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[Quote No.50949] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"[A plan followed with] Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment." - Jim Rohn

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[Quote No.50959] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"It is wise to direct your anger towards problems - not people; to focus your energies on answers - not excuses!" - William Ward

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[Quote No.50965] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"Only someone who is well prepared has the opportunity to improvise. " - Ingmar Bergman

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[Quote No.50967] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"The important thing in life is not to have a good hand but to play it well." - Louis Fortin
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[Quote No.50977] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"True wealth, success, and happiness can only be achieved by balancing our business life with the duty we have to our self and to our family. " - Joseph C. Kunz Jr.

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[Quote No.51117] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"A schedule defends from chaos and whim." - Annie Dillard

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[Quote No.51193] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well." - Robert Louis Stevenson
Scottish writer
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[Quote No.51195] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"One Step at a Time: Learn to deal with your difficult life situations one step at a time. Don't view all that you have to do as a mountain to climb in one jump. Divide tasks into steps small enough for you to deal with little by little. Focus on the specific task at hand and take pleasure with every small amount that you do." - Rabbi Zelig Pliskin
Quote from his book, 'Gateway to Happiness', p.382.
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[Quote No.51289] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can't make it through one door, I'll go through another door, or I'll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present." - Rabindranath Tagore
Indian writer
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[Quote No.51352] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life!" - Immanuel Kant

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[Quote No.51451] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"Successful men are influenced by desire for pleasing results. Failures are influenced by desire for pleasing methods." - Frank E. Brennan

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[Quote No.51452] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"Take responsibility for every area of your life." - H. Jackson Brown Jr.

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[Quote No.51484] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"We succeed only as we identify in life, or in war, or in anything else, a single overriding objective, and make all other considerations bend to that one objective." - President Dwight D. Eisenhower

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[Quote No.51501] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"Men give me credit for some genius. All the genius I have lies in this: When I have a subject in hand, I study it profoundly. Day and night it is before me. I explore it in all its bearings. My mind becomes pervaded with it. Then the effort which I have made is what people are pleased to call the fruit of genius. It is the fruit of labor and thought!" - Alexander Hamilton

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[Quote No.51505] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"Every minute you spend in planning saves 10 minutes in execution; this gives you a 1,000 percent return on energy!" - Brian Tracy

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[Quote No.51509] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"Time is our most valuable asset, yet we tend to waste it, kill it, and spend it rather than invest it." - Jim Rohn

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[Quote No.51605] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"S.M.A.R.T. Goals: If you ask most people what is their one major objective in life, they would probably give you a vague answer, such as, ‘I want to be successful, be happy, make a good living,’ and that is it. They are all wishes and none of them are clear goals. Goals must be SMART: ---- 1. S - specific. For example, ‘I want to lose weight.’ This is wishful thinking. It becomes a goal when I pin myself down to ‘I will lose 10 pounds in 90 days.’ ---- 2. M - measurable. If we cannot measure it, we cannot accomplish it. Measurement is a way of monitoring our progress. ---- 3. A - achievable. Achievable means that it should be out of reach enough to be challenging but it should not be out of sight, otherwise it becomes disheartening. ---- 4. R - realistic. A person who wants to lose 50 pounds in 30 days is being unrealistic. ---- 5. T - time-bound. There should be a starting date and a finishing date." - Unknown

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[Quote No.51714] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be." - Grandma Moses

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[Quote No.51715] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"If you want to make your dreams come true, the first thing you have to do is wake up [and make up a plan to reach your dream]." - J.M. Power

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[Quote No.51810] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"The successful man lengthens his stride when he discovers that the signpost has deceived him; the failure looks for a place to sit down." - J. R. Rogers

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[Quote No.51844] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven't." - Thomas A. Edison

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[Quote No.51865] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"Time is life. It is irreversible and irreplaceable. To waste your time is to waste your life, but to master your time is to master your life and make the most of it." - Alan Lakein
From his best-selling book, 'How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life'.
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[Quote No.51866] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life. " - Charles Darwin

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[Quote No.51867] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its brevity. " - Jean de La Bruyere

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[Quote No.51869] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. ...Rich people can't buy more hours; scientists can't invent new minutes. And you can't save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you've wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow." - Denis Waitley

