Little Lessons

Solve Big Problems While They’re Small

Posted by Mark Fallon

Mar 16, 2018 5:00:00 AM

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This week, we were hit with the third Nor’easter in 10 days. The first storm stranded me in Atlanta. The second storm brought down so many trees, we were without power for 2 days. This last storm dumped over 20 inches of snow in less than a day. To clear my walk, deck, and entryway, I had to move over 90 cubic yards of snow.

What does 90 cubic yards look like? Think of a 10-foot by 11-foot room with a 7-foot high ceiling. Now fill the room with snow. That’s slightly less than 90 cubic yards.

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Topics: challenge, planning

Eat Your Vegetables – A Lesson from My Mother

Posted by Mark Fallon

Mar 1, 2018 10:01:00 PM

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As most of my friends will tell you, I’m not a fan of green food. I won’t get upset if a pea or an asparagus spear touches my steak, but I don’t order salad as a meal. In fact, I almost never order salad with my meal.

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Topics: mother, planning, motivation

A Pause to Plan

Posted by Mark Fallon

Feb 23, 2018 5:00:00 AM

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“Let’s not make our mistakes in a hurry.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

Over the next 3 weeks, I’ll be on 12 different flights visiting 5 different cities. My itinerary will include delivering a report to one client, starting a project with another, and delivering a speech to a professional group. At the same time, I’ll be finalizing sales with at least 2 different prospects. We’re also expecting the drafts of our new eBook from the designer.

My personal life is a bit more jumbled. My responsibilities as the executor of my mother’s estate involves dealing with insurance companies, banks, lawyers, and the courts. It’s also time to file taxes, and last year’s goal of being better organized with paperwork wasn’t 100% successful. The doctor’s office just changed my appointment, so now I have to change my business travel plans too.

With all of this in front of me, what should I do first?

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Topics: planning, success, reflection

Patience is a Skill

Posted by Mark Fallon

Nov 10, 2017 5:00:00 AM

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“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

As a young man, I wasn’t known for being calm and serene. I would get upset at real and perceived wrongs, even when they were trivial. I thought I was right in my rage, and was convinced that I was full of what Aristotle called “righteous indignation”. Actually – I was just full of myself.

I drove my car fast, and paid several speeding fines. I made many decisions impulsively, and paid the consequences for poor choices. I was convinced that patience was a “natural” trait, and I didn’t have it.

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Topics: attitude, improvement, persistence, planning, positive

Didn’t See That Coming

Posted by Mark Fallon

Apr 7, 2017 5:00:00 AM

“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” - Dwight D. Eisenhower

uphill_trail.jpgLike so many people in today’s world, I seem to have more responsibilities than time. Work involves not only writing deadlines and multiple projects, but a hectic travel schedule. Last month, I worked in 7 states, including 4 of the 8 states that begin with the letter “M”. Not a personal record, but close.

I maintain my momentum – and my sanity – through planning. Project plans for clients and my company. Sales plans for prospects. Publishing plans for my two blogs. Running plans for my health. Every week, I spend some time looking at all those plans with a calendar. Ideas may be limitless, but our time on earth is finite.

The week begins with a sense of confidence that I can meet the challenges ahead. Meetings set, flights scheduled and hotel rooms booked. All systems go. Until...

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Topics: change, goals, planning