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Tuesday, September 30, 2003

Getting Our Personal Growth Plan Funded

When you blog only once a week, there are so many topics you can blog about. But with so many possibilities it is often hard to decide. It is like having 1,000,000 blogs out there, with nothing to read.

Since Yom Kippur is currently topical, let's go with that. Wandering over to the best spiritual site on the net, I found Habits_for_a_Highly_Effective_Yom_Kippur as good source material.

In that article, Mrs Dina Coopersmith explains that the reason that we are judged on Rosh Hoshana before we have a chance to atone on Yom Kippur is because we are not being judged on the past but rather on our vision, plan, and desire for the upcoming year.

I like to think of Rosh Hoshana as the day we present our business plan to G-d and He decides what resources to invest in us. And like most plans, past performance is not necessarily an indication of future gains. So if you present a good plan, you probably will get funded.

Even after we have presented a good plan, we have to try to eliminate our obstacles to growth. So what is the secret to ending business as usual? Mrs Coopersmith highlights the approach of breaking our daily routine. Doing new positive things such as waking up earlier, trying not to gossip, or studying a book of wisdom. By doing small positive things, we are committing ourselves to a small bite-size change, breaking a habit and adding tons of positive energy to our record that will motivate us to go further in the right direction. Investors like that.

One last technique is to be good to your team which in the plan of life includes our relatives, friends, neighbors and co-workers. Be patient and forgoing. Don't let anger overcome you, don't demand too much for others. As Mrs Coopersmith puts it, "In general, chill out a bit."

This is a great time of year to present a new plan and ask for some funding. Here's to hoping that we all get funded in the Book of Life.