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Archive for April, 2011

22
Apr

To Do, or Not To Do!

OK, William Shakespeare was right. In the grand scheme of things, being is more important than doing. After all, we are human beings, not human doings.

However, as a practical work-life matter, right after you decide “to be or not to be” each morning, it’s a good idea to ask yourself what you are going to do for the rest of the day. But don’t stop there. Also ask what you are not going to do.

How you begin your day is incredibly important in terms of your productivity. How you get started on any event or task often sets the tone for how the middle and end of the event or task will progress.

When you get off to a good start, the rest often goes smoother. When you get off to a bad start, the rest often stays bad. This works in golf, relationships, careers and your life in general.

Your life is made up of events called days, which make up weeks, which make up years, and so forth and so on.

For the most part, life erases the board each day and allows you to get off to a fresh start. That is, unless you choose to continue the previous day’s drama.

Therefore, one of the most sensible things you can do if you want to have a good day – and a good life – is to simply get off to a good start every day.

Rather than mindlessly plunging into tomorrow, living a perpetual-sameness life, why not make two good decisions that will help you get off to a good start? Why not purposely and consciously decide first thing in the morning what you are going to do and what you are not going to do?

Don’t make this hard. Simply think of the most important thing you need to do tomorrow and do it first thing in the morning. Don’t allow anything, any person, any e-mail, any text, any tweet, or any phone call to distract you from whatever you believe is most important to you (not what is important to someone else).

If you do not know what is most important to you, figuring that out is the exact thing you should be doing first thing in the morning. If you do not get in the habit of doing this, you will be doomed to living a channel-surfing life with someone else at the controls.

Some of you will desperately want to make this idea more complicated than it is. Don’t go there!

What are you going to do first thing tomorrow? What are you not going to do?

Written by Chris Crouch, developer of the GO System.

14
Apr

Running – Great Metaphor for Life

I am travelling to Boston tomorrow to run the Boston Marathon on Monday.  Whether you are a runner or not, running is the greatest metaphor for life.  You get out of it what you put into it.  Set goals, shoot for the moon.  Even if you miss it, you will land among the stars.

“We all have dreams.  But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort.”  Jesse Owens

7
Apr

Clutter

For those of you that have taken my GO System training course, you’ll find this article reinforces what I say about clutter and the impact it has on your ability to focus.  For those of you that haven’t taken the course, it will give you an idea of topics discussed during the training.

Here’s the link:

http://unclutterer.com/2011/03/29/scientists-find-physical-clutter-negatively-affects-your-ability-to-focus-process-information/

Eliminate the clutter and become positively productive!

2
Apr

Attitude is Everything

We all have a choice.  We can choose an inner voice of self-encouragement and self-motivation or we can choose one of self-doubt and defeat.  It’s important to realize it’s not what happens to you that matters, its how you choose to respond that does.

Accept responsibility and start off every day with a positive attitude.  Your internal voice programs your brain and affects your behavior.  Visualize what you want to accomplish each day and then set out to achieve your goals and you will be positively productive.