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October 8, 2014

Interesting post to reflect upon from Kate Evans.

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This Saturday I enjoyed myself at the Beverley Literature Festival, attending a variety of events delivered in a variety of styles. My companion for the day (who I know loves me very much) said, ‘It’ll be you up there one day.’ ‘Maybe,’ I replied. And then came the oft repeated mantra, ‘If you don’t believe it yourself it will never happen.’

This piece of folk-lore comes, I think, from various interviews with ‘successful’ people which have concluded that part of their winning formula was the capacity to imagine themselves being where they wanted to be. However, how many interviews have been done with people who held onto the insane belief that they would achieve their goals and never did? Not many, is my guess, since how would you find these people?

Don’t get me wrong, I am perfectly able to imagine myself on literature festival panels, winning the Booker, being given my…

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  1. John F Crabbe permalink

    The companion can be up there with you!

    In Stephen Covey’s great book, “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”, he tells the story of;
    . A professor took a beaker and filled it with rocks and asked his class if it was full.
    “Yes,” they said.
    He then picked up some small pebbles and poured them into the beaker and they fell between the gaps in the big rocks.
    “Is it full now?” he questioned.
    “No,” they said, realising what he had done.
    He then picked up some sand poured it into the beaker and it fell through the gaps in the rocks and pebbles but then, still more, he finally added some water.
    “Now,” he says, “If I put the sand, water and small pebbles in first what would happen to the rocks?” The class responded, “You wouldn’t get all the rocks in the beaker.”

    Exactly, so if the beaker represents the 86,400 seconds of a day and the rocks represent the most important things you need to get done, then you need to do them first.

    So schedule is an important part of the answer but prioritising is just as important. Things change on a daily basis and with it your schedule might too, however if you know what the important things you need to get done today are, it will help you achieve your goals.

    Suggest to your companion to decide:
    1. What are his/herr goals – all of them – family, writing, career, health, etc
    2. What are the priorities of those today
    3. Take your hour-by-hour schedule and put them in – voila!

    Good luck to your companion

    John

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