So before you take your next action you need to ask yourself, “am a acting with purpose or simple reacting?”
Throughout human history, it was the super achievers — and only the super achievers — who knew when to say “No.” They always knew what to reach for. They knew where to place themselves. Now all of us will have to learn that. It’s not very difficult. The key to it — what Leonardo da Vinci and Mozart did — is to record the results of our decisions.
Every time you do something that is important, write down what you expect will happen. The most important decisions in organizations are people decisions, and yet only the military, and only recently, has begun to ask, “If we assign this general to lead this base, what do we expect him to accomplish?” Three years later they look back at what they had written. They have now reached a point where 40 percent of their decisions work out.
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