The Sluggard

Posted by Philip Smith on 1 July 2013

The Sluggard

                   from Divine Songs for Children

'Tis the voice of the sluggard; I heard him complain,
"You have wak'd me too soon, I must slumber again."
As the door on its hinges, so he on his bed,
Turns his sides and his shoulders and his heavy head.
"A little more sleep, and a little more slumber;"
Thus he wastes half his days, and his hours without number,
And when he gets up, he sits folding his hands,
Or walks about sauntering, or trifling he stands.
I pass'd by his garden, and saw the wild brier,
The thorn and the thistle grow broader and higher;
The clothes that hang on him are turning to rags;
And his money still wastes till he starves or he begs.
I made him a visit, still hoping to find
That he took better care for improving his mind:
He told me his dreams, talked of eating and drinking;
But scarce reads his Bible, and never loves thinking.
Said I then to my heart, "Here's a lesson for me,"
This man's but a picture of what I might be:
But thanks to my friends for their care in my breeding,
Who taught me betimes to love working and reading.

                                                                                  Isaac Watts
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Be Remarkable

Posted by Philip Smith on 1 June 2013

>Be Remarkable

                .....or Be the Same as everybody else...

To be successful in business today, requires many skills and even though they are all important, we believe the most important single underlying element, to be Imagination.

No Innovation is possible without imagination and it has been said that imagination is more important than knowledge.

With Imagination, one can acquire knowledge, but with no imagination, however much knowledge we have, by itself, it will be of limited value.

  • Knowledge alone, invariably creates complexity in interpretation.
  • Unless we make ourselves and our businesses remarkable in the eyes of our customers, we will continue to exist on the margin of our chosen industries.
  • With Imagination, and Action,  Innovation becomes a key that unlocks the potential we all have in our businesses.
    • Unfortunately Innovation and its twin, Simplicity, are two elusive elements.
  • We allface the challenge to track down and implementing these elusive elements.

Our Goal

• To assist  individuals and organizations, who believe in their own abilities and are prepared to explore the discomfort of change.

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.

                        Herm Albright (1876 - 1944)

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Up and at them

Posted by Philip Smith on 1 May 2013

Up and at them - do not give up

Now that you are all getting into shape and winning the battle I can congratulate all of you on a job well done.

For those who are still having a bit of a struggle I can only encourage you to keep at it and do your best, day by day.

I can confirm  that anybody who tells you that changing habits is easy or achieving extraordinary results, in any endeavour, is easy, are :

  • Lying
  • Trying to sell you their quick fix advise  or simply have no idea what they are talking about.

Don’t give up on yourself, one step at a time, but keep moving.

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Habits again

Posted by Philip Smith on 1 April 2013

Habits again

Change can never happen without some specific objective.

Summer is on the way so in comes the diet and out goes the TV guide.

This is where the rubber meets the road, if you are determined to get rid of some weight, having another hamburger will not help and a crash diet will at best produce a temporary result.

No, if you are serious you will have to change your eating habits and add some exercise, simple one would say.

This process is repeated millions of times every year and the results are uniformly poor.

The big question then is, are we willing to acknowledge reality and learn from it, or do we want to take a diet pill for a quick, short term, temporary fix?

Life and success is all about the choices we make.

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Posted by Philip Smith on 1 March 2013


We know that change is painful and that people avoid it as best they can.

This tells us that those who are prepared to suffer the pain of changing habits will achieve what the procrastinators dream about.

There are a large number of books all telling us what the best habits are – as measured by “successful people” , “Effective people” and all manner of categories of “groups” of people.

They all miss one vital ingredient, context.

Books are always written after the events and by the time they are published massive changes could well have occurred. Often the person who inspired the book might well be living in Iceland  where you are living in Timbuktu, where everything is very different.

The most important element that is out of context, is us.

Each one of us are motivated differently, have different measures for success, have different lives and beliefs.

At best we can read these books and determine whether any part of it is relevant in our lives and that should simply  be as part of our own cycle of continuous improvement.

Choose carefully what habits you want to change and understand the reasons why, then put in the effort and make it real in your on life.


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