Category Archives: Self Discipline

Walk your talk by tracking your time

Tracking how you spend your time helps you keep on course to your goals. Imagine hearing a man say his family is his highest priority. You nod in support of a laudable goal. Then you learn he spends his free … Continue reading

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Addiction

Our electronic devices are tools. Like any other tool, they should be applied to the task at hand and then be put away. Constantly checking our devices indicates near-addictive behavior to electronic stimulation. These symptoms can be addressed through mindfulness … Continue reading

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How to tell good behavior from bad

What distinguishes bad behavior from good? Or acceptable from unacceptable? The two extremes are more alike than we care to admit, differing by a ‘scale factor’ that sets the magnitude of the transgression. Fortunately, there are quantifiable metrics to help … Continue reading

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Scorecard

Keep a personal scorecard to see what works in your life. This provides ground truth to let you know if your life philosophy is meeting your needs. I’m not known for being observant. Perhaps it’s part of my introvert nature. … Continue reading

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Focus on strength or weakness? Yes.

If you want to improve, it is better to focus on where you can have the biggest impact instead of focusing on either strengths or weaknesses. Think in terms of a spectrum of capabilities on which strengths and weaknesses are … Continue reading

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Education. It’s not about ROI.

“All this book learning is a waste of time. What the hell are you doing that is going to put a single dollar in your pocket, tell me that.” My stepfather had little respect for education, as evidenced by the … Continue reading

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What You Can Do

(A Toastmasters International Contest speech.  Third Place; Division C, District 23; 2012.) How do you face life?  Do you have a winning game plan? Imagine that you have just lost everything.  And I mean everything.  Last week you buried your … Continue reading

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Who Are You? What Do You Want?: Four Questions That Will Change Your Life

Who Are You? What Do You Want?: Four Questions That Will Change Your Life by Mick Ukleja and Robert L. Lorber  If you donʹt know where you are going, you might end up someplace else. —Yogi Berra “Avoiding the truth … Continue reading

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DPWWOS

As any aspiring writer will testify, all great characters are deeply flawed.  Think of Sherlock Holmes and his drug addiction, Bill Clinton and his libido, or Terry Bradshaw and his mouth.  Just as protagonists must be matched against strong antagonists, … Continue reading

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Elements

How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time. A standard task management technique is to break a larger task into smaller, more manageable tasks.  I learned this years ago as the salami technique, a metaphor for transforming … Continue reading

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