(Quotes are capsules of information, reinforcement, or enlightenment.)

“The only obligation
which I have a right to assume
is to do at any time
what I think right.”

Henry David Thoreau

Coaching Point: This quote can be viewed from two directions.

Perhaps the classic or at least more common way is to see it as a flag for civil disobedience. To push against perceived and actual wrongs. ‘Righting’ wrongs. He’s saying that’s your right.

The other view underused though it is promotes self-responsibility for taking action in a direction which appeals to you without feeling the need to conform to what’s popular. He’s saying that’s your right.

The first view is usually a No/Not That/That’s Wrong. A ‘stop it!’ application of the Thoreau quote.

The other is more of a Yes/I’m Drawn/What’s Next? sort of energy.

Whichever way you choose to apply the guidance of his advice do you have permission to define what’s right for you?

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