9 Personal Failings That Can Cost You Your Goal – Part 1

If you’re pursuing a great goal, you have realized—if you have not yet, you will soon realize—that the road towards your destination can be quite challenging. Many obstacles, pitfalls, and stumbling blocks stand in your way and are threatening to take you out before you reach your goal. Although these “external” challenges are real and…

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Productivity: Keep the Wheat, Kill the Chaff

Traditionally, when a farmer gleans a field, he or she is interested in keeping the wheat and getting rid of (“killing”) the chaff; the wheat is useful, the chaff isn’t. If you glean the “field” of your daily schedule and review all the activities you perform in the course of your day (a week, a…

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The Great Gap: From Intention to Completion

It all starts with an intention. But your goal is to reach completion. Between the two (i.e. intention and completion), there’s the Great Gap. You want to travel overseas. That’s your intention. When you get to your destination, you reach the completion point. But there’s a lot of things that happened between the time you…

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3 Basic Building Blocks for Getting Things Done

You want to get things done. Good. That’s the only way you’re going to do the great work you’re meant to do. In fact, to do great work, you must become a “doer”, and action-taker. You make progress when you get the right things done. And, at the most basic level, there are 3 concepts…

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How To Get Yourself to Do What You Know

If you want to learn how to do something, all you need to do is type “how to” followed by your topic on Google (or YouTube or Pinterest or Amazon or..,), and you’re almost certain to find how-to information on your topic. You want to learn how to program websites. Easy; Google will give you…

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The Simple Way to Create a Plan to Accomplish Your Goal

You’ve decided to pursue a goal: – to buy a new 3-bedroom house in 2 year – to launch your first live seminar in 18 months – to start your new blog in 90 days – to renovate your office before the beginning of the end of the school year – etc. Now, you’re ready…

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What to Watch Out for When Your Life Becomes an All-You-Can-Eat Buffet

When I was a teenager, I enjoyed going to all-you-can-eat buffets. Regularly, I would go with friends and family and fill my stomach until there was no more room. One time, after a day of intense sports, my friends, my brothers, and I invaded a small all-you-can-eat buffet. The host was very welcoming—at least until…

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Why Don’t You Have the Time?

You want to go on a date with your spouse, but you don’t have the time. You want to spend more time with your children, but you don’t have the time. You want to exercise more, but you don’t have the time. You want to write a novel, but you don’t have the time. You…

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Track Your Tasks for Greater Productivity

Many years ago, when I retired from dallying and I started to be interested in work—and work productively—I soon realized something: I can’t trust my memory to tell me what I’m supposed to work on. Often, when I would sit down to work, I would go blank and wonder what I was supposed to work…

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Are You Lazy Because You Procrastinate?

Many people jump to the conclusion that, if someone rushes to the store on December 24 to do her Christmas shopping or if she waits until the last minute to file her taxes or to write her term paper or to study for the exam or what have you, it’s because she is simply “lazy”.…

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