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[Quote No.51870] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"How we use time defines us. " - Alexandra Stoddard

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[Quote No.51871] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"Time is the coin of your life. You spend it. Do not allow others to spend it for you. " - Carl Sandburg

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[Quote No.51874] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"Wasting time is like embezzling funds from your own bank account." - Dr. Mardy Grothe

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[Quote No.51911] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"[A story - with a message about making choices carefully or else things may get worse rather than better:] Aesop's Fables - The Ass and His Masters - An ass, belonging to an herb-seller who gave him too little food and too much work made a petition to Jupiter to be released from his present service and provided with another master. Jupiter, after warning him that he would repent his request, caused him to be sold to a tile-maker. Shortly afterwards, finding that he had heavier loads to carry and harder work in the brick-field, he petitioned for another change of master. Jupiter, telling him that it would be the last time that he could grant his request, ordained that he be sold to a tanner. The Ass found that he had fallen into worse hands, and noting his master's occupation, said, groaning: 'It would have been better for me to have been either starved by the one, or to have been overworked by the other of my former masters, than to have been bought by my present owner, who will even after I am dead tan my hide, and make me useful to him.' " - Aesop

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[Quote No.51952] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"[A true story - with a message about imagining the future you want including all the necessary work to get there and then feeling fully justified in believing that it will happen.] - Great Expectations - Pete Rose, the famous baseball player, and I have never met, but he taught me something so valuable that it changed my life. Pete was being interviewed in spring training the year he was about to break Ty Cobb's all time hits record. One reporter blurted out, 'Pete, you only need 78 hits to break the record. How many at-bats do you think you'll need to get the 78 hits?' Without hesitation, Pete just stared at the reporter and very matter-of-factly said, '78.' The reporter yelled back, 'Ah, come on Pete, you don't expect to get 78 hits in 78 at-bats do you?' Mr. Rose calmly shared his philosophy with the throngs of reporters who were anxiously awaiting his reply to this seemingly boastful claim. 'Every time I step up to the plate, I expect to get a hit! If I don't expect to get a hit, I have no right to step in the batter's box in the first place!' 'If I go up hoping to get a hit,' he continued, 'then I probably don't have a prayer to get a hit. It is a positive expectation that has gotten me all of the hits in the first place.' When I thought about Pete Rose's philosophy and how it applied to everyday life, I felt a little embarrassed. As a business person, I was hoping to make my sales quotas. As a father, I was hoping to be a good dad. As a married man, I was hoping to be a good husband. The truth was that I was an adequate salesperson, I was not so bad of a father, and I was an okay husband. I immediately decided that being okay was not enough! I wanted to be a great salesperson, a great father and a great husband. I changed my attitude to one of positive expectation, and the results were amazing. I was fortunate enough to win a few sales trips, I won Coach of the Year in my son's baseball league, and I share a loving relationship with my wife, Karen, with whom I expect to be married to for the rest of my life! Thanks, Mr. Rose!" - Barry Spilchuk

