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You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him to find it within himself.
-- Galileo
 

 

Thursday, January 18, 2001

Back up

Things were going great and then something distracted you. Now you can’t get your mind off the distraction. Or can you? Of course you can. Your mind is yours to control. All you need to do is take it back, back to where you were before you were thrown off track.

What were you doing before the distraction came along? What were you thinking? How were you standing or sitting? Recall how you were, as vividly and specifically as possible. Then mentally put yourself right back in that condition.

One annoying distraction can ruin a whole day of otherwise productive and effective work, but only if you let it. Those distractions and interruptions are sure to come. Your best strategy is to minimize their impact. Everyone gets thrown off track. When you can quickly regain your focus, then you’ll be able to accomplish so much more.

Don’t let your goals fall victim to petty distractions. Get in the habit of bringing yourself quickly back in focus and people will marvel at how much you’re able to get done.

— Ralph Marston

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