Motivate Yourself - Some of us may think we’re too depressed, angry, or upsetabout certain problems right now to start on a new course ofpersonal motivation. But Napoleon Hill insisted that that’s theperfect time to learn one of life’s most unusual rules: “Tereis one unbeatable rule for the mastery of sorrows and disappointments, and that is the transmutation of those emotionalfrustrations through defnitely planned work. It is a rule whichhas no equal.”
Once we get the picture of who we want to be, “defnitelyplanned work” is the next step on the path. Defnitely plannedwork inspires the energy of purpose. Without it, we suﬀer froma weird kind of intention defcit disorder. We’re short on intention.
We dont know where we’re going or what we're up to. When I was a training instructor at a time-management company many years ago, we taught businesspeople how tomaximize time spent on the job. Te primary idea was this: onehour of planning saves three hours of execution.
However, most of us don’t feel we have time for that hourof planning. We’re too busy cleaning up yesterday’s problems(that were caused by lack of planning). We don’t yet see thatplanning would be the most productive hour we spend. Instead,we wander unconsciously into the workplace and react to crises. (Again, most of which result from a failure to plan.) A carefullyplanned meeting can take a third of the time that an unplannedfree-for-all takes.
My friend Kirk Nelson managed a large sales staﬀ at a majorradio station. His success in life was moderate until he discoveredthe principle of defnitely planned work. He spent two hourseach weekend on his computer planning the week ahead. “It’smade all the diﬀerence in the world,” he said. “Not only do Iget three times the work done, but I feel so in control. Te weekfeels like my week. Te work feels like my work. My life feelslike my life.”
It is impossible to work with a defnite sense of purposeand be depressed at the same time. Carefully planned work willmotivate you to do more and worry less.
By Steve Chandler
Steve Chandler is a life coach and a keynote and convention speaker who lives and works in Phoenix, Arizona. He has brought his workshops and seminars to more than 30 Fortune 500 companies and hundreds of small businesses.
Other info about Steve Chandler: www.stevechandler.com