Sharpening your saw

Every late Summer or early Fall I enjoy getting out and cutting some firewood. In order to make that time enjoyable I must have a sharpened chainsaw! A sharp chain will actually pull itself through a log, therefore, making preparations before by sharpening the chain is a must. I really must say that using a saw that pulls itself through a log makes cutting firewood a joy and not a chore!

Habits of Highly Successful People

Just as it’s so important to sharpen a saw you are using to cut firewood, it is much more important to sharpen (renew) yourself physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally daily or weekly.  This idea comes from Stephen Covey’s book “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”.  He explains the seven habits a person must practice in order to be effective in life.  Sharpening your saw is habit seven.  

Sharpening your saw is habit seven because, if you are practicing the first six habits then you should constantly renew yourself in the four areas of your life through certain processes.  This can happen daily, weekly, or even monthly.  The important aspect is that you make time to sharpen yourself!

Making time to sharpen your saw

Time blocking is the process of one blocking an amount of time during the day to complete an important task.  I have found this to be very beneficial. I have set aside 30 minutes per day to read a book.  If I read a book for just 30 minutes per day I can read over 12 books per year (Depends on how large they are, of course).  I select the books at the beginning of the year based on the four different areas of life, i.e. physical, mental, social, and spiritual.  This task has become one of my important tasks of the day in sharpening my saw!

Throughout my life I have struggled to finish projects (reading a book) I started!  This reading discipline has been a big positive boost to my attitude in how to make my life more effective in the four areas of life.

Sharpen your saw today…and everyday!




Back to School! …Learning the three “R’s”…of insurance?

Reading, Riting, and Rithmetic…have been a fundamental part of education in our country since the beginning. Well, at least here in the South…

What about the three “R’s” of a good insurance agent. Most insurance agents are people persons. They enjoy meeting and helping people. Your insurance agent is no different than your doctor, your pastor, or your financial advisor. These important leaders in your life are selected by you to help you because ,simply, you like them.

So what are the three “R’s” of a good insurance agent?  Let’s look at these and then measure your agent up against what I share.

  1. Relationship

    1. Do you know your insurance agent well?
    2. Do they know your name and face?
    3. Many folks do not know their agent’s name.  Do you know their name!?
    4. Can you call or text them at any time?
    5. Do they call you or send you a card on your birthday?
  2. Response

    1. How long does it take for your agent to respond to a voice mail or message you left for them?
    2. Do they make you feel like you are bothering them or are they always pleasant to talk to when you call.
  3. Resources

    1. Do they hire good customer service reps to help you when the agent cannot?
    2. Do they have many companies in which to shop from to find you the best fit for you insurance needs…or do they just have one?


If your agent lines up with all of these qualities, you have a good insurance agent…keep him or her.  If not, find someone who does.  It’s that simple.

The link to my video on this subject is here.  Check it out!