Thought-full Thursday: One Thing at a Time


Every Thursday, we provide you with a thoughtful way to coach yourself – something all leaders need to do. So take five and enjoy the inspirational quotes and reflect on the questions that follow. Your comments and answers to the questions are most welcome!

I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time. ~ Charles Dickens

  • What new habits are you developing?
  • How will they serve you?
  • What steps are you taken to practice these new habits?
  • Are you putting your full concentration into them?

I am a former executive in a Fortune 100 company. I have owned and operated an executive coaching firm since 2003 called Aspire Collaborative Services LLC. We partner with great leaders to help them become even greater at developing, improving, and sustaining relationships with the people who are essential to their success. This blog is for leaders and those who help them to be more intentional about relationships at work. My top personal values include respect for others, kindness, compassion, collaboration and gratitude. I work very hard at practicing my values daily and when I don’t succeed, I practice some more. I am married with two wonderful daughters and two spoiled pugs.

3 comments on “Thought-full Thursday: One Thing at a Time

  1. Nice. Even in Dickens’ time, his key point was “the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time”. How true. We think it is more difficult today with Twitter, Facebook, commenting on blog posts 🙂 but I wonder if it really is or not? My guess is “not”. Things are easier today.

  2. Simple- new brain studies certainly seem to be pointing in the direction of telling us that a focus on one thing at a time is more productive. We can still do that, can we not, with social media?

  3. Mary Jo, I often enjoy reading thoughtful Thursdays, because it gives me something to think about for the day. I guess everyday I am trying to develop new habits. I would assume this is because some of my old habits I don’t particularly like. I always am striving to be better so for me changing habits means changing myself which can be I believe one of the hardest things to do. I hope that any new habits I develop will serve myself and my life better in the long run. Everyday we can grow. Thanks!

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