Do What Matters Most – Book Review

Do What Matters Most…I’m a self-help, self-improvement book junkie. At nine or ten years old I started with with How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. By my 20s and 30s, I listened to Brian Tracy, Zig Ziglar and many others, at least fifty times per set of cassette tapes (remember those?). In my early 30s, I re-read Dale Carnegie; I re-read it again thirty years after that.

All of that history is to preface that I’m not genuinely surprised by most of the self-help/self-improvement genre anymore. That said, Do What Matters Most was a very pleasant surprise. Like a lot of great books, DWWM seemed to be a synthesis of many other great works, honestly told with a very relatable perspective. Practical, with just enough anecdotes to illustrate the practicality of the sound reasoning given and outlooks shared.

The audible version is very well narrated. I usually like to hear authors read their own work, and this one felt like I did.

I got the audible version because I was having trouble getting through the print version, for a great reason!  I found myself doing the writing exercises suggested in the print book, to the point that every time I picked up the book, I would find myself writing moments later.

My annual goal for the last 25+ years has been to read at least fifty (50) good books a year.  Just to ensure reaching my goal, I got the audible version of Do What Matter Most while only halfway through the print version. I’m about two-thirds through the print version now (still writing), and thinking about listening to the audible version again, soon.

Do What Matters Most is very good at helping the reader determine exactly *What Matters Most* to them! Family, friends, spirituality…all are just as important, if not more so, than work. The authors do a good job of getting you to really be specific about what is important – to you.  I’ve been self-employed for four decades. I have a history of workaholism, and of measuring myself on being a good provider; I find more that matters than work or amount of income now.  My work is still what I would do even if I won the lottery tomorrow, but a bit differently, after reading the book.  Do *What Matters Most* is a great primer for determining *What Matters Most* and – within each area of importance to you – a good reminder of the intrinsic value of weaving all of the relationships in your life into your life, via your calendar, in general and explicit ways.

I believe if you read or listen to the book with a view toward genuinely asking – and answering – for yourself *What Matters Most*, the authors will give you the tools to prioritize and *Do* that which matters most. Perhaps, as I have, you’ll find yourself scheduling your priorities, instead of prioritizing your schedule.

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Regards,
Keith

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Our Easter Celebration: Anchor of Hope – Righteous Redeemer

In observance of our Easter celebration this year, we share this post from a “sister site” – Crown of Compassion (more below).

“Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise/ Refuge of strength to the end./ Righteous redeemer and mighty to save/ He’s the anchor of hope for all men.”- Ellie Holcomb, Anchor of Hope

“On that evening of the first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you!’  After he said this, he showed them his hands and side.  The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.”- John 20:19-20 (NIV)

Wherever you go, there you are.”- Thomas a Kempis

The Harris’s hawk, native to the southwestern United States, is larger than a Cooper’s Hawk, but smaller than a Golden Eagle.  In addition, the length of a Harris’s hawk ranges from 18 to 23 inches.  And its wingspan varies from 41 to 47 inches.  Females weigh nearly twice as much as males.

Harris’s hawks usually nest in small trees like the mesquite or paloverde.  They also nest in organ pipe cacti and in the arms of the giant saguaro, 12-25 feet above the ground.  Also, these hawks hunt actively in low flight, pursuing prey around bushes and thickets.  Their long, yellow legs allow them to chase prey along the ground.  In one hunting technique, several Harris’s hawks surround their prey, while another hawk flushes it out.  Most significantly, Harris’s hawks cooperated in the hunting and nesting process.  No other bird of prey is known to hunt in groups as routinely.

Thus, Harris’s hawks stay put in one place to achieve their hunting goal.  Writing in The Power of Place (2021), Daniel Grothe observes that God assesses the fruitfulness of our lives by the quality of our service to the people around us.  With our righteous redeemer, Jesus, as our anchor of hope.  Pastor Grothe explains:

“In fact, sometimes the most significant thing you can do is stay in a place — stay for the long haul, stay and give your life away for the good of these people in this place (emphasis Daniel’s).”

However, Pastor Grothe counsels, avoid leaning toward what he terms accidental Gnosticism.  As a result, Christians who espouse this concept think of themselves as eternal souls trapped in transitory bodies.  Yet, the physical stuff of our very existence matters to God.  And, as poet, essayist, and novelist Wendell Berry underscores, God calls us to love in particular the little worlds that we all inhabit.  Furthermore, Berry adds: “No matter how much one may love the world as a whole, one can live fully in it only by living responsibly.”

