“Consequences are governed by principles, and behavior is governed by values, therefore, value principles!”
“بعضنا يشعر بفقدان الاتجاه ، والبلبلة . هؤلاء لا يوجد لديهم تقدير حقيقي للأمور التي تعد الاهم في حياتهم . فهم ينتقلون من نشاط إلى آخر بتلقائية وعفوية ، وبطريقة ميكانيكية بحتة . وبين الحين والآخر يتساءل هؤلاء : هل هناك معنى لما نقوم به من عمل ؟
وبدلا من أن ننظر إلى الأسباب الحقيقية في عدم رؤيتنا للأهم فإنا نتحايل على ذلك بالمسكنات والحلول السريعة لنتجاهل المشكلة ، محصنين بالراحة المؤقتة اللتي تحققها تلك الحلول المؤقتة ، فنصبح مشغولين أكثر وأكثر .”
“شجرة الخيزران الصينية تزرع بعد تجهيز الأرض جيدا. وفي أثناء السنوات الأربع الأولى يكون كل النمو الذي تحققه هذه الشجرة في الجزء الموجود تحت الأرض.
الشيء الوحيد المرئي منها طوال تلك المدة كرة صغيرة تخرج منها نبتة صغيرة جدا. في السنة الخامسة تنمو هذه الشجرة ثمانين قدما دفعة واحدة.
هذا النظام ينطبق على القائد الذي تقوم قيادته على مبادئ الحق ويعرف نظرية شجرة الخيزران الصينية، فهذا النوع من القادة يعرفون قيمة العمل ويعرفون قيمة تجهيز الأرض وزرع البذور ووضع السماد والماء والعناية التامة، وكذلك قيمة عدم التعجل بالنتائج مبكرا.
هؤلاء يعلمون أن المحصول الممتاز سيأتي لاحقا. ياله من حصاد رائع.”
“it is that a meaningful life is not a matter of speed or efficiency. It’s much more a matter of what you do and why you do it, than how fast you get it done.”
“what we believe about ourselves and our purpose has a powerful impact on how we live, how we love, and what we learn.”
“It’s not enough to dream. It’s not enough to try. It’s not enough to set goals or climb ladders. It’s not enough to value. The effort has to be based on practical realities that produce the result. Only then can we dream, set goals, and work to achieve them with confidence.”
“Basing our happiness on our ability to control everything is futile. While we do control our choice of action, we cannot control the consequences of our choices.”
“THE URGENCY ADDICTION Some of us get so used to the adrenaline rush of handling crises that we become dependent on it for a sense of excitement and energy. How does urgency feel? Stressful? Pressured? Tense? Exhausting? Sure. But let’s be honest. It’s also sometimes exhilarating. We feel useful. We feel successful. We feel validated. And we get good at it. Whenever there’s trouble, we ride into town, pull out our six shooter, do the varmint in, blow the smoke off the gun barrel, and ride into the sunset like a hero. It brings instant results and instant gratification. We get a temporary high from solving urgent and important crises. Then when the importance isn’t there, the urgency fix is so powerful we are drawn to do anything urgent, just to stay in motion. People expect us to be busy, overworked. It’s become a status symbol in our society—if we’re busy, we’re important; if we’re not busy, we’re almost embarrassed to admit it. Busyness is where we get our security. It’s validating, popular, and pleasing. It’s also a good excuse for not dealing with the first things in our lives. “I’d love to spend quality time with you, but I have to work. There’s this deadline. It’s urgent. Of course you understand.” “I just don’t have time to exercise. I know it’s important, but there are so many pressing things right now. Maybe when things slow down a little.”
“Best way to predict your future is to create it.”
“It’s easy to say “no!” when there’s a deeper “yes!” burning inside.”
“Urgency addiction is a self-destructive behavior that temporarily fills the void created by unmet needs. And instead of meeting these needs, the tools and approaches of time management often feed the addiction. They keep us focused on daily prioritization of the urgent.”
“Principles are the simplicity on the far side of complexity.”
“Changing a planning tool or a method won’t create significant change in the results we’re getting in our lives—although the implied promise is that it will. It’s not a matter of controlling things more, better, or faster; it’s questioning the whole assumption of control.”
“What you alone can contribute, no one else can contribute. Viktor Frankl said we don’t invent our mission; we detect it. It’s within us waiting to be realized.”
“While we do control our choice of action, we cannot control the consequences of our choices.”
