Use these 7 questions to get more done in any situation

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Coach Craig Ball reviews and Highlights Book about the Coaching Habit

During my free 30 day trial, I came across a book called the "Coaching Habit". The book was more about building relationships in the business world than in the coaching world...but I'll share a few of the things that I found useful.

Using repetition and focusing on smaller movements has always been something they I've tried to incorporate in my coaching and training. The book mentions this in the beginning and I thought it was on point.

Practice Deeply: 1) Practicing small chunks of the bigger action. 2) Repetition and repetition...and repetition. 3) Be Mindful and noticing when things go well.  
There are 3 main areas of friction as we move projects forward: The People that we work with, he project itself or the patterns/procedures that are getting in the way. The following set of questions below help to move through these three factors and bring things into focus. 
Your need to listen more and ask more question...Your advice is not as good as you think it is.  
Stop offering advice with a question mark attached: No more "Have you thought of...? questions.  
Stick with more questions that start with "What" and less that start with "Why". 
Idea Generation is the the act of creating and sharing your own connections to new ideas... while helping others to learn what they need. At that time you have the perfect oppertunity to see if you can provide an answer or helpful direction.  
Questions to move conversations along while pulling out what the real issues are:

  1. The Kickstart Question: This is a question that gets things going by just asking what's on your mind. 
  2. Follow Up Questions: Make sure you follow up with some kind of "And What Else" Question to keep the conversation going. When there is nothing else to add you can feel confident that you have reached an ending point of this particular issue. 
  3. Use a Focus Question Next: Look for the real problem and not the first and easiest problem. Use something like "What's the real challenge here for you" After you learn of all the issues from the follow-up must then find out what is the most important issue to solve. 
  4.  Next is the "What do you want" Question. Don't make assumptions is better, and most of the time easier, to solve a stated problem than trying to solve a problem that really doesn't need solving in the first place.
  5. The "How can I help" Questions sets up the idea that you can be useful and helpful to them without unnecessarily jumping into action in a way that's not needed. 
  6. Use a Strategic Question to find out if you can say yes or no to the need. Use curiosity to shift the focus by using clarifying questions like; Whom else have you asked? When you say urgent...what do you mean? If I do this part can you do this part?
  7. Recap Question to sum up. What was the most useful outcome that you found during this exchange? This gives the person that you are helping a chance to acknowledge you and it provides a supportive dialogue toward your efforts. 

This set of questions helps provide a logical path for helping those around you to retain what is to be learned while helping to solve the problems at hand. You job at times as a manager and a leader is to help create the space for people to have those learning moments while making what has been learned stick. 

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Learn to be lucky: Use these highlighted rules to use luck to your advantage

Can You Learn to be Lucky? : Why Some People Seem to Win More Often Than Others

The Coach Ball, Craig Ball

What’s in it for me? Learn how to be luckier.

Life is full of lucky happenstance.
27 September, 2018 21:21
But, in reality, a lot of these apparently lucky outcomes have totally predictable causes.
27 September, 2018 21:21 You can’t control everything in life. But luck is often more predictable than you might think, and we can all adapt our behavior, prepare for randomness and nudge the system so it works in our favor.
27 September, 2018 21:21 
So let’s dive in and find out why lucky people are lucky, and how you can learn to be lucky yourself.
27 September, 2018 21:22 

Appearing last could help your chances of being lucky.

In any situation where a number of people, objects or performances are judged against each other, being among the last to be judged increases your chances of success.
27 September, 2018 21:22 
By the end, competitors are more likely to pick up those high marks, however, since the judges know there is no one else coming who could trump them.
27 September, 2018 21:2
So going last is lucky. If you can choose a job interview slot, go last. Want to pick up that hot guy at the bar? Make your attempt late in the evening.
27 September, 2018 21:2Humans like familiar things, so looking the part and being in the right place will increase your luck.
the exposure effect, which predicts that people will like things they’re familiar with.
27 September, 2018 21:24
So we tend to like what we know, and, in general, we’re most familiar with whatever we regularly get physically close to.
27 September, 2018 21:24 
So, whether with your Linkedin profile, your clothes or the strength of your handshake, try to make that first impression a good one. It really does matter.
27 September, 2018 21:25 

Humans are predisposed to favor attractive people, meaning beautiful people get lots of luck.

