusiveness in openness, both in providing and in receiving. 

Leading with Openness is the ability to utilize the essence of all that comes in one's way both positive and negative in order to create organic processes and well-being for all involved.   A leader in COMAND™ actively practices openness to gain from limitless possibilities and the generosity of shared resources, knowledge, expertise, and natural gifts with all those they encounter.  In the section for Mind management, we  will talk about how to change negative thoughts and emotions to those that are positive and productive.

Our leadership & strategic seminars and workshops provide experiential training sessions to cultivate and strengthen one's Openness in order to develop strategies that are adaptable to change.  See our Calendar for these workshops / seminars.


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