Edition#48: Focusing On Quality, New Year and New Opportunities, Innovation

Tips To Perform Better

1. When deciding to go all on learning a particular skill, there’s an element of life we tend to forget: balance. When we become obsessed with learning, It’s hard to understand when to switch off. Evolving your skills requires time to breathe and soak in information. 

The brain is designed to recoup what we consume, so allow time for the finer things.

Choose the quality of your life over the quantity of your behaviours. 

2. To concentrate on one thing, you must ignore other variables that creep into your frame of attention. 

Focus is saying ‘yes’ to the most important option and ‘no’ to many other less important options that confront you. It doesn’t mean the lesser important options won’t be important later. It’s about focusing on what will give you the most optimal experience at the right time.

Some Words To Consider

1. When taking time away from learning, we build clarity in our thoughts and how we’re improving. Reflecting in moments of calm help us engage in future deliberation. Similar to how our muscles repair after a hard workout, we leave our brain to rest and reflect on our performance. 

What’s one thing you did well? What’s one area you’d like to work on? A pat on the back is equally important as a correction to your mistakes.

2. A New Year brings new opportunities. There’s no magic secret to achieving great things. 

The most important conversation you can have this year should be the one with yourself, about yourself. How you communicate internally is more important than what anyone else believes or thinks. 

Who we are and why we do what we do is more important that the opinions of others. 

Quotes To Listen To

Author, Steven Pressfield on being a professional:

“The professional has learned that success, like happiness, comes as a by-product of work. The professional concentrates on the work and allows rewards to come or not come, whatever they like.” 

Source: War of Art

Irish playwright, Bernard Shaw on innovating through life:

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.“

Source: Man and Superman