The whole idea and spirit of going at bat for the things we care about — for our causes, our communities, our team members — is that we choose to act not because we have to but because we genuinely care and want to.
Stress can be a very powerful asset when it comes to performance, but first you must cultivate a mindset that views stress in this way.
Research referenced in today's Daily Spark: https://stanford.app.box.com/s/cxpeacuhamihnzzwko746iaek6mu6sl6
A firm belief in possibility of creating something valuable is what teams rely on during the most trying parts of the journey.
Without it, it becomes all too easy to feel burnt out and to quit just as you're on the cusp of producing something great.
If you’re able to go through the exercise of upgrading your limiting factors to enabling factors, the benefit is two-fold and well-worth it: you get more effective operations and, perhaps most important, room to breathe and a renewed sense of sanity to ensure that you and your team are able to continue doing the work you believe in.
It’s important to normalize the idea of discomfort — that isn’t to say that all forms of discomfort are good, but it remains true that it is only when we’re stretched beyond the limits we’re comfortable with that the adaptations for growth are able to occur.
A simple mindset to help you navigate through your most ambitious goals: think big, work small.
If you're a business, focus on how to earn your first $1, then $10, then $100 and so on.
If you're trying to write a novel, focus on writing the first page, then the second.
Envisioning lofty goals doesn't require you to figure out how you will get there.
Envisioning lofty goals in smaller units of progress does.
Inspired by John Cutler's writings on Think Big, Work Small: https://cutlefish.substack.com/p/tbm-452-think-big-work-small-part
Breaking things & accrued wisdom are huge but understated part of the creation process. It's not trial & error, it's trial & learning. Try things, break things, learn, repeat with greater wisdom, and in most cases you'll inch closer towards your goal.
Growth doesn’t happen when you’re doing what is familiar and comfortable, it happens when you reach a point where you feel at capacity, uncomfortable perhaps, and out of ideas but resolve to keep on going just a little bit more.
Leading a fulfilling life, doing great work, and having meaningful relationships all depend on your ability to make increasingly better judgments about how tolerant it makes sense to be or not to be in any given situation.
New York University professors Dr. Gabriele Oettingen and Dr. Peter Gollwitzer developed a research-backed mental strategy called WOOP (Wish, Outcome, Ostacle, Plan) to help people change to healthier habits, improve social behavior, and improve academic performance.
There’s nothing wrong with taking pride in your work ethic, but perhaps now more than ever it’s clear that an equal amount pride should be taken in Personal Space ethic — the kind that is intentional about pausing, taking extended breaks, and reaping the wide array of personal and professional benefits that come along with it.
The sooner you are able to embrace asking all questions that matter to you, the sooner you can begin to freely, confidently, and shamelessly explore all facets of life in a way that you perhaps never knew was possible.
We rarely understand the full impact of words, actions, and experiences isn’t obvious until after the fact. Therefore, it is a generally good policy to assume that all of the words, actions, and experiences you share can have an effect and therefore the intention to imbue kindness and to empower others should be a constant one.
Your ruckus - the conflict that sometimes gets created when you share ideas that you believe in - is nothing to be ashamed about. Instead, it's what you bring to the table to achieve the best ideas, work, and culture possible. See your ruckus for the asset that it is, own it, be proud of it, and defend it always when others seek to subdue it.
One day you really will have lived your final 24 hours and the only way to avoid the tragedy of having wasted that day or any other part of your life is make it a habit of acting in a way that you do not regret.
It's important to protect our energy and to say no so that we may focus our energy on the things that matter the most to us.
Today's Daily Spark is based on notes taken from a talk Dr. Jenny Wang (https://www.inclusivetherapists.com/united-states/houston/therapy/jenny-wang) gave on Instagram.
Your kindness to others today matters just as much as your kindness to others tomorrow matters. The compassionate and kind world we seek doesn't happen in a day, it happens we show up for it every day.
Every time you speak up, you create the opportunity for others to develop awareness and compassion for the issues you think are critical. Awareness and compassion are the foundation on top of which issues get attention & eventually resolution.
You actually can do many of the things you've been meaning to do. You just haven't yet - why? Because if you're like most people, you need multiple exposures to inspiration, ideas, community, and support before springing into action.
The tendency to solve forward is makes perfect sense — it comes intuitively and no one questions the approach when you bring it up in meetings. To only solve forward, however, is to deprive yourself of the insight that solving backwards has to offer.
Creating value isn’t something that’s done in one act, it’s the result of 1) finding a solvable problem, 2) committing to regularly ship work that may help address the problem, 3) listening to your intuition and feedback from the people you aim to serve, and 4) repeating steps 2 and 3.
Every thing you could do — whether it’s starting a new project, saying something you’ve been meaning to say, or performing a task that’s part of a larger effort — is preceded by decision about time: whether to act now, later, or never.
The convenience of having a plan and routine is a double-edged sword: on the one hand it gives you pre-determined cadence of effort that allows you to just focus on the work, on the other hand habits can prevent you from asking the imperative question: does this still make sense?
What does it even mean to begin something? What happens when we begin? Why would be choose to begin at all?
This is William Liao on the Daily Spark where I serve up 1 idea daily on how to do our best work and live a meaningful life.
At what point do you become?
When does a writer become a writer? When does a marketer become a marketer? When does dancer become a dancer?
Is the first word you write? Is it the first content calendar or piece of ad copy you publish? Is it the first sequence of steps that you take?
Check out today's Daily Spark for thoughts on becoming, the conditions that allow for becoming, and possibilities becoming creates.