When I went to get in my car from the parking lot, I took a moment to appreciate the prairie that abutted the lot. I was struck by the deliberate line that someone had chosen of where to mow — and where not to mow. The manicured area had no natural definition; it wasn’t someone’s yard or along a sidewalk, rather someone had arbitrarily decided to mow to one spot and to leave the grass next to it to grow naturally.

We could all be so intentional with the decisions that we make in our lives. Say yes to this but say no to that. Leave work at work and focus on home at home. Put this much into savings and what is left goes into checking.

It’s up to you where to draw the line, but once you do, make it a clean separation. Mow just the grasses that are to be mowed and allow the others to go free.

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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