Each edition of Links to Live Deliberately shares a handful of relevant links to help you “live deliberately” across the topics on this blog: non-profits, personal development, productivity, and social media.
Like almost everybody, I have to make constant corrections to how I manage my time. There always seem to be more opportunities than time available, more inbox than there are hours, and more people wanting ‘just ten minutes’ than there are ten minute segments. Time is a fixed commodity; you can always make more money, but you can’t make more time. Today I want to share with you one of the biggest shifts I’ve made over the last ten years that has helped me manage time. It has less to do with a technique and far more to do with an attitude.
You know that animal that moves at lighting speed through the forest and trees? His prey never know he is coming? Yeah-you guessed it, the sloth. This guy has got it figured out. Even the look on his face tells you that everything is going to be okay. Change Speed to Avoid Predators.
Our extreme emphasis on feelings is obvious to the most casual observer. The truth about the danger that emphasis represents, however, is less obvious. Incredibly, an excessive focus on “feelings” threatens the basic understanding of opportunity and success one must have in order to create the lives we desire for our families and the futures of our children!
For the truth is this: No one really cares how you feel anyway. They only care how you act.
We are good at saying to others…
- I’ll get back to you next week.
- You’ll have the finished report by tomorrow.
- I’ll call you right back.
And just as willing to saying to ourselves…
- I am going to get in shape.
- I am going to write a book.
- I am going to stop doing <insert bad habit>.
Yet in most cases, these are hollow statements.
Nonprofit donors, particularly foundations and wealthy individuals, have an enormous amount of power in the sector. Sometimes they use that power for good and sometimes (often unknowingly) they use it for ill. And because of the power imbalance between funder and fundee, it is unusual that anyone ever tells nonprofit donors what they could do to really help the sector and the organizations they love.
So here are the five things I would LOVE to see more nonprofit donors do. And if they did, it might just transform the sector.
I trust these links will be what you need today to help you live deliberately. I’d appreciate your comments if they’ve been helpful to you. Do you have any suggestions for the next round of “Links to Live Deliberately”?