My fourth grade teacher

The human animal lives usually far within its limits; he possesses powers of various sorts which he habitually fails to use. He energizes below his maximum, and he behaves below his optimum. William James 1842 – 1910 Do you remember your fourth grade teacher? The other day I was thinking about mine. You might well wonder why, given that it’s been over fifty years since I was in that grade. My teacher was middle aged and rather bland, and she didn’t inspire me to learn new and exciting things. Here’s why she stood out: her class was the first time I …
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Do you hate deadlines?

Our chief want (need) in life is somebody who shall make us do what we can. Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 – 1882 When I was in school, I dreaded and feared deadlines: the term paper due in two weeks, the book report due on Monday. Most of us probably felt that dread early on and carried that negative association into our adult lives. But I came to realize that my thinking about deadlines was wrong. Hating deadlines was actually hindering my ability to have the life I truly wanted. Because of my belief about deadlines, I was reluctant to set …
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Nine steps to a more successful you, Part 2

The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities. Stephen Covey 1932 – In our first lesson for increasing your success, we discussed the two components of step one: getting specific about what you want, and using mental contrasting to link your goal with the actions needed to achieve it. In this lesson, we’ll cover steps two and three: deciding when and where to take action, and measuring exactly how much further you need to go to accomplish your goals. Step two requires you to determine when and where to take action, a strategy known as if-then planning. …
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