Good morning everyone!
This week I wanted to share a note I received in one of the email newsletters I receive on a weekly basis. The author Rob Hatch (@robhatrch) , shares a great insight on two words: Rut and Groove. Rob explains the difference lies in purpose. I would expand on that in that it is determined by your attitude. John Maxwell is famous for saying “Your Attitude determines your altitude.” Are you someone who sees the whole world is against you and hence the problems in your life (i.e. a rut)? Or do you see the world and all its opportunity and start something or make a difference anyways?
It doesn’t mean that life is all sunshine, rainbows, and unicorns, but a “possibility” attitude will allow you to be more resilient in the face of adversity and more practical in the face of success. Embrace possibility thinking. Be the person seeking solutions when everyone else is pointing to problems. Rise above and make a difference.
From Rob Hatch:
As it turns out, the words rut and groove are synonymous. In fact one definition for groove contains the word rut. That said, they do conjure very different images and while physically similar, one has us feeling stuck, while the other indicates something akin to perfect alignment. What then is the real difference and why does it matter?
The difference is rooted in purpose. Whether it’s as grand as aligning your actions with your mission, or as straightforward as knowing what task you should be working on, a groove denotes purpose. Cut specifically for function or to deliver a result.
Ruts on the other hand, reek of drudgery, completely lacking intention. Ruts are worn not cut, and their edges form up around us, holding us in long after we’ve realized they don’t serve our needs and probably…never did.
Decisions define the edges
Grooves guide and serve your purpose and the edges are defined by your decisions. Grooves are not made easily and cutting them can take time, but they only come from deliberate decisions, made repeatedly.
Getting into a writing groove might come from a decision to sit day after day, for an hour, without interruption, deciding to simply write. Sometimes the words will come easily, but nothing comes until you’ve decided to write. The groove isn’t cut in a day until one day, it is.
Some of the best tools we have available to achieve our goals are our decisions but the tools are not always easy to use. Purposeful decisions help us to define the edges and sooner or later, you’ll find your groove. Trust me when I say, it matters.
Here’s this week’s 5 for 5:
No Time to Think – by Kate Murphy (via the NYT via Farnam Street)
So what: I am completely guilty of this. Todd Henry the author of the Accidental Creative called it being addicted to the ping. A great article of the value of an idle mind. BTW, I want to go to a class on “Neural Self Hacking”!
The Skills Leaders Need at Every Level – by Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman – via HBR
So what: A fascinating article on leadership skills backed up by research. Just a quick thought #1 combined with #2 = TRUST!
The 10 secrets to successful people’s calm – by Travis Bradberry – via Quartz
So what: Great tips on not only managing stress but also your perspective (see intro thoughts above). BTW, I fail at limiting caffeine.
How to Become a Napping Expert – by Tess Lyle – via Lifehack
So what: Napping expert – where do I sign up? For those of us that aren’t getting enough sleep, there is a ton of research on how to nap, properly.
Tags: Infographic, Sleep
Single-task Your Way Through Your Day: How Focusing Unlocks Extreme Productivity – By Kevan Lee – via Buffer
So what: More and more data is rolling out on how focusing singularly on tasks enhances productivity. Why aren’t we doing it? What tips to you have that allow you to single-task?
All the best,