“When we set and achieve goals that are in our Center of Focus, we maximize the use of our time and effort. Interestingly, we find that as we do this over time, our Circle of Influence automatically increases. We find positive ways to influence more people and circumstances.”
“How Many People on Their Deathbed Wish They’d Spent More Time at the Office?”
“When we talk about time management, it seems ridiculous to worry about speed before direction, about saving minutes when we may be wasting years.”
“إن الإحساس بالأمن القائم على وهم مقارنة الذات مع الغير، من منظور أنني أجمل من غيري، وأنا لدي مال أكثر، أو لدي وظيفة أفضل، أو أنني أعمل أكثر من غيري، هو إحساس زائفز كما أننا لا يضيع منا الأمن لمجرد أننا أقل وسامة، أو مالاً، او مكانة من شخص آخر. فهذا لا يبدو أمراً ذا أهمية. إن الإحساس بالأمن داخلنا يأتي من شعورنا بالكرامة الشخصية، والتوجه الصحيح نحو الشمال.”
“The unexamined life is not worth living,’ observed Plato. But the number of people who come out of our leadership development programs saying ‘I haven’t thought that deeply in years!’ is astonishing. As human beings, we’re trying—sometimes with disastrous results—to run businesses, raise our children, teach our students, be involved in relationships without giving serious and careful consideration to the roots out of which the fruits in our lives are growing.”
“more important than how fast you’re going, is where you’re headed.”
“balance is captured in the words of the ancient Sufi teaching: “You think because you understand one you must understand two, because one and one makes two. But you must also understand and.”
“There’s no way we can escape accountability. We do make a difference—one way or the other. We are responsible for the impact of our lives.”
“What is the one activity that you know if you did superbly well and consistently would have significant positive results in your personal life? What is the one activity that you know if you did superbly well and consistently would have significant positive results in your professional or work life?”
“Management works in the system;
Leadership works on the system;”
“IF you were to pause and think seriously about the “first things” in your life—the three or four things that matter most—what would they be?”
“Goals that are connected to our inner life have the power of passion and principle. They’re fueled by the fire within and based on “true north” principles that create quality-of-life results.”
“the wisdom literature of thousands of years of history repeatedly validates the reality that the greatest fulfillment in improving ourselves comes in our empowerment to more effectively reach out and help others. Quality of life is inside-out.”
“The power of vision is incredible! Research indicates that children with “future-focused role images” perform far better scholastically and are significantly more competent in handling the challenges of life.2 Teams and organizations with a strong sense of mission significantly outperform those without the strength of vision. According to Dutch sociologist Fred Polak, a primary factor influencing the success of civilizations is the “collective vision” people have of their future.”
“Personal leadership is cultivating the wisdom to recognize our need for renewal and to ensure that each week provides activities that are genuinely re-creational in nature.”
“Talen smiled. “When did you get so smart?"
“I’ve always been smart.” She forced a smile, biting back a wince as her damaged lip protested.
“Good. Smart girls get to do the dishes.”
“He rubbed his thumb over the smoothness of her cheek, thinking she was the most beautiful woman he’d ever known. “You don’t think you’re worth killing for?”
Her laugh was brittle. “Hardly.”
For a moment, there was only the sound of their breathing and the wind gusting through the trees. And then he said, “I disagree.”
She stared up at him, trembling, her eyes filled with the questions she couldn’t put into words.
“I mean it,” he rasped. “I would kill for you. Easily. Without remorse. Again and again.”
“The Herdmans were absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world. They lied and stole and smoked cigars (even the girls) and talked dirty and hit little kids and cussed their teachers and took the name of the Lord in vain and set fire to Fred Shoemaker’s old broken-down toolhouse.”
Somehow, I wasn't surprised to hear his low voice. I opened my eyes, and Asher's fierce, unblinking stare held me captive. I couldn't think while trapped by the power of that intent look.
"Yes, you're worth dying for.”
“The days that followed passed slowly. I lay in my hotel room and watched the kind of strange European TV that would probably make perfect sense if I understood the language, but because I didn’t, the programs just seemed dreamlike and baffling. In one studio show a group of Scandinavian academics watched as one of them poured liquid plastic into a bucket of cold water. It solidified, they pulled it out, handed it around the circle, and, as far as I could tell, intellectualized on its random misshapenness. I phoned home but my wife didn’t answer. It crossed my mind that she might be dead. I panicked. Then it turned out that she wasn’t dead. She had just been at the shops.”
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