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Personal growth: The paradox of persistence and failure March 27, 2017

Posted by Dennis Mellersh in Goal Setting and Realization, Uncategorized.
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By Dennis Mellersh

In our efforts to realize the goals in our personal development programs we can achieve either success or failure through the character attribute of persistence.

We can persist in working and fruitlessly spending energy and time on a goal when all logic and analysis indicates that doing so is a doomed effort.

Or we can continually establish new goals to replace those goals which are clearly not working.

Author Napoleon hill puts it this way:

[Most people] “meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail.”

It’s hard to let go of a failing effort to achieve goals we consider important unless we have equally important goals that can replace them.

Personal development: Multi-tasking downsides (Part 2) March 18, 2017

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By Dennis Mellersh

In a previous post on multi-tasking, I talked about a possible outcome of multi-tasking — having a big to-do list and then madly dashing from one task to another doing a little bit here and there on each and not making much progress on any of them.

Even more problematic is when we do, or attempt to do, things at the same time which actually should only be done separately, such as:

* Checking our e-mail or (worse) writing it while talking with someone on the phone
* Thinking about our upcoming vacation while “listening” to a friend tell us about a problem they are trying to solve
* Using a mobile device, such as for texting, while driving (dangerous)

More sensible simultaneous multi-tasking examples could include:

*Ironing the laundry while cooking dinner
*Highlighting sections of a report we are writing with the purpose of using the highlighted items in an upcoming e-mail synopsis of the report
* Making some notes while our friend is telling us about their problem in order to help them more effectively

Multi-tasking can work as long as don’t take it to the extreme.