You know how sometimes you are delivered a message when you weren’t really looking for it, but when it hits you, you know it’s what you need to hear? Every now and then when I’m bored at work, I use StumbleUpon to literally trip around the web and see whatever to kill 10 minutes. Some people take smoking breaks. I take Stumble breaks. Healthier, don’t you think?
Anyway, I stumbled on this article (author is Jacqueline Edwards, to give credit where it’s due) and, wow, scary how I needed to hear these things today.
- Never compromise your integrity for anyone or anything.
- Don’t try to be all things to all people. Learn to say no politely and pleasantly , but immediately and firmly.
- Never wait for something to happen; make it happen! Do it now!
- Do not be overwhelmed by the tasks before you. Don’t try to do everything; just do something.
- To accomplish your objective, first begin. Secondly, concentrate exclusively on the project at hand. Third, don’t stop.
- Let circumstances dictate your priorities; let priorities determine your actions.
- Focus your efforts on the root of the problem. Don’t expend energy on peripheral issues that are not crucial to producing results.
- For maximum effectiveness, do only what you do best and let others do the rest.
- Concentrate on long-term, permanent solutions rather than stop gap measures.
- Don’t waste time telling people what you are doing or what you are going to do. Results have a way of informing the world.
- Don’t make promises you can’t keep; once made, keep them.
- Don’t be tempted to take the easy way out. Have the self-discipline to do the right thing rather than the instinctive thing.
- Don’t become lax; play every point as though it were matching point.
- You are not through until you have dotted all the I’s and crossed all the T’s.
- Avoid premature celebrations. You are not through till the check has cleared the bank.