Make plans, not schedules

Without a purpose, nothing should be done. Marcus Aurelius 121 – 180 My work involves helping people achieve their goals. I want to share an exercise I sometimes use with the people I coach: I simply ask them what they have planned the next day. Most of the time, this question catches them off balance. But some quickly recover and start outlining the tasks they’ll be engaged in the following day. Some time back, I presented this question to a young man I was helping. He was quiet a few minutes, then he outlined a fairly full schedule: arrive at …
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Have it your way

The last of the human freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances. Victor E. Frankl 1905 – 1997 Henry Ford was famous for saying that his customers could buy his cars in any color they wanted, so long as they wanted black. That lack of choice would mean certain death for most products today. We’ve grown accustomed to customization, to having products and services that match our specifications. We want our Big Mac or Quarter Pounder with the trimmings we choose, washed down with not just a Coke, but a Cherry Diet Coke, a Vanilla Coke Zero, or one …
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What’s your back up plan?

If anything can go wrong, it will. Murphy’s Law I was working with a businessman some time ago as he prepared a six-month plan for his company. We went over it and it looked good. Then I asked him this question: “What’s your back-up plan?” His reply was, “What do you mean?” I reminded him about Murphy and his law: that if something can possibly go wrong, it will. I also noted that many people see Murphy as an optimist; they believe things will not only go wrong but will do so at the worst possible time and in the worst …
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