Whatever you give attention to grows stronger. But when all you can hear is the noise from all that traffic in your head, it’s impossible to focus, move forward, fulfill. It’s impossible to focus on what you really want — need — to pay attention to.
“For sale: baby shoes, never used.” —(complete) short story by Ernest Hemingway The most useful thing I learned in high school—at least, the most useful thing that was part of the curriculum—came in senior English, as taught by Ms. Edith Pratt (Patty) Masterson: the “précis.” In case you were spared such torture, a précis [...]
Chris Brogan wrote a great post on using questions to stay on target. Here’s one I use all the time: Will this (whatever it is) contribute to, or complicate, my goals? Yes, that’s very close to Dr. Phil’s “contribute or contaminate” dichotomy, but I don’t like the implied judgment of that. It’s already too easy for [...]
This is easier than you think. Last week I wrote that the first step in figuring out how to get started in social media was to “Define the Question.” It’s a big thing for me—I’ve written here before on the importance of understanding why you’re doing what you’re doing. But it’s apparently a big thing for you, [...]