September 2011


An abstract concept that caught on about 6000 years ago and

resulted in the concepts of both the deadline and the heart attack!

That’s It !

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“The key is not to prioritize what is on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”

Stephen R. Covey

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Most of us are busier than we’d like to be.

The real question is:  Busy doing what exactly?

But how do we schedule our priorities?

If or when Life doesn’t do it for us, one of the best ways to do this is to write down your own personal mission statement.

Why?

Because if you don’t, you are running the risk of drifting aimlessly and without direction on the ocean of life.

A personal mission statement is simply a promise that you make to yourself directed towards goal achievement. It gives you the necessary focus in different aspects of your life, to attain those goals that you have always desired but never been able to achieve. You may call it a goal setting tool that helps you develop a vision for your future. The only way you can appreciate the effects of a personal mission statement is by writing one and experiencing the advantages it gives you.
How?

Writing a personal mission statement is simple, but writing a good personal mission statement is what is going to take a little time. Though it is meant to be short, choosing the right words and drafting it in a concise manner requires some time as well as the need to follow these tips:

Determine your Passion: Some of you may not be aware of it, but you’re sure to have some kind of passion, some driving force to get you where you want to be. First identify this driving force. Then point out things you are naturally good at, or things you like doing, or both. Some of you may be creative, socially active, or good managers. Whatever you think your abilities are, make a note of them.

Determine your Principles and Values: Principles guide the manner in which you go about attaining your goals. When you make a note of these, you are promising yourself to follow these to give you a direction toward your final destination. These principles also help you decide the kind of impact you want to have on the people around you, the causes you are passionate about, and the virtues that you think are necessary to achieve your goal. An important note to make is that principles are simply guidelines and can be altered as the situation demands. However, your core values such as simplicity or respect, will remain the same. So what are the principles and values you live by? Write them down.

Determine Your Goals: Why are you writing a mission statement? What is your ultimate goal? What do you intend to achieve by utilizing your abilities and your values? Identify all these to complete your mission statement.

Only when your consciousness is totally focused on the moment you are in can you receive whatever gift, lesson, or delight that the moment has to offer.

Barbara de Angelis

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It seems to me that we are stubborn students of life.

Life seems to tell us; here is a situation you need to face for your own developpement, and yet, most of the time, we will try to avoid the lesson. Why? Because it’s too damned hard! The funny thing about this is; the lesson we try to avoid seems to come back to us in many unexpected ways. Somehow, we can’t escape it.

When we focus on the moment and accept to face what we have to, it is difficult, but it is one of the best ways to grow.

What does this post have to do with time?

The sooner we understand this concept and that we put it in practice, the more time we will save to do other activities that we really enjoy. Have a nice day.

No matter what you do, time marches on at its own pace; tic, toc, tic, toc and there’s nothing you can do to change that .Time is a great equalizer; it runs at the same speed for everybody, rich or poor, jet pilot or snail farmer. You can’t manufacture time, you can’t reproduce time, you can’t slow time down or turn it around and make it run in the other direction. You can’t trade bad hours for good ones, either.

What you can manage, however, is your attention. Attention is a resource we all possess. Your attention reflects your conscious decisions about which activities will occupy your time. You are where your attention is… not necessarily where your body is.

The first step is to precisely understand your priorities. There’s a big difference between managing your attention to accomplish priorities and checking off items on your to-do list. Our natural tendency is to do what is fun, convenient, or absolutely necessary at any given time—but your true priorities may not fit into any of those categories. So, here’s a question to ask yourself, “If I could accomplish only one thing right now, what would that one thing be?

Your answer will quickly identify your top priority, where you should be directing your attention.

“To lose patience is to lose the battle”

Mahatma Gandhi

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We don’t always have to be or look impatient to lose patience.

When we give up on something or on someone, we lose patience.

When we procrastinate with a task or a responsibility, we lose patience.

When we avoid doing what we must do, we lose patience.

It is so easy to lose patience because we rarely suffer the consequences of our procrastination right away; if we did, we would modify our behavior immediately.

The more we do what we must do when we should do it, the quicker the time will come that we will do what we want  to do when we want to do it.

Take time to laugh.

It is the music of the soul.

Take time to think.

It is the source of power.

Take time to play.

It is the source of perpetual youth.

Take time to read.

It is the fountain of wisdom.

Take time to be friendly.

It is the road to happiness.

Take time to give.

It is too short a day to be selfish.

Take time to work.

It is the price of success.

 Anonymous

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Adversity and Hard Work

Here’s a fascinating, but little known fact about adversity.

For most people, your success is going to be in similar proportion to how much defeat and failure you have already experienced.

But…

This is only true when you have used any setbacks as learning experiences, and made the necessary changes to overcome or by-pass the obstacles.

If you haven’t, Life has a tendency to send you the same lesson again and again.

If you have, you move on to your next challenge.

And you will save time.

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