Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Achieving Excellence


I'm not aiming to be on top but at least to excel on what I do best. We want that - success!

There are times we fail. There are times we nearly give up when everything fall out of place. Yest it's hard if you let yourself stuck in the shadow. REACH OUT!

"It's possible to build any given skill or capacity in the same systematic way we do a muscle: push part your comfort zone, and then rest."

If you want to be really good at something, it's going to involve relentlessly pushing past your comfort zone, as well as frustration, struggle, setbacks and failures. That's true as long as you want to continue to improve, or even maintain a high level of excellence. The reward is that being really good at something you've earned through your own hard work can be immensely satisfying.

Here, then, are the six keys to achieving excellence that you might want to consider:

1. Pursue what you love. Passion is an incredible motivator. It fuels focus, resilience, and perseverance.

2. Do the hardest work first. We all move instinctively toward pleasure and away from pain. Most great performers, Ericsson and others have found, delay gratification and take on the difficult work of practice in the mornings, before they do anything else. That's when most of us have the most energy and the fewest distractions.

3. Practice intensely, without interruption for short periods of no longer than 90 minutes and then take a break. Ninety minutes appears to be the maximum amount of time that we can bring the highest level of focus to any given activity. The evidence is equally strong that great performers practice no more than 4 ½ hours a day.

4. Seek expert feedback, in intermittent doses. The simpler and more precise the feedback, the more equipped you are to make adjustments. Too much feedback, too continuously can create cognitive overload, increase anxiety, and interfere with learning.

5. Take regular renewal breaks. Relaxing after intense effort not only provides an opportunity to rejuvenate, but also to metabolize and embed learning. It's also during rest that the right hemisphere becomes more dominant, which can lead to creative breakthroughs.

6. Ritualize practice. Will and discipline are wildly overrated. As the researcher Roy Baumeister has found, none of us have very much of it. The best way to insure you'll take on difficult tasks is to build rituals -- specific, inviolable times at which you do them, so that over time you do them without having to squander energy thinking about them.


Monday, July 9, 2012

Missing Out

This post is based on the article that caught my interest, written by Peter Hoare, a screenwriter and a magazine columnist. It's all about Relaxation. HOW TECHNOLOGY IS MAKING US MISS OUT ON LIFE. 

"Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” 
-Ferris Bueller

Blame it to technology (I just can't). As said, it's a fast changing world so bear with it. The Social Media, you have it. But still, you have the options. Get life and be productive!

Hoare said Relaxation is now becoming a lost art. Take this one. 
Old people can sit on a stoop, sip a glass of iced tea and just, well, be. They don’t feel the need to Instagram their view from the porch. They don’t need to tweet, “This iced tea sucks a fat one! LoLz!” They don’t check in at “Jeb’s Porch.” They can just sit, decompress, think, reflect, relax. How many of us can do the same? 

Try to go outside and look around, most of the people are on their phone. In the Bar, Restaurants, Beaches and other areas designated for relaxation, are people do talk to each other more? I bet everybody is updating the Facebook status to say "At the beach!". How many letters do you currently write? Just go chatting, that's easy. (So now I'm guilty!) 

Why don't get into physical activities rather than spending the day in your laptop.

We all love technology, we shouldn't give it up, we're in a modern world. But, like everything in life, MODERATION is the key! Too much use can distract us from real life. 

Hoare's point - appreciate the moments in real time.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Life’s a beach!

Summer is gone already but no one can stop the heat in this surf-themed restaurant along C5-Pasig area called SUNRISE BUCKETS.

The place is accessible and a good spot for some acquaintances. Alongside of the shop is Starbucks so you can have your coffee after your dining. Some foods in the menu are not available during our visit but our orders are good enough for some feel at home dining treat.




 Have your 13 flavors of mouthwatering buffalo wings and other savory things where it’s always sunny and surf-happy.

Enjoy your dining!

Estimated budget: P125/meal

Sunrise BucketsThe Grove by Rockwell

Retail 2A, The Pavilion, C-5
Pasig City, Metro Manila
(0915) 938-6192

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