Edition#53: The Value Of A Coach, Behaviours, Vague Ambitions

Tips To Perform Better

1. Rather than setting goals based on outcomes, such as hitting a sales target or losing ten kilograms, focus on setting goals related to your behaviours. 

-Instead of trying to hit sales targets, direct your attention to making an extra five sales calls a day.

-Instead of focusing on losing weight, practise exercising four times a week. 

When focusing on our behaviours, we have a higher chance of achieving our desired outcomes because what we do becomes aligned with where we want to be.

2. Whether you’re learning in the workplace, at home, at the gym, or anywhere else, the quality of your learning can be affected by the environment you’re in. 

When you operate and learn in the same place for too long, it can become difficult for your brain to adapt as it becomes accustomed to the monotony of your surroundings. 

Changing the learning environment now and again helps keep your mind stimulated and can provide an opportunity to take in new information and expand your knowledge and skills.

Some Words To Consider

1. Coaches are an intervention between where you are and where you want to go. Sound, effective coaching empowers your mind and encourages you to problem-solve as you progress. 

When engaged with the right coach, your mindset shifts from “I’m not sure if I can do this”, to “I may not do this today, but I’ll achieve this soon”. 

With each new piece of information you receive from a coach, improvement becomes increasingly predictable.

2. The vaguer we are in our ambition, we are less likely to continue practising. Once an overall target has been set, we can then work towards a series of smaller, more manageable changes and actions that accumulate towards reaching the overall goal. 

Quotes To Listen To

Author, Gretchen Rubin on breaking our days up

“Instead of feeling that you’ve blown the day and thinking, “I’ll get back on track tomorrow,” try thinking of each day as a set of four quarters: morning, midday, afternoon, evening. If you blow one quarter, you get back on track for the next quarter.
Fail small, not big.”

Businessmen, Betty Smith on growing old

“If there’s one thing certain, it’s that we all have to get old someday. So get used to the idea as quickly as you can.”