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Setting Limits

Setting Limits

Often our brains are fired up by demands to “dream big”.

In principle, that’s fine. But setting limits has a place, too.

Let’s take the example of ‘making more money’. How much is good to aim for?

Some will say a few hundred dollars, some a few thousand, some a few million – and all will be critiqued by a few for not “dreaming big”.

Yet, when you dig deeper into the WHY, all these answers may be perfectly correct!

If all you NEED is a few extra bucks to tide over a problem or enhance your quality of life, without sacrificing all else, then that’s your right target. You don’t need ‘bigger’.

Maybe your existing commitments mandate little time available for other things.

Personally, my online work generates money to further a purpose… to fund complex and expensive operations for poor children with congenital heart disease.

If I devote most of my time to making money, I could achieve ‘big’ targets – but unless I have time and energy to perform surgery, that does NOT further my goal.

‘Big’ is big ENOUGH.

To fuel your ambition. To fire your dream. To live your purpose.

Set limits. Reach them. Push them out a bit further.

Rinse and repeat. Grow. Succeed.

And be happy as you do.

It begins by setting limits.



500 Words To Change Your Life!

500 words to change your life

Look, I realize a 500 word post on a blog isn’t likely to change your worldview or the way you see life. But then again, it might – in some small way. So I’ll share parts of a conversation I had recently.


2 Effective Time Management Tips

Let’s talk about 2 effective time management tips that will transform your life and free up hours in your busy day to focus on other important activities.

Effective Time Management Tip #1 – Automation

We live in a technologically advanced world. There is technology that can help with practically anything – including stretching your time. No, we’re not talking about a time machine that slows or speeds up time itself, but about harnessing the power of technology to automate things.

If you’re just starting out and can’t afford to hire people to help you out, you might consider automating some tasks using technology. Email autoresponders are one such tool. By pre-loading them with a sequence of follow up messages, you can run your customer follow up process entirely hands-free.

This lets you communicate effectively, and one-on-one, with prospects, customers, clients, co-workers or students through email – even without having to invest hours and hours on personalization and checking email obsessively every few minutes.

Similar technology is available for faxing responses to people who call a number. Recorded phone messages played back to callers is another such example. Particularly of interest to home business owners running a business on the Internet is the knowledge of how even multi-million dollar operations can be managed by a handful of ’employees’.

Effective time management tips are not always complex or costly. Some of them can be implemented very inexpensively, and literally overnight. All it takes is some research, planning and access to technology. For example, the entire process of ordering, processing payments and delivering digital products can be set to be hands-off, leaving you with a time saving of several minutes to hours every day.

If a particular task in your daily routine is taking up a lot of time, it is worthwhile investing time and effort to try and find a way to automate it. That focus on automation will be among very effective time management tips which, over a longer period, will pay off richly in terms of time saved.

Effective Time Management Tip #2 – Punctuality

On a trip to Switzerland, what stood out in addition to the lovely, scenic country was the near-perfect adherence to a time schedule. Punctuality seemed to be the watchword by which the entire nation lived!

We spent an idyllic 5 days in Lucerne, Interlaken and Zurich. One thing that stood out was the obsessive punctuality – in everything. Train time-tables were printed out in 2 minute time-frames… which were met every time. In all, we made around 42 different transits, from train, to bus, to ferry, to cable-car… and only in one case was the departure time over 30 SECONDS later than displayed in the printed time-table!

This machine-like precision allowed us to squeeze the maximum benefit from our limited holiday, and we visited more places than we could have if the time schedule had been more sloppy – or ‘normal’!

That’s the effective time management principle we’re striving to implement in our own lives and work. Punctuality in everything you do will save you time. Time that’s better spent on more important things. Time that lets you plan out your day or week with more confidence. Time that allows you to fit in more action into your crowded day.


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Pick Your Battles

Pick Your Battles

In 2005, more than 135 million children were born; a little under 10 million children under the age of 5 died.

As a medical professional who has devoted his career to caring for kids, my heart aches at these statistics.

No child should die.

That’s my dream. It’s also a gargantuan challenge to meet.There are battles to fight – against infections like measles, pneumonia, diarrheal diseases, and malaria, against birth asphyxia and neonatal tetanus, and against birth defects.

I have to pick my battles – so that I can win, not merely fight.

We all face similar choices every day.

  • Which issues to address?
  • What actions to take?
  • How to make a difference?

Injustice and unfairness is innately oppressive and disgusting to every normal human being. We want to believe in a world where justice prevails, where the good are rewarded and the evil punished.

And that is why violations of these ‘rules of natural justice’ make us angry.

Yet anger alone is useless. Even if it spurs you on to taking action, unless the action is focused and directed in the right way, you may not achieve the desired result.

A chisel is more effective at cutting through mortar or rock because all its energy and force is concentrated along a thin, sharp edge. It isn’t spread out over a large area, and therefore can break through tough barriers.

Be a chisel.

Pick your battles.

Make a meaningful difference.

It’s a hard choice – because it means you’ll have to ignore some unpleasant things, turn a blind eye to some forms of injustice, pay only passing attention to some unfairness in the world – and live with that burden of guilt.

Just make sure you don’t use that as an excuse to ignore everything.

Pick your battles.

Don’t run away from the battlefield!


What If You Only Had A Year?

What if you had just a year to live?

What would you do? And what wouldn’t you?

Whom would you talk to? Whom would you not?

Where would you go?

What would you mend, fix or replace?

What would you learn? And teach?

What would you give, share or offer? To whom?

What risks would you dare to take?

What fear would you overcome?

What dreams would you chase?

Whom would you tell, “I love you”?


What if you had only a month more left?

Does that change anything?

What if you had barely a week?


What if there was only today?

Think about it.

Maybe there is only today.

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