We all have that good-looking friend who was the college quarterback, always got the girls and is now raking in millions at Goldman Sachs. Beautiful people simply seem to have all the luck.
27 September, 2018 21:26 
And, in truth, beautiful people do have a lot of luck because humans are predisposed to favor attractive people.
27 September, 2018 21:26 
Our brains seamlessly make a series of logical leaps – from “this person is beautiful” to “this person must have good genes” to “this person is likely to be smart and well-adjusted.”
27 September, 2018 21:27 

Confidence creates opportunities for lucky breaks, but it’s more dependent on social conditioning than we might think.

Confidence is about focusing more on reward than risk.
27 September, 2018 21:29 
People who are able to push activation over inhibition are luckier because they are more likely to get into the situations – talking to potential partners, demanding a promotion – that create opportunities for luck.
28 September, 2018 18:38 
Take time to remind yourself of your strengths.
28 September, 2018 18:39 To be truly successful, hard work isn’t enough. Rather, you need multiple pieces of luck to come together.
Researchers exploring the link between genes and athletic performance have found that genes can account for anywhere between 31 and 85 percent of variation between athletes. So the difference between an Olympic medalist and an “also ran” doesn’t depend on practice alone; it’s also genetic.
28 September, 2018 18:48 
To add to genes, resources and location, you also need mental toughness. Reaching the very top in any field depends on never saying, “I quit.”
28 September, 2018 18:4
The likes of Tom Brady, a superstar quarterback, are capable of looking at a loss and criticism as a learning experience time and time again, relentlessly focusing on improvement and exercising unyielding self-control.
28 September, 2018 18:50 
Sure, hard work is important. But it’s not enough on its own.
28 September, 2018 18:50 

Self-control is an essential component to success.

Self-control, and investing time and effort in activities that are only rewarding in the long-term, is a great way to generate successful, apparently lucky outcomes.
28 September, 2018 18:53 
If learning new skills feels like hard work, that’s because it really is.
28 September, 2018 18:54 
So cultivate your self-discipline, and when a lucky opportunity pops up, you’ll be well placed to capitalize on it,
28 September, 2018 18:55 

Connecting with other people will help generate new opportunities.

Make crystal clear that you are genuinely interested in the other person. Send unmistakably friendly signals, like smiles and leaning in, and make open, welcoming gestures. If you are unmistakably pleasurable to be around, people will open up and warm to you quickly.
28 September, 2018 18:58 

Staying curious about new things will increase your chances of finding luck.

Being cautious, or curious, about new things is self-perpetuating.
28 September, 2018 19:02
Say yes to things. Stay curious. In the end, you might just get lucky.
28 September, 2018 19:03 Final summary
Maximize your lucky opportunities by regularly trying new things.
28 September, 2018 19:03 
Try out and learn different activities as much as possible. Learn computer programming, study French or try out a new sport. Maybe you’ll stumble upon a world-class talent you never knew you had, or meet your next business partner in class. At worst, you’ll get a better idea of what you truly enjoy doing!
3 October, 2018 11:38 

About the book:

Can You Learn to Be Lucky (2018) explores how unseen biases dictate our personal behavior and world events in ways that are often quite predictable. By understanding the mechanisms behind seemingly lucky events, we can learn how to harness luck to our advantage.

About the author:

Karla Starr is a journalist and writer focusing on popular science and the subject of luck. She has written for the Atlantic, Slate, the Guardian and the Los Angeles Times. Fifteen years ago, she almost died in a car accident. She was lucky enough to survive.

How to communicate in today's world - increase your value in a team environment

Here are the notes that I took while reading about what it takes to be a better communicator. The skill of working with others and creating something together is a skill that you should be working to improve as much as possible. The better that you are able to work with others to create will cause your value to rise in the modern world. 

The Coach Ball Craig Ball

What’s in it for me? Prepare yourself for the collaborative economy.
The days of the rat race are over.

develop them in friendly teams and bring them to fruition for the benefit of all.

in fact the change has already begun

economy will reach a happy medium between a scenario where rivals fight for market position and one where they share ideas.

improve on your collaborative intelligence

your ability to work and generate ideas with others.

