Eight Secrets For February

Hello Everyone,

I am so sorry its been a while. Hope y’all had a great xmas. Surprisingly February is here. Yippee!

To start us up with this month here is an excerpt that is super inspiring:

“Worried that you weren’t born with natural talent? Stop right now. Mastery is within your reach, if you’re willing to put in the time to practice deliberately. The same tenets that lead to extraordinary performance at the individual level also apply to companies. Any company that fails to realize this within its culture is jeopardizing its own survival.

1) Masters are made, not born. Hungarian psychologist László Polgár decided before his kids were born that he would turn them into chess grandmasters. He was so convinced that he actually sought a wife who would agree to this experiment. They succeeded. All three of their daughters achieved this rank. If you’re worried that it’s too late for you to be extremely talented because your parents didn’t start you off with a specific skill at the age of four, don’t worry. With passionate dedication, a knowledgeable mentor and a true understanding of your weaknesses and goal, you can start to train today.

2) Commitment. Achieving mastery isn’t something that happens accidentally. Watch a single episode of VH1’s series, Driven, to see how much work goes into the illusion of overnight success. Beyonce’s new self-directed biopic, Life Is But A Dream, reveals how much work the singer has put into turning herself into a legend. Great performers are so passionate about mastery that they put in the time it takes to succeed.

3) Master the tedium of creativity. Coming up with ideas alone or with collaborators is a lot of fun! Much, much less fun is the hard work of seeing those ideas through to completion. In fact, the path to mastery is filled with tedium, and the belief that success is possible is often the only light in the long, dark tunnel. This is what discourages most people, and what gives those with the necessary dedication a chance to soar above the crowd.

4) Find a balance between millennials and experienced workers. For five years, I’ve been working with major companies to help them understand the impact (and benefit) of millennials entering the workforce. The biggest concern many face is the notion that millennials exhaust managers with their constant need for feedback. This perception is wrong. At Science House, we’ve spent the last year developing a feedback model based on neuroscience insights with the goal of increasing productivity and bridging the feedback gap. Our central premise for this model is that millennials expecting feedback is great for business, and it’s also an excellent opportunity for seasoned mentors to work with them to strengthen their skills and undermine their weaknesses, which is one of the most important aspects of extraordinary performance. Not all experienced workers will be suited for this task, however, because not all of them have engaged in what performance expert Anders Ericsson calls “deliberate practice.”

5) Practice deliberately. If you want to be great at something, doing it for hours and hours a day for years on end isn’t enough, especially if you only focus on the parts of that activity that you enjoy. Deliberate practice requires an understanding of what you need to improve, and tackling those weaknesses mercilessly, even when it’s no fun at all.

6) Keep the right kind of to-do lists. All great accomplishments are achieved one step at a time. The only way to reach the ultimate goal of becoming an extraordinary performer is to make sure that you do what you have to do each and every day to get there. If top performers seem different, more physically and mentally excellent, that’s because they’ve worked on their bodies and brains to get them where they are today. From an outside perspective, we see only the end result, not the hours of labor that went into it. To-do lists that break long tasks down into all necessary steps are critical.

7) Gain knowledge. Creativity is often the result of mashing up ideas that come from different places. Study and focused experience are key to mastery. One great book on the topic of performance is Geoff Colvin’s Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates the World Class Performers from Everybody Else. The author has synthesized the key findings from many of the top thinkers about performance, and he’s also broken down the reality behind why people in different domains succeeded, dispelling the myth that talent is inborn.

8) Figure out what it is you want to do, and don’t stop until you’ve done it. If you’re willing to put in the time required for mastery, come to terms with the reality that the only obstacle is yourself. It’s not for everyone, or the world would be filled with masters. If you’re willing and able to accept the long path, cultivate a mindset of accepting responsibility for your own results. Defining your goal is the first step toward excellent performance.”

Hope y’all found it useful. I promise to put up more posts.

Ciao Bellas xxx

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