Edition#26: Getting More Done, Looking Outward, Writing A Book

Tips To Perform Better

1. Consider your motivation like a fingerprint. A unique set of behaviours, values and identity that are driven by a variety of motives. Your motivation is subject to constant revision as you navigate your own performance and environment. 

Thinking in this frame of mind engages your own personal actions and reduces the likelihood of comparing yourself to others.

2. We all have 24 hours in a day, but why do some people get more done than others? Why do some people achieve more and find they have more time for other things?

They don’t circle around what they should be doing.

They simply zone in on the smallest and most effective thing that compounds towards achievement.

Remarkable results are directly related to how focused you are on the most important thing at any given time.

Don’t complicate achievement by thinking too big.

Big achievement comes from doing few things well as opposed to many things mediocre.

Some Words To Consider

1. You should always look outward.

What do you want to achieve in 1 week? 1 month? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year?

When there’s no vision for where you want to spend your time, it’s easy to go through the motions and become reactive to what comes your way.

If you want to become better at what you do, you need to continually look outward.

If you’re struggling with a vision, begin by consistently looking at what you will achieve tomorrow. Over time, you connect with each day and gain more clarity for the future.

2. How we think about learning and what we learn usually revolves around landmarks and milestones

We study at university for the outcome of a degree

We attend a career development course in the eventual hope of a promotion

Few of us learn for the sake of our own perspective and understanding.

When we learn from a place of expected rewards and status, it creates a void in the sense we will never be satisfied. It puts us into a dangerous trap of chasing validation.

But when we we take education in our own hands and learn from a place of genuine intent, we improve significantly. Now there is purpose behind what we pursue.

Quotes To Listen To

Author, entrepreneur and journalist Steven Kotler on sidestepping danger:

“Sooner or later, there’s always a Jaws: a mental hurdle we can’t clear, a decision too dangerous to attack head on. In those situations, sideways is forward.”

Source: The Rise of Superman

Author Joanna Penn on writing:

“Writing is about you. Publishing is about the book. Marketing is about the reader.”

This quote is a timely reminder for me as I’m currently in the publishing process of my new book due later in the year.