In a world where value is not just placed on things but also on ideas, collaboration has become the most important skill.

call a mind-share economy, wealth is based more on ideas and relationships than on transactions

generating, developing and executing ideas with other people one of our most valuable abilities

Understanding cognitive styles, thinking talents and blind spots will improve teamwork and communication.

Many people react to such questions by feeling attacked or stressed, but it’s better to consider where the person is coming from. This will help you see that your interrogator is actually embracing your idea, just from a different perspective.

Asking questions and accepting uncertainty will let you find inspiration and seek help from others.

But for questions to be beneficial it’s essential that you be comfortable with uncertainty. That’s because the best questions are not easily answered, and we shouldn’t expect ourselves to find simple solutions. However, we’re trained in school to come up with answers and even have competitions over answering the fastest.

As a result, questions that go unanswered tend to annoy us and we try to avoid them. But actually, being able to bear uncertainty is like exercising a mental muscle.

About the book:

Collaborative Intelligence (2015) is a guide to developing your own personal form of intelligence by utilizing your unique ways of thinking. These blinks will teach you how to identify and build on your strengths as well as those of others, while adjusting your communication accordingly.

About the author:

Dawna Markova is a renowned expert in the psychology of human learning and perception, and author of the famous book, Random Acts of Kindness.
Angie McArthur is co-founder of Smart Wired and an expert in communication and learning styles.
Together they are the CEOs of Professional Thinking Partner, a firm that helps companies and customers across the world assess their thinking potential and improve their collaborative capacity.

The Gilpin Gold Playlist for September 24th, 2018

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The Coach Ball Music Playlist Project
*Random Numbers for the week are on the left

Lucid Dreams Jucie wrld
Jack Skellington G-eazy
Play It again Luke Bryan
Banana Bread Cavetown
Killshot Eminem
Don't Stop Believin' Journey
Phoenix Fallout Boy
Non-Stop Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr.
Youngblood  5 seconds of summer
Don't love me Lil Skies
Welcome to the Black Parade  My Chemical Romance
I Like me better  Lauv
Black & White Juice WRLD
The Crying Game Nicki Minaj
Say Hi Codeko

Highlights from a guide to the good life

A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy

Coach Craig Ball

Your highlights:

We should not let wealth corrupt us.

For instance, the Stoic philosopher Musonius stated that money won't soothe our sorrows. As evidence, he simply noted that our world is full of wealthy, yet wretched people. He didn’t stop there, however – he went a step further to claim that money can in fact make us miserable.
19 April, 2018 11:45 Share

The Stoics can teach us to deal with grief and old age.

An octogenarian could get more joy out of life than their grandchildren if they chose to embrace every day instead of taking any aspect of their life for granted.
19 April, 2018 11:49 Share

Becoming a Stoic will change your life – but you shouldn’t rush.

Lastly, try not to project negatively onto other people. Keep in mind that everyone has their faults! As you practice these steps, you’ll find yourself in a state of mind that is far more conducive to experiencing the pure joy of being.
19 April, 2018 11:53 Share

About the book:

What's most important to you? What goals are worth pursuing? A Guide to the Good Life (2009) tackles these pivotal questions, guiding the reader through the ancient Stoic philosophy of life and offering advice on how to practice it in a modern world. Focused on the goals of virtue and tranquility, this book shows us how to find joy in our lives.

About the author:

William B. Irvine is a professor of philosophy at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He is also the author of On Desire: Why We Want What We Want and A Slap in the Face: Why Insults Hurt – and Why They Shouldn’t.

Gilpin Gold Playlist for the Week of Sept. 17th, 2018

Here is a preview of this week's playlist.

A mixed playlist of 15 different songs each week update on Thursdays. This Playlist is curated by an algorithm based on the listening habits of the student body of Gilpin County High School in Black Hawk, CO. Follow this playlist to find out what the kids are listening might be surprised.

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First Touchdown on the New Gilpin Football Field

Gilpin Football's First TD on the new Field. Congratulations to Stephen King.

Coach Ball

How to use your time to accomplish something big

Post #6 in the Time Series 

Coach Craig Ball

REMEMBER HUMAN NATURE   (Edited and Modernized)
Based on Arnold Bennett's Book

I have incidentally mentioned the vast expanse of eighty-eighty hours between leaving school at 4 p.m. on Thursday and returning to School at 8 a.m. on Monday. I appreciate intensely the moral value of a weekly rest. Nevertheless, had I my life to arrange over again, I would do again as I have done. Only those who have lived at the full stretch seven days a week for a long time can appreciate the full beauty of a regular recurring idleness.  In cases of abounding youth and exceptional energy and desire for effort I should say unhesitatingly: Keep going, day in, day out.