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[Quote No.52002] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"[A story - with a message about being humble and sceptical, so you're able to consistently question your own assumptions and get all the necessary facts to make good decisions.] - Know When to Change Course - Two battleships assigned to the training squadron had been at sea on manoeuvres in heavy weather for several days. The visibility was poor with patchy fog, so the captain remained on the bridge keeping an eye on all activities. Shortly after dark, the lookout on the wing of the bridge reported, 'Light, bearing on the starboard bow.' 'Is it steady or moving astern?' the captain called out. The lookout replied, 'Steady, captain,' which meant it was on a dangerous collision course with their ship. The captain then shouted to the signalman, 'Signal the ship: We are on a collision course. Advice you to change course 20 degrees.' Back came a signal, 'Advisable for you to change course 20 degrees!' In reply, the captain said, 'Send: I'm a ship's captain. Change course 20 degrees, now!' 'I'm a seaman second class,' came the reply, 'You had better change course 20 degrees, now!' By that time, the captain was furious. He spit out a command, 'Send: This is a battleship. Change your course immediately.' Back came the flashing light's reply. 'This is a lighthouse!' The battleship changed course." - Frank Koch
Quoted in the book, 'More Sower's Seeds'.
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[Quote No.52151] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"[A true story - with a message about the value of preparation for success.] - Are You Ready? - In her book 'Teaching a Stone to Talk' (New York: Harper Collins, 1988) Annie Dillard reveals a sad, but poignant story about what happens when we set out unprepared. She tells of a British Arctic expedition which set sail in 1845 to chart the Northwest Passage around the Canadian Arctic to the Pacific Ocean. Neither of the two ships and none of the 138 men aboard returned. Captain Sir John Franklin prepared as if they were embarking on a pleasure cruise rather than an arduous and gruelling journey through one of earth's most hostile environments. He packed a 1,200 volume library, a hand-organ, china place settings for officers and men, cut-glass wine goblets and sterling silver flatware, beautifully and intricately designed. Years later, some of these place settings would be found near a clump of frozen, cannibalized bodies. The voyage was doomed when the ships sailed into frigid waters and became trapped in ice. First ice coated the decks, the spars and the rigging. Then water froze around the rudders and the ships became hopelessly locked in the now-frozen sea. Sailors set out to search for help, but soon succumbed to severe Arctic weather and died of exposure to its harsh winds and sub-freezing temperatures. For some twenty years, remains of the expeditions were found all over the frozen landscape. The crew did not prepare either for the cold or for the eventuality of the ships becoming ice-locked. On a voyage which was to last two to three years, they packed only their Navy-issue uniforms and the captain carried just a 12-day supply of coal for the auxiliary steam engines. The frozen body of an officer was eventually found, miles from the vessel, wearing his uniform of fine blue cloth, edged with silk braid, a blue greatcoat and a silk neckerchief -- clothing which was noble and respectful, but wholly inadequate. Historians may doubt the wisdom of such an ill-prepared journey. ...To embark on a journey unprepared can set us up for disastrous results. But the good news is, we can still prepare for ours. And in large part, the success of our voyage will be determined by our regular and systematic preparation. Are you ready?" - Steve Goodier

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[Quote No.52162] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"[A true story - with a message about exploring all options to solving a problem.] - Butterfly Insights - A marvellous lesson appeared for me just now as I was exiting thru the garage, to come to this little play-place they call an office. As I opened the garage door, I startled a large moth, which, upon spreading it's wings, displayed a bright red 'tail' hidden by the motley brown wings, more a 'butterfly' than a moth. It flew immediately to its perceived escape, the circle-topped window where it frantically tried to exit thru the invisible wall of closed glass. I raised the third-car garage door in hopes of aiding it's escape. That caused it to fly higher and higher and become entangled in a spider web. Fearful that it would remain entangled in the web, I selected a long-handled broom to assist him escaping the tangled threads. At this, he returned to furiously pumping his wings and banging into the glass, which was, in his perspective, the pathway of escape, but remained his cage. By simply turning his focus to one side, he would have easily exited his prison. Rather, due to his intent on one direction, he remained confined, captive." - Joie Lake

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[Quote No.52171] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"If I can learn from my yesterdays and apply those lessons today, then my tomorrows will be better. [If I can learn from my past and apply those lessons in the present, then my future will be better!] " - Seymour@imagi-natives.com

