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100 Ways to Motivate Others > 45. Use 10 Minutes Well - Pg. 117

Use 10 Minutes Well / 117 shine, don't waste it on trivia and low-return activities. Invest that energy and peak attention into the big chal- lenge you've been procrastinating about. Most of us confuse pleasure with happiness. We find great pleasure in spending our highest-energy state on small tasks, taking them out with relish and flair, blowing away all these minor, little must-do's with great bursts of en- ergy and good cheer. But all the while, that big thing is lurking, waiting until we're tired and cranky to be fully contemplated, which is why it gets put off so often. Know ahead of time what your biggest challenge is. Set it up to be taken out with massive, unstoppable action while you are at your most resourceful and energetic. You do have a best time of day, mentally. Know when it is. Then use it! The ultimate source of a leader's professional happiness is the feeling of accomplishment you get when you take out the big thing! The look on your face alone will motivate others to follow you. 45. Use 10 Minutes Well Man must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind him to the fact that each moment of his life is a miracle and a mystery. --H.G. Wells Contemporary philosopher William Irwin was asked what he thought the secret of effective leadership was. His answer was, "Learn to use 10 minutes intelligently. It will pay you huge dividends."