Archive for the ‘Focused Action’ Category

“A trail through the mountains, if used, becomes a path in a short time, but, if unused, becomes blocked by grass in an equally short time.” 

—Mencius (371-289 BC; Public domain)


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The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.

Mayflower II

— William Arthur Ward

…Every know and again, it is good to review both your thoughts and actions for a set period of time to assure you haven’t drifted into the enemy’s camp.

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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There is no greater harm than that of time wasted.

Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475–1564)

— Michelangelo (Public domain)

…And don’t worry about perfection, just keep moving. Certainly, you will need to make adjustments along the way to your destination, but dedicate a specific small block of time each week—perhaps an hour over the weekend—to check your bearings. The remainder of the time, remain focused and keep moving forward.

The true measure of your success will come when you meet your next obstacle (of many), and you continue to move forward in a focused manner despite the roadblock.

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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Decide firmly what you will not do, and you will be free to do vigorously what you ought to do.


— Mencius (Public domain)

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Passive inactivity, because you have not been given specific instructions to do this or to do that, is a serious deficiency.

Marshall, George C 2

— George Marshall

…And ideally, we are the ones giving ourselves the “specific instructions.” We must create a vision for our life—one which we can passionately pursue with a specific set of actions. Lacking this, we either flounder through life, going from crisis to crisis in a reactionary state, or we live with a chip on our shoulders because we are simply taking orders from someone else. We can live life on offense or on defense. One we proactively control; the other controls us due to our passive inactivity.


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Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.

van Gogh, Vincent

— Vincent van Gogh


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