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[Quote No.52237] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"[A story - with a message: just because a plan doesn't work out 'right', doesn't automatically mean that it turned out 'wrong'!] 'The Woodcutter's Wisdom' (Also known as 'The Old Man and the White horse') Once there was an old man who lived in a tiny village. Although poor, he was envied by all, for he owned a beautiful white horse. Even the king coveted his treasure. A horse like this had never been seen before - such was its splendor, its majesty, its strength. People offered fabulous prices for the steed, but the old man always refused. 'This horse is not a horse to me,' he would tell them. 'It is a person. How could you sell a person? He is a friend, not a possession. How could you sell a friend?' The man was poor and the temptation was great. But he never sold the horse. One morning he found that the horse was not in the stable. All the village came to see him. 'You old fool,' they scoffed, 'we told you that someone would steal your horse. We warned you that you would be robbed. You are so poor. How could you ever hope to protect such a valuable animal? It would have been better to have sold him. You could have gotten whatever price you wanted. No amount would have been too high. Now the horse is gone, and you've been cursed with misfortune.' The old man responded, 'Don’t speak too quickly. Say only that the horse is not in the stable. That is all we know; the rest is judgment. If I've been cursed or not, how can you know? How can you judge?' The people contested, 'Don't make us out to be fools! We may not be philosophers, but great philosophy is not needed. The simple fact that your horse is gone is a curse.' The old man spoke again. 'All I know is that the stable is empty, and the horse is gone. The rest I don't know. Whether it be a curse or a blessing, I can't say. All we can see is a fragment. Who can say what will come next?' The people of the village laughed. They thought that the man was crazy. They had always thought he was fool; if he wasn't, he would have sold the horse and lived off the money. But instead, he was a poor woodcutter, an old man still cutting firewood and dragging it out of the forest and selling it. He lived hand to mouth in the misery of poverty. Now he had proven that he was, indeed, a fool. After fifteen days, the horse returned. He hadn't been stolen; he had run away into the forest. Not only had he returned, he had brought a dozen wild horses with him. Once again the village people gathered around the woodcutter and spoke. 'Old man, you were right and we were wrong. What we thought was a curse was a blessing. Please forgive us.' The man responded, 'Once again, you go too far. Say only that the horse is back. State only that a dozen horses returned with him, but don’t judge. How do you know if this is a blessing or not? You see only a fragment. Unless you know the whole story, how can you judge? You read only one page of a book. Can you judge the whole book? You read only one word of a phrase. Can you understand the entire phrase? Life is so vast, yet you judge all of life with one page or one word. All you have is a fragment! Don’t say that this is a blessing. No one knows. I am content with what I know. I am not perturbed by what I don't.' 'Maybe the old man is right,' they said to one another. So they said little. But down deep, they knew he was wrong. They knew it was a blessing. Twelve wild horses had returned with one horse. With a little bit of work, the animals could be broken and trained and sold for much money. The old man had a son, an only son. The young man began to break the wild horses. After a few days, he fell from one of the horses and broke both legs. Once again the villagers gathered around the old man and cast their judgments. 'You were right,' they said. 'You proved you were right. The dozen horses were not a blessing. They were a curse. Your only son has broken his legs, and now in your old age you have no one to help you. Now you are poorer than ever.' The old man spoke again. 'You people are obsessed with judging. Don’t go so far. Say only that my son broke his legs. Who knows if it is a blessing or a curse? No one knows. We only have a fragment. Life comes in fragments.' It so happened that a few weeks later the country engaged in war against a neighboring country. All the young men of the village were required to join the army. Only the son of the old man was excluded, because he was injured. Once again the people gathered around the old man, crying and screaming because their sons had been taken. There was little chance that they would return. The enemy was strong, and the war would be a losing struggle. They would never see their sons again. 'You were right, old man,' they wept. 'God knows you were right. This proves it. Yours son's accident was a blessing. His legs may be broken, but at least he is with you. Our sons are gone forever.' The old man spoke again. 'It is impossible to talk with you. You always draw conclusions. No one knows. Say only this: Your sons had to go to war, and mine did not. No one knows if it is a blessing or a curse. No one is wise enough to know. Only God knows. Only the future can tell. So remember just because a plan doesn't work out 'right', it doesn't automatically mean that it turned out 'wrong' either! Just that the results were unexpected; unexpected good or bad - only time can tell.'" - Max Lucado
