We all have pet peeves. Lane drifters, loud profane talk, people who cut you off—in traffic and in mid-sentence—are some of the few I have.
But one of the biggest is people who monopolize conversations.
These people must wonder why others tend to avoid them. The reason is they simply talk too much, don’t listen well—or both.
Some talkers are actually fairly interesting to listen to—for awhile. Maybe they’re uncomfortable with periods of silence or they simply feel the need to entertain. But they just don’t stop. It becomes trying, tiresome and eventually, just plain annoying.
There's a lot of talk these days about how much—if any—privacy we must give up in the name of national and personal security.
Here in the United States, the fourth amendment (from The Bill of Rights) protects us from unreasonable searches and seizures, along with requiring any warrant to be judicially sanctioned and supported by probable cause.
But now we find out that our government has been accessing millions of phone records to see who might possibly be talking to potential terrorists.Or so they say. Just how much privacy are we entitled to?
For over thirty years, I’ve taught, written, coached and promoted the importance of setting and achieving clear, meaningful and personal goals. And for over 17 years, SuccessNet has published tools, systems and courses designed to help people clarify, concentrate and consistently work toward their most important goals.
Goals are important. And having them is clearly light years ahead of not having them.
But goals must be set in the context of a well-designed life. We have to know our core values. We must abide by our principles and we certainly have to set priorities. We may be able to accomplish anything we want, but we can’t accomplish everything we want. So carefully choosing which goals we will commit to achieving is paramount to having an ideal life.