you are today and everything you become in the future will be
determined by the way you think and the way you use your time. Your
attitude toward time is a critical factor in all you do and
everything you accomplish.
The Law of Clarity
The clearer you
are about your goals and objectives, the more efficient and
effective you will be in achieving them. Clarity accounts for
probably 80 percent of success and happiness. People with
clear, written goals accomplish far
more in a shorter period of time than people without them could
The Law of Priorities
Your ability to
set clear and accurate priorities on your time determines the
entire quality of your life. To achieve great things, you must
always be concentrating on the small number of activities that
contribute the greatest value to your life and your work.
The Law of Posteriorities
Before you start
something new, you must discontinue something old. You can gain
control of your life only to the degree to which you stop doing
things that are no longer as valuable or as important to you as
other thing you could be doing.
The Law of the Most Valuable
valuable asset is your earning ability. Your ability to earn money
is the most valuable asset you have. Your earning ability is a
depreciating asset, like a car or a piece of equipment. You
must continually maintain and upgrade the quality of your
earning ability to keep yourself at the same high level of
productivity, performance and output.
The Law of Planning
spent in planning saves ten minutes in execution. The purpose of
"personal strategic planning" is for you to increase your
"return on energy" and the return on the mental, emotional,
physical, and spiritual capital you have invested in your life and
The Law of Rewards
Your rewards will
always be determined by your results. You will always be paid in
direct proportion to what you do, how well you do it, and the
difficulty in replacing you. The fastest way to get paid more
and promoted faster is for you to achieve a greater quality and
quantity of results for your company and yourself.
The Law of Sequentiality
enables you to control the sequence of events in your life. Your
entire life today is the sum total result of the quality of your
choices and decisions to this moment. If you are not happy with
any part of your life, it is up to you to begin to make
different choices and better decisions.
Analyze the way
you spend a typical day or a typical week. What are the things
you need to do more of, sooner, in order to improve the quality and
quantity of your output and results?
excerpted from Brian Tracy's "How To Master Your
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