Rabbi Raymond Beyda
One of the keys to success is good planning. Setting a clear goal and
planning the steps towards achievement of the goal is a talent shared by
successful people in all walks of life. Leaving things to chance or
"playing it by ear" is too risky and often yields a result far different
than the one that one works to produce.
But don't confuse a good planner with a worrier. A good planner has
confidence that his or her plan will work. Positive thinking also makes one
flexible to alter the plan along the way to compensate for changes in
circumstances or miscalculations in the original outline. A worrier, on the
other hand, reviews and evaluates from a position of negative thinking. He
or she is so concerned that problems and failures are avoided but doesn't
get moving forward towards the goal because of an overload of concerns that
just might not even happen anyway. The fear of failure freezes the worrier
in a position of inactivity.
Today when you decide to get something done - stop and make a plan. A plan
geared for success taking all possibilities into account. It is o.k. to
review and re-evaluate but don't freeze. Get moving towards your goal ready
to adjust the plan while anticipating ultimate success. It only takes a
minute but it will help achieve what you are out to accomplish.
DID YOU KNOW THAT
One who is reading Keriyat Shema is not allowed to signal with the eyes or
mouth out words with ones lips or point with ones fingers while reading the
first paragraph. Some rule that even in the second paragraph these
restrictions apply. They do, however, allow these signals in the second
paragraph -- ONLY IF IT CONCERNS MISVAH PERFORMANCE.
[Source, Shulhan Arukh, O'H Siman 63:6 and Mishnah Berurah op. cite.]
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