Is there any­thing more impor­tant than truth?

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A para­ble.

Farmer Good­pas­ture invested time dur­ing the win­ter repair­ing his equip­ment and plan­ning for the upcom­ing grow­ing sea­son. By the time spring rolled around, he was ready. With prop­erly work­ing equip­ment and a well thought out plan, he pre­pared his field and planted seed. Read the rest of this entry »

Pulling Weeds

Why do I hate weeds? They are ugly and they will take over and kill every­thing else if I don’t stop them. I pay a yard care com­pany to spray my lawn 4 times each year to kill them.  Yet some­how, I still see them pop up from time to time and have to find ways to get rid of them myself!

King Solomon, the wis­est man who ever lived, said this about weeds:

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The process of plant­ing seed can be excit­ing. Dur­ing this time the vision is fresh, expec­ta­tions are high, and energy lev­els are at their peak. How­ever, plant­ing seed is not the end of the process.

Highly Pro­duc­tive Peo­ple know it’s just the begin­ning. They under­stand the power of water­ing and waiting.

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Noth­ing grows with­out a seed being planted.

Where a good seed is planted, there is rea­son to hope for a good har­vest. How­ever, if there is no seed in the ground, there is no hope or expec­ta­tion of harvest.

Earl Nightin­gale may have put it best when he said:

Sup­pose a farmer has some land, and it’s good, fer­tile land.

The Land gives the farmer a choice; he may plant in that land what­ever he chooses. The land doesn’t care. It’s up to the farmer to make the decision.

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Laptop in classic library

Haven’t you learned enough already?

Isn’t it time to stop learn­ing and start coasting?

These may sound like silly ques­tions, but some peo­ple really think that way, or at least behave as though they do.

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Fail To Succeed

In the pre­vi­ous Secret of Highly Pro­duc­tive Peo­ple, I focused on track­ing progress, but what if there isn’t any progress to track? What if you find your­self going back­ward in your quest to reach a goal? What if the data tells you things aren’t going well? What hap­pens if you fail?

In the case of Highly Pro­duc­tive Peo­ple, the term when you fail may be more effec­tive than if you fail. Read the rest of this entry »

Home improvement

How do you know if you are being suc­cess­ful? Is it a feel­ing? Is it some­thing some­one has to tell you or do you know because you are track­ing your progress?

Dur­ing 13 years of coach­ing exec­u­tives, busi­ness own­ers, and lead­ers across the U.S. and Canada, I have found a com­mon theme. They track their progress.

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Visualizing success

This is the time of year when peo­ple think about goals for the upcom­ing year. But many peo­ple don’t actu­ally set goals; they make state­ments called New Year’s Res­o­lu­tions. A res­o­lu­tion is an expres­sion of will or intent. The per­son mak­ing the res­o­lu­tion has made a deci­sion to do (or not do) some­thing dur­ing the com­ing year. How­ever, a res­o­lu­tion is not a goal; rather it is a means to achieve a goal.

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Books to Read

Sev­eral years ago, Char­lie ‘Tremen­dous’ Jones was given a copy of my first book, Every Day is Game Day. His read­ing of my book led to tele­phone con­ver­sa­tions, which led to a friend­ship and finally to him invit­ing my son and me to visit him. He invited us to stay at his guest­house and share some time with him in his office and pri­vate library. That time was, let’s just say, tremendous.

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