I need to make up my bed and keep my closet organized. I need to stay committed to exercise and fitness. I need to follow through on my priorities at work. I need to spend time reading. I need to eat fruits and vegetables. I need to maintain my cars. I need to communicate with my kids. I need to pay attention to my wife. The list of things I need to do is long, to say the least. And yet, everyday, things go undone.

It is not for a lack of knowledge. Truthfully, I know how to do all the things I need to do.

What I really need is to be reminded. I suspect the same is true for you.

The fact is, “People need to be reminded more than they need to be taught.”

On your path today there will be dozens of people who need to be reminded. Why not pick one or two and encourage them to be what they know they should be?

Here are a few things to keep in mind as you seek to remind others.

1 - Remind others in the same way you would want to be reminded.

2 - Remind others what they could do right rather than what they did wrong.

3 - Remind others of the things they have verbalized as their goals, not what you think their goals should be.

4 - Remind others that progress is realistic, as opposed to perfection which is fantasy.

You will occasionally meet someone who needs to be taught. If so, by all means, invest in their development. But more times than not, people simply need to be reminded.

There are some things you need to do. Perhaps at the top of your list should be to become an expert in providing reminders?





What is one area of your life where you need reminders to keep you on track with your goals?


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11 years ago

Remind people that matter to you how much they matter to you and suggest David Allen’s “Getting Things Done”. By far the best organizational, time management training course on the planet. I wish everyone to obtain “Mind Like Water”


11 years ago

Great book Mike. Thanks for the "reminder."

Keith Smith

11 years ago

Randy I use visual aids like sticky notes to remind me to focus on the things that I want to become. I have six ongoing reminders. 1) Trust God, 2) clean house (meaning keeping my side of the street clean regarding relationships),3)help others, 4)do right, 5) love mercy, 6)walk humbly with your God. So every time I look at my computer screen I see these It helps me to become the man that I want to be. Also I use codes written on my hand or something that I want to focus on more Ie I have an L penned into my palm to remind me to listen. Silly I know  but It does work.
Pressing on with excellence!


11 years ago

Awesome stuff Keith . . . Thanks!


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