Jumping to conclusions

We simply assume that the way we see things is the way they really are or the way they should be. And our attitudes and behaviors grow out of these assumptions. Stephen R. Covey 1932 – 2012 We all encounter problems in life. Most of us have developed the habit of trying to find a solution to the problem as quickly as we can. However, this approach often leads to solving the wrong problem: we jump to conclusions and leave the real problem untouched. Let me give you an example. Recently, I was working with a young woman who was …
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Why do you get up in the morning?

Either you run the day or the day runs you. Jim Rohn 1930 – 2009 When I’m working with someone, I often ask them this question: why do you get up in the morning? Take a moment to think about your answer before you continue reading. When I ask this question, the overwhelming majority of the answers fall into one of these categories: I have to go to work; I have to take care of the kids; I have to go to school. But I never rest with this first answer; I always dig deeper. So my next question might …
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Been there, done that

One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done. Marie Curie 1867 – 1934 Many of you have probably heard of a “honey do” jar or a job jar: a container stuffed with slips of paper listing all the little things that need to be done around the home. That way, whenever you have spare time, you don’t have to remember the different items that need maintenance or repair — you can just pull a slip from the jar and get started on a chore. Unfortunately, the problem with a job jar is that it always …
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