The right questions

In order to get the answers you want you need to ask the right questions. This is as plain and as simple as it gets. Thus questions are seen just a mean of finding out the information you need. But questions are much more than that. Self-asked questions have the power to change our approach and motivation.

Asking the right question can make the difference between being motivated and excited or being afraid and disappointed, between failure and success. When facing a new project or a new task you can approach it in totally different ways by the questions you ask yourself. You can change your attitude and way of acting just by asking the right questions.

“What do I need in order to succeed” is totally different from “What do I have to do to avoid failure”. The first is creating a mindset where you focus on finding solutions and alternatives for success while the second puts fear as a main drive for actions.

The same goes for “What can I do for time to pass faster” vs “How can I make the most of the time I have”, “What’s the less I can pay for” vs “How can I get the most out of the X sum”, “What’s the latest I can wake up tomorrow” vs “How early can I get up and still get enough sleep”.

The right mindset is also defined by asking the right questions.

 

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Motivation and determination

There are a lot of different points of view when it comes to motivation and determination. Many people don’t make a clear difference between them. But each of them represents something totally different.

Motivation is what sets things into motion. When you start something new, go on a diet, quit smoking, start a new business, decide to follow your dreams, motivation is what will get you going. It is the desire to get things started. The power to overcome the fear of failure and disappointment. The power to change the status quo. Most times you will have to find it by searching among all the reasons for which you want to start things. And it is closely related to your dreams, passions, aspirations. It is the drive that feeds on pleasure and enjoyment.

On the other hand, determination is what keeps you going through hard times. This is what will get you going when you feel like quitting. It is the voice in the back of your head telling you not to give up. It is the power to overcome the things you don’t like doing. To go over the rough stages of the dreams you want to follow. And it’s mostly based on your stubbornness not to quit.

Motivation and determination go hand in hand. The first will set you on your path and the other will get you where you want to go. Every dream has its particular beauty that will fuel your motivation. But it also has the hard, difficult, unpleasant parts that your determination must overcome.

Find the motivation to start it and the determination to get it done!

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The importance of sleep

Even if they know the importance of sleep, many people still don’t get the necessary rest they need. You may hear some of them saying that they have enough time to sleep when they are dead.

Most people who decide to sacrifice their sleep do it in order to get “work done”. If you have a tight deadline or a lot of work to finish up, you might think about pulling an all-nighter. At first, cutting your sleep hours for work might seem like a good idea when you are under pressure.

The problem with this is that the human body is not designed to focus for long periods at a time. The longer you spend working on something, the longer the breaks you will need to take. Also, as time passes productivity drops. Focusing becomes even harder with each passing hour. After a certain point you will just be doing extra hours, but not getting much work done.

This is where the hole point of losing sleep over work fails. It’s not about the hours you put in. It’s about results and getting work done. Especially things done right. A lot of work hours with low productivity don’t help you reach these goals.

The importance of sleep is that it offers you the necessary rest in order to do great work. It helps you focus. It helps you be productive.

It’s not about the hours you put in, it’s about the results.

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Conciseness is underrated

Ideas and insights are more important than form and length. Conciseness is underrated!

I can never agree with requests to write a minimum number of characters, words or pages for an article, research paper, feedback field, blog post or even books. Is the quantity of the work more important than the quality of the content?

In our school system everyone is still taught to write a minimum number of pages. Publishing firms still ask for books to have over a certain number of pages. Research papers still have to be long and boring.

But in a fast moving society we have less and less time to spend on reading between the lines to uncover ideas worth spreading and meaningful insights. If there is something worth knowing, something that can make a change in our life – it better be to the point, short and easy to read.

The business world and the society as a whole is moving towards ideas and meaningful insights presented briefly but having a huge impact. Sales people are constantly under time pressure and need to close sales in less and less time. Business consultants need to get results instantly. News need to be delivered a minute ago. Everything needs to be as fast and as compact as possible.

Even stories. No matter how inspiring you want to make them, if they’re too long people will just refuse to read them. More and more people first look at how big is what they have to read and only after that, upon brief context analysis, start reading.

How about setting a minimum number of great ideas, useful insights or meaningful research instead?

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Do more…

things that you like.

things that scare you.

exercises.

in less time with less resources.

things that your future self will thank you for.

to learn new skills and form new abilities.

Do more today that you have done yesterday. Never settle for less. Push your limits because that’s how you are going to grow. Do more every time.

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