Daily Motivation: Choose Wisely

Life is change.

Growth is optional.

Choose wisely.”

~Karen Kaiser Clark

From the book:

Seven Choices for Success and Significance

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Seven Choices for Success and Significance

“Regardless of where you were born or what your financial position in life,” writes Nido Qubein, “the power to affect your own future lies within your own hands.”

Arriving in America from the Middle East at age 17, with little knowledge of English, no connections, and no money, Nido truly understands the power of personal transformation. He has become the author of many best-selling books, one of the most sought after speakers in America, the Chairman of Great Harvest Bread, and the President of High Point University in High Point, North Carolina.

His Seven Choices for Success and Significance can help you Live Life from the Inside Out and start living the life of your dreams. It all starts with the right choices, because the choices you make define the person you become.

I’d like to share one of the choices in Seven Choices for Success and Significance. Enjoy!

Live Inspired,

Michelle Sedas


Excerpted from Seven Choices for Success and Significance 
Choose Energy Management Over Time Management
“I recommend you take care of the minutes for the hours will take care of themselves.”
~Lord Chesterfield
Are you obsessed with “managing your time”? Too many people get bogged down with this concept. The truth is that we all have the same 24 hours in a day. If you focus on time, you might be held back by transactional things.
I think in terms of energy.
Is this activity worthy of my energy? 
Why is this shift in emphasis important? Because you could live to be 80, but you could lose your energy at 60. You have 24 hours, but if after five hours you fizzle out, it doesn’t matter if you have another 19 hours. The issue is not the amount of time you have; it’s the amount of energy you have.
Because if you don’t have the energy,
you can’t execute. 
We are all like batteries. Sooner or later, we will lose all our energy. That’s why it’s essential to place your energy in something worthwhile. How do you do that?
Focus on activities that contribute
to the greatest value in your life and do more of those. 
Eliminate the activities that contribute little or no value to your life –
it’s a meaningless investment of one’s energy. 
Here’s an approach that works for me. Regarding energy and time, I think in terms of units – a unit equals five minutes. I never think of an hour – an hour is 12 units.
To use 12 or more units, an activity has to be something that’s really worthy of my energy… and that’s determined by the results it leads to. Here are a few energy management tips I teach in the Freshman Seminar at High Point University.
~Ask people who send you e-mails to limit them to six lines or less with one question per email. I don’t mind if people send me three emails back-to-back because I can answer them quickly with a “yes, no, or maybe.” That’s how I get through 300 e-mails a day and stay in touch with a lot of people.
~I conduct most of my meetings standing up and in the other person’s office. That way I can leave when the mission is accomplished.
~ My desk phone hasn’t rung in 20 years – it rings in my assistant’s office. I delegate and therefore, I don’t get interrupted by phone calls. I rarely have more than a couple of calls a day to return … often from my car.
~Keep time in meetings to a minimum – Attend only meetings that are necessary. Insist on starting on time, getting and sticking to the point, limiting the agenda, and ending on time. Meetings can be big time wasters.
~ Use every minute to pursue your goals – For example, what do you do when you are caught in a traffic jam? Noel Coward didn’t fuss and fume: He took out a piece of paper and wrote his popular song, “I’ll See You Again.” Many successful people keep self-help CDs handy to listen to while they are driving, selected reading materials available to use while waiting for someone, and routine paperwork handy – just to salvage time lost to delays.
Each of us is given 1,440 minutes each day, 168 hours each week, and 8,760 hours every year. What you choose is what you get. Take care of the most valuable resource – not your time, but your energy.

 Today’s Inspiration Comes From:

Seven Choices for Success and Significance

How to Live Life
From the Inside Out

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Daily Motivation: Dwell in possibility

“Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility.”

~Oprah Winfrey

Found in the book:

Achieve Any Goal

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Daily Motivation: Getting golden delicious

“Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don’t expect golden delicious.”

