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If you do your best, what else is there?

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

George Patton said "If a man does his best, what else is there?" I had to paraphrase it a little bit to make it fit on the huddle wall. I like using other people's quotations. Will Rogers said it was important to learn from the mistakes of others because you probably won';t live long enough to make them all yourself. It is the same with good thoughts and ideas. I probably won't live long enough to think of all of them myself. The important thing about citing other people's ideas is to give them credit for their ideas. the benefit of this is two fold. If someone in your audience knows the true source of "your" idea, he can embarrass you by pointing that out or a least you will be lowered in his estimation. The second benefit is that people give more credence to quoted material.

One of the self-help authors, I believe Wayne Dyer, quotes Kahlil Gibron that when the judgment day comes and you are called on to account for your life, you will be simply asked if you did all you could do with what you were given. In short, were you the best you you could have been?

Take stock of your life. Maybe you were not cut out to discover a cure for cancer, or to develop the next world-changing software program. Either Helen Keller or Anne Sullivan said that the important thing is to be the best of whatever it is you are even if it is only a char woman, then strive to be the best char woman there is.

Success in life is the progression, no matter how small, toward a worthwhile goal. Set your goals. If you are a biochemist then maybe a cure for cancer is on your horizon. If you are a baseball player, it may be a golden glove or an MVP award. Assess your tools and set your goals accordingly then go on to be the best that you can be.

If you do your best, what else is there?

  


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

  


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