1. Thought: You wouldn't let idiots live in your house - why let them live in your head?!
2. Book: Shoe Dog by Phil Knight (founder of Nike)
3. Lifehack: Gossip about good!
It's sometimes easy for us to fall into the default mode of gossiping about others in a negative way. Try doing the opposite for a week. Talk about what you admire in people, and if someone does something you like, tell them so face-to-face! Your good words will not go unnoticed :)
Quote: "He who says he can and he who says he can't are both usually right."
Book: David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
Malcolm Gladwell is the author of five New York Times Bestselling novels. In this one, Gladwell examines the misunderstand science and psychology of underdog stories. Some interesting topics include why you shouldn't go to the best college you're accepted to and why the children of incredibly wealthy people actually face great disadvantages in life.
Lifehack: Find a substitute for a bad habit
Sometimes dropping a bad habit can be easier when you replace the void with something else. Examples:
Snacking on Oreos - Snacking on carrots
Watching mindless television - reading a good book
It was the big day. I woke up, went through my morning routine, and scrolled through Spotify looking for some music as I got packed and cleaned my horn for my audition.
My first instinct was to play songs that made me feel energized and pumped up. Confident by Demi Lovato, Unstoppable by Sia, Showdown by The Black Eyed Peas. The playlist goes on and on. But a voice inside of me thought differently. "Let's leave ego out of it this time," it said. "Don't think about winning or beating anyone else. Just do your best and trust in God. "
A few hours later at the audition site, I grabbed a warm-up room almost an hour before my audition time. I never like to spend that much time warming up, but I had a new plan. I was going to spend a solid 20 minutes praying in the warm-up room as my own form of meditation, and listening to that voice inside my head again, I scrolled past m...
Thought: Failure is much more helpful than premature, undeserved success. Once you realize that failure can be your ally (in giving you honest feedback), it doesn't scare you any more.
Book: PEAK : The Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool
This book is an in-depth and inspiring novel on what creates world-class performance, and why most fields allow for nearly any driven individual to reach the top. With decades worth of research and numerous famous examples of it applied in the real world (including Mozart) this book is a must read!
Lifehack: Cut caffeine after lunch.
Studies show that the majority of Americans are not getting enough sleep. While some of this can be attributed to overworking, much of it can be attributed to time spent laying in bed, unable to fall asleep. I never thought caffeine influenced my sleep until I cut it out of my diet...