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If you want to develop more self-control, start by setting goals.

by Rick Baker
On Mar 24, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

No point getting chicken-and-egg bogged down thinking about what comes first - goals or self-control. No point debating whether or not there are values in goals. No point debating whether or not long-term gain justifies short-term pain. If you believe self-control is a valuable trait...then set a goal, focus on it, and work at it. [That's the way to build self-control and achieve goals.]

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Goals - SMARTACRE Goals | Habits: Good Habits, Bad Habits, & New Things | Thought Tweets

Influencing Powerful People - #9

by Rick Baker
On Mar 23, 2019

This week's Dirk Schlimm quote - 

“Remember that powerful people identify greatly with their work and their enterprise. They expect the same from you. Show them that you take your work seriously and that you are striving to make a contribution, rather than just do a job.”

As I re-read this quote, I think of heroes I admire and how I feel when I hear people bad-mouthing those heroes. I remember people obsessing about and picking away at heroes' faults. As examples, I think about:

  • people criticizing Bill Gates' autocratic style [while ignoring the fact this man is the force behind mega-$Billion charitable donations
  • people criticizing Winston Churchill's autocratic style [while ignoring the fact this man wrote and delivered some of the most-influential messages known to man
  • people criticizing their bosses [while ignoring the fact these bosses, certainly, must have at least one good quality which could be discussed from time to time]
About business leaders -

As we watch and listen to business leaders, we can keep Dirk's advice in mind. Business leaders and business bosses possess various levels of power in their workplaces. Every leader possesses, at least, some power. So, we have plenty of opportunities to make use of Dirk's advice. 

While many leaders are 'driven' and that can be troubling or off-putting to less-driven people, we can always find positive attributes in the people we work with.
 
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A successful Sense of Urgency: that's doing things promptly when you know the right things to do and you know how to do them well.

by Rick Baker
On Mar 23, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Anything shy of this isn't a successful sense of urgency.

Anything shy of this is guesswork, bad planning, or fighting phantom fires.

Anything shy of this is pretty much guaranteed to annoy everyone you drag into your situations.

Most people tend to express problems in ways that do not reveal the true source of their pain.

by Rick Baker
On Mar 22, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

And most people reply to such cries for help with cries for help. [a helpful message from Eckhardt Tolle]

It's all about the huge influence our unconscious brain exerts, as part of the human condition.

 

Under-Promise and Over-Deliver…Under-Talk & Over-Listen

by Rick Baker
On Mar 21, 2019

The Thinking Behind the Tweet

Even while people are extremely busy, somehow they manage to remember the promises you didn’t deliver on.

And, if people are talking there is a reason for it.

I mean, people have reasons for saying things even if the things they are saying are not on the same topic as the things you are thinking while you could be listening while they are talking.

Rather than thinking all that stuff by yourself and waiting for them to stop talking so you can get your thoughts delivered…you could listen.

If you want to influence others, influence yourself first. Make little changes for the better. Then share that good habit.

by Rick Baker
On Mar 20, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

All great leaders make major changes to their way of dealing with 'their personal challenges' and their way of interacting with other people. 

All great leaders learn how to replace Bad Habits with Good Habits.

Self-control is your people-magnet.

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