Thomas McGreevy

It’s OK to Lead

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I used to think that leaders were just people who were too inflexible and too selfish to live in a world that doesn’t bend to their own will. In some cases that is absolutely true. There are many leaders who are leaders because they simply can’t have it any other way. They walk into a room and dominate the conversation because that’s all they know. When it comes to making decisions they see themselves as the right person to decide just because that’s how they’ve always seen it.  These narcissists…read more

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When You’re Ready

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How will you know when you’re ready? Ready to speak up… ready to start your project… ready to decide… ready to engage deeply with the people around you. I find myself waiting for a comfort level, or for a break in the conversation/noise that is so long and so awkward that it practically begs me to make my move.  I tend to feel ready after it’s too late, when I feel the sting of regret that comes with having missed the opportunity.  Then I’m scrambling and grasping to bring it…read more

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Bye Bye Albatross

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“Instead of the cross, the Albatross, About my neck was hung”  Samuel Taylor Coleridge Have you every had a burden upon you that spanned more than a decade? After such a long time you wonder if you will ever be free from it.  It becomes difficult to imagine life without it lurking there in the back corner of your mind. I owned an apartment house for nearly 14 years.  At first it was our primary residence and wasn’t much of a burden at all, but after about 5 years we moved…read more

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Divine Discontent

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“We have come to the wrong star … That is what makes life at once so splendid and so strange. The true happiness is that we don’t fit. We come from somewhere else. We have lost our way.”  G.K. Chesterton There is great freedom in being able to admit that you want something else… something more. Chesterton refers to it as the divine discontent.  At first it might sound self-centered.  Who are you to be so focused on your own desires? Aren’t you supposed to set them aside so you…read more

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I Know It (vs)… I Like It (vs)… It is Good

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Its very easy to confuse the three of these.  The dopamine reward system makes it entoxicatingly pleasurable to treat them all as the same thing.  Dopamine release is a key mechanism behind drug addiction and, in the same way, it is a key mechanism behind our addiction to the familiar. Essentially, we experience a great amount of pleasure when our expectations are met.  We love it when we can anticipate something and are accurate in doing so.  There’s nothing like familiar territory… at least at first.  The familiar feels good right…read more

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You Are Already Naked

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“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” Steve Jobs Steve wasn’t the first to have this revelation.  Saul of Tarsus spoke about this a couple millenia ago.  He talked about how he lost all things, but that it was all really rubbish compared to what he gained. (Phil 3:8). There’s really nothing to lose, just rubbish.. your past performance, your…read more

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