When you must win

Life does not give itself to one who tries to keep all its advantages at once. Leon Blum 1872 – 1950 In 210 B.C., a Chinese commander named Xiang Yu was leading his forces against the Qin dynasty. They had crossed the Yangtze River and were preparing for battle. Xiang Yu ordered all the boats sunk or burned, told the men to gather three days of provisions each and then ordered all the cooking pots destroyed. He told his troops they would battle to victory or death. Xiang Yu didn’t want his troops to believe they had the option to …
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The shelf life of motivation

Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough. Og Mandino 1923 – 1966 No doubt you’ve heard of the ‘shelf life’ of a product — a term typically applied to food. Most food products come with a ‘use by’ date; after that date, the product is no longer at its peak and may not be fit for consumption. I’d like to introduce a different sort of shelf life: that of motivation. When we decide to change a behavior, start a new project, or pursue some other goal, the drive to follow through has a limited life …
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Hacking your habits

Today’s Lesson is from my daughter, Cheryl, offering her perspective on using technology to form better habits and improve your life. Stop the habit of wishful thinking and start the habit of thoughtful wishes. Mary Martin 1913 – 1990 Most of you have probably heard of productivity apps — electronic tools that use reminders and virtual to-do lists to help you get more done. I’d resisted trying these tools because I wasn’t convinced the time and effort to use them would actually pay off for me. Then I read about people putting these apps to other uses: to foster new habits, encourage self-improvement, and further their …
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