LRS 080: 10 Things to Never Settle For 57

10 Things to Never Settle For - the let's reach success podcast

This episode of the Let’s Reach Success podcast will be more of a motivational one. About the main things most people put up with their whole life that make them miserable.

I want you to pay attention to each and every item. That’s for a few reasons.

For a start, you might be settling for something without realizing or admitting it. Which is bad and prevents you from ever moving on and finding balance in life.

Then, there might be an aspect you always wanted to change but never acted upon cause you needed a push. Hearing this today might be this push.

And last but not least, the purpose of this episode is to remind you to watch out for any of these, as even if you’re doing well and slowly reaching your goals, if you lose control for a moment and get distracted, you can start settling for something you don’t actually want, and thus go many steps back in your personal growth process.

I don’t want that to happen to anyone.

So let’s talk about the harsh truths of life.

 

Show Notes:

  • Why most people live a life they don’t like [1:27]
  • How to get over the feeling of being inferior [2:44]
  • Why fear is one of our biggest obstacles and what to do about it [4:17]
  • From acknowledging your fear to being free from it [5:26]
  • One of the worst things to be in life [9:30]
  • The other aspect of having ‘less’ [11:03]

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Why Top Executives Meditate (and Why Should You) 29

Why Top Executives Meditate (and Why Should You)

If you want to perform at a high level – whether in tennis, chess or at work – you either have to study how the masters in that field train and operate, or you need to be so stupendously talented that nobody is in a position to give you any advice at all.

For most of us, the latter doesn’t apply, so getting better is partly a question of emulating what we see those we admire doing. At the C level in top companies, this obviously includes things like actively networking, knowing as much as possible about your industry and training your subordinates.

A less visible habit is becoming more popular among top executives, though: meditation. Let’s take a look at a few reasons why some business superstars consider this a vital part of their daily routine:

Rebooting a Negative Mindset

When you have to deal with dozens of issues each day, it’s inevitable that you’ll have some successes and some failures.

The problem arises when our responses to setbacks start bleeding over into other matters. Meditation helps us to dispassionately examine our negative thoughts and get back on an even keel before the next meeting.

Most of us will have experienced days where we hit an upsetting snag first thing in the morning, after which nothing we try seems to go right. Rationally speaking, this can’t be because your horoscope says that your day will suck or accidents come in threes: the most likely explanation is simply that suffering a reverse conditions us to act in a way that doesn’t lead to success.

Remaining Objective

Although we’d like to deny it, our “rational” decisions are shaped at least as much by our emotions as by the relevant facts. This becomes even more true when we’re under pressure; anyone interested in how this works will find plenty of examples in Ben Horowitz’s book, “The Hard Thing About Hard Things.”

Simply put, when our emotions are engaged, we become less able to find creative solutions to problems, see the wood for the trees and tell our needs from our wants.

Meditating, even if only briefly, helps us separate fact from perception and feeling from thought, leading to better judgment and more a consistent management style.

Releasing Stress

Although closely related to the previous points, the negative impact of persistent stress on our health makes it worthwhile discussing this separately.

The roots of stress are many: frustration, anger, disappointment, anxiety. These feelings can’t really be avoided in a management position, so many executives turn to a therapist or therapy, exercise or uninterrupted time with their family for release.

These approaches are all effective, but meditation has the advantage that doing it regularly trains our minds to enter a “centered” state within a very short time of closing our eyes and stilling our thoughts.

Once the habit has been established, whenever things get to the point where our palms are sweaty and we feel the need to yell at the wallpaper, we need only take two or five minutes to get back to the “real” us. This ability is simply invaluable for anyone who has to be at their best all the time, which means that it’s great news that meditation can be learned by anyone.