He is an author, pastor and minister. 'The Woodcutter's Wisdom' is taken from 'In the Eye of the Storm' ©1991 by Max Lucado. [http://maxlucado.com/read/topical/woodcutters-wisdom-and-other-favorite-stories/ ]
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[Quote No.52259] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"[A true story - with a message about the power of imagination and practice:] - 18 Holes in His Mind - Major James Nesmeth had a dream of improving his golf game - and he developed a unique method of achieving his goal. Until he devised this method, he was just your average weekend golfer, shooting in mid- to low-nineties. Then, for seven years, he completely quit the game. Never touched a club. Never set foot on a fairway. Ironically, it was during this seven-year break from the game that Major Nesmeth came up with his amazingly effective technique for improving his game - a technique we can all learn from. In fact, the first time he set foot on a golf course after his hiatus from the game, he shot an astonishing 74! He had cut 20 strokes off his average without having swung a golf club in seven years! Unbelievable. Not only that, but his physical condition had actually deteriorated during those seven years. What was Major Nesmeth's secret? Visualization. You see, Major Nesmeth had spent those seven years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. During those seven years, he was imprisoned in a cage that was approximately four and one-half feet high and five feet long. During almost the entire time he was imprisoned, he saw no one, talked to no one and experienced no physical activity. During the first few months he did virtually nothing but hope and pray for his release. Then he realized he had to find some way to occupy his mind or he would lose his sanity and probably his life. That's when he learned to visualize. In his mind, he selected his favorite golf course and started playing golf. Every day, he played a full 18 holes at the imaginary country club of his dreams. He experienced everything to the last detail. He saw himself dressed in his golfing clothes. He smelled the fragrance of the trees and the freshly trimmed grass. He experienced different weather conditions - windy spring days, overcast winter days, and sunny summer mornings. In his imagination, every detail of the tee, the individual blades of grass, the trees, the singing birds, the scampering squirrels and the lay of the course became totally real. He felt the grip of the club in his hands. He instructed himself as he practiced smoothing out his down-swing and the follow-through on his shot. Then he watched the ball arc down the exact center of the fairway, bounce a couple of times and roll to the exact spot he had selected, all in his mind. In the real world, he was in no hurry. He had no place to go. So in his mind he took every step on his way to the ball, just as if he were physically on the course. It took him just as long in imaginary time to play 18 holes as it would have taken in reality. Not a detail was omitted. Not once did he ever miss a shot, never a hook or a slice, never a missed putt. Seven days a week. Four hours a day. Eighteen holes. Seven years. Twenty strokes off. Shot a 74." - Unknown
'A 2nd Helping of Chicken Soup for the Soul'
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[Quote No.52266] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"[A true story - with a message about the power of imagination and practice:] - Imaging [Imagining and Visualizing] - Do your believe our imagination has much to do with success? Arnold Schwarzenegger won the [body-building] title of Mr. Universe seven times. But he didn't keep his title by only pumping iron. As part of his workout routine, he would frequently go into the corner of the gym and visualize himself winning the title again. [He later went on to also become very successful in business, film acting and American politics.] Jack Nicklaus, the great professional golfer, explained his imaging technique. He said ‘First I 'see' the ball where I want it to finish - nice and white and sitting up high on the bright green grass. Then the scene quickly changes, and I 'see' the ball going there; its path, trajectory and shape, even its behavior on the landing. Then,’ says Nicklaus, ‘there's sort of a fade-out, and the next scene shows me making the kind of swing that will turn the previous images into reality.’ I recall hearing the story of a prisoner of war [Major James Nesmeth] who spent his years of solitary confinement playing golf - on the course of his mind. When he was released and returned to California, one of his first desires was to head for the nearest golfing facility. He was totally shocked at how his game had improved. Without question, his imagination had greatly enhanced his physical skills. Today, practice ‘seeing’ yourself winning." - Neil Eskelin

