On the day I started writing this book, one of my dearest and oldest friends wrote to me. I am lucky to call her my friend and she is a very wise woman. This summer we’d had occasion to support each other through making a difficult decision. She went one way, I went the other. To my eyes, this makes her the better person. We’d both been invited to do something that neither of us particularly wanted to do. I’d consulted my friend about what she intended to do. She intended to do The Right Thing. I’d done what I […]
I don’t know about you, but I get a lot of temptations to say yes to what’s wrong for me. Emails from people who think I can help them Emails from people who think they can help me Marketing which creates desire for something I never knew I wanted or needed Temptations to spend money on all the wrong things Opportunities to waste time and energy on thankless draining tasks and people I find this all much harder now in 2014 than ever before. It didn’t happen much when I was an accountant but it happens much more often now […]
Recently I have been re-reading Thomas Leonard’s 28 Principles of Attraction. Thomas devised these 28 principles because, like me, he was unhappy networking. He didn’t like attending meetings with rooms full of strangers and trying persuade them to buy what he was selling. He turned the whole proposition on its head and came up with 28 ways in which you can become irresistibly attractive and compelling so that business comes to you, rather than you having to chase it all the time. The first of these is: Become Incredibly Selfish. Mr Leonard was re-writing the definition of selfishness here […]
Today is November 1st. And today I started a challenge. To write a book within a month. It’s a bit like NaNoWriMo, about which I’ve written before, except I’m not writing a novel. I’m writing a memoir, and along with my two writing colleagues, we are each committed to writing 1,000 words a day. I’ve been preparing the ground for a while now, i.e. thinking about it and writing notes, downloading something called Scrivener. Yesterday I looked at my diary for November to work out what was going to get in my way. I have whole-day commitments on 4th, 7th and 11th […]
Do I want to be known for going the extra mile? Yes, I think I do. It may even be the title of my auto-biography...once I have worked out how to do it for the worthy and deserving cause, not just because someone asked. Good learning this week. And any week with good learning in it is also a good week.
The best and most efficient way for me to do less is to learn to say No more. This has been a challenge for me for untold decades, and I have written before that the main person to whom I learn to say No is myself. For I think I want to do all the things, or most of the things, I commit to and its only the sheer amount of them which makes some of them feel burdensome.