Edition #35: Why We Practice, Office Promotions, Being A Winner

Tips To Perform Better

1. When learning something new or consistently practicing a skill, we’re faced with many scenarios that have the potential to derail our efforts. We usually know what needs to be done and how it’s done, but where we go wrong is understanding why we’re doing it. 

Being motivated isn’t just about performing the right behaviours on a consistent basis. It’s understanding the reason behind your actions—the core values behind what it is you’re doing.

2. It’s easy to suggest that a lack of engagement means an absence of motivation. The student who doesn’t listen is unmotivated. The individual who sleeps in is lazy. The athlete who stops showing up to training isn’t committed. We are equally treated based on our motivation to learn something, but unequally treated based on our performance. 

Different people share different goals, strengths, and weaknesses. The process and the outcome can be entirely different as to where your interests are and where you direct your attention and energy. 

Some Words To Consider

1. If you want to accomplish anything in life, whether it be running, learning an instrument, climbing the corporate ladder, or writing a book, there are dedicated skills that you’re required to practice. 

Focus on the most basic but essential skills to eliminate overwhelm, then build from there.

2. The office environment allows us to connect with colleagues and report effectively to leaders and managers. The ability and readiness of the workplace to afford opportunities for employees is a critical factor in determining the employees’ trajectory of performance and promotion. The readiness can promote high engagement in learning, but if the environment supports poor workplace culture, then the individual who seeks promotion may be suited to exploit their professional potential elsewhere. 

For an employee to fully benefit from their employer, they must have access to an environment which fully supports motivation and learning 

Quotes To Listen To

American sprinter, Wilma Rudolph on winning:

“Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday.”

Chinese philosopher, Confucious on moving forward:

“Study the past if you would define the future.”​