Monday, March 27, 2006

Ace's Wisdom Encyclopedia

Excuses versus Motivation:

Why didn't you call? Uh, I lost your number. I got run over by an Amtrak. I won the lottery and you can kiss my ass. I had to take my grandmother to the hospital.

One thing you come to learn with age is, if you want to do something, you'll find a way to do it. It's all about motivation. For most of us deciding what to do amounts to doing what is the least miserable chore. If someone doesn't call you back, it's because calling you back wasn't that important to them. Take that for what it's worth. The house could have caught on fire and calling the fire department was more important. (along with the statefarm agent and your realtor) or, this person chose to go to lunch instead. Perhaps hunger was more important than calling you back. Perhaps watching Will and Grace was more important than calling you back.

On the other hand, if you had just won the Mega-million lotto and had too much money on your hands, just the rumor that you wanted someone to return your call would have had your phone ringing off the hook. "It's all about motivation"

When you ask a woman to marry you, and she says she has to "think" about it. The motivation isn't there. Actually, I believe that you shouldn't have to ask someone to marry you. If you don't know what their response is going to be, you aren't ready to get married.

Steve Pavlina preaches: "Do it now". It's a form of self-motivation. It's the cure for procrastination.

Stephen R. Covey says: Do what's important, before it becomes urgent. ie, quadrant 2 activeties. For most of us, our time and activeties are divided into 4 quadrants:

1. Urgent - The house is on fire. April 15th 11:59pm. etc..l.

2. Important but NOT Urgent - Taxes on Januaray 1st. Exercise. Phoning your relatives.

3. Urgent but NOT important - The phone ringing. Somebody elses problems. etc....

4. NOT Urgent and NOT Important - Scuttle butting. Gossip. Monday morning QBing.

We should spend most of our time in quadrant 2. If we do, then we avoid the time wasted in the other 3 areas.

If you really want to do it. You'll do it.


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