In conclusion, Wendell Berry stresses, only two types of places exist in the world: sacred and desecrated.  Hence, there’s no such place as nowhere.  So, we need to see beauty right where God has placed us.  The mysteries we behold around us metabolize a kind of reverent holiness within us as we stabilize ourselves in our anchor of hope.  Even if Nazareth is that place.  Pastor Grothe encourages:

“Jesus coming from Nazareth is a statement once and for all that there is no such place as nowhere.
The God of eternity past moved into the ‘middle of nowhere’ so that from then on, every place is a somewhere.”

Consequently, Pastor Grothe emphasizes, treat your place sacredly, as the holy ground upon which God visits you.  As you commit to and persevere through the inconveniences in this place, the author notes, you’ll gain the greatest treasures.  And perhaps Jesus knows that the inconvenience evoking your feeling of ‘stuck’ = the gift you didn’t know you needed.  Value a love of – and devotion to – your place.  One person and need at a time.

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This post was first published by Dave Henning of Crown of Compassion, at https://www.crownofcompassion.org/2022/04/11/anchor-of-hope-righteous-redeemer/.  Dave’s site is managed by OnYourMark, LLC (us) the same folks who manage WisOwners.com.  Thanks for sharing, Dave, so we may further share with our viewers.

Dave’s post is not a “one-off” Easter celebration.  An interesting point to make here is that Dave posts daily.  Every day.  Every single day for quite a few years now.  Because of the persistent good messages, his site enjoyed over 500,000 visitors in 2021!  (unique visitors, per month, total for the year)  I guess you could say that Dave provides an Easter celebration every day.

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Thanks again, Dave.  We hope you’ll enjoy a wonderful Easter Celebration!


Regards,

Keith Klein
Organizer, Wisconsin Business Owners
Founder & CEO, OnYourMark, LLC

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Do What Matters Most Training & Planner Package

Virtual Training, May 13th

@ 9:45 – 11am CT

Do What

Matters Most

Training &

Planner

Package

Lead a life by design, not by default!

#1 Time Management & Leadership Training

Training Join one of the world’s leading experts on time management and leadership, Rob Shallenberger, for a power-packed virtual training that will transform how you manage your schedule, set goals, organize time, schedule priorities, balance time for health and relationships, and Do What Matters Most. This is a unique life-changing opportunity and learning experience. Rob will present the three (3) key habits that enable you to achieve 30-50% more with less stress.

Leading Tools for Real Results

Included with the live virtual training are all the tools you need to lead a life by design and successfully Do What Matters Most. This includes a signed copy of the book Do What Matters Most, a full 12-month planner, pre-week planning Chrome Extension, mini Do What Matters Most course, access to coaching recordings, and a “success rhythm” to build up your momentum and make this your best year ever.

Group Discount & Pricing

Wisconsin Business Owners has negotiated a significant group discount for this training and these resources. The live training, planner, chrome extension, and on-demand resources are $77. That’s all inclusive.

This means you’re getting an 85% discount over the $541 investment for those who purchase these resources individually outside of the group (live virtual training ($349), planner ($69), Chrome Extension ($29), coaching resources ($57), and 52-Week Success Rhythm ($37). We invite you to take advantage of this unique discount!

Group Package – What’s Included:

1-Hour Live Virtual Training (May 13th, 9:45am CT) on HOW to Do What Matters Most and Achieve 30-50% More with Less Stress

PLUS: 
 
* Special Group Discount (85% off bundled price)
* Signed copy of the Book Do What Matters Most

* #1 Planner for Top Achievers

* #1 Pre-Week Planning Chrome Extension
* Free Shipping
* On-Demand Mini Course to Do What Matters Most
* Access to 4 Months Recordings of Monthly Coaching
* 52-Week Success Rhythm Program

Step 1 – Choose Your Planner Size

(When you order your planner you’re also registering for the May 13th event at the same time)

Small Planner – 6″x8″

+ Extension

The small is perfect for the compact, on-the-go achiever. This is a full 12-month planner with a weekly view and daily schedule, allowing you to see all your week at one-time while planning each day individually. Includes the Chrome Extension for pre-week planning!

$77

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Large Planner – 8.5″x11″

+ Extension

The Large is suited for the packed schedule, executive, and those who need more real estate for their planning. This is a full 12-month planner with a weekly view and daily schedule, allowing you to see all your week at one-time while planning each day individually. Includes the Chrome Extension for pre-week planning!

