Edition#38: Challenge vs. Boredom, Profound Rewards, True Potential

Tips To Perform Better

1. While the goal of improved performance is to practise being in the zone, we wouldn’t know if we’re improving or stagnating if we’re not faced with boredom or anxiety. The challenge we face is to create conditions that encourage the outcome of peak performance and those which exploit our true potential. If a task is too demanding or tedious, we become frustrated and potentially give up altogether. Aim to experience challenges without the overwhelm:

Exercising for 30 minutes can be more beneficial than exercising for 60 minutes.

Writing 250 words consistently can be more valuable than attempting to write 2500 words in one day.

Implementing guidelines and timeframes whilst working on a project can be healthier than cramming without direction.

2. Continually remind yourself that there’s still so much to learn and achieve. When you fail, think of those failures as a direct link in the chain of achievement.

Some Words To Consider

1. Our environment largely dominates our tendency to be passive or proactive in what we seek. The social conditions we have through our relationships and interactions with others can either help foster or frustrate our well-being. If we receive extrinsic rewards for intrinsic behaviours, autonomy potentially becomes compromised.

Focus on what you deeply enjoy to receive the most profound rewards.

2. Each decision you make reflects your priorities. To put your current decision-making in a better position, consider whether those priorities align with what you seek. 

Quotes To Listen To

NFL Coach, Pete Carroll on true potential:

1. “Each person holds so much power within themselves that needs to be let out. Sometimes they just need a little nudge, a little direction, a little support, a little coaching, and the greatest things can happen.”

Novelist and writer, Edith Wharton on the ideas we have:

2. “True originality consists not in a new manner but in a new vision.”