10% more is barely a stretch really in terms of effort, but it could be that 10% that makes all the difference.
There are always two choices -
Spend the day on autopilot and see what happens, like we normally do
Resolve to shine just 10% brighter in all of your efforts and interactions today and see what it brings
In the first scenario, the results are predictable, because it’s what we always do and it’s what we always get. In the second scenario though, who knows what could happen?
Some compelling reasons to try the 10% brighter option:
In competitions, there is always a margin that someone wins by, perhaps you’re coming second by less than 10% and it will mean the difference between winning and losing.
Every relationship comes with an unknown expiration date. We never know how much time we have left with all of the people in our lives, why not make the most of every precious moment we have?
When you shine brighter, so do those around you - We need some positive contagions in the world right now
Ways to shine 10% brighter:
Take the time to listen and pause before responding. Seek first to understand, and then be understood
Instead of a text, make a call
Instead of an email, write a letter
Take an extra few seconds to thank someone meaningfully
Read an article on something new and interesting in your field
Do something you regularly do on autopilot just a little bit better and more attentively
Get an early head start on something that you know will be important in future
Check in with someone you care about and really listen to them
Make sure you take the time to take a proper break at lunch. Take a walk and let your mind go
It could make all the difference in someone else’s day, and it could make all the difference in your day, and in the end, it’s a very small cost for a huge potential pay off.
Thank you for taking the time to read and for investing in better thinking.
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Until then, Onward & upward, Jake