~Bill Meyer

Found in the book:

Charging The Human Battery


Daily Motivation: Face it

“Nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

~ James Baldwin

Found in the book:

Habits Die Hard


Daily Motivation: Unfathomably mysterious

“As soon as a man does not take his existence for granted, but beholds it as something unfathomably mysterious, thought begins.”

~Albert Schweitzer

Found in the book:

Great Quotes from Great Leaders

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Daily Motivation: Is it worth catching?

“Attitudes truly are contagious, and from time to time we need to ask ourselves,
“Is mine worth catching?”

~Mac Anderson

Found in the book:

The Power of Attitude

The Power of Attitude


Daily Motivation: Watch your….

“Watch your thoughts, they become your beliefs.

Watch your beliefs, they become your words.

Watch your words, they become your actions. 

Watch your actions, they become your habits.

Watch your habits, they become your character.”

Found in the book:

What It Takes to Be Number One


Guest Post: Madness or Innovation?

Hello Friends,

Today we are featuring a Guest Post from our friend and colleague, Gordon Tredgold. Gordon studied Mathematics at Manchester University. He worked in IT for over 20 years, and is a specialist in Transformational Leadership, Operational Performance Improvement, Organizational Development, Creating Business Value via IT,  and Program and Change Management. We are excited to share him and his work!

If you want more….subscribe to his incredible blog Leadership Principles HERE. Hope his post encourages you to push boundaries and look for innovation in seemingly crazy places!

Lead Well … Lead Right,

The WalkTheTalk.com Team

Madness or Innovation?

Ever hear the  the phrase “there’s method in his madness”? Well what is being referred to here, is something which looked absolutely crazy to start with, but that might actually not be a such bad idea after all. It’s about an approach which no one considered, because in all obviousness, it defies logic and should have no chance of succeeding, but ultimately it succeeds.

One of my favourite example of this comes from Dick Fosbery, who in 1968 won the Olympic High Jump Gold Medal using a new technique he invented himself. For the previous 30 or so years the main techniques in high jumping were the Straddle, or it’s slight variant called the Western Roll, which had seen very few modifications over that time.

Using this technique Fosbery’s best result was 1m 63cm, a whopping 60cm below the world record, which is not what you would remotely call good, let alone world class. Fosbury unimpressed with his results decided to change his style. He came up with an approach that was extremely unorthodox, and defied logic, he ran towards the bar on a curving run, and as he approached the bar he turned and tried to jump over it backwards.

This approach looked weird to say the least, but in one afternoon, Fosbury improved his personal best by over 15cm, which made him better, it still didn’t make him world class, but in terms of improvement it was a significant step forward. It showed him that there was actually some method in his madness. Fosbury continued to practise and in 1967 he had improved but was still only ranked 61 in the world, by the time the 1968 Olympics came around, he was still a relatively unknown athlete, but he persisted with his method even though it was often ridiculed.

Using his new technique, Fosbury not only won the Olympic gold, but he also set a new world record of 2m 24cm. Nobody was laughing now!

In 1968 Olympics Fosbury was the only person using his technique, which was now called the ‘Fosbury Flop’, but since 1972 no Olympic gold high jump medal has been won using any method but this, and today every competitor uses the Fosbury Flop.

Fosbury was a game changer, he revolutionised his sport,  and he did it by doing the illogical, the weird, introducing madness into his method, and then showing there was method in his madness.

When we cannot make the improvements we need, want or desire, then we often need to look at changing our approach.

Doing things the way you have always done them, and expecting different results, now that’s true madness. We need to open ourselves to new ideas, to new ways of doing things, things that may even look crazy. This is how we drive innovation, not by continuing to do things the way we have always done that, that leads to stagnation.

We need to work smarter, not harder. Harder will only allow us to achieve the best that method has to offer, when what we really should be looking for is a different method, even if at first sight it might look a little mad.

Question: Which innovations inspire you, which at first looked like madness?

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Daily Motivation: Character

“The final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.”

~Anne Frank

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Walk The Talk