Edition#22: Relaxed state, Fear in the workplace, Sharing opinions

Tips To Perform Better

1. We all share the same 24 hours in one day, but not all are equal. Some of us perform better in the morning and some of us in the evening. Identify when you get your best work done and focus on doing the hardest tasks during that period. 

When you consistently perform at an optimal time, your output is rewarded by compounding results. 

2. Before engaging in an area of focus, practice being in a relaxed state. It can be achieved in different ways: exercising, meditation, reading, etc. 

The difference in relaxing before performing means you’re able to remove yourself from an overcrowded mental space. Improvement multiplies because your focus doesn’t provide room for external factors.

Some Words To Consider

1. Fear, whether it’s perceived or real, has the ability to manipulate outcomes.

For instance, a newly promoted procurement manager in fear of their job, may turn down a better product at a better price because the potential supplier is lesser known. 

Before buying into anything, if you feel a warning to fear the consequences, there is a proverbial gun being held against you. Be weary of the fear, remove yourself from the situation and make your decision based on the facts presented. 

2. When you choose to be someone remarkable, shortcuts are taken and beliefs and values are sacrificed. 

But when you choose to do something remarkable, you’re less worried about credit and recognition, allowing you to move forward with humility and pride. 

Focus on the value of what you do and who you do it for to reach the highest rewards.

Quotes To Listen To

Professor and author Adam Grant on sharing opinions:

“You’re entitled to your own opinion if you keep your opinion to yourself. If you decide to say it out loud, then I think you have a responsibility to be open to changing your mind in the face of better logic or stronger data. I think if you’re willing to voice an opinion, you should also be willing to change that opinion.”

Source: Wednesday Wisdom

Writer and journalist Hunter S. Thompson on responding to our experiences

“Every man is the sum total of his reactions to experience. As your experiences differ and multiply, you become a different man, and hence your perspective changes. This goes on and on. Every reaction is a learning process; every significant experience alters your perspective.”

Source: Letter From Hunter