Is your progress towards your goals too slow?

Do not fear going slowly; only fear standing still. Chinese Proverb Do you ever get frustrated because you’re doing all the right things to reach your goals, but your progress seems stuck at a snail’s pace? Around 550 B.C., Aesop offered some relevant advice in the fable about the Tortoise and the Hare. We’ve all heard the story, but we seem to have forgotten the lesson: slow and steady wins the race. To give you a modern example, I’d like to pose a question. Suppose someone offered you this deal: you could receive three million dollars today, or you could …
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The layaway plan

It is unreasonable to think that we can earn rewards without being willing to pay their true price. Epictetus 55 – 135 A.D. Do you remember when buying bigger, more expensive items on layaway was a common thing? At one time, most department stores offered a layaway plan. While a few stores still offer these plans, for the most part, they’re a thing of the past. The widespread availability of credit cards has greatly diminished the need for layaway plans. I don’t think I mind the layaway plan fading away, but I’m troubled by the shift in mindset that’s come …
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Are you thinking or reacting?

We are very influenced by completely automatic things that we have no control over, and we don’t know we’re doing it. Daniel Kahneman 1934 – A week or two ago, I was thinking about a fad that went around when I was in high school. A classmate would be out of your field of vision – either to the side or behind you – and call your name. As you turned toward them, they would toss a book, ball, or some other small object toward you and yell “Think fast.” If you were quick and agile, you caught it. Otherwise, …
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