But in the average case, I should say: Confine your formal programme to four days a week. If you find yourself wishing to extend it, extend it, but only in proportion to your wish; and count the time extra as a windfall.

Let us now see where we stand. So far we have marked for saving out of the waste of days, half an hour at least on four mornings a week, and one hour and a half on three evenings a week. Total, seven hours and a half a week.

I propose to be content with that seven hours and a half for the present. “What?” you cry. “You pretend to show us how to live, and you only deal with seven hours and a half out of a hundred and sixty-eight! Are you going to perform a miracle with your seven hours and a half?” Well, not to mince the matter, I am--if you will kindly let me! That is to say, I am going to ask you to attempt an experience which, while perfectly natural and explicable, has all the air of a miracle. My contention is that the full use of those seven-and-a-half hours will quicken the whole life of the week, add zest to it, and increase the interest which you feel in even the most banal occupations. You practise physical exercises for a mere ten minutes morning and evening, and yet you are not astonished when your physical health and strength are beneficially affected every hour of the day, and your whole physical outlook changed. Why should you be astonished that an average of over an hour a day given to the mind should permanently and completely enliven the whole activity of the mind?

More time might assuredly be given to the cultivation of one’s self. And in proportion as the time was longer the results would be greater. But I prefer to begin with what looks like a trifling effort.
It is not really a trifling effort, as those will discover who have yet to essay it. To “clear” even seven hours and a half from the jungle is passably difficult. For some sacrifice has to be made. One may have spent one’s time badly, but one did spend it; one did do something with it, however ill-advised that something may have been. To do something else means a change of habits.
And habits are the very dickens to change! Further, any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts. If you imagine that you will be able to devote seven hours and a half a week to serious, continuous effort, and still live your old life, you are mistaken. I repeat that some sacrifice, and an immense deal of volition, will be necessary. And it is because I know the difficulty, it is because I know the almost disastrous effect of failure in such an enterprise, that I earnestly advise a very humble beginning. You must safeguard your self- respect. Self-respect is at the root of all purposefulness, and a failure in an enterprise deliberately planned deals a desperate wound at one’s self-respect. Hence I iterate and reiterate: Start quietly, unostentatiously.

When you have conscientiously given seven hours and a half a week to the cultivation of your vitality for three months--then you may begin to sing louder and tell yourself what wondrous things you are capable of doing.

Before coming to the method of using the indicated hours, I have one final suggestion to make. That is, as regards the evenings, to allow much more than an hour and a half in which to do the work of an hour and a half. Remember the chance of accidents. Remember human nature. And give yourself, say, from 9 to 11.30 for your task of ninety minutes.

How do you find the time to work on a project that will move you to a new level?

TENNIS AND THE IMMORTAL SOUL (Edited and Modernized)
Based on Arnold Bennett's Book

Look for ways to find time to work on projects that benfit you.

You get into the morning train with your newspaper, and you calmly and majestically give yourself up to your newspaper. You do not hurry. You know you have at least half an hour of security in front of you. As your glance lingers idly at the advertisements of shipping and of songs on the outer pages, your air is the air of a leisured man, wealthy in time, of a man from some planet where there are a hundred and twenty-four hours a day instead of twenty-four. I am an impassioned reader of newspapers. I read five English and two French dailies, and the news-agents alone know how many weeklies, regularly. I am obliged to mention this personal fact lest I should be accused of a prejudice against newspapers when I say that I object to the reading of newspapers in the morning train. Newspapers are produced with rapidity, to be read with rapidity. There is no place in my daily programme for newspapers. I read them as I may in odd moments. But I do read them. The idea of devoting to them thirty or forty consecutive minutes of wonderful solitude is to me repugnant. I cannot possibly allow you to scatter priceless pearls of time with such Oriental lavishness. You are not the Shah of time. Let me respectfully remind you that you have no more time than I have. No newspaper reading in trains! I have already “put by” about three-quarters of an hour for use.

