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“Most large organizations invest in developing employees’ skills, knowledge, and competence. Very few help build and sustain their capacity—their energy—which is St. Therese of Lisieux typically taken for granted.” Tony Schwartz and Catherine McCarthy HBR’s 10 Must Reads (2010), p. 63

These authors offer a number of valuable steps for renewing personal energy. Together, these steps move us towards balance, perspective and moderation. In essence, they help us make better use of our existing mental models.

But, if you are interested in revising your mental models there is no better place to start than by following the advice offered by a St. Therese of Lisieux in 1887 at age 15: “Serenely bare the pain of being displeasing to yourself.” In essence, accept yourself as imperfect and invite all parts of yourself to have a place at the table of your life.