Van alle tijden, en ons oudste bericht op deze site. Maar toch, zo rond de feestdagen, er is niets veranderd. Dus ik trek dit bericht welbewust nog even naar voren, cq onder de aandacht. Alweer.
Don Wetmore, een professor in time management uit Amerika, heeft mij (alweer enige tijd geleden) het volgende gemaild. Maar het is en blijft actueel, en ik mag het zonder problemen verspreiden, net als u…
“These are uncertain times.
Events seemingly are spinning out of control leaving many feeling anxious about their daily lives and their futures. The quality of life is diminished and personal productivity suffers. Yet, that does not need to be your reality because while we cannot control so many of these external events we can always control how we respond by how we spend our time in a planned and determined manner.
Those who can live each day with certainty, control and confidence have done so with effective planning, which is going beyond just making up a to do list for the next day, and creating a comprehensive long term plan.
The most uncertain place to be is when we just do not know what is to happen next, when the next shoe might fall. During war time people exposed to regular enemy attacks tend to have a lower level of stress than those who are attacked infrequently because those who are attacked more often are forced to be better prepared to respond than those who are targeted on an infrequent basis. No one likes to be attacked, for sure. But when you know what you need to do and are prepared to respond you have a light at the end of the tunnel that puts you in control with greater certainty and confidence.
The darkest hour is just before the dawn. There is a bright future for you if you make it occur on purpose rather than by accident. This begins by deciding where you would want to be one year from now, and five years from now in each of your seven vital areas:
- professional and
This not a projection of where you think outside events will take you but rather, as if you could wave a magic wand and be wherever you would want to be in each of the seven areas, where would that take you?
This is a challenging task, but once you have that picture in mind of where you want to be in a year and five years, then you can start to work backwards from there to determine what steps you have to take in the next year, the next month and even tomorrow to start you on the road to achieving your goals. At that point the choices on how you should be spending your time becomes clear.
Then each night in daily planning create your to do list for tomorrow that will include the stuff you have to do but more importantly, include the items you want to do to help you to get to where you want to go in each of your seven vital areas. In boom and bust times, people who have targeted goals and specific daily plans and are living the lives they choose, are not overwhelmed and immobilized by uncertainty and a lack of confidence.
As you execute your daily plan, moving closer taking steps each day to live the life you desire, you will move forward with certainty, control and confidence.”