Archive for February, 2010

Time to Use it or Lose it

Ever feel like time is slipping away from you?    The older you get, the faster time flies by.  I have not been as productive lately as I’d like to be.   In Stephen Covey’s time quadrant (below) I’ve spent a lot of time in Quad IV…social media, Olympics,  and just general piddling around.   The evidence of low productivity is in the lack of blog posts here at carikelley.com.  Nothing going on upstairs to overflow out, if you know what I mean. 🙂

Ideally, the majority of time spent should be in Quad II.  Processing, planning, preparing, personal development,  prelationships (ok, that one doesn’t start w/ p, but I was on a roll).  In my defense, I have done a LOT of reading so far this year.  I’ve read 3 non fiction books, and am finishing up the 2nd fiction book, plus 39.5% of the bible (according to my YouVersion.com reading plan).   All well and good, but, to be productive there has to be some output, right?  Time  spent thinking about what I’ve read, planning to apply it, and thoroughly processing it.

Wow, hopefully I have a LOT more years to live, because I’m awfully slow to figure all this stuff out.    One day, I aspire to be really really smart. and productive.  whatever that means…  Maybe by the time I’m 90 something, I’ll have it all together.

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Olympic-sized Self Confidence

My favorite winter Olympic sport is short track speed skating.  It’s dangerous, exciting, anything-can-happen fast action. This 27 year old, short track speed skater (pictured below) is one of my favorites.  He has a personality that makes him likable by the press and the public and exudes confidence that exceeds his years.   He befriends other athletes from other sports, won a dancing competition, and has used his influence to raise money for lots of different organizations.  Not to mention he’s just a little cutie. 😉

So, which came first, the chicken or the egg?  Does his self confidence make him an Olympic medalist and talented athlete, OR does the talented athlete become self confident? He’s a champion in a (previously) little known sport, so it’s not the sport that’s given him a name.