Edition#37: Unhealthy Environments, Chasing Validation, Workplace Culture

Tips To Perform Better

1. When you remove yourself from your current environment where unhealthy triggers are activated, you leave behind a mental bias that no longer associates your surroundings with unrewarding behaviours.

You then put yourself in a prime position to apply simple, unbiased action to create better and more rewarding habits. 

2. Think of motivation as a constant source of energy that enlightens your mind to perform. The most important form of gaining motivation isn’t listening to speakers, reading books, or consuming other resources to help you take action. If we depend upon these sources, we’re always looking for the next best sentence, the next best podcast, or the next best course.

The simple solution relates back self-realisation. It’s your ability to assess your own motivation. Who do you want to be? Begin expressing yourself through your work and using what you produce as a reflection of your aspiring identity. 

Some Words To Consider

1. When we learn from a place of expected rewards and status, it creates a void in the sense that we will never be satisfied. It puts us into a dangerous trap of chasing validation. But when we take education into our own hands and learn from a place of genuine intent, we improve significantly. 

Our lives are much better off because there is purpose behind what we pursue and our focus remains not on the rewards and status, but the journey to learn and improve. 

2. Which feeling is more powerful: The urge to do something different? Or the urge to avoid what you know you should be doing? Overcoming your minds ability to direct your attention elsewhere is achieved by conscious recognition of when the event occurs. 

When procrastinating, the course to action is always an uphill battle. But once you start, you build momentum and the gap between intention and action is reduced. 

Quotes To Listen To

1. Former CEO and President of Porsche, Peter Schutz on organisational culture:

“The biggest challenge was to restore a dying organization, which was losing money, to growth and profitability. The first steps were not: Cutting costs, developing new products and/or services, inventing clever new marketing concepts, or clever advertising! 

Instead, the first steps were: Rebuilding a culture where all employees were a family, striving for a “shared” success! 

The basis for this success turned out to be winning major races again.”

Source: Forbes Interview

2. Irish poet and playwright, Oscar Wilde on helping others:

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”