$77

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This is the worlds BEST planner because it is the only step-by-step planner to easily define your life vision (purpose & direction), clearly define your annual goals (move boulders not pebbles), and take your vision and goals into the daily and weekly level to truly do what matters most each day. With this planner, you achieve 30-50% more every day and accomplish 500-1,000 additional key action items each year. You create balance across all roles of your life. You simplify and get to what really matters. Also, with 30+ lined note pages, 65 motivation messages, productivity trackers, and performance and productivity guides, this planner is the best tool to make this your best year ever and help you become your best! Try it for yourself.

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What You’ll Learn:

A Simple Process to Achieve 30-50% More in Life

FIND FOCUS

GET INSPIRED

KNOW YOUR PURPOSE

Lead with a Vision

The top 3% of high achievers have a written personal vision. With this planner & training, you get tools to develop a personal vision that drives your purpose, actions, and motivation.

CREATE BALANCE IMPROVE HEALTH & RELATIONSHIPS

Set Roles & Goals

With the training and planner, you’ll set, track, and achieve meaningful annual goals by role. Set goals with integrated role tracking, templates and tools that make your goals a reality. Move boulders, not pebbles.

DO MORE WITH LESS STRESS,
30-50% MORE

Pre-week Plan

Learn how to organize your priorities, then prioritize your time. Accomplish 30-50% more, be organized, find balance, improve relations, be healthy, & Do What Matters Most.

The Planner, Everything Included:

  • Spiral bound to lay perfectly flat (easiest planner to write in & manage)
  • ​Full 12 Months of Fill-in PagesPlan and Organize your full year, all at your fingertips
  • ​​Monthly Strategy Page – Preview each month, see and plan for the big picture
  • ​Pre-week Planning Weekly Guide – Use this guide on your weekly calendar to schedules priorities first, and then prioritize your schedule
  • Weekly View & Daily Schedule – View your whole week in one glance while planning each day individually (best of both worlds)
  • Daily Schedule & To Do List – Plan, schedule, & track each day’s tasks, appointments, and priorities
  • ​65 Inspirational Quotes – Stay motivated and inspired to Become Your Best
  • ​Weekly Productivity Tracker – Measure, track, & improve each week’s productivity
  • ​30-Page Notes & Thoughts Section – Capture important notes and record your ideas
  • ​2022 Monthly Preview – Manage and stay on top of each day of 2022 with this preview
  • ​2021 / 2022 2-Year Preview Page – See every day on one page for the next two years

Plus the COMPLETE set of Guides:

  • ​Introduction & Quickstart Guide to jump start your peak performance & success
  • Performance vs Productivity Guide to help you measure and track your growth; performance increases with measured and tracked
  • Do What matters Most Guide to accomplish more & live more, but with less stress, learn to focus on Doing What Matters Most
  • ​Personal Vision Guide, Example, & Template – lead life by design, not by default; Develop your person vision
  • ​Annual Goals (Roles & Goals) Guide, Example, & Template – Set and accomplish your goals; integrated tools and tracking included
  • ​Pre-Week Planning Guide & Tutorial to start accomplishing 30-50% more every week (equals 500+ more accomplishments for the upcoming year)
  • ​6-Step Process Guide – Solve your biggest problems, seize the best opportunities; this is the template and guide

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The Success Rhythm is a made-for-you, easy-to-use process to apply the 12-principles of highly successful leaders on a weekly and daily basis without any extra work on your end. This process let’s you shape your life and live it by design. It includes a weekly kick-off with a focus for the week, daily inspiration, tips and suggestions to be “your very best,” and a debrief at the end of each week.

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A Visit from St. Nicholas ~ Happy Christmas!

A Visit from St. Nicholas

A Visit from St. Nicholas, more commonly known as, “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” the first phrase of the classic poem by Clement Clarke Moore.

 

 Image of title page of Twas the Night Before Christmas - 1912 edition of the poem A Visit from St. Nicholas, illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith

Twas the Night Before Christmas - 1912 edition of the poem, illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith

Twas the Night Before Christmas - 1912 edition of the poem, illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith

 Twas the Night Before Christmas - 1912 edition of the poem, illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith

Twas the Night Before Christmas - 1912 edition of the poem, illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith

Twas the Night Before Christmas - 1912 edition of the poem, illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith

Twas the Night Before Christmas - 1912 edition of the poem, illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith

Twas the Night Before Christmas - 1912 edition of the poem, illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith

Twas the Night Before Christmas - 1912 edition of the poem, illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith

