Dropping the baton

Do not count your chickens before they are hatched. Aesop C 550 B.C. I’m not sure if you remember the 2008 summer Olympic Games, but in the track and field category, there was one event that was particularly disappointing: the 4 by 100 meter relay race. For those not familiar with a relay race, each team has four runners. One runner starts the race and carries a baton. At the end of 100 meters, there’s a transfer zone where the runner hands the baton to the next runner. If the hand off isn’t completed in the designated zone — or …
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Want to accomplish more?

Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task. William James 1842 – 1910 One of the major complaints I hear from people is that they can never get their to-do list whittled down. They have great intentions, but somehow time slips away and they never finish the tasks they planned to do. Well, I’m going to tell you about a technique which will greatly improve your chances of getting things done. Before I share the technique, I want to tell you about a couple of experiments Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz discussed in their book, …
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Automatic Reject Mode

Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are opened. Sir James Dewar 1842 – 1923 Do you have an automatic or instant “reject mode”? That is, when you hear a new idea or suggestion, do you automatically reject it? Most people will answer, “Of course not.” They immediately dismiss the idea that they could have such a reaction — thus illustrating my point rather nicely. Many people are guilty of having an instant reject mode. That trait may not be all bad; we can and should reject certain ideas and suggestions right away — ones that may be …
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