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I found out recently that Olympian Michael Phelps consumes 12,000 calories a day!  That's six times what an average human being consumes!  But he uses all that energy by spending the rest of the day in the pool or weight room.  His life consists of sleeping, eating, and swimming—lots of swimming.  That's the kind of dedication to purpose that wins you eight gold medals.  It's all about sacrifice.

Blaine Lee said "Sacrifice is giving up something now for what you want the most.” 

Many of us complain of not having enough time, money, or energy.  But are we really spending these resources on things that are truly important to us?  Perhaps the first step is to define what's truly important for each of us–in what we do, what we eat, what we watch, what we spend our money on.

This week, sacrifice something to get what matters most in your life.  You don't have to sacrifice anything important!  Just sacrifice the unimportant. 

All the best,


(July 6, 2009- Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images North America)

Life Matters

Lessons on Financial Matters

By Mitch S. Lastrilla

Growing a family amidst the financial meltdown is a real challenge. My husband and I are both working and we have a small household of four adults and our four-year-old son, yet we still find it challenging to juggle our finances. This situation has forced us to sit down and to analyze how we had been spending and where we had invested or wasted our money.

We discussed how we SEE money because we know that our PARADIGMS greatly influence the way we SPEND (DO) and this, in turn, affects our FINANCIAL HEALTH (RESULTS). We made a paradigm shift—from thinking that we own our money... Continue>>


A Guide to Life Planning

Guide to Using Your Planning System

This brief online guide will help you use your FranklinCovey Planning System to focus on your highest priorities for sustained superior performance.

The FranklinCovey Planning System is based on three principles:

  1. Keep all your information in one integrated system
    Information arrives from a variety of sources—voice mail, memos, e-mail, etc. By organizing it all in one place, you'll have what you need when you need it.
  2. Always carry a walk-around tool
    Be ready to record information whenever you receive it by carrying a component of your Planning System with you—paper or electronic—always.
  3. Customize your system to your needs
    Whether you use only your Planning Pages or combine them with technology, it is important to find the combination that works best for you.