Friday, 26 September 2014

Highly Effective People

I am privileged to work with a great many HEIs - Highly Effective Individuals.  I am frequently astounded by just how much we, between us, manage to achieve in any given day or week.  I am concerned by how infrequently we step back and take stock of exactly how much we are doing, or how well we are doing it.  

It is perhaps symptomatic of the fast paced world we occupy.  Life seems to be set on fast forward and we, as a result, are constantly chasing to keep up.  

Too many people undervalue what they are, and overvalue what they are not.
Malcolm Forbes

Think about it, for a minute.  What have you done today?  Break it down - what, exactly have you done?  

It is only when we are prevented from getting on with 'the business', by illness or injury, for example, that we notice how much it is that we ordinarily get done, and how we take it for granted that we can set out to complete a set of tasks and, circumstances permitting, get these done.  

Getting things done requires energy and inclination...  

What is it that you got out of bed for this morning?

What drives you?

Planning and motivation are the tools of effective people.  As is confidence...  

We can boost this by acknowledging 'I did that, and I did it well'.  

As a therapist I find it ever more important to bring into the field of my clients' vision, how much it is that they are already accomplishing, in the hope that this may stoke the all important fires of self-efficacy.  

The key is not to prioritise what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.
Stephen Covey

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