WHO IS IN YOUR CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE— AND WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

WHO IS IN YOUR CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE— AND WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT Steven Covey popularized the concept of a “Circle of Concern” (things we worry about) and a “Circle of Influence” (things we have some power over). Some people also recognize a “Circle of Control”—areas where we hold nearly all the power.    And many people fight their Circle of Concern, abdicate their Circle of Control, … [Read more...] about WHO IS IN YOUR CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE— AND WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

THE LAW OF COMPENSATION AND THE UNIVERSAL “JOY BANK”

THE LAW OF COMPENSATION AND THE UNIVERSAL “JOY BANK” Although no one likes a “what’s in it for me” attitude, “you get as good as you give” is a universal truth. The principle is often called the Law of Compensation, from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s 1841 essay “Compensation.” Your reward may not come back to you immediately, or all at once, or in the form you expected, but it will come. That … [Read more...] about THE LAW OF COMPENSATION AND THE UNIVERSAL “JOY BANK”

The Law of Increasing Returns

THE LAW OF INCREASING RETURNS Most of us know about “the law of diminishing returns”: after you do the same thing in the same way for a while, the return (financial profit, whole-life improvement) on investment (energy, time, money) gradually decreases. Once the return becomes of equal or lesser value than the investment, you have four options: Pretend you don’t notice, and keep doing the … [Read more...] about The Law of Increasing Returns

Temporary Defeat vs. Failure

TEMPORARY DEFEAT VS. FAILURE If you’re in the habit of moaning, “I’m such a failure” every time you don’t get something quite right—stop right now! If not for your own sake, for the sake of your children who are watching and learning from you, and whom you don’t want to grow up with inferiority complexes and the idea it’s better not to try. If you feel like a “failure” because it seems you … [Read more...] about Temporary Defeat vs. Failure

The Power of Purpose

The Power of Purpose People whose sense of purpose stops at “getting ahead” make unpleasant company. They’re overly busy, overly competitive, and overly suspicious. They’re tense, irritable, and pessimistic. They put expediency ahead of integrity and self-respect. Often they wind up chronically depressed or even suicidal. Sadly, it’s not just middle-aged CEOs who get into this condition. … [Read more...] about The Power of Purpose