 Twas the Night Before Christmas - 1912 edition of the poem, illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith

Twas the Night Before Christmas - 1912 edition of the poem, illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith

 Twas the Night Before Christmas - 1912 edition of the poem, illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith

Twas the Night Before Christmas - 1912 edition of the poem, illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith

 Twas the Night Before Christmas - 1912 edition of the poem, illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith

 Twas the Night Before Christmas - 1912 edition of the poem, illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith

Twas the Night Before Christmas - 1912 edition of the poem, illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith

Twas the Night Before Christmas - 1912 edition of the poem, illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith

 Twas the Night Before Christmas - 1912 edition of the poem, illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith

 Twas the Night Before Christmas - 1912 edition of the poem, illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith

Twas the Night Before Christmas - 1912 edition of the poem, illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith

Twas the Night Before Christmas - 1912 edition of the poem, illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith

Twas the Night Before Christmas - 1912 edition of the poem, illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith

Twas the Night Before Christmas - 1912 edition of the poem, illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith

Twas the Night Before Christmas - 1912 edition of the poem, illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith

Twas the Night Before Christmas - 1912 edition of the poem, illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith

 Twas the Night Before Christmas - 1912 edition of the poem, illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith

Twas the Night Before Christmas - 1912 edition of the poem, illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith

 Twas the Night Before Christmas - 1912 edition of the poem, illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith

 Twas the Night Before Christmas - 1912 edition of the poem, illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith

Twas the Night Before Christmas - 1912 edition of the poem, illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith

 

 

A Visit from St. Nicholas

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,
Gave a lustre of midday to objects below,
When what to my wondering eyes did appear,
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny rein-deer,
With a little old driver so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment he must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
“Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”
As leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the housetop the coursers they flew
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too—
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples, how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly
That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight—
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

Text from https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/43171/a-visit-from-st-nicholas

Images credit: https://picryl.com/collections/twas-the-night-before-christmas

 

Thank you for the opportunity to share the classic, A Visit from St. Nicholas, with you.  Happy Christmas!

 

Regards,

Keith Klein
Organizer, Wisconsin Business Owners
Founder & CEO, OnYourMark, LLC

We welcome your comments, questions and suggestions.  Please contact us with questions.  Best to callemail or visit our site for the best response.  We do invite you to engage with us on social media (just not for immediate needs).

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This post first appeared on OnYourMark.com at https://www.onyourmark.com/a-visit-from-st-nicholas-happy-christmas/  Thanks for sharing, so we may share it with our viewers.

 

Happy Thanksgiving Thought Experiment

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving posts are usually about counting our blessings and giving thanks.  Steven Johnson compels us to consider this thought experiment:  If your daily newspaper were published once-in-a-century, and it came out today, what would the banner headline read?

This is, indeed, something to be truly grateful for: Human life expectancy at birth doubled, worldwide, over the last hundred years.

Here’s a video Steven Johnson referred to in his TED Talk; under two minutes:

I plan to listen to the Audible Book.  I recommend Audible Books.

Happy Thanksgiving post image of Extra Life book cover

Extra Life
A Short History of Living Longer

By: Steven Johnson
Narrated by: Steven Johnson
Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 05-11-21
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Audio
4.7 out of 5 stars(91 ratings)

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving Poems

I’ll likely do a more traditional Happy Thanksgiving Holiday Greeting for some client sites, and I’ll share a couple of thoughts along that line here.

Here’s a great poem, among many at https://www.weareteachers.com/thanksgiving-poems-for-kids/ (that’s for kids of all ages!).

Happy Thanksgiving Poem Image

I was pleased to find this little gem among many via https://www.google.com/search?q=thanksgiving+poems

You’ll find more fun Thanksgiving Day poems for kids at https://gatheredagain.com/thanksgiving-poems-kids/

With all best wishes for you and yours to enjoy a Happy Thanksgiving!

Regards,

Keith Klein
Organizer, Wisconsin Business Owners
Founder & CEO, OnYourMark, LLC

We welcome your comments, questions and suggestions.  Please contact us with questions.  Best to callemail or visit our site for the best response.  We do invite you to engage with us on social media (just not for immediate needs).

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This post first appeared in the personal site of Keith Klein at https://www.keithklein.me/happy-thanksgiving-thought-experiment/  Thanks for sharing, so we may share it with our viewers.