When you’re faced with a tough decision that requires Willpower, slow your breathing down to 4-6 breaths per minute (about 10 – 15 seconds per breath). This activates the parasympathetic nervous system, increases heart variability, and in the end will give you a WP boost.
I first learned this from reading Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Ecker. How you do anything is how you do everything. It applies to almost anything. If you ask someone to hand something in on time and they’re late. Chances are that they do the same thing for other tasks.
If you ask someone to pick up a set of musical cymbals, just by how they pick it up, you’ll be able to tell if they respect the craft or the instrument or not. It’s the little things that can say a lot about a person when you don’t know them well enough.
The following is from the guidebook for Evernote Essentials. Although reading the entire booklet is worthwhile, specifically for tagging, I find the following Tao of Tagging incredibly useful for tagging all notes in Evernote:
“General subject” — I quote it here because I’m using it very loosely, but the subject of a note is a prime example of good tag material. If I create a note with a recipe for my favorite cumin-infused waffle batter, obviously we’re talking about food. This should be your first tag. “Specific subjects” — To continue with the cumin waffle example, I’d also tag it with “recipes” and “waffles” since that’s what the note contains. Brain surgery, I know.
Source — If you grabbed this recipe from that dusty box of index cards that shipped to your house along with the rest of Aunt Mildred’s worldly possessions, you might tag it with “Aunt Mildred”. If you grabbed it from some food blog or website, tag it with the name of the site. Project (if applicable) — If this note is part of a larger project like, say a cookbook called “The Ultimate Guide to Cumin and Breakfast Foods”, then consider giving it a tag related to that project. Many notes won’t be part of such a project, so obviously this can be omitted. People/places —
If the note references any people or places that you 31 find interesting, tag the note with those as well. Don’t be afraid to tag that note with “Lance Bass” or “Deluth” if it makes sense and you think it might help you find the note later on when you’re planning that road trip to see the N’Sync reunion.
When people are asking for the product or service, you’re in a pull market. When you’re pushing your product in a market or to a customer you’re in a push market.
Neither is better, but marketing and selling becomes a lot easier when you’re in a pull market and simply meeting customer demand.
I’m restarting this blog after listening to Seth Godin on Tim Ferris’ podcast about noticing things, putting things out there and choosing a position.
I share my thoughts and advice to a lot of people who take the time to listen. This blog collects my thoughts to make it easier for me to send it to people I’ve yet to meet or simply to remind myself.
Affirmations is one of those things that sound like it’s wishful thinking, like a part of a fairy tale. But in reality there are benefits of affirmations that happens when it’s done repeatedly over time.
- It helps keep you aware of what it is you really want
- By being aware of it, you’re constantly thinking about it throughout your day and change your actions to achieve it
If you want that elusive Ferrari, and say to yourself that “I own a red Ferrari 360 Spyder”, you’ll start to either start to believe it, or start to be aware of Ferraris on the street. If you want it bad enough, you’ll start to look at your habits and tasks and start to change it to achieve it.
Whether it’s being self-confident, or finding your significant other, the power of affirmation works but only if you act on it.
When it comes to solving a problem, sometimes you need to look at it from different angles/viewpoints. That is called Parallax.
In architecture, we design buildings in different scales/sizes. This allows us to completely experience a space in different settings, leading to noticing things we wouldn’t have otherwise.
I’ve found on the simplest ways to be better is to surround yourself with people who are better than you. There’s a good quote which says “You’re an average of the 5 people you surround yourself with” and I find this to be true. Think about who you spend time with and how you can grow. If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room. Whether you want to improve in your golf game, or your business or as a parent, learn from and surround yourself with people who you can learn from.
Understanding cultural intelligence is not about understanding other people’s culture, but it’s about understanding your own Culture. It’s about recognizing what are you flexible about and what you are solid/rigid about.
This is evident when one’s traveling, but more so when you are working, being ingrained in the culture. It’s about who you work with everyday who’s culture is entirely different than yours. Understanding and recognizing this helps you grow and learn more about yourself.
Having a mentor for different areas of life/business is one of the surest way to fast track your route to success. They’ve been there and you can learn from their experiences directly. There are a few things that I’ve noticed about finding a mentor:
- Keep your eyes open and be receptive: You might find one in the weirdest of places/ways.
- Ideal Mentor vs Practical Mentor: Sometimes, you might envision someone as a mentor but that might not be the person who you might be best helped by, these 2 aspects could end up being wildly different
- Personal Relationship vs Distant Mentor: With our limited time, you don’t need a personal relationship with someone to learn bundles from them, but if this is the case, you’ll have to work harder to internalize what they say
- Get out there: If you don’t meet/discover people, you won’t find a mentor