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This is an inspiring read that focuses on how to be the best version of you, time management, leaving a legacy and making the most of life beyond exams.

1. Three Life Options!

So, if you are free to choose one thing … Quantity Would you choose QUANTITY? Would you say, “I want a long life!”? You could even score yourself, assuming a perfect score is 100 years. Would you like to live 50/100? 75/100? 95/100 or 105/100 years? – Yes some do score 105/100. Would you choose…

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2. The QQS of Customer Relations

The three letters QQS stand for QUANTITY, QUALITY and SPIRIT. QQS  are three criteria a person can use to judge or score the choices they make or the things that they do as discussed in Three Life Options. But these same three letters, QQS, are useful to evaluate the customer service you provide or that…

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3. Managing Our Own Expectations 1

In The QQS of Customer Relations (OW2) I raised the concept of expectations, warning “Customers come with expectations.” I further advised that for good customer relations “customer expectations need to be managed”. Today I would like to bring the focus on expectations closer to home and talk about our own – your own and my…

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4. Why Examine our Life

In Managing Our Own Expectations 1 (OW3) I invited you to think about every one of your life departments, every period of time you are interested in and everything you can control. I could also have asked: As you examine these things (your life), what do you remember (your past experiences to have been) and…

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5. Thinking About Thinking

In Why Examine our Life (OW4) I listed nine concepts (dot points) that could help us towards a better life. Today I would like to discuss the first one which was Think About. In other words I would like to Think About Thinking and specifically Critical Thinking. (For more on this topic I recommend the…

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6. Use the Scientific Method

In Thinking about Thinking (OW5) I shared the eight elements of Critical Thinking and offered a mnemonic to help us remember them (4PCs). Today I would like to go beyond Critical Thinking and describe the Scientific Method in the belief that both these tools will help us as we think about what we wish our…

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7. Scientific Method vs Critical Thinking

In Use the Scientific Method (OW6) I shared the five elements of the Scientific Method and offered a mnemonic to help us remember them (5Exs). I finished by encouraging you to: “Compare and contrast the Scientific Method (5Exs) with (the 4PCs of) Critical Thinking. Where are the similarities and where are the differences – the…

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8. Scientific Method and Critical Thinking

In Scientific Method vs Critical Thinking (OW7) I shared what I considered to be some obvious parallels and also some not so obvious parallels between the five elements of the Scientific Method and the eight elements of Critical Thinking. I then concluded with the statement: We are nearly done with this exploration of thinking. We…

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9. Your Power to Control

The last four articles looked at thinking and particularly Critical Thinking and the Scientific Method. My intention was to share some concepts that we could then use as we systematically and more scientifically examine and design our best life. I now return to another of the key points I raised in the article Why Examine…

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10. The Fabric of Life

In Your Power to Control (OW9) I made the distinction between things we can control and things we can’t, even suggesting that sometimes we can make change by our self and sometimes we needed a team to make change. I now return to another of the key points I raised in the article Why Examine…

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11. The Molecule of Your Life

In The Fabric of Life (OW10) I invited you to think about your life as three canvases – the week canvass, the year canvass, and the hundred-year (or life) canvass. If Time is the canvass, then the colours on our canvass represent the parts of our life – our Life Departments. Not only Time but…

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12. Your PET rOCK of Control

In The Molecule of Your Life (OW11) I suggested that there are two sets of forces acting on our life, the lower set representing those forces over which we have NO control, and the upper set over which we DO have control. Previously, these concepts were also raised in Your Power to Control (OW9). Today…

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13. Covey’s Maturity Continuum

In Your PET rOCK of Control (OW12) I introduced you to six groups of forces that influence you and which (to some degree) you may influence. They are your Person, your Environment, your Teams Together, your Organisations, your Communities and your Kingdom(s). Together these are the generalised set of forces I drew in The Molecule…

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14. The Little r in PET rOCK

In Covey’s Maturity Continuum (OW13) I shared how the PET rOCK Continuum was inspired by Stephen Covey’s Maturity Continuum and his Four Levels of Principle-Centred Leadership, concluding: “But I have found, the PET rOCK Continuum to be more complete, systematic and useful.” I also mentioned, in relation to the little (lower case) r in PET…

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15. 4P’s in a Pod

In The Little r in PET rOCK (OW14) I shared six points to keep in mind when we work in a team or an organisations. The main question is “What is my Role?” The final five r’s give meaning to what is expected of you in your role: what are your desired Results? Rules? Resources?…

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16. The Four Types of Time

In 4P’s in a Pod (OW15) I identified four components of happiness and foreshadowed four related views of time. Today I will explore the four types of time that can be easily remembered by the question CPR – CANI? It sounds like you are asking yourself if you can save a life, doesn’t it? Well…

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17. 7 Views of Life

In The Four Types of Time (OW16) I proposed that our life is made up of four types of activities which I called Crisis activities, Project activities, Routine activities (CPR) and Improvement activities (CANI – Constant And Never-ending Improvement which build our capacity to perform the CPR activities). This is one way to view our…

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18. An 8th View of Life

In 7 Views of Life (OW17) I listed seven different models of life that I have found useful. Here they are again, now listed as a hierarchy. The Molecule of Your LifeThe Time of Our LifeCPR – CANIThe Circle of Courage4 Life DepartmentsThe Maturity Continuum (including the 7 Habits)4 P’s in a Pod Going forward…

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19. Three Themes for a Better Life

In An 8th View of Life (OW18) I shared the two high-level strategies of: Know yourselfGrow yourself I also said: “Going forward I would like to compare and contrast these models [the 8 views of life] and apply the best tools of thinking to enable us to discuss our life and improve it.” Previously I…

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