When To Say What You Say: Procrastination Can Be A Good Thing

When You Say Something May Be More Important Than What You Say: The Power Of Deliberate Procrastination  By Gene Griessman

Contrary to wide belief, many decisions need not be made immediately. You can say, “I’d like to give this matter some thought.”  Then add the power phrase: “I’ll get back to you.”

Obviously some situations demand an immediate decision. A gas leak, for instance.

But many, probably most, of your decisions will be better thought out if you give yourself time to properly think them out. This rule applies to personal as well as business decisions.

Overnight is good. A full 24 hours is better.

What 24 hours does is give you time to gather more information, tamp down excessive  emotions, give your subconscious a chance to do its work, think about unanticipated consequences of your preferred response, and script yourself in order to communicate your decision effectively.

If it’s a really important decision, 24 hours will give you time to discuss it wth your mastermind group.  (I have been a member of a mastermind group for years.  Invaluable!)

And, sometimes if you’re lucky, the problem will solve itself within 24 hours.

The 24-hour rule is particularly useful if you’re involved in conflict resolution, negotiations, or politics.  If 24 hours are there for the taking, be sure to take them.

If you want a quotation book you can trust, there’s not a single spurious quote in—

whenever you can. The Words Lincoln Lived By

“This is a book to cherish and share.”—Bill Marriott, CEO, Marriott International, Inc.

“Not only does Griessman give us Lincoln quotes, but he also weaves each one into a little jewel of an essay on that particular subject.” Wayne C. Temple, renowned Lincoln scholar, Illinois State Archives

You will also enjoy Lincoln Speaks To Leaders by Gene Griessman and Pat Williams.

Don’t leave yet. You’ve found a goldmine. Check out additional power phrases and unusual quotations.

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