Edition#34: Our Best Ideas, Automatic Behaviours, Finding a New Job

Tips To Perform Better

1. As we develop skills that reflect consistency and focus, we develop mental cues—or mental shortcuts that improve performance.

These representations are what allow us to respond effectively when performing a skill. Continual practice gives our mind and muscles the opportunity to memorise and apply high performance.

With enough practice, these representations become extremely potent in our performance because they’re developed specifically for a focus on improving a skill.

2. Be curious about learning and mastering a particular skill. For motivation to come easier, notice the discrepancy between present knowledge and think of what could come of it when engaging in some activity.

Some Words To Consider

1. Some of your best ideas are thought of in tranquil moments. When you place yourself in a quiet environment, you’re pulling away from daily demands and use the part of your brain that doesn’t allow you to exhaustively think and consume.

The brain has a proclivity to present us with knowledge that we weren’t previously able to tap into.

When stepping away from the urgent demands life throws your way, you improve neural connections—ultimately leading to better decision making.

2. When you begin to start small, over time, your mind and body learns to work in unison, enabling you to consistently perform automatic behaviours. Our success comes from the small actions each day and is not necessarily a showcase of talent, but a result of dedication to the cause.

Quotes To Listen To

Author Adam Granton finding a new job:

“When it comes to careers, instead of searching for the job where we’ll be happiest, we might be better off pursuing the job where we expect to learn and contribute the most”

NBA basketball executive and former coach Pat Riley on achieving excellence:

​“Excellence is the gradual result of always trying to do better.”​