Edition#27: Daily Focus, The Simple Things, Communicating Through Pictures

Tips To Perform Better

1. “Having no motivation” is a conveniently misused phrase that parents, teachers, office managers and leaders use to describe the individual or group who doesn’t meet his or her personal performance expectations.

Consequently, we evaluate our performance in comparison to others. It leads us to falsely reflecting on how we can become motivated to perform a skill. 

Every person has a unique set of triggers which encourages them. How you view motivation shouldn’t signify an absence of it.

The key is to evaluate and prioritise where you are in the skill learning process to determine when, where, why and how you will direct your effort and attention.

2. We tend to overestimate what we can do in a short period of time and underestimate what we can achieve if we’re patient.

The power of frequency is a beautiful thing. When you perform slowly and consistently, ideas are kept fresh, the pressure is off and your productivity improves

What you do every day matters more than what you do every so often.

Some Words To Consider

1. The simple things are often the most rewarding, but we don’t always create room to enjoy them.

Audit your time to allow for more of what’s important so you can still maintain and perform in other areas consistently.

2. Before you feel yourself taking negative action, ask yourself “Is this really important?”

Most of our negative responses snowball into something much bigger. There is no better way to avoid continual frustration by raising this question with yourself.

Quotes To Listen To

Author, David J. Schwartz on communicating your thoughts through pictures:

“Look at it this way. When you speak or write, you are, in a sense, a projector showing movies in the minds of others. And the pictures you create determine how you and others react. Suppose you say, “We face a problem.” You have created a picture in the minds of others of something difficult, unpleasant to solve. Instead say, “We face a challenge,” and you create a mind picture of fun, sport, something pleasant to do.”

Source: The Magic Of Thinking Big

Writer Ernest Hemingway on believing the make believe:

“That is what we are supposed to do when we are at our best – make it all up – but make it up so truly that later it will happen that way.”