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[Quote No.52269] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"[A true story - with a message about the power of imagination and practice:] - Mind's Eye - In his book, ‘Psycho-Cybernetics,’ Dr. Maxwell Maltz tells of an experiment that showed how mental practice can actually improve our skills. The test involved the ability to sink basketball free throws. Maltz says that ‘One group of students actually practiced throwing the ball every day for twenty days.’ Their efforts were recorded on the first and last day. A second group, that was also tested on the first and last day, engaged in no sort of practice between their tests. A third group was scored on the first day, then spent 20 minutes every day ‘imagining’ that they were throwing the ball at the basket. When they missed, they would imagine that they corrected their aim accordingly. The final results showed that the first group (which practiced 20 minutes a day) improved their scoring ability by 24 percent. The second group (with no practice) showed no improvement. The third group (who practiced only in their mind) improved in scoring by 23 percent. Changing your mind's eye will have a positive effect on your physical eye." - Neil Eskelin

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[Quote No.52307] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"Whatever [rational plan] we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality." - Earl Nightingale

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[Quote No.52314] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin." - Ivan Turgenev
Russian novelist and playwright
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[Quote No.52353] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"Should you fail to pilot your own ship, don't be surprised at what inappropriate port you find yourself docked." - Tom Robbins

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[Quote No.52391] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"Don't procrastinate when faced with difficult problems. Break your problems into parts, and handle one part at a time." - Unknown

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[Quote No.52393] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"[A story - with a message about prioritising and organising to do first things first.] - The Time Management Parable - One day, an expert in time management was speaking to a group of business students and, to drive home a point, used an illustration those students will never forget. As he stood in front of the group of high-powered overachievers he said, ‘Okay, time for a quiz’ and he pulled out a one-gallon, wide-mouth mason jar and set it on the table in front of him. He also produced about a dozen fist-sized rocks and carefully placed them, one at a time, into the jar. When the jar was filled to the top and no more rocks would fit inside, he asked, ‘Is this jar full?’ Everyone in the class yelled, ‘Yes.’ The time management expert replied, ‘Really?’ He reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. He dumped some gravel in and shook the jar causing pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the spaces between the big rocks. He then asked the group once more, ‘Is the jar full?’ By this time the class was on to him. ‘Probably not,’ one of them answered. ‘Good!’ he replied. He reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand. He started dumping the sand in the jar and it went into all of the spaces left between the rocks and the gravel. Once more he asked the question, ‘Is this jar full?’ ‘No!’ the class shouted. Once again he said, ‘Good.’ Then he grabbed a pitcher of water and began to pour it in until the jar was filled to the brim. Then he looked at the class and asked, ‘What is the point of this illustration?’ One eager beaver raised his hand and said, ‘The point is, no matter how full your schedule is, if you try really hard you can always fit some more things in it!’ ‘No,’ the speaker replied, ‘that's not the point. The truth this illustration teaches us is: If you don't put the big rocks in first, you'll never get them in at all.’ What are the 'big rocks' in your life, time with your loved ones, your faith, your education, your dreams, a worthy cause, teaching or mentoring others? Remember to put these big rocks in first or you'll never get them in at all. So, tonight, or in the morning, when you are reflecting on this short story, ask yourself this question: What are the 'big rocks' in my life? Then, put those in your jar first." - Unknown

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[Quote No.52395] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"In the book 'What They Don't Teach You in the Harvard Business School', Mark McCormack tells about a study conducted on students in the 1979 Harvard Master of Business Administration program. In that year, the students were asked, 'Have you set clear, written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?' Only three percent of the graduates had written goals and plans; 13 percent had goals, but they were not in writing; and a whopping 84 percent had no specific goals at all. Ten years later, the members of the class were interviewed again, and the findings, while somewhat predictable, were nonetheless astonishing. The 13 percent of the class who had goals were earning, on average, twice as much as the 84 percent who had no goals at all. And what about the three percent who had clear, written goals? They were earning, on average, ten times as much as the other 97 percent put together. This study, along with others, backs the common sense notion that clear, measurable, time-bounded goals and well-developed, step-by-step action plans help any person or organisation achieve more of their desires." - Unknown

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[Quote No.52534] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"[Poem: about a life that is boring and too quiet. He needs to plan more things into his life to feel like he is alive and contributing.]

'And The Days Are Not Full Enough'

And the days are not full enough
And the nights are not full enough
And life slips by like a field mouse
Not shaking the grass

" - Ezra Pound

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[Quote No.52542] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"Our culture reasons that because we fell there is not enough time, we should increase our pace, multitask, and fit more into our already overbooked days. But even though it is counterintuitive to popular wisdom, perhaps the more effective response to the limits of time is to [focus by priority and] live more fully in the moment, to savor it and expand it." - Carrie Newcomer
'A Permeable Life: Poems & Essays'
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[Quote No.52674] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"[Poem:- about the force of irrational habit and custom and therefore the need to be skeptical about our attitudes, skills and knowledge and regularly challenge and reprove their truth and rejustify their superior usefulness to what options are available now.]

'The Calf-Path'

One day, through the primeval wood,
A calf walked home, as good calves should;
But made a trail all bent askew,
A crooked trail as all calves do.

