Mentors Around Every Corner

Written by Josh Hinds

Do you have a library card? At this point you're probably asking yourself how inrepparttar world this is possibly going to translate into a commentary on self-improvement. Bear with me on this because it's going to fit together I assure you.

Sadly, if you're like most folks you don't have one. Not only that, you might not even rememberrepparttar 101926 last time you took advantage of these incredible repositories of knowledge. In actualityrepparttar 101927 word incredible is a gross understatement to describe just how much is waiting for us all on those bookshelves. And in many cases for FREE to boot!

It's been said many times that a person can become an expert in just about anything provided they takerepparttar 101928 amount of required time for them to learnrepparttar 101929 subject. I won't go in depth here but suffice it to say I am huge proponent of continued self education. I hope that you are as well.

There are many methods you and I can apply to put ourselves onrepparttar 101930 path towards continuos education. We've gotrepparttar 101931 Internet. We've got those around us & our mentors. We have all kinds of formal education and not so formal... and of course we have libraries.

As promised in my opening statement, here's how it all fits together. I read a whole lot of personal development books and listen to a lot of tapes. It's not uncommon for me to not know what's currently playing onrepparttar 101932 radio stations because I prefer to use my driving time as learning time.

In addition to personal development I also like to read biography's and auto-biography's of people I am interested. There's an old quote that I simply love which say's "Success Leaves Clues". It's in this truth that leads me to read a lot of biographies. So this past week I wanted to get a better grasp of courage, persistence, andrepparttar 101933 will to simply not give up inrepparttar 101934 face of dire situations.

Just Say “No”

Written by Dr. Donald E. Wetmore

I used to put everyone else’s requests and needs first and if there was any time left over atrepparttar end ofrepparttar 101925 day for what I needed and wanted to do, that was acceptable. That is until I began to realize that if you and I are going to be effective time managers, we have to stay away from allocating our time solely onrepparttar 101926 basis of those who demand it. Instead, if you and I are going to be effective time managers, we have to allocate our time onrepparttar 101927 basis of those who deserve it.

I don’t mean this in any negative or arrogant way. It’s just you have limits torepparttar 101928 amount of time you have to spend and so one ofrepparttar 101929 most powerful words in your Time Management vocabulary isrepparttar 101930 word, “no”. Almost everyone you encounter will think they have a better idea about how you should be spending your time. It doesn’t make others bad. It’s justrepparttar 101931 wayrepparttar 101932 world works. If there is a void in your Time Management life, someone, or many for that matter, will jump in to fill that spot. The problem is that they do not haverepparttar 101933 full understanding of where you are taking your life and if you keep saying “yes”, they will continue to take up your time, possibly keeping you from accomplishing what you really want to do.

“No” is sometimes difficult to say because you have been taught differently. You have been taught to say, “yes”, to please, to serve, and to accommodate. There is nothing wrong with saying “yes” most ofrepparttar 101934 time, but occasionally there is a line you choose not to cross, when saying “yes” is really notrepparttar 101935 best use of your time to get you to where you need and want to be.

If you had unlimited amounts of time, you could “yes” allrepparttar 101936 time to everyone. But you don’t. You have 24 hours each day, 7 days a week for a total of 168 hours. And you get to spend that time only once, so you have to spend it wisely.

I have listed seventeen ways here to say “no”. Don’t let me putrepparttar 101937 words in your mouth. Takerepparttar 101938 ones you like, change them around and you userepparttar 101939 words that are comfortable for you. The point is, if you are ever in a position when you can never say “no”, then you are always saying “yes”, and likerepparttar 101940 song says, “If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for everything”.

Try these:

“I’m sorry. That’s not a priority for me right now.”

“I can’t help you on this now, but I can get to it next week. Would that be okay?”

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