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Rules of the Fast Lane

June 11, 2009

While cruising a hundred miles of the Massachusetts Turnpike today, I discovered the striking similarities between life in the left lane and achieving my personal and professional goals. They share common rules of the road: 

  1. Clunkers won’t do.  Proper fuel and regular maintenance are prerequisites for both man and machine.
  2. Know where you want to go and plan how you will get there, because if you get lost along the way, it won’t matter how fast you were traveling.
  3. Keep distractions to a minimum.  It doesn’t take much to get off track and life doesn’t have those noise strips to warn you that you are drifting.
  4. Don’t operate under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  5. Anticipate changes.
  6. Don’t go so fast that you can’t respond to the unexpected.
  7. Don’t ride on the tails of others.  It won’t get you where you want to go any faster and their mistakes can place you at great risk.
  8. If those behind you are moving up quickly, don’t impede their progress.  Their lead can reveal details of what’s ahead for you.
  9. Give yourself permission to slow down once in awhile when you need to refuel or recharge.
  10. Let other people know what your intentions are as they can help you get where you want to go.
  11. Be polite. No one likes a jerk and the destination isn’t worth hurting others.
  12. Enjoy the scenery along the way! 
One Comment leave one →
  1. June 15, 2009 8:31 pm

    Rosemarie, I think you’ve nailed it with your observations and the similarities are strikingly similar and so simple. Well said and good reminders to us all. I wish there were more noise strips since I would sure benefit from them. Take care.

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