Now you reach your office. And I abandon you there till six o’clock. I am aware that you have nominally an hour (often in reality an hour and a half) in the midst of the day, less than half of which time is given to eating. But I will leave you all that to spend as you choose. You may read your newspapers then.

I meet you again as you emerge from your office. You are pale and tired. At any rate, your wife says you are pale, and you give her to understand that you are tired. During the journey home you have been gradually working up the tired feeling. The tired feeling hangs heavy over the mighty suburbs of London like a virtuous and melancholy cloud, particularly in winter. You don’t eat immediately on your arrival home. But in about an hour or so you feel as if you could sit up and take a little nourishment. And you do. Then you see friends; you potter; you play cards; you flirt with a book; you note that old age is creeping on; you take a stroll; you caress the piano.... By Jove! a quarter past eleven. You then devote quite forty minutes to thinking about going to bed; and it is conceivable that you are acquainted with a genuinely good drink. At last you go to bed, exhausted by the day’s work. Six hours, probably more, have gone since you left the office--gone like a dream, gone like magic, unaccountably gone!

That is a fair sample case. But you say: “It’s all very well for you to talk. A man *is* tired. A man must see his friends. He can’t always be on the stretch.” Just so. But when you arrange to go to the theatre what happens? You rush to the suburbs; you spare no toil to make yourself glorious in fine raiment; you rush back to town in another train; you keep yourself on the stretch for four hours, if not five; you take her home; you take yourself home. You don’t spend three-quarters of an hour in “thinking about” going to bed. You go. Friends and fatigue have equally been forgotten, and the evening has seemed so exquisitely long (or perhaps too short)! And do you remember that time when you were persuaded to sing in the chorus of the amateur operatic society, and slaved two hours every other night for three months? Can you deny that when you have something definite to look forward to at eventide, something that is to employ all your energy--the thought of that something gives a glow and a more intense vitality to the whole day?

What I suggest is that at six o’clock you look facts in the face and admit that you are not tired (because you are not, you know), and that you arrange your evening so that it is not cut in the middle by a meal. By so doing you will have a clear expanse of at least three hours. I do not suggest that you should employ three hours every night of your life in using up your mental energy. But I do suggest that you might, for a commencement, employ an hour and a half every other evening in some important and consecutive cultivation of the mind. You will still be left with three evenings for friends, bridge, tennis, domestic scenes, odd reading, pipes, gardening, pottering, and prize competitions. You will still have the terrific wealth of forty-five hours between 2 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Monday. If you persevere you will soon want to pass four evenings, and perhaps five, in some sustained endeavour to be genuinely alive. And you will fall out of that habit of muttering to yourself at 11.15 p.m., “Time to be thinking about going to bed.” The man who begins to go to bed forty minutes before he opens his bedroom door is bored; that is to say, he is not living.

But remember, at the start, those ninety nocturnal minutes thrice a week must be the most important minutes in the ten thousand and eighty. They must be sacred, quite as sacred as a dramatic rehearsal or a tennis match. Instead of saying, “Sorry I can’t see you, old chap, but I have to run off to the tennis club,” you must say, “...but I have to work.” This, I admit, is intensely difficult to say. Tennis is so much more urgent than the immortal soul.


Part One (Written)
Use the comment section in this post to write your reflections as indicated below.

1) What is a project or endeavor that you could work on after school that would be beneficial for your future growth?
2) Describe what you would like to be better at by this time next year?

Part Two (Procedural)
1) When commenting: Select Name/URL as your identity preference.
2) Use your first name and last name initial in the name field
3) Type: in the URL field
4) Type your comment as indicated above
5) Use the Select Screen Shot function on your Chrome to take a screenshot of your comment and then upload the screenshot to the Google Classroom assignment and turn it in.
6) Publish your comment on this post

How to live fully and completely by adding this simple mindset hack

Post #4 in the Time Series

Coach Craig Ball talks about time management

THE CAUSE OF THE TROUBLES (Edited and Modernized)
Based on Arnold Bennett's Book

In order to come to grips at once with the question of time- expenditure in all its actuality, I must choose an individual case for examination. I can only deal with one case, and that case cannot be the average case, because there is no such case as the average case, just as there is no such man as the average man. Every man and every man’s case is special.

