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The Power of To-Do-Lists

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I continue to learn the value of creating lists. Whether done before bed or first thing each morning, they can drastically increase ones productivity. Whether you are a housewife or a C-level executive, your day is filled with both simple and complex tasks. I tried using mobile apps which failed quickly. The digital footprint was never as strong as the hand written note to self. There is something powerful and strong about a hand written memo. Something majestic about an itemized list to self. Each time I strike through a line item, i smile and feel a sense of accomplishment. I don’t care whether you are 8 or 82yrs old, it feels wonderful to finish something you set out to do. It feels empowering to strike through an entire list by the end of a day. For those moments that I can not complete the entire list, those items roll over into the next day. Those days that I forget find me aimlessly floating from meeting to meeting just trying to get through the day. In my world success has to be strategic. Every move is calculated as if there is no such thing as blind luck. Every lesson is learned and documented. Every list is analyzed for efficiency. Im not as disciplined as I would like to be, so there are days and weeks and months where I fail. Then I wake up and remember how much more productive I can be if I would only take a moment to plot my day out before starting.. #8robinsons #rootedinlove

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Planting Confidence

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Confidence often separates success from failure. It feels like it starts when a person wakes up in the morning and follows them throughout the day and the weeks and the months and the years. As long as it stays on and intact, a person can accomplish nearly everything they imagine within reason of course. Ive hired many people over the years and there is a clear difference between those that are confident and those that second guess every thought and every decision. They dont always stand out from day one, but they do not fail assignments easily. I learned from them. Everything about them was sure. Even when they were wrong they shared valid arguments. I watched these individuals move up promotion after promotion. The confidence was often linked to upbringing. In my case my parents always told me I could do anything I wanted. I told my mom I wanted to be a rapper as a youth and she just smiled and said, “baby just be the best rapper you can be!” And before long I had music out, had performed on stages, even learned to produce music and mix/master music as well. They complimented my art daily. So that my drawings got better each year. I got a full scholarship to attend college because of it thus launching my career as a creative. So as I look back to the root of confidence, I link confidence to key people in out lives that support our actions whether positive or negative. If we are made to feel invincible in any industry we will overcome many obstacles and find a measure of success. If you are a leader, find someone with low confidence and give them this gift. Spend time to find out what they are good at. Help them identify, learn and train on a gift. Tell them they can be and do anything! Tell them this over and over again and give them time. Plant a seed and watch it grow….  #8robinsons #rootedinlove