Edition#30: Your Environment, Dealing With Procrastination, Overcoming Plateaus

Tips To Perform Better

1. To improve in any scenario, you’re required to understand the environment you put yourself in.

What time of the day will you perform a behaviour?

What will the scenario look like?

Where will you practice?

When you prioritise action beforehand, you eliminate the excuse of not finding the time.

2. The mind struggles to focus on an outcome that is seemingly far away.

Rather than putting pressure to perform and reach the outcome, direct your performance on the daily priorities which support the goal. 

Don’t get caught up with in the pressure of reaching a goal. Direct attention towards your systems instead.

Goals ensure direction. Systems provide progress.

Some Words To Consider

1. No matter the outcome, you grow throughout the process and become more resilient and confident in bouncing back from failure.

Leverage your mistakes and make realistic assessments by reminding yourself there’s still so much to learn and achieve. 

Your failures are a direct link in the chain of achievement. 

2. When procrastinating, the course to action is always an uphill battle. But once you take action, the path then becomes a ride downhill.

The challenge is to reduce the gap between intention and action. When you look for motivation, you’re waiting for something to happen.

The key is to take action to attract motivation as opposed to finding that feeling to act. 

Quotes To Listen To

Author and psychologist Anders Ericcson on working through a plateau:

“The best way to get past any barrier is to come at it from a different direction, which is one reason it is useful to work with a teacher or coach.” 

Stoic philosopher Epictetus on how you think about decisions:

“A podium and a prison are each a place, one high and the other low, but in either place your freedom of choice can be maintained if you so wish.”