But if I take the case of an American who works in an office, whose office hours are from ten to six, and who spends fifty minutes morning and night in traveling between his house door and his office door, I shall have got as near to the average as facts permit. There are men who have to work longer for a living, but there are others who do not have to work so long.

Fortunately, the financial side of existence does not interest us here; for our present purpose the clerk at a pound a week is exactly as well off as the millionaire in Carlton House-terrace.

Now the great and profound mistake which my typical man makes in regard to his day is a mistake of general attitude, a mistake which vitiates and weakens two-thirds of his energies and interests. In the majority of instances he does not precisely feel a passion for his business; at best he does not dislike it. He begins his business functions with reluctance, as late as he can, and he ends them with joy, as early as he can. And his engines while he is engaged in his business are seldom at their full horsepower (Effort).

Yet in spite of all this, he persists in looking upon those hours from ten to six as “the day,” to which the ten hours preceding them and the six hours following them are nothing but a prologue and epilogue. Such an attitude, unconscious though it be, of course, kills his interest in the odd sixteen hours, with the result that, even if he does not waste them, he does not count them; he regards them simply as margin.

This general attitude is utterly illogical and unhealthy since it formally gives the central prominence to a patch of time and a bunch of activities which the man’s one idea is to “get through” and have “done with.” If a man makes two-thirds of his existence subservient to one-third, for which admittedly he has no absolutely feverish zest, how can he hope to live fully and completely? He cannot.

If my typical man wishes to live fully and completely he must, in his mind, arrange a day within a day. And this inner day, a Chinese box in a larger Chinese box must begin at 6 p.m. and end at 10 a.m. It is a day of sixteen hours, and during all these sixteen hours he has nothing whatever to do but cultivate his body and his soul and his fellow men. During those sixteen hours, he is free; he is not a wage-earner; he is not preoccupied with monetary cares; he is just as good as a man with a private income. This must be his attitude. And his attitude is all important. His success in life depends on it.

What? You say that full energy given to those sixteen hours will lessen the value of the business eight? Not so. On the contrary, it will assuredly increase the value of the business eight. One of the chief things which my typical man has to learn is that the mental faculties are capable of a continuous hard activity; they do not tire like an arm or a leg. All they want is change--not rest, except in sleep.
I shall now examine the typical man’s current method of employing the sixteen hours that are entirely his, beginning with his uprising. I will merely indicate things which he does and which I think he ought not to do, postponing my suggestions for “planting” the times which I shall have cleared--as a settler clears spaces in a forest.

Injustice to him I must say that he wastes very little time before he leaves the house in the morning at 9.10. In too many houses he gets up at nine, breakfasts between 9.7 and 9.9 1/2, and then bolts. But immediately he bangs the front door his mental faculties, which are tireless, become idle. He walks to the station in a condition of mental coma. Arrived there, he usually has to wait for the train. On hundreds of suburban stations every morning you see men calmly strolling up and down platforms while railway companies unblushingly rob them of time, which is more than money. Hundreds of thousands of hours are thus lost every day simply because my typical man thinks so little of time that it has never occurred to him to take quite easy precautions against the risk of its loss.
He has a solid coin of time to spend every day--call it a sovereign. He must get change for it, and in getting the change he is content to lose heavily.

Supposing that in selling him a ticket the company said, “We will change you a sovereign, but we shall charge you three halfpence for doing so,” what would my typical man exclaim? Yet that is the equivalent of what the company does when it robs him of five minutes twice a day.
You say I am dealing with minutiae. I am. And later on, I will justify myself.
Now, will you kindly buy your paper and step onto the train?


Part One (Written)
Use the comment section in this post to write your reflections as indicated below.

1) Describe your morning routine before arriving at school on school days. Explain what time you get up when you arrive at school.
2)Describe your afterschool routine and describe what you speed your time on when you arrive at home. Indicate what time you typically go to bed at night.

Part Two (Procedural)
1) When commenting: Select Name/URL as your identity preference.
2) Use your first name and last name initial in the name field
3) Type: in the URL field
4) Type your comment as indicated above
5) Use the Select Screen Shot function on your Chrome to take a screenshot of your comment and then upload the screenshot to the Google Classroom assignment and turn it in.
6) Publish your comment on this post

What's the wonderful undiscovered secret to making the most of your time?

