Thrive and Progress on your Goals

If you repeated today every day for the next year, realistically, where would you end up? In order to achieve your dreams, what does a “normal” day look like? What activities must happen daily for you to live exactly how you want to be living?

These are some of the important questions raised in the article “Tell Me What You Did Today, And I’ll Tell You Who You Are” on Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global platform.

The Man on top of the Mountain didn't fall there - Vince Lombardi

The article continues to argue that you should build your day around the following four things, in order for your brain to thrive and make enormous daily progress toward your most important goals:

  1. Nutrition: Eating right,
  2. Oxygen: Getting enough oxygen to the brain,
  3. Information: Obtaining quality information, ideally above your cognitive level,
  4. Love: Nurturing loving and deep relationships.

If you are curious to learn more as well as concrete examples on how to achieve the four essentials, read the full article on Thrive Global.

Mentoring vs Coaching

Zig Ziglar quote

The words “coaching” and “mentoring” are often treated as if they’re interchangeable. However, they’re not. One of the biggest differences is that mentors are relationship oriented, representing a safe space to raise and discuss issues. Coaches, on the other hand, help tackle a specific issue, such as managing more effectively or thinking more strategically.

In the beginning of my career, I was constantly searching for a mentor. Someone who could teach me how to navigate the organizational environment. However, I have come to realize that while a mentor may provide valuable insights to a specific situation at work, they do not help me understand myself better.

Through coaching, on the other hand, I have been presented with valuable tools and confronted with thought-provoking questions, which have matured my mind and understanding of myself greatly. If I may say so myself, at least!

I plan to share some of these tools on this blog – So stay tuned!

Maximize Your Mornings

I was introduced to the concept of “Hour of Power” by Remente, which is an amazing goal setting app for personal and organizational development. I initially signed up for one of the app’s pre-made goals to maximize my morning routines. This basically involved obvious things, such as getting up early, making my bed, wearing clothes picked out the day before…

However, it also included having one Hour of Power each morning before arriving at work, where you focus on whatever makes you feel good, or work on developing a new skill or something else of your choosing. Although I guess it is preferred to arrive in the office as early as possible (…), taking that extra hour to yourself is highly recommended from a mindfulness and personal development point of view, according to Remente (and me).

As mentioned, it is completely up to you what your Hour of Power involves. However, if you need some inspiration getting started, here are some examples:

  • Meditation or yoga
  • Reading a book
  • Working out
  • Having breakfast with a friend
  • Practicing a hobby
  • Reading the actual news articles (not just scrolling headlines…)
  • Blogging…

bedroom inspiration

I personally also find that the Hour of Power makes me wake up earlier, because I have something to look forward to, instead of morning stress and a quick breakfast on the way to work.

P.S. It is totally allowed to have more than one Hour of Power in a day!