Since then two hundred years have fled,
And, I infer, the calf is dead.
But still he left behind his trail,
And thereby hangs my moral tale.

The trail was taken up next day
By a lone dog that passed that way;
And then a wise bell-wether sheep
Pursued the trail o'er vale and steep,
And drew the flock behind him, too,
As good bell-wethers always do.

And from that day, o'er hill and glade,
Through those old woods a path was made;
And many men wound in and out,
And dodged, and turned, and bent about
And uttered words of righteous wrath
Because ‘twas such a crooked path.
But still they followed -- do not laugh --
The first migrations of that calf,
And through this winding wood-way stalked,
Because he wobbled when he walked.

This forest path became a lane,
That bent, and turned, and turned again;
This crooked lane became a road,
Where many a poor horse with his load
Toiled on beneath the burning sun,
And traveled some three miles in one.
And thus a century and a half
They trod the footsteps of that calf.
The years passed on in swiftness fleet,
The road became a village street,
And this, before men were aware,
A city's crowded thoroughfare;
And soon the central street was this
Of a renowned metropolis;
And men two centuries and a half
Trod in the footsteps of that calf.

Each day a hundred thousand rout
Followed the zigzag calf about;
And o'er his crooked journey went
The traffic of a continent.
A hundred thousand men were led
By one calf near three centuries dead.
They followed still his crooked way,
And lost one hundred years a day;
For thus such reverence is lent
To well-established precedent.

A moral lesson this might teach,
Were I ordained and called to preach;
For men are prone to go it blind
Along the calf-paths of the mind,
And work away from sun to sun
To do what other men have done.
They follow in the beaten track,
And out and in, and forth and back,
And still their devious course pursue,
To keep the path that others do.

But how the wise old wood-gods laugh,
Who saw the first primeval calf!
Ah! many things this tale might teach --
But I am not ordained to preach.

" - Sam Walter Foss
(1858 - 1911), poet.
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[Quote No.52690] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"[Poem:]

'Punctuality'

Man naturally loves delay,
And to procrastinate;
Business put off from day to day
Is always done too late.

Let every hour be in its place
Firm fixed, nor loosely shift,
And well enjoy the vacant space,
As though a birthday gift.

And when the hour arrives, be there,
Where'er that ‘there’ may be;
Uncleanly hands or ruffled hair
Let no one ever see.

If dinner at ‘half-past’ be placed,
At ‘half-past’ then be dressed.
If at a ‘quarter-past’ make haste
To be down with the rest.

Better to be before your time,
Than e'er to be behind;
To open the door while strikes the chime,
That shows a punctual mind.

Moral:

Let punctuality and care
Seize every flitting hour,
So shalt thou cull a floweret fair,
E'en from a fading flower.

" - Lewis Carroll
(1833 - 1898), the pseudonym of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, prominent mathematician and logician and author of 'Alice in Wonderland'.
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[Quote No.52692] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"[Poem: about the virtue of thinking ahead about the future consequences of your present choices in order to make good decisions and be happy now and later in life]

'The Old Man's Comforts and How He Gained Them'

You are old, Father William, the young man cried,
The few locks which are left you are grey;
You are hale, Father William, a hearty old man,
Now tell me the reason I pray.

In the days of my youth, Father William replied,
I remember'd that youth would fly fast,
And abused not my health and my vigour at first
That I never might need them at last.

You are old, Father William, the young man cried,
And pleasures with youth pass away,
And yet you lament not the days that are gone,
Now tell me the reason I pray.

In the days of my youth, Father William replied,
I remember'd that youth could not last;
I thought of the future whatever I did,
That I never might grieve for the past.

...

" - Robert Southey
(1774 - 1843), English poet of the Romantic school, one of the so-called 'Lake Poets', and Poet Laureate for 30 years from 1813 to his death in 1843.
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[Quote No.52782] Need Area: Mind > Plan
"1. Never put off till to-morrow what you can do to-day. 2. Never trouble another for what you can do yourself. " - Thomas Jefferson
'Thomas Jefferson's Decalogue For The Practical Life'. Found in a letter from him at his home 'Monticello', dated February 21, 1825.
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