Human beings have a constant mental chatter. We talk to ourselves much of the time. People only notice it when we mumble our chatter aloud, or wonder what’s going on behind the glassy eyes of a person looking off into the distance. [Read more…] about Getting Past “I Can’t” Thinking
Your muscles don’t get stronger while you’re stressing them. Exercise, which pushes your muscle past what it easily accommodates, creates micro-tears and damage. Your muscle-repair process makes the muscles bigger and stronger. Muscle repair happens when you are recovering, and when you sleep. Doing bicep curls with a barbell to the point of muscle exhaustion doesn’t make your muscles stronger, but the repair process while you rest and sleep does.
The same is true for our mental capabilities–there are stressors, and then we need recovery. Chronic stress without recovery leads to burnout. I believe this is one of the top reasons people who have been successful in the past “suddenly” begin to fail, and fail badly. They have been “productive” for seasons without sufficient recovery, and it’s not sustainable.
Let’s be clear: if you don’t push yourself outside your comfort zone, you’ll never get better. But you need a rhythm of working in the stress zone, and then recovery.
Recommended “recovery” habits: [Read more…] about Practicing Recovery to Maximize Sustainable Productivity
I love data and information and insights. I enjoy good statistics (and sneer at crappy statistics). I am routinely frustrated with the line of argumentation that begins and ends with how somebody feels about something.
One of my former bosses insisted that we bring data to any argument or recommendation. He also coached us by saying, “Data beats no data 98% of the time.” He recognized the power of data but knew that data doesn’t sway the decision. [Read more…] about When Presenting Data First Backfires