Category Archives: Persistence

Stephen Curry’s Workouts and the Wisdom of Overload

“It’s pretty amazing how much space you can create after you do a couple sets with resistance, train your body to fight through that and then you build that strength.” – Stephen Curry Stephen Curry’s workouts are famously wacky. Here’s a short sample: Dribbling two basketballs at the same time at different speeds Dribbling a […]

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How To Focus and Get the Work Done – Four Starts

Start To focus and get the work done start… Identifying your high-energy periods – in a day, week, month, year Identifying your high-priority work (the ‘real work’) Matching your high-energy periods with your high-priority work Labeling that time something fun and memorable: ex. rocket fuel time, deep work, etc. and celebrating in a fun way […]

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March With Nature and Get the Work Done

Ten days ago I was happily sledding on a sunny day with two feet of snow on the ground. Five days later? I walked the same sunny hill, no snow now, and no jacket, gloves scarf, hat – it was a t-shirt day. Everything around us (and inside us) changes all the time. Some changes […]

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February, Your Month of the Heart

When is the heart of winter in New England? Right now. This is the core, the very center. All externalities stripped away, we’re left with bare essence. This can be devastatingly beautiful. And it can also wear a human down with an ample supply of dark, cold, and gray. And if we’re in the heart […]

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Quix Tip: How to Get More Done Today

How to Get More Done Today Pick your highest energy point in the day. Block that time off in your calendar as if you’re in a meeting. Turn off your wifi and put your phone on airplane mode for as long as you dare during that time. Get the work done. Congratulate yourself on clearing […]

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You’ll Never Get to the End of Mastery

I’ve been starting my musical practice with these cheery words. I’ll never get to the end of technical mastery. There’s always something else to learn, to get better at, to explore. So, there’s now no rush. And there’s nowhere to get to. Now is all I have, now is all you have, finding the spirit […]

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Rewards – Celebrate Persistence On Your Project

Grim persistence won’t even get you halfway. Accomplishments need to be recognized and positive feelings fed and watered. Imagine your work on a project as your child. What would you say when they accomplish something you’re proud of? Examples: self-administered pats on the back (termed covert management in the book Changing For Good), self-contracting, shaping […]

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How To Set and Complete A Sprint Goal

Of all the tools that I’ve mentioned, this one has been the most successful so far in getting me to take action and complete the work necessary to a project’s success. This tool is used in Scrum and has famously been used by Google for design work. You can read more in-depth overviews here and […]

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Action Steps to Take To Complete A Project

Once you’ve listed and prioritized big picture tasks, take the first priority. Break it down into small action steps – things that need action taken in order for completion. Ideally these are actions that can be completed either in a matter of hours or days, definitely not longer than a week. This is another form […]

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Action/Thinking/Feeling – What’s Most Needed to Complete a Project?

Quite simply, all three are needed. Action, thinking and feeling are a three-legged stool to support a project. Take a leg away and you fall down. Note every time you take action on your project (Fake it ‘til you make it). “Energy follows action…you act first and the inner reality follows. Your action is the […]

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