FOCUS...The Route to a Happier New YOU!
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Posted by: Dr. Alan Zimmerman
Dr. Zimmerman's TUESDAY TIP:
priorities determine your progress."
Alan Zimmerman's Personal Commentary:
The story's told of an overweight man who wanted to shed some pounds. So
he decided to change his route to work so that he wouldn't drive by his
favorite doughnut shop. He told his co-workers about his decision.
Then he arrived at work one morning with a huge bag of doughnuts. When
his co-workers asked him about it, he said, "These are not ordinary
doughnuts. These are miracle doughnuts."
Amazed, they asked, "What in the world are you talking about?"
He replied, "Well, it's simple. On my way to work I accidentally
drove by my favorite doughnut shop and saw all those wonderful pastries sitting
in the window. I knew I had to pray for strength so I said, 'Lord, if you
want me to have any of these you're going to have to give me a parking place
right in front of the doughnut shop.' And sure enough, after eight trips
around the block, there was a parking space right in front!"
A miracle? I doubt it. The man SAID his priority and his purpose
was to lose weight. That's easy enough to say, but putting feet to your
words is another reality. The man didn't want to DO any of the things it
would take to lose the weight. In reality, his REAL priority ... whether
he knew it or not ... was to keep on eating doughnuts.
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Harness the power of focus.
The efficiency expert Ivy Lee knew all about that and he knew the steel mill
badly needed his help to not only survive but thrive. So he pitched his
services to the company's stone-faced president, Charles Schwab. Lee
said, "Mr. Schwab, if you allow me the chance to help, I'll teach you and
your executives to manage better. You'll know how ..."
Schwab cut him off. "Look, Mr. Lee, I'm sure your services are
great, but we don't need them. We don't need any more 'knowing' around
here. I don't manage as well as I know how to now." He shook
his head. "We already know what we should be doing. If you can
show us a way to get it done better, I'll pay you anything you want."
For a moment, Ivy was almost flustered. A lesser man would have run, but
Ivy forced himself to remain cool and confident. After all, he had an
Ivy stepped toward the president's desk. "What if I could give you
something in the next 20 minutes that would raise your efficiency by
50%?" Schwab raised an eyebrow and tilted his head slightly.
Lee smiled to himself. This was a good idea. He bent down and
rifled through his briefcase for a moment, then pulled out a small blank piece
of paper. He put it on the large desk and slid it towards Schwab.
Schwab looked slightly confused. He glanced up at Ivy Lee and then stared
at the paper. Lee took a half step back. "Do you see this
paper?" Through a furrowed brow, Schwab looked up again. "Of
"Take that paper and write down the six most important things you need to
do tomorrow." Schwab thought for a couple of minutes and scribbled
down six items. After he finished, he tossed his pen back onto the
desk. "Now what?"
Lee folded his arms and looked down at the paper. "Now number them in
order of importance." Schwab reached across the desk to grab the pen
he had just flung. It only took a moment to put them in order. This
time he laid the pen on top of the list. He gave a nod.
Lee smiled again. "Now, tomorrow when you get to work, I want you to
work on the first item until it is done. Distractions will arise.
Ignore them. Only work on number one until it is done. Then move on
to number two, then when that's all finished, number three, and so on. At
the end of every day, make a new list. Don't worry about the things that
don't get done. You will know you have been doing the most good possible
for your company, and if you can't get all items done using this method, you
couldn't get them done using any other system either. Once you've had
time to prove to yourself the value of this, have your people try it out as
well. In fact, try it out as long as you like. Then, you send me a
check for whatever you think it is worth."
The steel mill president stood up and extended a hand, but he looked lost in
thought. They shook hands and Lee left, confident his idea was a winner.
Several weeks later, Ivy Lee received a letter in which Schwab informed him
that his "list of six most important things" idea was the most
profitable thing, from a money standpoint, that he had ever learned.
Enclosed in the letter was a check for $25,000.
It has since been said that this simple idea was largely responsible for
helping the obscure steel mill grow to be one of the largest steel producers in
the world. In other words, to Bethlehem Steel, this idea was literally
How much will it be worth to you?
your list of the "six most important things to do" for each day this
week and continue doing this until it becomes a habit.
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