Unlimited listening for only $11.99 per month!

And streaming for $14.99!

Throw in a gym membership for only $19.99 per week and you’ve got yourself an annual $1283 routine complete with music to work out to and TV to watch once you’ve finished.

Sometimes cheaper isn’t cheaper.

Which is okay – as long as you know the difference.

We know that a growth mindset is the key to acheiving one’s goals.

People perform better when they’re praised for their hard work instead of for their ability.

Why would this change when we’re talking about the praise we give ourselves?

Seeking pride in the fruits of our labour is a setup for failure.

Because if we’re doing anything which matters, at some point we are destined to fail.

A failure to bear fruit is armageddon for the fixed mindset. Upon losing a finite game, the player has nothing of value to show for it.

On the contrary, when the infinite player with the growth mindset faces a failure to fruit, they get excited. Finally! An opportunity to work even harder. To solve a problem – disarming it’s ability to impact future harvests.

The finite player values their work based on what it produces.

The infinite player values their work based on how much better they were at it than the day before.

One gets better until they get stuck.

The other gets better forever.

There aren’t many consumables which you can indulge as much as you like without any negative consequence.

The average Australian drinks about half of the reccomended water intake per day, and even a 1% decrease in the body’s water content is enough to impact cognitive ability and mood.

Unless you’re drinking 3-4 litres in a sitting, there’s never a bad time to drink more water.

Hungry? Drink water.

Bored? Drink water.

Awake? Drink more water.

It’s the most underred beverage on the planet, and not everyone is as lucky as you to have instant access to it fresh out a tap.

In fact, 1 in 10 people don’t even have access to clean water.

Here’s somewhere you can be involved in changing that.

Mass Media is as powerful as the amount of people who pay attention.

But our attention is a high price to pay.

When it comes down to it, our opinions on the topics chosen for us each day matter far less than the actions we take with our remaining attention.

Perhaps we should spend it accordingly.

If you buy something you don’t need for $50 because it was marked $30 off, you didn’t save $30. You just spent $50.

This feels obvious now, but isn’t always obvious when the sale is right in front of you.

Same goes for life decisions. Just because you get offered a new job, contract or promotion, it doesn’t mean you have to take it.

Often these deals have terms and conditions which aren’t featured on the label.

Spend your money wisely, but your time even more so.

If the deal is the reason you want to take the leap, it’s probably not worth enough to warrant spending anything.

We’re great at categorising things.

It’s how we stay organised. It makes us feel productive.

When we categorised tasks, our natural instinct is to give them an order or a sequence.

But sometimes the rules we make up stop making sense.

Sometimes our orders limit us.

“I’m going to do the dishes then mop the floor.”

Is different to,

“I have to do the dishes before mopping the floor.”

Sometimes the floor just has to be mopped.

Be careful of pigeon holes, especially those you make yourself.

Only a fool ends up washing dishes while standing in broken glass.

Leadership can’t happen from a place of avoidance and fear.

If you can’t face the problem your team seeks to solve, can’t look it in the eyes with confidence, your team won’t follow.

They’ll look away. They’ll talk behind your back. Doubt will spread like bushfire.

These past few weeks we’ve seen Australia do just that in response to a leader who continues to fumble through the largest national crisis we’ve faced in years.

It’ll take a lot to turn us around.

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Pursuits are the infinite games we play which involve clear feedback and trackable progress.

Playing slot machines can never be a pursui because there’s no way to get better at it; over time, you’re guaranteed to lose.

However, playing poker could be a pursuit. There are a set of skills involved which can be honed over time with practice.

Pursuits are not habits, but they can involve habitual practice.

Mixed Martial Arts is a pursuit which benefits greatly from a habitual routine.

Pursuits are the goals we set which never end.

They’re the things which over time we wish to master. Which we do for the sake of continuing to do them.

Nobody ever wakes up and realises that they’ve mastered a pursuit.

Mastery is not a destination, it’s a practice.

My four year old cousin was lucky enough to get a remote controlled car today.

It had one of those awkward remotes with a trigger to control the speed and a small wheel to control the steering.

After a bit of back and forth trying to explain how this worked, it became clear that he was not at all interested in the wheel on the remote controller.

He drove the car from one side of the yard to the other, ran over to it pick it up and pointed it the other way to drive it back.

It’s not that he hadn’t seen how it could be used, nor that he didn’t think he was capable of learning how to do so.

It simply wasn’t important to him that the car was able to turn.

He was perfectly happy chasing it up and down the yard in straight lines.

He had no need to optimise his experience despite the fact that everyone around him thought they knew better.

When you’re busy optimising your own experience, the same applies.

There will be people who simply won’t understand the improvements you’re trying to make.

Some might even get frustrated by the fact that you’re so focussed on your steering wheel.

At the end of the day, everyone’s racing their own race.

Don’t waste energy trying to teach those uninterested in turning how to steer.

Christmas isn’t a great time of year for some folks, so it’s important to take care of yourself.

Even more importantly, make sure you’re patient with others who aren’t acting their best selves.

We can be at our best or at our worst when we’re emotionally charged – and it’s an emotional time of year.

At the shopping centre, the dinner table, or over the phone.

If you give nothing else this Christmas, let it be the benefit-of-the doubt.