7 Point Saturday 9/28/19 👨🏻‍💻

Welcome to Saturday. Here’s what I clicked into this past week.

1. Got in a great podcast with one my favorite meditation teachers interviewed by Dan Harris, Joseph Goldstein on 10% Happier Podcast. Here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ten-percent-happier-with-dan-harris/id1087147821#episodeGuid=http%3A%2F%2Fserve.castfire.com%2Faudio%2F3681612%2F3681612_2019-09-24-172012.96.mp3 Love how simple he makes the power of meditation and how we can use it to respond to desires that are not wanted that creep up on us like desires to want or buy, desires to react aggressively, or just unwanted thoughts.

2. Picked up on a LinkedIn article on a comedy show I watched recently and heard a lot of flack negatively about. To be honest, I really didn’t enjoy it that much either upon first watch. But, watching after reading this article by James Altucher https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/ten-things-everyone-got-wrong-dave-chappelles-sticks-stones-altucher gave me a different perspective and enjoy it from a different angle. Perspective is a powerful thing and we should never live in one perspective. Watch the show on Netlfix. Sometimes you cannot always listen to what others write or say, you have to check it out for yourself. You have to create your own opinion.

3. The Dip by Seth Godin. So good! The details I’ll save for a future podcast. It’s over a decade old as a book, but still amazing for today’s work to be a better human and your best self. https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-dip/id361926884

4. Found a solid article on advice vs feedback. Turns out this writer believes based on studies that In fact, compared to those asked to give feedback, those asked to provide “advice” suggested 34% more areas of improvement and 56% more ways to improve. I’m a big fan I think you know if you’re a regular reader that feedback is just as powerful. The key is making sure it’s not vague feedback you’re soliciting. Which is what this article says feedback typically is. You decide. https://hbr.org/2019/09/why-asking-for-advice-is-more-effective-than-asking-for-feedback?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter_weekly&utm_campaign=insider_not_activesubs&referral=03551&deliveryName=DM50627

5. I’ve been thinking lately about how I’ve invested in or not in my current relationships physically or virtually. I always feel bad when I let one or two go dormant. Facebook really makes me aware of it when friends drop off or unfriend me. I get it, I don’t post enough or reach out enough so you pass. It bothers me because I feel like I let another human down. But also, I know I can’t reach everyone 100% of the time that I friend on any platform or in life. But, I’ll always try with anyone in front of me. I’ll always try and be approachable as well as ready when you need help. Just ask, I’ll make time. Just not great at keeping up with the “Jones’s” with life competing for my attention too.

6. Speaking of habits, I’ve been skipping my work outs for about a week straight. Just so happened, maybe because I conjured it up, coach (AKA Aaptiv App) threw me a bone in my email. “How to Break the Habit of Skipping Workouts for Good” Got my attention really quick. I was like WOW, for good huh? I’m in! The crux, everyday I skip, I’m creating a habit in reverse empowering the skipping. Most of the time we skip not because we’re tired, but because we’re bored of the routine of the work out itself. Change it up weekly, and BOOM, you skip less. Actually, dare I say, become excited to go work out when there is the hope of something new or shinny on the other side. https://aaptiv.com/magazine/stop-skipping-workouts

7. Another thing I’ve been thinking about is my “why” I do some of the things that I am doing. Pausing to reflect. If my why is not strong enough, I move past it and start something else. There is not enough time for doing things just because. I’ve heard people say never give up. I believe we have to give up and that’s not always a bad thing. We can’t do everything even though we somehow think we can. What we can do is the most important things in our life. List your strongest “whys” and invest in those. The others, quit and let them go. Everything boils down to our “why.” To make sure it’s strong and shore it up, be specific and not vague with your “why.”

Hope you enjoyed my curiosities and learns this week. Like to know what yours have been this past week. Drop them in the comments below. Have yourself a great weekend friends.

✌🏻 Shawn

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