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Eat that frog!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Dennis Waitley says that if you eat a frog the first thing in the morning, everything else is easy for the rest of the day. Mark Twain said that if you have to eat two frogs, eat the big one first.

Both of these quips refer to the same principle, do the big stuff first. Do the stuff that will make the biggest difference first. There is an e-mail circulating about a college professor who takes a beaker and fills it with rocks and asks the class if it is full. They respond that it is and he then takes some gravel and pours it into the beaker and again asks if the beaker is full. When the class again responds yes, he proceeds to pour sand into the beaker. Once again, the question and the answer, the beaker is full. The professor then produces a can of beer and pours half of it into the beaker and drinks the remainder. The professor explains that all of the material in the beaker can only be put into the beaker if the big rocks are put in first. If the order were reversed, only half of the large rocks would fit into the beaker. He says the lesson to be learned is to do the big projects first and proceed to the smaller ones and by the way, take time to stop and have a beer once in a while.

This parable is an example of the Pareto Principle which is what we all refer to as the 80-20 Rule. 80% of the work will be done by 20% of the people. 20% of your tasks will consume 80% of your time. 20% of your tasks will produce 80% of your results. The interesting thing about the Pareto Principle is that it is true three layers deep. Of the 80% of the work done by 20% of the people, the 80-20 rule applies so 64% of the work will be done by 4% of the people and 51.2% of the work will be done by .8% of the people.

The lesson to be learned is to prioritize your tasks. Prioritize them by time involved. Prioritize them by benefit to be gained. Prioritize them by cost to complete. Then arrange your tasks in descending order in each of these three categories. Identify the 20% in each category and then make up your to do list taking all of these factors into account. Perhaps you will only get one task accomplished in a day but it will be the most important task and the one which will produce the greatest benefit to you.

Eat that frog!

  


The Future Comes One Day at a Time

Monday, April 20, 2009

Abraham Lincoln said "The good thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time".` Along the same lines. today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.

Today is not only the first day of the rest of your life but it is the first day of the future. The vast array of twelve-step programs have one thing in common an that is that they advocate taking it one day at a time. Weight Watchers has a slogan in their materials "By the yard it is hard but by the inch it's a cinch"

Og Mandino in his self-help books always has a chapter along the theme of "just for today" I will do (insert some positive activity here). Jim Rohm says he can do anything or do without anything for thirty days, well actually, he says he can do it for one day, thirty times.

Assess your goals. Determine what steps have to be taken to achieve those goals and just for today, do what has to be done to move toward your goal. When tomorrow becomes the next today, you will be that much closer and again when tomorrow's tomorrow becomes the next today you will be still closer.

Do not let the future intimidate you, it comes one day at a time or if you would like, one hour at a time, or even one minute at a time. A journey of one thousand miles begins with but one step.

The Future Comes One Day at a Time

  


"Failure" is an opportunity to start over

Sunday, April 19, 2009

This is a quote from Henry Ford who also said that whether you think you can or you think you can't, you are right.

I put the word "Failure" in quotation marks because there is really no such thing as failure. What we perceive as "Failure" is seldom permanent and does in fact represent nothing more than an opportunity to start over. The perceived "failure" is but a point of demarcation where we stop pursuing our goal in the manner which hasn't worked and pursue another course of action.

When asked about his ten thousand failures to invent the light bulb, Thomas Edison said he had not failed at all but had successfully discovered ten thousand things that did not work!

If the "failure" takes you off the path that doesn't lead to your goal, it is by definition a "success" because "success" is defined as any step, no matter how small" which leads you toward your goal.

Do not be afraid of failure because it is but a step on the road to success.

"Failure" is an opportunity to start over

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

PAMANN247 4/19/2009 4:29PM

    I wholeheartedly agree with this sentiment! In fact I have a variation of your Thomas Edison quote on my page because I love it so much. It goes, " I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward".
The quickest route between two points may be a straight line, but it's not always possible when learning new habits and leaving old ones behind. The learning is in the process!
Great blog! :)

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ASH72461 4/19/2009 12:55PM

  great blog
if you are afraid to try
you will never accomplish anything
sometimes it is how you look at things emoticon

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HAPPYWALKER 4/19/2009 12:38PM

    Great blog. Thanks for the inspiration that I needed today. Keep up the good attitude....it will sustain you and keep you on the path of where you want to go.

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Be grateful

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Develop the habit of being grateful for all that you have. Maybe you don't have as much as you would like or things aren't as good as they could be but you have a whole lot more than a whole lot of people and things could be a whole lot worse. Recall the proverb about the man who felt sorry for himself because he had no shoes until he met a man with no feet.

Zig Ziglar tells us we can accomplish anything we want as long as we don't care who gets credit for it. It is amazing how many people will help you achieve your goals if they get the kudos when the project is complete.

Develop an attitude of gratitude. Whenever someone does you a kindness, no matter how small, say "thank you". Next to their name the sweetest sound a person can hear are the words "Thank you"

I'm going to cut today a little short because it is a beautiful day outside and I am grateful that it is not raining and I can go and watch my granddaughter play softball.

Be grateful

  


See it then be it!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Self-help writers couch it in different language but they all advocate goal setting and methodically pursuing those goals. Each author has a different key phrase but they have a common theme "Keep your eyes on the prize" "Success comes to those who try and keep trying with PMA" 'Don't be a victim of 'Stinkin thinkin'".

It all boils down to the same thing. Decide what your goal is. Picture yourself having achieved that goal. Set up a plan to achieve that goal and follow that plan. Walt Disney saw "Walt Disney World" in Florida, including the Magic Kingdom and Epcot and he worked to achieve that goal. Even though it wasn't built until after his death, Walt did see Disney World, that's why it's there.

In "South Pacific", Bloody Mary asks "If you don't have a dream, how you gonna have a dream come true?" In order to achieve anything in life, you have to be able to see the positive results. Until you are able to see the results, you cannot achieve them. This also works with negative results. Henry Ford said that whether you thought you would succeed or fail, you're probably right.

In "Alice in Wonderland", Alice approaches a fork in the road and the Cheshire Cat appears in a tree. Alice asks which fork she should take. The cat inquires where she wants to go. She replies that she didn't know and the cat rejoined "Then it really doesn't matter which road you take". If you don't know where you are going or want to go, it doesn't matter which road you take but you won't ever get there either.

Decide on your goal. Picture yourself as having achieved that goal. Incorporate visual aids into your picturing your success. Review your goals and your progress regularly. Set milestones along the way and reward yourself when you reach the milestones. As a note, set the long range goal and milestones along the way, do not set a short range goal and then move the goal as you approach it. this creates an attitude of futility rather than achievement.

See it then be it!

  


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