Edition#49: Developing Your Skills, The Stories You Tell, Selling Yourself

Tips To Perform Better

1. There will be bad days, and even weeks when developing a new or existing skill. The aim is to practise closing the gap between boredom and challenge. 

If you find something too overwhelming, take a step back or decrease the frequency until comfortable.

If you find something too easy, increase the frequency or add a new scenario to the skill

It’s much easier to become consistent when the conditions you create promote skilled learning. 

2. Rather than dwell on what you’re currently experiencing, take a step back and look at your situation through fresh eyes. 

What aspects of your life are triggering your stress? Where do you feel a lack of control? What can you only control? 

These questions employ awareness and understanding—an essential part of improving your emotional capacity.

Some Words To Consider

1. Most of us repeat actions and behaviours to become better individuals. We look to become better in our work, finances, relationships and hobbies. When we’re only interested in being fast-tracked to a new version of ourselves, we lose sight on allowing repetition to naturally progress our abilities and performance. 

While we underestimate what we can achieve with discipline and time, we tend to overestimate how quickly it takes to get there. What you do every day matters more than what you do once every now and again.

2. When you begin by saying “I get to do this” rather than “I have to do this”, the story you tell yourself begins to change. You then start to build towards a new identity and evolve into an improved self.

Quotes To Listen To

Speaker, Earl Nightingale on making the most of the time you have:

“Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway.”

Author and surgeon, Maxwell Maltz on convincing yourself you’re good enough:

“Your most important sale in life is to sell yourself to yourself.”