From Dudley Lynch’s book, Strategy of the Dolphin:
Dolphins believe they have self-worth independent of their behaviors. In every encounter, in every situation, the dolphin is always thinking about how he and others are thinking, knowing that nothing is more tellingly reflective of which kind of game we are playing. They may choose to accept some loss so the parties can then go to work on issues and opportunities capable of “breakthrough outcomes.”
“The world stands aside to let anyone pass who knows where he is going.” – David Starr Jordan
Dolphins say that the fact that you are on the journey means that you have already arrived. This is it. You are here. The power of visionary leadership comes from knowledge that you already are what you want. Realize that you are the flow. To play as a dolphin plays, you must take responsibility for how you respond to what happens to you.
“We raise the dust and then claim we cannot see.” — Berkeley
Exit stress is eustress. It is the self-willed, self-created, self-directed stress that propels the system into a new pattern, a new state that is more ordered, more coherent, more interconnected, more complex, and more highly evolved than before.
“After enlightenment, the laundry.” – Zen saying
20 percent of what you do produces 80 percent of the results. Conversely, 80 percent of what you do produces only 20 percent of the results. In management this means that it is important to separate the “critical few” from the “trivial many.”
“In every work of genius, we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
Dolphins understand the importance of knowing what their purpose in life is and whether at any given time they are on purpose and carps and sharks often do not. Dolphins aren’t always on purpose, life is too complicated for that. But when they are off purpose, they realize it almost immediately. A search for what has been lost or muddled is launched forthrightly with intensity and dedication.
“The soul never thinks without a picture.” – Aristotle
Because they understand the value of windstorms and what they can make happen, dolphins move through their fears of change very quickly, letting go as they move forward.
“If a man advances confidently in the direction of a his dreams to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” – Henry David Thoreau
Dolphins goals are always eustress – positive stress that, although it may be momentarily uncomfortable, is capable of producing a positive outcome because it is self-generated and in alignment with an unswerving purpose.
“When you finish a creative project, something that has consumed you for sometime, it is like the end of a love affair.” – Suzanne Eichhorn
To be a dolphin, try these exercises:
I used to believe I couldn’t…. but now I believe that……
- I used to think I was….. but now I know that I am…..
- My greatest fear used to be …. but now I feel…..
- In the future I will not be able to…..
- In the future I will be able to……