This month I decided to watch the video interviews on CreativeLive by Chase Jarvis and get some daily inspiration, motivation and wisdom. I’ve decided to blog about the series, logging my thoughts and takeaways…
Day 4 creative genius – Tim Ferriss.
I have heard of Tim Ferriss and all his awesomeness, but oddly enough have never really dived into his work, books or podcast. Guess I’m not in with the cool kids, because he’s definitely an interesting person with a lot of great advice. I enjoyed the conversation and took away some general big nuggets of wisdom.
Celebrate the small wins.
Alleviate performance anxiety by setting the bar low, so that you can overshoot it. Interesting. Usually we hear about setting the bar high so you can reach farther than you ever would. But I get the point that sometimes you don’t want to scare yourself away, so it makes sense for when you are doing something new. You need to gain momentum and confidence, before you challenge yourself with higher goals. It’s about making it easy.
Step back and see the big picture.
When Ferriss talks to Jarvis about the topic of meditation and mindfulness, ultimately he’s talking about seeing the big picture. If we are able to step back and see the whole scene, we can make the right decisions. It’s about quality not quantity as well. Working where it matters and makes sense, not just battering everything all around senselessly. I get the idea… it certainly applies for when we feel really busy and frazzled, yet not really reaching the goals we care about.
Routine will save you.
There’s a big section where both Jarvis and Ferriss go through their morning routine or evening rituals. And it’s not really the details of how one person does it that matters… it’s the fact that they have routines or rituals. I agree that when you don’t have to think about what to do, you just do it automatically, it makes life easier.
Time and time again we hear about people wanting to get into the habit of xyz. It’s because habits seem effortless. You are just programmed to do it. Wouldn’t it be great if all the things you had to do and want to do… were all habits?! I really thought on this tidbit for a long while and realizing how the discipline of living on a schedule or routine could simplify and de-stress our lives. I suppose the key is to come up with YOUR perfect routine?
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