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Are You Ready for Your Gift of Time?

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

You are soon to be gifted with a New Year, all the time in the world. The end of the year is bittersweet. Time is up before the “To Dos” are done. That list you carefully wrote out in January of this year, of all you would accomplish, may require little editing to become your 2017 list just a few days from now. Frustrating, isn’t it?

Mary Ellen & BrianBrian Tracy has been a mentor of mine for many years, and is a recognized authority on achievement. He recommends this time of year that you list the reasons why you didn’t fully achieve the results you intended for each of the things on your list. In taking responsibility for the outcome, the culprit cited, more often than not, is Time.

Yes, you’ve heard we all have the same amount of time, but why do we think it’s never enough? The answer is in the way you think about time. To get you started with some more effective thinking, just in time for 2017, Brian Tracy is sharing the first chapter from this latest book, “Master Your Time, Master Your Life.”

You can get it here now.

Wouldn’t it be great to have a totally new list and look forward to accomplishing it all in the New Year? Don’t waste another minute. Be the Master of your time. You’ll be glad you did.

If You Can’t Say Anything Good

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

We recognize in others what we do not like in ourselves. When I first read that statement, I thought it was untrue. At that time, I also tended to be critical of the perceived faults of others. Faults I certainly did not have.

Looking more deeply into this idea, I decided to observe my thoughts for a day and question the hypothesis that I was merely seeing myself in others. I had to think about what I was thinking about.

That takes some major attention, to be an observer of yourself, like a tag along friend- or foe. Keeping track of a brain full of criticism, pettiness and disdain has a way of turning those feelings inward.

Like the proverbial battle of the angel on one shoulder and devil on the other, as soon as I noticed a critical thought, I would reprimand myself for thinking that way. This clash of egos was not supplying useful information for my experiment. 

I began again and set aside self scrutiny in favor of simple observation, as if I was watching an actor in a movie. That perspective allowed me to decide if the heroine in my movie was a likable character or a villain.

As a thought popped up, "What a messy person," I noticed it, and immediately asked myself if messiness was an issue for me. Oh, it certainly has been and I feel disempowered whenever the clutter in my life builds up.

Interesting.

Try it again.

"He is wasting time, not getting anything done." Any identification there? Wicked procrastination. That brought up feelings of frustration I have experienced.

We recognize in others what we do not like in ourselves.

It's making sense now…. and providing the opportunity to turn observation into understanding my our own motivations.

We also recognize in others what we like about ourselves.

Kindness

Compassion

Determination

Reinforce your positive self image by seeing your reflection in the inspiring faces you meet.

 

        "If you make listening and observation your occupation you will gain much  more than you can by talk."
 Robert Baden-Powell


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