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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Urgent Is Not Always Important

What may be done at any time will be done at no time.  ~Scottish Proverb

Do you find yourself distracted easily?  Do shiny new objects pull you away from once exciting projects that have now become a little dull with time?  How often do you say yes to someone or something new when you haven't finished what you are currently doing?  You have good intentions as your move about the day but then other things and people will make demands of you.  As a leader you must be able to decipher between urgent and important.  Many things are important but not urgent.  Some people will approach you with seemingly urgent that is not necessarily important.  Learn to say, "no, thank you" or "wait...please."  Influencers will try to sway you.  Listen to their subtle or not so subtle methods of persuasion.  A mindful leader will be astute and focused - staying on course for the important.

1. Close your eyes
2. Breathe
3. Empty your mind
4. As thoughts come in, acknowledge and whisk them away
5. Focus on your breathing
6. Think about the affirmation:

I will devote the majority of my attention to the important.

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