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Do good by stealth, and blush to find it fame.
-- Alexander Pope
 

 

Monday, July 11, 2011

Demand results

One of the most insidious ways to avoid doing what you must do is to spend your time and effort doing what’s not really necessary. When you’re constantly busy, it can be difficult to recognize or to admit that you’re not getting anything done.

Taking action is good. Yet taking effective, productive, meaningful action is what will move you forward.

When you purchase a product or service from someone else, it’s likely that you demand results in exchange for your money. Get in the habit of being just as demanding of results from your own time and your own efforts.

Pay attention to the results you’re getting, and to how much value those results bring to your life and to your world. If you’re not getting results that are valuable and meaningful, it’s time to change your approach.

Your time is a highly precious and irreplaceable resource. Make sure that whatever you exchange your time for is even more valuable than the time and effort you spend getting it.

Instead of telling yourself that you’re doing enough by merely being busy, demand results. Wisely use your time to bring real and meaningful richness to your world.

— Ralph Marston

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