Post #3 in the Time Series

Based on Arnold Bennett's Book

Now that I have succeeded (if succeeded I have) in persuading you to admit to yourself that you are constantly haunted by a suppressed dissatisfaction with your own arrangement of your daily life; and that the primal cause of that inconvenient dissatisfaction is the feeling that you are every day leaving undone something which you would like to do, and which, indeed, you are always hoping to do when you have “more time”; and now that I have drawn your attention to the glaring, dazzling truth that you never will have “more time,” since you already have all the time there is--you expect me to let you into some wonderful secret by which you may at any rate approach the ideal of a perfect arrangement of the day, and by which, therefore, that haunting, unpleasant, daily disappointment of things left undone will be got rid of!

I have found no such wonderful secret. Nor do I expect to find it, nor do I expect that anyone else will ever find it. It is undiscovered. When you first began to gather my drift, perhaps there was a resurrection of hope in your breast. Perhaps you said to yourself, “This man will show me an easy, unfatiguing way of doing what I have so long in vain wished to do.” Alas, no! The fact is that there is no easy way, no royal road. The path to Mecca is extremely hard and stony, and the worst of it is that you never quite get there after all.

The most important preliminary to the task of arranging one’s life so that one may live fully and comfortably within one’s daily budget of twenty-four hours is the calm realization of the extreme difficulty of the task, of the sacrifices and the endless effort which it demands. I cannot too strongly insist on this.

If you imagine that you will be able to achieve your ideal by ingeniously planning out a timetable with a pen on a piece of paper, you had better give up hope at once. If you are not prepared for discouragements and disillusions; if you will not be content with a small result for a big effort, then do not begin. Lie down again and resume the uneasy doze which you call your existence.
It is very sad, is it not, very depressing and somber? And yet I think it is rather fine, too, this necessity for the tense bracing of the will before anything worth doing can be done. I rather like it myself. I feel it to be the chief thing that differentiates me from the cat by the fire.

“Well,” you say, “assume that I am braced for the battle. Assume that I have carefully weighed and comprehended your ponderous remarks; how do I begin?” Dear sir, you simply begin. There is no magic method of beginning. If a man standing on the edge of a swimming-bath and wanting to jump into the cold water should ask you, “How do I begin to jump?” you would merely reply, “Just jump. Take hold of your nerves, and jump.”

As I have previously said, the chief beauty about the constant supply of time is that you cannot waste it in advance. The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you, as perfect, as unspoiled, as if you had never wasted or misapplied a single moment in all your career. Which fact is very gratifying and reassuring. You can turn over a new leaf every hour if you choose. Therefore no object is served in waiting till next week, or even until tomorrow. You may fancy that the water will be warmer next week. It won’t. It will be colder.

But before you begin, let me murmur a few words of warning in your private ear.

Let me principally warn you against your own ardor. Ardor in well-doing is a misleading and a treacherous thing. It cries out loudly for employment; you can’t satisfy it at first; it wants more and more; it is eager to move mountains and divert the course of rivers. It isn’t content till it perspires. And then, too often, when it feels the perspiration on its brow, it wearies all of a sudden and dies, without even putting itself to the trouble of saying, “I’ve had enough of this.”

Beware of undertaking too much at the start. Be content with quite a little. Allow for accidents. Allow for human nature, especially your own.

A failure or so, in itself, would not matter, if it did not incur a loss of self-esteem and of self-confidence. But just as nothing succeeds like success, so nothing fails like failure. Most people who are ruined are ruined by attempting too much. Therefore, in setting out on the immense enterprise of living fully and comfortably within the narrow limits of twenty-four hours a day, let us avoid at any cost the risk of an early failure. I will not agree that in this business, at any rate, a glorious failure is better than a petty success. I am all for the petty success. A glorious failure leads to nothing; a petty success may lead to a success that is not petty.

So let us begin to examine the budget of the day’s time. You say your day is already full to overflowing. How? You actually spend in earning your livelihood-- how much? Seven hours, on the average? And in actual sleep, seven? I will add two hours, and be generous. And I will defy you to account to me on the spur of the moment for the other eight hours.


Part One (Written)
Use the comment section in this post to write your reflections as indicated below.

1) Describe a project or goal that you are working on during your week that's not part of your school work.
2) If you had more time during the week, what would you speed that time doing?
3) If you had $1 Million dollars to create product, service or charity...what would you work on and how would you get started?

