“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
– George Bernard Shaw
Do An Identity Checkup
Are you clinging to an identity that no longer serves you? Maybe it’s time to rethink it.
“Just like you go to the doctor for an annual checkup when nothing seems to be wrong, you can do the same thing in the important parts of your life,” says Adam Grant in a great TED talk. “A relationship checkup to re-examine your habits. An identity checkup to consider how your values are evolving.”
Grant adds that you don’t have to change your mind – it’s just about staying open and taking time to reflect. Why not try it today?
“A hallmark of wisdom is knowing when to throw in the towel on an old identity and dive into a new one,” he says. “Your past can weigh you down, and rethinking can liberate you.”
Become a Master Delegator
How do you get stuff done without actually doing anything? Simple: delegate!
To make the most of it, you have to delegate well. Here are some tips:
- Identify tasks vs responsibilities. If you’re delegating a responsibility, you need to pass over authority to make decisions, not just instructions.
- Be transparent about what resources are available and what you can help with.
- Set clear boundaries, including deadlines and decision-making limits.
- Remove yourself from the process. Give the person freedom to perform.
- Share your vision. Bring the person into the bigger picture.
Another tip? Try the 70 percent rule. If someone else can do the task at least 70% as well as you can, hand it over to them. You’ll free up lots of time and energy for yourself. Try it!
Craig Williams, Jordan Brand President at Nike
Under Craig Williams’ leadership, Nike’s Jordan division achieved double-digit growth last year despite the pandemic. Here’s how the exec rolls in the morning. He:
- Wakes at 5:30 am and expresses gratitude.
- Uses his first steps out of bed as a meditation. “I try to focus on what each step feels like—toes hitting the ground, legs moving, knees still working.”
- Lists 2-3 daily goals. “I try not to call the day finished until I get those things done.”
- At 9.30 pm, starts his wind-down routine. He looks at his priorities for the next day, then removes his phone and reads, watches T.V, or spends time with his wife.
Why it works:
- Even a simple gratitude practice has powerful effects.
- Same goes for meditation and mindfulness!
- Setting goals and priorities keeps us focused on what’s most important.
- Wind-down routines signal to our bodies it’s time to sleep and kickstart melatonin production (though it’s best to keep away from screens).
Having an evening wind-down routine is awesome. It keeps you consistent and preps your mind for better sleep. Do you have a wind-down routine? What does it look like?