Part Two (Procedural)
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What I've learned from recruiting HS football players

While recruiting HS football players in the halls of a small school, I've realized that many are unprepared to commit unless they are assured an expected position or starting spot. You are not given anything...sometimes you just have to commit, do your best, and let the chips fall where they may.

Commit to something and let the chips fall

There are no guaranteed results. -Coach Ball

How taking steps toward your goals relieves the torment of regret

Post #2 in the Time Series

Move toward your goals to relieve the paralyzing effect of regret

Based on Arnold Bennett's Book

Surely it is a simple affair, knowing that one has only twenty-four hours a day, to content one’s self with twenty-four hours a day!”

Here I present my excuses and apologies. Many peoples souls are haunted, more or less painfully, by the feeling that the years slip by, and slip by, and slip by, and that they have not yet been able to get their lives into proper working order.

If we analyze that feeling, we shall perceive it to be, primarily, one of uneasiness, of expectation, of looking forward, of aspiration. It is a source of constant discomfort to be unsure of your way. We ask "What have I done with my youth? What are you doing at this age?” You may urge that this feeling of continuous looking forward, of aspiration, is part of life itself, and inseparable from life itself. Is that True?

But there are degrees. A man may desire to go to Mecca. His conscience tells him that he ought to go to Mecca. He sets out towards his destination (his Goal) he may never reach Mecca; he may drown in a shipwreck he may perish ingloriously on the coast of the Red Sea; his desire to reach his goal may remain incomplete. This unfulfilled aspiration may always trouble him...but he will not be tormented in the same way as the man who, desiring to reach Mecca, and is harassed by the desire to reach Mecca but never leaves his home or fails to make a move towards the goal.

It is something to have left Home...striving. Many of us have not moved toward our large targets. We have not even taken that first step...inquired about the cost. And our excuse to ourselves is that there are only twenty-four hours in the day.

If we further analyze our vague, uneasy aspiration, we shall, I think, see that it springs from a fixed idea that we ought to do something in addition to those things which we are loyally and morally obliged to do. We are obliged, by various codes written and unwritten, to maintain ourselves and our families (if any) in health and comfort, to pay our debts, to save, to increase our prosperity by increasing our efficiency. A task sufficiently difficult! A task which very few of us achieve! A task often beyond our skill! yet, if we succeed in it, as we sometimes do, we are not satisfied; the unfulfilled aspirations are still with us.

And even when we realize that the task is beyond our skill, that our powers cannot cope with it, we feel that we should be less discontented if we gave to our powers, already overtaxed, something still further to do.

And such is, indeed, the fact. The wish to accomplish something outside their formal program is common to all men who in the course of evolution have risen past a certain level.

Until an effort is made to satisfy that wish, the sense of uneasy waiting for something to start which has not started will remain to disturb the peace of the soul. That wish has been called by many names. It is one form of the universal desire for knowledge. And it is so strong that men whose whole lives have been given to the systematic acquirement of knowledge have been driven by it to overstep the limits of their program in search of still more knowledge.

I imagine that in the majority of people who are conscious of the wish to live--that is to say, people who have intellectual curiosity--the aspiration to exceed formal programs takes a social and technological shape. You would like to embark on a course of searching. Decidedly the American people are becoming more and more social and tech savvy. But I would point out that the use of the internet is by no means comprises the whole field of knowledge, and that the disturbing appetite to improve one’s self--to increase one’s knowledge--may well be set quite apart from more devices. I will deal with the various ways that we sluggishly move forward a bit later in these postings. Here I merely point out to those who have no natural sympathy with technology that devices are not the only well that we can dip into when moving forward towards our targets.


Part One (Written)
Use the comment section in this post to write your reflections as indicated below.

1) Write a paragraph about your own obligations...Tell me about the things that are expected from you on a daily or weekly basis that have nothing to do with your bigger long-term goals.

2) Add some of the things that you are restricted from doing on a daily or weekly basis.

Part Two (Procedural) 
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2) Use your first name and last name initial in the name field
3) Type: in the URL field
4) Type your comment as indicated above
5) Use the Select Screen Shot function on your Chrome to take a screenshot of your comment and then upload the screenshot to the Google Classroom assignment and turn it in.
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